U.S. Department of Agriculture

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    May 27, 2014

    Missouri Dominates Humane Society List of 101 of the Worst Puppy Mills in U.S.

    They're fed raw cow meet infested with maggots. Their faces are matted with so much feces that they can't see. Their wounds bleed and ooze without any medical treatment. They are left outside on wire floors to freeze to death. Dogs in Missouri's problem puppy mills are abandoned in abject conditio ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Tyson Recalls 75,000 Pounds of Chicken Nuggets

    Tyson is one of the biggest names in poultry, and it's headquartered just up the road in Sedalia. The company advertises its chicken nuggets as a great meal for kids, but the USDA announced Friday it'll be recalling more than 75,000 pounds of those little nugs. See also: Tyson Might Want to Rethink ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Horse Slaughter In Missouri? ASPCA Slams Cruel Practice, Says Meat Is Dangerous

    Missouri is the number one state in the country for terrible puppy mills -- and very soon could also be home to a horse slaughter facility. That's right, the horse slaughter industry is apparently looking to do business here in Missouri and animal rights groups fear that federal inspectors may soo ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    SIUE Backs Off Controversial Plan To Capture, Kill Canada Geese After Campus Backlash

    The geese that roam the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville can be aggressive and threatening -- and sometimes even attack humans. At least this is the case according to some campus officials, who announced yesterday morning in an e-mail to students a plan to gather up geese on campu ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    Applegate Organics Chicken and Apple Sausage Recalled

    Sadly, this week we made it only till Tuesday morning before coming across news of another food recalled because of foreign material. Schmalz's European Provisions has recalled its Applegates Organics Chicken and Apple Sausage because of the possible presence of small pieces of plastic. See Also: ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Small Glass Fragments in Lean Cuisine Ravioli, Plastic in Fast Classics Country-Fried Steaks

    We have a When Food Attacks two-fer this morning. First, Nestle Prepared Foods Company on Friday announced (via the FDA) a voluntary recall of its Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli -- no, really, that's the product's full name -- after three customers complained that the ra ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    More Metal in Your Food: Chicken-Fried Chicken Breasts Recalled

    Some days, everything goes well at work, and you return home to a well deserved hug from your loved ones and an ice-cold beer. Other days, you drop a hand tool into a grinder, and small pieces of metal end up in a package of Fast Classics Chicken Fried Chicken Breasts. And so Advance Pierre Foods ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    Trader Joe's "Butter Chicken" Recalled, but St. Louis Area OK

    First, the bad news: The USDA has alerted us to a Canadian recall of frozen butter chicken and basmati rice because of potential listeria contamination. The product from Aliya's Foods Limited in Canada made it to the U.S. as Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice.

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    September 21, 2012

    Recall Roundup: E. Coli Beef Trim, Listeria Spinach, Mangos Salmonella

    We have news of multiple food recalls this week via the FDA and the USDA. None of them impact the St. Louis area directly yet, but all bear watching... - The USDA yesterday announced a recall of raw boneless beef trim products from the Canadian company XL Foods Inc., for possible E. coli contaminat ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Recalls: A Pen in the Sausage, Milk in the Sea Salt

    Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, but the summer of strange recalls continues. On Thursday, August 31, Klement Sausage Company Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recalled 2,920 pounds of frozen bratwurst patties because they might contain...wait for it...pieces of a plastic pen. According to the USD ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Horse Meat Is On the Menu?

    It's not just for cats and dogs anymore.​Unified Equine is a Wyoming-based company that wants to open its first horse-meat processing plant -- for human consumption, mind you -- just outside Mountain Grove, Missouri, an Ozark community about 70 miles east of Springfield. Unified Equine and its chi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Beware the Killer Chitlins!

    File under: "Things You Were Already Afraid Of But For Other, More, Shall We Say...Visceral Reasons ." This just in from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service: Undercook those holiday chitlins at your peril. (Or, more precisely, at the peril of Grandma, Gramps and ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Eating Roadkill's Okay. Organic Picnics Aren't.

