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March 18, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday announced the members of the CHPA Educational Foundation Board during the association’s Annual Executive Conference held here.

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday announced the members of the CHPA Educational Foundation Board during the association’s Annual Executive Conference held here.

March 18, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association this year will be focusing on restoring OTC eligibility under flexible spending accounts and helping to finalize OTC monographs, Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO, told attendees of the 2014 CHPA Annual Executive Conference Tuesday morning.

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association this year will be focusing on restoring OTC eligibility under flexible spending accounts and helping to finalize OTC monographs, Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO, told attendees of the 2014 CHPA Annual Executive Conference Tuesday morning. 

March 18, 2014

A new study published in the March 18 journal Annals of Internal Medicine raises questions about current guidelines which generally restrict the consumption of saturated fats and encourage consumption of polyunsaturated fats, or fish oils, to prevent heart disease.

CAMBRIDGE, England — A new study published in the March 18 journal Annals of Internal Medicine raises questions about current guidelines which generally restrict the consumption of saturated fats and encourage consumption of polyunsaturated fats, or fish oils, to prevent heart disease. 

"These are interesting results that potentially stimulate new lines of scientific inquiry and encourage careful reappraisal of our current nutritional guidelines," suggested Rajiv Chowdhury, lead author of the research at the University of Cambridge.

March 18, 2014

Peeps, a brand from Just Born Quality Confections, announced a variety of offerings for Easter 2014, which includes the new Peeps Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks — vanilla cake-flavored marshmallow chicks decked out with rainbow confetti.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Peeps, a brand from Just Born Quality Confections, announced a variety of offerings for Easter 2014, which includes the new Peeps Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks — vanilla cake-flavored marshmallow chicks decked out with rainbow confetti.

Other offerings for Easter 2014 include:

March 18, 2014

Sparkling Ice, a line of sparkling spring water from the TalkingRain portfolio of beverages, announced the additions of Peach and Mango lemonades to the Sparkling Ice Lemonade line.

PRESTON, Wash. — Sparkling Ice, a line of sparkling spring water from the TalkingRain portfolio of beverages, announced the additions of Peach and Mango lemonades to the Sparkling Ice Lemonade line. The two new flavors join Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade and Lemonade with Tea to round out the product line.

Sparkling Ice Peach Lemonade takes the sweetness of fresh peaches with the tangy flavor of lemon while Mango Lemonade combines the essence of mangoes with the classic lemon flavor.

March 18, 2014

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the National Institutes of Health and Mars, Inc. plan to partner on the largest research trial to date that will investigate the heart-health benefits of cocoa flavanols and multivitamins, the groups announced Monday.

BOSTON — Brigham and Women's Hospital, Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the National Institutes of Health and Mars, Inc. plan to partner on the largest research trial to date that will investigate the heart-health benefits of cocoa flavanols and multivitamins, the groups announced Monday. 

March 18, 2014

According to a report published Friday in HealthDay News, most head lice now carry a gene mutation that makes them resistant to standard over-the-counter treatments, citing a study in the March issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology.

NORWALK, Conn. — According to a report published Friday in HealthDay News, most head lice now carry a gene mutation that makes them resistant to standard over-the-counter treatments, citing a study in the March issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology

As many as 88% of lice may carry the gene mutation. 

March 18, 2014

The highest prevalence of influenza happens among those professions that are exposed to the general public, such as real estate and rental and leasing (10.5% in this profession were at risk of flu according to a recent study published Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) and accommodation and food services (10.2%).

ATLANTA — The highest prevalence of influenza happens among those professions that are exposed to the general public, such as real estate and rental and leasing (10.5% in this profession were at risk of flu, according to a recent study published Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) and accommodation and food services (10.2%). As many as 11% of workers in the food preparation and serving related sectors were at risk of flu and 8.3% of those employed in community and social services. 

