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FDA investigating graphic video linked to Kellogg factory

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Breakfast cereals maker Kellogg Co said federal regulators are conducting a criminal investigation of a video that surfaced on Friday showing a man filming himself urinating on one of its factory assembly lines.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigation is leading the probe into the video, which was recorded in 2014, company spokeswoman Kris Charles told Reuters in an email on Monday.

The video, uploaded on the website World Star Hip Hop on Friday, shows the man urinating on an assembly line and then panning to a sign with the company’s logo.

The company “immediately alerted law enforcement authorities and regulators”, after learning of the video on Friday, Charles said. Kellogg is also conducting an internal investigation.

The company has not identified the person in the video, the spokeswoman said.

The video was recorded at its Memphis, Tennessee factory and any products that could have been potentially impacted would be very limited and past their expiration dates, she said.

The products that could have been potentially impacted include Rice Krispies Treats, granola clusters used in some products and puffed rice treats that Kellogg no longer makes.

Kellogg shares were down 0.7 percent at $75.03 in afternoon trading.

(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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New York Times' editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal to step down

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New York Times Co said on Monday Andrew Rosenthal would step down as the newspaper’s editorial page editor in late April, and would be succeeded by James Bennet, editor-in-chief of the Atlantic.

Rosenthal, 60, the son of former NYT executive editor A. M. Rosenthal, joined the Times in 1987 and oversaw the newspaper’s opinion pages.

Bennet, who will join the Times on May 2, previously served as Jerusalem bureau chief and White House correspondent at NYT and left the company in 2006 to head the Atlantic.

Separately, the Atlantic said it appointed co-president Bob Cohn as the sole president of the magazine to replace Bennet.

(Reporting by Kshitiz Goliya in Bengaluru; Editing by Anupama Dwivedi)

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India's PEC receives first cargo of non-GM corn from Ukraine-trade source

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NEW DELHI India’s PEC Ltd has received its first cargo of about 40,000 tonnes of corn from Ukraine, trade sources said, despite concerns that the state-run trader could find it difficult to secure supplies of grain from non-GM crops.

PEC Ltd firmed up plans to import corn in December last year, marking India’s first such overseas purchase in 16 years.

In an international tender competition launched in January, the government-backed trader awarded a contract to South Korea’s Daewoo International to supply 250,000 tonnes of yellow non-genetically modified corn.

Since India doesn’t allow GM food crops PEC sought in its import tender only non-GM corn, a condition that looked like a tall order to many trade and industry experts, as only a handful of countries grow grain which would qualify.

“PEC has received a cargo of about 40,000 tonnes. Of the contracted 250,000 tonnes, the rest are on their way from Ukraine,” said a source directly involved in the deal.

(Reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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