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• The Associated Press reports that "U.S. health officials on Friday told people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, Calif., because of another food-poisoning outbreak … The warning applies to all types of romaine from the Salinas region, include whole heads, hearts and precut salad mixes."

The story goes on: "The notice comes almost exactly one year after a similar outbreak led to a blanket warning about romaine.

"Officials urged Americans not to eat the leafy green if the label doesn’t say where it was grown. They also urged supermarkets and restaurants not to serve or sell the lettuce, unless they are sure it was grown elsewhere."

Published reports in the UK say that Tesco plans to eliminate the jobs of some 9,000 employees by closing the fresh meat, fish and deli counters in about 90 stores, as well as cutting back on headquarters personnel in its buying and marketing departments.

Several thousand of the people affected by the changes could be "redeployed" to other store-based customer-facing jobs.

I'm not there, so it is hard to judge … but it is hard to imagine that the fresh foods that should differentiate a food store would be the things that need to cut back on in order to be more competitive. It just seems counter-intuitive (no pun intended) to me.

USA Today reports that "more than a half of million pounds of pork products are being recalled because they were not inspected, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

"Maywood, Illinois-based Morris Meat Packing is recalling approximately 515,000 pounds of various raw pork products because they 'were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside inspection hours,' according to the USDA notice posted this week. The items, including pork loin, pork back ribs and pork chops, were shipped to distributors and Illinois retail locations."
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