The Natural Products Association (NPA), based in Washington, D.C., and NaTrue (a Belgium-based international natural and organic cosmetics association) will create a mutual recognition agreement for “high-level standards for natural personal care.” The end result would mean products in compliance with NPA or NaTrue standards would be recognized by the other group, too.

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Des Moines, IA-based Kemin Health L.C. appointed Michael Ceddia, Ph.D., to the position of vice president of research and development.

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South Plainfield, NJ—This spring, WholeFoods Magazine launches a new, innovative Web site, www.wholefoodsmagazineonline.com. This new site will combine and replace the publication’s previous sites, www.wfcinc.com and www.wfcgreenbook.com.

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Washington, D.C.—A new legislative bill is on the table that would give dietary supplement makers the ability to reference additional scientific information about the health benefits of their products.

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Washington, D.C.—In late March, history was made with the passing of healthcare reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. While disagreement continues over whether the changes outlined in the legislature will have negative or positive ramifications, supporters of natural health options are examining the numerous provisions in the legislation that address complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

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Expo West

According to show organizers, some 56,000 industry members attended this year’s Natural Products Expo West/SupplyExpo, held in Anaheim, CA. Overall, the mood was enthusiastic, though it was clear that the recent regulatory events were a chief concern of many companies. Nonetheless, Expo West offered many educational lessons and was the launch pad for several new products and company initiatives.

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Natural Products Day

Washington, D.C.—Each spring, industry members visit lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to help ensure our laws continue to guarantee access to natural products. The Natural Products Association (NPA, npainfo.org), based in D.C., coordinates these visits by making appointments for association members with their Congressmen and women. This year, nearly 150 members representing 33 states plus the District of Columbia came to Capitol Hill for more than 140 meetings on Tuesday, March 23rd.

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Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.

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ear candle

Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning to consumers about the potential dangers of ear candles, and is attempting to enforce regulations on the product’s major manufacturers. 

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Fish Oil

Washington, D.C.—In the wake of the filing of a lawsuit against fish oil manufacturers over alleged polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in their products, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), based here, released a statement defending the practices of these companies.

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