Silver Spring, MD – As of Thursday, April 23, five dietary supplement companies received warning letters for their use of an unapproved stimulant in their products. The companies were accused of using BMPEA (R-beta-methylphenethylamine) as a dietary supplement ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the firms 15 business days to make the needed adjustments to the eight total products involved.

Fosnavåg, Norway—Lipids in Health and Disease published the results of a study (sponsored by Olympic Seafood AS, maker of Rimfrost krill) that compared the bioavailability of DHA and EPA from krill and fish oil.

Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held two days of hearings in late April to gather information about whether or not homeopathic remedies should be more strictly regulated.

Bethesda, MD—In late March, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) published a nationwide analysis that looked at the amount of processed foods comprising U.S. grocery purchases from 2000 to 2012.

Boston, MA—A recent study by Wayne Campell, Ph.D., of Purdue University and Jung Eun Kim, Ph.D., R.D., suggests consuming cooked whole eggs in conjunction with vegetables can increase carotenoid absorption. 

Private label products are not an area retailers tend to dabble in lightly. Store brand dietary supplements are often an integral part of the business, and not just a sort of bonus option for customers that can be tacked on to the vitamin department without any planning or forethought. Innovative approaches to private label and a winning strategy are key to the overall health of many stores.

WholeFoods editors attended several education sessions at Expo West 2015, and bring you some key take-home points here.

Reports and key takeaways from Expo West 2015.

At the “Your Right to Know: Next Steps in the GMO Labeling Fight” session, Gary Hirschberg, chairman of Just Label It, led a panel discussion on the current state of GMO labeling and what it means for the industry.