The USDA's annual report shows that 17.4 million American families grappled with food insecurity in 2009. That's 15 percent of the population. The Los Angeles Times reports that this is more than three times the number of hungry families from 2006. Hunger be damned, there's wine to be auctioned! A ... More >>
Couple opts for pb&j wedding reception, donates food budget to Haitian relief. (Duluth News Tribune)What are big food companies doing to help the Haitian relief effort? (Food and Beverage)Old beef gets recalled. (Reuters)A look at chemical residue on apples, twenty years after the Alar ... More >>
The U.S. House of Representatives votes down food-safety legislation. (Reuters)A new study, which looked at older studies, finds that organic food is not healthier than regular food. (Reuters)President Obama has chosen Bud Light as the beer of choice for his summit with Henry Louis Gates and police ... More >>
Controversy about the sustainability of seafood sold at Trader Joe's. (LA Weekly)Love meat but worried about its carbon footprint? Grass-fed might be the way to go. (UTNE Reader)Italian winemakers cut production to improve quality. (Reuters)
It's All-Star Day, and Bastille Day, and the food news continues apace...Chipotle is throwing its support behind the documentary Food, Inc. (Reuters)A chef blows up his hands while attempting molecular gastronomy. (The Local, via Eater)Is the parking policy at a new Whole Foods location a step too f ... More >>
A Colorado company recalls beef for possible E. coli contamination. (Reuters)Could eating farmed fish put you at risk for mad cow disease? (Reuters)An electronic "nose" can pinpoint a wine's origins down to the barrel. (Daily Telegraph)
American country hams are making a comeback. (New York Times)Speaking of ham: A giant feral pig, the stuff of Internet legend, turns out to be...true. (Fox News)Yet another Starbucks reinvention: This time, its food is getting a makeover. (Reuters)
The Obamas dine at Dan Barber's acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, Blue Hill. (Washington Post)A New York Times editorial argues that, for all her support of local and organic foods, Michelle Obama doesn't give the act of cooking enough support.China cracks down on a dish that begins with killing a ... More >>
A Virginia man is sentenced to five years in federal prison for illegally importing catfish from Vietnam and selling it as grouper and other fish. (FIS.com)Can Congress help resolve a dispute between American wine producers and the E.U. over the terms used on labels? (AP)Food fight! Sara Lee sues Os ... More >>
How the pork lobby fought the name swine flu. (Washington Post)A taste test pits pâté against dog food. (Los Angeles Times)Plastic wine bottles? An Australian company says they leave a smaller carbon footprint than glass. (Reuters)
The domestic hog market rebounds from unwarranted fears prompted by the H1N1 outbreak. (Reuters)Last year's food crisis prompted a buying binge of farm land in developing countries. (Reuters)Starbucks posts a 77% loss. (New York Post)
A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services finds a lack of proper record-keeping on safety issues throughout the food chain. (Reuters)NBC has canceled superstar chef Marco Pierre White's first U.S. cooking show, Chopping Block, after only three episodes. (Eater)A dairy surplus at ... More >>
Yet another call for the government to create a new food-safety organization. (HealthDay News)Ethiopia suspends all exports of coffee. (New York Times)Food costs have decreased, but lower revenues mean restaurants are still struggling. (Reuters)
At long last, the end (we hope) to a story Gut Check has been tracking for most of its lifespan: Whole Foods has settled with the FTC over its takeover of Wild Oats. (Reuters)Food firms increasingly rely on private health inspectors, but the current salmonella (and other) outbreaks reveal their limi ... More >>
Minnesota, which first caught the salmonella outbreak linked to Peanut Corp. of America, could serve as a model for food-safety efforts. (USA Today)Venezuela President Hugo Chavez nationalizes Cargill's operations in his country. (Reuters)Bam! Emeril personally responds after a woman uses one of his ... More >>
Cattle feedlots are feeling the pinch as Americans choose cheaper burgers over steaks. (Reuters)Speaking of cattle: The beef industry continues to question the Obama administration's approach to country-of-origin labeling. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)Thanks to frequent commenter Dan D. for passing alo ... 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: peanut butter (again).
In today's news: a trade dispute over Roquefort, the food crisis in Zimbabwe and much more.
In today's news: yet more trouble for Peanut Corp. of America, mercury in high-fructose corn syrup and fish farms in the Gulf of Mexico.
In today's news: food makers ask Obama for help, Kenya asks for help and genetically engineered animals.
In today's news: Tom Vilsack before the Senate, more on the peanut-butter salmonella scare and a no to beer named for Obama.
In today's news: the dioxin scare in Ireland expands, the economy's effect on organic food and a beer for Sudan.
