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July 8, 2009
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U.S. to Tighten Food-Safety Standards
from The Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration said it will toughen safety standards to prevent contamination of eggs, poultry, tomatoes, lettuce and other foods, and strengthen enforcement to make sure the industry complies with the new procedures. More    E-mail article

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Government Affairs

The Influence Game: New Drink Tax Widely Opposed
from Palm Beach Post
A push for new taxes on soda, beer and wine to help pay for Americans' health care is stirring up more than just the beverage industry. Advertisers, corn refiners - even addiction treatment centers - have mobilized their lobbyists, reflecting how a tax increase for a handful of popular products can reverberate broadly across Washington's interest groups. More    E-mail article

   Product Showcase: Follett Ice and Water Dispensers

Are customers using open bins to provide ice to their employees? Reduce contamination of ice with Follett’s ice and water dispensers. Follett’s hand-free dispensing reduces contamination while providing customer-preferred Chewblet® ice. Ice availability can also improve the sale of other beverages. Filtered water provides an 80% cost savings over bottled water and a “green” alternative to your customers. More

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Coffee May Help Treat Memory Loss, a Major Symptom of Alzheimer's Disease
from The New York Daily News
That mug of morning coffee may do more than keep you from falling asleep at your desk. New research shows it could also help treat or stave off memory loss, a key symptom of Alzheimer's disease. More    E-mail article


Why Industry May Back Limits on Junk Food in Schools
from The Wall Street Journal
The food and beverage industries are coming around to support some efforts in Washington to limit the sale of junk food in school vending machines, the Washington Post suggests. There are a few reasons for the shift. More    E-mail article

Outlook for U.S. Dollar Darkens
from TIME
Heading abroad from the U.S. this summer? Consider packing a few extra dollars. Since early March, the greenback has fallen 11 percent against the Euro and 17 percent against Britain's pound as investors who had sought out the dollar as a safe haven during the worst of the crisis now head for riskier assets. More    E-mail article

Corporate Social Responsibility

Packaging Equipment: More Product, Less Current
from Greener Package
The concept of "green" is a hot topic in packaging today, with companies constantly striving to win plaudits for their newer, more eco-friendly packages. More    E-mail article

Four Steps to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Organization
Companies want to ensure the greatest environmental and economic return on each dollar (and hour) spent on sustainability. Companies should start by evaluating their stakeholders and then taking some counterintuitive actions. More    E-mail article


Featured NAMA Knowledge Source Partner

Today more than ever successful OCS companies must get all the productivity possible from equipment assets. AssetPro, a research and consulting firm with 15 years equipment design and management experience, is a Knowledge Resource Partner for NAMA members. Contact Bill Teller at 630-306-1068 to find out how you can maximize the return on investment for your company's equipment assets. This is a FREE service to NAMA members.

Featured NAMA Knowledge Source Partner

Is your company in need of legal advice pertaining to employment matters? The goal of this Knowledge Source Partner is to advise and educate NAMA members about labor and employment law issues. Lawyers in the firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath, mainly one of its principals, Heather Bailey, participate frequently at NAMA Expos, seminars and affiliated state council meetings. Contact Heather for a free consultation at (312) 569-1000 or email

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