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Mar 09, 2014 After Big Bet, Hedge Fund Pulls the Levers of Power: Staking $1 Billion That Herbalife Will Fail, Then Lobbying to Bring It Down

QUOTE: a small hint of Mr. Ackman’s extraordinary attempt to leverage the corridors of power — in Washington, state capitols and city halls — for his hedge fund’s profit after taking a $1 billion financial position called a short, a bet that will pay off only if Herbalife’s stock drops. Corporate money is forever finding new ways to influence government. But Mr. Ackman’s campaign to take this fight “to the end of the earth,” using every weapon in the arsenal that Washington offers in an attempt to bring ruin to one company, is a novel one, fusing the financial markets with the political system.

New York Times
Jun 30, 2011 Local Laws Fighting Fat Under Siege

QUOTE: Several state legislatures are passing laws that prohibit municipalities and other local governments from adopting regulations aimed at curbing rising obesity and improving public health, such as requiring restaurants to provide nutritional information on menus or to eliminate trans fats from the foods they serve.

New York Times
Jun 30, 2011 Wall St. and Food: An Unhealthy Business Model: PepsiCo's CEO is under fire for pushing healthier products—and the drama says a lot about how the industry works

QUOTE: Hailed as a strategic visionary since taking PepsiCo's reins nearly five years ago, Mrs. Nooyi is facing doubts from investors and industry insiders concerned that her push into healthier brands has distracted the company from some core products....Products that PepsiCo calls "good for you" still make up only about 20% of revenue. The bulk still comes from drinks and snacks the company dubs "fun for you," including Lay's potato chips, Doritos corn chips and Pepsi-Cola...

Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly)
Jun 20, 2011 Support Is Mutual for Senator and Utah Industry

QUOTE: [Sen. Hatch] was the chief author of a federal law enacted 17 years ago that allows companies to make general health claims about their products, but exempts them from federal reviews of their safety or effectiveness before they go to market.... Mr. Hatch has been rewarded with hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, political loyalty and corporate sponsorship of his favorite causes back home. His family and friends have benefited, too...

New York Times
Apr 20, 2011 In Online Games, a Path to Young Consumers

QUOTE: companies, often selling sugar cereals and junk food, are using multimedia games, online quizzes and cellphone apps to build deep ties with young consumers...When these tactics revolve around food, and blur the line between advertising and entertainment, they are a source of intensifying concern for nutrition experts and children’s advocates — and are attracting scrutiny from regulators.

New York Times
Mar 04, 2010 FDA warns 17 food companies of misleading claims on labels

QUOTE: In an unusually broad crackdown, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has notified 17 food companies, including major brands such as Gerber and Nestle, that they have violated federal laws by making false or misleading claims on their product packaging.

Washington Post
Oct 03, 2009 The Burger That Shattered Her Life

QUOTE: Ms. [Stephanie] Smith’s reaction to the virulent strain of E. coli was extreme, but tracing the story of her burger, through interviews and government and corporate records obtained by The New York Times, shows why eating ground beef is still a gamble. Neither the system meant to make the meat safe, nor the meat itself, is what consumers have been led to believe.

New York Times
Oct 01, 2009 Bayer Labels’ Cancer-Fighting Claim Draws Suit

QUOTE: A nonprofit group in Washington has filed a lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare charging that the company’s labels and commercials falsely claimed its One A Day multivitamins for men may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

New York Times
Sep 29, 2009 Congress, Concerned About Steroids, Reviews Law on Dietary Supplements

QUOTE: Congress is investigating whether laws, health agency resources and manufacturing guidelines are adequate to protect the public from products that illegally contain steroids but masquerade as dietary supplements.

New York Times
Sep 04, 2009 For Your Health, Froot Loops

QUOTE: He [nutritionist Walter C. Willett] said the criteria used by the Smart Choices Program were seriously flawed, allowing less healthy products, like sweet cereals and heavily salted packaged meals, to win its seal of approval.

New York Times
Aug 23, 2009 Calls to tax junk food gain ground: A surcharge on cigarettes has helped curb smoking, but will the same tactic work to fight obesity?

QUOTE: To make a significant dent in escalating rates of obesity, taxes would have to be steep and widespread.

Los Angeles Times
Aug 18, 2009 When Parents Scream Against Ice Cream

QUOTE: Across message boards and playgrounds, soccer fields and day camp exits, parents have been raging. In a greener, more health-conscious, unsafe world, the ice cream man has lost some of his mojo.

