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Stater Bros. Markets appoints Dave Harris as VP finance

BY Anna Mcgrath

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Stater Bros. Markets announced that it has appointed a new VP finance.

The announcement was made by Jack H. Brown, chairman of the board and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Harris join the Stater Bros. ‘Family’ of Employees,” stated Brown. “His background in accounting will be valuable to the future growth of the company during these rough economic times.  I have known Harris for over fifteen years.  He knows our company, our people, and our customers and will help strengthen our great financial department for today and for the future.”

Harris is set to work under the company’s EVP finance, CFO and CAO Phil Smith. As VP, Harris is responsible for directing daily operations of the company’s financial department.

Prior to joining Stater Bros., Harris worked for over 25 years in accounting, auditing an business advisory experience.

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Report: Standards for glucose monitors may change

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Federal officials may soon require improvements for the glucose monitors used by more than 11 million diabetics in the United States, the New York Times has reported.

Home glucose monitors, which can have an error rate of as much as 20%, can leave patients vulnerable to more dire consequences, including coma and death. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration is seeking out The International Organization for Standardization to revise the international standards for such glucose monitoring systems.

In May, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists urged that revisions be made in a letter to said officials. “Because of the highly variable quality of the meters and the glucose testing strips in widespread use, the safety of our patients who depend upon those meters is threatened,” they wrote.

An organization representing the monitor manufacturers, however, believes that the current standards are working. Meanwhile, a study by government researchers found that when comparing tests from five different popular monitors, results varied by as much as 32%, the New York Times reported.

According to the New York Times, diabetes has been diagnosed in 18 million people in the United States, and another 6 million are estimated to have the disease without knowing it. It is the seventh leading cause of death and costs the United States an estimated $174 billion a year, with the federal Medicare program spending $1 billion on diabetes test strips alone.

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Hallmark launches mobile greetings Web site

BY Allison Cerra

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Hallmark has launched a line of greetings that can be accessed through a mobile device.

Hallmark Mobile Greetings, which launched Tuesday, is an innovative new product for cell phones that combines the immediacy of a text message with creative design and editorial. Senders can also add their own personal message to any of the greetings. The initial launch includes a small network of phone models, eventually Hallmark Mobile Greetings will work on the majority of mobile phone models and will be able to be sent from most major mobile phone networks to any other network.

Hallmark Mobile Greetings is available by downloading to a cell phone the free mobile phone application from www.mobile.hallmark.com. Users can then send greetings to other mobile phones. In addition, consumers also can send greetings directly from mobile.hallmark.com for delivery to a mobile device.

Each Hallmark Mobile Greeting costs 99 cents. Fees are billed as part of monthly service-provider charges and the sender is only charged if the recipient opens the mobile greeting. The application itself is free of charge, though standard data rates may apply so consumers are advised to check their contract with their carrier.

More than 500 Hallmark Mobile Greetings are available in the following categories: Just for Fun, Birthday, Thinking of You, Love, Holidays, Characters & Collections, Congratulations and Business Greetings. More categories and mobile greetings will be added in the future.

For more information on Hallmark Mobile Greetings, visit www.mobile.hallmark.com.

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