As if supermarket operators didn't have enough to worry about just competing with other retailers, in 2007 they also had to contend with myriad other concerns, including new fears about food safety, the economy and inflation. Foodborne illness is a perennial worry for the industry, but this year the topic took on new urgency as one product-contamination scare after another shook consumers' confidence in food safety. Coming on the heels of the leafy greens contamination of a year ago, this ...

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