A defamation lawsuit by the world’s largest fast-food operator against Canada’s public broadcaster over a report on the chain’s chicken sandwiches can proceed, Ontario’s top court has ruled. In setting aside a ruling that dismissed Subway’s $210-million suit without a hearing on its merits, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled the untested claim was far from frivolous and deserved a thorough airing. The CBC television show “Marketplace” in 2017 asserted about half the DNA in Subway chicken was in fact chicken and the other half soy.
Food & Drink
It’s not the science news we want; it’s the science news we deserve. For those who keep up with our weird food reporting here at Oddee, you’ll remember that the EU either regulates or bans some heritage foods. Such as casu marzu–the soft cheese digested by fly larvae. So it’s big news that the food safety agency in Europe decided dried yellow mealworms are safe to eat. They’re the first worm to earn such a designation. Good job, guys! Just a picture of a bowl of mealworms makes me feel – at best – unsettled and usually approaching full-on nauseated. But I’m the first to admit that’s a problem with me, not the worms. Mealworms are a low-carbon producing food that’s packed with protein, fat, and fiber.
Looking for a lockdown activity? How about making craft beer and bread from the same ingredients? With cross-country skis out of stock, backyard rink-building kits in high demand, and gym equipment hard to find, some are unable to try out or to pursue an activity of choice.
MOUNT STERLING, Ky. — Nestlé Prepared Foods is recalling more than 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said. The frozen stuffed sandwiches — shipped to retail stores nationwide — are being recalled because they “may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of glass and hard plastic,” the USDA said Friday.
Three samples of ice cream from a Chinese company tested positive for COVID-19, and thousands of boxes of the dessert have been confiscated as a result. The contaminated ice cream caused Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company to dump 2,089 boxes of the product, although officials believe more than double that amount — 4,836 boxes — has been contaminated, Sky News reported.
China has come up with a new ice cream no one wants to try. During routine government testing recently, three samples from a northern China ice cream company came back positive for COVID-19. Officials now believe that 4,836 boxes of the ice cream may have been contaminated — more than half of which had already been distributed for sale when the test results came back, Sky News reported Friday. Only 2,089 boxes of ice cream could be confiscated in time, the report said. The ice cream was produced by the Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company, where the 1,662 employees were tested Thursday, and were quarantining.
It’s a new year and a time when a lot of us are making resolutions and adopting new habits in an attempt at self-improvement. Changing our ways is never easy, but statistics show some environmental trends are on the rise, especially among younger Canadians. Here’s a look at a few. This is a month when a lot of people try out new diets, such as “Veganuary” or avoiding animal products, but these are actually part of a longer-term trend. Citing United Nations data, Bloomberg News reported that per capita meat consumption was expected to fall three per cent globally in 2020 — the biggest decline since 2000 — as a result of pandemic-related factors such as restaurant closures and COVID-19 outbreaks at meat-packing plants.
Here’s some bad news if you were planning to celebrate the new year by dining on a hodgepodge of “bushmeat.” U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey seized nearly nine pounds of bushmeat, the agency announced Tuesday. Bushmeat is “raw or minimally processed meat” from parts of animals, including bats, monkeys, cane rats and antelope, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is usually either smoked, dried or salted.
In recent years, First Nation chefs like Marie-Cecile Nottaway have been reclaiming their families’ generations-old recipes to feed new audiences. Growing up alongside moose, bear and the more than 4,000 lakes dotting Canada’s Parc de la Vérendrye wildlife reserve in Quebec, Marie-Cecile Nottaway knew that, like other members of the Algonquin First Nation, she had to catch her food before she could cook it. At eight years old, she was already a proficient hunter who could set rabbit snares by herself. “I’d put my snowshoes on in the morning and do my 2 or 3km trek to set them up,” she said. “Then the next day, I’d go over my tracks again and bring back a couple of rabbits!”
Tim Hortons is hoping the third time’s a charm as it rolls out its latest iteration of a dark roast coffee this week, a key part of the chain’s back-to-basics plan that will focus on its core offerings of coffee, doughnuts and breakfast in 2021. It’s a strategy industry watchers say will help Tim Hortons shore up its existing market share while potentially attracting new customers in the increasingly competitive realm of grab-and-go breakfast. The fast-food eatery is also overhauling its breakfast sandwich by adding fresh eggs and naturally smoked bacon, while promising to remove artificial colours, flavours and preservatives from all its menu items by the end of the year. Yet observers say perfecting the dark roast coffee is the most important part of the chain’s menu improvements.