March 17, 2014

Abbott voluntarily recalled the FreeStyle Blood Glucose Meter and the FreeStyle Flash Blood Glucose Meter, neither of which have been in production since 2010.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Abbott on Friday voluntarily recalled the FreeStyle Blood Glucose Meter and the FreeStyle Flash Blood Glucose Meter, neither of which have been in production since 2010. Other Abbott Diabetes Care meters are not affected by the recall. 

When used with the Abbott FreeStyle test strips, the FreeStyle Blood Glucose Meter and the FreeStyle Flash Blood Glucose Meter may produce mistakenly low blood glucose results. Abbott began notifying users on Feb. 19, 2014, immediately after the issue was discovered.

March 17, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in leading an effort to persuade the largest pharmacy chains in the United States to stop selling tobacco products.

NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in leading an effort to persuade the largest pharmacy chains in the United States to stop selling tobacco products. Along with Schneiderman and DeWine, the Attorneys General of 28 states and territories have written to the CEOs of WalMart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Safeway and Kroger, asking them to remove all tobacco products from their shelves. 

March 17, 2014

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a coffee and tea retailer, announced the introduction of four coffee varieties for the Keurig K-Cup Brewing System. The new offerings highlight some of the company's most popular selections as well as new blends that were created specifically for the Keurig system.

LOS ANGELES — The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a coffee and tea retailer, announced the introduction of four coffee varieties for the Keurig K-Cup Brewing System. The new offerings highlight some of the company's most popular selections, as well as new blends that were created specifically for the Keurig system.

March 17, 2014

An educational briefing, “Widespread Nutrient Shortfalls: A Public Health Crisis?” was held for Capitol Hill staffers Friday by the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with the leading trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry — the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association and the United Natural Products Alliance.

WASHINGTON — An educational briefing, “Widespread Nutrient Shortfalls: A Public Health Crisis?” was held for Capitol Hill staffers Friday by the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with the leading trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry — the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association and the United Natural Products Alliance.  

March 17, 2014

The Hain Celestial Group, a supplier of organic and natural products, introduced Garden of Eatin' Butternut Squash Corn Tortilla Chips.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — The Hain Celestial Group, a supplier of organic and natural products, introduced Garden of Eatin' Butternut Squash Corn Tortilla Chips. The gluten-free snack features a combination of butternut squash and organic yellow corn.

March 17, 2014

Sales of the U.S. OTC market in 2013 were up 3% to $23.5 billion at the manufacturer's level, according to a blog on research firm Kline's site posted Monday.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Sales of the U.S. OTC market in 2013 were up 3% to $23.5 billion at the manufacturer's level, according to a blog on research firm Kline's site posted Monday. 

March 17, 2014

As part of research funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, a recent study found that Google Flu Trend may not be all it's cracked up to be.

HOUSTON — As part of research funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, a recent study found that Google Flu Trend may not be all it's cracked up to be. The study, published in the journal Science, also suggested that aggregated big data tools may have their faults.

March 14, 2014

Cape Cod Potato Chips, a brand from Snyder’s-Lance, announced new Cape Cod Popcorn in Sea Salt and Kettle Corn varieties.

HYANNIS, Mass. — Cape Cod Potato Chips, a brand from Snyder’s-Lance, announced new Cape Cod Popcorn in Sea Salt and Kettle Corn varieties. The brand also is reviving its previously retired White Cheddar flavor. The new additions are ideal for consumers looking for a health-conscious alternative, the company said.

March 14, 2014

Keurig Green Mountain, recognized for its beverages and Keurig brewing systems, and Peet's Coffee & Tea, a specialty coffee and tea company, announced a manufacturing and distribution agreement. The companies plan to launch a selection of Keurig-licensed Peet's coffee and tea varieties in K-Cup packs by the end of the summer.

