Tag: wall street journal

VPN and Pizza: The Right Way To Deal with Food Claims

An article in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal reminded me of a point I’ve been trying to make for years but didn’t have a good hook to do so.  Now that this idea is in print, I do, so here goes.   The article concerns a group called Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, which gives pizzerias certificates called … Continue Reading

The Wall Street Journal on “Bagel-Related Injuries”

Where I grew up, there was a bagel bakery, or "bagel factory" as we called them, in every strip mall.  One of them was owned by the husband of my high school English teacher, and one day in class she demonstrated to us proper bagel sliciing technique.  It must have made an impression, because I remember … Continue Reading

From Onions to Chicken Soup: The Wall Street Journal Weighs in On Home Flu Remedies

Melinda Beck has a terrific article in today’s Wall Street Journal about home remedies for the H1N1 virus and (as we have previously blogged) the FDA’s efforts to reign in those making unsupported marketing claims for their remedies.  One remedy sweeping the blogosphere like wildfire is the use of onions to soak up flu bugs.  … Continue Reading

Macaroni Grill Changes Its Menu for the Right Reasons

While Denny’s appears to be subject to a growing trend of people suing it to change its menu, Romano’s Macaroni Grill is lowering the calories in its menu for another reason:  to stem losses in sales.  According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Macaroni Grill is increasing sales while at the same time … Continue Reading

FDA Warning to General Mills: Cheerios is a Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking issue with claims that Cheerios cereal can lower cholesterol. In a letter to General Mills, the FDA says that statements made on Cheerios packaging like the claim that the cereal is “clinically proven to help lower cholesterol” make the product a drug under federal law. The agency suggests … Continue Reading

Pork Producers Feel Effects of Swine Flu

Pork producers are feeling the effects of the swine flu as the number of reported cases of the virus increases.  Stock prices for Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, and Arkansas-based Tyson Foods, fell 12 percent and 9 percent today, respectively.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the prices of hogs, corn, and … Continue Reading

Food-Borne Illness: Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a study of the incidence of food-borne illness in ten states.  The study, by the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, known as "FoodNet", in general concludes that food-borne illness has not significantly either increased or decreased in the United States since 2004, after substantial gains in food safety … Continue Reading
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