Plant Based Food Association

San Francisco, CA, March 7—Daiya Foods, Follow Your Heart, Miyoko's Kitchen, The Tofurky Company and Upton’s Naturals have established the Plant Based Food Association (PBFA), with 18 charter members and counting.

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GMO

Senate Bill 2609, otherwise known as the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act, which threatened to override mandatory GMO labeling laws such as that of Vermont, was blocked on Wednesday, March 16 by the Senate. After a procedural vote of 49 yes votes and 48 no votes, the bill did not meet the requisite 60 votes necessary to advance to the Senate.

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Ingredient Markplace 2016, Orlando, Fl

For the second straight year, Ingredient Marketplace heads to Orlando, Florida, from April 27-29.

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USDA

A coalition of over 50 sustainable agriculture, environmental, bee keeping and public interest organizations have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to follow up on a March 2015 letter regarding alleged suppression of research, harassment of scientists and censorship by the agency. In March 2015, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a citizen’s petition calling on USDA to adopt new policies that would protect government scientists’ ability to evaluate and communicate freely research findings that questions the safety of agrichemicals without political interference and fear of retaliation.

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FDA, GMP Inspection Observation Data

Silver Spring, MD—In late January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its Inspectional Observation Summaries for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

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The Dr. Bob Martin Show

Better Health Networks is proud to announce that 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of “The Dr. Bob Martin Show” being in national radio syndication.

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navy pier chicago

Chicago, IL—Some 2,000 industry members are expected to make their way to the Windy City for William Reed Business Media’s inaugural The Healthy & Natural Show. The three-day show will take place May 5­–7 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Here are five key things to do while attending the show.

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Robert M. Califf, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Silver Spring, MD—Robert M. Califf has been confirmed as the new commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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KeHe, Monterrey Provision

Naperville, IL—KeHe has acquired San Diego-based Monterrey Provision Company, a 40-year-old family-owned distributor of retail grocery products. The acquisition is said to help advance KeHe’s strategic plan to be a trusted distributor for natural, organic and specialty products.

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