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FOOD
May 20, 2013 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A word of advice. Never use the phrase "just a burger" with Nancy Silverton. I did and was promptly challenged on every aspect of burger-making, starting with where to buy the meat, what grind, size of patty, how to cook it, what to serve with it, what pickle, what bun, what ketchup, what mayonnaise, what mustard, what cheese, how thick to slice the avocado, what bacon, what smoke on the bacon, what occasion. The co-founder of Campanile restaurant and La Brea Bakery may be famous for more sophisticated food, but to her, the burger is one of the great American dishes, and exactly the thing that she likes to give friends for an end-of-summer barbecue.
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BUSINESS
May 6, 2013 | By Shan Li
First it was tainted baby food and toys with lead paint. Now China is dealing with a meat scandal that involves passing rat meat off as lamb. The Ministry of Public Safety announced recently that police have arrested hundreds of people involved in a scheme to sell a mixture of rat, mink and fox meat -- combined with red food coloring -- under the label "lamb. " More than 900 people and 200,000 tons of illegal meat were captured, according to state news agency Xinhua. The ministry said police had discovered nearly 400 cases involving meat violations.
WORLD
May 3, 2013 | By Don Lee
BEIJING -- Feasting on strips of mutton dropped in a simmering pot is a popular dining pastime in China, but what if the meat served is actually made of rat? That may be on the minds of diners after the latest stomach-churning food scandal to hit China. Authorities said that traders bought rat, fox, mink and other uninspected meats -- and after adding red coloring and other chemicals -- sold them as lamb rolls for markets in Shanghai and neighboring Jiangsu province. Police arrested 63 suspects and seized 10 tons of meats and additives, but not before the operation had sold about $1.6 million worth of fake meat over the last four years.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Quirky grocery chain Trader Joe's is dealing this week with some concern over its products, including a public statement from a major advocacy group criticizing the presence of antibiotics in meat and a lawsuit from the state of California alleging undisclosed lead content in candies. In an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, Consumers Union singled out Trader Joe's for selling meat from animals fed a steady stream of antibiotics. The full-page spread featured the word “WARNING!
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Fans of Italian cured meat products such as culatello , pancetta and salami are already smacking their lips. And so are the folks who make the wonderful salumi , so many of which have been unavailable in the United States -- until now. On Friday, the Department of Agriculture quietly published a determination in the Federal Register that six Italian regions are now clear of an obscure malady of pigs called swine vesicular disease ...
NEWS
April 28, 2013 | By Jonathan Gold
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.
WORLD
April 16, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
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...
NEWS
April 8, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
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. ...
NEWS
April 8, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
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.
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