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Redmond, WA—Natural products retailer VitaminLife, with a 4,000-ft2 store and an online business based here, is now selling products—including brands traditionally only sold by natural products retailers—through Walmart.com. This appears to be the first supplements retailer to have made such a partnership with Walmart. While this news may be disconcerting to some independent retailers, just how such eCommerce marketplaces are intersecting with the natural products industry is complicated.

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Caen, France—A 2012 research paper linking genetically modified (GM) corn with tumor growth in rats has been retracted by the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. The study has frequently been cited by those who question the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply.

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Fairfield, IA— Experts have suggested there may be a link between genetically modified (GM) foods and gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease.

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Norcross, GA—U.S. Marshals have seized more than $2 million worth of dietary supplements that contain an unapproved food additive from a supplement manufacturer.

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Washington, IL—On Sunday, November 17, more than 16 tornadoes hit Illinois and parts of Indiana, leaving incredible damage in their wake. One of the hardest hit areas was Washington, IL, where one person was killed, 120 people were injured and 500 homes were destroyed.

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What did retailers from across the country tell us was hot to close out 2013? Here is our breakdown of national and regional sales trends from October through December, as identified from our monthly What’s Selling column.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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

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Haddonfield, NJ—Reviva Labs, known for its innovative skincare products, celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.

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Kailua-Kona, HI— Synthetic astaxanthin, an illegal and untested antioxidant carotenoid supplement ingredient, may have entered into the U.S. market to be sold as natural astaxanthin.

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