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• Campbell's Soup said that it has invested $32 million in a company called Habit, a San Francisco-based company that is described as developing technology to use people's DNA to develop nutrition recommendations.


Bloomberg reports that "samples of store-brand aloe gel purchased at national retailers Wal-Mart, Target and CVS showed no indication of the plant in various lab tests. The products all listed aloe barbadensis leaf juice - another name for aloe vera - as either the No. 1 ingredient or No. 2 after water ... Aloe’s three chemical markers — acemannan, malic acid and glucose — were absent in the tests for Wal-Mart, Target and CVS products conducted by a lab hired by Bloomberg News. The three samples contained a cheaper element called maltodextrin, a sugar sometimes used to imitate aloe."

Target did not comment on the finding. Walmart and CVS said they'd been assured by the manufacturers that the products were as labeled. And the manufacturers disputed the Bloomberg report.

Bloomberg goes on to note that "there’s no watchdog assuring that aloe products are what they say they are. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t approve cosmetics before they’re sold and has never levied a fine for selling fake aloe. That means suppliers are on an honor system, even as the total U.S. market for aloe products, including drinks and vitamins, has grown 11 percent in the past year to $146 million..."
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