Washington, D.C.—In late March, history was made with the passing of healthcare reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. While disagreement continues over whether the changes outlined in the legislature will have negative or positive ramifications, supporters of natural health options are examining the numerous provisions in the legislation that address complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to erase false claims and mislabeling found on food packaging. The group started this appeal in late October 2009 when they announced they would be regulating the language on the fronts of food packages. 

The Natural Products Association (NPA), based in Washington, D.C., and NaTrue (a Belgium-based international natural and organic cosmetics association) will create a mutual recognition agreement for “high-level standards for natural personal care.” The end result would mean products in compliance with NPA or NaTrue standards would be recognized by the other group, too.

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Washington, D.C.—Results from an internal audit of the National Organic Program (NOP) call into question its productivity and operations. Since a prior audit in 2005, officials made improvements by implementing corrective actions for eight of the 10 recommendations by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

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Chapel Hill, NC—A study recently published by researchers at the University of North Carolina has found that children are snacking more frequently between meals. The study, conducted with data from over 31,000 children from two to 18 years old, reports that children in the United States are eating an average of three snacks a day, on top of their three regular meals. 

Cincinnati, OH—Research published in the March issue of British Journal of Nutrition indicates that Concord grape juice may help support healthy brain function in older adults. Data presented in a double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot investigation suggest such findings.

People often have specific health goals in mind when walking into a whole food or supplement store, so it makes sense for storeowners to aid them in their search for products suited to their needs. This usually is accomplished with signage and store sections, pointing the customer in the direction of, say, the whole-grains section, or the aisle containing vitamin D supplements. Taking things a step further, though, can often lead to more satisfied customers and better sales.