    Wikimedia CommonsRoadkill's good eats. Organic picnics aren't. ​Missouri's deer season started on Saturday, meaning the critters are on the run from the riflemen and ripe for the car-wrecking and eating. Last week NPR's food blog, The Salt, examined the laws pertaining to eating roadkill aro ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Stephen Colbert's Ode to Tater Tots, "Food"

    ​On last night's episode of The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert presented another in his always entertaining "Thought for Food" series.This time, he begins with the news that the USDA is looking to restrict the amount of potatoes served in school lunches, which prompts an inspiring ode to ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Summer Treats and Meats Recalled

    fda.govDole Italian Blend salad recalled for possible contamination.​It's been a busy few days at the FDA and USDA, recalling lots of potentially contaminated goods. It's salad season! Unless you've got a potentially-tainted bag of salad in your fridge. Some 2,880 cases of Dole Italian Blend ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Bans Help People Too Stupid to Feed Their Kids, Themselves

    Wikimedia Commons​ It's not just Jamie Oliver trying to save American kids from their parents. The Law is getting involved. Again. Reuters reports today that the Federal Trade Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agricultu ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011
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    January 7, 2011

    Tyson Foods Visionary Dies.

    Donald J. Tyson, who turned his father's Arkansas chicken business into one of the largest meat producers in the world, died yesterday. He was 80 years old. The New York Times has his obituary, featuring the story of Tyson Foods' massive growth under Mr. Tyson. He retired in 1994, but not before fin ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Hawker of Elderberries -- Missouri's New Superfruit -- Gets Sued for Consumer Fraud

    Image viaElderberries -- curing AIDS and cancer?​Just as Brazilian açaí once rose to prominence as a faddish "superfruit," the elderberry may be The Next Big Thing in health food circles, and Missouri farmers are hoping to cash in: the biggest elderberry farm in the whole country sits in Hartsbu ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Undercover Video Footage: Biggest Dogfighting Bust in U.S. History

    illustration by Brian Stauffer​At 6 a.m. on July 9, 2009, agents from the FBI, the USDA, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the U.S. Marshals Service and myriad local police departments raided 29 properties in 8 states, including Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa. They sei ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Jesse and Latonya Robinson: Washington Park Couple Allegedly Stole Money Intended for Hurricane Katrina Victims

    Anyone who has ever driven through Washington Park knows that the place looks like it was recently hit by a hurricane. Save for the strip clubs, the tiny village next East St. Louis is full of buildings that are burned down, boarded up and falling over.But while some of the residents probably should ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Pork Belly Shortage! Bacon Prices Rise! Panic!

    Image viaTake a long look. This might be the last pork belly you see for a while.​Bacon. Bacon on everything. Bacon salt. Bacon shoes. Bacon bras. The Bacon Explosion.Deep down, you knew this day was coming:According to the Des Moines Register, there is a shortage of pork bellies nationwide. The p ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Dept. of Agriculture Chooses Best Amateur Photos, Gives Us Break from Endless Cynicism

    Image via​We LOVE ridiculing stuff, but here's some quiet rural dignity that Daily RFT finds kinda moving. The state recently held a photo contest, and above you'll see the winning shot. It shows octogenarian farmer Roy Porter finishing up with milking his cows, which he's been doing every morning ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010
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    June 15, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.15

    Almost ten years after "Fast Food Nation", author Eric Schlosser's fighting for food safety reform. He recently answered some questions from Food Safety News about the FDA, the USDA, and how the American food system favors commerce over safety. Yesterday we looked at the crazy amount of junk food ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.11

    USDA 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. They are ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Analysis Argues KFC Double Down Unhealthier Than You Think

    Ian Froeb​You can say many things about the KFC Double Down "sandwich" of bacon and cheese between two fried (or grilled) chicken-breast fillets -- Gut Check called it a triumph of marketing over substance, and we might have been kinder than the average response -- but at 540 calories, you can't s ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.19

