Sunday, November 29, 2015

Born Ugly

 I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly - Winston Churchill

Anyone involved in the world of food realizes that we Americans are parochial when it comes to our seafood. It's a boneless, skinless fillet world - in this neck of the woods, generally battered and deep fried. If there are steaks, they are generally from a few fish, such as salmon or tuna.

There is a whole world of tasty seafood that we are passing up on, and we have to change that:
Much like the nose-to-tail movement, sustainable seafood asks diners to learn to love new flavors and texture—because a hog isn’t all chops, and the ocean isn’t stocked with center-cut salmon steaks.
The rest of the world is feasting on our bounty.

Read more here.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Close to Home

The Chipotle E. coli outbreak has hit here in Amherst. According to a report from WIVB news:

“The food item that caused was distributed and served at the end of October that caused the illness is probably no longer at that Chipotle restaurant, it’s already been consumed or disposed of because we have not identified any subsequent cases and neither have the health departments in the other five states,” Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health, said.

I have to say I have never eaten there. This just doesn't appeal to me.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

If You Eat/Use This You Deserve What You Get

Rio Tex Wholesale Meats of Mercedes, TX, is recalling approximately 58,180 pounds of ready-to-eat beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday.

Friday, February 6, 2015

A Nickel's Worth of Goulash

Vitamin supplements. Yep, 13 billion spent on nothing. Thanks Sen. Hatch.

Chasing the Horse

A nice piece on the flaws in our food inspection system.

Money quote: A hundred per cent of the product in supermarkets may be contaminated without running afoul of federal limits.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Boy Am I Glad I Didn't Step In It

Even people who hate government regulations want safe food. The problem is the don't want to pay for it. They also don't want to pay for good food.

Now it's gonna get worse. Money quote: “It’s not whether or not people are going to eat shit — they are. It’s just how much.”

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Being Organic Won't Stop Contamination

Hitting close to home, Wegmans has recalled fresh fruit, regular and organic, as well as baked goods made with such fruit for possible Listeria contamination.

A California packing company has voluntarily issued a nationwide recall for several conventional and organic varieties of stone fruits packed between June 1-12 because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Wawona Packing Co. of Cutler, CA, issued a voluntary recall on Saturday of conventional and organic varieties of yellow peaches and nectarines, white peaches and nectarines, black plums and pluots (a plum/apricot hybrid)
Food Safety News.