Target (TGT - Get Report)  on Friday began removing all of the Hampton Creek products from its stores, according to Bloomberg.

Hampton Creek is a San Francisco-based food startup that sells plant-based foods. 

"Pending a full review, Target today started a market withdrawal of Hampton Creek products, which are being removed from Target stores and Target.com," a Target spokeswoman said.

She added that the company received accusations of food safety concerns as well as allegations of manipulation and contamination of Hampton Creek's products.

One concern involved reports of pathogens found in a manufacturing facility used by Hampton Creek, she said.

Target has not confirmed that consumers are in fact getting sick from Hampton Creek products, however, it's responding with heightened caution because of the specificity and severity of the accusations.

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Well OK then, Jeff Immelt: General Electric's (GE - Get Report) outgoing CEO Jeff Immelt had some choice things to say at an event in NYC on Thursday night, TheStreet's Kinsey Grant reports. First, Immelt revealed a possibly fatal management mistake Kroger's (KR - Get Report) CEO might have made about Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) who as we all know, just inked a $13.7 billion deal for organic grocer Whole Foods (WFM) . Immelt then took a jab at Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for not visiting factories in their push to lift manufacturing wages. Talk about a well-paid boss going down swinging.

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