Business Beat
5:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

GMO labeling and possible answer to end meth labs

Zephrex-D is produced by Westport Pharmaceuticals, a suburban St. Louis company. Westport officials say the pseudoephedrine product is tamper-resistant, meaning it cannot be used to make meth.
Credit Maria Altman / St. Louis Public Radio

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Whole Foods Market recently announced that by 2018, all products in its U-S and Canadian stores containing genetically modified organisms will be clearly labeled as such. The decision by the grocery chain -- which has been labeling some products as non-GMO for years now -- has pushed this strongly debated food labeling issue into the shopping aisle.

The real action, though, is heating up in state legislatures across the country. Harvest Public Media’s Abbie Fentress Swanson explains.

Not many of us are chemists.

Yet by removing one oxygen atom, people here in Missouri regularly are turning common decongestants, such as Sudafed and Claritin-D, into the illicit drug methamphetamine.

Nationwide those explosive mom and pop meth labs cost taxpayers more than $23 billion a year in health care costs, child endangerment and clean-up. But as Maria Altman reports, a local pharmaceutical company may have the answer.

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