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•  Delish reports that starting today, McDonald's China will be selling a new Oreo x Spam burger, though it is a limited edition of 400,000.

Yuck.  Why would you want to ruin a perfectly good Oreo that way?  You could simply dip it in a glass of milk, or make an Oreo ice cream cake.  Once again … yuck.

•  USA Today reports that "JC Penney will close more stores in the spring after already closing 150-plus stores since filing for bankruptcy.  The retailer, which emerged from bankruptcy this month after being acquired by mall owners Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management, Inc., will close another 15 stores by the end of March."

•  From the New York Times:

"In the grand pantheon of salad dressings, French dressing can be easily forgotten — a sticky, sweet, carrot-colored blend overshadowed by America’s undisputed heavyweight champion of dressings, ranch.

"But the federal government has shown great interest in the humble dressing, painstakingly regulating since 1950 the ingredients that it must contain and revising the rules at least five times since then.  Now, the government wants to get out of the French dressing business.

"On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration said it was proposing to revoke its definition and standard of identity for French dressing — effectively erasing the government-sanctioned list of ingredients at the request of an industry group, the Association for Dressings & Sauces."

However, Marion Nestle, a professor emerita of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, told the Time that there are other motivations:" “They want to do it because they want less fat than what’s in the standard of identity, and they want to put more junk in it.  And their argument is everybody knows what these things are, and everybody knows what they’re buying.”