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• Spartan Stores has announced that its “Spartan brand packaging will now include front of the packaging nutrition icons making the company one of the first retailers in the nation to do so. The new labels support the voluntary Facts Up Front nutrition labeling system designed by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturing Association (GMA).”

The front-of-package labeling uses nutrition icons to “highlight calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar per serving, the daily value percentages for saturated fat and sodium, plus up to two icons showing "nutrients to be encouraged," such as fiber, protein, calcium and vitamins.”

• The Meredith publishing group has reached an agreement in principle to acquire “Every Day with Rachael Ray” from Reader’s Digest. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to Advertising Age, “News of the deal came just hours after Reader's Digest Association said it was looking to sell the cooking title, citing limits on its agreement with Ms. Ray that prevented it from expanding the brand much beyond print.

“Meredith, however, has been doubling down on food this year. In June it bought ‘EatingWell’ magazine and introduced a food site called”

• The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now saying that “an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe is now linked to 23 deaths in the U.S., making it the deadliest known outbreak of food-borne illness in more than 25 years ... The number of deaths has now surpassed a 1998 outbreak of listeria in processed meats that was linked to 21 deaths. A 1985 listeria outbreak in Mexican-style soft cheeses killed 52 people.”

• The Palm Beach Post reports that “Publix has recalled its fall Publix GreenWise Market magazine and plans to mail subscribers a warning in regard to a recipe incorrectly billed as ‘gluten-free.’

According to the story, “Anyone mixing a batch of ‘gluten-free’ Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls was directed to include wheat germ and yeast, some varieties of which contain gluten. People with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance must avoid the allergy-inducing protein even in the smallest amounts.”
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