June 10th, 2011
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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.

An ice cream parlor in Columbia, Missouri, caused a lot of buzz on Wednesday when we revealed their latest flavor had a, shall we say, "unexpected crunch."

The secret ingredient? Cicadas, duh.

So we took a poll, and 65 percent of our readers answered there's not a holy chance in heck they'd try the specialty of the house.

Regardless, we were intrigued and reached out to the mad scientists over at Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream for their side of the story:

When the news started to spread about our cicada ice cream, our biggest concern was that people would think we were going for a shock factor. In reality, our goal at Sparky’s is to always come up with new flavors that challenge people’s perceptions of what a dessert can be but also taste really, really good.

...But we’re more than just an ice cream parlor that serves bugs. During the especially hot days of summer, it’s up to us to make sure people can cool off and enjoy themselves no matter what the thermometer may read.

Five Ways to Cool Off this Summer that Doesn't Involve Bugs in Your Ice Cream

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June 10th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • File under "SAY WHAAAAAT?": Chinese scientists have genetically modified a cow to produce human breast milk. - Business Insider

  • When a two-year-old boy loses his Binky Bear, ‘kidnappers’ demand $10,000 in cupcakes as a ransom. People, they can be so mean. - The Brooklyn Paper

  • If you find yourself in Illinois and feel so inclined, you can now legally scrape up roadkill and eat it for dinner. - Mother Nature Network

  • Despite being in the restaurant biz herself, Chef Sara Jenkins thinks simple, home-cooked food will always trounce dining out. - The Atlantic
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June 10th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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The Australian government's decision to temporarily ban live cattle exports to Indonesia has dealt a crushing blow to the beef industry, with some fearing the move could permanently damage relations with this vital market.

The ban follows the airing of gruesome footage on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's “Four Corners” program last week showing the brutal treatment of Australian cattle in Indonesia abattoirs. The video shows cattle being kicked, hit, their eyes gouged and tails broken by Indonesian abattoirs, prompting a national outcry and swift government action.

Live cattle exports will only be resumed once those safeguards are put in place, said Senator Joe Ludwig, Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Read - Cruelty ban carves up Australian beef

June 10th, 2011
10:01 AM ET
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The origin of a bacterial outbreak that has killed at least 27 people in Europe has been traced to bean sprouts in Germany, a leading health official in the nation said Friday.

But even as investigators identified the source of an E. coli outbreak, officials warned the threat was not over as authorities cannot definitively say how or where the sprouts were infected.

Investigators determined bean sprouts were the cause of the outbreak after 17 people became ill after eating at the same restaurant, Reinhard Burger, President of the Robert Koch Institute, told reporters.

Authorities questioned people about what they ate and asked the cooks where the ingredients came from, Burger said.
The common denominator, he said, was only those who ate food containing the sprouts became ill.

Read - Official: E. coli outbreak traced to bean sprouts

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Opinion: When E. coli threat looms, some milk lovers get a raw deal
June 10th, 2011
09:45 AM ET
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Alex B. Berezow is the editor of RealClearScience. He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology.

The strain of E. coli that has killed at least 25 people and sickened more than 2,600 others in Europe is a terrifying reminder that killer microbes lurk in places where we least expect them. Though it is not a reason to panic, this incident should force us to rethink some important food safety issues.

One good place to start would be to completely ban the sale of raw milk and juice.

In April, the FDA cracked down on an Amish raw milk producer for selling its product across state lines without proper labeling, both of which are in violation of federal law. This predictably led to cries of "big government" telling people what they can and cannot eat. But given the effects of the deadly microbe that has been creeping across Europe's food supply, the FDA's decision is looking very responsible.

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