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June 15, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Margarine Labeling Agreement Reached: The Food and Drug Administration's agreement with the National Assn. of Margarine Manufacturers calls for the companies to prominently display the fat content of products whose packages carry "no cholesterol" labels. Under the settlement, margarine manufacturers must remove "no cholesterol" labels--or move fat content information from the back or side of margarine and vegetable-oil-spread packages to the front, adjacent to the cholesterol labels.
April 26, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Alexander McQueen, the late British designer and high fashion's enfant terrible , wasn't the type to hang around a discount mall alongside a Riverside County freeway. But that's where his eponymous label opened its first U.S. outlet store a few days ago. In addition to McQueen - the label responsible for Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress - powerhouse brands Helmut Lang and Belstaff also launched their first North American outlets in the same mall, Desert Hills Premium Outlets.
May 17, 1988 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
At the Brite Spot restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, coffee drinkers often ask for a sugar-free sweetener that is infrequently advertised and contains an ingredient linked to cancer. "All they ask for is Sweet'n Low," said restaurant manager Antonette Venetos of the saccharin sweetener contained in familiar pink packets. "I have never had customers ask for anything else," she said. "I think it's sort of a habit." It is a habit that has kept the family-run company that makes Sweet'n Low in business.
April 21, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - In a case that could strengthen truth-in-labeling laws, Supreme Court justices on Monday voiced deep skepticism about Coca-Cola's Pomegranate Blueberry juice that is 99.4% apple and grape juice, saying the name would probably fool most consumers, including themselves. The high court is hearing an appeal from Stewart and Lynda Resnick of Los Angeles, makers of a rival pomegranate juice called Pom Wonderful, who complained that the name of the Coca-Cola product, sold under the Minute Maid brand, is false and misleading.
September 28, 1997 | BEVERLY BEYETTE
Along the Sunset Strip, building as billboard is a concept that has legs. The legs here belong to Tina Turner, looming over the boulevard in Hanes hosiery. West Hollywood has encouraged "muralization" in high-profile locations. "Everybody wants to be there. It's the ultimate impact," says Josh Rose, operations manager for Outdoor Systems Tallwell, which has sold six spaces along the Strip. "You hear people taliking about certain walls for six months," Rose says.
July 31, 1994
The controversy over a warning label on Compton-based rapper MC Eiht's "We Come Strapped" album certainly helped boost sales. It debuted at No. 6 on The Times' Southern California chart and No. 5 nationally. Epic Records got a lot of media attention by tacking a disclaimer on the label, distancing itself from the anti-cop lyrics. The "Forrest Gump" soundtrack continues to be a big seller--remarkable considering it's double-CD set of oldies.
March 9, 1989
A study of the philanthropic giving of 122 American corporations has concluded that there is "an obvious bias to the left," and that most of them are "funding organizations clearly opposed to corporate interests." That surprising conclusion, however, depends on definitions.
March 9, 1999
Although I am a devoted fan of Al Martinez, I must take exception to his statement in his March 2 column that the idea of fur labels is "a product of minds too narrow to embrace larger ideals." I am not only a supporter of the humane treatment of fur animals (and all others) but am also an avid supporter of numerous substantive issues that affect the well-being of all humankind--not excluding the proliferation of superb chamber music. CORINNE SINGER Los Angeles
July 13, 2000
In his July 2 Opinion piece defending continuing research on genetically engineered foods, Stephen L. Cohen wonders why there are protests and why "thoughtful dialogue is in desperately short supply." He cites two studies that may give us clues to the allegation that genetic modification in our food supply may be harmful, yet he complains that there are not enough "rational voices." Nowhere does he bring in the issue of labeling. In the past few years, chemical- and food-ingredient labeling has become more stringent, yet American consumers do not yet have the right, by law, to know whether we are eating a genetically engineered carrot stick or one of the old-fashioned variety.
April 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Yes, SZA is the first female artist signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the vanguard L.A. hip-hop label behind Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. But her album "Z" represents high ambitions for the label. It's a lean, dreamy and genre-destroying debut that steers the TDE ship into new waters. The 23-year-old, New Jersey-raised singer isn't an obvious signing for a label devoted to hard-won tales of redemption and introspection in South L.A. But she's a perfect complement to that catalog.
April 16, 2014 | By Susan Denley
French luxury children's label Catimini plans to celebrate the grand opening of its new Beverly Hills boutique with a family-friendly event from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Kids can enjoy a balloon artist, coloring station, popcorn and juice while adults sip champagne, munch on snacks and, of course, shop. The two-level store at 9511 S. Santa Monica  Blvd. contains clothing, accessories and shoes for boys and girls from newborn to around age 14. Regular store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
April 15, 2014 | Michael Finnegan
Kennedy memorabilia is scattered around Bobby Shriver's campaign headquarters. On one wall hangs a photo of a giant Robert F. Kennedy mural, on another the signed text of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's 1980 speech to the Democratic National Convention: "To Bobby. Christmas. Love, Uncle Ted. " But the former Santa Monica mayor is tired of news stories tagging him as the nephew of President John F. Kennedy. He'd rather be known for getting AIDS medicine to Africa, or producing Christmas albums to raise money for the Special Olympics.
April 6, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The gig: Gabriel Weiss is a winemaker with a distinct specialty, kosher wine. He owns the Shirah Wine Co. in Santa Barbara County with brother Shimon Weiss, who handles the business side. Kosher wine can't contain ingredients from animals that aren't kosher - that is, not killed according to Jewish law. In addition, the making and handling of the wine has to be conducted by Jews who observe the Sabbath, the kosher dietary laws and follow other Jewish observances. Cracking the biz: Gabriel Weiss wanted to move from New Jersey to Southern California to use previous training in industrial design to crack into the entertainment business.
March 30, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - The high-stakes battle over labeling foods with genetically engineered ingredients is back. Less than two years after California voters narrowly turned down a labeling ballot measure, the state Senate is grappling with the issue. The 2012 campaign cost the food industry $46 million to fight, five times more than the amount spent by the measure's proponents. By a 5-2 vote last week, the Health Committee approved Senate Bill 1381, by Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa)
March 29, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Here's a selection of the best places to sample high-quality mezcals. Bar Ama: Forty mezcals by the shot, from $10 to $36. Mezcal flights, $21 to $47. 118 W. 4th St., downtown Los Angeles, (213) 687-8002, Las Perlas: By manager Raul Yrastorza's count, the downtown tequila bar must have 120 different expressions of mezcal. The majority are at $12 for a 2-ounce pour, with some as high as $40. Mezcal flights are $21, available Sundays and Tuesdays through Thursdays only.
March 27, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Ten years ago, it would have been difficult to find more than a few brands of mezcal around town. Now most wine shops that also sell liquor have at least a few of the best-known labels. And some have gone deep into the subject with dozens of labels and expressions of mezcal. Here's where to start your education and, in some cases, get an advanced degree in this fascinating spirit. Bar & Garden: Small but well-curated selection, including Alipús, Fidencio, Ilegal, Los Nahuales.
March 16, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was "not an accident," but he stopped short of suggesting terrorism was involved. "One thing we know: This was not an accident. It was an intentional, deliberate act to bring down this airplane," Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on "Fox News Sunday. " "We don't have any evidence this was terrorist-related, although you can't rule that out at this point in time.
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