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• Unified Western Grocers, the cooperative wholesaler, reportedly will change its name to Unified Grocers. The change takes place as the company acquires Associated Grocers of Seattle.

• Stop the presses: USA Today reports this morning that “China has banned companies from using DEG (diethylene glycol) — a thickening agent used in antifreeze and as a solvent — in the production of toothpaste in its latest move to raise confidence in the country's food and drug safety procedures.”

Toothpaste imported from China and containing DEG has been pulled from shelves and banned in North America, South America and Asia.
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