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2nd Week Of Manhattan Fraud Trial in Huge Counterfeit Wine Case

Last week, Rudy Kurniawan, who accumulated one of the world’s premier wine collections worth more than 50,000 bottles of the most celebrated Bordeaux and Burgundy wines of the last century, went on trial in Manhattan federal court. (source) Kurniawan was … Continue reading

Sriracha Distribution Halted In The Ongoing Hot Sauce Saga

Sriracha hot sauce maker Huy Fong Foods just can’t seem to get a lucky break. The California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines for the company by freezing shipments for a month. (source) The California health department … Continue reading

Amazon’s New Futuristic 30-Minute Delivery System: Drones

Amazon envisions a future where shopping at brick and mortar stores are a thing of the past, and where Amazon’s deliveries are made within 30 minutes using drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles. (source) Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos calls … Continue reading

4 Restaurant Tips On Surviving An ICE Raid

According to QSRweb.com, a website reporting on news, events, and trends in the quick-service restaurant-industry, food service and high-tech manufacturing are among the industries being targeted for illegal hiring practices. The United States Immigrations Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently launched a … Continue reading

FDA Finally Moves To Ban Trans Fats

Trans fats are created through a process called hydrogenation to enhance the flavor of prepared foods, and to improve the shelf life, but the fats have no health benefits, and are even worse than saturated fat. (Source) Trans fat can … Continue reading

Why Panera Bread’s CEO Agreed To Dine On Only $4.50/Day

Last year, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman took part in a local food bank’s challenge to live on roughly the same amount a single person who qualifies for food stamps receives — $4 per day.  (Source) The week long challenge … Continue reading

Taxpayers Fund $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers Survive

When Nancy Salgado, a Chicago single mother of two confronted Jeff Stratton, president of McDonald’s USA, a video of the confrontation went viral.  (Source) The video shows Stratton standing at a podium in a ballroom giving a talk when Salgado … Continue reading

Why The GOVT Shutdown Could Kill You

During the government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service will continue to supply meat production facilities with full-time inspectors, but the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety inspection program will be halted.  (Source) The FDA ostensibly … Continue reading

New Short Film “The Scarecrow” Seeks to Bring Real Food Back to People

Chipotle is a fast food restaurant chain committed to serving only responsibly raised beef, pork and chicken free of antibiotics and fed an additive-free, vegetarian diet. Chipotle prides itself on using high quality ingredients only from local family farms, and … Continue reading

IRS Cracks Down on Tips Instead of Tax Dodging Corporations

When large parties dine at the Olive Garden or LongHorn Steakhouse, it’s customary for the restaurant to add a 15-20 percent automatic gratuity to the check at the end of a meal. These automatic gratuities are then later reported as … Continue reading

Beware! USDA Approves Export of Chinese Poultry To U.S.

In a stunning development, considering China’s horrendous food safety record, the USDA has approved four Chinese poultry processors to begin shipping meat to the U.S.Initially, the poultry will be restricted to cooked meat from birds raised in the U.S. But … Continue reading

Appeals Court Affirms California’s Foie Gras Ban

A recent federal appeals court ruling upheld a district judge’s refusal to block a California foie gras law that prohibited the sale of products made from birds forced to eat abnormally large amounts of food to enlarge their livers. Foie … Continue reading

New State Law Allows Miniature Horses Inside Arizona Restaurants

Arizona state law allows miniature horses who are certified service animals to go to restaurants Continue reading

Seattle Cops Hand Out Doritos Chips At Marijuana Festival

Cops hand out doritos with educational information at Hempfest, a three-day marijuana festival began last Friday at Seattle’s waterfront park in celebration of a victory with the state’s new marijuana legalization.. Continue reading

Lame Cattle Linked to Growth Drugs – Vegan Lifestyle Looks Better Each Day

Drugs like Zilmax which are given to cattle to increase meat production may be associated to downed animals. Continue reading

Why Gay Activists Urge Boycotting Russian Vodka

Why the LGBT community is boycotting Russian Vodka Continue reading

17 Food Prices That Have Soared in Last Decade

As difficult as it may seem to believe, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently said inflation in the United States needs to be higher. But as Michael Snyder points out, Bernanke will never admit that the official inflation rate is … Continue reading

Restaurants Hire Part-Time Workers to Dodge Obamacare

According to a recent ADP National Employment Report, published monthly by the ADP Research Institute in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics, food service accounted for three out of four new franchise jobs. Restaurants make up a big part of the franchise … Continue reading

Court Forces Starbucks Baristas To Share Tips With Supervisors

New York’s highest court recently ruled Starbucks baristas must share their tips with shift supervisors, but not assistant managers. CBS Seattle reports that the Court of Appeals found shift supervisors do much of the same work as the coffee servers … Continue reading

USDA OKs Label For Meat From Animals On GMO-Free Diet

The USDA has approved a GMO-Free label for meat and liquid egg products, setting a precedent for other meat and poultry companies that want to label their products GMO-Free. The GMO-Free label verifies that meat endorsed by the Non-GMO Project … Continue reading

Lawmakers Panic Over Sale of Smithfield Farms To China

The acquisition of Smithfield Foods, America’s largest pork producer and processor, by Shuanghui International, a Chinese company, has lawmakers on Capitol Hill very nervous. If the $7.1 billion sale is completed, it would be among the largest Chinese acquisitions of … Continue reading

New Cheerios Ad Arouses Disturbing Racist Reactions

Cheerio’s Advertisement of Mixed Race Familie Raises Racism Issues in the US Continue reading

Is Food Safety Behind Chinese Purchase Of US Pork Producer?

