Salmonella linked to chicken feed
August 26th, 2010
07:35 PM ET
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Federal investigators have found salmonella bacteria in feed and in barn and walkway areas at farms at the center of the nationwide outbreak, officials said.

The feed or feed ingredients could have become contaminated after they went through heat treatment that was sufficient to kill salmonella, officials from the Food and Drug Administration told reporters.

Produced at a mill at a Wright County Egg Co. facility, the feed was given to pullet chickens at both Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, which between them recalled more than a half-billion eggs since the salmonella outbreak.

CNN Health has the FULL STORY

See all egg recall information on Eatocracy and full coverage on CNN Health

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August 26th, 2010
07:15 PM ET
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5@5 - Chef Sean Brock
August 26th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Eggtocracy coverage to take a look at the greener side of life.

Sean Brock is the executive chef of the historic McCrady's Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, where his modern farm-to-table cuisine most recently earned him the 2010 James Beard "Best Chef Southeast" award.

As a passionate champion for replenishing those varieties of crops at risk of dying out, Brock currently tends to one and one-half acres on Thornhill Farm in McClellanville, South Carolina, where he plants and grows a number of heirloom crops. As we explained earlier, "Heirloom seeds come from plants that have remained genetically unchanged and have been open-pollinated (by insects, birds, wind, etc.) for at least 50 - or some say 100 - years. This means no hybridizing with other varieties of plants."

He's on a mission to bring vanishing vegetables back to the table, and here to tell you why.

Five Reasons to Use Heirloom Ingredients: Sean Brock
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August 26th, 2010
04:45 PM ET
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Mississippi oysters safe to eat, experts say
August 26th, 2010
04:30 PM ET
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(CNN Wire Staff) Federal and state experts have declared Mississippi oysters safe to eat after the oil spill that gushed for months in the Gulf of Mexico.

The state's oyster season is closed during the summer and reopens in September or October.

"Like all the seafood samples collected and tested from Mississippi territorial waters since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, our Mississippi oyster tissue samples have undergone rigorous testing, and have been proven to be well below levels of concern for hydrocarbons," said Dale Diaz, fisheries director for the state Department of Marine Resources.
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Scorpacciata – farm stands
August 26th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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Scorpacciata is a term that means consuming large amounts of a particular local ingredient while it's in season. It's a good way to eat. Jill Billante is a Senior Producer at AC360°

I hit an area I call "farm stand alley," while driving the last stretch of a recent trip back to my hometown, a suburb outside of Pittsburgh. The alley spans about a quarter mile dotted with local purveyors standing under ramshackle roofs, hawking basket after basket of beautiful fruits and vegetables in every color of the rainbow.

There are few things in life I like more than a roadside farm stand. For me, it beats even the big Greenmarkets that populate the boroughs of NYC. There is solidarity and security in the big Greenmarkets, where local farm owners are guaranteed customers from the largest city in the country.

But, those lone roadside warriors have no similar guarantee. They stand alone hugging the road, taking a chance that a car will stop and sample their wares. To me, it feels like the closest an eater can get to the real people who grow this stuff.
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State of egg-mergency
August 26th, 2010
02:35 PM ET
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Federal and state agencies are tracking reported cases of Salmonella enteritidis, which has been linked to the current egg recall. Want to know what officials have told CNN this week during a canvass of state health departments nationwide?

The CNN Wire Staff has the FULL UPDATE on salmonella cases by state.

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Blogger Spotlight: CakeSpy
August 26th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Every so often, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Meet today's featured blogger and blog:
Who: Jessie Oleson, of CakeSpy
Where: Seattle, Washington
Twitter: @CakeSpy
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Lunchtime poll – tea, soda everywhere, except in my glass
August 26th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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When our associate editor Sarah moved from North Carolina to New York City last year, she couldn't help but notice that she was suddenly a heck of a lot thirstier. It's not that Manhattan is notably more arid than Chapel Hill - it's just that free drink refills are a rarity, as opposed to the free-flowing soda and sweet tea she was used to seeing at restaurants.

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