Pomegranate product makers POM Wonderful are embroiled in a fight with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over their use of health claims-based marketing for their products. The action is the latest example of efforts by FTC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to more heavily scrutinize and regulate health claims from product manufacturers.
Washington, D.C.—Last month WholeFoods reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was giving signs it would approve the introduction of a genetically modified salmon product. Eleven senators from mostly coastal states have since tried to halt the approval process, urging FDA to consider the matter more closely before making a decision.
Washington, D.C.— Following negotiations with law firm Emord & Associates, FDA will now allow select cancer-related health claims on selenium supplement product labels. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia overruled FDA’s decision to censor four qualified health claims, by finding it in violation of the First Amendment commercial speech standard.
Coral Springs, FL—The successful Tunie’s Super Save Nutrition Center, based here, is under new ownership. The business, built by Al Forman over the past 17 years, is now owned by Taylor Hamilton. Friends Hamilton and Forman worked out the deal earlier this year.
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.