Hundreds of tons of Italian meat recalled because of Salmonella outbreak

Three days after the CDC announced that Fratelli Beretta Italian meat products were linked to a Salmonella outbreak, the company has announced a nationwide recall of more than 430 tons of one of its products.

Fratelli Beretta USA Inc. of Mount Olive, NJ, is recalling 24-ounce trays containing two 12-ounce packages of “Fratelli Beretta UNCURED ANTIPASTO PROSCIUTTO, SOPPRESSATA, MILANO SALAMI & COPPA” with best by dates of Aug 27, 2021, through Feb 11, 2022. The products are marked with the UPC number 073541305316 and have an establishment number “EST. 7543B” printed on the packaging next to the best by date.

The products are labeled as ready to eat, according to the recall announcement posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The ready-to-eat (RTE) uncured antipasto meat trays were produced from Feb. 28, 2021, through Aug. 15, 2021. There are 862,000 pounds of product subject to this recall.

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A Gummy for Whatever Ails You

From adult vitamins to CBD and THC versions, gummies have come a long way from the candy aisle. But how did we get to this place?

For every generation, for every affliction, there’s a gummy. Supplement brands like Grummies promise they can reduce inflammation (with 260-milligram doses of turmeric rhizome extract) or “detox and cleanse” (with 500 milligrams of apple cider vinegar) in a gummy product made without fillers, glucose, corn syrup, or gelatin. Wana Brands promises to “enhance [people’s] lives physically, creatively and emotionally” with its THC gummies, emphasizing product consistency and science in its branding. High-end CBD brand Gossamer sells the idea of luxury, with small-batch, high-end flavor; the publication/consumer brand’s first foray into edibles is a Turkish delight gummy by pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz. And there are gummies for those who just need a break. A recent ad for Martha Stewart’s CBD gummies features a styled scene … Read more

MUST Try Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting that is insanely delicious and piped to perfection is exactly what this recipe is! It tastes amazing, looks beautiful AND it’s super easy to make!

A cupcake is only as good as its frosting. Let me tell you, this frosting is SOOO GOOD! It is sweet and the texture is creamy and smooth! If you want some ideas for what to use this frosting on, try my favorite Strawberry Cupcakes, Carrot Cake Cupcakes, and Pumpkin Cake.

Cream cheese frosting being piped onto a cupcake.

Why Cream Cheese Frosting is the BEST

If I’m being completely honest, this cream cheese frosting is so delicious that I could eat it with just a spoon! But… I will settle for heaping amounts of it on cakes and cupcakes too! It is my absolute favorite frosting of choice for every cake, cupcake, or cookie that I make. The flavor has more depth than buttercream. It is sweet with that … Read more

Global call to reduce antimicrobial use in healthy animals

World leaders have called for an urgent reduction in the amount of antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, used in food systems.

The Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance said countries must stop the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs to promote growth in healthy animals.

The request from the group, which was created in November 2020, comes ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit in New York on Sept. 23. Members include heads of state, government ministers, and representatives from the private sector and civil society.

Antimicrobial drugs are also given to animals for veterinary purposes to treat and prevent disease.

Mitigation measures
A top priority is to reduce the use of drugs that are of the greatest importance to treat diseases in humans, animals and plants.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria can make foodborne infections such as Campylobacter and Salmonella harder to treat. Experts said climate change may also be … Read more

How Ice Cream Became the Ultimate American Comfort Food

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From Prohibition comfort to wartime morale booster, ice cream has played a surprisingly significant role in the country’s history

The premise of The Secret History of Food is straightforward: There’s an interesting story behind almost everything we eat. And in the book, out August 31, Matt Siegel fills chapters with the kinds of strange, real-life anecdotes you’ll find yourself reeling off at your next dinner party with the set up, “Fun fact…”

In this except, from a chapter on vanilla that addresses precisely how the flavor came to be a stand-in for the dull and commonplace when the plant itself is anything but, Siegel explains how ice cream traversed Prohibition and World Wars to become the ultimate in American comfort foods. — Monica Burton


A book cover with the words The Secret History of Food, in which the letter C is replaced by a bagel with a bite out of it, I is swapped for vanilla bean pods, O is a burger, Y is a chile pepper, O in “of” is a bowl of cereal and the Os in “Food” are ice cream scoops
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Flavored ices and frozen desserts have … Read more