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[email protected]: Australia's Swisse Wellness sold | Weight-loss aids could be kept from Mass. teens

Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top natural news headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

Hong Kong-based Biostime buys vitamin-maker Swisse Wellness

A Chinese infant-formula company, Biostime, paid as much as $1.67 billion Australian ($1.2 million American) for about 80 percent of the Melbourne, Australia-based company, according to sources. Exportation of supplements to the Far East has skyrocketed in recent years. Read more at Sydney Morning Herald ...


Massachusetts rep wants some supplements kept from teens

Rep. Kay Kahn and health professionals say young people often abuse dietary and muscle-building supplements, which can lead to eating disorders. The legislator wants the products kept behind the counter and sales limited to those 18 and older. Read more at Wicked Local Framingham ...


French court decision splits BPA legality

The French Constitutional Council, France's highest court, has decided manufacturers can use BPA on materials that come in contact with food, but only in products that will be exported from the European country. Inside the country's borders, though, the chemical is still banned — which conflicts with European Union laws. Read more at Plastics News ...


Nestle, Unilever join BEUC campaign to ban trans fats in European Union

One study says more than 7,000 lives just in English if trans fats were banned, but critics say trans fats have been nearly eliminated voluntarily in Western Europe. Read more at Bakery and Snacks ...


Harvest is underway at The Great Mississippi Tea Farm

It's not the first tea farm in the United States, but it's the first in Mississippi. The owners of the Lincoln County-based company want to use mechanization and innovation to create an ethically sustainable crop. Read more at Modern Farmer ...

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