An estimated 3 million children younger than 18 had a food allergy in 2007, an 18% increase since 1997, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The severity of allergic reactions also is increasing, but researchers are working on new treatment approaches.
Farley's & Sathers Candy Co. launched Trolli Brain Surge gummies. The brain-shaped candies come in three flavors: Blue Raspberry with Surgin' Sour Cherry liquid; Strawberry with Surgin' Sour Watermelon; and Pineapple with Surgin' Sour Apple.
Lebanese chocolate maker Patchi sells a nearly $8,000 box of chocolates. The 49 hand-wrapped chocolates are topped with either a 24-carat gold flower and Swarovsky crystal or a handcrafted, miniature silk rose. The chocolates are packaged in a leather box hand-embroidered with silk from India and China.
Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., teaming with the Food Marketing Institute and others, plans to promote the food safety program "Project Chill" over its in-store radio and on the Web. The program encourages customers to clean, cook, separate and chill foods.