Whoo, hey, everybody, government shutdown! Are you psyched? No? Well, that makes sense. It'll be expensive and embarrassing for the country, and you're not crazy. Rightbloggers, on the other hand, see in this mayhem an opportunity, and their hope is that this catastrophe will make America love them ... More >>
Last year the USDA went a little soft on pork cookers, and announced that whole pork was safely prepared at 145 degrees, lowering the minimum temperature from 160. But now, in a study conducted by Consumer Reports, researchers found that many pork products across the country are infected with Yersin ... More >>
Energy drinks may slowly be losing steam. Reuters reported that some popular energy drinks have more caffeine than what their labels say. Consumer Reports magazine released a study on Thursday morning that 11 of the top 27 most popular energy drinks in the United States mislabel their amounts of ca ... More >>
It's been a week already fraught with food paranoia porn--we found out that rice contains arsenic, and that there may (read: won't) be a worldwide bacon shortage next year--but yesterday, a couple dozen middle-aged and elderly protesters from multiple organization gathered outside of Trader Joe's on ... More >>
Thursday, September 27 Trader Joe's Protest. Demanding "meat without drugs," Consumers Union and other advocacy groups will hold a press conference/action outside of Trader Joe's Union Square store on Thursday, September 27 from 11 am to noon. They will deliver over half a million petition signature ... More >>
If you're in the food-journalism biz, you get bombarded on a daily basis with press releases, often as many as 30 per day. Some are faintly rational, but others immediately provoke guffaws with their wild assertions. Here's the best one I've received so far today. According to the National Restaura ... More >>
Newsflash: In-N-Out outranks McDonald's in a Consumer Reports survey. Oh, and chains like the Golden Arches and Taco Bell aren't as cheap as they profess to be. [Reuters] European investigators have traced the devastating E. coli outbreaks in Germany and France back to this likely culprit: f ... More >>
• New Yorkers (and Americans in general) are eating worse than they think they are, according to a new Consumer Reports poll. 90 percent said their diets were healthy, and yet ate a bunch of crap. And then there are those of us who know full well our diets are not healthy. Two slices of col ... More >>
Kim Kardashian, sex tape star turned reality star and sister of reality stars Kourtney and Khloe (plus mother Kris), has sold her likeness to something called the Kardashian Kard. (It's like "card" but with a "K.") This prepaid MasterCard spin-off is for anyone 18 and over who hopes to learn ... More >>
Well, this is fun. Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organization ProPublica recently compiled an awesome database of very compelling information. And as it turns out, I went through it, and consequently, have a funny story about it!
Farming internships are all the rage these days among ag-department graduates, career-changers, and even cooks looking to deepen their knowledge of ingredients. [NY Times] McDonald's bombed big time in a recent Consumer Reports survey of burger chains. Five Guys and In-N-Out Burger topped th ... More >>
Consumer Reports evaluated 14 different supermarket brands of refrigerated and frozen chicken nuggets, including two made from soy, one of which scored highest, health-wise. The Health is Wealth product was said to taste horribly. [NY Daily News] The latest food to be recalled is lettuce sol ... More >>
Can't salad greens get a break? Four years after bagged spinach was linked to an E. coli outbreak, Consumer Reports has dug up some more discomforting discoveries about packaged salad greens: they may be lightly seasoned with fecal coliforms.
In the UK, a new study finds that Jamie Oliver's healthy school dinners significantly improved students' performance in the classroom.[Times of London]The misdiagnosis of food allergies is on the rise, seemingly due to the unreliability of blood tests.[NY Times] Eight O'Clock Coffee's Colombian coff ... More >>
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