When asked to describe Natur-Tyme, WholeFoods Magazine’s 2011 Retailer of the Year, customers in a focus group associated the store with terms like “wellness,” “health,” “information” and “learning center.” No one ascribed to it the generic title of “health food store,” and that is likely because this Syracuse, NY natural products retailer is anything, and everything, but generic.

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Washington, D.C.---The iconic food pyramid for a balanced diet will now be replaced with a plate segmented to show appropriate nutritional proportions. According to the US. Department of Agriculture, MyPlate will help Americans make better food choices because the tool gets them thinking about balanced meals.

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Eden Prairie, MN—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seized several UAS Laboratories’ probiotic products because the agency believes they are being marketed as drugs. This action follows a facility inspection from earlier this year when FDA found the company was making disease claims despite several warnings.

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Chico, CA—Three large plastic bag makers are suing ChicoBag Company, claiming that the eco-friendly company has caused irreparable harm to their businesses.

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Austin, TX—Continuing an upward trend apparent since 2003, sales of herbal supplements grew in 2010, according to a report published in the HerbalGram (published by the American Botanical Council). 2010 herb sales were $5.2 billion, marking a 3.3% increase over 2009 figures.

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Rockville, MD—If the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations has its way, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will have less cash in fiscal year 2012.

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Washington, D.C.—It’s déjà vu for hemp supporters as a bill supporting hemp farming in the United States has been reintroduced in Congress. If passed, the bill would end a 50+-year ban on hemp farming.

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