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General Mills recalls 5-count chocolate-flavored Fiber One due to labeling error

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — General Mills on Thursday announced a voluntary recall of a single day’s production of its chocolate-flavored Fiber One 90-calorie chewy bars because of a labeling issue.

This voluntary recall includes only 5-count boxes of chocolate-flavored Fiber One 90-Calorie chewy bars with the following “better if used by” date printed on the top of the box: "19MAY2012BV."

Product produced on this date may have been packaged incorrectly, and may contain sensitive ingredients not listed on the box’s ingredient label, such as peanuts. Rather than containing chocolate-flavored Fiber One 90-calorie chewy bars, the packaging being recalled could contain chocolate peanut butter flavor Fiber One 90-calorie chewy bars.

There have been no reports of allergic reactions or illnesses associated with this product, the company reported.

No other varieties or production dates of Fiber One products are affected by this recall.


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SoloHealth plans 2012 rollout of health-and-wellness kiosks nationwide

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — SoloHealth on Friday announced a nationwide rollout in 2012 of its next-generation health-and-wellness kiosks, the SoloHealth Station, with the goal of replacing many of the 25,000 outdated blood-pressure machines found today in retail locations nationwide.

Currently in select U.S. test markets and retail locations, SoloHealth’s next-generation, comprehensive SoloHealth Station will screen vision, blood pressure, weight and body mass index, and provide an overall health assessment free of charge. It also gives consumers access to a database of local doctors. The company plans to provide highly personalized and interactive healthcare opportunities for consumers, advertisers and retailers by placing kiosks in high-traffic retail locations and connecting them to SoloHealth’s multiplatform ecosystem across retail, online/digital, mobile and emerging platforms.

“We’ve had a tremendously positive response from all the audiences that the SoloHealth Station touches — consumers, retailers, health-and-wellness marketers and the healthcare industry," SoloHealth CEO Bart Foster said. "We are quite bullish on our future and our ability to contribute towards a healthier, more efficient American healthcare system," he said. “The current state of our healthcare system, political environment, technological advancements and consumer mindset makes it quite literally a perfect time for the introduction of the SoloHealth Station to capitalize on the emerging market. … I see tremendous opportunity for SoloHealth to become a perennial gateway and platform as consumer’s look to take charge of their health and work towards a healthier America overall.”

To help support the 2012 rollout, SoloHealth plans to hire approximately 50 additional staff over the next 18 months, including a CFO and marketing director.


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Fresh & Easy to host holiday food drive in November

BY Allison Cerra

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy will kick off its annual in-store holiday food drive across all of its stores next month in honor of National Food Bank Week.

From mid-November trough Dec. 31, customers can donate canned and boxed goods in specially designated boxes at Fresh & Easy stores in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Last holiday season, the retailer and its customers donated more than $1 million in food to local food banks and charities.

“At Fresh & Easy, we are always looking for more ways to continue giving back to our communities and to those in need,” Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason said. “With the holiday season fast approaching, we’re excited to work alongside our customers in supporting local charities and food banks through our holiday food drive efforts.”

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