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Vermont leading US in GMO labeling campaign
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) ó Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:01:06 -0400
U.S. proposal would ban e-cigarette sales to minors, allow advertising
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children. Bonnie Herzog, an analyst at Wells Fargo, said the proposal is "positive for industry." But public health advocates lamented the fact that the proposal does not take aim at e-cigarette advertising or sweetly-flavored products, which they say risk introducing a new generation of young people to conventional cigarettes when little is known about the long-term health impact of the electronic devices. "It's very disappointing because they don't do anything to rein in the wild-west marketing that is targeting kids," said Stanton Glantz, a professor at the Center of Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said at a briefing on Wednesday that the proposal represented the first "foundational" step toward broader restrictions if scientific evidence shows they are needed to protect public health.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:47:09 -0400
Alstom shares jump on report of $13 billion GE bid
By Natalie Huet and Benjamin Mallet PARIS (Reuters) - Shares in Alstom jumped more than 14 percent on Thursday after a report that U.S. conglomerate General Electric was in talks to buy the struggling French turbine and train maker for about $13 billion. If confirmed, a takeover offer from a foreign company would raise concern among politicians and unions in France, where Alstom employs around 18,000 staff, or 20 percent of its global workforce. A deal could hand GE control of Alstom's high-speed TGV trains and rail-signal technology, and has the support of Bouygues , Alstom's biggest shareholder with a 29 percent stake, the report said. However, one person familiar with the industry said GE's ultimate aim might be to buy Alstom's power business rather than its power arm - a deal that would leave its transport business as a separate publicly listed company in Paris.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:38:07 -0400
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