The first legislative hearings on the privacy implications of radio frequency ID tagging, opened this week in California.

Representations were made to a committee of the California legislature from bodies including Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering which is leading the RFID opponents.

The committee is to hold further hearings on the technology and plans to form a working group to consider privacy standards for RFID. It said the goal was to address social issues around the technology.

US grocer Albertson's has been told it cannot break supply contracts with bankrupt grocery wholesaler Fleming.

A bankruptcy court said the loss of Albertson’s contracts could lose Fleming $10m in royalty sales and that the supermarket group must honour the contracts until the wholesale business was sold, or the contracts were “ended as irrevocably breached”.

Fleming hopes to sell the wholesale business to C&S Wholesale Grocers, which in turn, plans to sell the Albertson's contracts and other assets to Associated Wholesale Grocers of Kansas City, a retailer-owned co-operative of 800 stores.