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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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Dr Pepper Snapple Group names new chief marketing officer, other shifts in management

BY Jenna Duncan

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group has announced a change to its managerial lineup; former senior vice president of marketing Jim Trebilcock has been bumped to the position of chief marketing officer, the company has said. Other management adjustments have also been made in the course of a wider reorganization effort, according to reports. Trebilcock, a 21-year veteran, will now report to president and chief executive officer Larry Young.

In other moves, former executive vice president of marketing and research and development, Randy Gier, has parted from the company; Rodger Collins assumes the lead of DPS’ finished-goods business; Mexico and Caribbean divisions president, Pedro Herran, will now also take on heading corporate strategy; and vice president of corporate communications Tina Barry will also take on a new corporate affairs role. Other management moves also will effect supply chain operations and other marketing divisions.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group currently ranks as No. 3 in the U.S. carbonated soft drink business, following Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo. Reports have stated that DPS’ annual sales total around $5.7 billion.

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Studies of green tea show myriad of health benefits

BY Jenna Duncan

SEATTLE According to researchers, not only is green tea an excellent source of antioxidants, it can also help with things like maintaining cholesterol, burning fat and calming nerves, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, as well as researched at the University of Seattle have said.

Green tea contains a mild dose of caffeine which can stimulate the brain. It also contains thiamine, or vitamin B, which can benefit regular drinkers by improving cognitive functions and giving the drinker more energy, reports said.  

Research also indicated that women who rink green tea regularly had a 54 percent decreased risk of ovarian cancer. Hutch Center scientists said that green tea contains high levels of EGCG, or epigallocatechin-3-gallate, which not only has been shown to help prevent ovarian cancer, but other forms such as breast cancer and colorectal cancer, as well.

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