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Bashas,’ Shamrock Farms promote breast cancer awareness

BY Jenna Duncan

PHOENIX Bashas’ food stores and Shamrock Farms dairy producers have teamed to support the City of Hope breast cancer research center by selling reusable pink shopping bags, paper pink ribbons and signature City of Hope pins at all stores in Bashas’ network.

The pink reusable shopping bags retail for $1.49. Bashas has said that 100 percent of the sales of the bags will go to City of Hope. The customizable paper ribbons sell for $1, and starting Oct. 6, purchase City of Hope pins will be available for $2 each.

Bashas’ has set a goal of raising $50,000 for City of Hope efforts, and expects $37,250 to come from the sale of the pink reusable bags.

Bashas’ food network covers more than 160 Bashas,’ AJ’s Fine Foods, Ike’s Farmers Market, and Food City stores in Arizona. More than 65 Bashas’ and Food City locations also have in-store pharmacies.

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FDA readies to begin tests for pesticides in food products

BY Alaric DeArment

FOSTER CITY, Calif. The Food and Drug Administration has purchased seven machines that test for harmful pesticides in the food supply, the company that makes the machines announced Monday.

Applied Biosystems said the FDA had purchased its 4000 QTRAP systems, specialized mass spectrometers that detect trace levels of contaminants by analyzing compounds based in their molecular composition.

“The government’s efforts to increase food safety are directly impacted by the accuracy and reproducibility of the scientific information used to conduct the critical analysis that determines whether food is contaminated and a threat to the health of the general public,” said Laura Lauman, president of Applied Biosystems’ proteomics and small molecule division.

The machines will be installed at FDA field offices in Jefferson, Ark., Irvine, Calif., Lenexa, Kan., Jamaica, N.Y., College Park, Md., Bothell, Wash., and Atlanta.

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FDA selects contractors to lead IT, data systems management

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it had selected 10 contractors to receive a total of up to $2.5 billion for information technology and data center management services over the next 10 years.

The agency said the contract was a cornerstone of its Information Technology for the 21st Century bioinformatics initiative, a modernization program that includes data management, data warehousing, IT infrastructure and IT security.

“This contract sets the stage for the FDA to have IT to acquire, analyze and act on data critical for import protection, food protection and medical product safety plans,” commissioner of food and drugs Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach said. “We are creating a high-tech, efficient data-management system designed to meet the needs of those who must accomplish our mission‹protecting and promoting the health of the American public.”

Contracts worth at least $25,000 each went to Buccaneer, Computer Sciences Corporation, Dynanet, Electronic Data Systems, General Dynamics, Human Touch, IDL-Pragmatics, Interactive Technology Solutions, Telesis and Unisys.

 

Three companies have received task orders to design and migrate systems applications to new data centers, which the FDA said would be the cornerstone of its IT infrastructure and bioinformatics modernization for the next 10 years. IT Solutions received $3 million to design, implement and migrate existing FDA applications to the newly configured White Oak Data Center to support test and development applications; Buccaneer received $3 million to operate and maintain the data center; EDS received $12 million to design, implement and migrate applications to a “contractor owned, contractor operated” hosted data center for FDA production operations.

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