Austin, TX—Whole Foods Market has enacted new packaging guidelines that affect the personal care products and dietary supplements it sells. According to a press statement, the natural products retail chain will require that suppliers use less plastic in their packaging, switch to glass (when they can), use only packaging materials that can be recycled or are made with largely post-consumer recycled (PCR) content.
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.