Washington, D.C.—A prohibition on the use of trans fat as an ingredient in food products could be coming from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By removing the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation from trans fat, the agency would, in effect, make its inclusion illegal.

Beijing—Chinese officials recently denied entrance to a cargo shipment of corn from the United States on the grounds that it was contaminated with an unapproved strain of genetically modified corn, Reuters reports.

Fairfield, IA— Experts have suggested there may be a link between genetically modified (GM) foods and gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease.

Demand for natural products is as strong as ever, according to data collected in the 36th Annual WholeFoods Retailer Survey. Independent stores that participated in this year’s survey had a strong showing in 2013, selling a combined $741 million throughout their more than 1.24 million ft2 of total retail space. Most stores reported gains this year, and businesses are optimistic about the outlook for 2014, all excellent news for those who value the expertise and unique flavor that independent stores contribute to the natural and organic supplements, grocery, HABA and home products industries.

It happens nearly every day: you’ve eaten lunch, dinner isn’t for another three hours and your stomach starts rumbling. Time to grab a quick snack! But looking at the vending machine in your office, all you see are potato chips fried in genetically modified oils and candy bars that are just chocolate-covered sugar with a side of artificial flavorings. If you and your shoppers are like millions of others today, these options just aren’t good enough anymore. You’re hungry for something healthy.

Sophie’s Kitchen has three new items: Breaded Vegan Coconut Shrimp, Breaded Vegan Fish’less’ Sticks and Vegan Smoked Salmon. All products are made with konjac root, an Asian superfood low in calories and high in fiber.

Raw Foods International now offers an all-natural Mango Guarana RAAW Juice that provides an effective, healthy stimulant in the form of a juice. The Mango Guarana juice is a fresh blend of fruits and vegetables with no added sugars or preservatives. Guarana has about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee beans, and is known to increase endurance and reduce fatigue.

Little Me Tea’s kid-friendly fruit tea line of the same name has no added sugar and no caffeine. Made from a blend of white, rooibos, chamomile and hibiscus teas, Little Me Teas are sweetened with fruit and vegetable juices from apples, sweet potatoes, mangoes, grapes and more. The 25-calorie boxes are 6.75 oz and currently come in two flavors: Julia’s Tropical Tea and Zane’s Grape Tea.

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