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• In western New York, the Democrat and Chronicle reports on the opening of The Food Bar at Pittsford, the newest restaurant opened by Wegmans, replacing its old Tastings, the upscale restaurant that used to be adjacent to the store.

“In approach,” the paper says, “the Food Bar is poles apart from Tastings, which featured, among other entrees, a five-course tasting menu. The Food Bar is going for speed and quality. It is the Rochester region’s latest entry in the restaurant industry’s newest wave, called fast casual.”

• The New York Times reports that the McNeil Consumer Healthcare division of Johnson & Johnson has issued a nationwide recall of all lots - or more than 13 million packages - of soft chewable Rolaids, “ after reports of consumers finding metal and wood particles in the products.”
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