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.

Remember the Nestlé Cookie Dough recall that had people scratching their heads trying to figure out how E. Coli got into cookie dough. Looks like the company put some pretty strict safeguards in place after that and caught another tainted batch recently before it reached the store shelves.

Nestlé USA said Wednesday that two samples of its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough made at a Virginia factory tested positive for E. coli bacteria this week despite rigorous safety measures put in place after a recall of the product last summer.

Nestlé also said the tainted dough had not left the factory and no recall was necessary.

Click here for the full story.

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A teacher from Illinois who identifies herself as Mrs. Q has pledged to eat the same school lunch that her students are served every day in 2010 (I assume only the days that school is in session.) She’s blogging about her experience in Fed Up: The School Lunch Project, complete with photos of the lunches. I may need to do a Q & A with Miss Q soon. From Day 4:

Today's menu: Chicken patty with peas, two slices of bread, fruit cup, and chocolate milk.

There was some strange sauce on the patty. I guess it was tomato sauce, but it was tasteless and of course you can see that it was burnt. The fruit cup was partially frozen. In fact I stabbed it with my spork.

Click here to check out the full blog.

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If you live in my neck of the woods, that would be the South Jersey/Philly region, there’s an event going on next Monday to benefit the Food Bank of South Jersey. My favorite chef, Mark Smith, will be hosting the Mighty Mac Battle of the Chefs with several other chefs in the region. Each chef, including one of MNN’s 40 chefs under 40, James Malaby, will be sharing a take on good ol’ mac-n-cheese. The event will be held at Tortilla Press Cantina in Pennsauken, NJ.

Click here for more details.

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MNN’s own Matt Hickman tackles a question that is relevant for so many of us . Is there such a thing as a natural diet soda? As someone who kicked and screamed her way into kicking the diet cola habit a year ago, I found it an interesting read. Was Matt able to find a healthy diet soda? You’ll have to read and find out for yourself.

Enjoy your weekend!

Image: Matt Callow

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