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Washington, D.C. —Consumer trust is of supreme importance for retailers, translating to brand confidence and consumer loyalty, but knowing how to gain and maintain it proves is difficult.

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Washington, D.C.—Television personality Mehmet Oz, M.D., testified in Capitol Hill on June 17, in front of a senate panel investigating how to protect consumers from false and deceptive advertising of weight-loss products.

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The organic food industry achieved its fastest growth rate in five years in 2013, says a new survey from the Organic Trade Association (OTA). An 11.5% jump saw the industry reach $35.1 billion in sales, up from $31.5 billion in 2012. The growth is set to continue, according to OTA, as the Organic Industry Survey projects that this rate will at least be matched and possibly exceeded over the next two years.

Washington, D.C.—In what is being called a “historic investment,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $78 million available annually for the development of regional and local food systems. The operations eligible to receive funds include food hubs, farmers markets, aggregation and processing facilities, distribution services and other local food business enterprises.

Harvard, MA—Neonicotinoids, a class of insecticide, are harmful to honey bee colonies during winter months, according to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health. This study strengthens previous findings associating insecticide use with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a term used to describe the recent widespread disappearance of honey bee colonies.

Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., addressed the Ingredient Marketplace crowd in early June with a presentation entitled, “There and Back Again.” Reflecting upon his time as the director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) division of dietary supplements, Fabricant, now executive director and CEO of the Natural Products Association (NPA), offered insight into FDA’s current thinking on dietary supplements and what could be on the agency’s radar for the future.

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