New York Times
Jul 20, 2009 S.C. case looks on child obesity as child abuse. But is it?

QUOTE: With childhood obesity on the rise across the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [Jerri] Gray's attorney says it could open the door to more criminal action against parents whose children have become dangerously overweight.

Jul 08, 2009 Quality of Bottled Water Questioned in Congress

QUOTE: members of Congress were briefed on two new studies that question whether bottled water is safer than water directly from the faucet.

New York Times
May 18, 2009 What You Don't Know Might Kill You: SUPPLEMENTS Would-be experts and untested products feed a $20 billion obsession with better performance across all levels of sports

QUOTE: Despite the move into the mainstream the [sports-supplement] industry remains fertile ground for kitchen chemists with little or no formal education in science or nutrition—and in some notorious cases former steroid users and dealers...

Sports Illustrated (SI)
May 07, 2009 10 Things Your Nutritionist Won't Tell You

QUOTE: "Take your vitamins with a spoonful of skepticism....I can't cure your stress eating...but the obesity epidemic is sure fattening my wallet"

Smart Money
Feb 12, 2009 The Maggots in Your Mushrooms

QUOTE: The F.D.A. actually condones a certain percentage of “natural contaminants” in our food supply — meaning, among other things, bugs, mold, rodent hairs and maggots. In its (falsely) reassuringly subtitled booklet “The Food Defect Action Levels: Levels of Natural or Unavoidable Defects in Foods That Present No Health Hazards for Humans,”...

New York Times
Nov 29, 2008 Trace Levels of Melamine in Formula Called Safe

QUOTE: Last month, the Food and Drug Administration said it was "currently unable to establish any level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in infant formula that does not raise public health concerns." FDA officials updated their interim risk assessment yesterday after finding what they described as "extremely low amounts" of melamine and cyanuric acid, a related chemical, in samples of two popular brands of domestically made infant formula.

Washington Post
Jun 30, 2008 Hoarding Nations Drive Food Costs Ever Higher (The Food Chain)

QUOTE: When it comes to rice, India, Vietnam, China and 11 other countries have limited or banned exports. Fifteen countries, including Pakistan and Bolivia, have capped or halted wheat exports. More than a dozen have limited corn exports. Kazakhstan has restricted exports of sunflower seeds. The restrictions are making it harder for impoverished importing countries to afford the food they need. The export limits are forcing some of the most vulnerable people, those who rely on relief agencies, to go hungry.

New York Times
Jun 18, 2008 F.D.A. Aims at Herbal Cancer ‘Cures’ (The Lede)

QUOTE: On Tuesday, the agency warned 23 American companies and 2 foreign ones to stop claiming to prevent or cure cancer with their various “tablets, teas, tonics, black salves, and creams.”

New York Times
Jun 09, 2008 A Self-Described Steroid User Loses Job as Fitness Model

QUOTE: "I didn’t think I would get into that much trouble, because I thought it was pretty apparent that the top people in the industry use steroids to look like we do.” A company whose products he endorsed, Iovate Health Sciences, apparently did not think so, and promptly severed Mr. Boeving’s contract.

New York Times
May 21, 2008 U.S. Moves to Prohibit Beef From Sick or Injured Cows

QUOTE: The animals had fallen after passing an initial inspection by government inspectors. Under the downer exemption, a veterinarian could have been called to reinspect the animals and perhaps deem them healthy enough to slaughter. But the exemption apparently encouraged laxity; in some instances at Westland/Hallmark, downer cows were sent to slaughter without the reinspection.

New York Times
May 19, 2008 World Aid Agencies Faulted in Food Crisis: Failure to Support Agriculture Cited

QUOTE: Wade's broadside is part of a backlash against multilateral organizations that were created after World War II -- including the FAO, the World Bank and the World Food Program -- tasked with weaving together a safety net for the world's poorest. The recent spike in food prices has ripped a massive tear in that net, triggering riots around the world and threatening to plunge more than 100 million people into extreme poverty.

Washington Post
Jan 10, 2008 Food Allergies Stir a Mother to Action

QUOTE: [Robyn O'Brien] wonders if it’s only a matter of time before Big Food tries to stop her from exposing what she sees as a profit-driven global conspiracy whose collateral damage is an alarming increase in childhood food allergies.

