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Food Laws and Regulations

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Op-Ed: California Budget Boosts Healthy Food for Kids and Markets for Farmers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 21 days ago

" . . . This vision focuses on upgrading food quality and freshness, serving more climate-friendly, plant-based and organic food, supporting local farmers, developing food and garden education prog...

Gov. Cuomo wants to expand alcohol sales at movie theaters...

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by gutreactions 1 month ago

As part of his State of the State message, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York is proposing expanded alcohol sales at movie theaters. Sipping a craft brew or a glass of wine while watching a hit film sou...

German court forced to rule as cheese smell gets up woman's nose

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . Ms Kragler says the smell of the cheese comes up through windows, staircases and even claims the smell comes through electric sockets. . . He also claims that the smell is actually fro...

Street Food Legalized in Los Angeles

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

At long last, the estimated 10,000 street food vendors in Los Angeles have a pathway to legitimacy. "That means the fight is far from over, but today marks the first time in the city’s history t...

Here are the rural residents who sued the world’s largest hog producer over waste and odors – and won

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" . . . When a hog farm opened next door in 1985, Farland said, the odor was nothing like that of her family’s five pigs. 'If you ever had a sick child that had diarrhea and you accidentally left t...

The Truth About (Wild) Turkeys

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

From the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program --- " . . . What can you do if you see a wild turkey in your neighborhood? • Do not feed the turkeys. Many p...

NYC bans selling Foie Gras at restaurants & groceries!

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by gutreactions 3 months ago

Mayor DeBlasio is set to sign a bill banning the sale of foie gras in New York City, a delicacy enjoyed at many high end restaurants, starting in 2022. Restaurateurs are expressing their outrage, n...

Cyprus farmers warn of halloumi shortages over EU protection plans

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Enjoy your saganaki now. " . . . On one side is the Cypriot government, which is pushing for the island’s rubbery 'white gold' to be given an EU badge of authenticity known as Protected Designa...

Just a Platform? Instacart Workers Strike at the Gig Economy’s Favorite Lie

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

". . . The strike, which lasted three days, was about a lot more than tips. The larger issue, Bain said, is that Instacart is doing the classic tech-company move of pretending its employees aren’t ...

Food as medicine: Massachusetts bill would give Medicaid recipients fresh food and grocery money

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . The proposed pilot program in Massachusetts would include all of the following: pre-made meals, pre-selected groceries, and money for nutritious foods. The range speaks to the various and s...

Is peacock meat legal in CA/USA?

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by Lynndsey Rigberg 8 years ago

Chowhounds, I recently ordered another peacock from Exoticmeats for a very special dinner party coming up (they need 14 days notice). When I told my dinner guests that I was serving peacock,...

California's Forage Wars

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . Renick and her friends and family routinely defy California laws and natural-resource management regulations they say obstruct their right to maintain these traditional practices. The stake...

Swiss Government Gets Roasted Over Coffee Stockpile Changes

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . If you as a Swiss company are importing coffee, you have to - there is some sort of fee that has to be paid. And with the fee, the companies themselves are paid for stockpiling. And the qua...

'Ending the War on Artisan Cheese'

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . The debate over the safety of raw milk cheese has fiercely divided American cheesemakers and government regulators, and outraged cheese lovers. Currently, certain cheeses can be legally man...

New California law makes it legal to cook up roadkill — and aims to save lives

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

" . . . Archuleta’s bill mandates a pilot program to track wildlife collisions in three parts of the state, which have yet to be determined. By Jan. 1, 2022, the California Fish and Game Commission...

California Ends School Lunch-shaming

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

" . . . The new legislation, authored by state Sen. Robert Hertzberg, makes it so schools are no longer allowed to serve cheaper, 'alternative' lunches to students whose parents are unable to pay. ...

OpenTable sharing personal data

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Many thanks to J. Kenji Lopez-Alt for surfacing the default settings on the updated Opentable app that enables sharing of diner data with 3rd parties. His IG post illustrates how to shut this down....

The Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Consortium reacts to pending tariffs

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

PARMA, ITALY, October 7, 2019 — Following the World Trade Organization’s decision to grant permission to the Trump administration to impose an annual tax of $7.5 billion on European exports such ...

Culture: Your Crash Course on the EU Cheese Tariffs

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

"...'We hope that somebody is advising the White House that this action will hurt the US economy and put a number of jobs and companies at risk,' says Marfuggi. If the tariffs are imposed, small bu...

Helping low-income women afford healthier food may have reversed a rise in childhood obesity

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

" . . . In other words, the policy changes have resulted in physically and mentally healthier children—an outcome that, after all, is central to WIC’s mission. Established as part of the Child Nutr...