A congressional committee will meet Tuesday to address the recent rise in food recalls, including spinach and peanut butter. The Food and Drug Administration knew of contamination problems at the source of those recalls for several years before the large-scale outbreaks, according to documents.
Minute Maid and Tropicana have been fighting slowing sales by adding new features to their orange juice, such as omega-3 and vitamin supplements. Retail prices for OJ have risen 25% in the past year, the Florida Department of Citrus said.
Inspecting ingredients is the lowest priority for the Food and Drug Administration, which is overwhelmed inspecting imported foods, a former FDA food inspector said. Last year, the U.S. imported $7.6 billion in processed ingredients, up 73% from 2001.
HealthPro Brands hopes to turn Fit, formerly owned by Procter & Gamble, into an industrial product used by major retailers to wash fruits and vegetables before distribution to stores. Fit contains citric acid, distilled grapefruit oil and other natural ingredients.
People, especially baby boomers, increasingly are turning toward private nutrition and fitness coaches to help them lose weight and maintain healthier lifestyles, paying up to several hundred dollars an hour for sessions.