Del Monte Foods shareholders have approved its acquisition of HJ Heinz's Starkist tuna, own label soup, pet food and baby food units.

Separately, Del Monte Foods said that Fresh Del Monte Produce and Del Monte Foods Company were not affiliated.

Chairman and CEO of Del Monte, Richard G. Wolford, said: “We believe that certain media coverage surrounding legal proceedings related to the sale of Fresh Del Monte Produce could lead to confusion regarding our company. These proceedings relate solely to Fresh Del Monte Produce - a company that has no affiliation with Del Monte Foods Company.”