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• The Boston Herald reports that "grocery stores in Massachusetts would no longer be required to put price tags on each item and could instead deploy price scanners for consumers to use, under long-stalled legislation that quietly cleared the House this month.

"If the bill becomes law, Massachusetts would become the last state in the nation eliminate individual price tag requirement for grocery and food stores. The supermarket industry has fought for years to stop tagging each item; consumer groups say the move is bad for shoppers trying to compare prices."

Consumer groups should get over it and maybe start fighting 21st century battles that actually matter.

• The New York Times reports that an administrative law judge has ruled that Pom Wonderful has engaged in deceptive advertising when it claimed - with too little scientific support and evidence - that its pomegranate juice reduces the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and impotence.

The judge, ruling on a complaint filed by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), issued a cease-and-desist order than will remain in effect for two decades.

Pom Wonderful is said to be considering its options, which range from an appeal to simply adjusting its ad claims.

I know pomegranate is supposed to be really good for you. But I hate the taste of it ... so now I feel less guilty about that, knowing that it may not prevent a wide variety of ills.

• The Associated Press reports that "on Wednesday, Kraft shareholders will decide whether to approve the name for the company's business that sells global snack brands such as Oreos, Fig Newton and Cadbury." That name is ""Mondelez," described as "an interpretation of a mash-up of the Latin words for 'world' and 'delicious'."

The name was created for the spin-off of Kraft's global snack business, and has been the subject of some mockery since it was announced back in March. (Perhaps the funniest observation was that if you mispronounce the word, it sounds like the Russian word for oral sex. Though, to be fair, consultants said this was a low-risk probability.)

Here's something I've never understood. Why didn't they choose "Nabisco"?
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