Here are a few take-home points from educational sessions attended by WholeFoods editors.

The second annual Hall of Legends induction ceremony, honoring pioneers and influential figures in the natural products industry, was held after Expo West show hours on March 8. This year’s class of nine inductees included:

The Beer, Wine and Spirits Marketplace at Expo West hosted 23 companies showcasing new and interesting products, representing what the natural alcoholic beverage section of the industry has to offer from all over Europe and the United States.

New Chapter of Brattleboro, VT hosted a seminar to help clear up any rumors over the recent investment of Procter and Gamble (P&G) in the company. “We’re here to share our truth,” said Paul Schulick, founder of New Chapter, with CEO Kyle Garner nodding at his side.

dmaa

Washington, D.C.—The U.S Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer alert against the use of the stimulant dimethylamylamine (DMAA) in illegal dietary supplements. DMAA is often found in weight-loss, muscle-building and performance-enhancing products.

selenium baby

Silver Spring, MD—On April 15, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a rule entitled “Infant Formula: The Addition of Minimum and Maximum Levels of Selenium to Infant Formula and Related Labeling Requirements,” which will do two things: add the nutrient selenium to the list of those required for infant formulas and establish a range of measurement for selenium that will be allowed in infant formulas. If this rule comes to fruition, selenium will be the 30th nutrient added to the mandatory list.

energy drinks

Washington, D.C.—In response to the growing number of adverse events related to energy drinks (especially from teens), three politicians—Representative Ed Markey (D-MA), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)—investigated several companies that market energy drinks. The results of this investigation, released on April 10, revealed a label discrepancy between similar products on the market, false caffeine disclosure, and a youth-focused marketing campaign designed to emulate alcoholic beverages.

omegas

New sources of omega-3s like algae and krill are emerging as alternatives to fish and flax oils.

teen energy drink

 

Hauppauge, NY—Thanks to Suffolk County lawmakers, popular energy drinks, like Red Bull and Monster, may no longer be easy for Long Island teens to get their hands on. Three bills were approved on March 19, and are now awaiting County Executive Steve Bellone to sign them into law. They included prohibiting the sale of energy drinks to minors at parks and beaches; stopping the mailing of energy drinks coupons and samples to minors; and initiating a public awareness campaign about the possible health effects of energy drinks.