NPA membership

Washington, D.C.—It has been 27 years since the Natural Products Association (NPA) revised its membership guidelines, and the association now feels it is time to make some changes.

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards were described as “too lenient and discretionary” by a study recently published in the journal Biological Conservation. Now, the sustainable fishing certifier has presented the journal with its official response, and offered its perspective on the matter to WholeFoods.

FDA spending

Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing a budget of $4.7 billion for fiscal year 2014 budget (Oct. 1, 2013–Sept. 30. 2014). 

 On April 24, the “Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act” was introduced in congress with bipartisan support. If passed, it would require all food products containing genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled as such in the United States. The bill’s main sponsors are Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR).

breast cancer vitamin e

A new study, published in Carcinogenesis, revealed that annatto-derived vitamin E tocotrienols (~90% delta- and 10% gamma-tocotrienol as DeltaGold from American River Nutrition, Hadley, MA) may help prevent tumors that lead to breast cancer.


New York, NY—The journal Clinical Interventions in Aging published data from an open Italian study called IDEALE that suggests supplemental citicoline (1,000 mg daily, as Cognizin from Kyowa Hakko, based here) helps older individual with minor cognitive impairment.

bitter orange safety

West Caldwell, NJ—The May issue of Food and Chemical Toxicology has new research highlighting the safety of bitter orange extract (p-synephrine as Advantra Z from Nutratech, Inc., based here) taken alone or together with naringin (a grapefruit flavonoid) and hesperidin (a citrus flavonoid).

blood sugar grapes

Madera, CA—U.C. Davis researchers have found that a branded grape seed extract (GSE) enhances antioxidant status and reduces the body’s glycemic response after a high-fat, high-carb meal.

Allen Skolnick

Allen Skolnick, a pioneer in the nutrition industry, passed away on April 24. Reflecting on this sad news, Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D., science editor of WholeFoods Magazine, stated: "Today, I lost my best friend, but the health food community lost a true champion. Allen Skolnick was more than an industry-changing pioneer."