CONSUMER PRODUCTS: Is It a Drug Or a Cereal?

Is It a Drug Or a Cereal?

Psyllium is not exactly a household staple, but the obscure grain has provoked a kitchen-table brawl between General Mills and Procter & Gamble. Psyllium contains soluble fiber, which has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels. The grain is an ingredient in Benefit, a new breakfast cereal General Mills introduced in May. Psyllium is also found in Metamucil, one of P&G's fiber laxatives. But while General Mills is allowed to advertise that Benefit helps to reduce cholesterol, P&G is forbidden to make the same claim for its laxative unless it can get FDA approval, which P&G has tried but failed to get...

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