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SF Bay Area home kitchen experts take shot at cooking immortality

San Francisco - Feeding the family isn't only about defrosting or drive-through windows — and certainly not for the dozens of amateur cooks who turned out Saturday to compete for a spot on Fox TV's "MasterChef."

Top Mexican chefs take stand against GM corn

- Top Mexican chefs urged the president Wednesday to join them in their staunch opposition to genetically modified corn in a country where age-old grains are cherished traditions.

Google wants your food photos to power a new Maps feature

Google has reportedly found a use for all of the photos of food that people take on their phones. The company is testing a Maps feature that lets users easily tag images to restaurant listings, letting everybody see what the food looks like.

Russian police smash illegal $30 million cheesemaking ring

Moscow - Russian police said Tuesday they had detained an "international criminal gang" that produced contraband cheese worth some $30 million using banned Western ingredients.

New social network for food, nutrition opens digital debate

Can FoodNiche.me be a driving force in the confusing dialogue in food and nutrition in the United States? Some say it is like the LinkedIn for foodies.

Southern African leaders meet as region faces food crisis

Johanesburg - Leaders of 15 southern African countries will gather for an annual summit on Monday as the region grapples with serious food shortages that have left a record number of people needing aid.

Russia slaps food embargo on more European countries

Moscow - Russia on Thursday broadened a food embargo imposed in retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine to include Iceland, a significant fish importer, as well as Montenegro, Albania and Liechtenstein.

McDonald's France apologises for 'don't feed the homeless' note

Marseille - McDonald's France was forced to apologise Wednesday following the emergence of an internal note reportedly ordering staff not to hand out food to "tramps" at a restaurant on the swish Cote d'Azur.

Russia destroys more tonnes of smuggled Western food

Moscow - Russian officials on Friday destroyed hundreds of tonnes of fruit as they pushed on with a controversial drive to eradicate smuggled Western food.

Consumers unsure about food labeling and information

Despite food labeling reforms, from levels of fats to salts or whether something is gluten free, labels are still causing confusion among consumers according to a new study.

Russia begins destroying smuggled Western foods

Moscow - Russian officials on Thursday steamrollered tonnes of cheese as they began a controversial drive to destroy Western food smuggled into the crisis-hit country despite a public outcry.

Russia says wrong DNA found in French hypermarket mince

Moscow - Russia's food safety regulator on Tuesday accused the popular French hypermarket chain Auchan of selling beef and pork mince containing meat from sheep and chicken.

Thank the ancient Romans for 'street food'

Rome - Grabbing something hot and tasty on the move? You have the ancient Romans to thank. "Street food" was their invention, generally enjoyed with wine, gambling or even prostitutes.

Frenchwoman jailed for three years for Chile 'magic cheese' scam

Paris - A French court on Tuesday jailed a woman for three years for conning thousands of Chileans into buying a kit to make "magic cheese" they could sell back to French cosmetics firms for use in luxury beauty products.

Fidel Castro seen in rare public outing

Havana - Cuban state television broadcast images Saturday of former president Fidel Castro meeting cheese experts during a rare trip outside his Havana home.

Sugar, flour, rice: Panicked Greeks stock up on essentials

Atenas - Greeks were hoarding cash and food Saturday amid mounting fears the economy could collapse, cracking open their wallets only to stock up on essentials and stripping supermarket shelves in the process.

Avoiding fussy eating by children with three R's

Birmingham - A new study purports to tell parents how easy it is to avoid fussy eating habits with their children. This takes the form of three apparently easy steps, according to a research article.

Can a mushroom slow down weight gain?

A mushroom common to Chinese medicine appears to slow down weight gain, according to a new scientific study based on animal trials.

Rats dream about the places they want to go

London - According to new research, rats dream about places that they want to go next. This is a theory from neuroscientists following some classic maze and hidden food experiments.

Nestle tries to win Indian hearts after Maggi noodle ban

Ginebra - Nestle chief Paul Bulcke says he has drawn the lessons from India's shock ban on its Maggi instant noodles over a health scare and is now trying to salvage the image of the world's top food company.

Decades-old frozen meat seized in China food scandal: Report

Bejing - Almost half a billion dollars worth of smuggled frozen meat -- some of it rotting and more than 40 years old -- has been seized in China, reports said Wednesday.

Rainfall gives respite to drought-hit North Korea

Seoul - Parched North Korea has seen significant rainfall over the past 12 days, state media reported, but not enough to end a severe drought described as the worst in 100 years.

Protesters muzzled at Chinese dog meat festival

Yulin - Campaigners protesting at China's annual dog meat festival, which sees thousands of canines butchered and eaten, were forcibly dispersed by unidentified men Monday as they tried to rally outside a government office.

Cafe interruptus: Starbucks to shut down La Boulange shops

Seattle - Starbucks plans to shut down nearly two dozen La Boulange cafes it bought in 2012 but to continue to sell La Boulange baked goods in its stores nationwide, the world's largest coffee seller said Monday.

Drought sparks fears of worsening food shortages in N. Korea

Seoul - North Korea's food supply faces a gloomy forecast this year due to a damaging drought which has sparked fears of worsening shortages in the impoverished communist country, experts said Wednesday.

Trans fat is not safe and must be removed from food: US

Washington - Partially hydrogenated oils, known as artificial trans fats, are not safe to eat and must be removed from the food supply in the next three years, US regulators said Tuesday.

Health warning over the 'most dangerous dish in the world'

Bangkok - It's a local delicacy in north-east Thailand. It contains raw fish and it is laced with live red ants, for that extra flavor. Problem is it seems to give you liver cancer, according to health experts.

Mediterranean diet at risk as globalisation bites

Rome - Eating a Mediterranean diet has long been a byword for healthy living, but the very people who coined it are straying from sun-kissed fruits and legumes and their waistlines are paying the price.

Nestle challenges noodles ban in Indian court

Mumbai - Nestle said Thursday it is challenging a ban imposed by India on its hugely popular Maggi instant noodles brand after tests showed they contained excessive levels of lead.

Frenchwoman on trial for Chile 'magic cheese' scam

Paris - A Frenchwoman went on trial Monday accused of conning thousands of Chileans into buying a kit to make "magic cheese" they could sell back to French cosmetics companies for use in luxury beauty products.
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