Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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The Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a report in responses to growing concerns about dietary supplements and their structure/function claims. In this report, FDA acquired 127 supplements, analyzed their structure/function claims and investigated how they substantiate such claims. 

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Natural Products Expo East ended on a very sad note when industry lost a good friend and colleague. Peter Eric Baskauskas died of sudden cardiac arrest on September 22 at the age of 56.

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WholeFoods Magazine was pleased to honor many of the recipients of the 2012 Natural Choice Awards at Expo East. Publisher Heather Wainer and Editor/Associate Publisher Kaylynn Chiarello-Ebner visited the booths of the award winners recognized below:

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After three quarters of a century, Lundberg Family Farms is still dedicated to rice and family. They celebrated the milestone at Expo East in a room decorated with historical pictures of the company and the Lundberg family, as the current generation of company leaders mingled with guests with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on hand.

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California Proposition 65 was passed in that state by voters in 1986, to protect the safety of drinking water and reduce toxic substance exposure in consumer products by requiring companies to place warning labels when these toxins are present. According to Gretchen DuBeau, executive director of Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA), Prop 65 is not playing out exactly as it was intended.

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Part of Whole Foods Market’s success has come as a result of its efforts in engaging customers, and much of this happens through social media. At a seminar titled “What’s Behind Whole Foods Market’s Social Media Strategy?”, Whole Foods Market digital marketing manager Ryan Amirault shared some insight into how his company’s social media outreach has developed.

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WholeFoods editors attending many of the educational sessions at Expo East 2012. The following are a few of the highlights.

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Baltimore, MD—Natural Products Expo East brought together a strong educational program and a large tradeshow of 1,550 exhibits at the Baltimore Convention Center, September 19–22, 2012. According to show organizers, over 21,000 industry members were in attendance. The tradeshow featured several newcomers to the natural channel, including 36% of all exhibitors.

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Women who dream of being leaders have a new resource at their disposal, thanks to the D.A.W.N. (Developing and Advancing Women in Naturals) Network.

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