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Nestle, supplement maker settle ad cases

PORTLAND — A Nestle subsidiary has agreed to stop advertising that its children’s drink Boost Kid Essentials can prevent illness, boost immunity and reduce school absences, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday in announcing two settlements.

The FTC said it reached the settlement with Nestle HealthCare Nutrition Inc. and a separate one with a major dietary supplement maker as part of a larger effort to crackdown on “bogus health claims” on consumer products.

The regulatory agency said Nestle has agreed to stop asserting its Boost drink, with probiotics, can enhance children’s‘ immune systems, prevent certain illnesses or speed recovery unless the statements are approved by regulators.

This is the FTC’s first case challenging advertising for probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria found naturally in many foods and are touted as aiding digestion and fighting harmful bacteria


15 hurt in plant blast

CLAIRTON — An oven at a U.S. Steel plant near Pittsburgh exploded Wednesday, injuring 15 workers, at least two critically, and causing a fire that burned for hours afterward, emergency officials said.

The blast in the coke oven at United States Steel Corp.’s Clairton Coke Works happened around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Allegheny County spokesman Kevin Evanto said. Fourteen workers suffered burns and another suffered chest pains.

Everyone had been accounted for, and the cause was being investigated, union and company officials said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration had a team of investigators on site, spokeswoman Leni Fortson said.

About 1,500 people work at the plant, said Michael Wright, head of the health, safety and environment department for the United Steelworkers union.


Dorm may drop Klansman’s name

AUSTIN — Tucked under towering oaks and nestled against a shady creek, Simkins Hall was the first air-conditioned dormitory at the University of Texas. These days, it has become notable for another reason.

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