Austin, TX—A study published in Current Therapeutic Research has shown an echinacea preparation to be effective in early influenza treatment.

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Washington, DC— Following much research and debate on the subject, the FDA has finalized that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are no longer Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).

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South Plainfield, NJ—WholeFoods Magazine has selected Debra’s Natural Gourmet as its 2015 Retailer of The Year. The store, located in Concord, MA, was founded by CEO Debra Stark in 1989, with the aim of bringing the fresh foods and natural remedies she was raised on to the community. With the help of her son Adam and employees, Stark managed to turn this store into a neighborhood staple by putting an emphasis on customer service and a unique product selection that mixes locally sourced products with exotic items.

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Austin, TEXAS – Whole Foods Market has announced that their new line of stores, which was announced last month, will be named “365 by Whole Foods Market,” after a brand that is already sold in the grocery store, according to a press release.

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Vancouver, Canada—Nutritional food company Vega, based here, has been acquired by dairy producer WhiteWave Foods Co., for $550 million.

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Boulder, CO – Steve Hughes, the chief executive officer and member of the Boulder Brands Board of Directors, has resigned from both positions with the company, according to a press release. The company has also announced that, effective immediately, James B. Leighton, who has been the company’s chief operating officer since 2013, will assume the position of interim CEO.

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monsanto name change

St.Louis, MO—Recent business correspondence from agricultural mega-company Monsanto, based here, suggests that it may be trying to change its name as well as relocate.

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Washington, D.C.—Three new amendments to a must-pass Defense bill could lead to dietary supplement restrictions for military personnel.

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poultry antibiotics

Washington, D.C. – After a push from Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and members of the industry, President Barack Obama has created a memorandum that will help to limit the use of antibiotics in meat and poultry, according to a press release.

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Brooklyn, NY—Abbott Nutrition is being sued by a group of parents for allegedly “misleading misrepresentations on its private-label Similac Advance Organic Infant Formulas,” according to the court documents. It is being said that, of the 49 ingredients listed on the product, 26 of them are not allowed in organic foods.

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