FDA issues warning letters for two green tea drinks
SILVER SPRING, Md. The Food and Drug Administration recently issued two warning letters to the Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Unilever for their respective green tea beverages, stating that the companies’ nutritional claims are not in compliance with FDA regulations.
The FDA sent a warning letter on Aug. 30 to DPS regarding the sparkling green tea ginger ale product from its Canada Dry brand. The regulatory agency said that the beverage maker’s product label "bears a nutrient content claim that is not authorized by regulation," using such beverage content claims as antioxidants, enhanced with vitamin C and fortified with nutrients. The FDA said in its letter, "[the agency] does not consider it appropriate to fortify snack foods, such as carbonated beverages."
A similar warning letter was issued on Aug. 23 to Unilever, which stated that Unilever’s Lipton green tea labeling on the brand’s website contained therapeutic claims. Lipton’s website claimed that green tea was cited as a reducer of cholesterol levels in people with coronary disease in four recent studies, which the FDA said implied that "the product is a drug because it is intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease."
The FDA requested executives from both companies to respond to the citations within 15 days and to outline their plans for addressing the problems.
Equal Exchange expands chocolate business
WEST BRIDGEWATER, N.J. It seems that Equal Exchange’s chocolate sector is gaining momentum.
The company, a full-service, nationwide provider of high-quality organic coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, healthy snacks and bananas, recently introduced new 3.5-oz Fair Trade chocolate bars: Organic Ecuador dark chocolate (65% cocoa content) and organic chocolate caramel crunch with sea salt (55% cocoa content). The organic Ecuador dark chocolate bar is reminiscent of baked brownies fresh out of the pan, Equal Exchange said. The bar’s sweet, fudgy richness is balanced by hints of citrus and floral notes. Meanwhile, the organic chocolate caramel crunch with sea salt bar appeals to chocolate lovers who enjoy a contrasting sweet and salty sensation.
The Ecuadoran bar is vegan. Both bars are kosher, gluten-free and soy-free.
According to the company’s annual report, its chocolate sales had exceeded $5 million in 2008, and they approached $6 million in 2009.
“What was once a coffee company has successfully been moving into new categories,” Equal Exchange spokesman Rodney North was quoted as saying. “What’s consistent is these are organic fair trade products bearing the Equal Exchange brand and message.”
The wholesale price is $2.50 per bar and $30 per case. The suggested retail price is $4.25.
Scott Naturals wants consumers to get smart with flushing habits
DALLAS Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Naturals brand has introduced the Smart Flush bag, a device that reduces toilet water use.
How it works: When placed in the toilet tank, the material in the Smart Flush bag absorbs water and expands, reducing the amount of water consumed in each flush by up to 1 L. The Smart Flush bag will be given away exclusively on Scott Naturals eight-pack and 12-pack bath tissue at retailers nationwide in September and October, while supplies last. The promotion will be supported by a national campaign, including a dedicated TV spot explaining Smart Flush and in-store video advertisements.
"K-C and the Scott Naturals brand are committed to sustainability and to preserving natural resources for future generations," said Doug Daniels, Scott brand manager. "The Smart Flush device makes it easy for consumers to conserve by reducing the water consumed by each toilet flush. This innovative solution aligns with Scott Naturals brand’s approach of making it easy for environmentally aware consumers to take a green step at home, without changing their normal routines."