Beef plant that had virus outbreak fined $957 over record keeping

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Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation.The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the plant’s 850 workers testing positive for the virus, 80 more than the state previously acknowledged, according to inspection records released Thursday.The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on June 1 that it had launched inspections at the Tama plant and four other meatpacking plants where thousands of workers had tested positive. Records show that the inspections did not lead to any citations at the other four plants, where at least nine workers have died after contracting the COVID-19 virus. Those included Tyson Foods plants in Waterloo, Columbus Junction and Perry and the JBS plant in Marshalltown.The agency cited Iowa Premium Beef in August for … Read More

Food, art, history intersect in documentary featuring Yotam Ottolenghi

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Katie Walsh
 |  Tribune News Service

Criticism should strive to be evergreen. But criticism, and objects of critique, can almost never be divorced from their context: the context in which a film was made, and the context in which a film is viewed by a critic.

Six months into a global pandemic, the charming documentary “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles,” about a high-end pastry party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, startled me with the sense of a frustratingly intangible, very recent history.

Remember museums? Events? Sharing unfettered indoor space with strangers? Let this documentary take you back to that world, which is so close, yet so far away.

The film is directed by Laura Gabbert, who has carved out a niche for herself in the food cinema world, having directed the Jonathan Gold documentary “City of Gold,” and an episode of “Ugly Delicious” (as well as “Sunset Story”

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Gordon Ramsay slammed for serving sticky toffee pudding with ‘gravy’

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Gordon Ramsay has been slammed for serving ‘gravy’ with sticky toffee pudding.

The 53-year-old TV chef took to social media to show off a mouthwatering video of the £7.75 “pre-flight perfection” which is served at Plane Food in Heathrow Airport ‘s Terminal 5.

The footage shows a generous amount of toffee being drizzled over the cake but fans couldn’t help but point out the questionable consistency of the sauce.

But Twitter users were quick to criticise the dish branding the thick toffee sauce as ‘nasty’, reports The Mirror.

Fans couldn't help but point out the questionable consistency of the sauce
Fans couldn’t help but point out the questionable consistency of the sauce

One said: “Why are you pouring thin gravy on that cake. Chocolate might be better?”

Another said: “Gravy, cake and mashed potato?”

A third said: “For the first time ever Mr. Ramsay. I gotta say this looks nasty.”

“I haven’t

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Frozen doesn’t mean thaw and eat; dangers lurk in the freezer

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New research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that consumers may not know how to safely cook frozen foods, which can put families at risk of getting foodborne illness in their homes.

“As consumers are preparing more meals at home, it is important that these cooks are practicing food safety in their kitchens” says Mindy Brashears, USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety. “Our research shows that home cooks should read product labels to understand how to properly prepare an item, and not rely solely on appearance.”

Consumers may not know that some frozen foods are not fully cooked or ready to eat, especially if they have browned breading, grill marks or other signs that normally show that a product has been cooked. In a recent USDA study, 22 percent of participants said a not-ready-to-eat frozen chicken entrée was either cooked, partially cooked, or they weren’t sure that the

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Just askin’ | What’s the latest on Champaign’s Costco? | Retail

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What’s the latest on Champaign’s Costco?

General manager Dan Iaquinta allowed me to tag along on a recent tour of the 152,000-square-foot warehouse store.

“There’s not really anything unique,” he said, other than it having all LED lighting and six self-checkout stations.

Like other Costcos, it will sell tires, jewelry, rotisserie chickens, electronics, ground beef, baked goods, liquor and $1.50 hot dogs.

It will also have an independent optometrist, hearing tests, pharmacy and gas station.

Costco began stocking the Champaign store this past week ahead of its Oct. 22 opening.

“It’s amazing how quickly this comes together,” said Iaquinta, who arrived in Champaign in July after previously running the East Peoria Costco.

The membership-club warehouse is opening at the site of the former Bergner’s, which was torn down, at Market Place Mall.

