Vodka is down, red velvet is up and did Twinings pull a New Coke with Earl Grey?
> Vodka is down (or is it) -- the vanguard of expert bartenders are sneering at customers who order vodka. Is a dirty martini the worst drink ever? Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg's "Vodka is Stupid" essay started the anti-vodka campaign back in February: "If your desperation for flavor has you drinking olive brine, just drink gin. Please."
> Red Velvet is higher than gas -- TCBY announces a new red-velvet flavor.
> The Baltimore Snacker has returned to Maryland -- read the award-winning blogger's piece on Maryland Fried Chicken
> The chairman of Nestle apparently talked trash about organics (Grub Street)
> Twinings has pulled a New Coke on its Earl Grey, apoplectic critics say. (via Grub Street)
"Del Monte Fresh Produce, N.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., filed suit on Monday, Aug. 22, against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to seek an injunction that would lift an FDA rule restricting the importation of wholesome fresh cantaloupes into the United States.
Del Monte Fresh's claims are based on the FDA's (and several other state health agency officials') erroneous speculation, unsupported by scientific evidence, that cantaloupes previously imported by Del Monte Fresh from a Guatemalan farm and packing facility were contaminated with the pathogen Salmonella. In fact, neither the FDA nor any state health agency in the U.S. has offered evidence or data to support the FDA action"
Marion Nestle on her Food Politics blog called that move "an astonishing display of what can only be described as 'chutzpah'."
Here's the take on Food Safety News. which includes this sensible comment from the Tennessee state epidemioligst: Americans "want their food to be 100 percent safe and they get angry when it isn't.... and they also want 100 percent conclusive evidence before issuing a recall."