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Global Report

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United States

A number of US restaurant chains have dropped spinach from its menus over E. coli fears. The move comes after a link was made between the green vegetable and more than 100 cases of the infection across 19 states, including one death in Wisconsin. The National Restaurant Association advised restaurants to take fresh spinach off its menus, with chains such as Robeks Juice Shop and the California Pizza Kitchen complying.

Germany

Elisabeth Grabmer has followed in the footsteps of Paul Bocuse and Eckhart Witzigmann to become Lufthansa’s latest star chef. Grabmer, who runs Waldschänke restaurant in Austria, will create in-flight menus for the airline until the end of this month. Grabmer’s menu includes cured brisket of beef with beans and red radishes.

India

Sbarro has announced that it will enter India as part of its international expansion drive. The Italian quick service restaurant company will partner with India-based RTC to open 100 restaurants over the next 10 years. The majority of the restaurants will be located in large shopping malls, with the menu focusing on vegetarian dishes.

Scotland

Harrods’ owner Mohamed Al Fayed plans to open a US $6 million restaurant in the Scottish Highlands. It has been reported that Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay will assist with the design of the outlet. The Egypt-born tycoon hopes to build a traditional inn, complete with oak-panelled fireplaces and flagstone floors on his Balnagown estate in Easter Ross. The restaurant will offer estate-reared produce such as venison and beef.

Malaysia

McDonald’s has won a legal wrangle with a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur after a five-year battle. A judge ruled that the open-air restaurant, McCurry, had to drop the letters ‘Mc’ from its name as it was in breach of the McDonald’s trademark. The restaurant claims ‘Mc’ stood for ‘Malaysian Chicken Curry’.

UK

A government advisory body has said that nearly a third of UK food and drink contains pesticides. The Pesticide Residues Committee found traces of pesticide exceeding the legal limit in 1.7% of cases, the BBC reported. Overall, 166 samples were tested, including fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, cereal products, tea, fruit juice and olive oil. However, no residues were found in chicken, eggs, milk or swedes.

Kenya

The rising number of refugees entering Kenya from Somalia is threatening to exhaust food aid stocks, according to a UN World Food Program (WFP) report. The WFP said rations could soon be cut by 12%, leaving refugees to survive on 1900kcals a day.

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