Welcome to the afternoon roundup! If it happened in food today, it’s news to us. Here are a few stories that have caught our attention.
Food Packaging: NPR takes a look back at decades of iconic food packaging, claiming that distinctive packaging can transform food from mere consumer product to cultural icon. Some examples: Tootsie Roll, Coca-Cola, Pringles, Kikkoman soy sauce.
Health: Kraft American Cheese Singles have become the first food to receive the new “Kids Eat Right” label, a stamp of approval designed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help families make healthier decisions in the grocery store. Professors and researchers are quick to point out financial ties between the Academy and big food companies, including Kraft, but the organization is denying any product endorsement.
Pet Food: Two senators want the FDA to step up its oversight of pet food in the wake of a lawsuit that claims a particular dog food contains dangerous toxins. They argue that the food-safety system developed by Congress that requires contamination-prevention measures in pet food has not been put in place by the FDA.
Food and Drugs: Can certain food and drink items lead to false positives on drug tests? The answer is yes and no. When certain foods are consumed, an initial urine screening test — which is highly sensitive — may come back positive over the first day or so, but a confirmation test is unlikely to be positive. This chart shows which food and drink items (as well as OTC medications) can be mistaken for illicit drugs.
NYC Events: April Bloomfield’s the Spotted Pig will host its fourth annual Filipino Night on Monday, March 23. Bloomfield and her sous chef, Edie Ugot, will prepare traditional dishes from Ugot’s Filipino heritage to be offered alongside the restaurant’s à la carte menu. Think lumpia Shanghai, kare-kare oxtail stew and shrimp ginataan. Tables are first-come, first-served.