Food and restaurant news and happenings, including special announcements, recall notices, and events.

Marriott International is phasing out plastic straws in favor of alternative straws when requested. Source: PRNewsfoto/Marriott International, Inc. Marriott International Latest to Announce End to Plastic Straws (7/18/2018) - Marriott International on July 18, 2018 announced that it has adopted a plan to remove disposable plastic straws and plastic stirrers from its more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands around the world. Once fully [...]
Recall of Frozen Hawaiian Poke Kits Affects ALDI Hendersonville NC, Other States (7/18/2018) - ALDI Voluntarily Recalls AnnaSea Hawaiian Poke Kits Due to Storage at Incorrect Temperature in Area Store(s) Hawaiian “Poke” is a raw fish salad — served/eaten without cooking the fish. The Hawaiian Poke Kits, which are [...]
One of several vegetable trays identified with the US FDA Del Monte recall and outbreak. Del Monte Vegetable Trays Recalled, Related to Outbreak of Illness (7/9/2018) - Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte Fresh”) in mid-June 2018 announced the voluntary recall of a limited quantity of 6 oz., 12 oz., and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery [...]
Source: Jessica Loeper, New Hanover County (NC) NC County Opens Its Food Waste Composting Program to The Public (7/2/2018) - New Hanover County, North Carolina’s Food Waste Composting Program is now fully operational and open to the public, after over a year of pilot testing the composting system. This new program diverts food waste from [...]
NC fishing is free July 4; no license required. Source: Melissa McGaw/NCWRC No License Required on July 4: Free Fishing Day in North Carolina (6/29/2018) - On July 4, 2018, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing — for free. From 12am (midnight) until 11:59pm on Wednesday, everyone in North [...]
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Study Shows Most People Are Spreading Dangerous Bacteria Around the Kitchen (6/28/2018) - A new study, conducted in North Carolina by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that when it comes to hand-washing before meals, consumers are failing to properly clean their hands 97% of the time. [...]
Labels released with Hormel recall May 2018. Source: USDA FSIS SPAM, Luncheon Loaf, Recalled for Potential Metal Bits (5/30/2018) - Hormel Foods Corporation Recalls Canned Pork and Chicken Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination Hormel Food Corp., a Fremont, NE establishment, is recalling approximately 228,614 pounds of canned pork and chicken products that may [...]
Winning poster design for Indigo Moon Film Festival 2018. Source: GroundSwell Pictures, Fayetteville NC. Indigo Moon Film Festival Poster Design Unveiled (5/7/2018) - Each year, the Indigo Moon Film Festival (IMFF) features one design on posters, t-shirts, film guide, and other materials. For IMFF 2018, a call for design entries went out to all colleges and Universities in the [...]
Two of the many labels released with this smoked sausage product recall. Source: USDA FSIS Yet Another Recall for Potential Hard Plastic Bits in Ground Meats (5/5/2018) - Already in 2018, hundreds of thousands of pounds of food have been recalled, and wasted, for contamination by extraneous materials. For each of these recalls, customers were warned against eating the products. Whether  thrown away, [...]
A few of the ground beef labels released with the recall. Source: USDA FSIS Over 35K lbs of Ground Beef Products Recalled Due to Possible Hard Plastic Contamination (5/4/2018) - On May 2, 2018, JBS USA, Inc., a Lenoir, North Carolina establishment, is recalling approximately 35,464 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic, the US Department of [...]
Wisdom For Life fishing photo. Register Now for Wisdom For Life Fishing Derby on May 26 (5/4/2018) - On Saturday, May 26, 2018, First Fruits Farm will host the annual Wisdom For Life Fishing Derby. First Fruits Farm is located at 1550 East River Road, Louisburg NC. The derby begins at 9:30am, and wraps [...]
Frame To Table 2018. Source: GroundSwell Pictures, Inc. “Frame To Table” Event A Tasty Mix of Food and Film (4/27/2018) - GroundSwell Pictures is pleased to announce the second-annual “Frame To Table” fundraiser, scheduled for May 4, 2018, starting at 7pm, in SkyView on Hay, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Frame to Table is a culinary trip around the [...]
Produce at a farmer's market. Source: Kay Whatley. Area Farmers Markets Prep for Opening Days (4/3/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Eastern North Carolina is dotted with farmer’s markets, locations where customers may purchase locally-grown product, homemade goods, and handmade crafts. It gives farmers a place to meet customers and offer the [...]
