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‘Pink Slime’ Is Making A Comeback. Do You Have A Beef With That?

‘Pink Slime’ Is Making A Comeback. Do You Have A Beef With That?

| June 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Since beef prices are going up, food processors are once again looking at cheap “lean, finely textured beef.” But this time, they’re preparing for consumers’ concerns.

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In The Making Of Megafarms, A Few Winners And Many Losers

In The Making Of Megafarms, A Few Winners And Many Losers

| June 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

A tiny fraction of America’s 2 million farmers produces most of our food. They are the winners of a long-running competition for land and profits that has also drained the life out of small towns.

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Chia Seed Powders, CDC Says

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Chia Seed Powders, CDC Says

| June 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Recalls of chia seed powders expand as 21 people in 12 states have been sickened by salmonella tied to the powder. The powder has a long shelf life, so consumers should check their pantries.

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POM Wonderful Wins A Round In Food Fight With Coca-Cola

POM Wonderful Wins A Round In Food Fight With Coca-Cola

| June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

By a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that POM Wonderful’s lawsuit against the Coca-Cola Co. may go on. The repercussions of the case for the food and beverage industry are unclear.

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Has The FDA Brought On A Cheese Apocalypse? Probably Not

Has The FDA Brought On A Cheese Apocalypse? Probably Not

| June 12, 2014 | 3 Comments

An FDA official warned that wooden boards used to age cheese could harbor harmful bacteria. But cheesemakers say they’ve long had safety measures in place to prevent any contamination from the boards.

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Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

| June 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Drakes Bay Oyster Company is resisting the expiration of its lease in Marin County, Calif. The debate may reach the Supreme Court, and it’s dividing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Lobbyists Loom Behind The Scenes Of School Nutrition Fight

Lobbyists Loom Behind The Scenes Of School Nutrition Fight

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

School food service administrators once supported new healthy food requirements on the nation’s school lunch program. But now, they want the rules delayed. And they’re getting swept up in politics.

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Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

| June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new study argues that taxing sodas and sugary drinks by the calorie would spur consumers to cut back. A 6-cent tax per 12-ounce can would lead to 5,800 fewer calories consumed per year, it found.

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Health Advocates Lament GOP Move To Relax School Lunch Rules

Health Advocates Lament GOP Move To Relax School Lunch Rules

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

A House committee Thursday approved a measure that would give schools a way to opt out of new, federal healthy school lunch standards. But advocates say kids’ health should take precedence.

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Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

| May 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last year, about 1 in 7 people in the U.S. were getting food stamps, or SNAP benefits. But the numbers have started to drop as more people find work and better-paying jobs, analysts say.

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First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact

First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Michelle Obama’s fight to help kids eat more healthfully and fight obesity is about to get real. She’s launching a campaign Tuesday to fight congressional efforts to delay new school food rules.

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How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture

How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

After Stalin’s death, people in the Soviet Union could begin to debate politics again without fear of repression. This “thawing” took place in private kitchens, where music and art flourished, too.

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Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs a Fresh Take and Taste of America

Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs a Fresh Take and Taste of America

| May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

The State Department has a new exchange program for culinary professionals. A delegation from the Middle East and Africa recently discovered there’s more to American cuisine than fast food.

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How Memorial Day Started — and Why It’s Now About BBQ

How Memorial Day Started — and Why It’s Now About BBQ

| May 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before you heat up the grill and celebrate with a cold one, here’s a look at the history of how Memorial Day became the summer-kick-off, food-focused holiday it is now.

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