April 28, 2013 |
Are weeks gray without a sliver of Tuscan lardo? Do you crave coppa made from Cinta Senese pigs? Have you ever considered attaching a gold chain to a whole prosciutto in an attempt to persuade a customs inspector that it was a kicky Fendi bag? You may be in luck. According to the Italian wire service ANSA, the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services announced Friday that the long-standing USDA ban on the import of Italian cured meats will be lifted starting May 28, and presumably the flood of salami, bresaola and pancetta will start washing into U.S. markets and restaurants not long thereafter.
April 16, 2013 |
Thousands of tests across the European Union revealed that nearly 5% of foods marketed as beef contained horse meat, according to results released Tuesday. However, European officials said health risks from the mislabeled meat were minor. A much smaller fraction of the horse meat run through separate tests -- 0.5% -- contained a veterinary drug banned for humans to eat, the tests found. A day earlier, European food safety officials estimated that the risk of suffering toxic effects from accidentally ingesting horse meat was lower than 1 in 100 million.
April 15, 2013 |
Meat Loaf has cited illness for the cancellation of another concert during his "Last at Bat" tour. The 65-year-old rocker pulled out of a Nottingham concert at Capital FM Arena during the farewell tour just 30 minutes before doors were scheduled to open Sunday, the Associated Press reported . The concert was the fifth of eight shows lined up for Britain on the tour that kicked off April 5. The performance was " postponed due...
April 8, 2013 |
The long-established link between red meat consumption and heart disease may have less to do with the fat in the meat than many have assumed, researchers said Sunday. Writing in the journal Nature Medicine , a team led by Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland pointed instead to the nutrient L- carnitine -- a substance involved in the digestion of fat and also a popular dietary supplement -- as a key artery-hardening culprit. ...
April 8, 2013 |
If you're a hard-core carnivore like I am, you might well have gone to bed Sunday night dreaming of pork butt -- and awoke to find your brain pan full of "Boston roast. " That's because, as recently reported at our sister publication the Chicago Tribune, the pork people (National Pork Board) and the beef brain trust (Beef Checkoff Program) are in the process of renaming some 350 cuts of meat in an attempt to give the steak market a boost and brighten the outlook for pork's future.
April 6, 2013 |
La Rioja Alta is one of the great old Rioja houses, best known for Viña Ardanza, long one of my favorite Riojas. The 2004 Viña Arana is winning me over, though. Made with 95% Tempranillo, rather than Ardanza's 80% (the rest being made up with Garnacha and, in the case of Arana, with Mazuelo), the 2004 has a beautiful balance and grace. It's all in there - dark cherries, licorice, leather and earth. Ready to drink now or put away for a while. Give this terrific Rioja some time in the glass for all its layers to show themselves.
April 6, 2013 |
The idea came from something a state lawmaker noticed while cruising the wide-open roads of Montana. The highway often has carcasses - plenty of them. "There are a lot of animals and a lot of roadway in Montana," state Rep. Steve Lavin said. "I've had a ton of people ask me after striking a deer or an elk, 'Can I take it?' And I have to say no.'" But that could soon change. If a bill becomes law, Montana motorists could take home certain roadkill - and cook it up. And no, the "roadkill bill" - HB 247 - wouldn't mean open season on animals on the state's roadways.
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April 4, 2013 |
A kosher meat market at the center of a recent scandal will reopen early next week, new owner Shlomo Rechnitz told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. When Doheny Glatt Kosher meat market reopens, it will do so under the supervision of the Rabbinical Council of California, a statement from the organization said. Last week, the RCC pulled Doheny's kosher certification, following allegations the shop was selling meat that was not properly certified under kosher rules. On Tuesday, The Times reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture also launched an investigation into the market.
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April 3, 2013 |
A glatt kosher meat market owner facing questions on his product was viewed skeptically by competitors, said the private investigator who sparked the controversy. Michael Engelman, who owns the Doheny Glatt Kosher Meats market in West Los Angeles, is accused of selling meat not properly certified kosher. The controversy started when private investigator Eric Agaki secretly videotaped Engelman working. The video appears to show the Doheny market owner bringing meat into his store after a supervisor who certifies kosher products had left.