‘ Shark on Menu at Farm School Could Cause Blindness or Even Death’

#AceFoodNews – UNITED STATES (Maine) – September 29 –Shark meat is in and chicken fingers are out for some schools abiding by First Lady Michelle Obama’s lunch rules.The U.S. Department of Agriculture highlighted an elementary school in Maine on Wednesday that is taking the standards from the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act to a different level.

Mercury Levels in Shark Meat

“The cafeteria is the biggest classroom in the school where students are taught to make healthy choices for themselves beginning in kindergarten,” wrote Linda Mailhot, the head cook at Mount Desert Elementary School in North-East Harbour Maine, in a blog post for the USDA.

Mailhot said that kids get to choose from “nutritious and appealing” foods, such as shark meat, kale salad, and broccoli slaw. The school also has a “walking club” and students do yoga before class.

“Students progress each day through a fruit-and-vegetable bar and an entrée station,” said Mailhot. “Along this route they choose the nutritious and appealing foods they need to build a balanced meal according to the new school meal standards issued by USDA.”

“Many of our entrée offerings are multinational, which is a great way to introduce students to nutritional foods from a variety of cultures,” she said. “By empowering students in the cafeteria, they learn to make healthy choices for life.”

“Farm to School is a large part of our program, for this reason we utilize foods from local farms and Maine’s largest farm, the ocean,” Mailhot continued. “We have served lobster rolls, locally caught haddock and shark.”

According to Men’s Fitness, shark meat can be “terribly unhealthy.”

The magazine said mercury levels in sharks “can cause coordination loss, blindness, and even death,” and cited a 2004 report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that warned,

CNN in 1996 do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tile fish because they contain high levels of mercury,again citing the EPA so it is about time chicken fingers with out shark meat are served up to our children.


‘ Rhode Island Oysters Back on the Menu Thanks to Local’s ‘

#AceFoodNews – RHODE ISLAND – September 25 – Rhode Island oysters are considered a delicacy, and not too long ago, they were nearly overfished to the point of extinction.


‘ Jules Opton-Himmel Local Operator ‘

Opton-Himmel’s farm is one of a growing  number of local operations that are ensuring the oyster population remains healthy and intact.

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Why we chose these oysters:

Before founding Walrus and Carpenter, Opton-Himmel worked on a number of shellfish restoration projects as a field biologist.

He knows as well as anyone that oysters are a naturally sustainable source of protein, because they filter seawater and replenish their habitats without requiring any external source of food.

At Walrus and Carpenter, all harvesting is done by hand, and Opton-Himmel only sells his oysters in state and in New York City around the winter holidays.

He refuses to ship overseas or across the country.

Opton-Himmel has partnered with local chefs to host summertime dinners by the farm. “When people come down for the dinner, they learn about how aquaculture works,” he says. “We’re actually stewards of the environment.”



SEOUL: ‘ British Embassy Launches This Tastes Great Promotion Featuring Korean Food ‘

#AceFoodNews – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – September 22 – The British Embassy in Seoul today launched a campaign to introduce Korean consumers to some of the UK’s best food and drink.

' British Embassy in Seoul '

‘ British Embassy in Seoul ‘

The British Embassy in Seoul today launched a campaign to introduce Korean consumers to some of the UK’s best food and drink.

' This Tastes Great Campaign '

‘ This Tastes Great Campaign ‘

The This Tastes GREAT promotion sees four restaurants across the city offering specially created British-themed menus.

Over the course of the next three weeks, Myssong in Apgujeong, Bulldogs in Itaewon and Gangnam and Behind the Yellow in Nonhyeon-dong will be treating customers to modern twists on British pies, curries and cocktails.

Speaking at today’s launch event at Myssong, British Embassy Charge d’affaires Andrew Dalgleish said:

Our ‘This Tastes GREAT’ promotion brings the British culinary revolution to Seoul. Britain is a nation of food lovers. We enjoy one of the most diverse ranges of food and drink in the world, with everything from the peaty malt whiskies of the Scottish Hebrides to the tangy Stilton cheese of the Midlands.

Food and beverages are also big business for the UK – our exports in this sector brought in £18.7bn in 2012.

The key to the success of our food is in the freshness of the ingredients and the innovation of our world-class chefs, many of whom have received coveted Michelin stars. I hope Korean consumers will enjoy the freshness and diversity of our GREAT British menus.

Following on from March’s highly successful GREAT Festival in Garosugil, This Tastes GREAT is the latest in a calendar of events designed to showcase the best of British food, fashion, innovation and creativity.

