Eden Prairie, MN—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seized several UAS Laboratories’ probiotic products because the agency believes they are being marketed as drugs. This action follows a facility inspection from earlier this year when FDA found the company was making disease claims despite several warnings.

Washington, D.C.---The iconic food pyramid for a balanced diet will now be replaced with a plate segmented to show appropriate nutritional proportions. According to the US. Department of Agriculture, MyPlate will help Americans make better food choices because the tool gets them thinking about balanced meals.

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Berkeley, CA—Researchers at University of California’s Berkeley School of Public Health believe that prenatal exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides is linked to lower intelligence scores in children.

Tallahassee, FL—Tart or sweet, green or red, apples are enjoyed by millions across the globe. Now, a USDA-funded study has highlighted the heart health benefits of consuming apples. The findings were presented at Experimental Biology 2011.

New data support the notion that, while all consumers may not care about their personal health, they are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of the products they buy.

Washington, D.C.—It’s déjà vu for hemp supporters as a bill supporting hemp farming in the United States has been reintroduced in Congress. If passed, the bill would end a 50+-year ban on hemp farming.

Rockville, MD—If the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations has its way, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will have less cash in fiscal year 2012.

Austin, TX—Continuing an upward trend apparent since 2003, sales of herbal supplements grew in 2010, according to a report published in the HerbalGram (published by the American Botanical Council). 2010 herb sales were $5.2 billion, marking a 3.3% increase over 2009 figures.