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General Mills Investigating Fake Press Release

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General Mills is investigating a hoax press release posted on PRNewswire today with the headline, “Obama Orders Full Investigation of General Mills Supply Chain Following Food Recalls.”

The release was a fake, but was picked up briefly by Dow Jones Newswire, WSJ Online and Fox Business News. It has since been removed.

“We were the victim of a hoax,” said Tom Forsythe, a spokesman for General Mills in a statement. “We found the false release and removed it within minutes, but even false information can still spread incredibly quickly on the Internet.”

While the hoax release appeared on PRNewswire, General Mills chose BusinessWire to issue their response. The company said in the release, “law enforcement is involved,” in the investigation and that the company will, “prosecute the matter to the fullest extent of the law.”

PRNewswire Vice President, Communications Rachel A. Meranus said in a statement to PRNewser, “We take this situation – and any similar hoaxes that our peers in the news distribution services industry have to confront – very seriously. We have reported the situation to the appropriate regulatory authorities and will cooperate in any investigation that may occur as a result of the hoax. Because this situation is pending potential investigation, we cannot comment further at this time.”

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PRNewswire “Reorganizes,” Lays Off 2%

First on PRNewser: News and information distribution services company PRNewswire has laid off 2% of its work force today, PRNewswer has confirmed. A source told PRNewser this morning that 45 people had been laid off at the company, however Rachel A. Meranus, Vice President of PR at PR Newswire said the number is much lower.

Meranus sent PRNewser the following statement:

PR Newswire did reorganize some resources the other day. We eliminated some positions in the U.S, and in certain areas we are replacing those positions with new ones that are better suited to our future needs. We are also actively hiring in other areas. While we are not giving specifics on these changes, I will tell you that it’s less than 2% of our total headcount when considering the positions we are replacing and the new ones we are hiring. Once we have filled those positions, our headcount today will be exactly where it was this time last year.

We are reorganizing these resources because the communications and media industries are changing and the market for our products and services is evolving.

The company announced a new CEO, Ninan Chacko in February, which coincided with the planned retirement of then current CEO Charles Gregson.