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• The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Giant Eagle has added more medicines to a year-old program offering a month's supply of certain generic drugs for $4 in a move that officials say makes their list of low-cost prescriptions the longest in the country. With more than 400 drugs now included, the O'Hara grocer appears to have topped the expanded offering announced by discount retailer Wal-Mart in late September. That plan covers about 360 products.”

• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced that GLOBALGAP and the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute are developing what is called “a combined audit checklist that will facilitate a high degree of harmonization between the GLOBALGAP and SQF 1000 on-farm standards.

Tim Hammonds, president/CEO of FMI, which oversees the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute, said, “Suppliers seeking SQF certification can now, at the same time, demonstrate they meet both the SQF and GLOBALGAP standards, saving time and money. This partnership will make it easier for suppliers to meet the needs of their customers around the world.”

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