5@5 - Know your fish
January 13th, 2012
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.

It's a fishy tale told all too frequently: A restaurant lists a premium fish on the menu; the customer is served a lower-quality catch; the customer pays top dollar for the type of fish they thought they were ordering; and the restaurant eventually gets netted in scandal.

Jeremy Sewall, co-owner and executive chef of Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston, Massachusetts, wants to make sure you don't get engulfed in a case of mistaken fillet identity ever again.

Five Tips for Buying Fish: Jeremy Sewall

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OJ unsafe to drink? FDA says it's pulp fiction
January 13th, 2012
01:30 PM ET
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Don't toss out that full carton of orange juice sitting in your refrigerator just yet.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is testing all orange juice and orange juice concentrate shipments as well as products at domestic manufacturers, but the regulating agency says "consumers can be confident that the orange juice in their refrigerators is safe."

Here's what you need to know: Why your orange juice is still safe

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Filed under: FDA • Food Politics • Food Safety • Health News • News

Box lunch: Bow-wow beers and sponge cake samaritans
January 13th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Fido can belly up to a bar in Newscastle for a meat-flavored pint. - Metro

  • A new study's fizzy findings reveal a tax on soft drinks could prevent about 26,000 premature deaths a year. - NPR

  • One teacher plans to bake a sponge cake every day for a year - and give it to someone needy. How sweet! - Daily Mail

  • It's my neighborhood, I can drink publicly if I want to! - Serious Eats

  • General Mills is experiencing a bit of a backlash from the allergy community with its new Multi-Grain Peanut Butter Cheerios. - BusinessJournalism.org
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Crowds cool to Fukushima food at Tokyo's Furusato Matsuri festival
January 13th, 2012
09:05 AM ET
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Compared to the snaking queues and crowds at Tokyo’s biggest food festival, the four stalls from Fukushima prefecture are an oasis of quiet.

It might just be a pre-lunchtime lull, but among the hundreds of stall owners and the thousands of hungry visitors to the nine-day "Furusato Matsuri" or "Hometown Festival" at the Tokyo Dome, it’s a reminder that for many from Fukushima prefecture, getting rid of the legacy from last year’s nuclear disaster is ongoing.

Business is okay, says Ici Masakani, who is selling steamed sea urchin to visitors, but normally works at a restaurant on the coast of Fukushima prefecture. The main question he is asked by customers is not if his steamed "uni" are safe to eat and radiation-free, but why they are so big.

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