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    May 19, 2014

    Tesla Remains Legal in Missouri, Legislature to Reconsider Ban Next Year

    Tesla won a major legislative battle last week when Republican leadership decided to pump the brakes on a bill that would effectively have kicked the electric car company out of Missouri. Tesla, which has a service center in St. Louis, says it sells cars directly to consumers -- not through franchi ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    FTC Cracks Down on Four Loko; Frat Boys Everywhere Weep

    If you're one of the few poor souls who have no taste buds and therefore love Four Loko, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is worried about you. On February 12, the FTC reached an agreement with Phusion Projects, LLC, makers of Four Loko, a carbonated, fruity malt beverage. Phusion is now required ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Claire McCaskill Asks FTC Chair to Watch for Gas Gouging

    Claire McCaskill: Not too pumped about gas prices.​With Memorial Day around the corner and gas prices flirting with the $4-a-gallon mark, Sen. Claire McCaskill and three colleagues yesterday sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, calling on him to investigate potenti ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Bans Help People Too Stupid to Feed Their Kids, Themselves

    Wikimedia Commons​ It's not just Jamie Oliver trying to save American kids from their parents. The Law is getting involved. Again. Reuters reports today that the Federal Trade Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agricultu ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Helicopters Blow Warm Air on Cold Florida Crops

    For a second year in a row, cold threatens Florida's winter crops. NPR reports that farmers are hiring helicopters to hover low over the crops to push warm air downward. It's a desperate measure that costs around $2500 an hour, and last week three helicopters crashed on crop-warming missions. But if ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Nestle Invests in Disease-Fighting Food Research

    As the Federal Trade Commission cracks down on POM Wonderful for making questionable health claims, the Wall Street Journal reports that food giant Nestle is looking to expand their stake in "functional foods" - foods that might prevent diseases. The company's investing over $500 million into resear ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.4

    With the backlash against questionable health claims in food advertising, Kellogg's has opted to restrict advertising in light of two FTC investigations for false health claims in less than a year. The New York Times reports that a claim to improve child immune function on Rice Krispies packaging l ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Obama Administration's No. 1 Insurance Watchdog Used to Stir Things Up in MO

    Image viaJay Angoff, former Missouri bureaucrat, is now Obama's big insurance guy in D.C. ​The gigantic healthcare overhaul that Obama et al somehow pulled off this year is going to so deeply change the health insurance game, they had to create a whole new federal body just to deal with it-- and t ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Saturday is "Shred Day" in St. Louis

    Shred Day: Dwight Schrute approved.​Not going to the KKK picnic on Saturday? Don't worry there's still plenty of other things to do in and around St. Louis that day. Like, for instance, celebrating St. Louis annual Shred Day. What is Shred Day? Why it's only the best darn holiday of the season -- ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Monsanto Subject of Antitrust Workshop Today in Iowa with U.S. Attorney General

    ​Updated at 11:50 a.m. Competitors, activists, farmers, politicians. They all get a chance to weigh in on St. Louis-based Monsanto today at a "workshop" in Iowa that's to focus on antitrust behavior in the agriculture industry. In attendance at today's meeting will be U.S. Attorney General Eric Ho ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Gut Check's Swag Bag: Seagram's 7 Dark Honey

    So apparently the FTC now mandates I tell you what the category title Gut Check's Swag Bag should imply: I was sent a free 750-ml bottle of Seagram's 7 Dark Honey blended whiskey to sample.​It arrived after the holidays, thus sparing my wife, in-laws and myself untold whiskey-inspired hi-jinks.

