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• The New Mexico Business Weekly reports that some product law experts believe that “lawsuits over the outbreak of listeria tied to Colorado cantaloupes could target grocery stores and distributors. That's because the three chief targets of the lawsuits, including the grower, have a combined $17 million in liability coverage.”

According to the story, “Deaths linked to listeria-contaminated cantaloupes have reached 29, including five in New Mexico, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with a total of 139 people sickened in 28 states.”

• Guiding Stars, the nutrition labeling program that evaluates every product in the supermarket and then assigns one, two or three stores to items that qualify as good for you, better for you and best for you, has announced that it has published its proprietary algorithm for making these evaluations in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

According to the Guiding Stars Licensing Co., which was created by Delhaize-owned Hannaford Supermarkets to manage the program, “The publication of the algorithm allows the public to fully understand the scientific basis for the nutritional ratings of foods. The publication showcases the research and development that went into the Guiding Stars algorithm, and the important role a transparent program can have in simplifying the process of choosing healthier foods in all areas of the supermarket.”

• The Associated Press reports that Sara Lee Corp. has completed the $709 million sale of its North American fresh bakery business to Grupo Bimbo S.A.B.
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