WholeFoods Science Editor, Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D. reports that the District Court in Washington, D.C., has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take corrective action to restore first amendment protection and allow reasonable and truthful health claims.
Phoenix, AZ—Sprouts Farmers Market is branching out again. The successful natural products grocer will open its 50th location on June 2—that’s 50 stores in the chain’s brief eight-year history. Nineteen of these new locations were opened in the last 13 months, a time during which many other stores were closing.
Montreal and Cambridge, MA—A study published in Pediatrics in May found a correlation between pesticides and the presence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Statistics show that children with high levels of organophosphate pesticides in their urine were more likely to develop ADHD than children who had undetectable levels. In the United States, 4.5 million children ages five to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, and the study is the first to form a link between ADHD and pesticides.
Last month, WholeFoods reported on some pending legislation that would expand the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s authority. Since the writing of that article, the Senate passed its Financial Services Reform Bill (H.R. 4173/S. 3217) without the provision that would inflate the FTC’s power. Since the House version of the bill does contain the controversial provision, a conference committee will now negotiate the bills and iron out the differences between the two.
Washington, D.C.—In defending against recent attempts to expand dietary supplement regulations, much talk has centered around the fact that sufficient regulations are in place, but regulators aren’t using their full authority under those laws to enforce them. Now, however, new legislation is on the table to help.
John McLoughlin passed away in May at the age of 69. McLoughlin had been with Soft Gel Technologies for 15 years, most recently serving as the company’s sales director. Previously, he worked in sales at Banner Pharmacaps.
Austin, TX—John Mackey is no longer the only chief executive officer (CEO) of Whole Foods Market, based here. In mid-May, the chain’s board of directors voted to promote Walter Robb to the position of co-CEO, serving along side Mackey. Last December, Mackey gave up his title of chairman of the board.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is calling on Congress to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) increased authority for regulating health claims on food and dietary supplements. Specifically, the IOM wants FDA to hold food and supplement health claims to the same standards as it uses for drugs.