McDonald's Corp. set a new target to cut global greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, from the beef in its burgers to the light bulbs in its restaurants, reported Reuters.
Both king and chum salmon species have all but disappeared from Alaska's Yukon River this year, prompting the state to shut down salmon fishing on the river in an effort to save them. More than a half-dozen Alaska Native groups have petitioned for federal aid and want the state's federal delegation to hold a hearing on the salmon crisis, reported ABC News.
Foodborne illness infections decreased by nearly a quarter in 2020 when compared to the previous three-year average, according to the CDC. Campylobacter was the most common foodborne illness (14.4 per 100,000 population), followed by Salmonella (13.3) and shiga toxin-producing E. coli (3.6), reported The Packer.
Restaurant owners are pushing communities across the country to have outdoor dining structures zoned for permanent use. However, some oppose these efforts because they reduce parking and disrupt non-restaurant businesses, reported CNBC.
800 Degrees Pizza is set to open 500 ghost kitchens with Reef. It’s part of a major growth push for the pizza chain, which is also planning to launch thousands of robotic pizza kiosks, reported Restaurant Business.
Fenchol, a natural compound abundant in some plants including basil, can help protect the brain against Alzheimer's disease pathology, according to a preclinical study led by University of South Florida Health, reported MedicalXpress.com.
Industry analysts expect food prices to continue rising. The Department of Labor noted wholesale inflation jumped 8.3% in August compared to August 2020, representing the largest gain on record. Industry analyst Phil Lempert said the increasing prices could continue for as long as a year and a half, reported CBS Los Angeles.
Burger King will test Impossible Foods’ meatless nuggets in several markets, making it the first fast-food chain to offer the company’s new chicken alternative. Starting Monday, customers in Des Moines, Iowa, Boston and Miami will be able to try the plant-based Impossible Nuggets, reported CNBC.
Few brands have stormed the food industry like Oatly, but a string of supply stumbles means it now needs to show it can meet rising expectations. Unlike other milk alternatives, Oatly achieves dairy’s creaminess without the usual cloying sweetness of offerings made with soy or almonds. That sparked rapid growth slowed only by the company's inability to keep up with demand, including selling out at Starbucks, reported Bloomberg.
One-quarter of consumers are eating more fish and shellfish than they did a year ago, according to the 2021 Food & Health Survey from the International Food Information Council. The fresh seafood department continues to post the largest grocery dollar gains across U.S. multi-outlet markets – up 18.9% versus a year ago and 30.8% higher than two years ago, per IRI data, reported Food Technology Magazine.
As New York, San Francisco and a few other U.S. cities and counties require restaurants to check proof of COVID-19 vaccination to dine indoors, some fast-food chains are simply shutting their seating areas altogether - a move that may dent their sales, reported Reuters.
Thirty-six percent of TikTok users visited or ordered food from a restaurant shown on the platform, and that number jumps to 65% among TikTok content creators, according to MGH. More than half of those surveyed said they wanted to visit restaurants they saw because the food looked appetizing and they saw a unique item.
A pilot program for 24-hour operations at the Port of Long Beach hasn't attracted any truckers more than two weeks after implementation. Total Terminals International LLC has allowed truckers to pick up containers between 3 and 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday, but CEO Bill Peratt noted thus far they have had zero truckers take advantage of the time slot, reported The Wall Street Journal.
The Giant Puffball Mushroom Is TikTok's Latest Viral Food Trend
Their actual name is straight-up "giant puffball mushrooms," or calvatia gigantea, and foragers, home cooks, chefs, and the environmentally curious alike are all talking about them on TikTok right now. If you grew up near a woodsy area, you may recognize them right away, while others may be scratching their heads at the cartoon nature of it all.
The giant puffball mushroom has been gaining traction on TikTok due to the popularity of foraging content during COVID; videos with the #giantpuffball has almost seven million views)
Dr. Gordon Walker, a Fungi phenologist, photographer, and TikToker, said a giant puffball has the texture of a savory marshmallow. He recommends cooking it katsu-style—sliced thin, breaded, and fried.
“It's soft and dissolves in your mouth,” he said. “It doesn't have a whole lot of texture or flavor of its own, but it takes on the textures and flavors or whatever you cook it with.”
