Ronkonkoma, NY—Supplement manufacturer and distributor NBTY has received two Gold level national awards at a ceremony hosted by the Golden Bridge Awards, one for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year and another for Employee Communications Campaign of the Year.

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA), an act designed to give the DEA added authority to act when designer anabolic steroids are mismarketed as dietary supplements.

Berkeley, CA—Leading natural and organic food company Annie’s Inc., which markets packaged food products like macaroni and cheese under the brand name Annie’s Homegrown, announced it will be bought out by General Mills, Inc. for $46 per share in cash. The total value of the acquisition is around $820 million. Annie’s, known for its smiling bunny logo, became a publically traded company in 2012.

Philadelphia, PA—A new study published in Hepatology shows a heavy increase in liver injury from dietary and herbal supplements, going from 7% to 20% over a 10-year period.

Washington, D.C.—Food companies that aren’t certified organic and that have a form of the word “organic” in their name may be scrutinized more closely, following a rule clarification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The agency released a notice limiting the ways such companies can display the word “organic” on packages, and instructing organic certifiers to enforce the policy.

Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) will honor several industry members at its annual business meeting, to be held during Natural Products Expo East on September 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center in Room 310. Two members of the WholeFoods family are on this year’s list of winners.

Austin, TX—Recent statistics published in HerbalGram show that herbal dietary supplement sales in 2013 rose by 7.9% in the mainstream retail markets in the United States, reaching a total figure of approximately six billion dollars for the first time ever.

New York, NY—At this year’s annual American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology conference, trial results were revealed suggesting citicoline may have positive effects on motor speed and cognition in adolescent males.

New York, NY— Nutritional supplement maker Twinlab Corporation has been acquired by Twinlab Consolidation Corporation (TCC) a strategic employee-owned company.