• From the Washington Post, a story about how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has "reported a widespread outbreak of salmonella food poisoning that sickened 73 people in 22 states, resulting in 15 hospitalizations. The cases have been linked to tainted bagged diced onions and celery made by the California company Gills Onions."
Fox Business reports that "Gills Onions issued a voluntary recall for its fresh diced onions products … after discovering the brand was part of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) outbreak investigation. The products, which have the potential to be contaminated with the organism, were shipped to six states – Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington – according to the recall notice."
• Ahold Delhaize announced this morning that it has acquired 100 percent of Romanian grocery retailer Profi Rom Food SRL (Profi) from MidEuropa for the equivalent of $1.37 billion (US).
According to the announcement, "The acquisition will more than double the size of Ahold Delhaize’s existing Romanian business, which operates under the Mega Image brand and has 969 stores, predominantly in urban areas. The combination will complement and expand Ahold Delhaize’s existing Romanian footprint to better serve both urban and rural areas. The strong format fit and complementary customer propositions between the Profi and Mega Image brands, will allow them to better serve the Romanian consumer, driving both sales growth and profitability."