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F.D.A. warns Lazy Larry brownies are unsafe and use of a “Supplement Facts” panel for nutrition labeling do not make the product a dietary supplement because the Lazy Larry product is represented for use as a conventional food. Among the examples of factors and information that establish that the product is represented as a conventional food are: • the product is marketed alongside snack foods; • the URL,, directs people to a web site that refers to a conventional food (cake); • the product is described on the company’s web site as having “the same ingredients your mother uses to make brownies,” which is a conventional food; • the use of a combination of ingredients particular to a brownie (including sugar, flour, oil, cocoa, egg and salt); and • the appearance and packaging of the product as a brownie. “We know of no basis for general recognition of safety for melatonin based either on scientific procedures or common use in food prior to Jan. 1, 1958,” said Michael W. Roosevelt, acting director for the Office of Compliance of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition within the F.D.A. “Melatonin is a neurohormone that is used for medicinal purposes, primarily as a sleep aid in the treatment of sleep-related disorders.” He continued, “F.D.A. is not aware of data to establish the safety of melatonin for use as an ingredient in conventional foods. On the contrary, reports in the scientific literature have raised safety concerns about the use of melatonin. Among these are concerns about the effects on blood glucose homeostasis, and effects on the reproductive/ developmental, cardiovascular, ocular, and neurological systems. Therefore, the use of melatonin in your Lazy Larry product does not satisfy the criteria for GRAS status under 21 CFR 170.30.” The F.D.A. has given HBB 15 days from the receipt of the warning letter to correct the violation and prevent future recurrence. Failure to do so may result in enforcement action, the F.D.A. said. HBB has not commented on the F.D.A. warning. FBN WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to HBB, L.L.C. cautioning the Memphisbased company that it may seize its melatonin-laced brownies called Lazy Larry. The brownies up until July were marketed as Lazy Cakes, but HBB changed the name after some lawmakers and public officials expressed concern about the melatonin levels in the brownies. Although HBB has marketed the product as a dietary supplement, which is largely unregulated under federal law, the F.D.A. in its July 28 warning letter said HBB’s use of the term “dietary supplement” in the statement of identity Cott income climbs 19% in second quarter TAMPA, FLA. — Increased revenue coupled with the acquisition of the Cliffstar business contributed to a 19% increase in income for Cott Corp. during the second quarter. For the quarter ended July 2, the company had income of $26.5 million, equal to 28c per share on the common stock, which compared with income of $22.3 million, or 28c per share, during the same quarter of the previous year. Net revenue for the quarter was $640 million, up 51% from $424.7 million. “Our second-quarter results included volume and revenue growth both globally and in North America, Mexico and the U.K.,” said Jerry Fowden, chief executive officer. “During the quarter, we also realized additional tax benefits, which we expect to be ongoing and which positively impacted our financial results in the quarter. Despite continued commodity and fuel cost headwinds we remain focused on delivering another year of significant cash generation.” For the six months ended July 2, the company had income of $33.3 million, or 35c per share, down 2% from $33.8 million, or 42c per share, during the same period of the previous year. During the six months the company had net revenue of $1,174.1 million, up 49% from $787.6 million. FBN 22 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® August 16, 2011

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Food Business News - August 16, 2011
Ralcorp to buy Sara Lee refrigerated dough business
Whey protein’s emerging mass appeal
Gluten-free labeling in the spotlight
Web Contents
Editorial - Search for insights in P.&G.’s farewell to food
Nestle profi t down in fi rst half of year
Sara Lee income up sharply in year
Pilgrim’s Pride’s second-quarter earnings plunge
Snyder’s-Lance swings to loss in quarter
Consumers taking active role in beverage trends
Cargill recalls 36 million lbs of ground turkey
Consumers more concerned with fat, calories than HFCS
Investment group partnering with Kettle Cuisine
Smart Balance purchases gluten-free food company
Sunsweet acquires Function Drinks
Kraft's big Split
Additional amicable separations
Ralcorp to buy Sara Lee refrigerated dough business
Ralcorp net down on impairment charge
F.D.A. warns Lazy Larry brownies are unsafe
Cott income climbs 19% in second quarter
Lower salad volumes contribute to loss at Chiquita
Restaurant Performance Index above 100 in June
Cost and taste remain barriers for functional foods
Sugar prices strong as supplies tighten
Gluten-free labeling in the spotlight
Health and wellness remains at the heart of oil innovations
Inside the guar gum bubble
Use hydrocolloids to save on costs
Dairy Business News
Conditions remain diffi cult for Dean Foods
Dean Foods suffers loss after litigation charge
Whey protein’s emerging mass appeal
Adding ethical value
Dannon adds Greek Oikos to portfolio
Caribou adds ‘Grown-up Grilled Cheese’ to menu
Beech-Nut to co-brand baby food with Mott’s
Earth’s Best expands Sesame Street line
Popchips introduces jalapeño variety
Kettle Brand launches reduced-fat chip line
Tropical fl avor line extends beyond familiar
SunOpta completes purchase of juice company
Spicetec names director of marketing
Carton protects fragile products
GPC hires scientist, sales representative
F.D.A. has no objection to krill oil’s GRAS status
Birko to buy maker of washing, pasteurizing systems
Ingredient Markets
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

Food Business News - August 16, 2011