NPA, Retailers Tackle Accountability: Health & Wellness Industry News Roundup
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
NPA, retailers tackle farm-to-shelf accountability; Probiotic best practices from CRN, IPA; Born Wild to incubate food, beverage brands; and more news in brief.
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Council for Responsible Nutrition, Consumer Healthcare Products Association and Natural Products Association urge FDA to allow colony forming units on probiotic product labels while nixing current labeling regulation’s allowance of metric weight, as the measurement does not reflect live microbials.
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