Haiti

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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Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA), headquartered here, invites industry members to join in Natural Products Day on March 23. This free event offers an opportunity to meet Congressional representatives on Capital Hill and discuss key industry issues with legislatures.

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

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Washington, D.C.—Former Presidential candidate, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), has introduced new legislation, the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010, which will amend the current Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). In this bi-partisan bill, co-sponsored by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), McCain seeks “to more effectively regulate dietary supplements that may pose safety risks unknown to consumers.”

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Gainesville, FL—Data collected in November/December 2009 by resveratrol supplement maker ReserveAge Organics, based here, offer some illuminating insight into consumers’ attitudes with respect to this popular herb.

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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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