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• The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a global food safety and quality certification program and management system managed by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), has entered into a cooperative partnership with Mexico Calidad Suprema (MCS), a nonprofit association of food producers and packers in Mexico.

“Working together, we can use our resources to help ensure that Mexican suppliers meet the requirements of both SQF and MCS,” said FMI CEO Tim Hammonds. “This will open new markets for trade between our countries and provide American consumers an extra measure of confidence that Mexican producers observe the highest food safety standards.”

• Worth noting that in celebration of Earth Day this week, members of the California Grocers Association and the City of Los Angeles teamed up to distribute approximately 50,000 reusable shopping bags at more than 40 participating grocery stores throughout the city to encourage consumers to use reusable bags. The retailers participating including Albertsons, Inc., El Super, Food 4 Less, Henry’s Farmers Market, K.V. Mart, Pavilions, Ralphs Grocery Co., Smart & Final Stores, Superior Grocers and Vons participated in the two-day giveaway and each City Council district in Los Angeles had at least one participating store.

• ConAgra announced yesterday that it will streamline its consumer foods operations, which could result in the elimination of some positions during the coming year.
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