San Francisco’s Zog’s Dogs Sends A Hot Dog To Outer Space….And Back

San Francisco's Zog's Dogs Sends A Hot Dog To Outer Space....And Back

San Francisco’s Zog’s Dogs recently teamed up with a group of engineers and did what any self-respecting hot dog purveyor dreams of doing.  They went to space.  Well one of their hot dogs did.  And back.  Armed with a camera, a balloon, and a stout GPS system; a hot dog was launched into space and retrieved by the Zog’s Dogs crew.  They even took a bite out of said astronaut dog.  We only wonder if they named it Laika.

Check out the video below.  To celebrate the momentous launch and re-entry of their interplanetary meat in tube form, Zog’s Dogs is offering a special Space Dog Combo: a Zog Dog with Astronaut Ice Cream for dessert – all for $5.  A cosmic deal.

USDA Retracts Meatless Monday Recommendation

USDA Retracts Meatless Monday Recommendation

On Monday, July 23rd, the USDA released its monthly Greening Headquarters Update to employees (an internal document.)  In between updates on office sustainability initiatives, the newsletter encouraged readers to give Meatless Monday a try by sampling some of the options available in USDA cafeterias.  That didn’t last particularly long.

The newsletter referred to United Nations data that cites animal agriculture as a major source of greenhouse gases and climate change.  USDA spokeswoman Cortney Rowe now says the department does not endorse the “Meatless Monday” initiative, which is part of a global public health campaign.

The agency removed the posting hours after the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association denounced it in a news release. The USDA often promotes the beef industry by encouraging Americans to eat meat.

Cargill Recalls 29,339 Pounds Of Ground Beef After Salmonella Outbreak

Cargill Recalls 29,339 Pounds Of Ground Beef After Salmonella Outbreak

The Associated Press reports:

Hannaford Supermarkets is alerting consumers that Cargill Beef is voluntarily recalling 29,339 pounds of ground beef that may contain salmonella.

 

The 85-percent-lean ground beef was produced at Cargill’s plant in Wyalusing, Pa., on May 25, and repackaged for sale to consumers by customers of the Maine-based grocery chain.

 

Cargill President John Keating says in a statement, “Food borne illnesses are unfortunate and we are sorry for anyone who became sick from eating ground beef we may have produced.”

 

Hannaford’s says consumers should check their ground beef for “use or sell by” dates between May 29 and June 16. Refunds will be offered for ground beef that is returned.

33 people have taken ill in a seven state-wide outbreak (MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VA, VT).  The initial outbreak began in early June.  It took several weeks to suss out exactly what the source of infection was.  Two of the five reported cases required hospitalization. The strain involved – Salmonella Enteritidis (isn’t it always) can be treated with antibiotics.

The USDA has details here and Cargill has a recall site with information.  None of the affected meat is still available for sale.

Have It Your Way – A Whopper With 1000 Slices Of Cheese

Have It Your Way - A Whopper With 1000 Slices Of Cheese

Burger King is always telling you that you can “have it your way”  Mr. Sato is certainly trying to push the limits of that offer.  He first became internet famous for ordering a whopper with 1050 strips of bacon.  That’s a lot of bacon no matter who you are.  Now he’s ordered a whopper with 1000 slices of cheese.  That’s 45,661 calories worth.  Good thing he’s not in New York City or he’d be limited to a puny 16 ounces of soft drink.  Damn you Bloomberg!

Have It Your Way - A Whopper With 1000 Slices Of Cheese

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Food Recall – Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat Product

Food Recall - Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat ProductBridgeton, New Jersey based Buona Vita, Inc is recalling 324,770 pounds of frozen ground meat product due to possible Listeria contamination, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Saturday.  The USDA considers the health risks related to the recall “high.”

The recall includes ready-to-eat meat and poultry products produced in May, including meatballs, chicken and beef patties, and loaves of chicken and beef, the agency said in a written statement.

According to the Buona Vita website, the company produces 200,000 pounds of meatballs a day.  General Manager Blake Christy responded to the recall.

“There have been no reports of any injury or illness….The company produces a large amount of product, and this recall is a part of a precautionary measure by the company to protect its customers.  We need to go through everything we need to go through as a part of our quality control”

The recall was voluntary and the scope of the recall was to ensure that no possibly tainted product can get to consumers.

“This is our choice,” Christy remarked.

Food Recall - Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat ProductThe contamination was discovered through routine testing by the FSIS and the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  There have been no reports of illness related to the company’s products.

Listeria bacteria thrive in low temperatures.  Outbreaks are usually associated with deli meats, unpasteurized cheeses and smoked refrigerated seafood products.  Listeriosis has a long incubation period, with symptoms sometimes not showing up until two months after people consume tainted foods.  Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems.

Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest Weigh-In Pics

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest Weigh-In Pics

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Happy Fourth everyone!  As you may or may not know, the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a New York City tradition for 97 years.  Yesterday the defending champions Joey Chestnut and Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas participated in the “weigh-in.”  They clocked in at 210 and 100 pounds, respectively.

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest Weigh-In Pics

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While the main event will go down today in Coney Island, Mayor Michael Bloomberg officiated at the weigh in ceremony at City Hall Park yesterday.  His speech was littered with admittedly awful hot dog and condiment puns, culminating with “unquestionably it’s going to be a dog fight”, to which Bloomberg quipped:

“Who wrote this shit?”

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest Weigh-In Pics

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Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest Weigh-In Pics

Photo – AP

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest Weigh-In Pics

Photo – AP

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest Weigh-In Pics

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