Washington, D.C.—It is well known that calcium and vitamin D are essential to bone health, with more than 1,000 published studies confirming this effect. So, it came as a surprise in late February when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised postmenopausal women against the use of calcium (1,000 mg) and vitamin D (400 IU) supplements to prevent fractures.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Berlin, Germany—A branded larch arabinogalactan (ResistAid, from Lonza, Inc., with U.S. headquarters in Allendale, NJ) may prevent colds thanks to its “immune-stimulatory properties.” Such were the findings in a study published by German researchers in Current Medical Research and Opinion.

It’s that time of the year again! Natural Products Expo West, hosted by New Hope Natural Media, is once again coming to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA from Thursday, March 7th to Sunday, March 10th. On Friday and Saturday, the show floor is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Co-located with several other events (Engredea; Nutracon; Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace; and Beer, Wine, and Spirits Marketplace), Expo West provides invaluable knowledge for those looking to improve their stores and products.

News from industry food companies.

Once upon a time, companies that wanted to sell their products hired authentic experts, authority figures or authors with advanced academic or medical degrees, who seemed incorruptible, ethical and thoroughly reliable. They possessed a high degree of credibility and their own notoriety rubbed off on the brands they endorsed, either blatantly or subtly. They were and many still are powerful influencers of human behavior.

Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa (D), a supporter of the industry, announced he will retire at the completion of his fifth term in January 2015. He told The Des Moines Register, “To walk away from this position of power is not an easy thing. But I think it’s the right thing. And I have two years left. I’m not passing the torch sitting down, it’s a running relay. I intend to be very active over the next two years.”

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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