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Last month, WholeFoods reported on some pending legislation that would expand the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s authority. Since the writing of that article, the Senate passed its   Financial Services Reform Bill (H.R. 4173/S. 3217) without the provision that would inflate the FTC’s power. Since the House version of the bill does contain the controversial provision, a conference committee will now negotiate the bills and iron out the differences between the two.

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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are still a hot button issue that continues to gain momentum. On Tuesday April 27, in the very first Supreme Court law suit about genetically engineered crops, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments from the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in its case against Monsanto (Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms)...

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Many older Americans are forced to give up some independence with age because loss of visual acuity limits their ability to drive. Interesting research from the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in North Chicago indicates that zeaxanthin may be able to help. 

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Dallas, TX—A recent warning letter sent to Coats International following a good manufacturing practices inspection underscores several out-of-compliance issues that inspectors are finding at dietary supplement plants.

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Lund, Sweden— As part of Europe’s HEALTHGRAIN project, researchers from Finland and Ireland investigated several processing techniques for improving the quality, safety and nutritional profile of oat-based, gluten-free bread.

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Denver, CO and Boston, MA—Most pregnant women aren’t getting enough vitamin D, even those that take prenatal supplements, according to a study carried out by researchers from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.

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Whole Foods Market, based here, announced in May that it would halt the sale of krill oil because of sustainability issues. And at the end of May, Aker BioMarine became the first krill fishery to become certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a much sought-after designation that indicates environmental sustainability.

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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is calling on Congress to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) increased authority for regulating health claims on food and dietary supplements. Specifically, the IOM wants FDA to hold food and supplement health claims to the same standards as it uses for drugs.

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Austin, TX—John Mackey is no longer the only chief executive officer (CEO) of Whole Foods Market, based here. In mid-May, the chain’s board of directors voted to promote Walter Robb to the position of co-CEO, serving along side Mackey. Last December, Mackey gave up his title of chairman of the board.