With hundreds of product launches on the show floor, WholeFooods editors pinpointed several trends from this year’s show.

dmaa

Washington, D.C.—The U.S Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer alert against the use of the stimulant dimethylamylamine (DMAA) in illegal dietary supplements. DMAA is often found in weight-loss, muscle-building and performance-enhancing products.

selenium baby

Silver Spring, MD—On April 15, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a rule entitled “Infant Formula: The Addition of Minimum and Maximum Levels of Selenium to Infant Formula and Related Labeling Requirements,” which will do two things: add the nutrient selenium to the list of those required for infant formulas and establish a range of measurement for selenium that will be allowed in infant formulas. If this rule comes to fruition, selenium will be the 30th nutrient added to the mandatory list.

News and happenings from Expo West 2013.

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

Imagine this scenario: you’re standing in line at your favorite store with your purchases in one hand and your wallet in the other. As the line starts to move, you notice a product on display beside the register. The bold packaging and convenience draw you in. It’s not something you need, but the price is right, so you begin to consider the idea. For the rest of your time in line, you toy with the notion of buying it until, at the last possible minute, you add it to your purchase.

Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity work, certifications, company news and more.

Anaheim, CA—The 33rd annual Natural Products Expo West drew record numbers, said show organizers, with a crowd of 63,000+ industry members and 2,428 exhibiting companies. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, March 7–10, 2013, the event showcased numerous new product launches, educational seminars and networking events.

energy drinks

Washington, D.C.—In response to the growing number of adverse events related to energy drinks (especially from teens), three politicians—Representative Ed Markey (D-MA), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)—investigated several companies that market energy drinks. The results of this investigation, released on April 10, revealed a label discrepancy between similar products on the market, false caffeine disclosure, and a youth-focused marketing campaign designed to emulate alcoholic beverages.