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Gaia Herbs debuts new look and Meet Your Herbs program

BY Michael Johnsen

BREVARD, N.C. Gaia Herbs on Tuesday announced the launch of its new branding, new packaging and a new industry-first herb traceability program called Meet Your Herbs.

Meet Your Herbs will provide lot-by-lot, consumer-accessible traceability of the regional origin, harvest story and quality test results of the company’s herbal ingredients and finished products. Consumers and retailers will be able to retrieve information about the company’s products by entering an ID number from the package into the “Meet Your Herbs” field on the company’s website or through a new mobile device application. A demo of the traceability feature is available at Gaia Herb’s new website, New.GaiaHerbs.com

“We believe that every herb needs to be held to the highest standards of purity and integrity in order to ensure maximum potency and results for our consumers,” stated Ric Scalzo, CEO of Gaia Herbs. “We also feel that it is not enough to simply state these claims, so we are offering accountability through complete transparency with our Meet Your Herbs traceability program.”

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Shiff survey: Cardiologists recommend supplements to patients

BY Michael Johnsen

SALT LAKE CITY According to a new national survey commissioned by Schiff Nutrition — and conducted by an independent research firm — an overwhelming majority of cardiologists (91%) have recommended dietary supplements to their patients to support cardiovascular health.

The survey found that three-quarters of cardiologists said that if they had to choose one dietary supplement to specifically support the cardiovascular health, they would choose omega-3 fatty acids, far more so than antioxidants (7%), CoQ-10 (2%) and vitamin E (1%).

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House committee delays second hearing of McNeil recall probe

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON One day following the announcement of a second hearing regarding McNeil Consumer Healthcare recalls, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Tuesday announced the postponement of that second hearing in order “to examine the circumstances surrounding recalls of medicines recently recalled by Johnson & Johnson.”

Anew date has not been set.

Last week, McNeil Consumer Healthcare announced that four lots of Benadryl allergy ultratab tablets (100 count) and one lot of Extra Strength Tylenol rapid-release gels (50 count) would be added to its initial Jan. 15 product recall. This recall, McNeil said, is a follow-up to the product recall because the products were inadvertently omitted from the initial recall action.

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