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    April 2, 2014

    Missouri Rep. Wants to Criminalize Finding Out Where Your Diseased Meat Came From

    A bill has been proposed to the Missouri legislature that would make it illegal for anyone to obtain federal records about diseased cows, pigs, and other animals from all farms and factory meat producers in the state. According to HB 2094, which was introduced by Rep. Jay Houghton, a Republican fro ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Horse Slaughter: Missouri Slaughterhouse Awaits State's Decision On Permit

    David Rains wants to sell horse meat in Missouri. He says he's ready to start, having already modified his processing plant in Gallatin and consulted with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and industry experts from Canada. He'll know by January 27, the deadline for officials to respond to his re ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Brought Giant Photo of A Bunny to The House Floor (VIDEO)

    Sooooo...this happened. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, a Republican who represents Missouri's 4th Congressional District in D.C., testified yesterday on the House floor and brought with her a giant photo of a bunny in a magician's hat. Why? Obama!!

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    May 23, 2013
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    April 25, 2013

    Louisiana Firm Recalls 468,000 Pounds of Meat for Listeria Risk

    Well, hello there, When Food Attacks. We haven't visited with you in a while. But we return to your clammy, off-smelling embrace with a doozy of a recall: Manda Packing Company of Baker, Louisiana, has recalled 468,000 pounds of its meat products over the risk of listeria contamination. And before ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Salume Beddu Up For $50,000 Entrepreneurial Award

    Salume Beddu (3467 Hampton Avenue; 314-353-3100) needs your help! The artisan cured meat company and deli has been nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year from Slow Money, an organization dedicated to providing education and funding to entrepreneurs involved with the slow food movement. The award ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    City of Hannibal: Caution! Falling Pigeon Corpses

    Hannibal Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Knickerbocker wants to send everybody a message: Incoming!'Cause pigeon corpses will soon be tumbling from the heavens and you probably don't want to get hit in your face. 

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    August 23, 2012
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    August 16, 2012
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    August 3, 2012

    Cantaloupes, Frozen Bacon Cheeseburgers Recalled

    Put down that cantaloupe! Or, you know, at least check the sticker before you slice it open. Burch Equipment of North Carolina has recalled 188,902 of its Athena variety cantaloupes due to a risk of contamination by listeria monocytogenes. (This is separate issue from the multiple recalls connected ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    It's Official -- Missouri's a Disaster Area

    The temperature's back up above 100 degrees, it hasn't rained in two weeks and the weather reports promise another agonizingly endless streak of sunny days. Twenty-five people in the state of Missouri, 23 of them in St. Louis, have died of heat-related illnesses, the most in 30 years. The corn crop ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Bill Would Repeal "Punitive" Tax on Missouri Animal Shelters

    ​State Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D - Webster Groves) has proposed a bill to restore certain tax exemptions to animal shelters that were lost during the heated fight over puppy mills back in 2010. Legislators opposed to the Prop B campaign to rein-in dog breeding facilities in Missouri slipped the new ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Bloody Mary Mix, Ground Beef Recalled

    ​Gut Check might have spent the past few days curled up in front of the fireplace with a snifter of brandy and a year's worth of Jane's Defence Weekly, but the food-recall news didn't stop. In the past week, the FDA and the USDA have announced several voluntarily recalls. Only two, though, involve ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Happy Labor Day from Gut Check (Enjoy Your Hot Dog!)

    Image via​Did you know that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans eat roughly 818 hot dogs per second? That's what the Hot Dog and Sausage Council tells the New York Times. We're a nation of Joey "Jaws" Chestnuts!This weekend, of course, marks the unofficial end of summer and, with it, the ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    E. Coli Prompts Beef Recall

    Image viaOrder me well done if you're worried.​Are you looking for inspiration to partake in "Meatless Monday"? How about this news: Dodge City, Kansas-based National Beef Packing Co. has recalled 60,424 pounds of ground beef that was processed at a plant in Ohio. The ground beef might be contamin ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Where to Celebrate National Farmers' Market Week

    Holly FannNicola Macpherson and her son Henry at the Maplewood Farmers' Market.​Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that over 1,000 new farmers' markets have popped up around the country since last year, making a total of 7,175 markets operating in the U.S. currently. This n ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Another Missouri Dog Breeder Found in Violation of State Animal Cruelty Codes

    ​The Missouri Attorney General announced today it received a consent judgment against a dog breeder in southwestern Missouri for violating the state's animal cruelty codes. Like a similar case last month, the breeder operated in Lawrence County in the southwest corner of the state. According to th ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Kids Sickened by Tainted Raw Milk, Hamburgers

