June 18, 2004
Re "USDA: Frozen Fries Are 'Fresh' Veggies," June 15: Under pressure from the branch of the U.S. obesity industry devoted to the consumption of frozen French fries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and now a federal judge have agreed that frozen French fries constitute "fresh vegetables." This is an outrageous Alice in Wonderland interpretation of a simple phrase that any 2-year-old can understand. This country's anxiety to export its vision of democracy to the entire globe makes outcomes like this especially sad. With the USDA in the deep fryer of the frozen potato industry, any country that cares to look will have to wonder about how much of our political and legal system is for sale to the highest bidder.
March 12, 2003 |
France's refusal to back a proposed U.S.-led military campaign against Iraq started an international food fight of sorts Tuesday on Capitol Hill, as french fries and french toast were replaced in the House of Representatives eateries by "freedom fries" and "freedom toast." The name changes follow similar actions by restaurants around the country protesting French opposition to the Bush administration's Iraq war plans. "Update.
March 10, 2008 |
A wet tater is a healthy tater, according to British researchers. Rinsing or soaking raw French fries in water before frying may reduce levels of acrylamide in the crunchy product, according to a team led by investigators at Leatherhead Food International, a food and beverage research and consulting company. The study appeared online last week in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Acrylamide, which is created in small amounts during production of French fries and potato chips, has been linked to cancer in rodents, and some researchers believe it may be carcinogenic to humans as well.
February 2, 1999 |
If you think the fat findings of the Center for Science in the Public Interest were bad for movie popcorn, take a bite out of this. Thanks to a new machine, French fries may be coming soon to a theater near you. The MT 2000 is a self-serve machine that delivers kosher French fries in less than 45 seconds, with 20% less fat than fries made at fast-food restaurants. The process starts with a dehydrated potato product, which is reconstituted, pushed through an extruder and dropped into a fryer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2005 |
California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer sued nine snack- and fast-food giants Friday, saying the law requires them to tell the public that their potato chips and French fries contain a toxic chemical. In a suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Lockyer sought a court order compelling the companies to place warnings on their cooked potato products because they contain higher levels of a suspected carcinogen, acrylamide, than other foods. The defendants include Frito-Lay Inc., KFC Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1992 |
The United Nations came to Orange County this weekend for the 20th International Street Fair, offering a smorgasbord for the thousands who flocked to this city's central plaza Saturday afternoon. "Denmark: You'll Love It," proclaimed one overhead banner, encouraging eaters to sample the Danish delicacy ableskiver--fluffy fried dough balls dipped in raspberry jam and topped with powdered sugar. "Velhommen til Norge" read another sign, offering rare Norwegian imported beer.
March 31, 1994 |
Nobody foresaw the long-range ramifications when NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, moved its headquarters to Brussels, Belgium, in 1968. We're not talking military or political consequences. We're talking frites (pronounced freets ), or as they are known in this country, French fries. And we're talking about right here in Long Beach, where Belgian-style French fries are being served at Benita's Frites. Follow closely.
December 9, 1987 |
An 11-year-old boy who survived being submerged in an icy river for nearly 45 minutes was taken off a respirator Tuesday, and he delighted relatives and physicians by asking for a soda and french fries. "He can talk and will continue to talk as the day progresses," Dr. William Norberg said of Alvaro Garza Jr. "He did complain about being hungry. He wanted a Coke and he wanted french fries. And then he wanted to know when he could go home."