WATERBURY, Vt. & EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Keurig Green Mountain, recognized for its beverages and Keurig brewing systems, and Peet's Coffee & Tea, a specialty coffee and tea company, announced a manufacturing and distribution agreement. The companies plan to launch a selection of Keurig-licensed Peet's coffee and tea varieties in K-Cup packs by the end of the summer. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Peet's will continue to roast the beans for its K-Cup packs at its LEED-certified facility in Alameda, Calif.; the roasted beans will be transported to Keurig for grinding and packaging.

March 14, 2014

Yankee Candle Co. announced the launch of the limited-edition Peeps Marshmallow Chicks candle. The new scent takes inspiration from the colorful Peeps spring candy.

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle Co. announced the launch of the limited-edition Peeps Marshmallow Chicks candle. The new scent takes inspiration from the colorful Peeps spring candy.

March 13, 2014

Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health division on Wednesday launched eight flea and tick treatments and control solutions, which are to be sold at pet specialty retail stores.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health division on Wednesday launched eight flea and tick treatments and control solutions, which are to be sold at pet specialty retail stores. The announcement was made at Global Pet Expo, the pet industry's largest annual trade show.

Four of the new products — Advantage Treatment Spray for dogs, Advantage Treatment Spray for cats, Advantage Treatment Shampoo for dogs and Advantage Treatment Shampoo for cats — aim to give pet owners an array of options for pest treatment.

March 13, 2014

Kind Healthy Snacks announced the release of Strong & Kind, the brand's first snack line and movement bent on changing the way people view strength and kindness.

NEW YORK — Kind Healthy Snacks announced the release of Strong & Kind, the brand's first snack line and movement bent on changing the way people view strength and kindness. Strong & Kind packs 10 g of natural protein and ingredients like whole almonds, seeds and legumes. Consumers will be able to pick from five flavors: Honey Smoked BBQ, Honey Mustard, Roasted Jalapeño, Hickory Smoked and Thai Sweet Chili.

March 13, 2014

Snyder's of Hanover has launched new Pretzel Spoonz, a double-ended, spoon-shaped pretzel designed for scooping up dips, cheese and spreads.

HANOVER, Pa. — Snyder's of Hanover has launched new Pretzel Spoonz, a double-ended, spoon-shaped pretzel designed for scooping up dips, cheese and spreads.

Pretzel Spoons can be enjoyed in limitless combinations, the company said. The new product is now available nationwide and carries a retail price of around $3.69 for a 12-oz. bag.

March 12, 2014

Ahold USA announced that its private-label teas now feature the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, and that its private-label coffees are UTZ Certified. The announcement is part of an ongoing effort to be a responsible retailer, the company said.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA announced that its private-label teas now feature the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, and that its private-label coffees are UTZ Certified. The announcement is part of an ongoing effort to be a responsible retailer, the company said.

March 12, 2014

Breyers, a brand from Unilever, is expanding its line of products with the debut of new Breyers Gelato Indulgences, available in four varieties.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Breyers, a brand from Unilever, is expanding its line of products with the debut of new Breyers Gelato Indulgences, available in four varieties.

"Our loyal fans told us they want even more indulgent offerings from Breyers, and Breyers Gelato Indulgences is the perfect answer," said Alfie Vivian, vice president of refreshments for Unilever North America. "With its uniquely indulgent trio of textures, Breyers Gelato Indulgences can help busy parents create a great date night right at home, any night of the week."  

March 11, 2014

Jelly Belly Candy Co. makes more than 100 different flavors of jelly beans, but in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, it's showing some special attention to its green Jelly Belly beans.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly Candy Co. makes more than 100 different flavors of jelly beans, but in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, it's showing some special attention to its green Jelly Belly beans. There are 17 green varieties in all, each containing its own special flavor.

   

March 11, 2014

Lay's, one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, has issued a last call for submissions in its search for its next potato chip flavor.

DALLAS —  Lay's, one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, has issued a last call for submissions in its search for its next potato chip flavor. Fans now have less than a month to submit their "Do Us A Flavor" contest submissions for a chance to win the $1 million grand prize.