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 >>
The food dye that makes blue M&Ms blue could also help spinal injuries. (New York Daily News)U.S. meat firms want China to have a chance to import chicken here. (Reuters)What's so great about Chick-Fil-A, anyway? (Eat Me Daily, via Eater)
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 restaur ... More >>