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    October 8, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 10.8

    ​ Food (and other) bloggers risk FTC fines if they don't disclose paid product reviews. (Wired)Ruth Reichl speaks on Gourmet's closing. (The New York Times)The beef bait and switch - is it really Kobe? (Miami New Times)Food-bourne illnesses might be the price of convenience. Here's the top t ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Real Men of Genius: Mizzou Chancellor Kindly Requests A-B to Quit Selling Bud Light in Black and Gold Cans​ Add Mizzou to the list of schools that fail to see the "genius" of the Bud Light Fan Can. Chancellor Brady Deaton has officially registered his disapproval.As Chad reported last week, Fan Cans,  A-B's latest ad campaign for the fall, involves selling cans of Bud-Light decorated ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    FBI on Online Auction Fraud: Don't Let it Happen to You!'t you imagine this headline getting read in a sonorous voice? Maybe even by McGruff? Anyway, our friends at the FBI are always eager to help us out, which is why they've sent out this press release about how to avoid online auction fraud. Now if only they could tell us how ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 4.21

    The annual Restaurant Magazine list of the world's 50 best restaurants finds Spain's El Bulli at the top once again. Per Se and Alinea were the only American restaurants in the top ten. (AFP)Kellogg's settles with the FTC over misleading health claims used to advertise Frosted Mini-Wheats. (AP)The b ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 3.6

    At long last, the end (we hope) to a story Gut Check has been tracking for most of its lifespan: Whole Foods has settled with the FTC over its takeover of Wild Oats. (Reuters)Food firms increasingly rely on private health inspectors, but the current salmonella (and other) outbreaks reveal their limi ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.30

    In today's news: a trade dispute over Roquefort, the food crisis in Zimbabwe and much more.

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    January 26, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.26

    In today's news: the food crisis, trouble for Whole Foods and Starbucks and the world's biggest cheesecake.

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    January 14, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 1.14

    In today's news: Whole Foods asks for help, Canada says OK to new meat labeling and a critic enters the kitchen

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    January 13, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 1.13

    In today's news: the FTC vs. Whole Foods, country-of-origin labeling and a close call for some rare lizards.

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    December 16, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 12.16

    In today's news: Whole Foods has support in Congress, China bans substances from food, AB InBev loses a court battle and Iron Chef America for the Wii.

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    December 9, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 12.9

    In today's news: job cuts at Anheuser-Busch, Whole Foods sues and a bird-flu outbreak in Hong Kong.

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    November 7, 2008
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    September 9, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 9.9

    The prime minister of Thailand may be brought down by...his cooking show? (AFP) (By the way, that show has a fantastic name: Tasting and Grumbling.) The FTC won't hold hearings on the Whole Foods-Wild Oats merger until next February. (Dow Jones) Assault by sausage! The zaniest true-crime story yo ... More >>

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    July 30, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 7.30

    An appeals court breathes new life into the FTC's efforts to block the merger of Whole Foods and Wild Oats. (Reuters) The full city council of Los Angeles passes a moritorium on new fast-food restaurants in part of the city. (AP) The story of a farmer kicked out of multiple farmers' markets for se ... More >>

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    July 29, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 7.29

    A new FTC report finds that food firms aim $1.6 billion in ads at kids. (AP) An interesting article on a new restaurant built by "crowd-sourcing" -- like open-source software, but for a new business. (Washington Post) Meet the shrew that lives on beer -- and doesn't get drunk. (Wired) - Ian Froeb

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    June 17, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 6.17

    Governor Matt Blunt and Senator Kit Bond ask the FTC to intervene in InBev's proposed buyout of Anheuser-Busch. ( The FDA pursues a hot lead in the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes. (Reuters) Could an unorthodox method of farming rice help ease the global food crisis? (New York Time ... More >>

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    April 29, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 4.29

    The outcome of the U.N. summit on the food crisis: A task force and a call for countries to end bans on exporting food -- those bans are only worsening the situation. (AFP) Congress is finally wrapping up work on the five-year farm bill, but the White House isn't happy with the new version. (Reuter ... More >>

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    April 23, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 4.23

    Believe it or not, the FTC is still trying to block Whole Foods' acquisition of Wild Oats. (AP) The cost of providing health care to workers has led to surcharges in San Francisco restaurants. (New York Times) China's new law on food safety features tough penalties. (AP) -Ian Froeb

