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Cabot Creamery takes its show on the road

BY Jenna Duncan

CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. Cabot Creamery has begun a nationwide road tour promoting the benefits of calcium in fighting childhood obesity and osteoporosis. The tour has hit the New York Capital District and is set to stop at more than 12 Price Chopper Supermarkets in the area.

Cabot’s road crew will be handing out coupons, prizes and  recipes, as well as samples of Cabot’s classic cheeses, including new mega-3 cheddar.

Cabot spokesman Mark Hackett told the media: “One thing Cabot is famous for is its cheddar cheese, and cheddar cheese is lactose free. So a lot people who are avoiding dairy still need their source of calcium and the best source of calcium is naturally through cheese, yogurt, or milk.”

The Cabot Road Show will be visiting cities nationwide to promote its message of healthy weight loss.

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Pepsi sets new challenge: get more eco-friendly

BY Jenna Duncan

PURCHASE, N.Y. PepsiCo today announced the launch of two new Web sites, PepsiEcoChallenge.com and PepsiRecycling.com, which are geared towards promoting environmental awareness and urging users to become more active in sustainability efforts.

At PepsiEcoChallenge.com, three categories—energy, water and packaging—detail things that people can do every day to lessen their carbon footprint. The site urges people to lower water consumption by 20 percent, reduce the use of electricity by 20 percent and lessen dependence on fuels by 25 percent before the year 2015.

At PepsiRecycling.com, visitors are invited to take the Pepsi Recycling Challenge and promise to recycle more beverage cans and bottles. Site viewers can also register to enter different sweepstakes contests with prizes ranging from T-shirts and bicycles to Smart Cars. Furthermore, every Pepsi Stuff point entered in sweepstakes on the site will equal a $0.10-cent contribution to Keep America Beautiful.

“The Eco Challenge theme draws on our heritage with the Pepsi Challenge,” vice president of marketing for PepsiCo North America, Victor Melendez, said in a statement. “As the Web site points out, today’s challenge goes beyond the cola wars. The Eco Challenge is about protecting our planet’s resources for generations to come—a challenge that cuts across brands, companies, industries and even continents.”

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FDA readies to begin tests for pesticides in food products

BY Alaric DeArment

FOSTER CITY, Calif. The Food and Drug Administration has purchased seven machines that test for harmful pesticides in the food supply, the company that makes the machines announced Monday.

Applied Biosystems said the FDA had purchased its 4000 QTRAP systems, specialized mass spectrometers that detect trace levels of contaminants by analyzing compounds based in their molecular composition.

“The government’s efforts to increase food safety are directly impacted by the accuracy and reproducibility of the scientific information used to conduct the critical analysis that determines whether food is contaminated and a threat to the health of the general public,” said Laura Lauman, president of Applied Biosystems’ proteomics and small molecule division.

The machines will be installed at FDA field offices in Jefferson, Ark., Irvine, Calif., Lenexa, Kan., Jamaica, N.Y., College Park, Md., Bothell, Wash., and Atlanta.

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