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• Published reports in Louisiana say that the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) plans to shutter its two Sav-a-Center grocery stores in the Baton Rouge area. The store swill close down on April 21.

However, for the moment at least, A&P will still have more than other 20 Sav-A-Centers in Louisiana and Mississippi, though with its current acquisition of Pathmark, the company is likely to be looking to trim expenses…which could put the rest of its stores in the region in jeopardy.

HealthDay News reports that a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that E. coli infections in the United States have increased slightly over the past two years (to 3.4 cases per 100,000 people in 2006), while salmonella case shave remained unchanged (at 6.09 cases per 100,000 people in 2006).

Still, according to CDC Director Julie Gerberding, "As recent outbreaks have shown, too many people in the United States are getting sick each year from foodborne illnesses," Gerberding said in a statement. "For instance, the outbreaks involving tomatoes, lettuce and spinach underscore the need to prevent the contamination of produce. We're also working to strengthen our ability to quickly detect and identify foodborne illnesses. We know the faster we can detect an outbreak, the faster we can take actions that will help protect people."
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