August 23, 2012 |
Here is today's Consumer Confidential segment from KTLA. We talked about the latest findings from the Pew Research Center showing a shrinking of the middle class. Also on the agenda: A big fine for marketers of a TV exercise device, and a recall of Red Vines licorice.
August 23, 2012 |
The California maker of Red Vines issued a voluntary recall of its Black Licorice Twists this week after the state's Department of Public Health warned of high levels of lead - more than double the amount deemed healthy for children. The agency said 16-ounce bags of the candy, with the label “Best Before 020413,” were affected. Testing found that the packages, produced by Union City-based American Licorice Co., contained as much as 0.33 parts per million of lead, or 13.2 micrograms per serving.
February 2, 2004 |
Licorice root has a history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years. Its botanical name, Glycyrrhiza, comes from the Greek words glycos riza, meaning "sweet root." Standard licorice root extracts contain chemicals that can be harmful in large doses, but deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or DGL, supplements are free of those components. Most licorice candy sold in the United States does not contain the same chemicals as true licorice.
September 17, 2002 |
It happens every time Jeff Green and his wife go out to listen to music. They hear an unfamiliar song, exchange a look, then pull out notepads and pens. "Some people collect cuckoo clocks," Green said. "Some people collect movie posters. We collect songs, and then classify them." Green and Lauren Virshup publish "The Green Book of Songs by Subject." It's a more than 1,500-page monument to obsession that's as fun for music fans to breeze through as it must have been tedious to produce.
February 15, 1999 |
Question: I read in your column about the dangers of eating black licorice. It stopped me in my tracks, because for the last two weeks I've been eating natural black licorice from Finland every day. What are the dangers? I'm a 35-year-old woman, healthy weight, who works out regularly and is active in sports. I have allergies and asthma, but those are the only serious medical problems. I'm dying of curiosity. Who would think that a natural candy could be detrimental to my health?
December 14, 1998 |
Question: A friend gave my husband some cough lozenges with menthol and natural licorice. He sucks some every day and I am concerned. He takes hydrochlorothiazide and propranolol for high blood pressure. Could the cough drops interact with his medicine? Answer: We are licorice lovers ourselves, but we must urge caution. There is an ingredient in natural black licorice that may be helpful in treating digestive distress or coughs. It can cause problems, however.