Details and dates for the promotion are as follows:

  • Myssong, 23 – 28 September, Sinsa-dong 650-17, Gangnam-gu. 02 518 0105
  • Bulldogs, 29 September – 5 October, i) Itaewon-dong 130-12, Yongsan-gu. 02 6248 2998 ii) Yeoksam-dong 818-14, Gangnam-gu. 02 538 2998
  • Behind the Yellow, 6 October – 12 October, Nonhyeon-dong 125-17. 02 3443 8488.
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MOSCOW: ‘ Russia Plans to Ban Fruit Imports from Ukraine ‘

#AceFoodNews – MOSCOW – September 19 – Russia may ban imports of fruits from Ukraine by late September, Russia’s agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said Friday RIA Novisti reported.  

' Russia may ban imports of fruits from Ukraine by late September. '

‘ Russia may ban imports of fruits from Ukraine by late September. ‘

Alexei Alekseyenko, an aide to Rosselkhoznadzorchief, said pests were discovered in Ukrainian-grown fruits. Russian customs services have also detected attempts to import banned Moldovan fruits under the guise of Ukrainian products.

“So, we may soon impose restrictions on imports of fruits from Ukraine,” he said. “We may make the decision to impose the restrictions by the end of the month.”

On September 5, Russia’s consumer watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, decided to ban the import of Ukrainian candy and confectionaries.

Earlier in August, Moscow suspended imports of Ukrainian alcoholic beverages to Russia, citing violations of consumer rights. The ban concerns alcohol produced by three companies: Obolon, SUN InBev Ukraine and Global Spirits.

In mid-July, Russia imposed a complete ban on dairy product imports from Ukraine, citing violations of Russian veterinary and sanitary requirements.

Ukrainian authorities responded restricting the import of a number of Russian products, such as confectionery products and pork.



SUGAR: ‘ Not Good for US but We Consume it Like an Addictive Drug ‘

#AceFoodNews – UNITED STATES – September 16 – Sugar is not good for you we are told, but as humans we are truly addicted to it – from fizzy drinks and over sweet foods to burgers and beans.

'White V Brown or Healthy V Unhealthy Ask Our Chef '

‘White V Brown or Healthy V Unhealthy Ask Our Chef ‘

They all YES all contain sugar and the white-stuff is worst:

Take a look at this link and compare White (Refined) with Brown (Unrefined) 

Larry Schwartz who is a Brooklyn – based freelance writer with a focus on health, science and nutrition says:

Sugar is as addictive as cocaine. Brain scans after sugar consumption, are very similar to when we do blow. Dopamine floods the brain and, boy, do we feel good. And of course it is a lot easier on the nostrils…unless you’re snorting your sugar… Hello. My name is Larry, and I’m a sugar addict.

So what does a poor American do? We can start by being conscious of the sugar we are consuming. The stuff comes in many disguises. It’s like the Peter Sellers of ingredients. Sugar, cane juice, cane syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, honey, molasses, malt syrup. Those are its favourite masks. If we are at least aware of what we are chowing down or chugging, we have a fighting chance. Increase the water intake, decrease the soda intake. Check out the ingredients on the labels. Opt for reduced sugar products. Awareness is a good start. As Daniel Lieberman said: “We need to realize that our bodies are not adapted to the amount of sugar that we are pouring into them and it’s making us sick.”

So what l here you say – my life well here are some of Larry’s statistics:

How badly do we crave sugar? Here are (some of) the shocking statistics:

1. Americans consume, on average, 765 grams of sugar every five days. To put that in perspective, in 1822 we consumed on average 45 grams every five days. That is equal to one can of soda. Now we consume 17 times that, or the equivalent of 17 cans of soda.

2. Americans consume 130 pounds of sugar every year. Our 1822 predecessors ate under 10 pounds of sugar a year. 130 pounds a year means about three pounds a week. That equals about 3,550 pounds in an average lifetime—approaching two tons of sugar.

3. More on that last one: 130 pounds of sugar equals about 1,767,900 Skittles. Or just fill an industrial a dumpster with Skittles.

4. The American Heart Association recommends we consume less than 10 teaspoons of sugar a day. The average adult American misses that mark by a lot. Like about 12 teaspoons. The average American gobbles down on average 22 teaspoons a day. And the average child? 32 teaspoons. Pretty sure none of us needs that much to make the medicine go down. Mary Poppins, it seems, was an enabler.

