Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Tuesday, November 22, 2016.
Sabra Recalls Hummus Over Listeria Contamination
Sabra announced Saturday that it would be recalling several varieties of hummus after listeria bacteria were found on equipment at one of its production facilities. The recall affects some 53 flavors and package sizes of Sabra’s popular hummus, including red pepper hummus, garlic hummus, and classic hummus, as well as four Sabra spreads. Sabra noted in its recall announcement that the listeria monocytogenes bacteria were found on plant equipment, but have not been detected in finished food products. Containers of Sabra hummus with a “best before” date up through Jan. 23, 2017, are included in the recall. The complete list of affected products is available on Sabra’s website.
The Latest Anti-Starbucks Protest Involves Giving Starbucks Money
The latest anti-Starbucks protest has people expressing their dissatisfaction with Starbucks by actually buying more coffee from them. According to CNN, the new #TrumpCup protest is a type of “anti-boycott.” When the barista asks for a name, the protestor replies “Trump,” in hopes of making the barista write it on his or her cup, so that the barista is forced to call out “Trump” when the coffee is ready. Normally a protest involves not giving money to the organization with which one is dissatisfied, but this movement appears to have decided to take the opposite approach. Starbucks clarified to CNN that baristas were not actually required to call out customers’ names or write them on cups. "Over the years, writing customer names on cups and calling out their names has been a fun ritual in our stores. Rarely has it been abused or taken advantage of,” the company said in a statement. “We hope and trust that our customers will continue to honor that tradition. “
Chef Tony Hu Sentenced to Prison for Dodging Taxes
Chef Tony Hu of Chicago’s famed Lao Sze Chuan , who had a large and well-regarded empire of Chinese restaurants that earned tens of millions in annual sales, was sentenced this week to a year and a day in prison for tax fraud and money laundering. According to The Chicago Sun-Times, Hu pleaded guilty in May to the charges after an FBI investigation uncovered evidence that receipts had been falsified and records doctored to make it look like Hu’s restaurants were less profitable than they really were. Prosecutors say Hu’s empire made more than $40 million in sales in a year, and after he pleaded guilty, Hu admitted to prosecutors that he hid more than $10 million in receipts from cash transactions.