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Walmart Shoppers Surprised To See Flock Of Snacking Birds Camped Out In Store’s Meat Section

Of all the places one would expect to see a flock of birds settled down for a group snack, the meat display at your local grocery store is probably pretty far down on the list. To that end, Walmart shoppers in Massachusetts were understandably surprised over the weekend, when at least two customers snapped video footage of a group of live fowl pecking away at packages of red meat. [More]

Pinnacle Foods Takes A Trip Down The Healthy Aisle, Pays $710M For Boulder Brands

Pinnacle Foods Takes A Trip Down The Healthy Aisle, Pays $710M For Boulder Brands

If you’re a major player in the food industry, the cool thing to do these days is buy up brands with a natural and/or organic bent to them to show consumers how healthy and hip you are. Pinnacle Foods is no different, taking a trip down the organic aisle to scoop up natural packaged foods maker Boulder Brands for $710 million. [More]

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Proposed Food Labeling Law Would Clarify Use Of “Natural” And “Healthy”

Lawmakers in D.C. have introduced legislation intended to overhaul the marketing and labeling of processed foods — revising everything from the nutrition panel to the ingredients list to the use of terms like “natural” and “healthy.” [More]

Turkey Talk: What Do Labels Like “Young,” “Fresh” And “Natural” Actually Mean?

Turkey Talk: What Do Labels Like “Young,” “Fresh” And “Natural” Actually Mean?

Whether you’re strolling down the supermarket aisle or perusing online grocers’ offerings ahead of Thanksgiving, you’re bound to see turkeys with a wide range of labels: “young,” “fresh,” “premium” and other distinctions that you may think you understand… but you probably don’t. [More]

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The Average Price Of Thanksgiving Dinner Predicted To Top $50 For The First Time Ever This Year

It’s only a week until Thanksgiving, which means you’re probably getting your shopping list ready for the big day of feasting. Prepare yourself for (slightly) higher prices than last year, as experts predict that the average Turkey Day dinner will cost more than $50 for the first time ever. [More]

Man Facing Assault Charges For Allegedly Throwing Sandwich At A Fellow Restaurant Patron

Man Facing Assault Charges For Allegedly Throwing Sandwich At A Fellow Restaurant Patron

Food fights are always hilarious in movies and on TV, but lest you get the urge to use your meal as a weapon against your fellow diner, take heed: you could end up facing assault charges if that brawl leads to police involvement. [More]

Taco Bell Promises To Use Only Cage-Free Eggs In All U.S. Locations By End Of 2016

Taco Bell Promises To Use Only Cage-Free Eggs In All U.S. Locations By End Of 2016

Another day, another national restaurant chain announcing changes in how it sources its food: Taco Bell is saving itself a spot in the cage-free henhouse, pledging today to use only eggs from cageless chickens in all U.S. restaurants by the end of 2016. [More]

The FDA Will Now Have Oversight Of Fresh Produce Safety Before Anyone Gets Sick

The FDA Will Now Have Oversight Of Fresh Produce Safety Before Anyone Gets Sick

No one expects to add more fresh fruit and vegetables to their diet and end up with a stomach bug, a serious illness, or dead. Yet that’s beginning to happen, with multi-state outbreaks of food-borne illness, especially in items like fruit and salad greens that are generally eaten without cooking, and apparently not washed sufficiently. The Food and Drug Administration wants to change that. [More]

Chipotle Had Another E. Coli Outbreak And Didn’t Tell The Public

Chipotle Had Another E. Coli Outbreak And Didn’t Tell The Public

You’ve most likely heard by now about the Chipotle food poisoning outbreak in the Pacific Northwest, which drew attention out of proportion to its size because of the company’s reaction: closing all restaurants in the Seattle and Portland areas for a week and a half, starting on Halloween, after they learned about the recent outbreak. What the public didn’t know was that there was another, smaller outbreak in July. It was over so quickly that officials never announced it. [More]

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Pizza Hut Will Now Sell You A Dresser Of Pizza

Pizza Hut has a history of trying strange and occasionally wonderful new product ideas overseas, and importing the ones that work to the United States. The Hot Dog Bites pizza made the cut for the U.S. menu; unfortunately, a seafood pizza with a crust stuffed with cream cheese and flying fish roe didn’t make it across the Pacific from Hong Kong. The latest import from international Huts is the Triple Treat Box, a three-level cardboard dresser full of food. [More]

Closed Northwestern Chipotle Restaurants Will Start Opening On Wednesday

Closed Northwestern Chipotle Restaurants Will Start Opening On Wednesday

If you live near in Seattle or Portland and have been pining for a Chipotle burrito since all local restaurants shut down on Halloween due to an E. coli outbreak of undetermined origin, your week and a half of patience has been rewarded. The restaurants are reopening this week. [More]

Researchers Who Probably Hate Pizza: Living Alone Is Basically Terrible For Your Diet

Researchers Who Probably Hate Pizza: Living Alone Is Basically Terrible For Your Diet

Living by yourself can be great — it means you have the option of never wearing real pants at home, guilt-free Netflix binges on sunny days and the ability to eat your meals in front of the open refrigerator by picking through whatever it is you happen to have in there. On that last note, researchers say living solo has a downside: it means you eat like crap. [More]

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Science Tackles Very Important Question: What’s The Best Cheese For A Gooey Grilled Cheese Sandwich?

There are some things we don’t need scientists to tell us — like the fact that cheese is delicious and was created by the dairy gods to please us — but there are other questions we need answered by the professionals in order to live our best lives. Like what the ideal kind of cheese is for a perfectly gooey, melty grilled cheese. Here comes the science! [More]

Hampton Creek Explains To The FDA That “Mayo” Is Not Necessarily “Mayonnaise”

Hampton Creek Explains To The FDA That “Mayo” Is Not Necessarily “Mayonnaise”

Hampton Creek, the company behind an eggless product called “Just Mayo,” has responded to the Food and Drug Administration’s warning that its product isn’t mayonnaise, and thus, shouldn’t be called “mayo.” That seems just fine by Hampton Creek, which recently responded to the FDA by agreeing with it. [More]

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Whole Foods Recalls Prepackaged Chicken Salad, Pasta Salad Over Possible Listeria Contamination

If your lunch today consists of that premade sandwich, wrap or pasta salad you grabbed from Whole Foods Market last week, you might want to come up with a backup plan: the health food chain recalled several of its deli products over a possible listeria contamination.  [More]

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The CDC Redesigned Its Database For Looking Up Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

The question of who is in charge of a given foodborne outbreak can become complicated in the United States: responsibility for testing and recalling different food types and for tracing infectious diseases is split between three federal government and numerous state and local government agencies. Yet there is one great tool that the infectious disease experts over at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have given us: The FOOD database. [More]

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Sonic Unfazed By McDonald’s Entrance Into All-Day Breakfast Arena

While other breakfast-serving fast food restaurants are “obviously” paying attention to McDonald’s foray into the all-day breakfast market, officials with Sonic say the new competition isn’t really that big of a deal.  [More]

October Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Beware Of Surprise Cheese Curls

October Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Beware Of Surprise Cheese Curls

In this month’s Recall Roundup for food and supplements, dried fruit doesn’t declare its sulfites, tortilla chips may have some cheese curls mixed in, sausage patties may have bonus metal shards, and plenty of pet food and treats may contain foodborne illnesses that can make you and your furry friends sick. [More]