Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) recently installed Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., as its new executive director and CEO. He returns to NPA after serving as the director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for three years.

On the beautiful afternoon of April 8 in Washington, D.C., the Natural Products Association (NPA) held its 17th annual Natural Products Day. The event is designed to allow retailers and other natural products industry stakeholders to lobby their elected representatives on behalf of the industry’s interests.

Austin, TX—The American Botanical Council’s (ABC) 2013 Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award has been presented to Wakunaga Pharmaceutical Company, LLC (Osaka, Japan). Wakunaga is the maker of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract.

Washington, D.C.—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) issued a statement regarding a study that found a diet rich in polyunsaturated fats and low in saturated fats does not provide heart health benefits.

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Washington, D.C.—The National Products Association (NPA), based here, has announced that Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., will be its new chief executive officer (CEO) and executive director. Fabricant had previously served as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs for three years.

Vitamin Angels hosted its Twenty Year Celebration at the VIP Diamond Club at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

In a presentation and panel discussion moderated by WholeFoods editor/associate publisher Kaylynn Chiarello-Ebner, several experts shared perspectives on the use of natural versus synthetic astaxanthin. A carotenoid naturally found in microalgae, astaxanthin is known as a potent antioxidant.

NOW Foods is now offering ChewyZymes, a broad spectrum digestive enzyme formulation that comes in a naturally berry-flavored chewable tablet. The product is vegetarian and is suitable for adults and children. It is designed to support improved digestion of meals, according to the company.

Bluebonnet Nutrition has introduced CellularActive P-5-P 50 mg Vcaps, a biologically active coenzyme form of vitamin B6 called P-5-P. P-5-P is a coenzyme that bypasses conversion in the liver and can be utilized for more than 160 biological reactions, including the synthesis of amino acids and cellular metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.