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Recalls this week: Kaleidoscope toys, batteries

A line of portable jumpstart batteries that can overheat and cause a fire are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include electric bicycles that can also overheat and kaleidoscope toys with parts that are dangerous to small children. They were sold at Hammacher Schlemmer, Radio Shack, Walmart and other retail stores nationwide and online at...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By The Associated Press
Foreign grocers struggle in China's fast-moving market

From fast food to smartphones, from luxury goods to groceries, the way China shops - and what mainland shoppers want to buy - is changing rapidly. The changes are leaving foreign supermarket and hypermarket chains struggling to keep up by revamping store formats and selling more groceries online, retail analysts say. The Financial Times reports.
Source: Financial Times | By: Patti Waldmeir and Jamil Anderlini
Chipotle to stop serving genetically-altered food

Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday will begin serving only food that is free of genetically engineered ingredients, The New York Times reports.
Source: The New York Times | By: Stephanie Strom
Minimum wage floor Democrats are rallying around

Congress Democrats are uniting around a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, the NYT reports.
Source: The New York Times | By: Noam Scheiber
UPDATE 2-Union seeks labor board injunction over Wal-Mart store closings

April 20- A union working on behalf of Wal-Mart employees laid off in the sudden temporary closure of five stores filed a claim on Monday to the National Labor Relations Board accusing the retailer of retaliating against workers for organizing activity and seeking to get them rehired. Wal-Mart Stores, which announced last week that it was temporarily closing...
Source: Reuters | By: Nathan Layne
Walmart facing scrutiny over job losses  

CNBC's Kate Rogers on a new front in Walmart's labor relations.
Source: CNBC.com
UPDATE 2-Wal-Mart shuffles U.S. store management to improve sales

April 17- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday it would eliminate the position of zone manager in its U.S. stores while adding up to 8,000 new department heads as part of an overhaul of its store operations. There are about five zone managers in each of Wal-Mart's 3,407 supercenters, and those employees will be reassigned to department manager or assistant manager...
Source: Reuters | By: Nathan Layne
Italy's Benetton pays $1.1 mln to Rana Plaza disaster fund

MILAN, April 17- Italian clothes group Benetton has paid $1.1 million into a fund for victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed 1,100 workers in Bangladesh two years ago, the company said on Friday, after pressure from activists to donate to the fund. The collapse of the Rana Plaza, an eight-story factory built on marshy ground outside the Bangladeshi...
Source: Reuters
U.S. fast-food workers plan rallies demanding higher wages

NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. fast food workers fighting for better wages enlisted students, healthcare workers and racial justice activists to swell the ranks of rallies set for Wednesday in 230 cities. The latest wave of protests to press for pay increases to $15 an hour was expected to kick off in New York at dawn outside a McDonald's in Brooklyn, pick up momentum...
Source: Reuters | By: Sebastien Malo
How taxpayers subsidize McD's, Wal-Mart

Taxpayers are providing not only support to the poor but also, in effect, a huge subsidy for employers of low-wage workers, the NYT reports.
Source: The New York Times | By: Patricia Cohen