News from industry food companies.

With so many different trends popping up in nutrition, it may be hard to discern which diet programs are just out for their 15 minutes of fame and which are here to stay. It’s safe to say that one diet plan, however, will not be going away any time soon; in fact, its followers argue that their diet has been successful for 2.6 million years!

Washington, D.C. —The Natural Products Foundation’s (NPF) Truth in Advertising program mailed 150 warning letters in 2013.

walmart marketplace

Redmond, WA—Natural products retailer VitaminLife, with a 4,000-ft2 store and an online business based here, is now selling products—including brands traditionally only sold by natural products retailers—through Walmart.com. This appears to be the first supplements retailer to have made such a partnership with Walmart. While this news may be disconcerting to some independent retailers, just how such eCommerce marketplaces are intersecting with the natural products industry is complicated.

healthcare costs

Washington, D.C.—A new report by market analyst Frost & Sullivan examines how supplementation can lead to lower healthcare costs.

Caen, France—A 2012 research paper linking genetically modified (GM) corn with tumor growth in rats has been retracted by the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. The study has frequently been cited by those who question the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply.

East Lansing, MI—New research shows that consuming a high-fat diet during puberty may be linked to the development of breast cancer.

Frustrated with a lack of progress from negotiators, activists groups made a dramatic exit just before the close of this year’s world climate change meetings by walking out en masse from Warsaw’s National Stadium, where the meetings were held. The 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held November 11–22, was meant to firm up the timeline for a legally binding 2015 agreement on climate change goals, but observers were dismayed by continued fighting over details among the delegates.

Fairfield, IA— Experts have suggested there may be a link between genetically modified (GM) foods and gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease.