Officials in a school district in Pennsylvania are learning firsthand how difficult it can be to accommodate students with severe food allergies. The district is engaged in litigation -- now to be considered in federal court -- over precautions taken to protect a student with an allergy to nuts. District officials say a hearing officer heard the case and ruled in the district's favor, but a federal court ruling would trump that decision. Officials say the key to success often is cooperation between parents and schools.
Procter & Gamble's Gillette brand is embracing Movember, a movement encouraging men to grow a mustache during November to raise awareness of prostate cancer. The company is promoting the Fusion ProGlide Styler, which trims facial hair, and has added a virtual mustache to Mr. Clean, the normally clean-shaven icon of the P&G brand.
Piggly Wiggly Midwest is creating a banner named Farmer's Market Place, with the first store set to open April 1 in Grayslake, Wis. A Piggly Wiggly store will be converted to the concept, which will have a large selection of international food and an expanded produce section.
The FDA will hold a public hearing June 19 for comments on a plan to build food-safety capacity in countries that export to the U.S. The plan is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act and aims to ensure imported food is held to the same standards as domestic food.
The FDA plans increase funding to the Association of Food and Drug Officials to boost coordination among agencies on food safety. The $500,000 grant will be used to "further advance a national integrated food-safety system which supports the provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act," said an FDA official.