5. Our sugar consumption is both in plain sight and hidden, ingested from the most unlikely places. Sugar in cookies seems obvious. Sugar in potato chips not so much. And ketchup and TV dinners and soup and crackers and just about every other processed food out there. Who are the biggest baddies? Soft drinks lead the list at 33% of our sugar consumption (drink water instead of coke and you have already made a huge dent). Candy and other obvious sweets, 16%. Baked goods like cookies and cakes, 13%. Fruit drinks 10%. Sweetened yoghurt, ice cream and milk almost 9%.

6. One can of Coke, 12 ounces, contains 10 teaspoons of sugary goodness. That’s more sugar than two Frosted Pop Tarts with a Twinkie thrown in.  

7. The average American consumes 53 gallons of soda a year. Let’s do the maths. 128 ounces in a gallon times 53. That’s 6,784 ounces. Or just to simplify it, that’s 565 cans of soda a year.

8. If you took away all the sugar in an average American diet, you would subtract 500 calories a day. Of course, since we are not taking it away, that means sugar adds 500 calories a day to our diet (and waistlines). That is like eating 10 strips of bacon a day. Even bacon-loving Americans might stop short of that.

9. So, given all the bad stuff: Diseases, bad teeth, expanding waistlines. Zero nutrition. Why do we keep consuming sugar? Well, there is that DNA connection.

Sugar is how we are wired for energy, but evolution never took processed sugar into account.

Sweets eaters survived because they ate more energy-efficient fruit and veggie sugar that metabolises slowly and does not kill us.

Maybe worth considering ………. before the next sugary drink or …… maybe not!!!


‘ Research Suggests Junk Food Makes You Lazy ‘

#AceFoodNews – September 11 – We already know how junk-food makes you lazy. Now, new research suggests high-fat, high-calorie, sugary foods may actually discourage you from trying new foods.

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In fact, salty, fatty, sugary foods may rewire the brain’s reward mechanism, rendering them as addictive as some narcotics.

In a report published in Frontiers in Psychology, researchers describe how rats given a junk food diet seem to lose all interest in other types of food. This works against the natural structure of the brain, which is wired to seek out a diverse diet and to avoid overeating. Not surprisingly, this leads to unhealthy eating habits as well as weight gain.

Half of the rats in the study were fed a high-calorie “cafeteria” diet consisting of cookies, pies, dumplings, and cakes for two weeks, while the other half (the control group) were given a standard diet.



BRUSSELS: ‘ EU Poised to Take Measures Against Israeli Food Exporters on Matter of Complaints on Safety Certificates ‘

#AceFoodNews – BRUSSELS – September 03 – The EU is poised to take “appropriate measures” against Israeli settler food exports after Israel failed to respond to its complaints on safety certificates.

The European Commission, on 28 July, wrote to Israeli authorities asking them to stop issuing safety papers for “products of animal origin” sold by Israeli companies based on Palestinian land.

It gave them one month to take the settler companies off a list of Israeli-eligible entities.

The commission’s logic is that Israeli food authorities have no jurisdiction in the occupied Palestinian territories.

It says the problem was highlighted during a routine audit by the commission’s Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) on Israeli dairy products late last year.

The past nine months have seen the EU put pressure on Israel over settlement expansion by blocking EU grants for settler entities and by threatening to publish an EU code for retail labels on settler goods.

On Tuesday, it urged Israel to reverse its decision to appropriate 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank for a new settler city.

A commission spokesman, Roger Waite, told EUobserver “there is no link at all with the current situation in the region” and the animal products move, however.

A second commission spokesman, Frederic Vincent, added that the EU’s actions “will depend on replies from the Israeli authorities… the assumption is that Israel will take appropriate corrective measures”.



WASHINGTON: ‘ FDA Publish Proposed Rules on Restaurant Menus on Statute Books Since 2011 At Final Rule Approval ‘

#AceFoodNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 02 – Two prominent Democrats, who spearheaded 2010 Affordable Care Act provisions that require the posting of nutrition information and calorie counts on restaurant menus, are urging the administration to issue new regulations on restaurant menus.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., this month sent a letter to the White House’s regulatory review office urging the release of the final rule, which has been in the works for months .

They also backed eliminating proposed exemptions, including menu notices at entertainment venues such as amusement parks and bowling alleys. The Food and Drug Administration published proposed rules on restaurant menus in 2011 and the FDA forwarded a final rule proposal to the White House in April.