North Bergen, NJ—A collaboration between two powerful supplement chains has been held up by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Vitamin Shoppe, based here, announced in mid-December it planned to buy Super Supplements, Inc. of Seattle, WA for a cool $50 million in cash.

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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.