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• The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that Starbucks, "having pulled thousands of unsafe, spoiled ham sandwiches from its shelves on three occasions ... now claims its meat vendor owes nearly $5 million." The suit concerns ham that it bought from Wellshire Farms, but that actually came from a Maryland subcontractor, Hahn’s of Westminster, and that customers complained were discolored and appeared to be spoiled.

According to the story, the lawsuit says that "Starbucks directed its stores to throw out all the warm breakfast sandwiches using the ham. No similar order appears to have been given regarding the cold sandwiches made with ham from the same suppliers. Starbucks investigated the issue but continued buying ham sandwiches using meat from Wellshire and, unknown to the coffee company, Hahn. But as the complaints intensified Starbucks began looking for a new ham seller ... Now, Starbucks contends it lost $4.8 million because of the tainted ham. Wellshire and Hahn have not yet responded to the lawsuit, or requests for comment made Friday."


• The Associated Press reports that a lawsuit has been filed in federal court in New York City charging that Starbucks discriminates against deaf people, a claim that apparently relates back to a single NYC employee who mocked a deaf patron, and other employees who objected to a group of deaf people meeting it a Starbucks store.

Starbucks spokeswoman Jamie Riley said the company is investigating: "Discrimination of any kind at Starbucks in unacceptable. We take these allegations very seriously and believe that they are neither in line with our values nor our track record of engaging the deaf community as partners and as customers."
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