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!!
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 >>
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 >>
Araka (131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-725-6777) will close after service on Saturday, March 9, according to a report from George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine. Gut Check has a call in to owner Brad Beracha for independent confirmation. More from him as we learn it. Update: (Wednesday, February 20, ... More >>
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.
The invasive plant water spinach is banned in some states — and essential to Asian cooking. In a small village outside Houston, relocated Cambodians are growing and selling it across state lines, up North, out West, hoping to get rich.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Image viaDid 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Despite possible legal roadblocks, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg issues a plan to make sugar-sweetened soft drink ineligible for food stamps. The New York Times reports that New York City requested permission from the USDA to perform a two-year experiment to ban soda purchases with food stam ... More >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
Some children in a St. Louis federally-funded summer lunch program were served fruit cups contaminated with parasites. In a press release from the city's Department of Health, the meals were provided by Preferred Meal Systems. So far no one has become ill, and it's unclear how many children might be ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 mills.flickr.com/phot ... More >>
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)
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 >>
Here's an intriguing burglary from a couple nights ago. Why do YOU think this happened? According to state agriculture authorities, a horse was found infected with a parasite on June 8 at an equine center in Raytown, Missouri (near Kansas City). flickr.com/photos/librarianavengersThe parasite, pirop ... More >>
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 >>
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 c ... More >>
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 >>
In today's news: the FTC vs. Whole Foods, country-of-origin labeling and a close call for some rare lizards.
The Insectarium's keepers are mad about their charges
Legislators rush to "clarify" -- read "weaken" -- Proposition A, recently passed by Missouri citizens to protect animals from being used in cruel contests