CONSUMER PRODUCTS: Slush, Maybe; Juice, Hardly

Slush, Maybe; Juice, Hardly

Consumers swallowed the juice concoction, and its manufacturers reaped sweet profits. But last week a federal grand jury indicted three former top officials of a Chicago-based juice company, Bodine's Inc., for allegedly selling 7 million cases of adulterated frozen orange juice between 1983 and 1985. While the company labeled the juice "100% pure," the Food and Drug Administration says the product contained corn sugar, beet sugar, monosodium glutamate and effluent from a water-distillation process. The company allegedly used the ingredients because they were cheaper than the real thing and enabled Bodine's to offer lower prices to supermarkets. The adulteration stopped before...

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