WASHINGTON -- Esther Peterson, a pioneering force in American consumerism who jump-started the food-retailing industry's consumer affairs efforts, died here last week following a stroke at the age of 91. Industry executives last week recalled how Peterson -- who played key roles at the highest levels of the U.S. government and the food industry -- enabled an initially skeptical supermarket business to address the criticisms of consumer advocates and eventually embrace some of the biggest ...

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