Los Angeles, CA—According to a new poll out today (Oct. 25, 2012) in the Los Angeles Times, the Proposition 37 mandate to label genetically engineered foods faces a dead heat among California voters leading into Election Day.

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Washington, D.C.—Incident reports released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have connected Monster Energy, a brand of drinks high in caffeine, with five deaths over a three year period. The reports were solicited via the Freedom of Information Act as part of a lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corporation by Wendy Crossland, according to The New York Times. The Maryland mother’s 14-year-old daughter died last December of a heart arrhythmia, which occurred after drinking two 24-ounce cans of Monster in two days.

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Marley Coffee, a partner company of Marley Beverage Company, LLC (makers of Marley’s Mellow Mood), showcased its ground, whole bean and single-serving packages of coffees, particularly the Jamaica Blue Mountain line, which is grown, processed and packaged on their certified organic, 52-acre Jamaican coffee farm. The chairman, Rohan Marley, bought the farm 11 years ago and is dedicated to sustainability and paying his local workers above a living wage, says Brent Toevs, CEO of Marley Coffee.

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Nationwide grocery store Trader Joe’s has voluntarily recalled its one peanut butter after cases of Salmonella were reported.

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New York—Attorney general of the state of New York Eric T. Schneiderman issued subpoenas in July to leading energy drink makers PepsiCo, Inc., maker of AMP; Monster Beverage Corp. and Living Essentials LLC, maker of 5-hour Energy drinks, the Wall Street Journal reports. The accuracy of these companies’ marketing and advertising on behalf of these products is being called into question.

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S&P 500 stock shares of Dean Foods spiked 34% on August 8th, when the company announced it would put forth an IPO for 20% of its WhiteWave Foods division, which houses the Horizon Organic milk and Silk Soy brands.

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Washington, D.C.-After more scrutiny continued over several issues in the finishing of the Farm Bill, the House Agriculture Committee approved the bill on July 12th with a vote of 35-11.

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Utah—Natural products industry champion Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is one step closer to keeping his seat in Congress. In a sweeping victory over opponent Dan Liljenquist, Hatch won his party’s nomination with 67% of the vote.  

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Washington, D.C.— NASFT’s 58th Summer Fancy Foods Show was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from June 17-19, hosting over 2400 exhibitors from all over the world, in what was its final appearance in the nation’s capital before returning to New York’s Javits Center for 2013.

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The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) was informed last night (June 19) that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to disseminate a revised draft guidance on new dietary ingredients (NDIs) used in dietary supplements.

The guidance, originally issued July 5, 2011, was widely criticized by the industry, which claimed that it was a flawed attempt by the agency to reinterpret the NDI section of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

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