Washington, D.C.—In late March, history was made with the passing of healthcare reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. While disagreement continues over whether the changes outlined in the legislature will have negative or positive ramifications, supporters of natural health options are examining the numerous provisions in the legislation that address complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to erase false claims and mislabeling found on food packaging. The group started this appeal in late October 2009 when they announced they would be regulating the language on the fronts of food packages.
The Natural Products Association (NPA), based in Washington, D.C., and NaTrue (a Belgium-based international natural and organic cosmetics association) will create a mutual recognition agreement for “high-level standards for natural personal care.” The end result would mean products in compliance with NPA or NaTrue standards would be recognized by the other group, too.
According to show organizers, some 56,000 industry members attended this year’s Natural Products Expo West/SupplyExpo, held in Anaheim, CA. Overall, the mood was enthusiastic, though it was clear that the recent regulatory events were a chief concern of many companies. Nonetheless, Expo West offered many educational lessons and was the launch pad for several new products and company initiatives.
Washington, D.C.—Each spring, industry members visit lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to help ensure our laws continue to guarantee access to natural products. The Natural Products Association (NPA, npainfo.org), based in D.C., coordinates these visits by making appointments for association members with their Congressmen and women. This year, nearly 150 members representing 33 states plus the District of Columbia came to Capitol Hill for more than 140 meetings on Tuesday, March 23rd.
Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning to consumers about the potential dangers of ear candles, and is attempting to enforce regulations on the product’s major manufacturers.
Washington, D.C.—In the wake of the filing of a lawsuit against fish oil manufacturers over alleged polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in their products, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), based here, released a statement defending the practices of these companies.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti—Last month, WholeFoods covered efforts by industry companies to help those affected by the earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti in January. Since the time of that publication, several other companies have offered their support: