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At 65, Ramon Alfonso has seen a lot of history in his native Cuba. But this is the first time he has eaten a vegan salad.After decades of communist rule and centuries of eating meat and beans, the island is opening up -- and so are its taste buds.

Siluriforme fish from Vietnam recalled — No USDA/FSIS inspection

U.S. Cado Holdings, Inc. has expanded its recall of imported, frozen Swai fillets products that were distributed into U.S. commerce without meeting federal importation requirements. The recall now covers about 28,000 pounds of fish.

Israeli restaurants in kosher food row with Jewish authorities

Jonathan Vadai just wanted a certificate confirming his Jerusalem restaurant as kosher, but he found himself fed up with the Israeli religious authorities overseeing the process.

Review: Souvlaki is a pleasant Greek restaurant in Bayside, New York Special

On June 23, Digital Journal was afforded the privilege to dine at Souvlaki Greek Kitchen in Bayside, Queens, which is a relatively new restaurant.

Best coffee comes from chilled beans

Coffee lovers have different views on the best coffee. Now University of Bath scientists have entered the ring, claiming brewing more flavorsome coffee arises from chilling the beans before grinding.

Dunkin' Donuts goes for the cold with new coffee offering

Dunkin’ Donuts heated up the coffee rivalry with its larger competitor this week by launching its own cold-brewed drink just a year after Starbucks did the same.

Bolthouse Farms recalls 3.8 million drinks because of illnesses

Reports of numerous consumer illnesses has prompted Bolthouse Farms Inc to recall about 3.8 millions bottles of protein shakes and cappuccino beverages across the United States.

Nespresso announces plans to sell Cuban coffee in United States

Coffee grown and roasted in Cuba should be available in the United States this year for the first time in five decades, European coffee giant Nespresso announced this week.

Lower fat chocolate? Now possible thanks to U.S. researchers

Anybody out there like chocolate at all? Anybody maybe LOVE chocolate? In case anybody does and worries its fat content is a trifle high, some physicists have come to the rescue by inventing a way to make chocolate with a lower-fat content.

Op-Ed: Repeated Listereria 'positives' prompt recall of school foods

California-based Let's Do Lunch, Inc, doing business as Integrated Food Service (IFS) has recalled 45 varieties of pre-packaged sandwiches that were sent to 38 school districts in California, Texas and 12 other states.

Israel's 'Cornflakes Law' — Getting rid of high food prices

In a country where a box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes will cost about an arm and a leg, shoppers usually opt to get the cheaper domestically produced brand. But that is about to change, and it's being called the "Cornflakes Law."

Cornish pasties: the tastiest victims of a Brexit?

A favourite of 19th century miners who took them down the pit and a popular lunch to this day, the Cornish pasty and other delicacies with EU protected status could be threatened if Britain leaves the bloc.

Food trucks becoming a hot trend with new brides and grooms

Weddings can cost a fortune and for a young couple it can create debt that can haunt newlyweds for several years, but the hottest trend in food could be just the answer to help lower the cost of the big day and create a buzz with guests.

Food sabotage possible in recall of chicken products

Cold Spring, Minnesota-based GNP Company recalled approximately 55,608 pounds of chicken products late Saturday afternoon that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service.

Health Alert — Frozen vegetable recall is now international

The number of companies recalling frozen vegetables over concerns about Listeria contamination has not only expanded, but now includes Canada, the UK, and Japan. There is also the possibility this latest recall may be unrelated to the CRF recall.

Starbucks plans to put a kick in your cuppa' with #NitroColdBrew

Iced coffee infused with nitrogen gas? Yep, it's coming to around 600 Starbucks locations by the end of summer. What is nitro-coffee, anyway? And is it better than plain old coffee?

Peat bog preserves 2,000-year-old 22-pound hunk of butter

Workers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog came across a 22-pound hunk of bog butter estimated to be 2,000 years old, says the Cavan County Museum.

Beaches in Washington closed to shellfish harvests because of DSP

The discovery of unsafe levels of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP) in samples of shellfish collected near Seattle prompted the closing of Puget Sound to recreational shellfish harvesting.

Review: Mulcahy's in Wantagh is an exceptional Long Island bar and grill Special

Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh on Long Island is known for its lively concerts and events, however its bar and grill are exceptional too.

Op-Ed: Food safety in America — FDA turns inspections into a joke

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come under fire from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for its inefficient and ineffective food recall procedures. It was also learned that CRF Foods has been in violation of food safety rules for years.

