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CRN elects Mark LeDoux, Natural Alternatives International, chairman

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday announced that Mark LeDoux, CEO of Natural Alternatives International, has been elected CRN chairman. LeDoux, who will hold the office through 2010, succeeds Marjorie Fine, senior vice president and general counsel, Shaklee Corporation. Fine will continue to serve on the board as immediate past chair.

LeDoux has served as the chair-elect of the Board during 2007-2008, chair of the CRN Political Action Committee since its inception in 2004, and previously served as chair of the association’s International Trade and Market Development Committee.

“I have been an avid supporter of CRN for more than a decade and look forward to continuing the association’s aggressive agenda and initiatives,” said LeDoux. “During my two-year term, my goal is to strengthen CRN’s position as the responsible, leading voice of the dietary supplement industry. This association and its members are advocates for reasonable regulation that promotes unfettered consumer access anywhere in the world to well-made, properly labeled dietary supplements at any potencies that are demonstrated to be safe by appropriate scientific measures.”

With LeDoux, the following executives were newly named to the CRN board: chair-elect Janice Binger, Archer Daniels Midland Company; treasurer David Christensen, Bayer HealthCare; and secretary Kristen Blanchard, Nutramax Laboratories.

“This is a particularly strong board representing the diversity of the industry, with company representatives from large companies, small companies, ingredient suppliers, finished product manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies with supplement divisions and companies that make only natural products,” Steve Mister, CRN president and CEO, said. “Under [LeDoux’s] leadership, we expect to continue our growth and aggressive representation of the industry.”

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FDA, other authorities issue guidelines for good import practices

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration, along with eight other government agencies, on Tuesday issued a draft guidance document regarding good importer practices that, when finalized, will represent the current thinking on importing as it pertains to the respective government agency.

Industry has until April 12 to submit comments on the draft legislation.

The other government agencies include: the Department of Homeland Security, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

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Changing Times Vitamins signs distribution deal with HSF

BY Michael Johnsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Changing Times Vitamins on Tuesday signed a distribution agreement with Health, Sports & Fitness, granting HSF exclusive rights to distribute RecoveryX to chain stores and mass market merchandisers.

HSF is a new company formed specifically for the distribution of sports and fitness products, with its first products being RecoveryX and RecoveryX for women.

The agreement calls for HSF to generate a minimum of $7.5 million in revenues the first year. HSF received the non-exclusive rights to distribute CTV’s other brands currently under development, including Popeye Water, and ProAlgaZyme, an algae supplement and the main ingredient in RecoveryX.

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