Newspaper headlines: Meat safety fears and more questions for Corbyn

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Food safety fears in half of meat factories audited by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are highlighted in the top story on the front of the Guardian.

The paper says suppliers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales breached safety and hygiene regulations, including failing to maintain legal temperature controls.

It reports on more than 300 "major" non-compliances relating to cross-contamination, which the FSA says is one of the most common causes of food poisoning.

Elsewhere, the Financial Times reports on a cross-party amendment demanding the UK stays in the customs union after Brexit just hours after Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabinet agreed the terms.

It says the proposal represents a serious threat to Theresa May as defeat could threaten the survival of her government.

The Telegraph reports that at least 15 pro-European Conservatives are expected to back the amendment to the trade bill, a key part of Brexit legislation.

But the Mail's advice to what it calls the "Westminster bubble's crystal-ball gazers" predicting Mrs May's downfall is: "don't bet on it".

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The cabinet meeting at the PM's country retreat, Chequers, and its EU conversations attract the attention of many of the papers.

According to the Times, the government is expected to pursue a policy of so-called "managed divergence", where Britain agrees to follow EU rules in specific areas in return for market access, but with the freedom to diverge at a future date.

The Sun says the Brexiteers were in good cheer as Britain's negotiating position is far closer to their referendum promise to "take back control" than they had expected.

Those who want to stay close to the EU - it adds - can take comfort from the fact that the policy will be accompanied by a declaration that Britain intends to maintain high European-style standards.

The Mail praises Theresa May for uniting both wings of the cabinet behind what it calls a "common sense deal".

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But the FT says signing off the plan is already starting to look like the easy part.

By Friday - it adds - the prime minister's compromise was being torn apart in Brussels, where EU diplomats believe it's not a workable basis on which to start a negotiation, let alone a viable model.

The paper says the government appears to have gone cherry-picking - precisely what the remaining 27 EU members have consistently said can't be allowed.

Meanwhile, the Labour leader's alleged involvement with a Czech agent is featured in the Telegraph.

Writing in the paper, ex-MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove says Jeremy Corbyn has "questions to answer" and claims it was "absurd" for him to have suggested he thought the agent was a diplomat. Mr Corbyn has described media reports as "ridiculous smears".

Multiple probes

Several papers report that a decorated major facing his eighth investigation over the death of an Iraqi teenager 15 years ago has given his medals back and quit the army in protest.

According to the Times, Major Robert Campbell - an expert in explosives ordnance disposal - has accused the army of treating soldiers as "political fodder".

The Telegraph says the major has been cleared on several occasions of manslaughter and denies any wrongdoing.

The paper says it's disgraceful that the government has not yet shut down the Iraq Fatality Investigations inquiry, which is investigating Major Campbell and other Iraq war veterans.

And finally, KFC is still making headlines as the fried chicken chain continues to face disruption at its restaurants.

The FT says the fast-food chain put a brave face on the upset, joking on Twitter that it had failed at its "one job".

The paper suspects that KFC's forthrightness in dealing with its problems will probably be enough to keep its customers loyal because, firstly, no-one became ill, and secondly, a reputation for delivering what the customer wants - once established - is not easy to lose.