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DO NOT eat hummus or walnuts before reading about these ongoing food recalls — also avoid the ground beef. I know, I know, I always say that — but this time (in addition to many other good reasons!) it’s an e. coli contamination thing. The week’s food safety issues aren’t just bothering 2-legged diners: if you have canine friends, beware the toxic jerky! So, yes, the week’s news does feature some ickiness. But don’t be scared — there’s also some nifty GMO news, plus research on Paleo diets, cheap food, and obesity. Holy guacamole, but there’s much to report this week!
New research indicts sugar, Subway ditches doughy carcinogens, and the GMO labeling battle escalates. Meanwhile, vegans take over the world. For the week’s best news stories from the food world, read on!
Top News from the Food Front: Righteous Research, Processed Poison, AgriBiz Aggro, and a Vegetarian Ruckus
This week’s top stories bring some nifty research to the table: meat and diabetes, school lunches and student health, Alzheimer’s and herbs! The FDA tries some more baby steps towards regulating dangerous stuff in our food — what a neat idea! — and processed foods reach a new low, sending children to the emergency room. GMO apples that resist turning brown won’t save the world; but they’re the hot new biotech item, and the USDA seeks public comment about it. Also, cattle ranchers hate Joan Jett — read on to find out why!
Wondering what the grossest items in your kitchen are? No? I don’t blame you. It’s not something I like to think about, either. Fortunately, there are professionals who concern themselves with gross stuff and they’re willing to tell us about it.
A proposed rule by the USDA will require beef processors to label any cut of beef that has been mechanically tenderized and include cooking instructions that will kill any potential pathogen that has been introduced to the beef by the process.
When’s the last time you cleaned your refrigerator? Can’t recall? Then it’s been too long. According to a recent germ study, your kitchens are downright filthy.
Twenty-six people have fallen ill after eating E. coli contaminated lettuce at Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in Canada. At the same time, chicken served at Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets in China is being investigated for high levels of antibiotics.
That organic meat is no magic bullet shouldn’t come as any surprise.
Michele Bachmann stopped by a meat packing plant last week and commented that food safety regulations were strangling small business. She’s not the only politician to complain about excessive government regulations, so I thought I’d look at what regulations a meat packing plant has to follow. Which one of these regulations do you consider unnecessary?
The deadly E. coli outbreak continues in Europe. They still haven’t found the source.
Deadly cucumbers from Spain were initially blamed for a lethal E. coli outbreak in Germany. Now authorities aren’t so certain cucumbers or Spanish produce is to blame.
The meat industry has refused to accept that excessive antibiotic use in agriculture is to blame for the dramatic increase in antibiotic resistance. But recent research is working to combat that argument.