Los Angeles, CA—According to a new poll out today (Oct. 25, 2012) in the Los Angeles Times, the Proposition 37 mandate to label genetically engineered foods faces a dead heat among California voters leading into Election Day.

Portland, OR—Lisa Sedlar has left her position as president and CEO of the successful New Seasons Market retail chain. Sedlar, who joined New Seasons in 2005 and led the chain in a strong period of growth, now plans to launch her own chain of healthy convenience stores that will sell fresh food, bakery items, deli/cheese products, locally sourced goods, grab-and-go items and other grocery products.

Washington, D.C.—Most Americans (68%) take dietary supplements and 85% are confident in their safety, quality and efficacy, according to the 2012 Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements.

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Washington, D.C.—Incident reports released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have connected Monster Energy, a brand of drinks high in caffeine, with five deaths over a three year period. The reports were solicited via the Freedom of Information Act as part of a lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corporation by Wendy Crossland, according to The New York Times. The Maryland mother’s 14-year-old daughter died last December of a heart arrhythmia, which occurred after drinking two 24-ounce cans of Monster in two days.

Washington, D.C—The biennial registration renewal requirement for food facilities is now underway (which began at 12:01AM on October 22, 2012). Under the Food Safety Modernization Act registration requirements, renewals will take place between October 1 and December 1 of even years.

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Elk Grove Village, IL—The advantages of an organic diet are convincing, according to a new clinical report published in Pediatrics by members of the Committee on Nutrition and the Council on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics, based here.

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