Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Fla., on Wednesday introduced legislation that would provide $100 million to compensate tomato growers and shippers for losses tied to the recent salmonella outbreak. Consumer advocates oppose the bill, saying taxpayers should not shoulder such costs and that the food industry should do more to prevent outbreaks. But the industry has yet to agree on who should benefit from the measure.
A Los Angeles unit of Coca-Cola Enterprises will begin distributing the Honest Tea brand in some West Coast markets. Pilot markets include Northern California, Arizona, Las Vegas, Washington and Oregon.