- As if lurching through airport security weren’t enough of a pain, Transportation Security Administration agents are beginning to closely inspect food items in carry-ons. The screening is not an official policy, some agents are checking snacks based on a new recommendation from higher-ups.
- Words like “healthy” and “natural” don’t really mean anything when they’re applied to food packaging. The Food and Drug Administration may try to change that with some new regulations. The government agency is mulling official definitions for such terms. The FDA is also targeting salt intake in an attempt to make Americans healthier.
- Chef and restaurateur Dan Barber (Blue Hill, New York) released the list of chefs around the world who have signed on to work with his new seed company Row 7. The group of more than 60 chefs, including Renee Erickson in Seattle, Ben Shewry in Melbourne, Yotam Ottolenghi in London, and Anne Quantrano in Atlanta, will evaluate the seeds on offer and test them out with a farmer in their region and offer feedback on seeds still in development. Eventually Barber hopes to include the chefs in the “ideation and development of new varieties,” putting them in direct dialog with breeders.
- Pop star Katy Perry is a big fan of chicken nuggets, as evidenced in this clip from a recent Perry appearance on Japanese television.
ケイティが好きなのLAWSONの唐揚げっていう意外なものだけどこれほどケイティを虜にさせるから食べに行きたくなった笑— Shiori (@shiorimusic01) March 29, 2018
これ完全に放送事故になるのか @katyperry #ケイティ・ペリー pic.twitter.com/2eoiZfkBgo
- A little while back, Taco Bell made a commercial that looked like a trailer for a blockbuster action movie. Apparently, it was really successful, because the fast-food chain is working on a sequel ad for its wildly popular (but not very good) nacho fries.
- Long before Amazon purchased Whole Foods, Piggly Wiggly, the Memphis-based supermarket chain with the excellent name, became the first modern grocery store. Founder Clarence Saunders invented the idea of self-serve grocery shopping in 1916.
- Speaking of Amazon and Whole Foods, some Whole Foods stores now have signage advertising discounts for Amazon Prime members.
- The Noma science bunker tragically died earlier this month. But, out of its ashes rises a sparkly new test kitchen for chef René Redzepi’s Copenhagen restaurant. It’s a new day.
- Knockoff fast-food franchises in Iran have much better names than their original American counterparts. Pizza Hat is far superior to Pizza Hut.
- Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain Tim Hortons has a prototype for a revamped store design, and it looks an awful lot like a Starbucks.
- The forthcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a lot, but it won’t have shellfish or rare meats. Royals are advised against eating these foods for fear of food poisoning.
- Finally, this video offers a look inside the factory where Girl Scout cookies are produced. The next time you’re wolfing down a sleeve of thin mints, you won’t have to wonder how they were made.