The Daily Dish: More Ice Cream Companies Recall Products for Listeria
Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Wednesday, November 16, 2016.
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More Ice Cream Companies Recall Products for Listeria
Potential listeria-related recalls are sweeping the frozen dessert aisle. Most recently, the ice cream company Cedar Crest has discovered instances of listeria contamination. “Cedar Crest was notified on Nov. 10 that the cookie dough in the referenced products, which is manufactured by Aspen Hills Inc., has the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes,” a recall notice by Cedar Crest Specialties Inc. stated. Aspen Hills Inc. was also implicated when Blue Bell recalled its products this past September. According to Food Safety News, symptoms of listeria, which can take up to 70 days to develop after exposure, include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Gourmet ice cream brands Agave Dream, L.A. Creamery, and Nancy Silverton's Nancy’s, which all use the same co-packing facility, also recalled their products because of possible listeria contamination, Consumerist reported.
Soylent Says Algal Flour Is Making Its Customers Sick
After issuing a recall on its meal replacement bars last month, Soylent, a “nutritious” food substitute company based in Los Angeles, thinks it has pinpointed the ingredient that has made a number of its customers “violently ill.” According to Bloomberg, the company believes an algae-based ingredient called algal flour is the culprit. “We are releasing new formulations of our powder mix and meal replacement bars early next year,” Rob Rhinehart, Soylent’s co-founder and chief executive officer, told Bloomberg. “Our new formulations will no longer contain algal flour.” An executive of TerraVia, the biotech company that provided the ingredient, said the algal flour had been used in millions of products without complaints and claimed Soylent products contained “several known irritants” that could also be the root of customers’ illnesses, Bloomberg reported.
The Spotted Pig Loses Its Michelin Star in Newly Released Bib Gourmand List
The Michelin Guide just released its list of New York City restaurants that earned the Bib Gourmand distinction — an honored list of restaurants that offer good food for a fair price, but that don’t have a Michelin star. Among the more than 100 restaurants mentioned on the list is a serious surprise: April Bloomfield’s The Spotted Pig, a European gastropub and certified New York City hotspot. Being included on this list could indicate that The Spotted Pig has lost its Michelin star for the first time since the Michelin Guide began publishing New York City guides in 2005. On the other hand, ABC Kitchen, DBGB, and Untitled have all been dropped from the Bib Gourmand list this year, which could possibly signal an upgrade to a Michelin star. (We’ll find out for sure when the 2017 Michelin guide is released for New York City on Nov. 18.)
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These Top Food Shows Will No Longer Be Available on Netflix
Scripps Network Interactive, the lifestyle media company that owns popular channels such as HGTV and Food Network, will not renew its contract with Netflix, set to end this year. Some of the Scripps TV shows that have been streaming on Netflix since October 2014 are Food Network Star, Worst Cooks in America, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, and Property Brothers. Ken Lowe, chief operating officer of Scripps, said in a conference call that the network was “big enough” and the company shouldn’t be limited by streaming partnerships, according to FOX News.
Shake Shack Is Adding Barbecue Burgers and Chicken Sandwiches to the Menu
Starting in 2017, Shake Shack will be expanding its offerings with a new Barbecue Chick’n Shack sandwich and a Barbecue Shackmeister burger, both topped with Shake Shack’s signature barbecue sauce. It’s no wonder that Shake Shack wants to expand its chicken offerings. Its investors were told that since introducing the original Chick’n sandwich in January of this year, the sandwich has been one of the most profitable menu offerings, according to Eater. This isn’t the only Shake Shack news: the burger chain will also be introducing three holiday-inspired shakes this December.