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• What is being termed ‘the first-even inter-industry summit on food import safety” has been scheduled for July 9, 2008, in Washington, DC, to “exchange successful supplier management practices and discuss how to strengthen public-private partnerships that will enhance the safety of imported products.”

Co-sponsors of the summit are: American National Standards Institute; Biotechnology Industry Organization; Consumer Healthcare Products Association; Food Marketing Institute; Generic Pharmaceutical Association; Grocery Manufacturers Association; Healthcare Distribution Management Association; National Fisheries Institute; National Restaurant Association; Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; Retail Industry Leaders Association; and Toy Industry Association.

Also scheduled to attend: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt.

• The Associated Press reports that the New Jersey state legislature is considering a bill that would allow beer and wine sales in supermarkets. Not surprisingly, supermarket owners generally are in favor of the change, while small liquor store owners are fighting it.
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