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French baker jailed in China over out-of-date flour: family

A French baker has been arrested and jailed in China after being accused of using out-of-date flour by health inspectors and police, his family said Wednesday as they publicised a campaign to free him.

Visitors flock to Belgium's giant omelette festival despite scandal

About a thousand people flocked to the small Belgian town of Malmedy on Tuesday to eat a giant omelette made of 6,500 eggs, despite the country being at the centre of a scandal involving tainted eggs.

Hong Kong scrambles to inspect EU eggs as insecticide found

Hong Kong is increasing inspections of eggs imported from Europe, officials said Saturday after some were found to be contaminated with an insecticide in a scandal which has now spread beyond the EU.

Hong Kong, Switzerland, 15 EU states hit by egg scandal

Insecticide-tainted eggs from European poultry farms have now been found in Hong Kong and Switzerland as well as 15 EU countries, the European Commission said Friday.

250,000 contaminated eggs sold in France since April: minister

Nearly 250,000 insecticide-contaminated eggs have been sold in France since April, but the risk for consumers is "very low," French Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert said Friday.

Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday as the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis.

Uprooted entrepreneurs form 'Little Damascus' in northwest Syria

On a bustling street in northwest Syria, young restaurateur Abdulrahim Abulezz serves up juicy chicken wraps crafted according to a traditional recipe from his hometown Daraya, which he left last year.

Belgium accuses Netherlands of tainted eggs cover-up

Belgium accused the Netherlands on Wednesday of failing to inform it that eggs were tainted with insecticide despite knowing about the problem since last November, as Europe's latest food safety scandal deepened.

Besieged Syria town swaps meat for mushrooms

In a humid room in the besieged Syrian town of Douma, Abu Nabil inspects the pearly white mushrooms sprouting from white sacks hanging from a ceiling.

Dutch farmers 'powerless' in the face of contaminated eggs

In the dark and silent shed of a small Dutch poultry farm, 1.8 million eggs closely packed together wait to be destroyed.In the barn, the machine that sorts and packages the eggs has been shut off and its rolling belt is starting to gather dust.

Aldi pulls eggs from German stores over insecticide scandal

German discount supermarket giant Aldi said Friday it was pulling all the eggs from its shelves in the country over an insecticide scandal stemming from the Netherlands.

Darjeeling unrest threatens tea shortage

The world faces a shortage of prized Darjeeling tea because of deadly unrest in the idyllic Indian Himalayan foothills where it is grown.

Millions of Dutch eggs destroyed in growing insecticide scandal

Supermarkets in the Netherlands and Germany were Thursday removing millions of eggs from their shelves believed to have been contaminated by a toxic insecticide in a widening food scandal.

Tainted Dutch eggs scandal widens across borders

Supermarkets in the Netherlands and Germany moved to halt some egg sales Thursday as hundreds of thousands may have been contaminated by a toxic insecticide in a widening food scandal.

Food quality double standards 'unacceptable' in EU: Juncker

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday promised Slovakia and other eastern European member states he would help stamp out the "totally unacceptable" sale of lower quality food products in their markets.

Traces of weedkiller found in Ben & Jerry's ice cream

Ben & Jerry's, a national brand known for its quality and eco-friendly practices, has come under fire after traces of the pesticide glyphosate was found in 10 out of 11 ice cream samples tested.

Gilberto Gil daughter becomes healthy food 'guru'

Bela Gil may be the youngest daughter of Brazilian singer and politician Gilberto Gil, but she's not riding on her father's musical coat tails.

French grape harvest shrivels to record low

Knocked off course by a cold spring snap, French wine production this year slid to a record low, falling 17 percent on 2016, initial ministry of agriculture projections show."At 37.6 million hectolitres (993.

Star chefs in Mexico to defend biodiversity

Star chefs from around the world gathered in Mexico City's ancient floating gardens for a symposium on saving the world's threatened biodiversity, a bleak subject they peppered with breaks to savor the local cuisine.

Cooking with a conscience: Colombian chef Espinosa wins top prize

Leonor Espinosa, a Colombian chef known for sourcing local ingredients and giving back to the communities that supply them, won the Basque Culinary World Prize Monday, a 100,000-euro prize for chefs who make a difference.

Fast-food fan Trump gets taste of the high life at Eiffel Tower

Well-done steak with ketchup washed down with Diet Coke do not normally feature on his menus but French superchef Alain Ducasse may have to make an exception when he cooks for US President Donald Trump at the Eiffel Tower.

Spamalittle or Spamalot - SPAM is still popular after 80 years

SPAM, no, not the unsolicited junk email you receive every day on your computer, but the iconic little blue can with the bright yellow letters, that when opened, reveals a great-tasting mealtime favorite, is 80-years-old today.

Op-Ed: Robo-burgers to go? The very mixed message robot burgermeister

A fully functional commercial burger making robot will trash fast food industry employment. Particularly if you have a robot that can do 400 burgers an hour.

Review: Cardoon Mediterranean opens in Seaford on Long Island Special

On July 1, Digital Journal had the opportunity to review Cardoon Mediterranean, a new waterfront Mediterranean restaurant that opened in Seaford three weeks ago. It is owned by corporate chef Stephen Rosenbluth and his wife, Jennifer.

Eastern Europeans bite back over 'food apartheid'

It looks like Nutella, smells like Nutella and yet doesn't quite taste like the famous Italian chocolate spread.

Meet Jason DeLeo: Executive Chef of Cardoon Mediterranean Special

Executive Chef Jason DeLeo sat down and chatted with Digital Journal about his new restaurant Cardoon Mediterranean in Seaford, New York.

BBC finds fecal bacteria in drinks from Starbucks

It's hard to match the refreshing taste of an iced coffee on a hot summer day — but a new BBC investigation may make you think twice before you order a chilled drink.

Yiasou Yeeros owner talks Hospitality Ball, local recognition Special

Stephanie Mantzoukas, owner of Yiasou Yeeros Authentic Greek Eatery in Plainview, New York, chatted about the Long Island Hospitality Ball, and the recent recognition it received from "Long Island Pulse."

Nouvelle Cuisine stalwart Alain Senderens dies: critic

Leading French chef Alain Senderens, one of the founders of the Nouvelle Cuisine movement, has died aged 77, food critic Gilles Pudlowski told AFP on Monday."He was one of the last great creators of Paris.

China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with sellers torching the hair off carcasses, butchers chopping slabs of canines and cooks frying up dishes, dispelling rumours that authorities would ban sales this year.

Growers at Bordeaux winefest unite against climate change

This is the wine industry's new normal: heavy rains, floods, hailstones, drought and sometimes even frost.

Belgian frites too 'chic' for EU ban

The European Commission staunchly denied Tuesday that it was trying to ban Belgian fries, saying Belgium's deep fried treat was too "chic" to fall victim to Brussels red tape.