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• The Charlotte Business Journal reports that Delhaize-owned Food Lion and its affiliated stores - Bloom, Harvey’s and Reid’s - have struck a deal to carry 200 OfficeMax products year-round, as well as an expanded selection of back-to-school merchandise.

• In Canada, the Chronicle Herald reports that Sobey’s has broken ground on a new headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, that will replace an HQ building that has been serving in that capacity since 1946. According to the story, “The new building is to feature more efficient use of space, improved meeting and teleconferencing facilities, energy efficient natural lighting, solar hot water technology and reflective roofing to reduce the need for air conditioning.”

Reuters reports that Loblaw Cos. “will close its Halifax distribution center in Nova Scotia by October 9, to reduce excess capacity in the Atlantic region ... The company has six distribution centers in the Atlantic region servicing about 123 Loblaw stores.”

CBC News reports that “about 91 per cent of Canadians have detectable levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to make some hard plastic containers, bottles and toys, a new report suggests.

“Statistics Canada released the finding Monday as part of the results of its survey measuring the levels of various contaminants in the urine of Canadians aged six to 79. Bisphenol A is an industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic for water bottles and food containers as well as the protective lining in metal cans. It does not occur naturally in the environment.”

The report notes that “animal studies suggest that, once ingested, BPA may imitate estrogen and other hormones, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.” The possibility of a ban on the use of BPA in plastic food and beverage containers in the US is the subject of much debate at the moment.
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