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by Watchdog on May 20, 2014

in Food additives

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Raging horse meat scandal has more intrigue and players than the French connection.

February 11, 2013

There has never been a dearth of controversy over selling and consuming horse meat. But now we’ve got Interpol investigating criminal mobs from Italy, Russia, Romania, Poland and other countries for the sale of the high–profit, tender meat. “When selling any food product, there is always money to be made if rules and laws are [...]

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No emperor’s food tasters available for inaugural events, but FDA says it’s on the job

January 17, 2013

To the best of my knowledge, U.S. presidents don’t have official food tasters protecting them from poisons as ancient Roman emperors did. The Secret Services has a so-far successful (and undisclosed) system for picking the president’s rubber chicken from several hundred others being plated up for a banquet. Nevertheless, the government says it’s doing its [...]

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Salmonella and E. coli just hate a good food thermometer.

January 15, 2013

The question that The Food Watchdog is asked most often is “how do I know when the (fill in the blank) is properly cooked.” And from the examples the questioners send me, it’s obvious that many of them are often over-cooking beef steaks and roasts, and fish and far too frequently others are pulling burgers, [...]

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Ice cream on a freezing night? Of course.

January 6, 2013

Let’s assume that in any random group of 83 people, half will have at least a normal level of intelligence. And since the humans I was observing one night last weekend were in Portland, Ore., maybe a few more were probably smarter than the average. So why were these people standing, many on the sidewalk, [...]

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FDA takes action to control food poisoning from farm to fork

January 4, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration wasted little time in 2013 in implementing changes that should protect consumers from pathogens that can enter our food supply anywhere along the ever-lengthening path from farm to the kitchen table. The two new proposed food safety rules “will protect American families for years to come,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret [...]

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Bizarre factors guide what will appear on restaurant menus this new year.

January 2, 2013

America’s consumers willing to chance new food and adventurous chefs eager to cook something untried, have teamed up to bring new delicacies to the menus of eateries from Formica-topped diner counters to bastions of white linen and crystal. In his annual prediction of what cuisine diners will encounter in the nation’s eateries, Bret Thorn, senior [...]

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