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February 7, 2011 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
Organic, raw and even gluten-free food choices aren't just for people anymore. These options are showing up at local pet shops that are looking to distinguish themselves from big-box competitors. After a slowdown in sales of premium-priced food during the recession, independent pet shops said the sector was recovering. At the Modern Dog, a boutique in a Venice bungalow, co-owner Lance Castro was looking to add two new brands of freeze-dried raw food and premium kibble to the seven he already sells.
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BUSINESS
September 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Dole Food Co., the world's largest producer of fresh vegetables, is voluntarily recalling salads sold in the U.S. and Canada labeled "Hearts Delight" because of possible E. coli contamination. The recall affects 4,530 packages in the U.S. and 528 in Canada, said Marty Ordman, a spokesman for Westlake Village-based Dole. No consumers have reported being sick, Dole said. The salads -- bearing a Sept.
HEALTH
July 18, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
When Gabriel, a 10-year-old rescue cat from Chinatown, tucks into his morning meal, you won't see any Friskies or Meow Mix in his bowl. Ahi tuna and duck are more the ticket. "I think there's more than enough pesticides and chemicals and that kind of stuff in human food," says Gabriel's owner, Jason Lanum, on a recent expedition to the Urban Pet, a Los Angeles specialty pet store. "I eat natural food, and I don't see any reason why I shouldn't give it to my cat. " These days, our pets may be eating better than we are. Big-box pet stores and precious pet boutique shelves are increasingly stocked with gourmet edibles that are corn-free, wheat-free, locally sourced, byproduct-free, free-range, minimally processed and raw. Many come with homey, inviting labels, and some look palatable even for humans.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2004 | From a Times staff writer
Their recipes may be great but when it comes to preparing them with good hygiene in mind, the cooks on shows on the Canadian version of Food Network got failing grades from food-safety researchers at Canada's University of Guelph. As reported in the trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable, in about 80% of the 60 episodes reviewed, the chefs allowed raw meat to contaminate vegetables and other raw food.
OPINION
January 4, 2008
Re "Choosing their lots in life," Column One, Dec. 31 I am dismayed by Steve Chawkins' assertion that homelessness and poverty are a choice. No one -- except perhaps the mentally ill or the wandering pseudo-hippie bohemians the author chose to feature as representative of the homeless auto dwellers -- is really happy with a "permanent berth on the asphalt." It is an anomaly to find any feasting on an "expensive raw-food diet" and wearing "all natural clothing." Chawkins puts the blame for homelessness all on the individual, "bad luck, bad choices, booze, drugs or mental illness," without a reproachful word for the economic system that actually creates the problem.
NEWS
January 23, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are arguably the hottest couple in Hollywood. The parents of six can go to any restaurant they please. They could eat caviar and drink champagne for every meal if they chose. So what do their kids like to eat when they sit down for a snack? Fried crickets of course. That's right, the kids of these A-list actors like to chow down on little buggers. According to E!News , during a video shoot for Louis Vuitton's Core Values campaign, Jolie admitted that her sons' favorite snack is fried crickets.
HEALTH
February 14, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
One awful day, D.C. Copeland recalls, her perspective on her "pure" diet had become so distorted that she found herself crying in the produce section of a grocery store because she could not decide whether the kale or the chard was "better. " Jennifer Lombardi had so limited what she considered healthful that she found herself fending off others' questions about her diet. So she fabricated all sorts of food allergies - so no one would challenge her. Both women say they were struggling with orthorexia, a condition that had them so consumed with a health food diet - or, as many people now term it, a clean diet - that the list of foods they'd eat shrank and shrank.
NEWS
July 15, 1988 | Associated Press
America's trade deficit expanded only slightly in May and inflation remained moderate in June, the government said today, although analysts saw cause for inflation worry in a steep, drought-induced climb in wholesale food prices. The trade report sent the dollar soaring. The Commerce Department said the trade deficit rose to $10.9 billion in May from a revised $10.3 billion in April, but the number was still the second smallest in almost three years and well within economists' expectations.
FOOD
January 10, 1991 | DANIEL P. PUZO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reclassified eggs as a "potentially hazardous food" in 1990, producers initially recoiled at the news but then welcomed the change. The move meant public food operations must store, handle and prepare eggs with the same attention to proper cooking times and refrigeration temperatures as any raw animal food.
NEWS
June 7, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
And the winner is … the DASH diet! That eating plan, often recommended to help adults lower their blood pressure, topped more popular options in a ranking of 20 diets by U.S. News & World Report. The DASH diet, the magazine concluded, was the best overall. The magazine's panel of nutrition experts chose the government-approved Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension for, among other things, being nutritious, easy to follow and protecting against heart disease and perhaps diabetes.
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