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Starbucks to inspect 5,400 stores in China urgently

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Starbucks has issued an apology after selling expired food at stores in China and will carry out inspections at 5,400 outlets

Starbucks has come under fire after a state-backed newspaper claimed that two of the coffee chain’s stores sold expired food.

The global coffee brewer issued an apology on Monday, and confirmed that it will now carry out inspections at over 5,000 stores across China – with additional staff training also to be provided to up-skill employees.

The Beijing News newspaper, in what it described as an undercover investigation, said the incidents occurred at two stores in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi.

The incident became a trending topic on China’s Weibo social media application in the aftermaths of the report being published.

Starbucks initially said it had shut the two stores and was carrying out an investigation.

Later on Monday it said it had found that the two stores had indeed committed violations and that the company had not sufficiently paid attention to food safety standards.

“We sincerely apologize to all of Starbucks’ customers,” it said in a statement on its official Weibo account.

The Wuxi’s Market Supervision Administration also said in a statement late on Monday that after conducting investigations on the two stores involved in the incident, it also carried out checks on all 82 Starbucks stories in the city, finding 15 issues in total, including employees not wearing work caps and disinfections records not being complete.

Chinese consumers and media have become more aggressive about protecting customer rights and monitoring the behaviour of big brands, especially those that are based overseas.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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When London’s Heathrow airport is set to end daily passenger limits

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London’s Heathrow airport is set to end its daily passenger limits on departures

Ending at the end of this month, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that airlines have already been told about the changes.

Of course, this follows a turbulent summer of travel in the northern hemisphere, where staff shortages have plagued the sector.

To deal with the staffing crisis, Heathrow capped the number of passenger departures at 100-thousand a day.

But the cap was extended from July into October in a desperate bid to limit queues and baggage delays.

The sector has been crippled by the pandemic and labor shortages, with many airports and airlines struggling to hire enough staff to deal with the increased demand.

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Hacking saga hits Australia’s biggest telco

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As millions deal with the fallout from the Optus data breach, a third party company has leaked the information of Telstra employees

Up to 30,000 names and email addresses of past and present Telstra staff were uploaded online.

It’s understood it’s the same forum where an Optus breach was shared last week.

While no customer data has be lost, Telstra says it is aware of the breach, which contains employee information from 2017.

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Government-backed crypto could threaten the U.S. economy, report finds

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Government-backed cryptocurrencies could threaten the U.S. economy, that’s according to a new report

The Treasury Department believe that prices crypto are set by market speculation and don’t have much economic reality.

It’s found crypto-asset firms intersect with entities that have risky business profiles.

Treasury believes this is a concern for the U-S financial system.

Of course, Bitcoin is just one digital coin to swing and los much of its value since the start of this year.

But advocates think these stable-coins could be less volatile than traditional currencies.

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