Several lots of organic baby spinach have been recalled after salmonella was found in a random test by the USDA. So far, no illnesses have been reported in conjunction with this recall.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continued a disappointing series of decisions today with its announcement it would likely establish a national marketing agreement that allows the leafy greens industry to develop its own food safety criteria. Mere months after signaling its intention to deregulate genetically engineered crops and potentially reverse the ban on Chinese chicken imports, the USDA is now allowing the industry that brought us E. coli-tainted spinach to police itself.
This agreement allows industry to create its own production standards and creates USDA audits to verify that they are followed.
Sneak more veggies into your diet without even knowing it.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/07vtMJgp0no&hl=en_US&fs=1&]First Lady Michelle Obama cultivated a fresh vision heard around the world when she initiated a kitchen garden on the White House ground last spring. But don’t think that as the snow flies this growing venture will dive into hibernation. Thanks to the vision of Sam Kass, Food Initiative Coordinator at the White House and […]
Going to a body and nutrition expert with my husband is one of the best things we’ve done for ourselves. What was the key take away? Warning! Turn Alkaline! Turn Alkaline? Are we magicians? Well according to biochemists we are! You can change your body chemistry with what you eat! Chemicals have seeped into foods, […]
Indian food is my favorite, so I may be a little biased on this one. Nonetheless, the following is a delicious meal that I think most people can enjoy. I am calling this “Homemade Indian Yum Yum” because it is full of spices often used in India, but it isn’t actually based on any specific […]
If you are a vegan and want to build up your protein intake here is a guide to grains, beans, nuts, and veggies that will help. Remember to seek out local and organic whenever possible. Grains and beans are a truly remarkable way to add protein to a meat and dairy free diet. Quinoa (pictured […]
June on our Wisconsin farm and B&B, Inn Serendipity, ushers in a few weeks of chaos. Tending everything from gardens to B&B guests, June packs in a cornucopia of duties that take time away from the kitchen and savoring the abundance of the early summer season. Don’t get me wrong as I truly relish this […]
Winter veggies usually get short shrift, but there are many reasons to savor them. They add loads of vitamins and nutrients to our diets, do wonders for our immunity, and are wonderfully versatile. Plus, eating seasonally is eating green: as it takes us back to the old days of eating only the freshest available products, […]
My CSA box this week contained sweet potatoes…lots of sweet potatoes. The ugliest sweet potatoes you’ve ever seen. This is what a sweet potato looks like when it’s been damaged by voles. Pretty ugly, eh? But other than the obvious cosmetic damage, there’s no harm to the sweet potato — you can trim off the […]
Irradiated spinach and lettuce are coming soon to a store near you! In the name of food safety, the Food and Drug Administration will now allow producers of fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce to irradiate their products to kill germs. Following in the wake of the recent E. coli and salmonella outbreaks from fresh produce, […]
Opah! The Greek God of Spanakopita smiled down favorably this week here in Wisconsin, providing tender green spinach along with the first of our dill — which means it’s spinach pie time. The Greeks sure know how to pack in the healthy, iron punch with an abundance of greens alongside poignant feta cheese. And while […]