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Target donates to tornado relief in Midwest

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Target announced its donation of funds and product to support tornado relief efforts.

The company donated $50,000 in funds to Minnesota to help the efforts of the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. Target donated $150,000 in funds and product to benefit those in Joplin, Mo., and areas impacted by the Mississippi River flooding. Target said it will give $95,000 directly to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in Joplin and the Mississippi River area. The rest of the donation will be in product, including relief kits being delivered to the Target store in Joplin.

“We take seriously our responsibility as a retailer, employer and community member to aid in times of need,” Target chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said. “Before and after a crisis, communities can count on Target.”

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A&P to exclusively offer new line of Angus beef

BY Antoinette Alexander

MONTVALE, N.J. — Grocer A&P has announced the launch of a brand-new line of Angus beef in its stores.

Woodson & James choice Angus beef, exclusive to A&P banner stores, will replace the current beef steak and roast offerings in all A&P, Pathmark, Superfresh, Waldbaum’s and Food Emporium stores beginning May 27.

The new and exclusive Woodson & James Angus beef line features U.S. Department of Agriculture choice Angus beef that is grain-fed and single-sourced.

All stores also will feature new in-store Woodson & James signage. Associates from the meat department, outfitted in Woodson & James aprons, will be on hand to offer simple preparation and cooking tips, as well as information about the new beef line.

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FDA’s budget may be cut, report says

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Cuts to the Food and Drug Administration could be in the works, according to a published report.

The Hill, a newspaper that covers Capitol Hill, reported Monday that the House Appropriations Committee suggested cutting the FDA’s budget by $285 million in its proposed 2012 spending bill, bringing its total budget for next year to $3.7 billion.

The article noted that a significant portion of the FDA’s budget comes from user fees from drug and medical device companies, but that advocacy groups had fought for increased funding to the agency during the Bush administration after several high-profile food and drug safety scandals.

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