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Activists press Olive Garden on antibiotics, worker pay

Los Angeles | Reuters — Dozens of activist groups, emboldened by recent policy shifts at major U.S. restaurants, are demanding Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants change its food and labour practices. Their sweeping agenda, part of a campaign called “Good Food Now,” includes calls for the nation’s largest full-service restaurant operator to strengthen its antibiotics

Dole under U.S. probe after deadly listeria outbreak

Los Angeles | Reuters — Dole Food Co. Inc. said on Friday the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating a deadly listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to packaged salad products from its processing plant in Springfield, Ohio. Dole, the world’s largest fruit and vegetable producer, said in a statement the agency recently contacted the company and

General Mills to label GMOs in U.S. products

Reuters — General Mills on Friday said it would begin putting labels on its products that contain genetically engineered ingredients, a move that comes days after U.S. senators failed to advance legislation aimed at blocking Vermont from requiring such labels on July 1. U.S. consumer are calling for greater transparency around food production and sourcing,

McDonald’s stock hits record high as turnaround takes hold

Reuters — McDonald’s Corp. shares hit an all-time high on Thursday after CEO Steve Easterbrook said a rebound in quarterly restaurant sales showed his turnaround plan is starting to work. Global sales at established restaurants were up a much better-than-expected four per cent in the third quarter, ending six straight quarters of flat or falling

McDonald’s investor wants it to cut antibiotics in all meats

Los Angeles | Reuters –– A McDonald’s Corp. shareholder group is renewing its call for the fast-food chain to stop buying any meat from animals raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections. The move from the Congregation of Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, Texas, comes amid growing concern from public health experts that the overuse