The Dutch retailer admitted to overstating profits by at least $500 million. Ahold said its chief executive and chief financial officer are expected to step down as investigations into its U.S. food distribution unit continue.
The National Governors Association held a closed session to focus on their need for federal assistance with Medicaid, homeland security, special education and President Bush's education initiative. "We agreed to put pragmatism ahead of partisanship," said Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, R-Idaho, vice chairman of the group.
The move is triggered by the changing market and a growing number of healthy consumers, said Sunkist president Jeff Gargiulo. Citrus has to fight for shelf space among the apples, bananas and exotic imported fruits, Gargiulo told attendees of Sunkist's 109th annual grower's meeting last week.
Some industry insiders say big pharmaceutical firms intentionally ignored a Medicaid law that requires companies to disclose the lowest price they sell drugs. A whistle-blower contends that Merck sold Pepcid for 10 cents to some hospitals while charging Medicaid $1.65.