January 8, 2014

Everything from lack of motivation to stress can cause people to find maintaining a healthy diet difficult, according to a new survey by a company that makes stevia-based sweeteners.

January 8, 2014

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service announced its continued support the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Healthy Base Initiative through the Exchange’s Operation Be Fit effort.

January 7, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission announced a law enforcement initiative stopping national marketers that used deceptive advertising claims to peddle fad weight-loss products, from food additives and skin cream to dietary supplements.

January 7, 2014

At least two retailers in areas affected by record-low temperatures that have put much of the country under a deep freeze have seen a big spike in sales as consumers stock up on supplies, according to published reports.

January 6, 2014

Ahold USA has opened 120 pickup points for online orders as of the end of 2013, the supermarket operator said Monday.

January 6, 2014

According to new research from Mintel, nearly 6-in-10 Americans who are current energy drink or shot users say they worry about the safety of these beverages.

December 26, 2013

In the late 1980s, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” introduced viewers to the replicator, which could make food, beverages and other items materialize out of thin air.

December 17, 2013

In response to the study "Long-Term Multivitamin Supplementation and Cognitive Function in Men: The Physicians' Health Study II," and the editorial "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements," published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday released two video statements.

December 17, 2013

To help CPG manufacturers and retailers identify and leverage the varying shopper beliefs about health and nutrition, IRI has released the first NutriLink segmentation study, which classifies U.S. consumers into six groups based on their behavior and attitudes toward health, diet and nutrition, as well as their demographics.

December 13, 2013

Navarro Discount Pharmacy, which operates 33 locations in Southern Florida, has introduced a compliance packaging program, EZ Meds Medicine Packaging System, that organizes a patient’s prescription medications into individual packets with labels and instructions.

December 12, 2013

Dog owners have two new reasons to rejoice this holiday season, thanks to Freshpet.

December 11, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is planning to limit the use of antimicrobials in food animals in an effort to stem the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the agency said Wednesday.

December 6, 2013

Amazon's fresh food delivery service may be expanding to San Francisco, according to published reports.

December 5, 2013

Diabetes management carries through to respondents' grocery shopping as they seek out particular products, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with diabetes or a family history of diabetes.

December 5, 2013

The Food Marketing Institute has appointed Douglas Baker as its VP private brands.

December 5, 2013

GfK Consumer Experiences North America on Thursday released its GfK Brand Benchmark Study, which assessed US consumers’ relationships with hundreds of products and services in 48 categories, and found stark disparities in what different generations value in a brand.

December 5, 2013

Global retail branding and sourcing partner Daymon Worldwide on Wednesday released the results of its national "Men on a Mission" study, revealing six types of male mission-oriented shopping trips and male shopper archetypes based on evolving gender roles and shopping behavior.

December 4, 2013

At 42 years old, Gina Libby has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years. Yet, it hasn't stopped her from making an impact; she's on the front lines of pain advocacy, using her experience to influence healthcare policy and teach others.

November 21, 2013

Safeway on Thursday announced the launch of its Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts) food drive to help make the holidays brighter for people who rely on the assistance of food banks.

November 21, 2013

Target Corp. posted sales of $17.3 billion in third-quarter 2013, a 4% increase over the same period last year, and a $341 million profit, down by 46.4% from a year ago, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday.

November 20, 2013

Skeeter Snacks, an allergy-friendly food, will launch its product in 212 Walgreens locations in the New England area.

November 19, 2013

SILVER SPRING, Md. — At the request of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized dietary supplements manufactured and held by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, located in Norcross, Ga., after FDA investigators found the products contained 1, 3-Dimethylamylamine HCl (DMAA) or its chemical equivalent, the agency announced Monday.

“This company has a responsibility to ensure its products are safe for distribution and human consumption,” stated Melinda Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “We have taken action to protect consumers and demonstrate our commitment to their safety by keeping these products from entering the distribution system.”

The retail value of the seized products is more than $2 million, the agency estimated.

A complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia alleged that the products were adulterated according to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they contain DMAA, an unapproved food additive that is deemed unsafe under the law.

The FDA is urging consumers not to buy or use supplements containing DMAA, which can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. Given the known biological activity of DMAA, the ingredient may be particularly dangerous when used with caffeine. Consumers should check labels and avoid any dietary supplements containing DMAA, which is referred to on different product labels by 10 possible names. The FDA has warned consumers about the health risks of DMAA on its web site.

On Nov. 12, 2013, U.S. Marshals seized more than 1,500 cases of finished goods and more than 1,200 pounds of in-process/raw material goods from the Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals facility.

During the FDA’s inspection of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, which began in October, investigators identified 11 products that were labeled as containing DMAA or its chemical equivalent. These products included Black Widow, ECA Xtreme, Fastin, Fastin-XR, Lipodrene, Lipodrene Hardcore, Lipodrene XR, Lipodrene Xtreme, Lipotherm, Stimerex-ES, and Yellow Scorpion. The investigators also observed bulk DMAA raw ingredients at the facility. Prior to the seizure, on Nov. 1, 2013, the FDA issued an administrative detention, temporarily holding the products until they were seized.

Dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal and the FDA is using all available tools at its disposal to remove these products from the market. In 2012, the FDA issued warning letters to companies notifying them that products containing DMAA need to be taken off the market or reformulated to remove this substance.

November 18, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Ahold USA for its efforts to reduce food waste, the agency said.

November 18, 2013

To supply families in need with fresh food this holiday season, Kroger customers and associates will be able to purchase pre-filled bags and boxes of food to be added to collection barrels.