Jewel-Osco began a test last week to gauge the success of DVD rental machines in its stores. Getamovie operates the vending machines, which rent the DVDs for $3 if they're returned to the store within 24 hours.
Baby formula manufacturers Abbot Laboratories and Wyeth are now adding fatty acids to their products, saying the addition bolsters infant I.Q.s and vision. The FDA has ordered a major study on the effect of fatty acids on babies and the American Academy of Pediatrics warns the formula could have "unknown adverse effects."
Rather than jump through hoops to market and advertise its 12 stores, Massachusetts-based Bread & Circus will adopt the name of its national parent company, Whole Foods. The store says they are doing it to capitalize on Whole Foods' reputation as a leader in organic food sales.
The American Heart Association has ordered Laura's Lean Beef to stop using the AHA logo on strip steaks because the fat content exceeds the association's standards. The Agriculture Department also is looking into claims that the company's beef contains more fat than its labels claim.
The World Health Organization and the International Obesity Task Force say three in five people in the world fail to exercise, which may explain the 750 million overweight adults and 300 million obese adults worldwide. To curb the epidemic, WHO's goals include encouraging the food industry to voluntarily change advertising, pricing, labeling and marketing of snack foods around the globe.