Just in Time for Halloween: Frankenfish: The FDA will decide if it will approve genetically altered salmon in a few weeks. The fish are said to grow twice as fast as a regular farmed Atlantic salmon. Biologists are worried about what could happen if the altered fish get into the wild and breed with non-altered fish. via ABC News
PETA Has No Sense of Irony: The animal-rights group PETA’s spokespeople got uppity over Lady Gaga’s Vogue Hommes Japan cover photo in which she is clad in a meat bikini. via NY Daily News
Honey Smuggling Sting Stings: In what is being reported as the biggest food smuggling case in U.S. history, the U.S. is indicting German and Chinese executives for “conspiring to illegally import $40m (£26m) worth of honey from China.” via BBC News
More Confusing Diet Study Results: A new study on high-protein, low-carb diets published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concludes that if you are eating a high-protein, low-carb diet, you’re less likely to die if the proteins come from plants rather than animals. But the real question is: Who cares about low-carb diets anymore? via CNN
Thread of the Week: A Chowhound posts “Broken jaw / no chewing in SF,” seeking recommendations for eating mashed potatoes and creamed spinach with a “gentleman friend” and for picking up takeout soup to purée with a hand blender at the hotel.
Deaths, Firings, Recalls, and Other Endings:
• Four brands of milk are recalled in New York because they weren’t completely pasteurized.
• Cargill Meat Solutions recalled hamburger meat after three people were sickened by a strain of E. coli (O26).
Debuts, Openings, and Other Beginnings:
• Fancy, famous NY restaurant Eleven Madison Park revamps its menu to be just ingredients printed on a page.
• Whole Foods and school lunch activist Ann Cooper launched a project to put salad bars in schools. The schools can apply for grants to get the salad bar kids between now and November 1.