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Autumn brings familiar occasions to mind, like back to school, Fleet Week and of course, Halloween. Yet, in the Asian community the Festival of the Moon (or Mid-Autumn harvest) is not about anything scary as in Halloween, but more about good fortune.

Tyson recalling Chicken Nuggets because of plastic pieces

Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling about 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous material, in this case, hard plastic pieces. The products were sold at retail stores nationally.

'Stiff Bull Herbal Coffee' has hidden Viagra-like drug warns FDA

If you think the "best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup," then stay away from a new online product being touted as being made for adults who want to have "longer-lasting more fulfilling sex."

Japan sake pours overseas as local market dries up

Ozawa Shuzo brewery hums with activity as boxed bottles of sake are loaded onto trucks. But with the domestic market shrinking, more and more of it is bound for burgeoning overseas markets where the centuries old drink is all the rage.

Recall of beef, veal, bison products linked to E. coli outbreak

A Massachusetts facility is recalling veal, beef, and bison products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to a Class I recall notice published by the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) on Saturday.

Obama's Vietnam noodle visit sparks feeding frenzy

Four months after US President Barack Obama plonked down on a plastic stool at Bun Cha Huong Lien for a bowl of Hanoi's signature pork noodles, the restaurant is cashing in on customers eager to taste what all the fuss is about.

Blue Bell recalls some ice cream due to Listeria contamination

Blue Bell Creameries is recalling two flavors of ice cream distributed across 10 Southern states because of concerns the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Black Forest Hams sold at Costco and Sam's Club recalled

A Washington state establishment is recalling approximately 8,694 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, primarily rubber fragments. This is a Class II recall.

Op-Ed: Canned pumpkin? Chances are good that the can contains squash

It's getting to that time of year when our thoughts turn to pumpkin pies, fresh out of the oven, their spicy aroma wafting insidiously around our nostrils, telling us that fall is here. Ah, yes, squash never smelled so good......

FSIS forces recall of meats over company's unsanitary conditions

A Beebe, Arkansas company is recalling 662,049 lbs. of various sized packages of meat and poultry products because the facility where the products were stored was deemed to be unsanitary.

Online recall of Island Soups Co. Inc. soups because of botulism

Island Soups Co. Inc. is recalling six of its soups because federal inspectors found the company does not have sufficient records to show the soups were processed to prevent the growth of Clostridium botulism.

EU plans an extensive review of proposal to ban American lobsters

In a move that could hurt American and Canadian lobster fisheries, the European Union is conducting an extensive review of a proposal to ban lobsters imported from the U.S. and Canada.

Food-borne illness — new rules are supposed to help (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series on food-borne illness, we looked at where contaminants entered the food production chain. Today we will look at the rules the FDA is implementing to prevent food-borne illness outbreaks.

Review: Maria's 'Special Stuffed Lamb Peppers' at Maria's on Bell Blvd. Special

Culinary queen Maria Petridis has outdone herself once again. This time with her latest exquisite dish at her restaurant in Bayside, New York.

Canadian oyster recall expanded due to Salmonella contamination

Atlantic Shellfish Products Inc. of Prince Edward Island is recalling four different batches of Malpeque Choice Oysters due to possible contamination with Salmonella.

Nationwide chocolate candy recall due to Salmonella contamination

A Lewistown, Pennsylvania candy company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of multiple chocolate candies, including chocolate bars, cellophane-wrapped chocolates and individually wrapped chocolates under the Asher's brand.

Foodborne illness — How does food become contaminated? Part one

September is National Food Safety Education Month and this is the perfect time to focus on a number of issues related to food safety and foodborne illness. Today, we will look at where a contaminant enters the food production chain.

Virginia Hepatitis A outbreak spreads to five states — 51 sick

The Hepatitis A outbreak associated with strawberry smoothies that started in Virginia earlier this month has now spread to five states, sickening 51 people.

Two deaths, elevated lead cases linked to Life Rising supplement

The FDA, along with state and local health officials are investigating elevated lead levels, including two deaths that have been linked to Life Rising dietary supplements produced by Ton Shen Health/Life Rising.

Nature Valley granola bars have 'deceptive' labeling says lawsuit

Deciding what constitutes a "100 percent natural" product is a matter of debate, and that debate is taking General Mills to court. Four lawsuits argue that the 100 percent natural claim on the company's granola is misleading and deceptive.

