U.S. Names Healthcare Spending Strategy Advisers
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department named a panel of 15 government experts to advise the government on how to spend $1.1 billion set aside to study, which medical treatments work best. The effort is part of President Barack Obama's plan to cut excess spending from the U.S. healthcare system. More
Get Your 2010 NPA Award Nominations in by Tuesday!
from Natural Products Association
Nominations for the 2010 Natural Products Association merit awards close Tuesday, March 31. Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate your company’s or your colleagues’ contributions to the natural products community by nominating them to receive one of the Natural Products Association’s prestigious awards in 2010. Each year, supporters of the natural products industry nationwide make outstanding contributions that impact the industry and the world for the better. Your company, or another company or outstanding individual could be recognized at the 2010 Natural MarketPlace. Visit www.naturalproductsassoc.org/awardnominations and complete the submission form today.
Natural MarketPlace Is the Next Step
from Natural Products Association
Attending Natural MarketPlace in July? Take part in an all-day workshop bringing together experts and peers to guide retailers toward more efficient operations and a better bottom line, even in today's tough economic times. This valuable training is free for Natural MarketPlace participants, so register today at www.naturalmarketplaceshow.com.
NPA Survey is Open for Member Input
from Nature Products Association
In a continuing effort to provide our members with high quality programs and services, the Natural Products Association has asked Research USA to conduct an online membership survey that will explore member needs and interests. Please take a few minutes now to fill out the survey at:
FDA Rule Goes Global: How Cool Is That?
from The Washington Post
Call it the United Nations of foodstuff. A U.S. Department of Agriculture regulation that became final last week requires country-of-origin labeling (known as COOL) on many fresh foods, including cuts of meat, poultry, lamb and pork, fruits and vegetables, and some nuts. (Labeling of fish and shellfish began two years ago, and packaged food has long required labeling.) Knowing the country of origin is helpful in the event of a contamination outbreak or recall, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. If an outbreak in, say, tomatoes from Chile is announced, the labels can help consumers choose tomatoes from another country. More
FDA Uncovers Additional Tainted Weight Loss Products
from U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding, for the second time, its nationwide alert to consumers about tainted weight loss products containing undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients. The FDA has identified additional weight loss products (Herbal Xenicol, Slimbionic, and Xsvelten) and new undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients (fenproporex, fluoxetine, furosemide, and cetilistat). The current list now includes 72 products. More
USDA Picks Dave White to Head Conservation Service
Dave White will become the permanent chief of the U.S. Agriculture Department's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. White, who was named acting chief on Jan. 21, is a career conservationist with the agency. He worked as a conservationist between 2002 and 2008 in Missouri, South Carolina, NRCS headquarters and Montana. White also provided land stewardship expertise to the Senate Agriculture Committee in drafting the 2002 and 2008 farm laws. More
Organic Fish Decision is Controversial
from USA TODAY
The National Organic Standards Board, which advises the Department of Agriculture on organic issues, voted to allow fish labeled as organic to be fed up to 25 percent non-organic feed. That would make fish different from all other organic meats, which by law must be fed only 100 percent organic feed to qualify as organic. More
Sugar is Back on Food Labels, This Time as a Selling Point
from The New York Times
Sugar, the nutritional pariah that dentists and dietitians have long reviled, is enjoying a second act, dressed up as a natural, healthful ingredient. From the tomato sauce on a Pizza Hut pie called "The Natural," to the just-released soda Pepsi Natural, some of the biggest players in the American food business have started, in the last few months, replacing high-fructose corn syrup with old-fashioned sugar. More
Study: Mothers Seek Simple Nutrition Over Trendy Ingredients
Mothers looking to purchase healthy foods for their children are less attracted by "trendy" ingredients like Omega-3s than they are by the simple benefits delivered in nutritious food, according to a nationwide survey. Conducted by Just Kid Inc., a researcher focused on the market for children's products, the study found that health and nutrition was a priority for 86 percent of mothers when purchasing foods for their children. More
When the Right People Are in the Wrong Job
from The Los Angeles Times