    ​The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species vote against a fishing ban that might save the endangered bluefin tuna. (The Atlantic) The latest in hipster dining? Food stamps. Perfect for the poor graduate student who doesn't want to do the "living on ramen thing". ( ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010
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    February 15, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 2.15

    ​ Renowned restaurant El Bulli to close and become a culinary academy. (New York Times)As planting season nears, Haitians face another potential food crisis. (Bloomberg Business Week)Agriculture Department narrows definition of "organic". (USA Today)Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert launch sat ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 2.1

    Massive food distribution begins in Haiti. (CNN) ​ Salami recall expands to include Boar's Head products. Starbucks recalls reusable glass water bottles (Baltimore Sun)The eternal restaurant debate: What's more important? Price, ambiance, service or food?  (USDA, New York Times)Even when ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 11.3

    ​ Company recalls beef from stores, including Trader Joe's. (USDA)New study blames meat for half of greenhouse gases. (The Independent)Coffee sold in India claims to enhance virility. (Times of India)Man sues over turkey-tuna mix-up. Another sues over lack of fruit in Froot Loops. (Chicagob ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 9.17

    ​ Nobel Prize-winning agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug has passed. His crop innovations saved an estimated 245 million people from starvation. (The Times)Woman charged with criminal trespass for using coffee house WiFi without making a purchase. (Newark Advocate)USDA launches "Know Your ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 9.15

    ​ How did Slow Foods USA do with its Labor Day Lunch-Ins last week? ( redefines "natural" meat. (The Atlantic)Colorado's oldest microbrewery celebrates 30 years. (The Colorado Daily)Adventures in home cheese making. (Baltimore Sun)Butcher shop closes after 119 years. This is no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    FoodWire: Peppertini's to Become Seasons St. Louis

    A tip to poster Merredith on the STL Bites forum, where I first saw this news: Peppertini's Piano Bar & Grill (79 Forum Shopping Center) in Chesterfield is under new ownership. The restaurant is still operating under its old name, but it will eventually be known as Seasons St. Louis.Chefs Benjam ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    Presidents & Food: Ronald Reagan

    In honor of Presidents' Day, Gut Check celebrates great moments in presidential food history.President Ronald Reagan inspired -- and continues to inspire -- extreme reactions. But today Gut Check isn't concerned with our presidents' politics, only their appetites.Our 40th president had an appetite f ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009
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    January 23, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.23

    In today's news: the salmonella outbreak, country-of-labeling origin hits a road block, Tom Vilsack on healthy eating and Chinese New Year food shortages.

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    January 15, 2009
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    July 14, 2008
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    July 11, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 7.11

    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 >>

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    May 23, 2008

    Ener-Gee Whiz: Steaz Energy (Lime)

    A new feature in which Gut Check attempts to find an effective energy drink...that doesn't taste like ass. Name: Steaz Energy (Lime) Size: 12 oz. Boast: "...the world's first functional energy drink with respect for the community and the environment." Certified USDA organic, fair trade and vegan. ... More >>

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    April 17, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 4.17

    As expected, U.S. consumer costs rose in March, due in part to rising food costs. (Bloomberg) The USDA might not support more information about who receives recalled meat. (Press-Enterprise) A federal judge upholds the New York City law requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts. (New York ... More >>

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    February 28, 2008
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    February 19, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 2.19 To review: A recall of 143 million pounds of beef connected to a California slaughterhouse where inhumane practices took place. The meat doesn't appear to pose any risk to consumers. (ABC News) As you might expect, the recall has led food-safety experts to demand the USDA revamp how ... More >>

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    December 26, 2007

    Unreal News Challenge 2007

    Week of December 27, 2007

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    September 19, 2007
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    August 21, 2007

    Cold Comfort, Part 2

    The Saint Louis Zoo called back, in the person of spokeswoman Janet Powell, who tells us she might comment at a later date about today's announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture that the zoo has been fined $7,500 in connection with the 2005 deaths of two polar bears, Churchill and ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 6, 2006

    Medium Well

    Ian has a Legendary™ beef with Stoney River.

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    August 11, 2004


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