New York Times
Jan 08, 2008 Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

QUOTE: Plagiarism isn't about copyrights, it's about dishonesty. It's about pretending someone else's ideas and work are your own, even if those ideas are paraphrased...[in her new book, Deceptively Delicious] Jessica Seinfeld, however, has done no such thing.

Dec 02, 2007 Effort to Limit Junk Food in Schools Faces Hurdles

QUOTE: Federal lawmakers are considering the broadest effort ever to limit what children eat: a national ban on selling candy, sugary soda and salty, fatty food in school snack bars, vending machines and cafeteria lines.

New York Times
Sep 18, 2007 Must menus in California count calories, carbs, fats? A bill is on the governor's desk, and 4 of 5 state residents back it. But restaurant chains say mandatory measures are lawsuits waiting to happen.

QUOTE: Whether to require detailed nutritional information on restaurant menus or brochures is under scrutiny as never before. Some see it as a way to help curb high obesity rates by encouraging healthier eating, while restaurant representatives claim that mandatory measures would be burdensome and wouldn't stem obesity. To other lawmakers, labeling is the latest example of excessive government interference.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 13, 2007 Diet-conscious Los Angeles eyes moratorium on fast-food outlets: Diet-conscious Los Angeles eyes moratorium on fast-food outlets

QUOTE: Others say [a moratorium on new fast-food outlets] is a well-meaning but misguided attempt by government to control social behavior, doomed to failure, like prohibition in the 1920s. "You can't regulate the supply side of a behavioral problem and expect results," says Dennis Lombardi, executive vice president of Foodservice Strategies, a consulting firm for the restaurant industry.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 11, 2007 Judge Throws Out Rule Requiring Restaurants to Post Calories

QUOTE: The regulation, formally known as New York City Health Code 81:50, would have forced restaurants that already voluntarily make public the nutritional information of their dishes on things like Web sites, posters or tray liners to post that information either on their menus or menu boards.

New York Times
Jun 18, 2007 On school menus: cheese sandwiches, parental debt

QUOTE: [Chula Vista Elementary School District] told students with deadbeat parents that they had one lunch choice: a cheese sandwich. The sandwich, on whole-wheat bread, came with a clear message: Tell your parents to pay up or no more pizza and burgers for you.

Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2007 Tainted Chinese Imports Common: In Four Months, FDA Refused 298 Shipments

QUOTE: For years, U.S. inspection records show, China has flooded the United States with foods unfit for human consumption. And for years, FDA inspectors have simply returned to Chinese importers the small portion of those products they caught -- many of which turned up at U.S. borders again, making a second or third attempt at entry.

Washington Post
May 17, 2007 Is Online Marketing Making Kids Obese? A new study highlights ways companies use the Web to promote unhealthy foods to youngsters and asks regulators to step in

QUOTE: The report's authors suggest that a rise in such marketing on sites where kids are spending larger chunks of time is contributing to childhood obesity and diet-related health problems by encouraging kids to make poor food choices.

May 11, 2007 FDA Finds Chinese Food Producers Shut Down

QUOTE: American inspectors who arrived in China last week to investigate the two companies that exported tainted pet food ingredients found that the suspect facilities had been hastily closed down and cleaned up, federal officials said yesterday.

Washington Post
May 09, 2007 Advertising: Telling Dieters a Pill Works Only if They Work, Too

QUOTE: "Now, a marketing blitz with a budget estimated at more than $150 million in the first year will try to persuade dieters to seek hope in a pill bottle despite widespread skepticism about the grandiose promises of diet pills, plans and potions."

New York Times
May 06, 2007 From China to Panama, a Trail of Poisoned Medicine

QUOTE: The syrupy poison, diethylene glycol, is an indispensable part of the modern world, an industrial solvent and prime ingredient in some antifreeze. It is also a killer. And the deaths, if not intentional, are often no accident. Over the years, the poison has been loaded into all varieties of medicine — cough syrup, fever medication, injectable drugs — a result of counterfeiters who profit by substituting the sweet-tasting solvent for a safe, more expensive syrup, usually glycerin, commonly used in drugs, food, toothpaste and other products.

New York Times
Apr 23, 2007 FDA Was Aware of Dangers To Food: Outbreaks Were Not Preventable, Officials Say

QUOTE: The Food and Drug Administration has known for years about contamination problems at a Georgia peanut butter plant and on California spinach farms that led to disease outbreaks that killed three people, sickened hundreds, and forced one of the biggest product recalls in U.S. history, documents and interviews show. Overwhelmed by huge growth in the number of food processors and imports, however, the agency took only limited steps to address the problems and relied on producers to police themselves, according to agency documents.