    Wikimedia CommonsThe cows are pissed.​The cows have finally had enough, and they're fighting back at the humans with pathogens striking our children. A group of sixteen people from a fourth-grade class in Raymond, Wisconsin, developed Campylobacter infections from drinking raw milk. A pare ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Pork, the Other Pink Meat

    Image viaHappy to be pink!​Vindication for many chefs and gastronauts today, as the USDA has lowered the temperature considered "safe" for pork consumption. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says pork cooked to 145 degrees Farenheit, rather than 160, is now safe. This puts pork in line ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    The Coldest Cut: Eat Your Cold Cuts Hot (With Poll!)

    Image viaListeria monocytogenes: Goes well with honey ham, yellow American.​Do you enjoy cold cuts, in sandwich form or, perhaps, eaten directly from the wrapped deli package while standing in front of the fridge 'round midnight? Are you over the age of 50?THEN PUT THOSE COLD CUTS DOWN, MY FRIEND. ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Monsanto's Roundup-Ready Alfalfa = Goodbye Organic Beef and Dairy, Says New Lawsuit

    Image viaWill Roundup-Ready alfalfa render natural alfalfa extinct? ​Environmental groups and organic farmers alike have slapped the USDA with a lawsuit for its greenlighting of Monsanto's Roundup-Ready alfalfa grass earlier this year.The plaintiffs -- which include the Center for Food Safety and ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Taco Bell's Taco Filling: Could Be a Whole Lot Worse

    gizmodo.comLet the label speak for itself. ​ Holy crap, Taco Bell! Your beef is alleged to be only 36 percent beef! How could Yum! Brands have lied to Americans for all these years? The big to-do started on Tuesday, when Montgomery, Alabama, law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & M ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    The Best Thanksgiving Convenience Foods, Onion-Cooking Methods, and Booze

    Did you wait until the last minute to start Thanksgiving prep? Or are you just lazy? Slashfood has recommendations for the best frozen pumpkin and apple pies and the best instant stuffing.If you're making the meal by hand, our sister paper, the Houston Press, tests methods to prevent onion tears. No ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Former Employee of Brentwood Whole Foods Market Alleges Termination for Blowing Whistle on Bad Organic Practices [Updated]

    ​A former employee of Whole Foods Market in Brentwood claims that she was fired after alerting management of multiple instances in which the produce department had not followed the proper standards for handling organic produce, according to a lawsuit filed last week in St. Louis County Circuit Cou ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    USDA Hires Food Behavioral Scientists to Market Healthy Food in Schools

    It's time to start the mind games on the kiddies. The Associated Press gives a brief report that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving $2 million for food behavioral scientists to develop tricks to get kids to choose healthy food over junk in the cafeteria. Looking for a traditional wedding ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    IHOP Sues a Kansas City Church Over Same Acronym

    IHOP sues IHOP. The Kansas City Star explains that the International House of Pancakes is suing Kansas City's International House of Prayer, a mission that uses the same acronym. Although the mission's been open for a decade, the pancake giant just filed the suit as the mission has grown to include ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 8.9-8.15

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. FamilyStyle Food: Karen made Baby Turnips in Caramel Butter. Sounding My Barbaric Gulp: Kelly whipped up Mayfair Dressing. STL Hops: Mike shared details on the 2010 Schlafly Hop in the City.

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    August 6, 2010

    Competitive Eating = Athletics?

    Competitive eating might have athletic merit. Why else would participants be so skinny? Or able to invade the stage during a contest? A BBC report looks at the tricks and politics of competitive eating.County officials shut down a small food business in Portland, Oregon, for lacking a business licen ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Is Emeril Legasse a Big Fat Corn-Fed Hypocrite? Bam!

