Mysterious Salmonella Outbreak Had Innocent Victims: Tomatoes

Mysterious Salmonella Outbreak Had Innocent Victims: Tomatoes

We like to share news of product, food, and vehicle recalls, because keeping our readers free from fire, illness, and injury is very important to us. However, every recall and warning of potentially contaminated food has hidden victims. Sometimes those victims are vegetables left to rot in the fields, and the farmers who were supposed to sell them. [More]

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FTC May Block Planned Sysco And U.S. Foods Merger

Last December, we shared the news that commercial food suppliers U.S. Foods and Sysco were planning a merger, which would put about a quarter of the country’s entire foodservice-supply business in the hands of one company. The merger hasn’t yet gone through, and the Federal Trade Commission is considering a federal antitrust lawsuit to stop it. [More]

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California Lays Down New Requirements For Olive Oil Labels

Sure, the label says California olive oil — but how do you know something else hasn’t crept in along the way, an oil of another sort? California is trying to prevent that adulteration from happening by instituting new standards for olive oil makers in the state. [More]

Newsflash: Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches Are Not Nutritious, Taste Weird

There’s a wide variety of frozen breakfast sandwiches on the market, but are any of them any good? No, not particularly, our flavorful colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports determined. Very few of the sandwiches they reviewed earned a good nutrition rating, and sandwiches don’t retain their texture very well after freezing. As with the guacamole tests earlier this year, they provided a recipe and recommended that maybe you just make own breakfast burritos at home instead. [Consumer Reports]

General Mills Acquires Annie’s Homegrown Foods, Bunny Mascots

General Mills Acquires Annie’s Homegrown Foods, Bunny Mascots

Annie’s is a 25-year-old company based in Berkeley, California that has its organic products everywhere from the shelves of health food stores to the checkout of Target. General Mills is 158-year-old company based in the Minneapolis area that owns familiar American brands like Cheerios cereal and Green Giant frozen vegetables. These companies are getting hitched, thanks to their shared love of the growing organic food market and money. [More]

September Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – Salmonella Is Not A Superfood

September Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – Salmonella Is Not A Superfood

In our September Recall Roundup for food, there could be walnuts lurking in the spinach, eggs in the frozen desserts, and Salmonella in pretty much every kind of food. [More]

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Just Because You’re Shopping At A Farmer’s Market Doesn’t Mean The Food Came From That Farm

When you pull up to a farmer’s market, ready to stock up on locally grown produce, you’d probably assume that everything on sale was raised by the farmers doing the selling, or that it was at least from another local grower. But you may be buying food that’s actually been trucked in from hundreds of miles away, possibly from another country. [More]

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Map Shows Which Foods Set Your State Apart From The Rest Of The Country

Look around you — are you surrounded by cheddar cheese? Ranch dressing? Or is every menu you see overflowing with hoagies? What’s on many of the menus in your state sets it apart, whether it’s chocolate, ahi tuna or cheesesteaks. [More]

Americans Are Gradually Eating Less Cereal For Some Reason

Americans Are Gradually Eating Less Cereal For Some Reason

It was once as American as, well, blue jeans to start your day with a bowl of cereal and milk. Breakfast grains were once major sponsors behind kid-oriented television programming, or licensed beloved fictional characters to put on cereal boxes. Now sales at major cereal companies are down, and a variety of reasons are contributing to the decline. [More]

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Scientists Accidentally Find Switch In Mouse’s Brain That Can Turn Appetite On Or Off

What if you had the superhuman ability to resist a plate of say, fresh cheese curds, or maybe a giant vat of banana pudding? The power to walk away from your favorite food could be within reach eventually, after scientists stumbled on a sort of appetite on/off switch in the brain of mice. [More]

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People Are Really Excited About Burger King Chicken Fries

Chicken fries are exactly what they sound like. They are long, thin strips of white-meat chicken that are shaped like French fries. Hence: chicken fries. Burger King introduced them in 2005 and took them off the menu in 2012. Some people were very upset about this. Their faith has been rewarded, since Chicken Fries returned to the menu today. [More]

The Science Behind Those Never-Melting Ice Cream Sandwiches

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If you find the idea of ice cream that doesn’t melt after sitting out for hours in 80-degree heat unsettling, you aren’t alone. And because you can’t believe everything you hear on the news, our knowledge-thirsty compatriots at Consumer Reports decided to test out those never-melting ice cream sandwiches for themselves. [More]

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Customer Sends KFC $2 And An Apology Note For Stealing A Piece Of Chicken

When you pay for an all-you-can eat buffet, the catch is that it’s only all you are able to eat while you’re actually at the restaurant, not like, all you can eat without any limits as to location and time. So taking food to go is a big no-no, including at one KFC in Nebraska where one customer regretted taking a piece of chicken home, and confessed in an apology letter sent with $2 included that he or she is sorry for stealing. [More]

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This $50 Bloody Mary Includes An Entire Fried Chicken

Although my path in life has taken me many miles from the fair shores of Lake Michigan, I can always count on the people of Milwaukee to make me proud by way of ridiculously extravagant food creations. I am now an entire fried chicken’s worth proud, as a bar in the Good Land has introduced a Bloody Mary topped with a whole fried fowl. [More]

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New Gluten-Free Labeling Rules Go Into Effect This Week

A year after the Food and Drug Administration laid out the rules for food manufacturers who want to label their products gluten-free, the new labeling requirements will go kick in this week. [More]

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Restaurant Offering 15% Discount For “Praying In Public” Says It’s More About Gratitude

If a restaurant wants to offer a discount on a customer’s check, it can go right ahead and do that. But when the discount is tied to showing gratitude for your meal, how the heck is a restaurant supposed to decide who’s grateful and who’s not? [More]

Snack Foods Transformed Into Art At “Cheese Curls Of Instagram”

Snack Foods Transformed Into Art At “Cheese Curls Of Instagram”

Can a picture of two cheese curls be pornographic? It sounds impossible, but the site Cheese Curls of Instagram has elevated what should be random, orange-coated lumps of snack food to fascinating sculptures just by propping them up in front of a blank background and giving us needlessly detailed captions. [More]

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July Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – More Salmonella Smoothies

In our July Recall Roundup for food, the Great Chia Seed Recall of 2014 continues, ice cream has mismatched flavor labels, and there are mysterious substances in the ham. Oh, and Foster Farms finally recalled some of the chicken blamed for a recent salmonella outbreak. [More]