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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Dead in Multi-State Listeria Outbreak Linked to Caramel Apples

5 Dead in Multi-State Listeria Outbreak Linked to Caramel Apples

If you succumbed to the temptation of one of those crappy pre-packaged supermarket caramel apples around Halloween, you may have gotten more than you bargained for among the chopped peanuts and sprinkles — listeria.  Health officials are warning consumers not to eat commercially produced caramel apples after they were linked...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A. El Pollo Loco Franchisee Fined $145K for Overtime Violations

L.A. El Pollo Loco Franchisee Fined $145K for Overtime Violations

The U.S. Labor Department has secured more than $145,000 in wages and damages for almost six dozen Southern California El Pollo Loco employees who did not receive overtime pay they were owed. Sixty-nine workers employed at four franchise El Pollo Loco restaurants around Los Angeles will recover $72,613 in back...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink LAUSD Among First of Nation's Large School Districts to Switch to Antibiotic-Free Chicken

LAUSD Among First of Nation's Large School Districts to Switch to Antibiotic-Free Chicken

The Los Angeles Unified School District has announced a new antibiotic-free standard for chicken products supplied to its schools in a move that makes them among the first of the country's large school districts to make the switch. Not only that, the new standards require that all chicken products must be...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Downtown L.A. Seafood Company Shut Down After Seven Years of Unsanitary Conditions

Downtown L.A. Seafood Company Shut Down After Seven Years of Unsanitary Conditions

Things were more than a little fishy at a local seafood-processing plant. So fishy, in fact, that the Department of Justice has gone to court to shut down the Los Angeles seafood company, Neptune Manufacturing Co., for producing and distributing "adulterated products." Translation: the facilities were filthy, and the Food...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Girl Scout Cookies Will Now Be Sold Online. Lord Help Us All.

Girl Scout Cookies Will Now Be Sold Online. Lord Help Us All.

Call your TMA (Thin Mints Anonymous) sponsor now. Now. Those devious little dessert-hawking munchkins who normally park their green-clad butts outside your local Vons are now going to start selling Girl Scout cookies online, USA Today reports. Which will make it that much more convenient to order way too many...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Movie Theaters, Vending Machines & More Must Now Post Calorie Counts

Movie Theaters, Vending Machines & More Must Now Post Calorie Counts

Chain restaurants, movie theaters, amusement parks, grocery store takeout counters and even vending machines must now post calorie counts and other nutritional information for consumers to see, the Food and Drug Administration announced last week. This new disclosure is required under the Affordable Care Act. Some chains, such as McDonalds...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Sales of Gluten-Free Foods Surge Almost 70 Percent, Despite No Increase in Celiac Disease

Sales of Gluten-Free Foods Surge Almost 70 Percent, Despite No Increase in Celiac Disease

Sales of gluten-free foods have surged 68 percent in the last two years, according to a new study – even though other studies have shown that only 1 percent of the U.S. population actually has celiac disease. Still, more and more Americans are convinced that they are sensitive to gluten,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Coffee May Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Coffee May Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Here’s some sweet news for those who love the bitter taste of coffee: according to a new study, drinking three to four cups a day can slash the risk of type 2 diabetes by 25 percent. That’s compared to drinking no coffee or less than two cups a day. And...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Best Foods and Hellmann's Launch Mayonnaise Throwdown Against Startup Just Mayo

Best Foods and Hellmann's Launch Mayonnaise Throwdown Against Startup Just Mayo

An upstart condiment brand may be forced to “hold the mayo” – from its name, at least. Food giant Unilever, which owns Best Foods and Hellmann’s brands of “Real Mayonnaise,” is suing Hampton Creek, a little startup condiment company, accusing the firm of false advertising because its sandwich spread “Just...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Genetically Modified Potato Lowers Cancer Risk

Genetically Modified Potato Lowers Cancer Risk

A new potato has been genetically modified to produce less of a potentially cancer-causing chemical when fried. The Innate potato, which was just approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for commercial planting, produces up to 70% less acrylamide, a chemical that is emitted when potatoes are fried to make...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Walnuts May Help Fight Alzheimer's Disease

Walnuts May Help Fight Alzheimer's Disease

A new study published in the October Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease indicates that a diet including walnuts may help reduce the risk, delay the onset, slow the progression of and even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Research led by Abha Chauhan, head of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at the New York State Institute...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 10 Spooktacular Halloween Treats for Adults

10 Spooktacular Halloween Treats for Adults

The transition from tiny, gleeful candy-grabbing Miss Piggy to hoodied teenager sullenly knocking on neighbor's doors at 9 p.m. seeking Tootsie Roll dregs to cocktail-quaffing "sexy witch" is one of the bitterest rites of passage. But there's no reason you can't grow up and have your Halloween treats, too. In...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 32,000 Pounds of Gluten-Free Breaded Chicken Recalled

32,000 Pounds of Gluten-Free Breaded Chicken Recalled

Murry’s Inc., a Lebanon, Pa. company, is recalling about 31,689 pounds of gluten-free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with staphylococcal enterotoxin, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The frozen, uncooked products have a best by date of Aug. 9, 2015 and...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink California Thursdays Brings Fresh Local Produce to Schoolkids

California Thursdays Brings Fresh Local Produce to Schoolkids

Nearly 1 million students in California, including in Los Angeles, will be test subjects for an experimental school food approach – feeding them freshly prepared, locally grown foods. It’s part of a statewide pilot program called California Thursdays that seeks to do something audacious – serve California food to California...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Drinking Soda May Accelerate Aging as Much as Smoking

Drinking Soda May Accelerate Aging as Much as Smoking

Sugary soda speeds up the aging process as much as smoking, according to a new study by UC San Francisco. Holy Sprite! The study, published Oct. 16 in the American Journal of Public Health, analyzed data from a survey of over 5,300 healthy Americans done 14 years ago.  The research...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Whole Foods Is Now Rating Your Produce

Whole Foods Is Now Rating Your Produce

On Oct. 15, Whole Foods Market launched a new rating system called "Responsibly Grown" that assesses its fruits, vegetables and flowers based on how their growing practices affect people's health and the environment. The produce will be labeled “good,” “better,” or “best” to help shoppers make more informed choices, the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Grapefruit Juice May Help Prevent Weight Gain

Grapefruit Juice May Help Prevent Weight Gain

A new study from UC Berkeley suggests that drinking grapefruit juice may stem weight gain — at least for those who eat a high-fat diet.  According to the research, mice fed a high-fat diet gained 18 percent less weight when they drank clarified, no-pulp grapefruit juice compared with a control...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Coffee Junkies May Be Born That Way

Coffee Junkies May Be Born That Way

Coffee addicts may be born, not made. A recent international study led by Harvard researchers has identified six new genes linked to the way caffeine affects us. The work, led by Marilyn Cornelis, a research associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found a total of eight...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink An Apple a Day May Keep Obesity Away

An Apple a Day May Keep Obesity Away

An apple a day keeps the fat cells away? According to a new study, apples — particularly the Granny Smith variety — contain a high percentage of nondigestible compounds that may be helpful in preventing disorders associated with obesity. Scientists at Washington State University say Granny Smiths' high amount of...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 4th <i>Game of Thrones</i> Beer Is on Its Way

4th Game of Thrones Beer Is on Its Way

With the latest beer linked to the hit HBO series set to debut Oct. 1, it's apparent that Game of Thrones fans are also beer fans (we're not surprised). The first two releases in HBO Licensing’s partnership with Cooperstown, NY-based Brewery Ommegang, Iron Throne Blond Ale (spring 2013) and Take...…
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