The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today that 60 days from now producers will for the first time be required to hold shipments of non-intact raw beef and all ready-to-eat products containing meat and poultry until they pass the agency's testing for adulterants that are known to cause food-borne illnesses such as E. coli, salmonella and listeria.
USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen said in a statement, "This new policy will reduce food-borne illnesses and the number of recalls by preventing contaminated products from reaching consumers."
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That gift-giving season is roaring toward us like some mammoth sleigh piloted by a crazy old coot in a red coat, so it’s time to start making some choices. For the wine lover in your life - or simply for yourself - this fall has been particularly chockablock with new wine books. Here are a few picks:
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You might be set with your holiday shopping, having taken good advantage of Black Thursday and Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Personally, I wish there was a day of the week given over to shopping for holiday gifts of questionable taste. So I’d like to propose Wacky Present Wednesday. That would be the day you’d get big discounts on items that crack you up as much - or more - than whoever is the lucky recipient.
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Is your head spinning? December 7 is National Cotton Candy Day!
It seems unlikely, but two dentists can be credited with giving us the cotton candy we know today. The first, William Morrison, developed a machine that could spin sugar in 1897. Along with John Wharton (a confectioner), he introduced the world to the machine-made version of an already popular product at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
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