Industry signposts: hints of things to come

Someone is watching
Infomercial pitchman Donald W Barrett and two associates had their assets seized by the FTC, and were ordered to refund $48.2 million to customers for deceptively touting their Supreme Greens supplement.

Writing on the wall
Hedging their bets for the future, as soft-drinks sales show continuing signs of decline, both Coca Cola and PepsiCo have invested in companies that produce coconut water, a natural sports drink popular in Asian and Latin American countries.

FDA as friend
"Everyone recognizes the FDA is going to be a bigger part of what we're doing. The question is, do we want to work with them or oppose them? It's not going to continue as it was. It's going to be a matter of when we deal with it, not if we deal with it."

β€” Scott Steinford, president, ZMC-USA

Evolution and ageing
"The majority of all DNA mutations bear the signature of oxidative stress. That's exactly what you would expect if you believe that oxidative stress is an underlying cause of ageing and disease."

β€” Dee Denver, assistant professor of zoology at Oklahoma State University and principal investigator on a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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