Mission Viejo, CA— A study on Wakunaga of America’s Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract’s ability to reduce risks for heart disease was recently presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Session 2012 conference.

Portales, NM—In late November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closed a Sunland manufacturing facility, located here, that FDA says was responsible for producing Salmonella bredeney-contaminated peanut butter. In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and FDA investigated Sunland as the source of a multistate Salmonella outbreak that infected 42 people in 20 states. Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt was found as the source of the outbreak, which was traced back to its sole distributor, Sunland.

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Allendale, NJ—Researchers from Kurfürstendamm and Analyze & Realize ag in Germany published a new study in Food and Nutrition Sciences showing that a branded prebiotic fiber is safe and well tolerated.

Migdal HaEmeq, Israel—Calcified Tissue International just published a study from Meir Medical Center in Israel (sponsored by Enzymotec, with global headquarters, here) that indicates a branded ingredient may support bone strength in infants.

Brighton, UK—When you look at a drink, does the texture or creaminess influence how full it will make you? Some people believe yes. Keri McCrickerd, researcher at the University of Sussex, says, “Hunger and fullness are complicated issues because it is not just the calories in a food or drink that make it filling. Signals from the stomach are important but so too is how the drink feels in the mouth.” Published in Biomed Central’s journal, Flavour, McCrickerd and colleagues tested whether the texture and creaminess of a yogurt drink affects our perceptions on fullness and satiety.

Boulder, CO—The plans are off for the Natural Products Association (NPA)’s MarketPlace Tradeshow and Conference in 2013.

Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for input on threshold levels for all eight major food allergens (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybeans).  

Los Angeles and Oxford, U.K.—An international data analysis has found that nations in which high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is prevalent in the food supply suffer from a 20% higher rate of type-2 diabetes. University of Southern California (USC) and University of Oxford researchers focused on 42 countries in North America, Asia, North Africa and Europe. Though the United States leads the way in HFCS consumption, other countries have rapidly been adding the sweetener to foods and beverages.