Although the Food and Drug Administration announced food companies could claim tomato-based products might reduce the risk of prostate cancer, they also must include verbiage explaining the FDA doesn't put much faith in the science behind the claim. Critics say such mixed messages will most likely lead to consumer confusion, and ideas to make ingredient and food labels more understandable have yet to be agreed upon.
The company said yesterday it was exploring various business strategies going forward, including the possibility it would put itself up for sale. The regional chain, which operates hundreds of stores in Indiana and Ohio, announced a $3.4 million loss in its most recent fiscal quarter.
The nation's second-largest food distribution business will be split into two units, parent company Royal Ahold said. One unit will be dedicated to serving chain restaurants exclusively, while the other will supply independent restaurants, hotels, cafeterias and other food service entities.