Ojai, CA—As communities struggle to regain a footing after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, Nourish America is providing needed support via $1.5 million in nutritional products donated by various companies. Throughout the Northeast and North Carolina, continuous heavy rain has meant record flooding and widespread evacuations, including a mandatory order for 100,000 to flee in preparation for Lee.

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The natural products industry has been dissecting the proposed guidelines for new dietary ingredients (NDIs) since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made them public in July. Last month, WholeFoods explained some of the technical parts of the document and what they could mean for supplement makers. But, there’s another side of the story: the human side, specifically how companies are reacting to the document.

 

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now has broader authority to levy fees for the re-inspection of imported food. The new fee structure comes as a result of certain sections of the recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and some parties fear it may result in burdensome fees for small companies and in higher food prices.

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Though they founded a pioneering mushroom supplements company called Mushroom Wisdom, president and CEO Mike Shirota and vice president Tomoko Nakamura are no mycologists (fungi specialists). Instead, they were initially inspired by a simple truth: mushrooms and the nutrients they contain can support many areas of human health.

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The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently printed two separate articles that cover the mechanisms through which amino acids affect protein synthesis.

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

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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Albuquerque, NM—When German physician Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg, M.D., began experimenting with homeopathic remedies in the 1920s, he probably had little idea that the company he would soon found—Heel—would one day become a major force in the world of homeopathy. This year, the firm is celebrating its 75th year of manufacturing homeopathic remedies.

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South Plainfield, NJ—This fall, WholeFoods Magazine will be available online at www.wholefoodsmagazine.com. Its former site (www.wholefoodsmagazineonline.com) will redirect readers to the new address.

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Baltimore, MD—Fresh partnerships and new business opportunities will mark Natural Products Expo East 2011, to be held here September 21–24. Coming home to the Baltimore Convention Center after a three-year run in Boston, this year’s show features over 1,300 exhibitors and should see a boost in attendance as well.

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