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• In upstate New York, the Democrat and Chronicle reports that Wegmans has expanded its test of self-checkout lanes to its Penfield unit … though the company still hasn’t decided whether the technology will become a permanent fixture in its stores.

• Consumers Union has called on President Barack Obama “to appoint a new FDA Commissioner as soon as possible to address peanut butter contamination and a growing list of other food safety problems.”

The letter says, in part, “With only an Acting Commissioner in charge, the FDA is now adrift. Given the seriousness of the problem - people’s lives are at stake – President Obama must appoint a new FDA Commissioner as soon as possible who can begin to assert strong leadership on food safety. We need quick action not just on peanut butter, but melamine in infant formula, BPA in baby bottles and canned food linings, and other critical food safety issues.”

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