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

Eco-Products produces foodservice packaging made from renewable and recycled resources. Garbanzo's new plates are made from sugarcane. Source: Eco-Products Dinnerware That’s Good for Guests and the Planet  (1/11/2018) - Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh has partnered with Eco-Products to offer innovative dinnerware that does double duty, helping guests and the environment at the same time. With Garbanzo’s new dinnerware, guests can eat from the plate while [...]
Five of the many biscuit labels under this recall. Source: US FDA Multiple Brands of Frozen Biscuit Dough Recalled (1/2/2018) - T. Marzetti Company Voluntarily Recalls Various Brands Due to Potential Listeria Contamination As a precautionary measure, T. Marzetti Company issued a voluntarily recall on December 29, 2017, for “Best By” dates of the following products because they may [...]
One of the PFP Enterprises LLC recalled products: beef found to contain soy. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Soy Found in Beef Shipped to Texas School (12/21/2017) - PFP Enterprises LLC, also doing business as Texas Meat Packers, a Fort Worth, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 7,570 pounds of ground beef products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the US Department of [...]
Students eating lunch in cafeteria. Source: Food and Nutrition Services, USDA. Tell USDA What You Think of The School Lunch Program (12/14/2017) - USDA Seeks Public Input on Child Nutrition Food Crediting On December 14, 2017, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) opened a commenting period for the public to submit ideas on food crediting, which is their [...]
A chicken pho served at Pho Super 9, Raleigh NC. Note that the hot pepper oil was brought on request and not part of regular service. What To Know About Pho (12/13/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor For those of you unfamiliar with pho, yet curious about it due to the increase in pho restaurant signs, here’s a little bit of background on this tasty, hot soup. At [...]
Black olives brownies. Source: PRNewsfoto/Olives from Spain The Strange-ness: Olives in Holiday Desserts? (12/5/2017) - The holiday season draws people together, often over food.  This year, rather than using carrots, apples, or chocolate in holiday goodies, try switching it up with recipes that include olives.  Yes, olives. Olives from Spain have introduced [...]
Food Business logo. Source: NCDA&CS Registration Open for NCDA&CS 2018 Food Business Conference (12/5/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Today the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) announced that registration is open for their sixth-annual Food Business Conference. The Conference will be held in Durham NC on February [...]
Source: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP23 Human Food Insecurity, Malnutrition, Poverty, and Climate Change (11/14/2017) - Emissions from the agriculture sectors are set to increase in the future, further contributing to climate change, unless the world adopts sustainable, climate-smart ways of producing, transporting, processing and consuming food, FAO Director-General José Graziano da [...]
Turkey deep frying. Source: US Dept of Agriculture USDA Urges Safety in Turkey Deep Frying (11/12/2017) - Don’t Make Turkey Frying a Disastrous Situation By Archie Magoulas, USDA/FSIS Technical Information Specialist Thanksgiving Day is full of family get-togethers, giving thanks, lots of food and some turkey deep frying horror stories. From homes burning [...]
One of the labels released by USDA FSIS with Empire Kosher Poultry Inc. Recall November 9, 2017. Empire Kosher Poultry Recalls Chicken Products Due To Possible Metal Contamination (11/10/2017) - Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc., a Mifflintown, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 10,839 pounds of raw poultry products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection [...]
Nestle Prepared Foods Company Recalls Pork and Beef Products (11/8/2017) - 26,400 Pounds of Products, Which Were Donated to Charity, Are Being Recalled Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens Nestle Prepared Foods Company, a Mount Sterling, Kentucky establishment, is recalling approximately 26,400 pounds of pork and [...]
FDA Declines to Stop Soda Companies from Advertising Artificially-sweetened Soda as “Diet” (11/8/2017) - By Gary Ruskin, The US Food and Drug Administration has denied a petition asking it to stop Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. from using the term “diet” in advertising, branding and labeling of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, because [...]
Some of the labels USDA released with recall. Pork, Chicken Burrito/Wrap Items Recalled for Possible Listeria (11/2/2017) - Chelsea Food Services, doing business as Journey Cuisine, a Denver, Colorado establishment, is recalling approximately 28,064 pounds of pork and chicken burritos and wrap products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of [...]
NIFA to Support Food and Nutrition Education for Low-Income Communities (11/1/2017) - On November 1, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced support to develop local and self-reliant food systems, such as farm to table enterprises that bring [...]
