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(AHPA) was informed last night (June 19) that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to disseminate a revised draft guidance on new dietary ingredients (NDIs) used in dietary supplements.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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Lakewood, CO—Natural and organic retail chain Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will try to raise $115 million through the sale of common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The company filed as Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc., and would like to trade on the NYSE under the symbol “NGVC.”

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Paramus, NJ—Udi’s Healthy Foods, LLC, a company known and loved for its gluten-free breads and other foods, is now owned by Smart Balance, Inc., based here.  

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Bergen, Norway—A new study published in Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental indicates there may be a connection between obesity support and krill supplementation.

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New York, NY—New research indicates there may be an effective way to enhance levels of l-glutamine in the blood. This amino acid plays a vital role in cell proliferation, provides the fuel for respiration, supports muscle recovery after exercise and enhances healthy immune function.

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New York, NY—A branded L-alanyl-L-glutamine ingredient (Sustamine from Kyowa Hakko, based here) improved performance and reaction time in 10 college basketball players.

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Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it needs more dough for its fiscal year 2013 budget.

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