Spain's farmers, hit financially amid the e.coli outbreak in Europe, have been vocal in their criticism of Germany's health authorities, which wrongly placed the blame for the contamination on Spanish cucumbers. Elsewhere on our pages this week, we shone a spotlight on the debate around GM, one of the most divisive topics in the industry. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart Stores, McCormick and Icelandic Group all hailed the benefit of separate transactions to their businesses, although Spain's Ebro Foods was left to reflect on its failed bid to buy Australian rice maker SunRice.