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AP: Minnesota bans use of anti-bacterial ingredient triclosan beginning in 2017

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton last week signed a bill that will prohibit the use of the antibacterial ingredient triclosan in consumer hygiene products beginning Jan. 1, 2017, according to an Associated Press report published Monday. The ingredient is widely used as a germ-killing ingredient in soaps, deodorants and toothpaste. 

It will make the state the first to ban the ingredient, according to the report. The Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing the ingredient’s safety profile. Sponsor Sen. John Marty on Monday predicted that "the odds are good that most manufacturers will phase out triclosan by [Jan. 1, 2017]," the AP reported.

Citing FDA estimates, the AP reported that triclosan is used in an estimated 75% of antibacterial liquid soaps and body washes. While triclosan hasn’t been shown to be hazardous to humans, studies have raised concerns that it can disrupt hormones critical for reproduction and development, at least in lab animals, and contribute to the development of resistant bacteria.

"Some manufacturers have announced plans over the last couple years to at least partially phase out triclosan," the AP reported. "Procter & Gamble plans to finish dropping the chemical from its products this year. Johnson & Johnson plans to eliminate it from all its consumer products by 2015."

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Peeps & Co. adds a dollop of fudge to its classics

BY Ryan Chavis

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Peeps & Co. announced the infusion of gourmet fudge into its products, which include Peeps, Mike and Ike, and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews. The company’s retail outlet, located in Bethlehem, Pa., will feature the new fudge creations, as well as an assortment of candy, apparel and merchandise.

The Peeps & Co. gourmet fudge selections include:

  • Inside We’re All The Same Peeps Fudge: Six colors of the Peeps marshmallow chicks inside milk chocolate fudge;
  • Mike and Ike Very Berry Cheesecake Fudge: Raspberry Mike and Ike candies in vanilla fudge;
  • Fireside S’mores Peepsters Fudge: Milk Chocolate Peepsters, marshmallows and graham cracker inside milk chocolate fudge;
  • Philly’s Finest Peanut Chews Fudge: Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews candy inside dark chocolate fudge;
  • A Molasses Surprise Fudge: Peanut Chews & molasses inside dark chocolate fudge;
  • Chocolate Fudge: Classic cocoa flavor in fudgy form;
  • Vanilla Fudge: Fudge full vanilla flavor;
  • Sea Salt Caramel Fudge: A combo of sweet and salty, as the name implies; and
  • Cookies & Cream Fudge: This fudge combines the taste of chocolate cookies with a vanilla fudge base.

"We are always looking to offer our fans unique and distinctive ways to express their Peepsonality," said Jody Bigelow, retail special projects leader. "We’re excited to put a new twist on our iconic candy favorites with our first foray into fudge and give our consumers another way to enjoy all of our brands."

The various fudge flavors are currently on sale inside the Peeps & Co. store at the Outlets at Sands Bethlehem for $3.75 per piece or $14.90 for four pieces. The confections will be available all summer and will continue to have new flavors added for sampling and purchase, the company said.

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Fred’s Super Dollar declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Super Dollar on Wednesday announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share. 

The dividend is payable on June 16, 2014, to shareholders of record as of June 2, 2014.

Fred’s operates 704 discount general merchandise stores, including 21 franchised Fred’s stores, in the southeastern United States.

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