By Laura HsuThe Wall Street JournalPublished Nov 02, 2016 06:12:00Apple Inc.’s ‘Jell-O’ cereal will be free at Wal-mart stores starting Nov. 1, the U.S. company said on Tuesday.
Wal-Mart said that all “Jelly-Fruits” and other “food products” sold at its major chains will be sold in “full-size containers” and “without any sugar added.”
The company said the decision will be made by the company in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration.
The announcement comes as the food industry continues to grapple with the impact of a rising number of obesity-related illnesses.
In January, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. said it was banning the sale of jelly fruit-flavored cereal to children.
Other major chains including Target Corp., Whole Foods Market Inc. and Starbucks Corp. also have moved to restrict their sale of the snack food.
The Food and Drink Association of the United States said last month that more than 1.3 million Americans are estimated to be overweight or obese, a number that has been increasing over the past two decades.
“If you don’t have the health and fitness necessary to be able to safely participate in life, you’re going to miss out on the benefits of these products,” said Kate Kelly, an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
“They’re very healthy for you.”
Jelly fruits are a common fruit in North America, and they are typically eaten as a treat.
They are usually flavored with various types of sugar, but can also contain sugar alcohols, such as honey and molasses.
Walmart said it would not be making changes to the products.
On Tuesday, the Food Safety and Inspection Service said it had identified a new batch of cases of a coronavirus that had been traced to a company called Jell-o.
Jell, which was formed in the U