The aisles of Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center were crowded as 21,500 food industry professionals attended the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo in mid-July.

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Philadelphia, PA—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration seized 64 drums of honey from a Philadelphia distribution center from Sweet Works Inc. of Monterey Park, CA. The honey was imported from Cheng Du Wai Yuan Bee Products Company Limited of Chengdu, China. The drums of honey were later sold and placed in storage by food ingredient supplier Alfred L. Wolff Inc. of Chicago, IL.

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SIDI supplements

Supplement makers are required under good manufacturing practices regulations to qualify their ingredient suppliers, but official guidelines for how have not been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An industry group, however, has taken the important step of doing so.

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supplier briefs

Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.

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vitafoods

Geneva, Switzerland—Vitafoods Europe and Finished Products Expo 2010 drew 2,100 visitors to the Geneva Palexpo center from May 18 to 20. The show featured some 500 international exhibitors from several industries, including nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and functional foods/drinks.

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oats

Lund, Sweden— As part of Europe’s HEALTHGRAIN project, researchers from Finland and Ireland investigated several processing techniques for improving the quality, safety and nutritional profile of oat-based, gluten-free bread.

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manufacturing plant

Dallas, TX—A recent warning letter sent to Coats International following a good manufacturing practices inspection underscores several out-of-compliance issues that inspectors are finding at dietary supplement plants.

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seniors in car

Many older Americans are forced to give up some independence with age because loss of visual acuity limits their ability to drive. Interesting research from the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in North Chicago indicates that zeaxanthin may be able to help. 

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Given the magnitude of these health problems and how many people are affected, it is striking that new research points to the fact that probiotics may help those with metabolic syndrome.

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The April issue of Archives of Ophthalmology included some interesting research in which patients with retinitis pigmentosa benefited greatly from lutein and vitamin A supplementation.

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