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NPA to launch new webinar series

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association on Wednesday announced the creation of a new webinar series, “Regulatory Trainings Straight from Your Desk,” that will begin Aug. 22 with an education session about good manufacturing practices for own-label distributors, repackagers and relabelers.

Expert speakers include Daniel Fabricant, director of the FDA Division of Dietary Supplement Programs, and Cindy Beehner, president of QSD Consulting.

“We at NPA are proud to continue our leadership role in providing quality education for the dietary supplement industry,” said Cara Welch, SVP scientific and regulatory affairs for NPA. “With the FDA’s increasing number of facility inspections, combined with recent scrutiny of supplement manufacturing practices, it’s vitally important that the industry do everything possible to come into compliance with the GMP rule.”

An NPA webinar about product labeling will be held in two parts on Oct. 16 and Oct. 18 with industry labeling expert Richard Flora, president of R. Flora & Associates. Participants will learn how to avoid a warning letter for labeling issues or product claims and how to correctly use claims to educate customers about products without making them “unapproved new drugs.”


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Keri Glassman tapped as new Konsyl spokeswoman

BY Michael Johnsen

EASTON, Md. — Konsyl recently announced that nutrition expert Keri Glassman will become the company’s new spokeswoman.

“Many people believe that fiber supplements are for people who already have health issues, but my goal is to show people that this is not the case,” Glassman said. “In fact, getting adequate amounts of fiber is necessary to everyone in order to best manage all aspects of well-being.”

Glassman is the founder of Nutritious Life, an advisory board member and regular contributor to Women’s Health Magazine, a regular contributor to national TV shows including NBC’s "The Today Show" and ABC’s "Good Morning America" and the author of three books including, Slim Calm Sexy Diet, The O2 Diet: The Cutting Edge, Antioxidant-Based Program That Will Make You Healthy, Thin and Beautiful and The Snack Factor Diet. In her new role, Glassman will work with Konsyl to educate consumers on the importance of fiber and how to utilize fiber supplements in their diets.


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AAFES, Marvel roll out collaborative issue of comic book

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Marvel Custom Solutions on Thursday announced the 13th collaborative issue of an “Avengers” comic book, available only through AAFES locations.

Marvel and AAFES have printed 1 million copies of the free comic book and currently are available at Exchange stores worldwide while supplies last.

“These comic books are a great medium for us to show our appreciation and gratitude for U.S. service members,” stated Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson, senior enlisted adviser for AAFES. “This particular story is one of duty, integrity, loyalty and courage, something all soldiers and airmen can personally connect with.”

“All of us here at the House of Ideas greatly respect and admire the actions that the men and women of the U.S. military perform every day to ensure our freedom,” Marvel Custom Solutions editor Bill Rosemann said. “The world saw the ‘Avengers’ assemble in the record-breaking movie, but now only the real-world heroes of the military get to enjoy this all-new, action-packed adventure by the all-star creative team including writer William Harms, penciler Tom Raney and cover artist Alan Davis.”

The 22-page story tells the tale of a message intercepted by mercenary squad Serpent Society, stating that a package of unknown contents is being transported from Afghanistan to America by Sgt. Joe Wilton. As a group of soldiers, along with Wilton, are returning home from deployment at the Atlanta International Airport, the Serpent Society attacks, seeking the case which they believe will grant them a fortune.

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