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1 in 5 South Florida supermarkets failed inspections

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that as the state has stepped up inspections of grocery outlets, officials have found legions of violations of rules designed to prevent the spread of food-borne illness. Reports of consumers actually contracting such illnesses from supermarket foods are rare, and the overall number of violators is fairly small. Additionally, reporters found that small markets are more likely to offend than larger chains.

There’s a bit of a backstory about this article, as Bob Norman of Broward New Times reports. The original reporter was laid off in May, before the project was finished and published.

[Mc Nelly] Torres, an Investigative Reporters & Editors board member, had developed a database, tagged along with inspectors, and written most of the piece. She says she asked her editor, Cyndi Metzger, about it and was assured that the story would be published under her name. The day after she was laid off, she went back to the office to do some touching up on the project.

When the project was published on Sunday, it carried no byline. Torres is acknowledged with several reporters in the tagline at the end of the story. Torres, who says she is disappointed but wants to move on, sent an e-mail to several editors and, according to Norman, has not received a response.

Whole Foods CEO linked to health-care industry

Laurie Bennett of Muckety looks at John Mackey, CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods, author of op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that criticized the Obama health care plan, in light of his connections to the health and drug industries.

Mackey’s op-ed argued against “a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system.”

Bennett found that four members of Whole Foods’ board of directors also are or have been partners or directors of companies that include Insight Health Services Corp., Rite Aid Corporation and CNS pharmaceutical company.

The op-ed led to calls from bloggers and unions for people to stop shopping at Whole Foods.

Mackey, on his blog on the Whole Foods Web site, says the op-ed is his personal opinion, not the company’s position. He also says that an editor at The Wall Street Journal changed the title he had submitted, causing “antagonistic feelings.”