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Red Wine Heart Research Shown To Be Fraudulent
January 13, 2012, 10:19 am
A US researcher has been caught trying to fake evidence to support the link between red wine and aging.
A recent 60,000 page report and three year investigation into his findings, adds more global controversy and speculation to the actual health benefits of drinking red wine.
Among his findings he stated that “the pulp of grapes is as heart-healthy as the skin, even though the antioxidant properties differ.”
Dipak K. Das, director of the university’s Cardiovascular Research Center, studied resveratrol, a substance that is claimed by main scientists and companies to slow aging or allow people to remain healthy as they get older.
He was caught after an anonymous tip-off to the university and suffered a stroke from the resulting pressure.
Resveratrol raised significant commercial interest from global companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, who bought a another company that worked on the compound called Sirtris for $720 million in 2008.
Eleven influential scientific journals have already published Das’ work including the US Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.
He recently won an award from the International Association of Cardiologists and has also been cited over 100 times by reputable scientists who have taken notice of his work.
Philip Austin, the university’s interim vice president for health affairs stated that “We have a responsibility to correct the scientific record and inform peer researchers across the country,”
However, according to scientists in the field, the findings will not continue to be damaging.
“There are many investigators who are working on resveratrol, That doesn’t mean we know the whole truth. But Rome wasn’t built on Dr. Das.” said Dr. Nir Barzilai, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Das sent a letter to university officials slamming the investigation as a ‘conspiracy’ against him. The work was ‘repeated by many scientists all over the world,’ he wrote.
Large UK Pub Companies To Face Regulation Inquiry
January 13, 2012, 4:32 pm
The government has announced plans to open up an independent inquiry into the regulation of large pub companies.
MPs have also called for an industry-wide statutory code of practice with an option for publicans to be free of being tied into these companies – pubcos – alongside an open market review of rent.
The inquiry, which will be overseen by an independent body and due in autumn, was announced during a three-hour debate in the House of Commons.
It marks a shift from the government’s alternative plan to encourage the drinks industry to self regulate.
But the decision has been criticised by the British Beer and Pub Association which claims self-regulation within the industry works.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “We are disappointed that MPs have supported calls for further red tape for pubs.
“We have demonstrated that self-regulation is working. Our focus remains in delivering against the recent agreements we have made to enhance the Industry Framework Code, introduce a more effective mediation service and improve support to lessees and tenants.
“With the number of pub closures falling, further Government red tape for pubs risks choking off recovery – stifling growth and hitting jobs.”
Change is a brewing in Bud’s home town
January 16, 2012, 6:41 pm
The US-based brewer of Budweiser beer has moved a step closer to ending a century-old legal dispute over the right to use the name after buying a Czech brewery which also markets the brand.
American firm Anheuser-Busch has bought one of two breweries in the Czech town of Ceske Budejovice, known in German as “Budweis”.
Having purchased Budejovicky Mestansky Pivovar (BMP) and their Budweiser trademark in December, Anheuser-Busch has tightened its grip on the name.
But another brewery in the town, Budejovicky Budvar, still claims use of the brand£- with the rival companies locked in a fierce EU court battle over their historical rights.
Around 120 legal battles have been fought in various countries between Anheuster-Busch and Budvar£- with Budvar usually coming out on top£- and another 40 cases are still alive in courts around the world.
The spat stretches back more than a century, with all three breweries claiming a historical right to the name Budweiser.
They have been in court since the mid 1970s, fighting trademark disputes in dozens of countries as both Anheuser-Busch and Budvar moved into export markets.
Currently, Budvar sells better in Eastern and Central Europe£- as well as Germany and France -£while Anheuser-Busch is on top in Latin America, Asia and southern Europe.
In a brief statement, Anheuster-Busch confirmed the purchase and said any legal disputes with BMP have been settled.
Down Under Wine Prices Up, Production Down
January 13, 2012, 12:54 pm
A recent report by Wine Australia points to a 10 per cent decline in Australian wine production alongside an increase in price of around one per cent.
Growers and producers have been working hard to deal with the grape glut has been the scourge of 2011 – adding a bumper year’s production to an already massive 1.7 billion litres of stock.
Australian winemakers had more than twice as much wine as they need to supply annual demand in 2011.
The situation has led to a fall in production and an increase in price, the first increase in a calendar year since 2007.
The UK, US, Canada, Germany and China account for 80 per cent of Australian Wine export volumes, and all declined by volume last year.
800 wineries export their wine to China, ahead of just over 300 exporting wine to the UK making China the largest exporter destination in 2011.