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Rockville, MD—Following some 30 years of toxicology research surrounding the health threats of bisphenol-A (BPA) exposure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally stating that there exists “some concern” for infants and children exposed to this chemical after having stated it was harmless for decades.

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Rockville, MD—This month, Vasilios “Bill” Frankos will retire as director of the division of dietary supplements programs for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to a press statement, he will join supplement maker Herbalife in April as the company’s senior vice president of product compliance and safety.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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Alexandria, VA—Consumers who are concerned about the safety of dietary supplements should pay attention to a new statistic offered by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. According to the U.S. National Poison Data System, dietary supplements caused no deaths in 2008.

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Washington, D.C.—WholeFoods continues its coverage of the lawsuit brought against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding qualified health claims for selenium and health claim censorship with an update.

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New York, NY—WholeFoods reported last month on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) publication of draft guidelines concerning the distinction between beverages and liquid dietary supplements. Since then, as part of the commentary phase of the FDA guideline process, Ullman, Shapiro and Ullman, LLP have submitted a thorough response statement in opposition to the proposed FDA guidelines.

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Buffalo Grove, IL—North American Herb and Spice (NAHS) is holding a NAHS Wild Medicine Exploration Contest until June 2010. Stores can compete in various categories (such as best display of NAHS products) for a chance to win a trip to the northernmost Canada wilderness.

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Port-Au-Prince, Haiti—On Tuesday, January 12, the Port-Au-Prince region of Haiti experienced an earthquake, which ranked 7.0 in magnitude, leaving in its wake a path of destruction. For those living the disaster, the day was filled with shock, fear and total chaos. But, for the rest of the world watching, it was a time to reach out and offer hope to disaster-torn Haiti.

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In a notice published in the December 4 Federal Register, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ruled that boldione, desoxymethyltestosterone (DMT) and 19-nor-4,9(10)-androstadienedione will all be classified as anabolic steroids under the Controlled Substances Act.

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Anaheim, CA—The Natural Products Expo West tradeshow and exhibition will return to Anaheim, CA from March 11 through 14. The conference organizers have booked author Bill McKibben to address the crowds on “Food, Economy and 350.”

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