Smithfield Foods can be traced to 1936, when Joseph W. Luter, Sr. and his son, Joseph W. Luter, Jr., opened the Smithfield Packing Company in Smithfield, Virginia. But last week, a Chinese company bid $4.7 billion to take over Smithfield Foods. … Continue reading

Bad Seeds: A FriendsEAT Guide to GMOs and Monsanto

For the last 4 years, FriendsEAT has included newsworthy articles related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) written by our own Spence Cooper. We decided to gather a digest of Spence’s articles in the form of an eBook chronicling the evolution … Continue reading

Why You Pay So Much for Your Burger

According to a recent USA Today report, the price of ground beef has climbed from $1.29 per pound to a record-breaking $3.51 in the last three decades. The continuing drought in the Midwest has dwindled herds to levels not seen … Continue reading

Asian Countries Suspend US Wheat Imports After GMO Wheat Find

A strain of genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto was discovered in an Oregon field late last month, and has generated fear over food supplies across Asia, with Japan and South Korea cancelling any purchase U.S. grain until further notice. … Continue reading

New York City Threatens To Close Down 17 Sidewalk Cafes

How’s this for timing? Just before summer, New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs is threatening to close down sidewalk cafes at 17 popular restaurants unless they can prove they comply with zoning regulations. Oddly enough, according to the New … Continue reading

TGI Fridays in New Jersey Caught Selling Cheap Liquor as Premium

Fraud is rampant in the restaurant and food retail trade. From Yellowtail mislabeled as mahi-mahi, and Nile perch labeled as shark, to the discovery of horsemeat in big brand products sold by supermarkets, to Anheuser-Busch routinely watering down its finished … Continue reading

Global March Against Monsanto in Over 50 Countries & 400 Cities

As part of a global protest against Monsanto, organizers held “March Against Monsanto” protests in 52 countries and 436 cities on Saturday, including Washington and Los Angeles, where demonstrators waved signs that read “Real Food 4 Real People” and “Label … Continue reading

Big Dairy Wants to Sneak Aspartame Into Chocolate Milk

Diet soda, bottled water, and artificially sweetened sports drinks have contributed to a steady decline in milk sales. So to increase sales, the dairy industry has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to change the current standard for flavored milk. … Continue reading

Monsanto Wins Supreme Court Case Against Small-Time Farmer

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted an appeal filed by a 75-year-old small time farmer named Vernon Hugh Bowman. Bowman, who grows wheat and corn along with soybeans on 300 acres of land he inherited from his father, bought … Continue reading

Forbidden Foods

According to the Guardian’s Anna Brones, the United States recently implemented a blockade on mimolette, the brightly colored orange cheese that traditionally comes from Lille, an industrial city in northern France near the Belgian border. Because mites are introduced to … Continue reading

Meet The Kid Dow & Monsanto Don’t Want You to Know

When Birke Baehr was 8-years-old he read a post online over his mother’s shoulder about mercury being in HFCS-high fructose corn syrup. Birke writes that when he started looking into “this thing about HFCS I just got more and more … Continue reading

World’s #1 Bottled Water Seller Wants to Privatize Water Supply

Doug Hornig and Alex Daley with Casey Research comment on how the World Bank’s Ismail Serageldin put it so succinctly: “The wars of the 21st century will be fought over water.” With that revelation in mind, the 68-year-old Nestlé chair … Continue reading

Three Decades Since OSHA Inspected Texas Fertilizer Co.

It’s been almost three decades since Adair Grain Inc.’s West Fertilizer Company, the scene of a deadly explosion last week in Texas, was inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. According to its online database, OSHA last inspected the … Continue reading

Hundreds of Meat Cuts Renamed Under New System

The pork and beef industries are renaming more than 350 cuts of meat in order to lure more consumers to outdoor grills this summer. According to the USDA, the supply of pork and beef hit a record high for the … Continue reading

Palm Oil Linked to Deforestation & Animal Extinction

Palm oil is used by manufacturers in the production of food, body products, cleaning agents, soap, and makeup. Most pre-packaged snack foods made by large corporate-giants such as Nestle contain palm oil. But Rolf Skar, a senior forest campaigner with … Continue reading

No Lunch For Some School Kids in Massachusetts

Whitson’s Culinary Group, a New York-based school food service contractor that supplies 80 schools in New England with lunch meals, denied 25 children lunch at Coelho Middle School even if they had five cents of debt on their pre-paid lunch … Continue reading

Despite Strong Opposition, Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act

Despite strong opposition from consumer groups, President Barack Obama has signed H.R. 933 into law, which contained the Monsanto Protection Act. Food Democracy Now collected signatures from more than 250,000 Americans urging Obama to veto the bill, and points out … Continue reading

Coffee Titan Starbucks Buys First Coffee Farm

Starbucks has purchased its first coffee farm on 600 acres of land in Costa Rica. Besides harvesting their own beans, the company claims it will convert the farm to a global agronomy research and development center, and research the leaf … Continue reading