Martin Heinrich

The natural products industry has had some great champions on Capitol Hill in the past, and many believe a newly elected senator from New Mexico could prove to be a friend in the future.

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Shoppers’ choices in gluten-free bars and sports nutrition are vast, but Europa may have some new items that consumers may want to zero-in on.

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Cancun, Mexico—Those interested in xylitol research were in for a sweet treat at the 2013 Xlear Inc. Conference, held here in February.

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Tampa , FL—Ralf Jaeger, FISSN, CISSN, MBA, presented new data at the 2013 Natural Products Expo West that suggested rice protein is just as effective as whey protein in post-workout supplementation.

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GAO supplements

Washington, D.C.—In mid-March, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of adverse event reports (AERs) when it comes to dietary supplements. This report was developed at the request of Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL). At their prodding, GAO examined the number and source of AERs FDA received since 2008; any actions FDA took to make sure companies complied with AER requirements; and what FDA has done to follow up on GAO’s 2009 recommendations for enhancing its oversight of dietary supplements.

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prenancy autism

Lawrence, KS and Oslo, Norway—Maintaining a healthy body is always important, but pregnant women must be diligent in their efforts to not only take care of themselves, but also the child inside of them as well. Luckily, new prenatal nutrition research has been released that will assist expecting mother in providing their unborn child with a healthy start in life.

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Washington, D.C.—It is well known that calcium and vitamin D are essential to bone health, with more than 1,000 published studies confirming this effect. So, it came as a surprise in late February when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised postmenopausal women against the use of calcium (1,000 mg) and vitamin D (400 IU) supplements to prevent fractures.

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prop 65

 

San Francisco, CA—A flurry of Proposition 65 news surfaced in California during February.

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Anaheim, CA—Vitamin Angels is hosting its 3rd Annual League of Angels event during Expo West at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA on March 7, 6:00–8:30 p.m. ($100 to pre-register).

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Los Angeles, CA—An appeal from POM Wonderful, LLC, the creators of 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements, to allow certain claims on their products has failed.

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