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Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group Society for Women's Health Research has joined with other advocacy organizations, public health leaders and companies to form the Coalition for a Stronger Food and Drug Administration. The coalition aims to increase public support for the FDA. The Society wants to ensure the FDA has the opportunity to enter the information age and improve its post-market surveillance capabilities. It believes strengthening the agency's funding will increase its independence, improve its ability to protect patients and consumers, and restore the public's confidence and trust in the administration.

Sabinsa Corp., Piscataway, N.J.-based producer of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals and specialty chemicals, opened Sabinsa Malaysia in September in Petaling Jaya, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur. The new office will serve as a raw materials sales and distribution center servicing the Southeast Asian market.

Fantastic World Foods of Napa, Calif., is kicking off its new line of vegetarian soup cups with a four-month, five-city sampling tour, arriving at each event on customized cruiser bicycles, towing a small trailer filled with soup cups to pass out. Events will be in Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Denver.

Aurora Organic Dairy of Boulder, Colo., donated $200,000 to the Organic Dairy Research and Education Farm at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Aurora contributed a company gift matched with individual donations from Chief Executive Officer Marc Peperzak and President Mark Retzloff. The donation will help build infrastructure and support research projects.

Golden, Colo.-based Coleman Natural Foods received the Poultry Industry 2006 Industry Innovator Award during the National Chicken Council annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in October. The award was presented by POULTRY magazine.

Sebastopol, Calif.-based Nutiva received an award for its HempShake Berry Pomegranate, named one of the best new food products at the 2006 Natural Trade Show in September in Harrogate, United Kingdom. The honor was awarded by a panel of judges from London's Health Food Institute.

Orkin Inc. and the Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America awarded the 2006 Gold Medal IPM Partner Awards in October to honor commercial facilities that have shown extraordinary commitment to integrated pest management through vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions. Endangered Species Chocolate, based in Indianapolis, and Tree of Life, based in Bloomington, Ind., both received the awards.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVII/number 12/p. 49

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