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• The Oakland Tribune reports that Kroger has opened its first Foods Co price impact warehouse store in the Northern California city, and its sixth in the San Francisco Bay area. The store is the first in the East Oakland neighborhood, and the story says that its opening "eradicates one of city's biggest food deserts."


Bloomberg Businessweek has a story about how food safety and labeling issues in china continue to plague western companies that have to do damage control after they experience problems, and how "inadequate government oversight also is forcing big Western companies, from Wal-Mart to Nestlé to French supermarket operator Carrefour, to put on their sheriff’s hats and take food policing into their own hands." This means boosting inspections, educating locals, setting up more laboratories and hiring more people - it is all about constant vigilance, the story says.
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