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P&G recalls lots of Iams cat food

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble voluntarily recalled specific lots of its Iams canned cat food in North America for possibly containing insufficient levels of thiamine (vitamin B1).

Cats that were fed these canned products as their only food are at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency, P&G said, which can cause loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. This recall is limited to only Iams canned cat food distributed in North America. No other Iams pet food is involved.

Consumers who have purchased canned cat food with these codes should discard it. For further information or a product refund, call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8826.

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Mello Yello goes back to its roots with retro design

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA Mello Yello is getting nostalgic with a throwback look this summer.

The citrus soft drink features the original playful tilt of the green and orange logo, but now with the pair of double “L”s strolling off the edge of the can. Bubbles of citrus flavor and stylized fruit images float in the signature yellow background behind the Mello Yello logo. The soft drink will be rolling out with the new packaging in 2-liter bottles, Fridge Packs and 20-ounce PET bottles in all markets, with 16-ounce PET bottles and 20-can packs available in select locations, Coca-Cola said.

“Mello Yello’s fans are passionate about its citrus flavor,” said Sabrina Tandon, Mello Yello’s senior manager. “We want to thank those fans by making the brand more available and taking it back to its roots with a look that truly captures the original, easy-going smooth of the ’70s.”

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Report: Ukrop enters prepared foods, baked goods biz

BY Alaric DeArment

RICHMOND, Va. The Ukrop family may have exited the supermarket business with the sale of the Ukrop’s chain to Royal Ahold subsidiary Giant Food of Carlisle, Pa. — and the conversion of its stores to Martin’s Food Markets — but the family hasn’t given up on food altogether, according to published reports.

The Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch reported Monday that Robert Ukrop had started a new company, Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, which makes prepared foods and baked goods.

The company is marketing much of the food through Martin’s Food Markets, as well as to some other chains, though the Times-Dispatch reported that neither Ukrop’s Homestyle nor Martin’s would disclose terms of the deal.

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