Food producers and politicians in the Caribbean predict "dire consequences" if US retailer Wal-Mart is successful in its attempt to buy UK supermarket operator Safeway. The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, has written to UK premier Tony Blair and the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to complain about Wal-Mart's involvement in the banana price war, which has been exacerbated since it acquired Asda in the UK in 1999.