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came together over concerns about federal menu labeling
laws passed in 2010 as part of President Obama’s health
care reform plan. The APC sees these requirements,
which include listing nutrition information on menu
boards, as burdensome for pizza restaurants.
“There are 34 million different ways you can order a
pizza,” Liddle says. “It can be as dietetic or as indulgent
as you want to make it. The menu board labeling isn’t go-
ing to work for the pizza category (of restaurants), so we
want to work with the FDA to make it more flexible.”
The APC will also focus on issues such as fair wages
and labor policies, tax reform and commodity policies.
For more information about the APC or to join the orga-
nization, contact Melissa Cummings at 734-930-3878.
Everyone knows pizza wards off the munchies, but now scientists have discovered that it may help fight cancer, too. Researchers at Long Island University (LIU) are testing carvacrol, a component of oregano, on prostate
cancer cells. The herb, which is widely used in pizza, has
been shown to cause diseased cells to die off.
“Some researchers have previously shown that
eating pizza may cut down cancer risk,” says
Dr. Supriya Bavadekar, an assistant professor of pharmacology at LIU’s Arnold & Marie
Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health
Sciences. “This effect has been mostly attributed to lycopene, a substance found in
tomato sauce, but we now feel that even
the oregano seasoning may play a role. If
the study continues to yield positive results,
this superspice may represent a very promising therapy for patients with prostate cancer.”
Leading pizza chains, small franchisees and others have
formed the American Pizza Community (APC) to highlight
the importance of the pizza industry and promote policies
that further its continued success. Member companies
include Domino’s Pizza, Godfather’s Pizza, Hungry
Howie’s, the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders
Association, Little Caesars, Papa John’s and others.
According to Lynn Liddle, chair of the APC and
executive vice president of communications, investor
relations and legislative affairs for Domino’s, the group