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Food news lately

Has been entertaining in the extreme but not too encouraging…

Horsemeat in British lasagne? should we be encouraged or horrified that they’re even buying and eating frozen packaged lasagne? As the scandal unfolds this month, supermarkets from Tesco’s to Sainsbury’s have been pulling frozen meat products off their shelves. Even Burger King was hit. Thriller subtitle: It Probably Came From Poland (and France, though they’ll never admit it). Trust the Irish to have discovered it first through DNA testing–they’re mad on horse racing and everything else equestrian. The British MPs are caught at an awkward moment, when some of them were just about to downgrade their national food safety agency’s regulatory and oversight powers. According to The Guardian, citizens are voting with their pocketbooks: sales at chi-chi butcher shops and vegetarian take-out places have skyrocketed.

See a lab test of calorie claims in action at the New York Times  this week. The  “Calorie Detective,” as Casey Neistat calls himself in his video, teamed up with researchers from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Obesity Research Lab in New York. They put five items–a Grandpa’s Original packaged yogurt muffin from a bodega, a self-made burrito from Chipotle’s taco bar, a Subway turkey sub, a Starbuck’s frappuccino, and a supermarket wrapped “spicy tofu” vegan sandwich on whole wheat–in a blender (separately) and then in test tubes for the calorimeter. Which of them comes off worst? it’s a tossup between least accurate and most caloric for the class of item–both items claiming loudly how “healthy” they are–but the true worst is that these five items are what Neistat says he might typically eat in a day. ONE day.

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