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Pepto-Bismol sponsors hot dog-eating contest

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble and Major League Eating on Monday announced that Pepto-Bismol will be the first-ever stomach remedy sponsor of the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest.

“We are very excited to welcome Pepto-Bismol on board as our newest sponsor,” stated George Shea, MLE president and emcee of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. “Pepto-Bismol has been around for more than 100 years, and in the 95 years of the contest, many people have often asked if the competitors experience stomach upsets and whether they use Pepto-Bismol. Nearly every eater does, and so for us, this sponsorship was a natural fit.”

“Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is the ultimate case in point of celebrating the summer with food, so we’re excited to announce our sponsorship of the event,” said Colleen Jay, VP P&G personal health care. “We wanted to show that whether you’ve gone a little overboard on your favorite food or eaten one too many hot dogs at your backyard BBQ this summer, turn to Pepto-Bismol.”

The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is an annual event that has become part of America’s Fourth of July celebration. The final event on Coney Island winds through many American cities, with regional qualifier competitions occurring at a variety of Nathan’s Famous retail locations.

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VitaminSpice products now available at Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

WAYNE, Pa. VitaminSpice on Thursday announced the introduction of its line of table spices supplemented with nutritionals into Walgreens.

“In addition to Walgreens, we already have interest from several significant food and ingredient manufacturers,” stated Edward Bukstel, VitaminSpice president and CEO. “The main effort now and going forward for VitaminSpice is to properly manage the massive rollout of the product to the market here [in the United States] and then worldwide.”

So far, VitaminSpice offers supplemented crushed red pepper, ground black pepper, Italian seasoning, ground cinnamon and granulated garlic.

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P&G recalls nasal decongestant spray

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble voluntarily recalled its 4-hour decongestant nasal spray, a product distributed nationwide in the United States.

P&G said it is taking this voluntary precautionary step after finding that the product formulation for VapoSpray 4-hour nasal spray by Sinex may not meet the expiration dates on the package. This recall is not a result of consumer complaints, the company noted.

 

Consumers who have product with the UPC codes listed below and marked with an expiration date prior to June 2013 should simply discard the affected product:

  • VapoSpray 4-hour nasal spray by Sinex with a UPC code of 3 23900 00082 7. Prior to June 2009, this product was also sold as Sinex Nasal Spray in both a spray (UPC Code 3 23900 00082 7) and Ultra Fine Mist package (UPC Code 3 23900 00085 8).

 

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