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Chicago, IL—Reusable tote bags are an eco-friendly way to shop, but many users are putting themselves at risk with the way they use them, according to a survey conducted by Home Food Safety program, a joint effort between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and ConAgra Foods. Apparently, one in six, or 15% of consumers do not regularly cleanse their reusable bags before bringing them back to the store. This practice creates fertile ground for harmful bacteria and can lead to food poisoning, the Academy says.

San Diego, CA—Lovers of spicy jalapenos, habaneros and other chili peppers are in luck because a recent study found that they are heart-healthy foods. This report was part of the 243rd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

Should your employees receive a discount for purchasing products from your store? In my view, there are several compelling reasons why you should consider it.

San Diego, CA—Jimbo’s…Naturally!, comprised of four natural retail outlets in San Diego County, is the official selection for WholeFoods Magazine’s Retailer of the Year in 2012. Since its first store was founded by Jim “Jimbo” Someck in 1984, newer locations have flourished into valued presences in their communities on the strength of natural and organic values along with a commitment to quality.

Las Vegas, NV—In keeping with tradition, the Natural Products Association (NPA) will honor several outstanding individuals later this month at the Natural Products MarketPlace tradeshow, held here June 14–16.

What’s Selling is our monthly review of what our retailers nationwide say is selling well in their stores. This month, we’ve compiled data from April to June to see what was popular in the second quarter of 2012.

New Brunswick, NJ—A team from Rutgers University believes two forms of vitamin E could be a huge help in the fight against colon, lung, breast and prostate cancers. The group zeroed in on the gamma and delta-tocopherols forms of vitamin E, derived from soybean, canola and corn oils. “There are studies suggesting that vitamin E actually increases the risk of cancer and decreases bone density,” says Chung S. Yang, director of the Center for Cancer Prevention Research at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

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