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• The New York Times reports that “a salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people last month has been linked to pre-cut melons from a food distributor in Indianapolis, spurring a recall of products in eight states.

“Packages of fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and mixed fruit have been recalled in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. An investigation is underway to see if other products or states were affected.

“So far, 60 people have been sickened by the outbreak — 32 were in Michigan — and at least 31 people have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. No deaths have been reported.”

• The Atlanta Business Chronicle has a story about how Publix plans to open a Publix GreenWise Market - the company’s 25,000 square foot organic foods concept - in the Atlanta market, just down the street from an existing Publix store. The opening is part of a broader GreenWise expansion to markets that include Tallahassee, Boca Raton and Charleston, South Carolina.

The Atlanta store is expected to open in about a year.
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