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Retailer Roundtable: Is your store politically active in issues impacting the natural products industry?

Retailer Roundtable: Is your store politically active in issues impacting the natural products industry?

Retailers discuss their policy regarding political issues that affect the natural products industry.

Michael ChaseMichael Chase
Owner of Oregon Natural Market in Ontario, Ore. 

Customers can sign a petition in our store to oppose the new dietary ingredient (NDI) draft guidance released by the Food and Drug Administration in July. Our goal is to inform people that if this is implemented, it will limit the general public’s access to new dietary ingredients and [supplement] products in the natural foods industry.

Barry BaldwinBarry Baldwin
Collective coordinator of Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op in Hardwick, Vt.

It’s our internal policy to not accept any new genetically modified products from distributors. We stay involved in educating the community about the benefits of the organic, natural and GMO-free products that we carry in our store.

 

Michael LariaMichael Laraia
Owner of Michael’s Health Food in South Daytona, Fla.

We encourage customers to write to their congressmen or congresswomen to address legislation that would limit access to natural products. It is our belief that consumers have the right to choose alternative products.

 

Ann Marie SatalineAnn Marie Sataline
Owner, It’s Only Natural Market, Middletown, Conn.

An employee at our store worked on the original Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), and she is currently working to get a campaign started for the NDI guidance. This campaign would give customers talking points for letters they could write to representatives and senators, along with handouts containing Congressional contact information.  

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