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WestLab launches three essential-oil infused bathing salts as Walgreens exclusive

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — WestLab earlier this week announced the launch of its first dedicated beauty collection, Supersalt, exclusively through Walgreens on March 17. The Supersalt collection, comprised of three essential-oil infused bathing salts, is fortified with blends of organic plant and fruit extracts, oils, antioxidants and minerals.

WestLab’s signature collection is based on the desire to provide the best pure-salt products on the market at a drug store beauty price, the company stated. The Supersalt line features the “perfect pair” of salt and powerful essential oils to treat an array of skin-specific concerns.

“Think of them as the new power couples,” stated Vincent Gallick, CEO and director of WestLab U.S. “Dead Sea, Epsom and Himalayan salts already have phenomenal health properties, and now we’ve found the right partners to make them even more potent.

WestLab is committed to offering affordable prices with salts products ranging from $3.99 to$8.99, the company added.

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MusclePharm launches organic alternative in sports nutrition space

BY Michael Johnsen

ANAHEIM, Calif. — MusclePharm on Friday launched its MusclePharm Natural Series, a line of plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO products targeting individuals seeking an organic alternative to traditional nutritional products and supplements.

"Natural Series represents both a logical extension and a tremendous opportunity for MusclePharm to capitalize on the brand recognition and consumer acceptance of our products," stated Ryan Drexler, CEO and chairman, MusclePharm. "In addition, the launch underscores the company's commitment to providing our customers with high-quality products that support their diverse fitness needs and goals," he said. "From professional athletes to weekend warriors, we strive to cater to every subset of the active population and offer scientifically-proven products that optimize results. We are expanding our line in response to the burgeoning demand for nutritious, all-natural organic offerings that promote healthy lifestyles and environmental sustainability."

The Natural Series line complements MusclePharm's existing range of products and represents a new retail category for the company. This latest expansion will facilitate access to new retail channels, including large natural food store chains, both domestically and abroad, the company stated.

Select items in the Natural Series are certified USDA Organic, denoting third-party verification of their quality and purity, and demonstrating best practices and careful stewardship.

"Both the all-natural and organic segments represent the fastest-growing corner of the market, and MusclePharm is a brand uniquely positioned to capitalize on this opportunity," Drexler added. "Over the past year, we have worked closely with regulatory bodies to secure USDA Organic certification for a majority of these products, which not only differentiates the Natural Series from its competitors, but effectively positions MusclePharm to further penetrate its existing distribution channels and enter new markets."

 

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CDC monitoring avian flu outbreak in Tennessee

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working closely with USDA APHIS and the Tennessee Department of Health to minimize any human health risk posed by the avian influenza outbreak in Lincoln County, Tenn., the agency announced Wednesday. This includes implementing a protocol to monitor the health of poultry workers exposed to commercial poultry involved in the  USDA/APHIS-confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A (H7N9) outbreak.

At this time, no human infections associated with this outbreak in Tennessee have been detected.

CDC considers the risk to the public's health from this North American H7N9 virus outbreak in commercial poultry to be low. In the past, there have only been a small number (fewer than 10 in 15 years) of reported human infections with North American avian influenza A H7 viruses. Most were associated with poultry exposure and have resulted in mild respiratory illness and/or conjunctivitis.

While the risk of human infection is low, CDC is working closely with USDA APHIS and state and local agriculture and public health partners to communicate about the possible impact on people of this animal outbreak, including steps people can take to reduce possible risk.

CDC will provide updates as new information about the Tennessee outbreak is available.

 

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