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Ravi Bangaroo

The Daily Dish: April 27, 2016

Dishing out the latest and greatest in food news
The Daily Dish 4.27.16

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Protestors are demonstrating their distaste for Pepsi’s continued usage of environmentally hazardous palm oil in its products with a big message. Activists with the Rainforest Action Network scaled the giant six-story Pepsi sign in Queens, New York, and hung a 100-foot banner calling for an end to the usage of palm oil in Pepsi Co products. Companies like McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks have already vowed to eliminate or cut back on palm oil usage, which has been linked to severe deforestation and the perpetuation of dangerous greenhouses gases.
16-year-old Daniel Singer, who’s the founder of multiple tech startups, has just launched, a service that brings customers to new restaurants and helps restaurants fill empty tables. The service, which launched last week, is available in three markets: Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, according to a release. Customers sign up for the free service by sending the ‘cake’ emoji to, or by texting a designated number. Once registered, customers will be sent invitations to restaurants, usually between 11 a.m. and noon the day of, with reservation times. If the customer accepts the invitation, an Uber will be sent to provide a free ride to the restaurant.
If you’re picking up a bottle of extra virgin olive oil at your local supermarket, there’s a good change you may not be getting what you pay for. The House Agricultural Committee is calling for the FDA to include tests for all olive oil imports in its 2017 fiscal spending bill. According to many industry professionals, at least 70 percent of olive oil you see on shelves is mislabeled in some way. The new FDA testing could make an impact on reversing the effects of that statistic.
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