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29K Pounds of Sausage Recalled Over Risk of Metal

5 people have found metal fragments in Jimmy Dean sausage links

(Newser) - Check your freezer for 23.4-oz. packages of Jimmy Dean's "Heat 'n Serve" sausages, recalled over an apparent risk of metal fragments. The Monday announcement from the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service refers to five customer complaints of metal pieces in the frozen... More »

Grilled Rat Wasn't on the Menu. 2 Employees Made It Anyway

Teddy's Bigger Burgers in Hawaii considering legal action

(Newser) - A Hawaiian burger chain is scrubbing one of its locations top to bottom after two employees apparently decided to cook up a rat. A short clip posted days ago on Snapchat shows two staffers joking around as a rat is seen on the grill of Teddy's Bigger Burgers' Mapunapuna... More »

No Accounting for Taste. No Copyrighting, Either

European court says a cheese can't copyright its flavor

(Newser) - You can copyright lots of things, but not the way food tastes. That's according to the European Court of Justice, which was asked to rule on a case involving spreadable Dutch cheeses. Food producer Levola Hengelo, which began selling cream cheese and herb dip Heks'nkaas in 2011, argued... More »

Kellogg May Be Losing Keebler Elves

And Famous Amos cookies, too

(Newser) - Snack brands Keebler and Famous Amos are up for grabs: Cereal maker Kellogg is exploring the sale of its cookie and fruit snack businesses, including Keebler, Famous Amos, Mother's Cookies, Murray Cookies, Little Brownie Bakers, and Kellogg's Fruity Snacks. Despite $900 million in annual sales, the brands "... More »

Science Solves How to Make Great Pizza at Home

If you can follow directions, an electric oven will do fine: scientists

(Newser) - Not all scientific research takes place in labs. Just ask food anthropologist Sergio Grasso and physicists Andrey Varlamov and Andreas Glatz, who had the tough job of sampling Margherita pizzas across Rome in the lead up to their paper , "The Physics of Baking Good Pizza." The pizzaiolos of... More »

Root Beer Among World's Most 'Disgusting' Foods

Or so says museum founder Samuel West

(Newser) - Feel like being ill? You could always visit the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmo, Sweden. Opening later this month, it will display 80 "disgusting" foods from around the world like Japanese cod sperm, Mexican tree-ant larvae, Chinese mouse wine—and classic American fare like Twinkies and root beer, the... More »

Burger Chains' Antibiotics Grades: Two As, 22 Fs

Report raises concerns over 'spread of antibiotic resistance'

(Newser) - Craving a fast-food burger? You'll be hard-pressed to find one that gets a passing grade from experts on antibiotic use in meat. A report out Wednesday—a collaboration by the Natural Resources Defence Council, Consumer Reports, Center for Food Safety, and other groups—gives 22 of 25 top US... More »

Needles Keep Appearing in Australian Strawberries

#SmashAStrawb aims to support local growers amid investigation

(Newser) - Australia's "Smash a Strawberry" campaign can be easily misinterpreted if one isn't up to date on Australian slang. Here, "smash" refers to devouring a strawberry, rather than turning it into mush. Some might prefer to do the latter, however, after at least 100 reported cases of... More »

Weed-Killing Chemical Found in Popular Breakfast Foods

Traces fall below EPA limits

(Newser) - You could be ingesting the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup for breakfast, per a report identifying traces of the chemical glyphosate in Cheerios, Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, and Great Value Instant Oats, plus more products marketed to kids. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group tested 45 oat-based products like granolas... More »

Meal After Man's Wake Kills at Least 8

More are sickened in Peru

(Newser) - At least eight people who attended a man's wake have died after eating contaminated food at the service in Peru, reports the BBC . Dozens more remain sick, and Reuters actually has the death toll at 10. The culprit is a meat stew served at the wake in the San... More »

Chick-fil-A Makes Big Leap in a Fast-Food First

Chain will do 12-week trial run of meal kits in Atlanta

(Newser) - Meal kits are all the rage: The $2.2 billion business supplying consumers with fresh ingredients to be turned into a delicious dish at home is likely to see 25% to 30% annual growth over the next five years, USA Today reports, citing food industry consulting firm Pentallect. Now, Chick-fil-A... More »

In Ancient Fireplace, an 'Exceptional' Food Find

Researchers find the world's oldest bread

(Newser) - At least 4,000 years before the advent of farming, humans were baking bread. Two dozen charred crumbs found in hearths at an ancient hunter-gatherer site in northeastern Jordan have been identified as the world's oldest samples of bread—specifically, a 14,400-year-old flatbread made from wild cereals. That... More »

Big Winners at the 'Oscars of Food'

Time to start calling in your reservations

(Newser) - Though the Met Gala probably drew more eyes, Monday night also marked the "Oscars of the food world," per Eater . Some 600 culinary professionals voted to honor some of the top chefs, restaurants, and restaurateurs in the country at the James Beard Awards in Chicago. Since you'll... More »

Annoyed Tweet May Improve Airport Food at TV Chef's Eatery

James Martin responded quickly after Scottish TV host complained about 'the flattest of burgers'

(Newser) - It wasn't an April Fools' joke, but instead a legitimate complaint on Twitter about a shoddy burger—and it caught the attention of exactly the right person. The BBC reports Scottish TV and radio host Ewan Cameron was recently at Glasgow Airport with his wife, and while he balked... More »

A Sheriff's Odd $750K 'Compensation' May Not Be So Rare

Old Alabama state law lets sheriffs take excess funds meant for feeding inmates

(Newser) - Todd Entrekin makes just under $95,000 a year as the sheriff of Alabama's Etowah County, but somehow he and his wife Karen (an ex-probation officer) have $1.7 million in property spread over two counties. AL.com reports that how he paid for all of this is now... More »

5 Foods Not Allowed in the US

Some for pretty disturbing reasons

(Newser) - If you grew up in Scotland and were hoping you'd still be able to enjoy haggis now that you live in the US ... you're out of luck. The Scottish favorite—a sheep stomach stuffed with sheep heart, liver, and lung meat mixed with spices, onions, and oats—can'... More »

First the Meals Didn't Show. Now Rats Ruin Other Supplies

Infestation in Fla. government office affected boxes of supplies meant for Puerto Rico

(Newser) - Puerto Rico is still in great need of hurricane relief supplies, as San Juan's mayor noted last week , which makes recent news out of Florida frustrating. The Orlando Sentinel reports that boxes of donated supplies meant to be sent to the island after Hurricane Maria remained stuck instead in... More »

Craving a Banana Peel? Japan Has the Perfect Fruit

Peel from Japan's Monchee banana has texture like 'lettuce' and a slightly bitter taste

(Newser) - About the only thing banana peels were good for up to this point were comedy pratfalls and composting. A farm in Japan appears to have changed that, producing a banana with a tasty edible peel thanks to what Quartz labels a "bizarre method of production." The technique used... More »

San Juan Mayor on FEMA Cutoff: 'There Is Need Still'

Members of Congress implore agency not to halt aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

(Newser) - FEMA's plans to halt hurricane relief supplies to Puerto Rico effective Jan. 31 drew criticism Tuesday from members of Congress and the mayor of the island's largest city. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said many people in the US territory need the water and food they've... More »

These Avocados Are Missing Something. Don't Worry, It's Good

Everyone celebrate the pitless avocado, available through UK retailer M&S

(Newser) - Who knew whipping up guac could be such dangerous business? A British retailer, apparently, as it has just introduced a pitless avocado to the masses to prevent the injury known as "avocado hand." The Guardian reports on Marks & Spencer's limited-edition cocktail avocado, a variety grown in... More »

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