HFCS Tries to Rebrand: The Corn Refiners Association wants the FDA to let it change the name of vilified high-fructose corn syrup to corn sugar, because customers are “confused.” They are apparently confused that HFCS is bad for them, and this will totally clear that up. via the New York Times
Thanks for Nothing, Vilsack: Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is making a run around the Monsanto beet ruling. The USDA will allow GMO sugar beets as long as farmers don’t let the plants flower and produce seed. via The Atlantic
Whole Foods Rates Its Fish: The grocery chain launched a sustainability color coding system for its wild-caught fish: Green’s OK, yellow’s not great, and red should be avoided. Why sell them then? via Reuters
More “Holy Shit” Moments in the Egg Recall: New information shows that Wright County Egg found evidence of salmonella on its farms back in 2008, but records the company gave to Congress don’t indicate if WCE did anything about it. via the New York Times
A Good (Funny) Read: Anthony Bourdain and David Chang are incongruously featured as speakers at the New York 92nd Street Y. Bourdain’s zany one-liners resonate with the elderly audience. Chang’s moody allusions to “untidy narrative[s]” make them uneasy. “The Unbearable Awkwardness of Chang and Bourdain at 92Y” for Eater National
Deaths, Firings, Recalls, and Other Endings:
• Hubert Keller closes Fleur de Lys in Vegas—it’s past its prime.
Debuts, Openings, and Other Beginnings:
• A new MoMA exhibit tracks the history of kitchen devices—Fast Company’s got a cool photographic preview.
• NOTCOT launches Tasteologie.
• Former Forbes.com CEO Jim Spanfeller’s upcoming food website now has a name: The Daily Meal.