House passes tobacco control act, giving regulation powers to FDA
WASHINGTON The House passed sweeping legislation to regulate tobacco Wednesday.
In a 326-102 vote, 230 Democrats and 96 Republicans voted in favor of the Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act. The act would not ban tobacco or nicotine, but it would require reduction or elimination of carcinogenic chemicals in cigarette smoke, strengthen advertising restrictions and ban candy-flavored cigarettes and cigars while also giving the Food and Drug Administration the power to ban menthol.
The bill’s passage follows the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ approval of a law that would ban tobacco sales in pharmacies.
Low-acid coffee posed to be a hit among ‘green’ consumers
WOODLAND, Calif. While many food companies are upgrading their processing and packaging plants to run on renewable fuel sources, as well as making strides to cut back waste from packaging and adopt more sustainable manufacturing practices, one coffee company has turned to adapting its roasting process to make it more sustainable.
Puroast Low Acid Coffee, mountain grown in the Andes, is making waves for its innovative roasting technology. In a time-tested tradition, Puroast is roasted by wood-pellet fueled fires using only renewable resources. Puroast’s roasting methods and business model have even caught the attention of and received acclaim from The Sustainable Business Institute in San Jose, Calif., earning them SBI’s Seal of Sustainability in 2004.
“Puroast Low Acid Coffee is one of those cases where sustainability has actually led to a better consumer product—the economics and qualities of renewable, wood pellet fuel, enables us to make low acid coffee commercially viable and affordable to the American consumer,” said Puroast chief executive officer, Kerry Sachs.
Low acid coffee contains less than half the amount of acid of most popular brands, the company said, and is a good choice for people who frequently deal with acid reflux disease and heartburn.
Puroast Low Acid gourmet coffee is now available at retailers nationwide.
Quaker launches protein snack bars geared towards health-minded moms
CHICAGO Quaker has released new Chewy Granola Bars with Protein, combining protein with whole grains in every serving. The company said that the new chewy snack bars will appeal to moms who look out for their families’ diets.
Chewy Granola Bars with Protein come in two flavors: nutty peanut butter and peanut butter and chocolate. The snack bars provide as much protein as a 4-oz. container of yogurt, the company said. They also contain 5 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber, no trans fat and no cholesterol.
Pediatrician and mother of three, Dr. Dr. Laura Jana said, “Protein plays an important role in children’s growth and development, helps kids feel full longer, and is a key component in any well-balanced diet. Yet all too often, in this day and age of fast food and picky eaters, protein is overlooked; convenient snacks like the new Quaker Chewy Granola Bars with Protein can provide families with an appealing option.”
The new Quaker Chewy Granola Bars with Protein can be purchased at grocery stores and super stores across the United States. They retail for about $3.19 per box of eight.