Australian Family Wins KFC Food Poisoning Lawsuit and More News

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In today's Media Mix, box stores stir up competition for fast-food giants, plus Orlando food truck worker killed
Australian Family Wins KFC Food Poisoning Lawsuit and More News
Arthur Bovino

The Daily Meal's Weekly Media Mix rounds up the week's big food stories.

• Family Wins Food Poisoning Case: It's a good day for the family of 12-year-old Monika Samaan: after the then-7-year-old contracted salmonella from a KFC Twister in 2005, she spent nearly six months in a coma and had severe brain damange. Now, Samaan, now a quadriplegic, and her family have won a case against the store for $10 million. [ABC News] [Updated: KFC will pay $8.3 million to the family, as of April 30, and plans to appeal the decision.]

• Costco, Home Depot Offer Competition for Fast-Food Companies: Offering lower prices at food courts and cafeterias, big-box stores have fast-food chains beat in convenience. [USA Today]

• Ground Roots for Farm Bill 2012: Congress has begun to lay down the groundwork for controversial cuts to food stamp programs with the Farm Bill, set to expire in September. [Associated Press]

• Food Truck Worker Killed: A 65-year-old Orlando, Fla., woman was killed while working in a food truck serving late-night diners leaving Oblivion Taproom, authorities said. Police are looking for two suspects accused of the attempted robbery, during which the victim was shot in the chest and died later at the hospital. [WFTV]

• Kellogg Expands Into Snack Foods: Despite Americans' love for cereal waning, Kellogg is taking a new approach to winning hearts (and stomachs): snack foods. The acquisition of Pringles, a deal set to close this summer, is a start. [NY Times]