Rockville, MD—Manufacturers of tainted products masquerading as legitimate dietary supplements had better change their ways—or else. Such was the message in a strongly worded letter to supplement makers from Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dated December 15.

Omaha, NE—The Journal of Functional Foods (JFF) published an assessment of the adverse event reports (AERS) that were associated with Citrus aurantium, otherwise known as bitter orange.

Eagan, MN—In a recent trial, a branded immune health ingredient (Wellmune WGP from Biothera, based here) helped reduce the length of time subjects experienced upper respiratory tract infection symptoms.

Washington, D.C.—Lawmakers have passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which will dedicate $4.5 billion to programs aiding the cause of a healthy school lunch. The presence of organic foods in underprivileged school cafeterias will receive a big boost, due to a $10 million Organic Pilot Program designed to help provide organic food choices in school nutrition programs.

NPA

For the 14th year in a row, the Natural Products Association (NPA) will host Natural Products Day. The 2011 date is set for April 6, 2011.

Washington, D.C.—After reviewing the current research behind the health benefits of vitamin D and calcium, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has issued a report that updates dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for these nutrients.

Toronto, Canada—A recent study by University of Toronto scientists reveals that polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters (PAPs), the chemicals used to line junk food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags, are contaminating food products. PAPs are applied as grease-proofing agents to paper food contact packaging, and when the human body metabolizes these chemicals, they are broken down into perfluorooctanesulfanoic acid (PFOA).

New Orleans, LA—Time is precious for getting a stroke victim the immediate care they need. Now, an important study funded by the National Institute of Health has found that DHA may be an important part of ischemic stroke treatment and recovery—if it’s taken within five hours of stroke.

Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) members that were part of the former West and Rocky Mountain regions will now be affiliate with one of three newly organized regions: Northwest, Southwest and Midwest.

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