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Giant, Martin’s launches Passport to Nutrition website

BY Allison Cerra

CARLISLE, Pa. Two Ahold banners recently launched a website to promote healthy lifestyle among children.

Giant and Martin’s earlier this month launched Passport to Nutrition, a Web-based program designed to give kids and their parents and teachers the information and motivation to achieve a healthier weight by improving one’s lifestyle and eating habits, and features such lessons as understanding nutrition labels, the food pyramid and the importance of physical activity.

“Childhood obesity has become a growing health issue, and it’s important for both kids and their parents to understand what they can do to eat healthy and maintain an active lifestyle,” said Shirley Axe, health-and-wellness manager. “Whether through our Kids Healthy Ideas field trips or kid-friendly nutrition classes in store, combating childhood obesity is important to Giant/Martin’s. We are proud to be among the first grocery chains in the country to create an interactive and educational program for kids’ nutrition.”

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GPhA and FDA to discuss me-too medicines at technical conference

BY Jim Frederick

WASHINGTON —More than a dozen top Food and Drug Administration officials will meet with generic drug industry leaders next month to discuss the latest regulatory and technical developments on the me-too medicine front, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association announced.

The GPhA/FDA 2010 Fall Technical Conference will kick off Oct. 19 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Maryland. On hand will be a slate of FDA officials, led by Janet Woodcock, director of the agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Woodcock will deliver the keynote address. Also speaking at the three-day annual event will be Keith Webber, acting director of the FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs; Lawrence Yu, deputy director of science and chemistry for the agency’s generic division; and Ilisa Bernstein, a pharmacist and attorney who is acting deputy director of CDER’s Office of Compliance.

The list of scheduled speakers also includes Dale Conner and Barbara Davit, who head OGD bioequivalence activities.

“Last year, over 500 industry and FDA professionals attended this important, educational event,” the GPhA noted. “More than 150 staff members from the FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs joined their industry colleagues to share information and discuss issues that are critical to both industry and the FDA.”

A GPhA representative called the event “the premiere science and regulatory meeting for the generic pharmaceutical industry,” and added, “GPhA’s Fall Technical Conference is the only conference of its kind where attendees can hear presentations by OGD staff and meet them during the many networking opportunities.”

Among the topics that will be addressed are labeling issues for abbreviated new drug applications, chemistry manufacturing and controls, trends in drug compliance and supply chain security, and the 180-day market exclusivity awarded to first-approved ANDAs.

Networking opportunities, according to the GPhA, include two breakfasts, luncheons, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, a reception and a buffet dinner and party on Oct. 20.

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Giving snacks that extra ‘Pop’

BY DSN STAFF

FREEPORT, N.Y. — Medora Snacks has introduced a new, healthy snack option to the snack market. PopCorners snacks are popcorn chips made from all-natural ingredients that are popped, not baked or fried. The chips can be eaten alone or paired with a dip.

The chips are available in four flavors—white cheddar, butter, sea salt and kettle—and in 1.1-oz. and 5-oz. packages.

Popcorn sales are on the rise. Linda Fishman, Medora Snacks’ president, said popcorn sales were up 21% in the past year. PopCorners, she said, are an ideal choice for consumers who are demanding healthier snacks. The new snacks are free of trans fat, gluten and cholesterol.

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