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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted March 25, 2007 18:25      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What happens when a pair of 14 year old geeks decided to test the claims of a multinational mega-corporation?

An embarrassing court-case for the mega-corporaton.

Ah, it gladdens the heart to see the new generation of geeks have 'the right stuff'.

Anna Devathasan and Jenny Suo, teen über-geeks, I salute you. [thumbsup]

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How keen would you be to go to the company to be personally thanked for "bringing it to our attention"? "Yeah, thanks kids for the 3M dollar lawsuit".

I'd have wanted a bodyguard personally, just in case GSK decided to see if the Vitamin C content went up when two schoolgirls were added to the production line since they're so sharp. . .

Way to go girls!

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I am not surprised at this but GSK must have known. Pasturization and cooking destroys vitamin C. Fresh (uncooked) fruits and veggies are where to get your vitamin C because while most animal tissue contains vitamin C, it usually not a good idea to eat that much raw meat. IIRC, only livers contain enough Vitamin C to have significant amounts remain after cooking.

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heheh - a multi-billion dollar firm showed up by extremely basic testing... looks like AU's FDA equiv doesn't do their job?

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The Famous Druid

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quote:
Originally posted by WinterSolstice:
heheh - a multi-billion dollar firm showed up by extremely basic testing... looks like AU's FDA equiv doesn't do their job?

Therein lies the real scandal. Ribena is a popular childrens drink in AU, NZ, and UK, and yet for decades they've been able to get away with telling outright lies about their product.

A small lab with 5 or 6 technicians is all any government would need to run a reasonable random testing program. You wouldn't be able to test every product, but the knowledge that such testing was being done would be enough to keep most manufacturers honest.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
quote:
Originally posted by WinterSolstice:
heheh - a multi-billion dollar firm showed up by extremely basic testing... looks like AU's FDA equiv doesn't do their job?

Therein lies the real scandal. Ribena is a popular childrens drink in AU, NZ, and UK, and yet for decades they've been able to get away with telling outright lies about their product.

A small lab with 5 or 6 technicians is all any government would need to run a reasonable random testing program. You wouldn't be able to test every product, but the knowledge that such testing was being done would be enough to keep most manufacturers honest.

It's not the first time a big company got caught cheating by an average citizen, while regulatory agencies dropped the ball. My favorite is when the Heinz corporation was caught underfilling ketchup bottles by a woman making meatloaf.

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