Too Much Lead in Our Tap Water; Trader Joe's Recalls Cilantro

City officials have advised residents to run their tap water for at least 30 seconds before drinking or cooking with it due to elevated levels of lead. [NY Times]

Some tips for shopping at the local farmers' market: Go early, talk to farmers but don't try to haggle with them, bring enough cash, and don't touch the cheese. [NY Post]

A roundup of the city's best pancakes includes Cookshop's buttermilk with caramelized bananas and cinnamon butter, and the stacks with huckleberries and ricotta at Pulino's. [NY Post]

The Parks Department started trying to improve the quality of food vendors two years ago. This year, 29 new specialty carts have set up shop in parks throughout the boroughs. [Crains]

A government dairy group helped Domino's promote the cheese on its pizza and is pushing cheese sales throughout the country. [NY Times]

Farm School NYC: The New York City School of Urban Agriculture will debut in January in the Bronx, offering a two-year course on growing and selling vegetables. [BusinessWeek]

Most kids' meals at fast-food chains are high in calories, sugar, and fat. Subway is one of the few chains offering healthy options. [USA Today]

Trader Joe's has recalled products with cilantro, such as its Spicy Thai Style Pasta Salad, due to fears over salmonella contamination. [CNN]

Jamie Oliver is taking his healthy eating message Down Under with his new "Ministry of Food Australia" scheme to teach people how to cook healthier food. [Reuters]

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