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Tapping into another supply chain to fight AIDS? Really cool.
Fighting AIDS in Tanzania -- A Coca-Cola truck rumbled down the road, ferrying its bubbly, sugary cargo to shops and kiosks in the northern part of the country around the edge of Kilimanjaro National Park. The one thing you can be sure of finding in any far-flung corner of Tanzania is a bottle of Coke. A new pilot program--the first of its kind--aims to make anti-retroviral drugs as easily accessible as a bottle of soda by tapping into Coca-Cola's established delivery network throughout Tanzania.

Go Canada!
Government offices banned from buying bottled water -- There will be fewer small plastic bottles in Manitoba landfills, as the Provincial government has taken the step of banning the purchase of banning government departments from purchasing bottled water.

Heat or eat? Sad.
Poorest pensioners face 'heat or eat' concern -- The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said that all retired households raised fuel spending by 7% during cold snaps. The poorest quarter of pensioner households also decreased their food spending by a similar proportion during the same period.

Well good.
FDA Says U.S. Food Supply Is Safe From E. Coli Outbreak -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it believes the deadly E. coli outbreak in Europe has not affected the domestic food supply and that there is no reason for Americans to alter their shopping habits. The FDA reported that it has implemented additional food import controls in response to the outbreak that has killed 22 people and sickened more than 2,200 others. The outbreak is centered in Germany, but cases have been reported in at least 11 other European countries. The source of the outbreak remains unknown, but German consumers have been advised to avoid cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and, most recently, bean sprouts.

- Sheena Moore

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