diabetes whole grains

Omaha, NE—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed ConAgra Foods, Inc. that it will allow a qualified health claim linking whole grains with reduced risk of type-2 diabetes. The decision comes after the company petitioned the agency in 2012 to use a similar claim in its own wording. The new allowable health claim wording is very cautious, however, and FDA will assess on an individual basis whether any instances of the claim on food packaging are misleading to consumers.

organic

Baltimore, MD—Products certified organic in the United States will now be accepted as such in Japan, and vice versa, per an agreement between the countries. The new organic equivalency agreement was announced at a ceremony at the All Things Organic conference, during Natural Products Expo East.

Hair loss of any kind can be understandably devastating and often undermines an individual’s self-confidence and psychological well-being. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40 percent of women will experience hair loss by the time they reach the age of 40, and this number increases with each passing decade. This means that 2 out of 5 female consumers are either currently suffering from hair loss or can expect to experience it.

CRN conference

Park City, UT—President and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Steven Mister delivered a State of the Industry Address at the Council’s 40th annual conference, located here, on Sept. 19.

popular supplements

Washington, D.C.—The 2013 Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements conducted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) reports that two-thirds of U.S. adults take dietary supplements. In addition, 85% of adults are confident in the safety, quality of effectiveness of supplements.

food labeling

Washington, D.C.—A new bill has been proposed that would amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to strengthen requirements for nutritional information on food labels. The bill, entitled the “Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2013,” was sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ).

npa awards

Baltimore, MD—At its annual business meeting held during Expo East, the Natural Products Association (NPA) announced that its recommendation to change its membership criteria was voted down. Failing by 11 votes, the change would have allowed for new retailer members that do not have a self-contained store or have less than 75% of their sales coming from natural products to qualify for membership.

diet depression

Joensuu, Finland—A healthy diet may contribute not only to increased physical health, but also to mental health, according to a study from the University of Eastern Finland.

caffeine liver

Singapore—International researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Duke University School of Medicine have found that increased caffeine intake may be beneficial to those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).