News and notes from industry food companies.

Chicago, IL—Reusable tote bags are an eco-friendly way to shop, but many users are putting themselves at risk with the way they use them, according to a survey conducted by Home Food Safety program, a joint effort between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and ConAgra Foods. Apparently, one in six, or 15% of consumers do not regularly cleanse their reusable bags before bringing them back to the store. This practice creates fertile ground for harmful bacteria and can lead to food poisoning, the Academy says.

New Brunswick, NJ—A team from Rutgers University believes two forms of vitamin E could be a huge help in the fight against colon, lung, breast and prostate cancers. The group zeroed in on the gamma and delta-tocopherols forms of vitamin E, derived from soybean, canola and corn oils. “There are studies suggesting that vitamin E actually increases the risk of cancer and decreases bone density,” says Chung S. Yang, director of the Center for Cancer Prevention Research at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

San Diego, CA—Lovers of spicy jalapenos, habaneros and other chili peppers are in luck because a recent study found that they are heart-healthy foods. This report was part of the 243rd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

Should your employees receive a discount for purchasing products from your store? In my view, there are several compelling reasons why you should consider it.

No one wants to receive a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But, the fact of the matter is that they are a normal part of how many industries, including ours, are regulated.

New York, NY—New research indicates there may be an effective way to enhance levels of l-glutamine in the blood. This amino acid plays a vital role in cell proliferation, provides the fuel for respiration, supports muscle recovery after exercise and enhances healthy immune function.

Bergen, Norway—A new study published in Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental indicates there may be a connection between obesity support and krill supplementation.

On April 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to 10 manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements containing dimethylamylamine (DMAA). DMAA is commonly found in sports and weight-loss supplements.