Rockville, MD—Based on results from a 10-year study tracking the retail industry’s efforts to improve food safety factors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concludes that the presence of certified food safety managers on site to oversee and enforce food safety practices in stores significantly increases compliance with food safety practices.

Washington, D.C.—In October, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the first report of a two-phase study examining nutrition rating systems and symbols on front-of-package (FOP) labeling. This first report details the nutrition science basis for FOP labeling systems and concludes that FOP labeling systems ought to reference serving size, calorie information, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium to effectively assist consumers in making healthful food choices.

Albuquerque, NM—Homeopathic medicine supplier Heel USA held an editors’ summit in early October.

Tallahassee, FL—The most famous summer picnic fruit is now found to have positive benefits for health. A study conducted by food scientists at Florida State University found that watermelon can help support healthy blood pressure levels.

Boston, MA—Natural Products Expo East, held here October 13–16, wrapped up its run in Boston with a 1,300-booth exhibit hall and an organic-heavy educational line-up, due to its combined program with the Organic Summit and the Organic Trade Association (OTA)’s All Things Organic show. Next year, Expo East is slated to return to Baltimore, MD, September 21–24.

Arlington Heights, IL—John Carlson, co-founder and president of Carlson Laboratories, will retire after 45 years of heading the company. Carlson will not completely break from the company, instead serving as its Director Emeritus, an “advisory role,” says the firm.

Carlson has been an active member of many organizations including National Nutritional Food Association, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the National Institute of Nutritional Education and others.

Bloomington, IN—Helios Corporation and Sunbio have launched the Safety vs. Uncertainty initiative in an effort to clarify viable, safe choices in the menopause support arena.

 

GMO salmon

Washington, D.C.—Last month WholeFoods reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was giving signs it would approve the introduction of a genetically modified salmon product. Eleven senators from mostly coastal states have since tried to halt the approval process, urging FDA to consider the matter more closely before making a decision.

Pomegranate product makers POM Wonderful are embroiled in a fight with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over their use of health claims-based marketing for their products. The action is the latest example of efforts by FTC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to more heavily scrutinize and regulate health claims from product manufacturers.