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The latest news from the natural and organic products industry.

FDF warns of “all embracing uncertainty” after Brexit vote

The director general of the influential Food & Drink Federation, Ian Wright, has warned that “the uncertainty is all-embracing” following Britain’s vote to leave...

Business optimism grows among health store indies as footfall and spend...

Business optimism remains high among independent health store owners as footfall and average spend continues to rise, the latest annual NPN survey of natural...

Cosmetri Web app launches

The new Cosmetri Web app has now launched with the aim of helping create a more level playing field for businesses in the cosmetic...

Administrators called in at loss-making Julian Graves

Administrators have been called into the loss-making Julian Graves health food chain. On Monday (2 July) Deloitte was appointed as administrator to Julian Graves, which...

Common cold and flu medicines put heart patients at risk

  The American Heart Association (AHA) is urging doctors to check the medications of all patients thoroughly to ensure they aren’t inadvertently putting their lives...

Food firms alliance calls for end to “piecemeal” approach on claims

Over  350 food and supplements firms from across Europe are calling for an end to the EU’s “piecemeal” approach to the Nutrition and Health...

Cut sugars and increase fibre says SACN “wake-up call” report

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) – an independent body of public health experts – published its long-awaited Carbohydrates and Health report last month, declaring...

CRP levels reduced by glucosamine-chondroitin combo

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that levels of C-reaction protein (CRP) can be significantly reduced by...

FSA reissues clay detox warning

The Food Standards Agency is re-issuing a warning about the dangers of ingesting clay-based detox drinks and supplements. The advice is being reissued after high...

Plastics ban: business opportunity or threat?

In light of the Government’s recent announcements about the consultation process due to take place later this year on plastics, The Planet Mark (a globally recognized sustainability certification) has published a Guide to Plastic Consumption and How to Reduce It.

UK Government promises microbead ban by 2017

The UK Government has pledged to ban the sale and manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads by 2017. The announcement was made...

Channel 4 announces 8-part ‘Food Hospital’ series

Channel 4 has announced it is making an eight part new TV series called The Food Hospital. In scientifically controlled experiments patients suffering from a...

Brighton & Hove leads Wake Up To Organic initiatives

Brighton & Hove has emerged as an organic hot spot, with most of the city’s wholefood stores taking part in the Wake Up To Organic campaign.

Unliked: Waitrose feels the heat over ‘Monsanto broccoli’

Angry online criticism of Waitrose is building after the upmarket grocer chose to stock broccoli grown from seeds supplied by a Monsanto subsidiary. The 'Bellaverde'...

Sugar tax: Public Health England heaps pressure on Government

Public Health England – England’s official health protection body – says that a sugar tax should form part of a national strategy to tackle...

What are we writing about?

What have we been writing about here on the NP news desk over the last few weeks? We’ve just put our latest 50 news headlines...

Organic snack-in-a-box scheme pops up

New snack box scheme Scrummy Organics wants to “revolutionise the way people think about snacking” by delivering premium organic snack lines direct to the...

New genetic engineering techniques mustn’t bypass EU GMO laws, warns IFOAM

New genetic engineering techniques must not be allowed to bypass EU laws governing GMOs, says IFOAM EU. The European organic grouping warns of “severe...

Campaigners question controversial vitamin study

Campaigners and industry groups have questioned the validity of a study by scientists in Finland linking vitamin use with a higher death rates among...

Plough to playground: School kids stage farmers’ markets

Three London schools held their own farmers markets last month as part of a major new food education project for the capital. Over the coming...