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If Jim Gaffigan Is Involved, a Hot Pockets Recall Might Not Be So Bad, Right?

gaffigan hot pocketsThere’s been a huge USDA recall of meat coming from the Rancho Feeding Corp, with the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service pulling 8.7 million pounds because it’s “unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce.” Some of that meat may have ended up in Hot Pockets, so Nestle is also recalling some of its products, namely, the Philly Steak and Cheese and Croissant Steak and Cheese. That’s a whole lot of questionable food in one paragraph. However (and surprisingly), no one seems to have gotten sick, so that’s a definite plus.

The news gave fuel to one man who has basically built his career on the microwaveable treat: Jim Gaffigan.

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Chinese Chicken Creates a PR Challenge for Food Distributors

Any business selling America’s favorite flightless bird faces a bit of a conundrum after authorities decided to allow our own fowl to be processed in China before hitting stores and restaurants stateside.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture agreed to let a limited number of Chinese plants process chicken for sale in the United States—and it’s not even Chinese chicken. That’s right, these feathered sandwich fillers, which were raised and slaughtered on this side of the Atlantic, will travel East for a bit of re-dressing before returning in time for a dip in the deep fryer.

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Some Meat Packaging Labels May List ‘Pink Slime’

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given the OK for some companies to begin listing “pink slime”/”lean finely textured beef”/”ammonia-treated beef” on packaging labels. A spokesperson for the USDA, Dirk Fillpot, wouldn’t name the companies that would be listing the filler. But Fillpot told MSNBC that some companies had voluntarily approached the Department asking to list LFTB on their labels. He wouldn’t say if the USDA was discussing whether to make it a requirement.

Cargill admitted that it was one of the companies that made the request, but says no final decision has been made. Surely, they’re weighing the pros and cons. Pro: the company will score points for taking it upon themselves to be honest with customers. Con: the company sells pink slime for dinner.

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