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Monday, December 22, 2014

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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 wages and an equal amount in damages, according to a government press release. Many employees worked as many as 60 to 70 hours per week, six or seven consecutive days, but did not receive overtime pay.

The restaurants are located in Hacienda Heights, Torrance, La Mirada and Westwood. A franchisee headquartered in Hacienda Heights owns all four. 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

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The Los Angeles Unified School District has announced a new antibiotic-free standard for chicken products supplied to its schools, making it 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 produced under a USDA Process Verified Program that includes compliance with the following:
  • No animal byproducts in the feed.
  • Raised on an all-vegetarian diet.
  • Humanely raised as outlined in the National Chicken Council Animal Welfare Guidelines.
  • No antibiotics ever.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cooking

Celebrate Thanksgiving as Our Forefathers Did, With a Heritage Bird

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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  • The oldest variety of turkey in the United States, the Narragansett
It’s that time of year again; time to plan your Thanksgiving menu. Whether you’re in charge of cooking everything, just show up with a pie or simply plan to watch football while eating your way into a tryptophan-induced food coma, there’s one thing everyone has in mind: turkey. And since it might just be the only day of the year that you sit down with a large roasted bird and a dozen ebullient friends and family members, you’ll want to do it right.

But what exactly does that mean when it comes to shopping for a turkey? There are so many options these days. Though it might seem easier to dismiss buzzwords such as "heritage breed," "local," "organic," "free-range" and "heirloom" as mere fodder for an episode of Portlandia, they are actually important things that could lead you to a healthier and more delicious bird.

Here's why you should consider eating a heritage bird this year, and a few farms that sell them: 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Food Safety

32,000 Pounds of Gluten-Free Breaded Chicken Recalled

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Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 2:02 PM
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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 were distributed to retail locations nationally. The following products are subject to recall:
  • 12-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets”
  • 10.5-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast"

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Apocalypse

Foster Farms Chicken Strips Recalled for Listeria

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 7:45 AM
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Guess Foster Farms missed being in the spotlight.

A mere two months after the Centers for Disease Control declared the company's 16-month-long salmonella outbreak finally over, Foster Farms chicken is now being recalled for listeria.

About 40,000 pounds (1,223 cases) of Foster Farms' frozen, pre-cooked Chicken Breast Grilled Strips have been pulled from the marketplace, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency issued a warning statement about the chicken on Thursday, Sept. 25.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pop-up Restaurants

A Chicken & Waffle (Cone) Pop-Up

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Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM
The Indonesian-style chicken & waffle cone, left, and American style, right. - CARB & NATION
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  • The Indonesian-style chicken & waffle cone, left, and American style, right.
Why did the chicken cross the road? To jump into a waffle cone, of course! (That sound you just heard was every chef in L.A. slapping his forehead — “Why didn’t I think of that?!”)

Foodie pair Carb & Nation is bringing this perfect match together for its first West Coast appearance (aside from what happens unofficially at Roscoe’s) on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Tested.LA in Glassell Park from 5 to 11 p.m. Yes, that’s one night only!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Food Safety

Over 90,000 Lbs of Chicken Caesar Salad Kits Recalled

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Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM
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Over 90,000 pounds of chicken Caesar salad kits made by Corona-based APPA Fine Foods have been recalled due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Poultry

Forget Food Safety? USDA Cans Poultry Inspectors

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Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 5:00 AM
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In the wake of a virulent salmonella outbreak at Foster Farms’ California plants that went on for over 16 months, the United States Department of Agriculture has decided to overhaul its poultry plant inspection protocol for the first time in nearly 60 years. (The Centers for Disease Control announced July 31 that the Foster Farms outbreak “appears to be over.”)

To that end, the government agency will be reducing the number of poultry inspectors on the floors of chicken-processing plants nationwide, by 770 positions.

Wait … what?

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Apocalypse

Foster Farms Finally Recalls Chicken. Sort Of

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Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 5:00 AM
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After 16 months and more than 600 very sick people, Foster Farms is finally issuing a recall for its chicken. Sort of.

After some intense wrangling with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foster Farms has agreed to recall some chicken produced for just three days in March. You are correct – it is now July.

Can we get a big round of applause for Foster Farms? Anyone? Anyone?

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Zero Cocktail with chocolate fried chicken - BRAD JAPHE
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Chocolate-infused fried chicken. It's a difficult concept to wrap your mind around, let alone your taste buds. Even more problematic is the idea of pairing cocktails with such a curious culinary combination. But this was the very task given to Keith Previte, co-founder and spirits manager at ChocoChicken, which opened last night in downtown Los Angeles. ChocoChicken, just to remind you, is the unlikely new restaurant project from Adam Fleischman, the man who brought you Umami Burger and 800 Degrees. 

First, a few words on the cocoa-battered bird: It's not just a gimmick. There is serious flavor in the batter, and a slightly bittersweet, pleasantly crisped skin counteracts the salty, juicy, poultry encased beneath in each bite. It likely will appeal more to fried chicken aficionados than to chocoholics, yet the latter still have something to celebrate, with an intimation of dark cacao clinging to the palate long after the meal is over. 

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