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Study finds infant food packages may not reflect actual ingredient amounts

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Pennsylvania [US], February 11 (ANI): A new study led by researchers of University Park shows that the descriptions on the front of infant and toddler food packages may not accurately reflect the actual ingredient amounts.
The team found that vegetables in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ‘dark green’ category were very likely to appear in the product name, but their average order in the ingredient list was close to fourth. In contrast, juice and juice concentrates that came earlier on the ingredient list were less likely to appear in product names.
“Early experiences with food can mold children’s preferences and contribute to building healthful, or unhealthful, eating habits that last a lifetime,” said author Alyssa Bakke, staff sensory scientist, Penn State.
“Our previous work found combining vegetables with fruits reduced the number of vegetable flavor adults perceived, as the fruit flavors were more pronounced. Other research has also indicated that parents predominantly use front-of-package information to make purchasing decisions. This means that when children are given commercial foods, they may be receiving less exposure to vegetable flavors than their parents assume based on the way the products are labeled and marketed.”
The team created a database of over 500 commercial infant and toddler foods containing vegetables and documented the inclusion of each vegetable and fruit in the product name; the form of the vegetable or fruit such as whole, puree, juice, or juice concentrate and the position of the vegetable or fruit in the ingredient list.
The researchers classified the vegetables based on the Department of Agriculture’s categories–Dark Green, Red/Orange, Legumes, Starchy, and Other. They classified the fruits into two categories: Common Fruits, comprising pears, apples, and grapes, and Other Fruits, including mangos, pineapples, and cherries.
The team conducted statistical analyses to examine associations between (1) vegetable and fruit category and inclusion in front-of-package product name; (2) vegetable and fruit form and inclusion in front-of-package product name; and (3) vegetable and fruit form and inclusion in front-of-package product name, by vegetable and fruit category.
“There was never an instance in which a vegetable or a fruit listed in the product name did not appear in the ingredient list,” said John Hayes, professor of food science, Penn State.
“However, we still observed a disconnect between product names and ingredient lists. The front-of-pack labels did not always accurately represent the number of various ingredients in the product, which are listed in descending order. This means parents may not be buying what they are hoping to buy if they only look at the name.”
Specifically, the team found that dark green vegetables were more likely than expected to appear in product names; yet, their average order in the ingredient list was close to fourth. Interestingly, the team found that common fruits were less likely than expected to be included in the product names when found as juice/juice concentrates but more likely than expected to be included in product names when no form was listed.
“Fruit juice and fruit juice concentrates were found in almost all of the food products we examined, but were often excluded from product names, presumably to avoid drawing attention to the use of juice concentrates as sweeteners,” said Mackenzie Ferrante, graduate student, Colorado State University, and lead author on the paper.
Ferrante added that in the ingredient lists, fruits tended to be positioned close to the beginning of the ingredient list on the back or side of the package, indicating that the products were composed more of fruits than the vegetables suggested by front-of-package labeling.
“Companies producing infant and toddler foods sometimes use nutrition-related statements that can confuse the consumer and are intended to sway consumers to purchase their product,” said Susan Johnson, professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
“Parents believe vegetables are important for their children’s health and that presumably they are purchasing food they believe contain significant amounts of vegetables because of front-of-package labeling. The discrepancies between which foods are included in the product name, where these foods fall on the ingredient lists, and whether these products actually taste like vegetables are key concerns to communicate to parents,” he added. (ANI)

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Kelsey Grammer to return with hit comedy ‘Frasier’ revival

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Washington [US], February 25 (ANI): The American streaming service Paramount plus, on Wednesday (local time) announced the return of the 1993 American hit sitcom ‘Frasier’ with original series star Kelsey Grammer reprising his role as Dr Frasier Crane in the show.
According to People, Kelsey who has won four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, a Screen Actors Guild Award and ties the record for the longest-running television character for his role in ‘Frasier’ has been roped in by the makers of the show’s revival.
Excited about the project, Grammer said in a statement, “Having spent over 20 years of my creative life on the Paramount lot, both producing shows and performing in several, I’d like to congratulate Paramount+ on its entry into the streaming world.”
He added, “I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr Frasier Crane.”
The 66-year-old star has played the character since 1984 when he was introduced on the 1982 American comedy show ‘Cheers’ as Diane Chambers’ love interest. He also made special appearances in the 1990 sitcom ‘Wings’, which was produced and created by Cheers veterans.
His career took a boost after he bagged the lead role in ‘Frasier’, which ran for 11 seasons, for which he whooped 37 Emmys under his belt.
Earlier in 2019, when the makers of the show didn’t reveal an official statement about snagging the project, Grammer himself spilt out the beans about the revival of his much-loved show to fans.
People reported that the star, in an interview on ‘In Depth with Graham Bensinger’, that airs on Fox channel told that, he had hatched the plan of making a prequel of the show. “We’re sort of on standby a little bit. Working out a couple of possible network deals that we’re circling. Frasier is sort of in a second position to that at this point. So there’s still stuff going on. But a revisit to Frasier, Frasier’s world is I think definitely going to come,” Grammer told host Graham Bensinger.
Not disclosing much about the upcoming reboot, he only told that the series will be shot in a new city and will be based on the lead character’s desire to find love. (ANI)

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Jeremy Renner to star in Taylor Sheridan’s ‘Mayor Of Kingstown’

