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EQ Energy Drink announces new product line

BY Ryan Chavis

LAS VEGAS — EQ Energy Drink, formally EQ Labs, announced the addition of Lemon Tea Drink to its product line.

“We are excited to announce the launch of EQ’s Lemon Tea Drink boosted by Power Cap through our retail distribution chain,” Mo Owens, CEO of EQ said. “This product will be available to the retail customers this December and will further enhance our products available to the consumer.”

EQ Energy Drink also updated its financial plans. The company currently is in the process of completing the auditing of financial statements.

"Our change of the year-end more reflects the selling season of our product,” Owens said. “In addition, our financial audit, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2013, will be the foundation for the company to move towards becoming a fully reporting company. We feel this will benefit all the shareholders."

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FDA may ban trans fats from most foods

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — U.S. regulators made a preliminary move Thursday to remove trans fats from food products.

The Food and Drug Administration announced a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of artificial trans fats in processed foods, are not "generally recognized as safe" to eat. The determination was based on scientific evidence and findings by expert panels, and the agency said it would spend the next 60 days collecting additional data and accepting comments – including from food manufacturers on the time needed to reformulate products that contain trans fats – before finalizing its determination. If that happens, partially hydrogenated oils would be considered "food additives" and would be prohibited from use in foods unless authorized by regulation, though the agency would give producers time to reformulate products in order to minimize market disruption.

Trans fats are widely blamed for cardiovascular disease, and many food manufacturers and retailers have already removed them from their products, often advertising them on packaging, but they remain in processed foods like certain desserts, microwave popcorn, frozen pizzas, margarines and coffee creamers.

"While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fats has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern," FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. "The FDA’s action today is an important step toward protecting more Americans from the potential dangers of trans fat."

According to the FDA, thanks to efforts by manufacturers and retailers and public education, trans fat consumption has gone from 4.6 grams per day in 2003 to about 1 gram per day in 2012.

 

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Holiday Wheat Thins to hit store shelves nationwide

BY Ryan Chavis

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Nabisco’s Wheat Thins Holiday will hit store shelves nationwide this week.

The limited-edition snack has the same 100% toasted whole grain, but will feature festive imprints — a snowflake, gingerbread man, bell and candy cane — that will provide additional holiday cheer.

The suggested retail price is $3.69 for a 8.5-oz. box.
 

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