Hot Dogs as Choking Hazards; Children's Menus as 'the Death of Civilization'

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As more states propose taxes on sugary sodas, soda makers and sellers are stepping up goodwill efforts, such as huge donations to health and recreation programs.
[Wall Street Journal]

William Herz has spent the last 77 of his 93 years eating about twice a week at Sardi's, which he discovered as a theater student.
[NY Times]

Access to healthy food is not just an issue of geography. A report found that most people shop outside their immediate area -- poor people for price and rich people for quality.
[Wall Street Journal]

The American Academy of Pediatrics is pushing for foods known to be choking hazards, such as hot dogs and popcorn, to be labeled like toys are.
[NY Times]

Nestlé wants to tap 100 million gallons of water annually from a new spring. To appease environmentalists, it's trying to prove that local fish species can survive in well water.
[Wall Street Journal]

Are children's menus "the death of civilization"? I Trulli's Nicola Marzovilla likes to host kids, but believes parents should make more of an effort to introduce kids to new foods.
[NY Times]

BPAs and phthalates, used to make plastics more pliable, have been found to cause birth defects and disease in animal studies, but effects on humans are unclear.
[New Yorker]

Restaurants that hire staff based on hotness, such as Pulino's and Coffee Shop, must be prepared for employees to walk out on a moment's notice for castings and modeling jobs.
[NY Post]


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