What will be public-health enemy #1 in 2009? Early indications from leading food firms suggest that salt will be the bad guy. (USA Today) The emerging market for fine wine in India. (Reuters) Because all of you are such good, loyal readers, I give you news -- and video -- of a Japanese restaura ... More >>
How the perception of gender roles at restaurants have -- and haven't -- changed. (New York Times) The role that small dairy farmers have played in China's melamine scandal. (Los Angeles Times) Dark chocolate may help heart health, a new study finds. (Reuters) - Ian Froeb
A new U.N. reports finds that the food crisis has increased the number of undernourished people by 75 million. (Bloomberg) The meatpacking plant at the heart of the fatal listeriosis outbreak in Canada reopens. (Canada.com) The FDA is considering a mandatory food-tracking system to improve food sa ... More >>
Tainted meat kills one and sickens more in Canada. Listeriosis is to blame. (UPI) A different kind of labor dispute at the Iowa Kosher-meat slaughterhouse raided by immigration authorities earlier this year. (AP) Cupcake-craze haters will appreciate this: One cupcake bar sues another over...sprink ... More >>
The average American now eats 1.6 lbs. of food more than in 1970. (New York Times) Not unrelated: A new book names the best and worst chain restaurants for kids. "None of the above" wasn't an option, apparently. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Eating fish (not fried fish, though) may help stave off ... More >>
Cue the dramatic music: InBev's bid for Anheuser-Busch has turned "friendly" -- and a deal could be done as soon as next week. (New York Times) The rise in food costs will hit school meals this fall. (U.S. News & World Report) The USDA gives a Nebraska meatpacker the OK after its recall of E. coli ... More >>
The ban on transfats in New York City restaurants is now in effect. (Reuters) Guess who's hopping on board the locally-grown-produce bandwagon? It's the 800-pound gorilla, Wal-Mart. (AP) Most of the U.S. food aid to North Korea will be in the form of corn. (Reuters) - Ian Froeb
Special Baltimore hotel room edition! Reaction from Governor Blunt and others to InBev's offer for Anheuser-Busch. (AFP) The latest on the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes and serious Congressional criticism on the FDA's food-safety efforts. (Washington Post) Pirates threaten World Food Program fo ... More >>
The end of the United Nations summit on the global food crisis: Pledges to solve the problem, but many questions remain -- especially about biofuels. (New York Times) The World Trade Organization advocates for a free-trade deal to help with the food crisis. (Guardian) Anheuser-Busch shareholders c ... More >>
Higher food costs will last another two or three years, says the World Bank. (Thomson Financial) The White House once again affirms its support for biofuels. (AP) The latest on the scandal over stolen whale meat in Japan. (Yomiuri Shimbun) God bless the Belgians: They've given us great beers and, ... More >>
The Bush Administration says ethanol isn't solely to blame for the food crisis. (Reuters) A new study argues that genetically modified foods won't solve the food crisis. (Daily Mail) A crisis of another sort: Do chefs have to curse so damn much? (New York Times) Speaking of which, check back late ... More >>
The continuining saga of the salmonella-tainted cantaloupes: the U.S. is sending inspectors to Honduras. (AP) An interesting look at the controversy over Starbucks' purchase of the maker of the Clover coffee machine. (New York Times) The perils of amateur sushi. In case said perils weren't already ... More >>
www.medicalook.com Is the party over for foodies? A look at foodies, weight gain and health, including a few words from an unrepentant Fat Guy from eGullet. I might have more to say about this later, but maybe we should start to differentiate between "foodies" and "gluttons." (New York Times) An ... More >>
www.cap.org.uk You know how people always say breakfast is the most important meal of the day? A new study finds that it just might be -- at least, eating breakfast helps teens battle obesity. (The Independent) Rehabilitating the image of MSG. Unless, of course, you've never feared it in the firs ... More >>
www.abcnews.com The U.S. and China reach an accord on food safety. Now -- about all those bootleg DVDs.... (New York Times) Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union protest outside celebrity chef -- and Smithfield Foods promoter -- Paula Deen's restaurant in Savannah, Georgia, to d ... More >>
www.lib.utexas.edu China has demolished nearly 3,000 rural food facilities, the government's latest effort to improve food safety. (New York Times) The cost of healthier foods has been rising, according to a new University of Washington study. (Seattle Times) Another new study finds that eating ... More >>
Details on the public hearing the FDA held yesterday to debate limiting the amount of salt in processed foods. (Reuters) www.gooseberriesmarket.com Does eating two servings of fish each week help prevent Parkinson's? A new study says it might. (Canada.com) Another new study suggests high ... More >>
Congress hears the dispute over using carbon monoxide to make meat look fresh. (Reuters) news.bbc.co.uk More on the outbreak of the feared H5N1 strain of bird flu in Great Britain. (Guardian) Agricultural communities in the Midwest are standing up against new ethanol refineries. (New Yor ... More >>
Bird flu strikes Great Britain. No word yet whether it's the feared H5N1 strain. (Guardian) www.ripnroll.com Nitrate- and nitrite-rich foods may help prevent heart attacks. (Earthtimes.org) Consumer satisfaction with major food producers has dropped. (Chicago Sun-Times) I suppose this i ... More >>
The well is dry today, my friends. Does anyone still follow the Atkins Diet? Here are more reasons to avoid it: heart disease. (Reuters) For those who like the sordid underbelly of the restaurant world: A Portland chef makes his name with a new style of eating, bails on his investors, and then sta ... More >>
U.S. food safety inspectors are taking steps to prevent another E. coli outbreak. (Reuters) www.bettycrocker.com The kind of raw food that after consumption won't make you take a mad dash to the restroom (though, there's no guarantee) makes a comeback in San Francisco supermarkets. (San F ... More >>
Why are we importing more food into the country? You might want to look in the mirror. (Reuters) www.medicineworld.org Wait, though! This survey says we're buying more organic and locally grown food. (CBS News) Drinking alcoholic beverages raises a woman's risk of breast cancer. (Bloombe ... More >>
A new survey finds that a majority of U.S. consumers plan to cut back on restaurant visits in the coming months. (Reuters) www.sallys-place.com Does the imminent release of a line of frozen foods mean that superstar chef and foodie god Thomas Keller has finally spread himself too thin? (B ... More >>
I board a plane for Dallas, and my whole world crumbles around me! The story of the Chinese street vendor selling steamed buns made with cardboard is a fake! Beijing authorities said investigations had found that an employee surnamed Zi had fabricated the report to garner "higher audience ratings", ... More >>