A report from the Government Accountability Office says that only 1% of produce imported into the U.S. is inspected by the FDA. The report also noted that contamination is hard to trace because of the practice of mixing produce from several sources.
More than a century of family control will end with the sale of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. to Mars Inc. Shareholders of the chewing-gum company approved the $23 billion sale, which will create the world's largest candy company when it is finalized around Oct. 6.
More than 340 products with antioxidants have been introduced since the start of 2007, ranging from Jamba Juice smoothies to Hershey chocolate bars. Antioxidants, which occur naturally in many fruits and vegetables, help the body fight diseases, but their benefits as additives are less certain.
Customers of Chiquita and Fresh Express ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables will win points toward merchandise, prizes or charitable contributions. The loyalty program is thought to be the first for fresh produce.
Students in Portland, Ore., public schools will get lunches made with Oregon produce because of a partnership between Whole Foods and conservation group Ecotrust. The company is a partner in the "Harvest of the Month" program for the 2008-2009 school year.