Beach Beat: Babies are at least as important as dogs — feds need to stand up


Is the safety of dog food as important as the safety of infant formula? That is the question facing officials at the Food and Drug Administration, but they aren’t talking about it much.

In recent days the FDA and the Department of Justice announced that Bravo Packing Inc., an animal food manufacturing company in Carney’s Point, NJ, is under a permanent injunction to stop selling, manufacturing and distributing raw pet food. An agreement in the form of a consent decree stipulates that the dog food company will come into compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

The two federal departments tooted their horns, saying that the action marks the first consent decree of permanent injunction against an animal food manufacturer for violating public safety standards under Part 507 (Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls … Read more

Why Aren’t There Frilly Paper Hats on All My Drumsticks?

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It’s time to bring back manchettes

Everything old is always new again in the food world. We’re drinking espresso martinis and eating baked Alaska. We’re dining under Tiffany lamps and hitching up our flare low-rise jeans before taking a flash photo of the bar nuts at Bemelmans. So if the retro and the slightly cringe is chic, then riddle me this: Why on earth aren’t I being served every piece of bone-in meat with an adorable little paper hat on it? Who must I slay to be presented with a drumstick fit for a king?

I first became enraged by what I was missing when friends posted photos of themselves on honeymoon in Austria, where they were served fried chicken adorned with manchettes, or the little paper frills traditionally attached to the exposed bones of a piece of cooked meat. These frills have the … Read more

Cheesy Asparagus Stuffed Chicken

This asparagus stuffed chicken is incredibly juicy and tender. Flavored with the most delicious spices and stuffed with the incredibly healthy vegetable, asparagus, you will want to lick your plate clean!

Chicken is a go-to in our house for dinner. It’s delicious, and everyone loves it! For more chicken dinner ideas, try out this chicken Madeira, air fryer chicken, or this absolutely delicious grilled honey balsamic chicken.

A pan nwith 3 asparagus stuffed chicken breasts.

What is Asparagus Stuffed Chicken?

Exactly as the title says, this is chicken stuffed with asparagus. But that’s not all… It’s so much more than that! There is the cheese that melts and becomes the base of the filling. Then, you put in your stalks of asparagus. The best part is the seasoning rub that goes on top! Made with some spices like chili powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, and more, this seasoning really takes the flavor of this chicken to the next … Read more

Federal court orders company to stop distribution of pet food contaminated with Salmonella

A federal court Monday ordered a Carneys Point, NJ, company to stop distributing adulterated pet food that is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).  Pet food contaminated with Salmonella puts humans at risk when it is handled by pet owners.

In a complaint filed on March 15, the United States alleged that Bravo Packing Inc., and its owners and operators Joseph Merola and Amanda Lloyd, violated the FDCA by distributing adulterated animal food and by causing animal food to become adulterated while held for sale.

The complaint alleged that samples collected during U.S. Food and Drug Administration  inspections of the Bravo facility in July 2019 and April 2021 contained Salmonella, a pathogenic microorganism that can cause the illness known as salmonellosis in both humans and animals.

Salmonella can be transferred from animal food to humans through handling of the food, or directly from infected animals.… Read more

At NYC’s Saga, Chef James Kent’s Tasting Menu Features Seven Courses and Inspiration from His Heritage

His braised short rib Moroccan tagine is an ode to his father

Saga, which opened last August, is one of New York’s most creative fine dining restaurants. Sitting on the 63rd floor of a skyscraper in the city’s Financial District, chef James Kent and his team put together a seven-course tasting menu that includes a citrus salad, black bass, porcini custard, and a Moroccan tagine.

That last dish is quite personal to Kent, whose full name is Jamal James Kent. He views the dish as a way for him to connect with his Moroccan heritage through his food.

“The first time I ever used James, I put ‘J. James Kent’ on my resume. It was the summer after 9/11, New York was this crazy place,” says Kent. “I just wanted to get a job and I thought that I would have issues.”

Kent grew up in an Islamic household, with … Read more