FDA detains Canadian orange juice for fungicide
January 27th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
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The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it had detained orange juice shipments from Canada after they tested positive for low levels of a banned fungicide previously found in Brazilian juice.

The FDA announced earlier this month that it would begin testing foreign orange juice shipments for the presence of the fungicide carbendazim before allowing them to enter the country. On Friday, the agency said that among 80 shipments from around the world it tested so far, six from Canada and five from Brazil had tested positive.

The samples that have tested positive so far had carbendazim levels of between 10 and 52 parts per billion. The Environmental Protection Agency says carbendazim levels under 80 parts per billion do not raise safety concerns.

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Spice up your diet, Nigerian-style
January 27th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
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Nigerian food is famous for its spicy aromas and deeply flavored sauces. Delivering that heat is a specialty of chef Lookman Mashood. His New York City restaurant, Buka, has become one of the most popular spots for traditional Nigerian cuisine.

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Box lunch: Dining with digits and Indianapolis fare
January 27th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • More nuggets, more problems: A 17-year-old girl who has eaten nothing but chicken nuggets since she was two was hospitalized. - Daily Mail

  • McDonald's is removing the "pink slime" or ammonium hydroxide from its burger meat. Yay? - Business Insider

  • Forget a New England v. Manhattan chowder battle, focus your game day menu on Indianapolis. - Indy Star

  • Another bout is brewing in the East Coast-West Coast rivalry: Sierra Nevada expands, chooses North Carolina as its new home. - Seattle Post Intelligencer
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January 27th, 2012
10:45 AM ET
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Your souffle fell flat, your bechamel broke, or your beef stew was insufficiently delicious. Sometimes it's you. Sometimes it's the recipe.

At least you likely didn't suffer facial wounds like the 14 people who who successfully sued Chilean newspaper La Tercera for printing a churro recipe, that proved quite...explosive.

Seven years after the incident, Chile's supreme court ruled that the oil temperature provided was high enough to cause inevitable injury to anyone who attempted to make the fried dough snack at home. Compensation will be based on the seriousness of the damage (none of which was permanently disfiguring), in amounts ranging from $5000 to $50,000.

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Breakfast buffet: National chocolate cake day
January 27th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Today, everyone is a member of chocoholics anonymous - January 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day!

Forget the fork and feel free to just stick your face in this decadent dessert; it's guaranteed to help you forget any annoyances and just put a big, silly grin on your face.

We have Dr. James Baker to thank for bringing chocolate cake to fruition, and the masses. In 1764, he developed a way to make chocolate by grinding the cocoa beans between two giant millstones. Cocoa powder was born, and with it came infinite baking possibilities.

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