Senate passes bill giving FDA new powers in food regulation
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday afforded the Food and Drug Administration new powers in regulating food, according to published reports, with the passing of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act by a vote of 73-25 (with two abstentions).
The legislation would grant the FDA new powers to recall foods and increase inspections.
A similar House version was approved earlier this year, and the Obama administration has indicated they will sign the bill into law. However there is a limited window to reconcile the House and Senate versions before the new Congress assumes control, so the Senate’s passage of the bill does not necessarily mean the act will be signed into law.
And while most of the coverage regarding the bill focuses on tighter regulations for foods like peanut butter and spinach, the bill also impacts dietary supplements, which are regulated as foods by the FDA. “[The Council for Responsible Nutrition] and its member companies support this bill because of the added enforcement tools it would provide to the FDA and the extra protections it would provide for consumers,” stated Steve Mister, CRN president and CEO. “The dietary supplement industry … is committed to supporting efforts that will help ensure consumers have access to safe and high-quality dietary supplement products. It is imperative that the FDA has the tools it needs to help protect our nation’s food supply, including dietary supplements. This bill is critical.”
An apple a day? Not quite
TAMPA, Fla. — The old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," has been revamped by Publix.
By using compelling imagery in this strategically located floor sign, the supermarket chain is reminding shoppers in this Tampa, Fla., store that flu shots are available at its pharmacies.
November sales at Fred’s exceed expectations
MEMPHIS — Total sales and comparable-store sales both rose during the month of November for Fred’s, the chain announced Tuesday.
Fred’s disclosed total sales for the four-week fiscal month ended Nov. 27 increased 6% to $146.3 million from the year-ago period, while comparable-store sales for the month rose 4.7% versus a decline of 3.3% during November 2009.
Fred’s also reported that total sales for the 10-month, year-to-date period increased 4% to nearly $1.51 billion, compared with $1.45 billion for year-ago period. On a comparable-store basis, year-to-date sales rose 2.4% on top of an increase of 0.5% in the same period last year.
Fred’s CEO Bruce Efird said that the sales results "exceeded [our] expectations," and attributed its successful month to Black Friday.
"Our company’s performance this past weekend marked a solid start to the holiday season and underscored the new merchandising and marketing plans highlighted in our third quarter earnings call last week. This could not have been accomplished without the great efforts of our operations team in preparing the stores for Black Friday and the holiday season," Efird said.