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Washington (US), February 25 (ANI): Two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner has been tapped to star and executively produce Taylor Sheridan’s latest series ‘Mayor of Kingstown’.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the prison drama ‘Mayor of Kingstown’ was originally picked up straight to series in January 2020 at Paramount Network and will now move to streamer Paramount+.
Additionally, Antoine Fuqua has also boarded the series taking up the role of executive producer. This news was announced Wednesday (local time) during the Paramount+ investor day presentation.
Sheridan recently inked a new nine-figure overall deal with ViacomCBS that sources say includes series of additional projects for the streamer.
‘Mayor of Kingstown’ follows the McLusky family, who are power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry.
Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither. Renner will play the head of the McClusky family.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Mayor of Kingstown’ is the latest linear series to move to Paramount+ as ViacomCBS bolsters the platform with originals in a bid to draw subscribers to the platform. (ANI)

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Taylor Swift files counter-lawsuit in escalating theme park battle

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Washington (US), February 25 (ANI): American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift’s intellectual property management company has taken action against an immersive fantasy theme park in Pleasant Grove, Utah after it filed a lawsuit against the artist earlier this month.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Evermore Park had sued Swift over the use of the “Evermore” trademark, which was the title of her 9th studio album released on December 11.
Now a new lawsuit filed by TAS [Taylor Alison Swift] Rights Management is focused on a different matter. The company claims Evermore Park wilfully used Swift’s songs without the proper licenses for some time before it filed its lawsuit.
Swift’s attorneys claim that more than a year before the park filed its lawsuit, TAS had been tipped off that the singer’s songs were being performed and played there without the requisite licenses.
The park has also reportedly played, without licenses, the works of Katy Perry, Abba, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Britney Spears, Green Day, Gotye, Journey, Nirvana, Semisonic, Third Eye Blind, Tom Petty, Queen, Weezer and Whitney Houston, among others, according to court papers filed by Swift’s legal team.
This legal filing comes 3 weeks after the park sued the singer, TAS and Taylor Nation LLC in federal court in Utah, accusing them of infringing the park’s name by using it as the title of her Evermore album and accompanying merchandise.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Swift has asked the court to order that the park pay damages and be permanently enjoined from playing her works. Her team has also demanded a jury trial. (ANI)

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Showtime to revive ‘Ray Donovan’ with feature-length film

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Washington [US], February 25 (ANI): Teasing fans on Wednesday (local time), the makers of the 2013 Emmy-nominated show ‘Ray Donovan’, announced its revival with a feature-length film.
According to People, after a year of dropping the plans to revive the much-loved 2013 drama series, Showtime has finally made a decision to bring back the show for the fans with a proper and planned closure to the drama starring American actor Liev Schreiber in the lead.
Gary Levine, Showtime’s co-president of entertainment, said in a statement that, “When Ray Donovan went off our air after seven great seasons, we heard from so many of its loyal fans that they were not ready to say goodbye to Ray and the wonderfully dysfunctional Donovan clan.”
“And so, for them, we are delighted that Liev and David are creating a thrilling new chapter of this iconic series,” he added.
The series had aired seven episodes which have 82 episodes in total. The first episode was aired on June 30 in 2013. The story revolves around Ray Donovan who works as a mediator for a law firm that handles celebrities and wealthy clients. While Ray is an expert in solving other people’s problems, he has no control over his personal issues.
People reported that Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight (Ray’s dad, Mickey), and Kerris Dorsey (Ray’s daughter, Bridget) will all reprise their roles in the upcoming project.
Hollander, along with helming the project, will also co-write the script with Schreiber.
Meanwhile, the production of the revival is tentatively scheduled to begin later this year in New York. (ANI)

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Judd Apatow, Lucas Brothers set to collaborate for new comedy film

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Washington (US), February 25 (ANI): American filmmaker Judd Apatow and comedy collective twins Kenny and Keith Lucas are teaming for a semi-autobiographical film for Universal Pictures, which will centre on the siblings’ lives as identical twins growing up in New Jersey.
According to Variety, with Apatow set to produce, the Lucas brothers are writing and starring in the film. Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel will co-write the untitled movie.
Apatow’s track record for developing semi-autobiographical comedies, speaks heaps about the filmmaker’s capabilities. His latest directorial effort was ‘The King of Staten Island’, a well-reviewed movie based on the life of “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson.
As per Variety, the upcoming film marks the second movie that the Lucas brothers have in the works at Universal. As previously announced, they are developing a comedy with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who directed the brothers in ’22 Jump Street’. (ANI)

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Lady Gaga’s dogwalker shot, 2 of her Bulldogs stolen after robbery

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Washington [US], February 25 (ANI): Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot in the chest and has been hospitalised on Wednesday night (local time). Two of the pop star’s French bulldogs have also been stolen after the robbery incident.
A reporter for Lady Gaga from Italy released an official statement confirming that the two dogs, were the singer’s French Bulldogs named Koji and Gustav and the victim was Gaga’s dog walker.
According to a statement given by Los Angeles police to People magazine, the incident took place at 9:40 Wednesday night.
As per reports, the dog walker was walking with three of the star’s pet dogs when a gunman shot him once in the chest. The robbers took two dogs and fled the scene. The third dog was rescued by the officers of the area.
Gaga has also offered reward money of USD 500,000 for information about the dogs.
Her reporter in a statement said, “Those with information on the case should email KojiandGustav@gmail.com.” (ANI)

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