Giant puffball mushrooms can be found all over the country, but mostly in the midwest from the summer until about October. They do have smaller cousins, but they aren't nearly as recognizable. “You'll often find them on forest floors where there's a lot of organic matter that's decaying," Gordon said. He also advising checking fields with grass so thick that it has matter decaying underneath.
The good thing about puffball mushrooms is they are easy to identify, and unlike other mushrooms, they don’t have a toxic lookalike. “I think that the size, the color—just everything about them—looks so alien that people get really fascinated when they see something like that,” said Gabrielle Cerberville, a foraging TikToker. “They can't believe that something like that grew there.”
Gabrielle has posted several cooking recommendations for these volleyball-like fungi, including puffball curry, puffball pizza crust, and tofu dupes.
AMAZON WORKING ON SMART REFRIGERATOR THAT CAN ORDER FOOD FOR YOU
According to reports, this refrigerator called Project Pulse will be able to track users’ inventory and buying habits. Also, it will use artificial intelligence to predict what users want, and help users deliver to their door before they run out. It can also notify users when the food is about to be finished or near the expiration date, and may also include support for Alexa.
As some sources familiar with the project prove, Amazon is also considering adding other features to the smart refrigerator. Among them, we can mention dish recommendations that will help users consume food that is about to expire as soon as possible. In addition, the source said that Amazon will not manufacture smart refrigerators on its own. It is currently seeking cooperation with a home appliance manufacturer and has held high-level talks with multiple brands.
Lastly, the upcoming Amazon smart refrigerator ought to be very expensive. It will first target high-income households. Over time, the price of similar products should come down. Thus, in the near future, we can afford to buy products with the mentioned features.
However, the Amazon smart fridge could never reach the market. We mean that the company has reportedly spent upwards of $50 million per year on the project so far. But as the company’s spokesperson told Engadget the company doesn’t comment “on rumors or speculation.”
Can Dogs Get Food Poisoning?
The answer is yes, they can!
The Dodo spoke to Lenore Harrison, practice manager at Lake Austin Blvd Animal Hospital, to find out how to help your pup if he does get sick — and which foods are most likely to cause digestive issues.
Which foods cause food poisoning in dogs?
Most of the time, food poisoning symptoms in dogs aren't caused by actual tainted food, but rather by eating foods — especially table scraps — that are inappropriate for pups. For example, you might have felt guilty about your dog staring up at you from under the table and snuck him a piece of cheese, but many dogs can be lactose intolerant.
However, like humans, dogs can also get food poisoning from spoiled food, Harrison explained. Garbage is a common cause — if your dog likes to dumpster dive, for example, he could get into old food and raw or undercooked meat that’s tainted with bacteria. Or his food could be expired without you realizing.
It can be pretty hard to tell what’s causing your dog’s digestive issues at home, since a lot of the symptoms are the same. But to be careful, you should avoid these common foods that can cause (sometime serious) digestive issues in dogs:
- Onions, garlic and chives
- Coffee, tea and caffeine
- Macadamia nuts
- Corn on the cob
- Xylitol (an artificial sweetener commonly found in candy, gum and peanut butter)
- Cooked bones or fat
- Grapes and raisins
- Milk and other dairy products (some dogs can tolerate these in limited amounts)
- Certain types of dogs are more prone to digestive symptoms, too.
- “Some dogs have genetic markers that cause them to be highly sensitive or have food allergies. Some breeds [with these markers] are Maltese, Labradors, golden retrievers, cocker spaniels, bull terriers, boxers, Brussels griffon, bichon frise [and] American pit bull terriers,” Harrison told The Dodo.
- What are the symptoms of food poisoning in dogs?
- According to Harrison, signs of food poisoning (or other digestion problems) can vary widely and generally include “vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, panting, hypersalivation, dizziness, increased thirst or urination.” The most common symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea, and they’re likely to show up pretty soon after a dog eats a food he shouldn’t have eaten.
“In severe cases, [symptoms can be] seizures, tremors or death,” Harrison said, so it’s important to know these symptoms and take action if your dog isn’t acting like his usual happy self.
- Consult a vet if your dog may have food poisoning….