Chili's Founder Dies; Campbell's Soup CEO Says We Should Copy Canada

Two people were killed in an explosion at a North Carolina food plant known for producing Slim Jims. More than 40 people were taken to the hospital, including three firefighters who inhaled ammonia gas during the aftermath of the blast. [NY Times]

Gordon Ramsay continues to piss off the Aussies, even though he is now apologetic and "deeply mortified" over insulting remarks he made about Australian TV presenter Tracy Grimshaw. Ramsay apologized for his comments after his mom reportedly called him demanding he explain himself. [BBC]

Norman Brinker, the founder of such "slow" fast-food chains as Chili's and Bennigans, died yesterday in a Colorado Springs hospital at the age of 78. Brinker, who had battled throat cancer in the past, died of aspiration pneumonia. [Washington Post]

Mark Bittman says he declined a request from his publisher to revise his 1994 bestseller Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking now that "buying [fish] has become a logistical and ethical nightmare." His approach to fish has changed, he added, saying he now avoids most cod, bluefin tuna, and most species of shark and skate, and generally doesn't eat fish as often as he used to. [NY Times]

Doug Conant, the CEO of Campbell's Soup, says the U.S. should adopt a food safety system similar to Canada's. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's food safety checks at Campbell Soup's Toronto plant are more efficient than those conducted by the FDA and Department of Agriculture at its six U.S. plants, says Conant. [Bloomberg]


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