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    April 9, 2008
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    October 26, 2007
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    August 29, 2007
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    August 29, 2007

    FDA and FTC Tell Monsanto to Quit Bellyaching (Part 2)

    Here's the headline I put on the blog entry I just posted about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's and Federal Trade Commission's responses to complaints from Monsanto that U.S. milk producers are "misleading" the citizenry about the Creve Coeur-based chemical company's product Posilac, a.k.a. ... More >>

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    August 29, 2007
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    August 22, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8/22

    More details on why a federal judge sided with Whole Foods Market rather than the FTC: Judge Paul Friedman didn't care much about Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's online alter ego rahodeb, and Friedman believed Whole Foods' argument that it wouldn't raise its prices after acquiring Wild Oats. (Reuters) ... More >>

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    August 21, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 8/21

    Did I see any of you at Marcia's Surgery Festival last night? Well, I was incognito. (I hope.) But it was a nice turnout. Good stuff this morning: A federal appeals court has stayed Whole Foods' acquisition of Wild Oats. This is a temporary delay so that the court can consider the FTC's request to ... More >>

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    August 20, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8/20

    New week. Same old stories. A wrap-up of last week's developments in the Whole Foods-Wild Oats saga: The FTC appeals judge's ruling; judge denies stay of the merger. (Houston Chronicle) The FDA decides not to close seven food-safety labs in light of all the recent p ... More >>

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    August 16, 2007

    Late Update: Judge Won't Stop Whole Foods

    Federal Judge Paul L. Friedman has rejected the FTC's bid to block Whole Foods' acquisition of rival Wild Oats. (AP) -Ian Froeb

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    August 15, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8/15

    The FTC claims that Whole Foods plans to shut down 30 Wild Oats stores if a judge allows Whole Foods' proposed takeover of its rival to occur. (AP) Wait! Whole Foods says the FTC's claim is based on proprietary information not meant to be made public. Whole Foods also says it can't make any decisio ... More >>

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    August 13, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8/13

    Another week, another food to avoid: oysters from the southern tip of the Hood Canal in Washington state. The culprit this time is the bacterial illness vibriosis. (Seattle Times) A look at the growing backlash against bottled water, and the guilt it's inspiring in bo ... More >>

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    August 1, 2007

    Your Daily Whole Foods vs. FTC Update

    We'll be talking about grocery shopping in much more depth very soon. For now, though, today is the second day of a two-day hearing on the FTC's attempts to prevent Whole Foods from buying competitor Wild Oats. CNNMoney has the latest right here. This story isn't going to end soon, by the way. Both ... More >>

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    July 31, 2007

    Whole Foods vs. FTC Update

    The court hearing on the FTC's antitrust lawsuit against the proposed merger of Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats is underway. has an AP report on the morning's developments right here. -Ian Froeb

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    July 30, 2007

    Whole Foods, FTC Ready to Lock Horns

    Tomorrow is the first court hearing in the FTC's antitrust lawsuit to stop the merger of Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats. has the pregame analysis here. What would rahodeb think? -Ian Froeb

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    June 8, 2007

    Small Plates: Friday, 6/8

    source: The Evil Empire? A quick follow-up to yesterday's Small Plates. Slate's Daniel Gross offers an argument in favor of Whole Foods Market's planned acquisition of rival Wild Oats. Here's the gist of his stance: In those few places where they overlap, if the Wild ... More >>

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    June 7, 2007

    Small Plates: Thursday, 6/7

    photo: Ian Froeb Nepali cuisine in the Grove This news predates the launch of Gut Check, but I was in the neighborhood last night and snapped this (yes, yes, crappy) photo. So, in case you didn't know: Everest, the Nepali restaurant currently located just west of the Loft District on Wash ... More >>

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    April 4, 2007

    rBST and Monsanto: The Corporate Teat I was in the car last week listening to the Diane Rehm Show (it, uh, relaxes me), when an exchange between the host and one of her guests roused me out of my torpor. The topic du jour was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent determination that meat and milk from clone ... More >>

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