Washington Post
Jan 30, 2007 Reviewing the School Cupcake Ban

QUOTE: "The controversy over contraband foods is the result of a federal law requiring every school system in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs to write a "wellness policy" by July of last year. D.C.'s Board of Education still has not adopted final rules codifying its wellness policy, although officials insist that many of the programs are already taking place in the schools."

Washington Post
Jan 29, 2007 Can Food From Cloned Animals Be Called Organic?

QUOTE: the Food and Drug Administration concluded in December that meat and milk from cloned animals should be allowed on the market. In the opinion of some in the biotechnology arena, the federal definition of organic food would allow them to label food from clones as organic, as long as those clones were raised organically.

Washington Post
Jan 09, 2007 Drink Up to Slim Down?

QUOTE: "the federal government imposed stiff fines on some well-known marketers of weight loss pill for deceptive marketing....A new green tea beverage is drawing sharp criticism from scientists and from a consumer group that says the drink's promotional material implies that it could help with weight loss."

Washington Post
Dec 07, 2006 U.S. Uneasy About Biotech Food: Americans Lack Knowledge, Faith in FDA's Accuracy, Poll Finds

QUOTE: "People vastly underestimate how much gene-altered food they are already consuming, lean toward wanting greater regulation of such crops and have less faith than ever that the Food and Drug Administration will provide accurate information, the survey found."

Washington Post
Dec 05, 2006 NYC Health Board Votes to Ban Trans Fats: City Health Board Cites Heart Risks

QUOTE: "The New York City Board of Health voted unanimously yesterday to require the city's roughly 20,000 restaurants to stop cooking with trans fats, making New York the first major U.S. city to adopt such a ban."

Washington Post
Nov 06, 2006 The Package May Say Healthy, but This Grocer Begs to Differ

QUOTE: "At a time when more and more products are being marketed as healthy, the fact that so many items seemed to flunk Hannaford’s inspection raises questions about the integrity of the nutrition claims, which are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration — or possibly about whether Hannaford made its standards too prissy or draconian."

New York Times
May 03, 2006 Restraint Urged In Junk-Food Ads Aimed at Kids

QUOTE: In a jointly released report on food marketing and obesity, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Trade Commission said the industries should voluntarily set minimum nutrition standards for foods that can be marketed to children.

Washington Post
Dec 11, 2005 The High Cost of Feeding the Neighborhood

QUOTE: ...I like that my son and his friends spend so much time at our house -- if only because I know he's safe. We just have to learn to better impose limits so that we don't end up feeling like we're feeding the whole neighborhood.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Oct 14, 2005 Katrina Food Aid Blocked by U.S. Rules: Meals From Britain Sit in Warehouse

QUOTE: ...because of fears about mad cow disease and a long-standing ban on British beef, the rations routinely consumed by British soldiers have sat stacked in a warehouse in Arkansas for more than a month.

Washington Post
Oct 07, 2005 Lactose Intolerant Say Grocers Hide Risks

QUOTE: Milk...a new lawsuit demanding that each and every carton sold in Washington carry a warning label for people who are unable to tolerate it.

Washington Post
Sep 06, 2005 California says 'no' to junk-food sales in schools: A statewide ban against certain vending machine snacks in public schools would be the first of its kind.

QUOTE: California is poised to ban sales of soda and fast foods on public school campuses....beveragemakers, as well as some civil libertarians say the moves are well-motivated but interject themselves inappropriately between younger children and their parents.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 27, 2005 Big Soda's Publicity Stunt

QUOTE: What possible purpose could an ad campaign serve, other than to promote soda companies as caring, responsible corporate citizens? If this sounds eerily familiar, it should. The ABA is taking a page right out of the tobacco industry's playbook: Spending more money to market its new responsible image than on actually being responsible.

Common Dreams
Apr 06, 2005 Food Fight!

QUOTE: The ancient and noble tradition of hospitality has come to this: Hosts and guests are squabbling over who gets possession of the leftovers.

Washington Post
Mar 28, 2005 The aftermath of fraud: In wake of Poehlman affair, academics, journals assess damage control

ABSTRACT: The admission of widespread data fabrication by Eric Poehlman, a well known nutrition researcher ... has sparked a discussion of about how journals can handle such impropriety.

BioMed Central

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