    Celebrity branding is nothing new in the food biz. Ever since Ettore Boiardi Americanized his name and slapped his image on a can of spaghetti, chefs have looked for ways to leverage their way into home kitchens. Hey, everybody needs to make a living, right? But with his "Emeril's Red Marble Steaks ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    New York Times Reports on the Six "Ignored" Strains of E. Coli

    Image viaE. coli, magnified.​A terrifying article in today's New York Times should jump to the top of your must-read list. The headline of William Neuman's piece really says it all: "In E. Coli Fight, Some Strains Are Largely Ignored."The most common strain of E. coli, responsible for most E. coli ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.11

    USDA will hold poultry to a higher standard. Business Week reports, "The new standards, which outline best practices for averting poisonings, lower the allowable percentage of positive tests for pathogens in birds processed by poultry companies such as Tyson Foods Inc. and Pilgrim's Pride Corp. The ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Animal Rights Group Condemns Saint Louis Zoo for Elephant Pregnancies

    Group says no elephant sex is safe at Saint Louis Zoo.​California-based In Defense of Animals made a formal complaint today to the U.S. Department of Agriculture over two recent elephant pregnancies at the Saint Louis Zoo. The zoo announced this week that Asian elephants Ellie and her daughter, Ra ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 12.21

    ​ U.S. Department of Agriculture to buy $60 million worth of cheese to stimulate the dairy industry. (Twin Falls Times-News)General Mills thrives as economy leads to more cereal for dinner. (Associated Press)The historical and emotional impact of Cadbury being purchased by an American compan ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Humane Society Launches Campaign to Put Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act on 2010 Ballot

    This November, if a group called Missourians for the Protection of Dogs gets its way, Missouri voters will have a chance to vote on the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. The Act proposes to curb the worst abuses in high-volume commercial dog breeding operations, known as puppy ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 12.2

    ​ How to eat healthy at airports. (Washington Post)A remembrance of coffee shops past. (Chicago Tribune)Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher interning with the USDA. (ESPN)Singapore's Satay Man is the last of a dying breed. (The Atlantic)Monsanto draws antitrust scrutiny. (Washington Post)

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    July 23, 2009

    St. Louis Labeled as "Not Fun City" Approved for Government Travel

    What's not fun about all this stuff?  Several branches of the federal government have revised their travel policies so as not to appear as though they're misusing tax dollars during these tough economic times. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Department of Agriculture and Department of ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    Slow Food St. Louis Hosting Free Screening of Food, Inc.

    Slow Food St. Louis co-leader Bill Burge informs me that the organization, in partnership with Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media, is hosting a screening of the documentary Food, Inc. at the Tivoli on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m.From the official Food, Inc. site:In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 3.27

    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 >>

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    March 3, 2009

    The Noble Writ: Chardonnay for the Chardonnay Haters

    Dave Nelson is the author of the blog Beer, Wine and Whisky. He writes about wine for Gut Check every Tuesday.The world produces an ocean of chardonnay. In California alone, almost 100,000 acres of this incredibly popular grape variety are planted. That's enough chardonnay to make -- using modest cr ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    FoodWire: Hyatt Regency Downtown Reveals New Restaurants

    Renovations continue at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront (315 Chestnut Street). The $63 million project, scheduled for completion this summer, will feature three new restaurants, including the return of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse to downtown. Here are the details, from the press release: Dining ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 1.13

    In today's news: the FTC vs. Whole Foods, country-of-origin labeling and a close call for some rare lizards.

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    September 12, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 9.12

    The FDA warns that infant formula from China might be contaminated with melamine, the contaminant that caused last year's pet-food scare. (Los Angeles Times) The USDA reduces its projections for corn and soybean harvests, but the totals should still be near-record levels. (AP) Whole Foods plans to ... More >>

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    April 18, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 4.18

    Clearly, the dramatic, worldwide rise in food costs is the food story of 2008 (so far). Today the New York Times checks in with a comprehensive look at the crisis the rise is causing in poor countries. Related: France plans to increase its global food aid. (AFP) Also related: The president of Braz ... More >>

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    April 10, 2008
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    April 9, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 4.9

    Bottled water is out at City Hall and a handful of local residents. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) A USDA audit finds violations at more slaughterhouses. (AP) A major collapse of the California and Oregon salmon stocks. (AP) -Ian Froeb

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    March 27, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 3.27

    The USDA might change its recall policy to avoid naming retailers selling contaminated meat unless that meat poses a health risk. (AP) A virus called infectious salmon anemia has hit Chile's fisheries. (New York Times) Herb Peterson, the inventor of the Egg McMuffin, has died. (AP) -Ian Froeb

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    March 19, 2008
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    September 11, 2002

    Wildcat Strike

    Board of a sanctuary for lions, cougars and tigers takes a walk because the owners let the animals breed

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    February 28, 2001

    Life in the Bughouse

    The Insectarium's keepers are mad about their charges

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    February 24, 1999

    Cock-and-Bull Story

    Legislators rush to "clarify" -- read "weaken" -- Proposition A, recently passed by Missouri citizens to protect animals from being used in cruel contests

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