fair trade

Fair trade labels carry a promise—about how products or ingredients are sourced from developing countries—and according to a recent study, it can affect the value consumers put on a product.

After a report determined the presence of vinpocetine and picamilon in U.S. dietary supplements marketed as brain enhancers, sports supplements and weight loss supplements, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is taking action. McCaskill, a top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, wrote U.S. Food and Drug Administration Acting Administrator Stephen Ostroff requesting the suspension of sales for any supplement containing the ingredients, pending an investigation.


Washington, D.C.—Industry members have a lot to learn from the opinions expressed by a U.S. District judge in the case of the United States versus Bayer Corp., according to Steve Mister, Esq., president and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

homeopathy ftc

On September 21, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held an all-day workshop in Washington, D.C., titled, “Homeopathic Medicine & Advertising.”


New Brunswick, NJ—New research published in Andrologia suggests that a branded shilajit (PrimaVie from Natreon, published here) increased free and total testosterone levels in healthy men.

whole foods jobs

On Monday September 28, Whole Foods Market revealed its plan to downsize its workforce nationwide over the next two months.

food waste

Washington, D.C.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have set the country’s first national food waste reduction goal, which aims to reduce food loss and waste by 50 percent by 2030.

ftc bayer

Newark, NJ-A U.S. District judge in Newark, NJ, decided not to hold Bayer Corp in contempt for supposedly violating a 2007 consent decree about how it markets dietary supplements.

honey bee

Iowa City, IA—In conjunction with 36 industry partners, National Co+op Grocers (NCG), based here, made a donation of $64,425 to The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Based in Portland, OR, the Society is a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. The donation was officially made as part of National Co+op Grocers “Convergence” grocery and wellness conference held in St. Paul, MN.