In recent weeks, Costco has set up tents around town to sign people up for memberships.

Iaquinta said

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Yum division pressures NPC to delay auction of 900 Pizza Huts

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Pizza Hut and Wendy’s franchisee NPC International, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July, is delaying a plan to auction off 900 Pizza Hut outlets after getting push back from Pizza Hut LLC, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Earlier this week, the Yum Brands division expressed concern that the sale would prompt a “group of credit-focused hedge funds” to buy the locations, the WSJ reported Thursday. 

“NPC agreed to extend the deadline for bids for its 900 remaining Pizza Hut restaurants to Nov. 20 from Nov. 5 at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston on Wednesday. An auction will be held on Nov. 30 if multiple qualified bidders emerge,” the report states.

The lawyer for NPC International and Pizza Hut representatives could not be reached

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The Dyke Kitchen: You Can Eat Savory Pancakes Anytime!

Adella Miesner

The Dyke Kitchen is a bi-weekly series about how queerness, identity, culture and love are expressed through food and cooking.


I don’t know what your COVID lifestyle has been like, but in mine, it’s been extremely easy to lose track of time. So when I woke up at noon on a Saturday and wanted something with the aura of breakfast but that was in fact a lunch food, this is what I came up with: a savory pancake with scallions, preserved limes and sesame seeds, with a fresh cabbage slaw to crunch it up.

I do want to put a wikipedia-style disambiguation that these are not the actual Chinese style scallion pancakes with the flaky, pastry-ish, chewy texture, which are also amazing. For my first meal of the day, I’m not up to that kind of involved process. If I’m being honest, as a person whose joy is generally exponentially

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Ohio bill would make to-go cocktails permanently legal

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The Ohio state legislature has passed a bill to make to-go cocktails permanently legal in the state, and now the bill heads to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk for his signature. If passed, the law would be the second of its kind in the state to turn a COVID-19-era economic relief measure into a permanent policy, following Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ signing of a similar bill in July.

Other states have extended their temporary pandemic-era measures to allow for cocktails and other alcohol to-go, such as Michigan, which is allowing the sale of cocktails to-go through the end of December. Colorado and Massachusetts have extended their to-go cocktail laws until next year.

“Thousands of hospitality businesses across Ohio including restaurants, taverns, bars, distilleries, and their retail sales operations and tasting rooms have been closed for several weeks,” David Wojnar of The Distilled Spirits

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Trump, Biden battle over quick confirmation of court pick

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday it’s “time for a woman” in nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, but Democratic rival Joe Biden implored the Senate to hold off on confirmation until after the Nov. 3 election to “let the people decide.”

Trump’s announcement of Barrett for the seat held by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is launching a high-stakes, fast-track election season fight over confirmation of the conservative judge who is expected to shift the court right-ward as it reviews health care, abortion access and other hot-button issues.

“I think it’s going to be really thrilling,” Trump said during a post-announcement interview with Fox News Channel that aired Sunday.

But Biden appealed directly to his former colleagues in the Republican-held Senate to “take a step back from the brink.”

Biden urged the Senate not to fan an already tumultuous election year that’s cleaving the

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Soup kitchen in Pakistan is being pushed to the limit in the pandemic

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  • The soup kitchen Khana Ghar in Karachi, Pakistan has been feeding hot meals to about 3,000 people a day for nearly 20 years.
  • But with increased demand because of the pandemic, the kitchen is being pushed to its limits.
  • The kitchen charges a token amount for each meal so that customers feel like they’ve earned it and “their self-respect remains intact.”
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A soup kitchen in Karachi, Pakistan, has been selling hot meals at reduced prices for nearly 20 years.

And now, in a country where 40% of the population lives below the poverty line, it has become a lifeline to thousands of struggling families during the pandemic.

At Khana Ghar, which translates to Food House, the day begins with workers rolling out dough to prepare a traditional bread called tandoori roti, which is baked in a clay oven. At lunchtime, the

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