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The FDA has a plan to prevent the next ice cream disaster

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Months after an outbreak of deadly bacteria in ice cream that killed three and sickened seven more, U.S. regulators are near making food producers like Blue Bell Creameries have safety plans to minimize future outbreaks. There hasn’t been a federal requirement that all food producers have a written-down plan. Blue Bell, the Texas-based ice cream maker, shut down most of its manufacturing and fired or furloughed most workers after the …

A new ketchup that just might inspire condiment excitement

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New ketchup in town We all have that food, the food we eat when nobody else is looking. Mine involves ketchup. Unless you are a ketchup freak like me (and most people above the age of 8 are not), you may find this habit bordering on disgusting. Nonetheless, I occasionally indulge in what …

Picnics aren’t just sandwiches and chips! Think dessert, too

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When it comes to packing a picnic, the savory items are easy. Sandwiches and wraps. Potato and pasta salads. Chips and dips. It’s all very transportable and all very easy to eat while perched on a blanket in the grass. But dessert can prove less obvious. Sure, you could do cookies. But what …

World Trade body rejects country of origin labels on meat

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WTO rejects country of origin meat labels Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. …

USDA develops new label for GMO-free products

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. The USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of the genetically modified organisms. The …

Beauty in the beast? No. But chefs say maybe in the veg

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

pril Bloomfield is a wizard with a pig’s ear and a lover of kidneys, trotters and all the so-called “nasty bits” that animals have to offer. What many people don’t know is that she also has a mean …

Olive Garden’s latest plan: Breadstick sandwiches

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Olive Garden’s plan to win back customers? Take the breadsticks it’s known for and make sandwiches out of them. The restaurant chain known for its unlimited breadsticks says it plans to use them for chicken parmigiana and meatball sandwiches starting June 1. The plans for the breadstick sandwiches …

Getting to the core of the matter! Eat your pineapple cores!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Eating fresh pineapple always reminds me of balmy vacation nights in Hawaii. And since pineapples run a few bucks a pop, buying them frequently translates into considerable savings when compared to an actual trip to Hawaii, particularly when …

McDonald’s embracing new ingredient: Kale

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

McDonald’s may be developing a taste for a new ingredient as it fights to reinvent itself: Kale. The world’s biggest burger chain says it’s testing two breakfast bowls in Southern California, one of which includes the leafy green as an ingredient. The test comes as McDonald’s Corp. works …

For better steaks, veggies, make better butter to go on top

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It’s summer and your grill is about to go into overdrive. At the start of the season you’ll probably be content to cook up perfectly seared, but otherwise unadorned steaks, chops and portobello mushrooms. A few weeks down …

Washington fruit distributors expand to meet demand

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Washington state’s fruit industry is expanding as worldwide demand increases and new technologies help yield more crops. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that the state’s apple industry is one example of this expanding market, as different orchard methods allow farmers to grow twice as much, and refrigeration techniques make …

New barbecue books to help get your grill sizzling

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

With grilling season solidly upon us, let’s all take a moment to reflect on the various ways we send our food to the fire. There is, of course, Monday through Friday grilling. This is when the intense heat …

Ecology Department withdraws permit for shellfish spraying

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Washington Department of Ecology says it is canceling a permit to spray pesticides over shellfish beds in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. The decision to halt the practice is part of an agreement between the local oyster growers association and the state. The growers association submitted a …