SEEKING SAFE PASSAGE

WASHINGTON -- Issues affecting the supermarket industry are caught up in the fray on Capitol Hill, as Congress reconvenes this week with an agenda largely driven by the events of Sept. 11 and politicking in advance of the November elections.Two bills on deck are of immediate concern to retailers. One measure would take steps to protect imported food from being used as terrorist weapons, but as written

WASHINGTON -- Issues affecting the supermarket industry are caught up in the fray on Capitol Hill, as Congress reconvenes this week with an agenda largely driven by the events of Sept. 11 and politicking in advance of the November elections.

Two bills on deck are of immediate concern to retailers. One measure would take steps to protect imported food from being used as terrorist weapons, but as written could impede commerce, retailers say. The other bill would require supermarkets to

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