The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 5.20.2016

Latest on EgyptAir flight 804; 'The Founder' to take a close look at Ray Kroc, McDonald's branding; Challenges for Monsanto's Bayer bid; Trump pokes fun at Oreos, Chris Christie; Major listeria recall.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, by Mehmet Mustafa Celik
Image via Wikimedia Commons, by Mehmet Mustafa Celik

Happening overnight: EgyptAir flight wreckage found
Egypt’s military said Friday morning that it found the wreckage of flight 804, which crashed en route from Paris to Cairo on Wednesday night, near the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria. EgyptAir confirmed the latest news Friday morning on Twitter and Facebook. The airline backtracked on Thursday afternoon on its earlier confirmation that wreckage from the flight had been discovered near a southern Greek island.

How will The Founder portray McDonald’s?
The film, an unauthorized depiction of the fast-food chain’s patriarch, Ray Kroc, is scheduled to hit theaters in August. The company’s branding will be used heavily throughout the film. "If it’s a biopic of anything, it’s of the McDonald’s brand and restaurants rather than Ray," director John Lee Hancock told The New York Times.

Challenges for Bayer's Monsanto bid
Bayer’s unprompted offer to acquire Monsanto could result in antitrust concerns because it would give much of the corn-seed and pesticide market to three companies. A deal could also raise concerns among U.S. farmers about higher prices, according to The Wall Street Journal.


Trump pokes fun at Oreos, Christie at fundraiser
At a New Jersey event on Thursday to help Chris Christie reduce debt from his failed presidential campaign, Donald Trump lashed out at Oreo for moving jobs oversees — and at Christie’s waistline. "I’m not eating Oreos any more you know," the Republican presumptive nominee reportedly said. "Neither is Chris."

Big listeria recall presents challenges
More than 400 products from Washington-based CRF Frozen Foods sold in 40-plus retailers are being recalled for listeria concerns. One big problem is that authorities want consumers to throw out products they may have bought as long as two years ago. Eight people have become sick from listeria genetically similar to CRF’s products. 

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