For years there has been much talk about the "war for talent." The idea was that talented people were a scarce resource for which firms had to compete. But hiring talented people is only half the battle. They must be given jobs in which they can be effective. If they are given the wrong jobs, with the wrong things to do, they will be square pegs in round holes no matter how much potential talent they have. More
Daily Red Meat Raises Chances of Dying Early
from The Washington Post
Eating red meat increases the chances of dying prematurely, according to the first large study to examine whether regularly eating beef or pork increases mortality. The study of more than 500,000 middle-aged and elderly Americans found that those who consumed about four ounces of red meat a day (the equivalent of about a small hamburger) were more than 30 percent more likely to die during the 10 years they were followed, mostly from heart disease and cancer. More
Probiotics May Help Irritable Bowel
Probiotic products, which contain living microbes that aid digestion, may help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, according to Dr. Nourieh Hoveyda and colleagues from University of Oxford, UK. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common disorder affecting up to 30 percent of the population by some estimates. Symptoms may include chronic abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. More
Childhood Soy Intake May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Women who regularly ate soy as children may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer, a study of Asian- American women suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 1,600 Asian Americans with or without breast cancer, higher soy intake throughout life was associated with a lower risk of the disease. But the strongest protective effect was seen with childhood soy intake. More
Many Americans Fall Short on Their Vitamin D
from U.S. News & World Report
Over the course of two decades, vitamin D levels have dramatically decreased among Americans, a new study finds. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with rickets in children and lower bone mineral density in adults. Recent research has also linked insufficient vitamin D to cancer, heart disease, infection and poorer health overall. More
Solar Power: Eco-Friendly or Environmental Blight?
from Time magazine
California wants to run on sunshine. The state is forcing utility companies to provide 20 percent of their output by way of solar power and other forms of renewable electricity by 2010. Last November, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he wanted the ratio to be a third by 2020. Now the feds are bringing the money to help fund all this sunny energy, with the Obama administration's stimulus package promising to pay for 30 percent of solar power projects that begin by the end of 2010. More
Sunshine Powered Cars
from Green Energy News
The sky is a big blue dome. Most times sunlight is the predominant weather feature. The terrain is board flat. There are no hills for cars to struggle against. Someday, Florida, the Sunshine State, could be the nation’s leader in solar-charged electric cars. More
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Is a Food Revolution Now in Season?
from The New York Times
As tens of thousands of people recently strolled among booths of the nation's largest organic and natural foods show here, munching on fair-trade chocolate and sipping organic wine, a few dozen pioneers of the industry sneaked off to an out-of-the-way conference room. More
Weight Watching on the Web
from the Star Tribune
Jennifer Emmert blogged away the pounds and is a fat girl no more. Christine Schwarz found a community on SparkPeople to keep her diet and exercise on track. Kaeti Hinck uses Twitter to talk training with fellow beginners and pros. These women are among a growing number of Minnesotans using social media as part of their weight-loss and get-fit journeys. More
Moderate Drinking May Help Build Bone Density
People who enjoy a glass or two of wine or beer every day could be helping to keep their bones strong, new research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests. However, drinking more ‒ and choosing hard liquor instead of wine or beer ‒ may actually weaken bones, Dr. Katherine Tucker of Tufts University in Boston and her colleagues found. More
Product Showcase: Nature’s Dog by Canus
Goat’s milk is a natural solution for our canine companions too. That’s why Canus created Nature’s Dog all-natural dog products. The new line of products includes a goat’s milk shampoo and soap bar, alcohol free goat’s milk wipes and all-natural health treats rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. Go to www.canusgoatsmilk.com.
Product Showcase: ProDHA
Nordic Naturals ProOmega-D provides a high concentration of omega-3s EPA and DHA in combination with Vitamin D3 in cholecalciferol form, the naturally occurring and most easily absorbed form of vitamin D. The omega-3s from fish oil, EPA and DHA, are essential for optimal health of body and mind throughout the human life cycle.* ProOmega-D contains 70% pure omega-3s (35% EPA and 25% DHA) for a therapeutic, high-potency dosage in fewer soft gels. In just one serving ProOmega-D is a convenient way to ensure adequate intake of both omega-3s and Vitamin D3, in both liquid and soft gels. Visit www.nordicnaturals.com.
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