Lakewood, OH—In many stores, a job opens up, applications come in, new employees are selected, they’re briefly trained and away they go. In some stores, training goes a step further to maybe a monthly educational seminar. Nature’s Bin, based here, takes training 10 steps further, however, by making it the store’s mission to hire, train, mentor and support employees with a variety of disabilities.

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NJ State Assembly

Trenton, NJ—The New Jersey State Legislature recently passed the New Jersey Assembly Bill 4133, which allows physicians and podiatric physicians to dispense certain dietary supplements. The bill was originally introduced in the NJ state assembly in February 2015, and passed the state senate on January 19 of this year.

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news brief

Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity, certifications, company news and more.

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people news

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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kratom

Silver Spring, MD-The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a press release on January 6, 2016 that U.S Marshals, at the agency’s request, seized approximately 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements labeled as containing kratom from Dordozin Natural Products LLC, South Beloit, IL. Marketed under the brand name RelaKzpro, the seizure is valued at greater than $400,000.

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food flavor trends

United States—Various sources are forecasting top flavor trends for 2016, and many have an international flair. These trends may affect 2016 options for foods, beverages, functional foods/drinks and food service items.

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whole foods ny pricing

New York, NY—The NY Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has made a deal with Whole Foods Market requiring it to pay $500,000 for allegedly overcharging shoppers.

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SOHO Expo

Orlando, FL—The Southeast Natural Products Association (SENPA) held its annual SOHO Expo in early December, and is said to have been its biggest tradeshow of all time. The tradeshow boasted an exhibit hall of more than 372 exhibiting companies and more than 3,000 attendees.

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newsbriefs

Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity, certifications, company news and more.

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fda supplements

Rockville, MD—The Dietary Supplement Programs has been elevated from a division to an office at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the parent Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling. Bob Durkin will serve as the acting office director of the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs while FDA finds permanent leadership.

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