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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.

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boston

Boston, MA—Natural Products Expo East returns to Boston next month, October 13–16, with a big name speaker. Big screen actress and vegan Alicia Silverstone will speak at the Friday morning keynote event on how poor food choices are negatively affecting disease rates and the environment.

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fda

Rockville, MD—The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition released some data at the beginning of August about its new Reportable Food Registry system. Manufacturers are required to use this system to report problems in human and animal food (and feed) that may pose a public health risk. The data are intended to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration locate and prevent food hazards from proceeding through the supply chain.

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monk fruit

Duiven, the Netherlands—Luo han guo, a natural, low-calorie sweetener that has been used in China for hundreds of years, may soon become more popular here in the States, according to the Innova Markets Insights’ database, which tracks new product activity.

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food safety

Washington, D.C.—After much back and forth, a group of senators representing both sides of the aisle finalized revisions to the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act, which has already passed the House of Representatives. The hope is that the Senate will put this bill on its agenda later this year.

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Expo East

Boulder, CO—Show organizers have announced that Natural Products Expo East will return to Baltimore next year.

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Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Foundation (NPF) encouraged industry companies to get involved in its Truth in Advertising program by donating $100 per month to help “clean up advertising practices in an industry-wide effort.”

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