North Korea plant makes kimchi under Kim's 'loving care'

North Korea is producing kimchi at a new plant "built under the loving care" of leader Kim Jong-Un, who praised the spicy pickle as "one of the world's five health foods", state media said Friday.

Nature Made recall over Salmonella, Staph fears in some products

Pharmavite LLC, the parent company of Nature Made, has announced a voluntary Class 1 recall of some specific dietary supplements over fears they may be contaminated with bacteria, yeast and molds, according to a number of websites.

Fixing expiration dates on food labels will reduce food waste

The supermarket aisle is a complicated journey through a dense forest of "best by," "use by," "sell by," and other "bys." This confusing labeling system currently in use in the U.S. needs an overhaul, and for a number of reasons.

Kenya wakes up to coffee

Africa's best barista doesn't drink coffee, nor even really like it, yet two-time Kenyan champ Martin Shabaya won the Africa round and next month competes at the World Barista Championships.

Op-Ed: Are those 'raw cookie dough' recipes on the Internet safe to eat?

In the wake of the huge General Mills flour recall last week, more information has come out in the news media, including the story of one young teenager who was hospitalized, fighting for her life after taking a bite of raw cookie dough a few days before.

CDC confirms General Mills flour linked to E. coli outbreak

State and federal officials identified the current and ongoing E. coli O121 outbreak in February this year, but it took until late April for the common denominator to be found that led to the recall by General Mills of 10 million pounds of flour.

FSIS — Most poultry plants will fail new inspection standards

Poultry slaughter facilities around the country have only a few weeks left to get their act together and show they have implemented the new FSIS Pathogen Reduction Standards. But the feds expect almost half to fail.

E. coli fears prompt recall of 10 million pounds of flour

Astounding as it may sound, but General Mills has recalled over 10 million pounds of flour in response to a 20-state E. coli outbreak that has sickened 38 people.

Health Canada proposal will allow sale of irradiated ground beef

Health Canada will propose changes to the Food and Drug Regulations next month that would allow the irradiation of packaged fresh and frozen ground beef for sale in Canada.

Op-Ed: Top 4 Greek restaurants in Queens and Long Island

Digital Journal ranks its Top 4 Greek restaurants on Long Island and Queens, New York. These eateries are listed in alphabetical order.

FDA — One case may change recall procedure for online food sales

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether they need to develop food recall procedures and notifications for online retailers selling food products over the Internet.

Want to avoid food poisoning this summer? Try this FoodKeeper App

With the Memorial Day weekend set to begin at the end of the workday, Americans are already deep into their plans for picnics and cookouts as part of the holiday activities. The USDA reminds all of us that food safety does not take a vacation.

GMO salmon will be hard to find — Retailers refuse to sell them

Following Canada's approval of GMO salmon on May 20, Friends of the Earth U.S. along with a coalition of groups against GMO salmon released an updated list of more than 80 retailers refusing to sell the product.

New packaging aims to keep vegetables fresher

Michigan State University have developed new packaging designed to help produce stay fresher for longer. The research has run tests on onions and the data collected shows considerable improvement in keeping the vegetables edible.

Op-Ed: FDA list of companies in sunflower seeds recall is unbelievable

Digital Journal has been diligently reporting on the Listeria monocytogenes contaminated sunflower seeds and kernels since the beginning of May, and the list has grown to gargantuan proportions.

United Kingdom is now included in U.S. frozen vegetables recall

The frozen food recall that started out in the U.S. on April 23 with the recall of 15 frozen organic vegetable products, has taken on a life of its own, growing to include hundreds of products. The recall has now spread to the United Kingdom.

Listeria fears behind Papa John's Salads and Produce recall

Papa John’s Salads and Produce is recalling approximately 373 pounds of ready-to-eat salad with chicken products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Health Canada says GM salmon are 'safe and nutritious'

Health authorities in Canada announced Thursday that they have approved the sale of genetically modified salmon in Canada, making salmon the first genetically altered animal approved for consumption in the country.

1,400 bottles of luxury Burgundy under hammer at 'unique' auction

More than 1,400 bottles of "grand crus" from Burgundy's renowned Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine estate will be auctioned off in Geneva Sunday in a sale expected to make millions.

Quaker Oats recall: Granola bars over Listeria in Canada and U.S.

The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of its Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars in the U.S. and in Ontario, Canada because of fears of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

'Soviet chic' restaurant favoured by KGB spies reopens in Moscow

Moscow's Aragvi restaurant, once the legendary haunt of KGB spies and cosmonauts, has reopened with its Soviet-era grandeur restored.