Morristown, NJ--A big deal is in the works between Bayer HealthCare, based here, and Schiff Nutrition of Salt Lake City, UT, according to a joint press statement. Bayer is intending to purchase the large vitamin company for $1.2 billion by the end of the year. 

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Portland, OR—Lisa Sedlar has left her position as president and CEO of the successful New Seasons Market retail chain. Sedlar, who joined New Seasons in 2005 and led the chain in a strong period of growth, now plans to launch her own chain of healthy convenience stores that will sell fresh food, bakery items, deli/cheese products, locally sourced goods, grab-and-go items and other grocery products.

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Washington, D.C.—Most Americans (68%) take dietary supplements and 85% are confident in their safety, quality and efficacy, according to the 2012 Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements.

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Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity work, certifications, company news and more.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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The Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a report in responses to growing concerns about dietary supplements and their structure/function claims. In this report, FDA acquired 127 supplements, analyzed their structure/function claims and investigated how they substantiate such claims. 

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Natural Products Expo East ended on a very sad note when industry lost a good friend and colleague. Peter Eric Baskauskas died of sudden cardiac arrest on September 22 at the age of 56.

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WholeFoods Magazine was pleased to honor many of the recipients of the 2012 Natural Choice Awards at Expo East. Publisher Heather Wainer and Editor/Associate Publisher Kaylynn Chiarello-Ebner visited the booths of the award winners recognized below:

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After three quarters of a century, Lundberg Family Farms is still dedicated to rice and family. They celebrated the milestone at Expo East in a room decorated with historical pictures of the company and the Lundberg family, as the current generation of company leaders mingled with guests with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on hand.

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California Proposition 65 was passed in that state by voters in 1986, to protect the safety of drinking water and reduce toxic substance exposure in consumer products by requiring companies to place warning labels when these toxins are present. According to Gretchen DuBeau, executive director of Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA), Prop 65 is not playing out exactly as it was intended.

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