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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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  • Zero Cocktail with chocolate fried chicken
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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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

click image Buffalo wings - MALCOLM BEDELL/FROMAWAY.COM
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What's it going to take, Ron Foster?

Another 50 people have suffered salmonella poisoning linked to Foster Farms chicken just since April, according to the Centers for Disease Control's latest report on the outbreak that started over a year ago. That's right - Foster Farms has been allowed to continue putting tainted chicken on the market for over a year.  

The new cases appear to be linked to fresh, retail chicken, not chicken that had been kept in home freezers for months. That means Foster Farms' plants are still contaminated with virulent bacteria.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Apocalypse

More Sickened by Foster Farms Chicken

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Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 2:46 PM
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  • An "unadulterated" chicken sandwich
Foster Farms chicken is still making people sick. 

Government officials prematurely declared the outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella poisoning that began in March 2013 over in January. But since then, new infections have continued to develop  - most of them in California, where Foster Farms is headquartered.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Apocalypse

Foster Farms Plant Closes Again

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Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Fried chicken - MALCOLM BEDELL/FROMAWAY.COM
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Foster Farms says it has "voluntarily and temporarily" closed its Livingston, Calif. chicken-processing plant after it was shut down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last Wednesday and then reopened Saturday. The company said in a statement that it is "exercising vigilance" and dedicating additional time to make sure its cockroach cleanup plan is implemented, the Christian Science Monitor reports. As Yogi Berra said, feels like deja-vu all over again!

(We're wondering what they found during the cleanup process. Yikes.) 

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Apricot-shellacked ghost chile chicken wings, hold the cockroaches - MALCOLM BEDELL/FROM AWAY
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Updated, Jan. 14, 4:20 p.m.: Foster Farms says it has "voluntarily and temporarily" closed its Livingston, Calif. chicken-processing plant after it was shut down by the USDA last Wednesday and then reopened Saturday. The company said in a statement that it is "exercising vigilance" and dedicating additional time to make sure its cockroach cleanup plan is implemented.

Tyson Foods is recalling 34,000 pounds of chicken that may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the New York Times. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the chicken was shipped nationwide, not set for retail sale, but for "institutional use." It has been linked to seven illnesses in a Tennessee correctional facility, including two hospitalizations.

Meanwhile, in other gross chicken news, last Wednesday the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service shut down one of the three Foster Farms chicken-processing plants implicated in a months-long salmonella outbreak, due to a cockroach infestation. But by Saturday, the plant was allowed to open again.

The USDA suspended operations at the Livingston, Calif. plant because of what it called "egregious" unsanitary conditions, according to the Portland Oregonian

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