Report: Corporate Stranglehold On World’s Food Supply Tightening (10/31/2017) - By Mute Schimpf,  Friends of the Earth Europe New research published on October 31, 2017 shows the dramatic impacts of the global food system being rapidly monopolised by ever-fewer, ever-larger corporations at every stage of the [...]
One of the many products affected under the Mann Produce recall for possible Listeria contamination. Source: US FDA “Minimally Processed” Vegetable Products Recalled for Possible Listeria (10/26/2017) - Originally published October 23; updated October 26, 2017 with additional recalls at end. On October 19, 2017, Mann Packing of Salinas, California issued a voluntarily recall of minimally processed vegetable products for possible contaminated with Listeria [...]
Auntie Cake's Bakery, NC on Main Street in Bunn, North Carolina. Photo: Kay Whatley Bunn NC Bakery Sweetens The Town (10/22/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Thursday afternoon a Facebook photo caught my eye. It was a photo of newly-made caramel apple cupcakes for sale at Auntie Cake’s Bakery in Bunn, North Carolina (Franklin County). Friday I took [...]
Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down trophies. Source: City of Rocky Mount NC. Credit: Garry Hodges. BBQ Throw Down to Feature BBQ, Classic Cars, Tours and More (10/5/2017) - By Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount NC The 10th annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down will be held on the lawn of the Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station Friday, October 13, [...]
Packaging, one of several recalled, by Prestage Foods. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Ground Turkey Recalled Due to Possible Extraneous Material Contamination (10/3/2017) - Prestage Foods, Inc., a St. Pauls, North Carolina establishment, is recalling approximately 38,475 pounds of ground turkey that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) [...]
Big crowd for the Raleigh Greek Festival, held September 8-10, 2017, Raleigh NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Things We Did: Raleigh Greek Festival 2017 (9/10/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor On September 8, 2017, my sister, daughter, and I returned to the Raleigh Greek Festival for the second year in a row.  The festival was in its 36th year of bringing [...]
Varee restaurant in Wilson NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Things We Did: Restaurant Review of Varee in Wilson NC (9/2/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor A few weeks ago, I came across a Thai restaurant online. Varee Asian Cafe and Bakery was just a little ways up the road in Wilson, North Carolina, so I went [...]
Label for Great Value cherry product released with US FDA recall August 2017. Recall of Great Value Frozen Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries (8/23/2017) - Recall Due to Possible Listeria Contamination On August 23, 2017, SunOpta Inc’s subsidiary, Sunrise Growers Inc., issued a voluntary recall of certain frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products due to the potential to be [...]
NC 2017 Food Safety Forum logo NC 2017 Food Safety Forum is Aug. 15 (7/30/2017) - By Brian Long, NCDA&CS Helping small farms prepare for new federal food safety rules will be among topics covered at the 13th-annual Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum on August 15, 2017, at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. [...]
One of several brands and products recalled. Source: USDA. Recall of Over 7 Million Pounds of Hot Dogs, Sausage for Bone Contamination (7/15/2017) - Marathon Enterprises Inc. Recalls Hot Dog Products Due to Possible Extraneous Material Contamination Class I Recall — This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will [...]
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News -- The Strange-ness: Making a Meal of Road Kill (6/30/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor My afternoon started with a Tweet that sent me down a road of discovery and thought. The Tweet linked to an article by Jeremy Henderson, “Road to Table? Auburn University biology professor talks [...]
Stormberg Food, based in Africa, produces multiple brands, including snacks for humans, and treats for pets. Snack Foods Company Will Create 60 Jobs in Wayne County (6/22/2017) - Stormberg Foods will Invest $2.48 Million to Start Protein Snack Production Facility By Ford Porter, office of the Governor NC Stormberg Foods, LLC., a producer of meat protein snacks, will locate its first United States [...]
Blue Collie Coffee, Louisburg NC, business card. Photo: Kay Whatley. Louisburg NC’s Blue Collie Coffee Provides Community with Jobs, Java (6/16/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Drive into downtown Louisburg NC, and just past the courthouse you’ll find Blue Collie Coffee. This nonprofit coffee shop serves beverages and treats while providing jobs for area special needs students. [...]
Two of the Tyson chicken product labels released with the USDA recall. Labeling Omission Leads to Recall of over 2.4 Million Pounds of Chicken (6/10/2017) - Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Breaded Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens Class I Recall — “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the [...]