Oh, indeed, it ain't easy being green. Yes, that's a frog -- a living, breathing frog, in fact -- inside a package of bagged salad. A Lake County, Florida, woman says she found the frog inside the salad, which she bought from Wal-Mart.
A food recall not related to peanuts and peanut butter? Gut Check had to read the item twice before we believed it. Dole Fresh Vegetables has announced a voluntary recall of its "American Blend" salad mix because of the risk of contamination by listeria monocytogenes. According to the Dole press r ... More >>
Gut Check told you last month about Moon Marine's voluntary recall of yellowfin tuna for possible salmonella contamination. Specifically, Moon recalled its "Nakaochi Scrape," which we learned (to our discomfort, if not outright horror) is tuna backmeat literally scraped off the bone and eventually e ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsCantaloupe listeria source found.As the death toll from the Rocky Ford cantaloupe listeria outbreak rises to 25, the Food and Drug Administration has pinpointed the contamination's source. Government inspectors found listeria bacteria in standing water on the floor of Jense ... More >>
freshexpress.com It has been a busy week for federal agencies that try to keep bugs out of the food supply. This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration debuted a revamped website that provides food-recall information to consumers. The previous website was so bad that improvements were m ... More >>
Yesterday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the voluntary recall of Candy Dynamics Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge bars. Seems the chewy treats, which are imported from Pakistan, might contain elevated levels of lead. (Which, as we all know, can cause health problems in everyon ... More >>
Washington state's declared war on caffeinated alcoholic beverages after boozey energy drink Four Loko helped land nine underage drinkers in the hospital, according to U.S. News and World Reports. The kiddos love the buzzed booze. As the piece's author says, "An awake drunk is just as dangerous and ... More >>
Egg recall could give momentum to food safety legislation. CNN reports that the massive recall has given new life to the bill that stalled in the Senate last year. The bill would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to order recalls and shut down unsafe food production facilities. Ever ... More >>
Some people are quite excited for the advent of "frankenfoods."The recent news that the FDA is close to approving salmon genetically engineered to grow faster might inspire concern -- or even anger -- about what we are doing to our food systems and environment. On the other hand, it might inspire ... More >>
How to spot oil-tainted seafood? The nose knows. Slashfood reports that, in an effort to find a cost-effective way to keep products ruined by the BP oil disaster from reaching customers, the FDA and NOAA are busy training seafood inspectors on how to detect oil by smelling the fish. The Atlantic v ... More >>
Although a $1.5 billion settlement was reached months ago for discriminated African-American farmers, the plaintiffs have yet to see the money. Roland S. Martin of CNN gives his take on the situation, and how the history of American racism has affected black farmers. The food safety bill's still ... More >>
The air travel catastrophe caused by Iceland's volcano can teach some important lessons about eating locally in the U.K. The Guardian detailed how the huge ash cloud is preventing Kenyan produce imports from reaching western Europe. Tons of fruits and vegetables have already been dumped because the ... More >>
Texas Tyson plant cited for unsanitary conditions. (Associated Press)A fifteen-year cheddar to debut. (Wisconsin State Journal)FDA investigation of caffeine added to alcohol might endanger coffee stouts and porters. (Washington Post)Galveston Bay faces severe oyster shortage. (The New York ... More >>
Plum Organics issues baby food recall. (Los Angeles Times)FDA examines front-of-package labeling. (U.S. News and World Report)Have a $100 burger, served by Blago, in reality show restaurant. (Advertising Age)What a bento box says about a culture. (The New York Times)Talking coffee maker do ... More >>
President Obama endorses higher taxes on soda to help fund food stamps. (Kansas City Star)New FDA rule and reporting systems aims for contaminated food to be reported faster. (The Boston Globe)September 21 issue of The Nation focuses on food, with writings by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan ... More >>
More on the expanding recall of E. coli-tainted meat from a Colorado company. (CNN)The FDA confirms E. coli in Nestlé Toll House cookie dough. (Time)Los Angeles bloggers expose the non-vegan ingredients used at vegan restaurants. An impressive report. (Quarry Girl)
Creve Coeur-based Monsanto faces lower profits and imminent layoffs. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)The FDA warns that pistachios from the salmonella outbreak earlier this year are being repackaged and sold. (Reuters)Will the recession-busting deals at T.G.I. Friday's and other mid-level chain restaurants ... More >>
Margaret Hamburg, the Obama administration's nominee to head the FDA, has a positive reception before a Senate committee. (New York Times) The number of people facing hunger in the world will number one billion this year, according to a new report. (Bloomberg) KFC suspends its free chicken pro ... More >>
The Obama administration has selected former New York City health comissioner Margaret A. Hamburg to lead the FDA. (Washington Post)Why do we love salt? A new study suggests a new reason: It's an antidepressant. (BBC News)London renowned Fat Duck reopens after a mystery illness sickened 400 diners. ... More >>
Peanut Corp. of America lied to the FDA when it said it hadn't knowingly shipped salmonella-tainted peanut-butter products. (Los Angeles Times)Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack wants all federal food-safety programs under one agency. (AP)Starbucks announces its first ever breakfast combo deals. ( ... More >>
In today's news: don't eat peanut butter snacks, look back at White House chefs and consider raccoon.
In today's news: the FDA on the benefits of seafood vs. the risks, eating nuts for heart health and eating camel meat for the environment's health.
A record number of Americans -- 30 million -- now use food stamps. (Los Angeles Times) Experts say the FDA needs a major overhaul under the new Obama administration. (Washington Post) The Great Massachusetts Meat Mystery: Who has left raw meat in the same public location six times now? And why? (Bo ... More >>
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