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Hain Celestial expands Garden of Eatin’ brand

BY Ryan Chavis

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — The Hain Celestial Group, a supplier of organic and natural products, introduced Garden of Eatin’ Butternut Squash Corn Tortilla Chips. The gluten-free snack features a combination of butternut squash and organic yellow corn.

"Our introduction of Garden of Eatin’ Butternut Squash Corn Tortilla Chips represents another step in our goal of providing great-tasting tortilla chips made with organic corn to the market," said Jared Simon, director of marketing for snacks at Hain Celestial. "We’re excited to introduce this distinctive new flavor that balances sweet with savory and gives our consumers a fun, interesting alternative in the corn tortilla chip aisle."  

The Butternut Squash flavor joins Blue Corn Torilla Chips, Sweet Potato Corn Tortilla Chips and Black Bean Corn Tortilla Chips and other varieties in the product lineup.

 

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Report: Proposed bill in Florida would restructure state’s pharmacy board

BY Antoinette Alexander

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The legislature is mulling a bill that would alter the structure of Florida’s Board of Pharmacy, raising from one to three the number of seats for pharmacists representing both smaller and larger pharmacies, according to the Associated Press.

The measure, proposed by Sen. Denise Grimsley, would also reduce from five to one the number of at-large posts for those with pharmacy licenses, the report states.

According to the report, the proposed legislation comes on the heels of a measure that would have bolstered from three to six the number of pharmacy technicians who can be overseen by a pharmacist. The proposal raised some eyebrows as many in the industry reportedly thought the board — not the lLegislature — should be able to make such a change.

 

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Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus hosts educational nutrient briefing on Capitol Hill

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — An educational briefing, “Widespread Nutrient Shortfalls: A Public Health Crisis?” was held for Capitol Hill staffers Friday by the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with the leading trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry — the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association and the United Natural Products Alliance.  

The briefing posed the question, “What do nearly 300 million Americans have in common?” The answer, “nutrient shortfalls,” was presented by the briefing’s speaker, Victor Fulgoni, SVP Nutrition Impact. Fulgoni, who was instrumental in the approval of three nutrition health claims authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, walked the audience through data from the U.S. Government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that demonstrated how nutrient shortfalls exist for several vitamins and minerals, and why this could have a negative impact on our population’s health. He also discussed ways in which nutritional gaps could be filled. 

“Government data has confirmed that our population is not getting all the key nutrients we need from food alone,” said Steve Mister, president and CEO, CRN. “We seem to be generally well-fed, but not necessarily well-nourished. Dietary supplements play the important role of filling nutrient gaps, and our industry is armed to support efforts to get our population’s nutrition to where it should be.”

“Dr. Fulgoni’s presentation underscores the need for better understanding nutritional gaps and the potential health benefits of dietary supplements,” said John Shaw, CEO NPA. “Millions of Americans find that taking supplements in accordance with their doctor’s guidance can minimize vitamin and mineral deficiencies for supporting long-term health.”

This was the fourth DSC educational briefing for the 113th Congress and the 19th briefing since the DSC was formed in 2006.

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