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Cronut burger's maple bacon jam topping caused food poisoning at Toronto's CNE

TORONTO - An outbreak of food poisoning at the Canadian National Exhibition has been traced to the maple bacon jam topping on the cronut burger. "We were able to clear the cheese, the meat patty, the lettuce and the bun and identify the jam," said Dr. Lisa Berger of Toronto Public Health. "Now we are looking at the individual components of the jam, there are separate food samples being sent to the public health lab and we are awaiting those results."

First taste of test-tube burger declared 'close to meat'

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - The world's first laboratory-grown beef burger was flipped out of a petri dish and into a frying pan on Monday, with food tasters declaring it tasted "close to meat". Grown in-vitro from cattle stem cells at a cost of 250,000 euros ($332,000), the burger was cooked and eaten in front of television cameras to gain the greatest media coverage for the culmination of a five-year science experiment.

World's first test-tube burger tasted in London

Scientists unveiled the world's first lab-grown beef burger in London on Monday, frying it in a little oil and butter and serving it to volunteers in what they hope is the start of a food revolution. The tasters pronounced the 140-gramme (about five-ounce) patty, developed at a cost of more than 250,000 euros ($330,000) with support from Google co-founder Sergey Brin, as "close to meat" in flavour and texture but not as juicy.

World's first test tube burger tasted in London

Scientists on Monday unveiled the world's first lab-grown beef burger, serving it up to volunteers in London in what they hope is the start of a food revolution. The 140 gramme (about five ounce) patty, which cost more than 250,000 euros ($330,000) to produce, has been made using strands of meat grown from muscle cells taken from a living cow. Mixed with salt, egg powder and breadcrumbs to improve the taste, and coloured with red beetroot juice and saffron, researchers claim it will taste similar to a normal burger.

Canadian beef producers urged to step up exports to emerging markets

CALGARY - Canadian beef producers should increase exports to emerging markets if they want to grow their businesses, an economist says. Aaron Goertzen of BMO Capital Markets said Thursday that rising feed costs and flat demand in traditional markets such as the United States are biting into profits. He said there is more potential sizzle in such developing countries as Brazil, India and China, where beef consumption, populations and economic growth are on the rise.

Wal-Mart Stores ends relationship with Paul Deen as fallout continues

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Paula Deen lost another chunk of her empire on Wednesday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that it has ended its relationship with the Southern celebrity chef, part of the continuing fallout in the wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been carrying a variety of products from grocery items to health and wellness products under her moniker since 2011.

Smithfield drops Paula Deen, who is re-scheduled for 'Today' interview Wednesday after no-show

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Smithfield Foods is dropping Paula Deen as a spokeswoman. The announcement Monday came days after the Food Network said it would not renew Deen's contract. Deen admitted using racial slurs in the past in a deposition that came to light last week in a discrimination lawsuit. In a statement, Smithfield said it "condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behaviour of any kind." Deen was scheduled to appear on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, according to host Matt Lauer. Last week she abruptly cancelled on the morning show.

Analysis: Cows block path toward Canada-EU free trade deal

By Rod Nickel and Philip Blenkinsop WINNIPEG, Manitoba/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Salvaging a free-trade deal between Canada and the European Union after four years of talks will require skillful pasture politicking to pacify beef and dairy cow farmers who see more risk than opportunity. The difficulties underline how challenging bilateral and regional trade deals are to reach, and how groups like farmers can punch above their weight.

Dutch authorities investigating horse meat scandal arrest owner of meat processing business

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Dutch authorities on Thursday arrested the director of a meat-processing and wholesale company whose business is at the centre of an investigation into undeclared mixing of horse meat with beef. Investigators from the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority arrested the man on suspicion of fraud and detained him for further questioning. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of six year's imprisonment, according to prosecutors.

Mexico City hosts chili pepper festival

Mexico City, May 22 (EFE).- Chili peppers and sauces will take center stage at a festival being held this week in Mexico City, where the spicy plant, one of the pillars of Mexican cuisine, will be honored, organizers said. The 1st Chilis, Sauces and Mortars Festival, which will be held Friday to Sunday, is being organized by the Enchilada Fair, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said. Mexico exports 560,000 tons of chili peppers annually, both fresh and dry peppers, making it the world's No. 2 producer of the spicy products.
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