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• Published reports say that Meijer is sending its customers’ cell phones text messages informing them of gasoline price increases – and doing so several hours before the increases take effect.

The program currently is being used in the company’s Indiana stores, but will be rolled out chain-wide next month. Customers can register via cell phone or on the retailer’s web site for the service.

USA Today reports this morning that “the industrial chemical melamine has been found in more pet food, and suspicion is falling on a second pet-food ingredient imported from China as the source of the contamination.

“Natural Balance Pet Foods said Tuesday it found melamine in samples of some of its food, which led to a recall. The company suspects melamine was in a rice protein concentrate used as an ingredient” in the pet food.
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