The Egg Industry Cracks: Wright County Egg based in Galt, Iowa, recalled 380 million eggs due to salmonella contamination, one of the biggest recalls in recent history. via Wall Street Journal
GMO Beets Get the Boot: A federal judge in San Francisco revoked Monsanto’s approval for GMO sugar beets, saying the ag department didn’t do enough to assess the environmental impact of the beets before approving them. via Care2
Breaking News: Kids Prefer Milk with Sugar: The School Nutrition Association trumpets a study that sugary flavored milk shouldn’t be taken out of schools, because then kids would drink less milk, and milk is good for you. Paid for by dairy industry. School lunch activist Ann Cooper calls flavored milk “soda in drag.” via Grist
Big Tragedy, Big Hunger: The United Nations General Assembly met on Thursday to call for emergency global strategies, including massive food aid, to help Pakistan. Floods there have left 15 to 20 million without shelter, food, or emergency care: “more than the entire population hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami, the Kashmir earthquake, Cyclone Nargis, and the earthquake in Haiti, combined,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. via Xinhuanet
A Good Read: The New Yorker profiles Brett Ottolenghi, a.k.a. the “Truffle Kid,” owner of Artisanal Foods, a business that supplies high-end Las Vegas chefs with exotic ingredients like balsamic vinegar from 1890, which gets served on mother-of-pearl spoons to high rollers.
Thread of the Week: “A pregnant woman walks into a bar.” Readers on SFGate.com get riled up about a woman’s right to choose. A drink.
Debuts, Openings, and Other Beginnings:
• A fashion spread from Vogue featuring David Chang circulates. Best caption goes to BuzzFeed: “Look at that bitchface. He was born to model.”
• Iron Chef will host its first vegetarian chef, Dirt Candy’s Amanda Cohen, on the battle debuting this Sunday.
• Zagat released the results of its latest survey: big chain restaurants. Wendy’s won for best food overall, and Virginia-based Five Guys won best burger.