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  • MNB reported yesterday that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has ruled that Kentucky-based Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, cannot test every animal in its slaughterhouse for mad cow disease. Creekstone had said that its customers in Japan promised to buy its beef again if the company tested for the brain-wasting disease every animal processed at the plant and could show USDA certification of that.

    Now, Creekstone is saying that it may sue USDA for refusing to grant permission and certification of testing for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), better known as mad cow disease.

  • The Maryland General Assembly has voted to reject a proposal that would have imposed a “snack tax” on state residents, generating some $16 million for state coffers.

  • Carrefour has opened its 32nd hypermarket in Taipei, in what describes as a strategic move toward locating such stores nearer to population-dense city centers.

  • German media reports say that Wal-Mart there plans to heighten its private label offerings, expanding HBC own-label SKUs as a way of boosting sales in the category by 20 percent

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