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By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Consumer groups on Wednesday will deliver a petition from more than 350,000 people to the KFC fried chicken chain, calling on the Yum Brands Inc unit to stop the routine use of antibiotics by the companies that supply its poultry. Several fast-food restaurants, which have been under fire for selling unhealthy meals, are assuming the role of public health change agent by forcing their respective meat suppliers to adopt new practices aimed at keeping vital antibiotics working. KFC has said that by 2017, antibiotics important to human medicine will only be used to maintain chicken health and only under the supervision and prescription of a licensed veterinarian.
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Seattle over a landmark law which allows Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize. Seattle last year became the first U.S. city to pass a law giving drivers for ride-hailing apps, as well as taxi and for-hire drivers, the right to collectively negotiate on pay and working conditions. Both Uber and Lyft vigorously opposed the measure, arguing that existing federal labor law trumps local legislation.
SINGAPORE/TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares hit a one-year high on Wednesday while the dollar and Treasury yields slid on weak U.S. productivity data and sterling recovered from a one-month low. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares excluding Japan rose 0.35 percent to the highest level since August 2015. Japan's Nikkei fell 0.3 percent, pulled down by a stronger yen.