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Wal-Mart Announces New Food-Safety Standards

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc, said on Monday that suppliers of its private label and certain other food items, such as produce, meat and fish, must comply with Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards.

Wal-Mart said GFSI standards provide real-time details on where suppliers fall short in food safety on a plant-by-plant basis, and go beyond the current audit process required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Under the GFSI program, producers of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club private label and other foods sold in the United States must be audited by independently trained, approved and licensed auditors who are experts in their industry, the retailer said.

Wal-Mart said suppliers will be required to complete initial certification between July and December of 2008, with full certification required by July 2009. The company said its Asda stores in the United Kingdom and its Seiyu stores in Japan also require suppliers of food products to comply with GFSI standards.

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O’Reilly Automotive looks to buy CSK Auto

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. O’Reilly Automotive said today that it has expressed interest in acquiring all of the outstanding shares of CSK Auto common stock for $8.00 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $845 million, which includes the assumption of about $490 million of CSK debt.

According to O’Reilly Automotive, the proposal represents a 34% premium over CSK’s closing stock price on Thursday, Jan. 31, as well as a 63% premium over the average trading stock price for CSK over the last thirty days.

“The benefits of our proposed transaction are very compelling and offer significantly more security to CSJ stockholders, creditors, suppliers and partners than CSK on a standalone basis,” O’Reilly ceo Greg Henslee said in a letter to CSK ceo Lawrence Mondry.

Henslee went on to detail how the merger would create the third largest auto parts retailer in the country. “Building upon the foundation of CSK’s Western presence and O’Reilly’s Midwestern and Southeastern presence, the combined company would be positioned to further leverage O’Reilly’s very effective dual-market strategy,” Henslee said.

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New DeCA site focuses on good health

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FORT LEE, Va. The Defense Commissary Agency has revamped its Web site once again, this time with a focus on diet and nutrition.

The new DeCA site features the “Ask the DeCA Dietitian” section, a nutrition forum hosted by Army Reserve Maj. Karen Fauber, a registered dietitian. According to DeCa, customers can use the forum to exchange questions, comments and experiences on nutrition topics with the DeCA dietitian and other users.

Customers looking for recipe ideas will find them on the new site in the “Kay’s Kitchen” section, which provides easy and nutritional recipes.

 

The site also informs customers of sales through its “Savings Aisle” section, which also provides links to Internet coupons.

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