Washington, D.C.—The Food Safety Accountability Act, introduced in September by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) would, if passed, establish criminal penalties for "any individual or corporation that knowingly distributes tainted food products." The penalties include a fine and/or a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
Washington, D.C.—On September 27, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that is intended to help small businesses. The legislation will give tax credits to small businesses and help such firms receive loans more easily. This aid will cost about $42 billion over the course of a decade.
The much-debated decision over whether to introduce a genetically modified organism (GMO) into the U.S. food supply is drawing near for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The GMO is a proprietary species of salmon bred by the biotech company AquaBounty Technologies, and would be the first GMO to be placed on store shelves in the United States.
South Plainfield, NJ—Industry companies and retailers looking for information about natural products companies now have another resource. The WholeFoods e-Directory is now available at http://directory.wholefoodsmagazineonline.com.
Bellevue, WA—A new report released by the Hartman Group, a consumer research firm, shows that many consumers are investing in their health and are making positive changes in their lifestyles. According to the report, over half of all consumers (54%) say that they have recently changed their views on health and wellness for the better. This report indicates that people are looking for products and services that can help them attain a better quality of life.