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NPA leader weighs in on what elections mean for industry

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON This year’s elections may prove to be a boon to the business of dietary supplements and other natural alternatives, according to John Gay, Natural Products Association executive director and CEO. “This was the most remarkable election in my 25 years in Washington,” he said, “and the effects will be felt almost immediately.”

For example, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who must now step down as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is seen as a potential positive for the industry, Gay said.

 

The Energy and Commerce Committee oversees the Food and Drug Administration.

 

 

With additional authority unlikely to be granted by the new Congress, NPA expects federal regulators to test the limits of their existing powers. “We support their actions aimed at getting the bad actors out of the market,” Gay said, “but it is a problem if they target the legitimate industry, especially if they go beyond the current law to do so.”

 

 

In the Senate, industry champions, such as Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, remain well-positioned “to continue their work,” Gay said. One wild card is Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “Will he introduce another version of his Dietary Supplement Safety Act, or will he continue to work with Sen. Hatch? That is a key question,” Gay said.

 

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ResVez sponsors Tasty Awards with help from nutrition bar

BY Michael Johnsen

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. ResVez on Tuesday announced its sponsorship of the Tasty Awards — a broadcast awards show recognizing the year’s best achievements in food and fashion programs on TV, in film and online — making its WineTime bar the “official gourmet nutrition bar.”

 

“The WineTime bar is at the convergence of the healthy products market and the gourmet food market,” stated Malcolm Nicholl, president and CEO of ResVez. “The consumer can get all of the benefits of resveratrol and other important nutrients while enjoying delicious chocolate bars.”

 

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DiabetesSisters kicks off campaign aimed at diabetic women

BY Allison Cerra

RALEIGH, N.C. A nonprofit that seeks to improve the health and quality of life of women with — and those at risk of developing — diabetes has kicked off a national campaign.

 

DiabetesSisters said that its OrangeWill campaign represents the will and determination required for women to manage their diabetes on top of their many other responsibilities.

 

 

"For far too long women with diabetes have been overlooked and divided into separate groups based on the type of diabetes they have. Now is the time for us to come together and make our voice heard," said Brandy Barnes, founder and CEO of DiabetesSisters.

 

 

More information can be found at Orangewill.org.

 

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