It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

 

There’s been a large processed food recall due to salmonella, and while the chances of people getting ill are low, the Food and Drug Administration has still called for a voluntary recall because thousands of types of foods could contain the problem.

Thousands of types of processed foods -- including many varieties of soups, chips, frozen dinners, hot dogs and salad dressings -- may pose a health threat because they contain a flavor enhancer that could be contaminated with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. 
Click here to read the full story. Click here for a searchable list of products that have been recalled.

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The corn industry isn’t very happy about the movie Food, Inc., and with the possibility of the movie winning an Academy Award, The National Corn Growers Association is speaking out.

It's not often that midwestern farmers speak out against a motion picture, but the movie Food Inc. may have hit a bit too close to home. Inspired by the blockbuster books The Omnivore's Dilemma and Fast Food Nation, the movie's criticism -- that industrialized crops are detrimental both to our bodies and the environment -- centers on corn. Hollywood has expressed its de facto support by nominating the film for Best Documentary; now the corn industry is responding. Loudly. 
Click here to read the full story.

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If you’re in the Philadelphia area, The Sixth Annual Brewers Plate that supports Fair Food will be held on Sunday, March 14. Fair Food is a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to bringing “local healthy food to the marketplace and promoting a humane sustainable food system for the region.” Local, independent restaurants and craft breweries will provide the evening’s refreshments.

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MNN covered one of the week’s biggest food stories – a report that reveals that food born illnesses is costing our country billions and billions each year.

Food-borne illnesses, such as E. coli and salmonella, cost the United States $152 billion annually in health care and other losses, according to a report released Wednesday by a food safety group.
Check out the full story: "Study: Food-borne illnesses cost U.S. $152 billion."

 

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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