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Austin, TX—John Mackey is no longer the only chief executive officer (CEO) of Whole Foods Market, based here. In mid-May, the chain’s board of directors voted to promote Walter Robb to the position of co-CEO, serving along side Mackey. Last December, Mackey gave up his title of chairman of the board.

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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is calling on Congress to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) increased authority for regulating health claims on food and dietary supplements. Specifically, the IOM wants FDA to hold food and supplement health claims to the same standards as it uses for drugs.

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New legislation on the table seeks to inflate the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s authority, which some say is unnecessary and inappropriate

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On March 29, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a bisphenol-A (BPA) action plan to assess the environmental impacts of the chemical and to require testing of its environmental effects.

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New Seasons Market, based here, was chosen as the 2010 WholeFoods Magazine Retailer of the Year.

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The plaintiffs in a California lawsuit against fish oil makers made waves at SupplySide East with a tradeshow booth dedicated to their Web site FishOilSafety.com.

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The United States saw a spike in organic product sales in 2009, although the economy continued to ail, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA).   

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This June 10 to 12, the 73rd annual Natural MarketPlace convention will be the place for natural products retailers and suppliers to learn about a new era in the business.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently asking for comments and data based on its new front-of-package nutrition labeling plan.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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