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Maybe Don’t Eat Ground Beef Right Now

Plus, Whole Foods employees aren’t thrilled with Amazon’s new minimum wage, and more food news

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  • America’s red-meat eaters were already dealing with a ground-beef recall linked to an E. coli outbreak, and now there’s more bad news. JBS Tolleson, Inc. is recalling roughly 6.5 million pounds of ground beef due to salmonella concerns, the United States Department of Agriculture has announced. So far, 57 illnesses in 16 states have been connected to this latest recall.
  • Today in international fast-food news: Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Malaysia branch has introduced a waffle sandwich, according to the Star. Also in Malaysia, McDonald’s is serving up a chocolate and salted-caramel hand pie, Delish reports.
  • Domino’s has fired an employee in North Carolina for typing a racial slur on a customer’s order receipt, reports Newsweek. “As you might expect, this behavior is repulsive and intolerable and has no place in our brand,” a spokesperson told the magazine. “There are more than 15,000 Domino’s units in 90 countries around the world — we are a diverse, inclusive brand and there is no tolerance for that behavior.”
  • In Canada, hackers are holding customer data from a big restaurant chain hostage until their demands are met. What do they want? Bitcoins, according to CBC.
  • The Wall Street Journal analyzes the current trend of robot-staffed restaurants by comparing the establishments that are deploying this model. Some are good, others are gimmicks.
  • Whole Foods employees are not happy about Amazon’s new $15-per-hour minimum wage because it messes with the model the upscale grocery chain has used to determine raises and general labor budgets, reports Gizmodo.
  • Nick Kroll of Parks & Recreation and Oh, Hello fame played Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s old Yale drinking buddy Squish on the Late Show Wednesday night.
  • The Onion’s American voices column takes on Ted Cruz’s recent heckling incident at a Washington, D.C., restaurant: “That must have been so difficult for those poor protesters to look directly at Ted Cruz while they were shouting at him.”
  • People in Dublin, Ireland, apparently lost their minds over a 24-hour Krispy Kreme drive-thru, per Mashable. Doughnut fans caused so much noise pollution at the location, the 24-hour service was ended after one week.
  • Bookstore chain Barnes & Noble is looking to be bought out, reports the Wall Street Journal. This news seems to confirm the company’s trial of in-store restaurants did not go well.
  • Late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel is opening his own night club, with a bar and kitchen, in Las Vegas, according to the Review-Journal. Regarding the menu, “all of the food served can be eaten with your hands, no clinking of utensils,” Kimmel tells the paper.
  • Bobby Berk, Queer Eye’s design guru, shares his favorite New York City places with the Times. Among Berk’s haunts are trendy nightlife hotspot the Freehand Hotel and the kitchen store Whisk.
  • Lynsi Snyder, the 36-year-old heir to the In-N-Out Burger empire, is on the Forbes 400 list for the first time.
  • Chipotle’s food-safety director James Marsden, who was hired as foodborne-illness outbreaks rocked the burrito chain in 2016, is stepping down, according to Bloomberg. No reason for Marsden’s departure was given.
  • Finally, here’s Late Late Show host James Corden working a shift as a barback and server at Catch in Los Angeles.

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