President Barack Obama announced the selection of Dr. Margaret Hamburg as FDA commissioner and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein as deputy chief of the agency. Hamburg is a former health commissioner of New York City, and Sharfstein is Baltimore's health chief. Obama also said he is creating a Food Safety Working Group to improve the regulation of products and implementation of related laws.
Jewel-Osco piloted Cabco Group's TV Kart in several of its stores. The cart has a cabin for children, with a screen that plays Nickelodeon, as well as a small screen for the shopper that shows short ads.
Walgreen is expanding its Kiva Mobile Fulfillment System at its Illinois distribution center. This is the third time it has expanded the program, which uses portable robots and other automated devices.
Todd Brouwers, produce manager at a Hy-Vee store in Minnesota, must keep the shelves stocked without letting food go to waste. He also must ensure the quality of the produce, which comes from all over the world.
A California legislator proposed using point-of-sale technology that would help detect recalled foods. The computers would be programmed to issue an alert when a recalled product is scanned at the register.