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5 Important Food Lessons From This Past Week

Over the past few days, several important food-related stories captured top headlines.

Rather than dedicate a lengthy blog post to each, here is the Small Bites’ Cliff’s Notes version.

What’s the deal? What are the important takeaways? Here’s your cheat sheet:

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2011: A Year to Remember (and Forget!)

It wasn’t until I started compiling stories for this post that I realized just how much had taken place this year on issues of food, agriculture, and nutrition. While by no means a definitive list, I think it covers the most substantial events.

So, if you’ve been spelunking in Antarctica for the past twelve months — or just want a short trip down memory lane — let’s review 2011, the year where:
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In The News: Here We Go Again

ground-beef_350(1)Now, it’s ground beef’s time to be recalled (for, what, the billionth time?)!

This is starting to resemble a horrifically twisted version of Mad Libs: “(Name of company) is recalling (name of food) after (number) of people experienced (symptoms).”

Here’s what CNN is reporting:

“Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. has recalled about 8,500 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli.  The USDA says it believes certain BJ’s Wholesale Club stores in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Virginia received the products.”

Alas, the truly disturbing tidbit is right here:

“The recalled ground beef was shipped June 11 to distribution centers, where it was repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names. The USDA did not identify the brands.”

Our current food system is essentially a leaky ship with 80 holes.  Instead of drafting plans to build a new one, authorities think plugging two holes at a time is a feasible solution.

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