The Obama administration is under mounting pressure from consumer advocates and politicians to appoint an undersecretary for food safety at the USDA. Experts hope the new undersecretary will be instrumental in reforming the agency's policies in areas including agricultural product labeling and recalls.
Taza Chocolate is working to improve its sustainability. The Massachusetts company says it will switch to biodegradable shipping insulation, use soy-based ink on packaging and shift from air to ocean shipping to reduce fuel consumption.
Lindt & Sprüngli says 2009 operating profits will be low, but the gradually improving economy will mean a better 2010. High cocoa prices and an economy that discouraged purchase of expensive confections hurt the Swiss chocolate maker.