Bits and pieces: Risky foods, hummus and other food news from the Web, 6.21.10

How risky is Mr. Potato Head?*
  • Be careful before you eat those french fries. Or that tuna sandwich. Or that omelet. They could make you barf, according to a story in L.A. Weekly. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a D.C.-based non-profit, released a list of the 10 riskiest foods regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The list, L.A. Weekly says, is based on cases of illness reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the report, these foods account for nearly 40 percent of all food-borne outbreaks since 1990. The list includes potatoes, tuna, eggs and leafy greens.
  • Congratulations to the leaders of the hunger-fighting charities Bread for the World and Heifer International, the co-recipients of this year’s World Food Prize, according to an article on the Voice of America website. The $250,000 prize is awarded to organizations that have improved the global food supply and helped fight poverty.
  • Well, it’s about time — hummus is catching on in America, especially the flavored varieties, according to an article in the New York Times.

Fifteen years ago, hummus was a $5 million business led by a smattering of companies, the article says. Today it dominates its sales category, called refrigerated flavored spreads, which has more than $325 million in annual retail sales, according to Symphony IRI Group, a Chicago market research firm. Sales are up more than 18 percent in the last year, it said.

  • Some bad food news: Food prices are expected to increase during the next decade, with some grain costs going up between 15 and 40 percent, according to Voice of America. Rising demand for bio-fuels made from food crops will help keep prices rising, according to a report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

*Picture courtesy of Hasbro

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