HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson recognized PepsiCo's efforts to lower trans fat in Frito-Lay brands snacks by using different cooking oils. Lawsuits against restaurants chains or requirements that food labels include health information will prove less effective, Thompson said.
Contra Costa County, Calif., legislators are reviewing a draft law that would bar big grocers from opening full-service grocery stores that also sell nonfood items. The proposed regulation would ban retailers with stores that exceed 90,000 square feet from setting aside more than 5% of its sales space to groceries.
The U.K.'s Competition Commission is judging any potential impact of a Safeway plc acquisition. The Commission is deliberating whether a takeover would give any particular company an unfair advantage, either financially or geographically.