First NC Jr. Chef Competition Cook-Off Announces Finalist Teams (4/2/2018) - High school students from across North Carolina are throwing their chef’s hats into the ring to spice up school lunch. Eight finalist teams from Career and Technical Education food, nutrition, and culinary arts programs will [...]
One of the two Member's Mark can sizes in Tony Downs Food Company canned chicken recall. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Canned Chicken Recalled for Foreign Matter Contamination (3/31/2018) - Tony Downs Food Company, Inc., a Madelia, Minnesota establishment, is recalling approximately 96,384 pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and [...]
Food For Fines 2018. Source: Town of Nashville NC “Food For Fines” Week Coming to Nashville NC Library (3/23/2018) - For National Library Week, the Harold D. Cooley Library will be offering patrons a chance to pay off overdue library fines with non-perishable food. From Monday, April 9, 2018 through Saturday, April 14, 2018, the [...]
NC Beer Month is April. Source: Source: Visit North Carolina April is NC Beer Month (3/19/2018) - North Carolina Is Gaining Recognition as The “State of Southern Beer” North Carolina breweries and destinations that love beer will roll out the barrels and the red carpet in April for the sixth-annual NC Beer Month, a [...]
Label released with the Johnsonville recall March 2018. Source: USDA Recall Issued for Smoked Sausage Possibly Contaminated with Hard Plastic (3/15/2018) - Johnsonville Recalls Smoked Pork Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination On March 15, 2018, Johnsonville, LLC recalled approximately 109,603 pounds of smoked pork sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the [...]
Label released with recall. Source: US FDA More Pet Food Recalled for Potential Contamination (3/6/2018) - Updated on March 6, 2018, with additional, recent pet food recalls added. Steve’s Real Food Voluntarily Recalls Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe Issued March 2, 2018 Steve’s Real Food of Salt Lake City, [...]
A tagged speckled trout. The thin yellow band extending out from its abdomen is the tag. Source: Stephen Mehan, NC Department of Environmental Quality Fishermen Win Big in Tagging Program Drawing (3/1/2018) - Fifteen lucky fishermen won $100 each in a recent North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Multi-Species Tagging Program yearly drawing. Information gathered from tag returns allows researchers to determine species migration patterns, mortality, population structure [...]
Chicken products label released with USDA FSIS Recall. Chicken Products Shipped to Schools, Institutions, Recalled for Rubber Contamination (2/17/2018) - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation Recalls Ready-to-Eat Chicken Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination On February 16, 2018, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 101,310 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties that [...]
Photo of raw turkey product packaging released with US FDA recall. Pet Foods Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination (2/12/2018) - The US Food and Drug Administration issues recalls for human foods and pet foods considered a health hazard. This week, three pet foods were recalled for potential salmonella contamination, and owners are encouraged to not [...]
Photo from 2016 International Festival of Cultures in Rocky Mount. Source: City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. International Festival of Cultures Seeks Participants (2/8/2018) - When it comes to diversity, the International Festival Cultures is an event rivaled by few others. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, the city of Rocky Mount, Nash Community College, PNC Bank, Nash [...]
Label from recalled Guymon Extracts Inc. pork products. Source: USDA FSIS Pork Products Recalled for Potential Pathogen Growth (2/7/2018) - Guymon Extracts Inc., a Guymon, Oklahoma establishment, is recalling approximately 4,202 pounds of fully cooked pork products due to a processing deviation that may have allowed potential spore-forming pathogen growth including Clostridium botulinum and Clostridium perfringens, the US [...]
Phong Le prepares a tiny version of Banh Xeo at a 2017 Small Foods Party. Source: Small Foods Party, Baltimore MD. The Strange-ness: Watching Tiny-Food Cooking Videos? Try A Small Foods Party (2/7/2018) - By Kay Whatley On YouTube, there are videos showing tiny versions of food being created. The mini-food trend isn’t just on YouTube, though, as a Baltimore, Maryland group called Small Foods Party offers a live [...]
Logo source: Food & Water Watch Privatized Inspection System Produces More Contaminated Chicken (1/30/2018) - Food & Water Watch Analysis Finds 30% of Plants Under New System Failed Performance Standard for Salmonella. After over a one year delay, on January 23, 2018 the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection System (FSIS) [...]
Source: US FDA/Panera Panera Bread Preemptively Recalls Cream Cheese Products (1/29/2018) - While there have been no reported illnesses, out of an abundance of caution, Panera Bread is conducting a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its [...]
One of the meatball labels released with the recall. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Beef Meatballs Recalled for Possible Contamination (1/24/2018) - Rich Products Corporation, a Vineland, New Jersey establishment, is recalling approximately 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced [...]