Friday, November 30, 2007

Hershey's-A dealer's new best friend?

So, if I try really hard and tighten my blinders, I can for about 5 seconds convince myself that corporate profitability doesn't really trump the health and welfare of customers for most corporations. Then I see something like this, and I am rudely dumped back into the reality of our economic system.

FAMILY COURT Judge Lori Dumas Brooks wanted to make sure she wasn't overreacting.
So she held the small blue packet of powdered substance in her palm and showed it around at work yesterday.

Everyone asked the same thing:

What was she doing with crack cocaine?

"I thought she confiscated it in the courtroom," said Administrative Judge Kevin Dougherty.

No one could believe what the tiny pouch actually was: a new breath mint made by - get this - Hershey's.

Hershey's response?

"It's not intended to simulate anything," corporate spokesman Kirk Seville told me yesterday, refusing to acknowledge the similarities between the candy and street drugs.

"We have a longstanding commitment to consumer safety, product quality and responsible packaging," he said, adding that the Pacs are "clearly labeled."

"The dissolvable pouch is what makes the product innovative and unique. The overwhelming feedback from consumers is they love the product."

Yeah, right. Read the full article to get just a clue as to how many ways a product like this could go wrong. Then get on the horn to Hershey's and let them know that we, the public are neither stupid nor in favor of adding even more things to the endless list of reasons to worry about our kids.

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