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Where's the Beef? McDonald's is Bringing Back Bigger Burgers

April 7, 2015 1:10 pm

Bigger burgers will be back on the menu at McDonald's, at least for a while. McDonald's says it's introducing a trio of "Sirloin Third Pound" burgers for a limited time starting later this month, the latest sign the chain is pushing to improve perceptions about the quality of its food.


FDA: Partnering For a Safe Food Supply

April 7, 2015 12:00 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared April 7 as World Health Day, and this year's theme is Food Safety. Currently, 15 percent of our food is imported from other countries – but this includes 80 percent of our seafood, nearly 50 percent of our fresh fruit, and 20 percent of our fresh vegetables.


Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers Get Best Marks in Dieters' Review

April 7, 2015 10:15 am

Trying to slim down? Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored the best marks for effectiveness in a review of research on commercial diet programs, but many other plans just haven't been studied enough to evaluate long-term results.


US Wants Egg Executives Punished For 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

April 7, 2015 9:30 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

Jack DeCoster, 80, of Turner, Maine, and 51-year-old Peter DeCoster, of Clarion, Iowa are scheduled to be sentenced April 13 by U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett in a federal courtroom in Sioux City, Iowa. Both pleaded guilty last year to introducing adulterated eggs into interstate commerce and face up to one year in jail.


Burger King to Pay For the Wedding of Man Named Burger, Woman Named King

April 7, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press

Burger King is paying the expenses and providing gifts for the wedding of an Illinois couple with an interesting connection to the fast food restaurant chain. Joel Burger and Ashley King accepted the company's proposal Monday.


Consumers Want 'Natural' Foods, But What Does That Even Mean?

April 7, 2015 8:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Consumers are increasingly turning to healthier food choices by avoiding food dyes and additives and instead choosing "natural" foods. But after years of debate, there is still no generally accepted definition of a "natural" food product.


Meat Processor Sentenced to 30 Months For Horse Meat Fraud

April 7, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

A Dutch court has sentenced a meat processor to 30 months imprisonment for a massive fraud operation in which he illicitly sold horse meat as more expensive beef. 


Exporting Philly: Cheesesteaks, Ices and Pretzels Go Global

April 6, 2015 4:00 pm | by MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

The hoagie-making, coffee-brewing convenience and gas chain from the Philadelphia area is pushing hard into the Sunshine State, opening more than 60 stores since 2012 with another 25 planned by the end of the year.


50 Year-Old Man Drinks 10 Diet Cokes a Day For Science

April 6, 2015 3:15 pm | by George Prior

The 50 year-old Los Angeles dad who drank 10 Cokes a day for 30 days and gained 23 lbs is once again testing the health effects of soda, as he consumes 10 Diet Cokes a day, also for 30 days.


Commodity Supplies Send Food Prices Sliding

April 6, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

United Nations officials estimated that global food prices are at their lowest levels in nearly five years, and commodities traders believe that trend isn't likely to wane anytime soon.


Diminishing Oyster Supply Threatens Florida Town's Economy

April 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press

The local oyster industry is under threat from water-flow issues, environmental concerns, health and safety regulations and economic realities. Restaurants from New Orleans to Tampa and beyond tout Apalachicola oysters as the tastiest oysters around, but the annual harvest has been in decline.


Traditonal Matcha Tea Experiencing a US Renaissance

April 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press

The uptick in U.S. demand for matcha is having a spillover effect in Japan, where production of tencha, the raw green leaves that are ground into the powder known as matcha, has doubled in Kyoto prefecture during the last 10 years, rising from 564 tons in 2003 to more than 1,163 tons in 2013.


Feds to Shut Down Sardine Fishing on West Coast

April 6, 2015 8:00 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

West Coast fisheries managers will likely shut down sardine fishing this year as numbers decline, echoing a previous collapse that decimated a thriving industry and increasing worries that other species might be withheld from the commercial market.


Costco Canada Recalls Chicken Salad Over Listeria Risk

April 3, 2015 1:57 pm | by Associated Press

The recall covers salads that contain fully cooked sliced chicken breast. The salad was sold in all Canadian provinces except for Prince Edward Island.


Deadly Bird Flu Shows Up in South Dakota, 5th Minnesota Farm

April 3, 2015 1:07 pm | by CARSON WALKER and STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the H5N2 strain in a flock of 71,000 turkeys in Stearns County, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health said. That brings the number of Minnesota turkey farms where the strain has been detected to five, officials said. The strain also has shown up in a commercial turkey flock in South Dakota.


Some Maple Sap This Season Headed From Tree Tap to Beer Tap

April 3, 2015 12:47 pm | by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press

The local syrup adds a touch of woodsy sweetness to the maple amber beer made by nearby Chatham (N.Y.) Brewing, one of a cadre of craft brewers nationwide bridging the gap between tree tap and bar tap. The amount of syrup destined for pint glasses from this spring's maple run is a relative trickle, but maple beers offer something for the growing numbers of local food lovers and craft beers aficionados.


University of Maryland-Led Team Creates U.S. Database of Food Safety Inspections

April 3, 2015 9:00 am | by University of Maryland

In the U.S., such inspections are done by local public health departments, which can take different approaches to conducting, coding and reporting inspection data. Using this unique new automated database, food service businesses and consumers can monitor and compare food safety practices from outlets across the nation.


Oreo Debuts in Morocco

April 3, 2015 9:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The food and beverage conglomerate Mondelez recently announced the beginning of Oreo cookie sales in Morocco following completion of the cookie's largest production line in Africa. The new production follows the company's acquisition of Moroccan cookie company Biscuiterie Industrielle du Moghreb two years ago.


Highly Processed Foods Lead Market

April 2, 2015 5:19 pm | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

A nation-wide analysis of grocery purchases reveals that highly processed foods make up more than 60 percent of the calories in food people in the U.S. buy. And, these items tend to have more fat, sugar and salt than less-processed foods.


Study: Fruit, Vegetable Pesticides Linked to Lower Sperm Count

April 2, 2015 4:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study by Harvard University scientists for the first time linked pesticides applied to fruits and vegetables to reproductive problems in men.



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