Former Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, right, follows the work of USDA inspectors at a Cargill meat packing plant in Schuyler, Neb., in 2008.
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December 1, 2011 A group of scientists at the National Research Council says in a new report that the government should routinely release data that it collects in meat-packing plants.
In addition to arsenic, dangerous levels of lead have been found in apple juice, according to Consumer Reports.
December 1, 2011 Dangerous levels of arsenic and lead have been detected in juices found in many supermarkets. Consumers Union is calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to set a new standard to protect kids.
Michel Nischan and assistants prepare herbs for his chopped herb salad.
November 30, 2011 Chef Michel Nischan is no stranger to posh nosh. But last night, he demonstrated how to prepare a flavorful, seasonal three-course meal for just $4.50 a person.
A coffee grower picks coffee fruits in a plantation near Montenegro in Quindio province, Colombia. Fair Trade USA wants to allow coffee from big estates like this one under its fair trade label.
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November 30, 2011 A major certifier of fair trade foods says it wants to buy and certify coffee from big farms. But others in fair trade say that goes against the industry's priority of helping small farmers.
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November 30, 2011 How to perfectly poach an egg? It seems everyone has a secret, from the egg itself to the pot or pan to the cooking time and temperature. But there's no mystery, as food writer Janet Zimmerman attests. Practice makes perfect — and opens up a world of luscious recipes.
November 29, 2011 A young designer has invented a sticker for fresh produce that turns into soap and removes wax, pesticides, and dirt. While food safety experts say the product could help reduce waste, it may not clean produce any better than water.
A worker shovels cocoa beans drying in the sun for export, in Guiglo in western Ivory Coast.
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November 29, 2011 Nestle, the world' largest food company, has hired an organization that specializes in accountability to investigate and document child labor on the cocoa farms that supply its chocolate in Côte d'Ivoire.
A prep cook drops apple skins into a food scrap recycling container in San Francisco.
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November 28, 2011 Up to now, food waste hasn't been a big priority for Unilever, though it's one of the central flaws in the global food system. Now, the company is realizing that it's a big concern among diners.
November 28, 2011 It's a slice of toast, seasoned with salt and pepper, between two pieces of bread with butter. It's a great way for people on a budget to get their recommended daily allowance of vitamins and sadness.
Soybean farmers in Xiangfan, in central China's Hubei province.
November 28, 2011 Soybeans have fueled Asian civilizations for centuries, but the origins of the noble bean remains shrouded in the mists of history. Now a Korean archeologist says China may have to share bragging rights as the birthplace of soy.
November 27, 2011 Performance artist Robert Karimi has made it his mission to fight Type 2 Diabetes by making healthy cooking the basis for his performance art installations. Karimi takes his show on the road to the unlikeliest places to show his audience that healthy cooking can be exotic and fun. Yowei Shaw reports.
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For fans of TV chef Paula Deen (seen here in a photo from 2006), her appeal lies not in the recipes, but in that feeling that she's talking just to you.
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November 26, 2011 With Paula Deen, it's not really about the butter, the mayonnaise or the fried cheesecake. For fans, it's about that feeling that you're sitting around the kitchen table with a friend.
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November 25, 2011 Some pumpkins just aren't meant for the pie pan. Robert Sabin has been growing "Atlantic giant" pumpkins for ten years and says they are more like children than fruit to him. He raises his pumpkins for competition--the heavier, the better.
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When is filtered honey really honey? The answer may lie in the politics of imported food.
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November 25, 2011 The honey on supermarket shelves is probably real honey, after all. But claims that illicit Chinese honey was being sneaked into the U.S. market reveal how quick we are to assume the worst about supermarket foods — and imports. Closer analysis reveals a more complex tale.
November 24, 2011 On the program Wednesday, Saveur Magazine's Todd Coleman revealed a kitchen secret for peeling garlic cloves. On Thursday, his trick is quickly halving a handful of cherry tomatoes.
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