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Food labeling liability continues to grow
Food Safety Magazine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's food labeling regulations present a minefield just waiting for a misstep. Whether it be "low-fat," "high-fiber" or "gluten-free," every claim or representation about food creates the potential for claims of misbranding in civil or criminal court. The year 2014 presented the latest wave of labeling requirements with revised demands relating to statements about nutritional content.
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NPA releases 2014 Annual Report
Natural Products Association
Each year, the Natural Products Association faces a variety of challenges and opportunities to address in order to ensure the continual growth and prosperity of the natural products industry. Read our latest annual report to learn more about how NPA handled this year's challenges and what significant accomplishments were achieved.
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Take advantage of early bird pricing on NPA Education at Expo West 2015
Natural Products Association
The early bird always gets the worm, so we are offering a $100 discount toward our GMP education seminar training at Expo West! Register by Friday, Jan. 9 to take advantage of this rare opportunity and attend our top-notch regulatory seminars.
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Overall FDA's 483 observations are down, but basic GMP failures still rampant, consultant finds
NutraIngredients-USA.com
Preliminary data from consultant Marian Boardley, who tracks trends in FDA inspection reports, shows that overall 483 citations are down. But she cautions that many of the observations still fall under the very basic lack of specifications and other process controls.
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Senate, ending long battle, confirms nominee for surgeon general
The New York Times
The Senate on Monday confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee for surgeon general, ending a long fight over gun control and politics that had left the country without a permanent top doctor for a year and a half. In an early-evening vote, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, an internal medicine physician, was approved, 51- to 43.
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China said to signal lifting ban on imports of GMO corn variety
Bloomberg
China's government has told traders and officials that the Ministry of Agriculture approved lifting a ban on imports of a genetically-modified corn variety that's commonly grown in the U.S., as trade talks between the two countries begin today, said people familiar with the matter.
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Hatch, Harkin worry FDA seeks to apply food additive standards to supplements
Natural Products INSIDER
Two U.S. senators this week raised concerns that FDA is considering applying food additives rules to dietary supplement ingredients. In a government notice published in late October, FDA disclosed it was considering expanding the scope of the "Redbook" to include chemical safety assessments for all products over which the agency's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has authority, including dietary supplement ingredients among other things.
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RESEARCH WATCH


Value of vitamin B12 for multiple sclerosis
eMaxHealth
Vitamin B12 deficiency is a problem frequently associated with the elderly, a form of anemia, Crohn's disease, and vegans. Another group that should be conscious of the value of vitamin B12 are those who live with multiple sclerosis.
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Pine bark extract may reduce cold symptoms
Natural Products INSIDER
The French maritime pine bark extract Pycnogenol (from Horphag) can significantly shorten the duration of the common cold, and it also reduces the severity of sore throat, congestion, headache, coughing and sneezing.
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Study: Polyphenol-enriched protein powder shows immune benefits for athletes
NutraIngredients-USA.com
A soy protein powder enriched with blueberry and green tea polyphenols may reduce exercise-induced susceptibility to viral infection, says a new study from North Carolina.
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Nutrition for vitality and energy
Natural Products INSIDER
Whether the cause is physiological or psychological stress, illness, genetics, or just plain aging, vitamins and nutrients to improve energy, vitality and overall well-being are receiving considerable attention. Research shows nutrients, herbs and dietary ingredients such as rhodiola rosea, ginseng, and mushrooms help decrease inflammation, oxidative stress, depression, fatigue, blood sugar levels and other conditions that deplete energy, vitality and overall health.
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5 ways to make an impact in the first 3 months of the new year
Fast Company
This is the time of year when companies buckle down to produce their annual plans. There are high-level objectives that are cascaded to strategies and supporting tactics. Each executive leaves the sessions pumped and ready to jumpstart 2015. And then the rah-rah is over, the holiday crunch winds down, and everyone gets their heads down to work on whatever fires rise from 2014's ashes.
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