Srirachapocalypse: Delicious Sauce Given 90 Days to Fix Noxious Odors

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Oh, noes, Sriracha is back in the news. And not because someone discovered a tasty new use.

Last fall, the town of Irwindale, California complained that parent company Huy Fong Foods' plant was causing widespread health problems, including irritated eyes, headaches, sore throats. (So much for those highly coveted Scoville units.) The facility was forced to shut down for awhile, causing looting and food riots as people ransacked shelves for the vinegary Vietnamese/Thai condiment. Now the Irwindale city council has given Huy Fong 90 days to do something about the odors generated from processing 45,000 tons of chilies a year -- the actual grinding of which resumes in August.

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"Glove Law" Repeal Unanimously Voted On By California State Assembly Health Committee

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If you've been following the story about the so-called "glove law" that went into effect on Jan. 1, requiring food service personnel to wear disposable plastic gloves during their shifts for hygiene reasons, you'll know that a lot of food service personnel were not happy about it. Especially people like bartenders and sushi chefs, for whom style -- and the feel of the food they're making -- is paramount, and who protested that they already had a method in place to stay hygienic: washing their hands.

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New Legislation Announced to Repeal Controversial "Glove Law"
Petition to Except Bartenders From New CA Plastic Glove Law Gets Support
Bartenders Could Have to Wear Gloves as Part of New California Food Law


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State Assembly Deciding Today on Fate of Controversial "Glove Law"

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The new bill would change the requirement for sushi chefs to wear gloves when they work.
Bartenders and chefs have been in uproar ever since AB 1252 went into effect on Jan. 1, requiring that those handling "ready-to-eat" foods need to wear plastic gloves. The arguments against the glove law are strong -- it creates a lot of waste, it may even make things less hygienic, it would ruin tasks like sushi-making, wherein the chef relies on the touch of the rice and fish to make a perfect bite. In fact, the arguments were so strong that Assemblymember Richard Pan announced a new bill a few weeks ago to repeal the law.

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Cragel Wars: Brooklyn "Bagel Artist" Claims to Have Invented the Tasty Hybrid

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Pete Kane
House of Bagels' "cragel," a tasty mashup of croissant and bagel, has inadvertently stepped on some toes. Scot Rosillo of the Bagel Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a self-proclaimed "bagel artist" who claims to have invented the cragel and that "Everything Else Is A [sic] Imitation." "Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but there's no substituting the real thing," Rossillo told SF Weekly, noting his hybrid's appearances on the Food Network and the Chew.

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New Legislation Announced to Repeal Controversial "Glove Law"

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Sushi chefs won't have to wear plastic gloves if the new bill is passed.
Here's a heartwarming story about the power of democracy: A new bill was announced today by Assembly member Richard Pan* to repeal AB 1252, the so-called "glove law" which requires all food service handlers to wear disposable rubber gloves during service.

The law was ostensibly passed to make food service prep for "ready-to-eat" foods like sushi, deli sandwiches, and so on safer, but it has been widely contested by bartenders, sushi chefs, and others in the food community as being unhygienic and wasteful. Two petitions on Change.org have amassed nearly 20,000 signatures between them.

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Kraft Singles Get Very Slightly Less Horrid

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The enduring image of Kraft Singles in my mind comes from the Simpsons episode where Homer inadvertently thwarts Mr. Burns and Smithers from burglarizing his home by sleepwalking into the kitchen for "Mmmmm...64 slices of American cheese." It takes him all night to unwrap and eat them individually, by which time the burglars' suction pads lose their grip and they nonchalantly drop off the ceiling to bid him a good day.

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Concord School Serves Fried Chicken and Watermelon to Celebrate Black History Month

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Students at a private Christian school in Concord were trying to think of ways to celebrate Black History Month, and instead came up with a way to celebrate African-American stereotypes: By serving fried chicken and watermelon in the school cafeteria, according to several news sources. To which the only real reply is: Seriously? In 2014 California? Woof.


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Start Your Outrage (Or Not): The City Sugary-Beverage Tax Continues to Move Forward

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Coke would be taxed to a proposed two cents per ounce.
First they come for our nudity, then they come for our sugary drinks. The jokes about New York's failed soda ban might be so last year, but they're about to become relevant again in San Francisco. Today a number of city supervisors, including Scott Wiener and Eric Mar, are expected to introduce a new November ballot measure at the Board of Supervisors meeting intended to tax sugary drinks at the rate of 2 cents per ounce.

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Here Comes the FDA with New Nutritional Labels

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If you find yourself perversely hate-reading the side of cereal boxes to feel good about what you're not putting in your body, or if you genuinely use them as guideposts when comparison shopping, there's good news for you. The FDA is revamping its labeling system to reflect contemporary food science.

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Petition to Except Bartenders From New CA Plastic Glove Law Gets Support

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Many worry the new disposable glove law will result in a lot of waste.
A Change.org petition started circulating last week amongst the bartender community against a new law requiring bartender to wear plastic gloves when they handle mint sprigs, citrus twists, and other "ready-to-eat" foods. The petition asks State Representative and Committee on Health Chairman Richard Pan to exempt bartenders from the controversial new law, which went into effect Jan. 1 and is ostensibly to promote hygiene amongst food handlers.

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