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This April 2015 photo provided by Ecotrust Canada via This Fish shows the "Boat To Plate" smartphone app being created by a group of Maine fishermen and scientists that will allow consumers to source seafood all the way back to the fishermen who caught it. The app is in the development phase, but has already earned a nod from the feds in the form of a grant. (Eric Enno Tamm/Ecotrust Canada via AP)

Latest in food-track tech: Swipe a code, meet your fisherman

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A group of scientists and fishermen in Maine is working on a new tool they say will allow seafood consumers to learn the backstory of a piece of fish by scanning a code at the supermarket. Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association are cooperating to develop the tool, which they say will likely be a smartphone …

Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. The virus spread appears to have slowed but not stopped. Federal officials are planning an aggressive …

School’s almost out, so it’s time to get schooled on burgers

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As food goes, it’s hard to imagine anything more American – and that more perfectly captures summer – than a great grilled hamburger. Trouble is, as much as we love a great burger, we’re not always all that great at making them. That’s because there is more to making burgers than serving time …

Infuse your summer

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I’m going to come at this one a little backward, and you’re going to love me for it. Straight up fresh lemonade is, of course, delicious. It’s the classic summer refreshment. And I’m going to walk you through …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …