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Last month, WholeFoods reported on some pending legislation that would expand the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s authority. Since the writing of that article, the Senate passed its   Financial Services Reform Bill (H.R. 4173/S. 3217) without the provision that would inflate the FTC’s power. Since the House version of the bill does contain the controversial provision, a conference committee will now negotiate the bills and iron out the differences between the two.

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Washington, D.C.—In defending against recent attempts to expand dietary supplement regulations, much talk has centered around the fact that sufficient regulations are in place, but regulators aren’t using their full authority under those laws to enforce them. Now, however, new legislation is on the table to help.

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John McLoughlin passed away in May at the age of 69. McLoughlin had been with Soft Gel Technologies for 15 years, most recently serving as the company’s sales director. Previously, he worked in sales at Banner Pharmacaps.

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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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