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Kroger recalls potato salad on E. coli worries

CINCINNATI - Kroger Co. said Friday the grocery chain was recalling its store-brand "Southern-Style" and "Mustard" potato salads because of concerns they have been tainted with E. coli bacteria, according to state agricultural officials.

Cincinnati-based Kroger has stores in 31 states, many under different banners. Glynn said potato salads sold in Ralphs, Fred Meyer and QFC stores weren't affected. Those stores are mainly in Western states.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture and Kroger advised consumers not to eat the potato salads if they have a "best if used by" date of Sept. 5. The department tested some of the potato salad during routine food safety sampling, and found it positive for E. coli, which can cause intestinal sickness and other problems.

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Toyota plans to beat sales record in 2009

TOKYO - Toyota plans to sell 10.4 million vehicles globally in 2009, well above the auto industry's current 30-year-old record and another sign of the Japanese automaker's momentum toward displacing industry kingpin General Motors.

But even as he outlined the ambitious plan, Toyota Motor Corp. President Katsuaki Watanabe said the company was going after quality - not quantity.

The total would be an 11.3 percent increase from the 9.34 million vehicles Toyota plans to sell this year and would eclipse GM's auto industry record of 9.55 million vehicles sold in 1978.

Hyundai's labor union votes in favor of strike

SEOUL, South Korea - Hyundai Motor Co. said Saturday its labor union has voted in favor of going on strike amid annual wage negotiations.

According to an e-mail from the automaker, 28,243 union members voted in favor of the strike, while 12,544 opposed it. It was not immediately clear, however, when a walkout might begin. Strikes at Hyundai are common. Workers have already walked off the job twice this year. The union has gone on strike every year but one since it was founded in 1987.


Game, music company Vivendi's profit drops

PARIS - Entertainment and telecom conglomerate Vivendi SA reported Friday that its second-quarter earnings dropped 49 percent from a year earlier, when it had a gain from an asset sale, and said it is sticking to its forecast for the full year.

Net profit at the French company fell to 594 million euros ($810 million) from 1.15 billion euros a year earlier. Last year's figure was inflated by the gains on the sale of Vivendi's shares in chemicals company DuPont Co. for nearly 512 million euros.