The Morning Brew: 5.7

May 7, 2010 at 7:00 am

It's spring, so it's time for the annual giant produce e.coli scare. Reuters reports that Freshway Foods has recalled romaine lettuce in 24 states, including Missouri and Illinois. The suspected lettuce was sold primarily for wholesale and food service in grocery stores, such as salad bars and delis at Kroger, Giant Eagle, and Ingles Market. So far it does not affect commercial romaine lettuce.

A surprising number of children work on American farms. According to the Associated Press, Human Rights Watch has issued a new report that decries the conditions of 300,000 - 400,000 child laborers, ten years after their last report demanded change. "'The Labor Department has done a very bad job up to now,' said report author Zama Coursen-Neff, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Children's Rights Division. 'I've investigated child labor in India, in El Salvador. Child labor in America looks like some of those places. It looks like what people think happens only in other countries.'" The laws pertaining to child labor on farms pre-date World War II, when small family farms were common. Now, most child farm laborers are children of migrant workers hired by large farms.

Back off, Canada - burgers belong to the U. S. of A. Eater reports that grillers in Toronto attempted to make the world's largest burger. They started cooking a giant burger at 4 a.m. Thursday morning on a tricked-out robotic grill. By noon the beast was cooked and after fixings and bun, weighed in at 590 pounds, three times the size of the previous record-holder in Michigan. It'll take the folks from Guinness a few weeks to decide if the monster burger meets all the criteria for the world record.