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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
budlight.com 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 >>
flickr.com/photos/jusumCan'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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
In today's news: a trade dispute over Roquefort, the food crisis in Zimbabwe and much more.
In today's news: the food crisis, trouble for Whole Foods and Starbucks and the world's biggest cheesecake.
In today's news: Whole Foods asks for help, Canada says OK to new meat labeling and a critic enters the kitchen
In today's news: the FTC vs. Whole Foods, country-of-origin labeling and a close call for some rare lizards.
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.
In today's news: job cuts at Anheuser-Busch, Whole Foods sues and a bird-flu outbreak in Hong Kong.
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 >>
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 >>
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
Governor Matt Blunt and Senator Kit Bond ask the FTC to intervene in InBev's proposed buyout of Anheuser-Busch. (BizJournals.com) 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 >>
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 >>
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
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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) www.chemistryland.com The FDA decides not to close seven food-safety labs in light of all the recent p ... More >>
Federal Judge Paul L. Friedman has rejected the FTC's bid to block Whole Foods' acquisition of rival Wild Oats. (AP) -Ian Froeb
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 >>
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) www.brandchannel.com A look at the growing backlash against bottled water, and the guilt it's inspiring in bo ... More >>
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 >>
The court hearing on the FTC's antitrust lawsuit against the proposed merger of Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats is underway. Forbes.com has an AP report on the morning's developments right here. -Ian Froeb
Tomorrow is the first court hearing in the FTC's antitrust lawsuit to stop the merger of Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats. Forbes.com has the pregame analysis here. What would rahodeb think? -Ian Froeb
source: wholefoodsmarket.com 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 >>
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 >>
rwqp.rutgers.edu 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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