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Jack Link’s launches BBQ Pork seasoned jerky

BY Jason Owen

MINONG, Wis. — Jack Link’s announced today a new jerky snack that captures the flavor of the summer BBQ with new BBQ Pork seasoned jerky.

New this year, Jack Link’s BBQ Pork jerky is made with premium cuts of lean pork, seasoned with a blend of spices and barbecue smoked. The latest jerky offering from Jack Link’s provides consumers with a snack that is low in fat and calories and full of protein. Jack Link’s BBQ Pork jerky is 97% fat free, includes 12 g of protein in each 3.25-oz bag and has no added MSG.

“Summer is right around the corner, and what better way to mark the season than with the taste of good ol’ barbecue,” said Jeff LeFever, vice president of marketing at Jack Link’s. “The unique combination of sweet, tangy and smoky flavors always seems to hit the spot. Our new BBQ Pork jerky provides barbecue fans with a convenient, better-for-you way to enjoy the great taste of summer all year — whether you’re on the go, spending time outside or relaxing at home.”

The product’s packaging features a new design and custom graphics, calling attention to the high-quality pork inside each bag of jerky. The new design also helps to differentiate Jack Link’s BBQ Pork jerky from the brand’s beef and turkey products.

When developing BBQ Pork jerky, Jack Link’s sought to fill a void in the snacking universe by introducing a pork meat snack, a relatively rare offering in the category, the company stated.

“Pork is a great source of protein with delicious, natural flavor and, until recently, there hasn’t been a product on the market that truly does pork justice,” said LeFever. “Jack Link’s handcrafted recipe raises the bar by combining a unique blend of spices with a perfected smoking method. Taken together, it gives Jack Link’s BBQ Pork jerky the precise balance of natural pork taste and bold barbecue flavor consumers deserve.”

Jack Link’s BBQ Pork jerky is now available in stores across the country.


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Ill. legislature defeats biosimilar bill

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Another bill to limit dispensing of biosimilars lost Monday, this time in Illinois.

The state’s legislature voted not to advance S.B. 1934, supported by such biotech companies as Amgen and Genentech, which would slow patients’ access to knock-off versions of biotech drugs by restricting pharmacists’ ability to dispense them. Illinois is the 13th state to defeat such a bill; a similar bill died in Texas’ state legislature last week.

"In state after state, proposed restrictions on access to biosimilars are just additional layers of red tape and road blocks," said Ralph Neas, president and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, a generics industry trade group. "Legislators have recognized that these provisions are thinly veiled attempts by Amgen and Genentech to ward off competition."

 

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Medical group highlights connection between sleep apnea and hypertension, Type 2 diabetes

BY Alaric DeArment

BALTIMORE — People with Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure should be evaluated for sleep apnea, a medical group said Monday.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine advised that anyone with the two conditions be evaluated at its annual conference, SLEEP 2013.

According to the group, "overwhelming" evidence from studies has shown that patients with Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous condition in which people experience complete or partial obstruction of the airways during sleep. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% to 95% of the about 25.6 million diagnosed cases of diabetes in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 7-in-10 people with the condition have obstructive sleep apnea. Meanwhile, sleep apnea is estimated to affect 30% to 40% of the 67 million people with hypertension.

"Type 2 diabetics and people with hypertension are much more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea than other people, and as a result should immediately discuss their risk for sleep apnea with a sleep specialist," AASM president Safwan Badr said. "Diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea from a board-certified sleep medicine physician will promote improvement in these conditions, including improved insulin sensitivity, blood pressure and cholesterol."

 

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