Country Fresh recalls 30,000 cases fresh-cut vegetable products

A producer and distributor of fresh-cut vegetables and fruits is recalling approximately 30,000 cases of their vegetable products after it was discovered that the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Virginia Hepatitis A cases growing and so are the lawsuits

The Hepatitis A outbreak in Virginia linked to frozen strawberry smoothies served at Tropical Smoothie Cafes is growing daily, with 28 people now confirmed to be sick as of Thursday evening.

Milk price rise fails to placate French users

Europe's biggest dairy group Lactalis told French farmers Friday it would raise milk prices in a bid to repair relations, but agricultural unions said the move fell short of their demands.

Review: English whisky makes its mark Special

Whisky and England haven't recently fitted together in terms of spirit production. This is slowly changing with the first English whisky distillery in 100 years recently opening. The distillery is also open to visitors, and Digital Journal paid a visit.

Canada recalls oysters from marketplace over Salmonella risk

Canadian company Five Star Shellfish Inc. is recalling Five Star Shellfish Inc. brand large standard and mixed oysters because of possible Salmonella contamination.

Three brands of frozen cut corn recalled because of Listeria

A Pennsylvania-based company has recalled three brands of its private label frozen cut corn because a package sampled from a retail store tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Central California beaches closed to shellfish harvesting

The California Department of Public Health has issued a warning over the dangerously high levels of domoic acid, a marine toxin, found in rock crabs and certain bivalves along beaches in the central part of the state.

Milk tea or 'lai cha': the fuel for Hong Kong's engine

Some cities are fuelled by coffee. In Hong Kong, it's milk tea that keeps things running - a potent nostalgia-infused caffeine hit, with fierce competition to brew the best in town.

Hepatitis A: Scallops in Hawaii and strawberries in Virginia

With the Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii being solved, another outbreak of the virus in Virginia is making the news, but this time, it's strawberries used to create strawberry smoothies at Tropical Smoothie Cafes.

Hawaii health officials identify cause of Hepatitis A outbreak

Hawaii health officials have identified imported scallops that were served raw at Genki Sushi restaurants as being the probable source of a Hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened at least 168 people.

The historic Grand Ole Opry supports local Stonehaus Winery

Stonehaus Winery and its wines have received support from the historic Grand Ole Opry, which is the show that has made country music famous.

Brewers scrambling to get pumpkins for fall beers

The looming shortage of pumpkins this year can be looked at two ways, disastrous or a blessing, depending on if you love pumpkin beer or cringe at the thought of drinking a brewed concoction made with pumpkins.

High lead levels prompt recall of 377,000 lbs of curry powder

Miami, Florida-based Oriental Packing Company, Inc. is recalling 337,000 pounds of blended seasoning curry products because testing has shown it is contaminated with high levels of lead.

Canada investigating Cyclospora outbreak in four provinces

Canadian health officials are investigating an outbreak of locally-acquired Cyclospora infections in four provinces. The outbreak has sickened 51 people with one person requiring hospitalization.

Review: Kilwins — Long Island's ideal place to satisfy your sweet tooth Special

Kilwins, situated in both Babylon and Patchogue on Long Island, is the ideal place for someone to satisfy their sweet tooth. Digital Journal has the scoop.

Parents may face jail if their kids are on vegan diets

In Italy, there is a proposed law that could affect parents who impose vegan diets on their kids. If passed, parents could be sentenced to jail for up to four years.

Turmeric sold at markets nationwide recalled for excessive lead

Gel Spice, a bulk distributor of turmeric, a spice used in some Asian dishes that gives the food a distinctive yellow to orange color, has issued a nationwide recall of turmeric under a number of branded product names because of excessive lead levels.

This year's cyclospora outbreak in Texas likely food-borne

For the third year in a row, the United States is experiencing an outbreak of the parasitic infection, cyclosporiasis. In Texas, as of Thursday, 72 cases have been confirmed.

Chicken without human antibiotics now being served at McDonald's

McDonald's USA has completed its shift to using only chicken that is free of antibiotics important to human health in its restaurants in the U.S.

The world's most expensive cheese comes from donkeys

At the Zasavica Special Nature Reserve in Serbia, about 80 kilometers west of the Serbian capital, Belgrade, you will find a donkey farm where donkey cheese, called pule, the most expensive cheese in the world is produced.

Cannabis chef takes fine dining to new high

Christopher Sayegh holds up two syringes filled with cannabis compound, primed to pump tiny amounts into a pomegranate sorbet, or a juicy cut of Wagyu Japanese beef as part of a bold new sensory experiment.