There is a little of everything amongst this week's most read stories on just-food, from US politics to food scares and fraud, not to mention controversy over a 'gay' kiss. Read on to see which articles you made our most popular this week. 

US: Tesco under fire from Barack Obama

Tesco has come under pressure from US presidential candidate Barack Obama to meet with the UFCW grocery workers union in regards to employment at its US Fresh & Easy chain.

CHINA: Chinese market presents challenges, opportunities

The Chinese retail market will sustain double-digit growth in the next five years to become the second-largest retail market in the world by 2012, TNS Retail Forward has predicted.

UK: Tesco, Asda slash prices

The UK's two largest supermarkets, Tesco and Asda, have both announced price cuts this week but downplayed reports that this could be the beginning of a "price war".

UPDATE - UK: Heinz faces flack for "gay kiss" ad

Heinz today (26 June) came under attack from a group of UK politicians over its decision to withdraw an advert for Deli Mayo featuring a same-sex kiss.

Just the Answer - Tom Morrison, Organic Alliance

Responding to the ever-growing demand for organic foods, former Procter & Gamble and Pepsi USA executive Tom Morrison recently launched Organic Alliance, a company that sources organic produce and sells it on to large food companies and retailers. In this month's Just the Answer interview Morrison, now CEO of Organic Alliance, spoke to Katy Humphries about the company, its vision and strategy.

UK: FSA and Police warn of food fraud scam

The UK's Food Standards Agency and police are warning food companies to be on the alert to a fraud that may have affected a number of food businesses across the country. The fraud, which involves identity theft, could result in unsafe food being offered for sale, the FSA said.

SPAIN: Smithfield, Campofrío enter merger talks

Spain's largest meat company Campofrío has entered into talks to merge with US pork company Smithfield's European business, Groupe Smithfield.

Bunge acquisition provides food for thought

The move from US agribusiness giant Bunge to buy smaller peer Corn Products International may have got a cool response from the market yesterday (23 June) but the deal will benefit both companies - and give their customers, the global packaged food giants, plenty of food for thought. Dean Best and Katy Humphries report.

US: Tomato salmonella outbreak traced to Florida, Mexico

There have been 552 reports of sickness across 32 states linked to the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

BRAZIL: Nestlé-Fonterra JV extends reach

Dairy Partners of America, the 50-50 joint venture between Fonterra and Nestlé, is planning to build a yoghurt plant in Brazil.