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Washington, D.C.—Results from an internal audit of the National Organic Program (NOP) call into question its productivity and operations. Since a prior audit in 2005, officials made improvements by implementing corrective actions for eight of the 10 recommendations by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Des Moines, IA-based Kemin Health L.C. appointed Michael Ceddia, Ph.D., to the position of vice president of research and development.

South Plainfield, NJ—This spring, WholeFoods Magazine launches a new, innovative Web site, This new site will combine and replace the publication’s previous sites, and

Washington, D.C.—A new legislative bill is on the table that would give dietary supplement makers the ability to reference additional scientific information about the health benefits of their products.

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.

Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.