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Portionpals weight management tool moves 250,000 units online

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Portionpals announced Tuesday movement of 250,000 units after three months of selling its weight management tool—five translucent silicone discs that highlight proper portion control for meats, poultry“Our sales are coming strictly from word-of-mouth”, stated Matt Zucker, vice president of Portionpals. “Our goal is to become this holiday seasons favorite stocking stuffer,” Zucker said, though the product is not distributed at retail., fish, side dishes and deserts—directly online for $17.98.

“Our sales are coming strictly from word-of-mouth”, stated Matt Zucker, vice president of Portionpals. “Our goal is to become this holiday seasons favorite stocking stuffer,” Zucker said, though the product is not distributed at retail.

Portionpals recently teamed up with trainer Michael George, who caters to A-list clients like Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan and Christian Slater, to help further educate the public on the importance of portion control. The company plans to introduce its national awareness campaign this month by demonstrating their product at numerous women’s health and fitness events around the country. George will promote the importance of portion control and his book Body Express Makeover at events in New York, Orlando, Fla., Portland, Ore., Chicago and Toronto.

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Bodee recalls Zencore after FDA finds undeclared drugs in chemical analysis

BY Michael Johnsen

CENTURY CITY, Calif. Bodee last month voluntarily recalled all of the company’s supplement product sold under the name Zencore Tabs after being informed by representatives of the Food and Drug Administration that lab analyses found the product contained potentially harmful, undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients.

FDA asserted that its chemical analysis revealed that one lot of Zencore Tabs contained aminotadalafil, an analog of tadalafil, the active ingredient in Eli Lilly’s Cialis erectile dysfunction medication.

FDA maintained that Aminotadalafil is close in structure to tadalafil and is expected to possess a similar pharmacological and adverse event profile. Further, FDA declared another lot of Zencore Tabs contained sildenafil, the active ingredient found in Pfizer’s Viagra, as well as sulfosildenafil and sulfohomosildenafil, both are analogs of sildenafil.

Zencore Tabs is sold in health food stores and by mail order nationwide and in Canada. The Zencore Tabs product is sold as a 2-capsule blister pack packaged in a retail booklet with five booklets in a box.

Customers who have this product in their possession should stop using it immediately and contact their physician if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking this product.

Any adverse events that may be related to the use of this product should be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088 or by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178 or by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787.

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Vitamin Shoppe campaign to fight vitamin-A deficiency blindness

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. The Vitamin Shoppe announced Wednesday it will begin accepting cash donations on behalf of Vitamin Angels in support of that agency’s campaign, Operation 20/20, as part of the vitamin retailer’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

“With our Anniversary Sale in-store, in our catalog and on the web, we know our loyal customers will join us in supporting this important initiative to end childhood blindness caused by [vitamin-A deficiency],” stated Tony Truesdale, president and chief merchandising officer of The Vitamin Shoppe.

Vitamin Angels is committed to eliminating childhood blindness caused by vitamin-A deficiency by the year 2020. Operation 20/20 is the first major step in this global campaign, which launched this year in 15 countries.

The Vitamin Shoppe is raising funds for Vitamin Angels in store at the register. Customers can donate $1 or more to the campaign and sign a Vitamin Angels paper angel to hang in the store. Any customer who donates $5 or more will receive a special Operation 20/20 wristband as a thank you. Online customers can also donate with each purchase at www.vitaminshoppe.com.

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