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What We’re Reading: Antibiotics Abuse, Benefits of Chocolate, & the Ultimate Umami

what we're reading: china food and food safety round up

Every week we’ll round up the latest in Chinese food news and more.

CHINA FOOD NEWS

Chinese researchers find that children who eat food over a long period produced from animals treated with antibiotics are two to three times more likely to be obese. (South China Morning Post)

China plans to sell mass amounts of corn from its stockpiles at low prices, but some of it will be so old it won’t be fit for consumption. (Reuters)

China sets goals for recycling more farm waste and capping pesticide use by 2020. (Ecns)

Rice, wheat, and corn won’t be the only staples around—China plans to turn potatoes into a staple food by planting over 6.6 million hectares of potato plants by 2020. (Xinhua)

& RELATED

Eating chocolate improves your brain function, says new study. (Eater)

Black garlic is a true umami bomb. (Munchies)

Lo Mein Loophole: How U.S. Immigration Law Fueled A Chinese Restaurant Boom (NPR)

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What We’re Reading: Lead in “Organic” Food, Benefits of Organic Meats, & More

eca86bd9e2f9182b5cdd05Cherry blossoms in Guangdong’s Shaoguan city were in full bloom for Valentine’s Day. (China Daily)

Every week we’ll round up the latest in Chinese food news and more.

CHINA FOOD NEWS

New study says Chinese residents are eating less salt, but still consuming nearly twice the amount recommended by the WHO. (People)

Fast food chains to offer customization, table service, and “healthier” images to woo Chinese diners. (Xinhua)

Why it’s important to get food from the source: Lead found in vegetable samples from Hong Kong organic farms. (South China Morning Post)

& RELATED

Organic meat and milk may be higher in healthful fatty acids. (New York Times)

Is this the end of Keurig? (NPR)

The Parmesan Cheese You Sprinkle on Your Penne Could Be Wood (Bloomberg)

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Hunter Gatherer’s 9 hearty pasta dishes at Hubindao

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A cold winter’s day calls for hearty, delicious pasta. As always, our chefs at Hubindao have made crafting full-flavored, seasonal food a major focus in the kitchen, which is why they’ve designed nine artisanal noodle dishes, each robust enough to satisfy any comfort food craving. From slow-simmered sauces to perfectly seasoned meats, these delicious pasta dishes are made from scratch with only Real Food ingredients and offer a wealth of flavors to choose from.

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What We’re Reading: Illegal GMOs, Overfishing in China’s Seas, & Cage-free Eggs

Ca3HiBVUEAEoBJeAerial photos of vegetable fields in south China’s Nanning, Feb. 10

Every week we’ll round up the latest in Chinese food news and more.

CHINA FOOD NEWS

Overfishing in China’s seas could threaten the important Lunar New Year tradition of eating fish. (Greenpeace)

China cracks down on illegal GM crops ahead of Syngenta deal. (Reuters)

Domestic agribusiness have taken a dive in China, while Chinese consumers seem more eager than ever to buy up international agricultural products. (Money Morning)

How truffles went from pig food to treasure in Yunnan, China (The Guardian)

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The major shift to cage-free eggs by Big Food in the U.S. is “one of the most interesting cases of corporate peer pressure in recent times.” (Civil Eats)

France bans supermarkets from throwing away food in a bid to cut down its annual 7m tonnes of food waste. (The Guardian)

Sorry, Sushi Burrito: Japanese Program Certifies Authentic Cuisine (The Salt)

Missed last week’s roundup? You can find all of our What We’re Reading weekly roundups here.

Be My Strawberry: Mini Heart-shaped Strawberry Mousse Cakes for Valentine’s Day

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Here at Hunter Gatherer, we’ll be spreading the love for Valentine’s Day a wee bit early this year with our adorable and limited edition Be My Strawberry cakes. Starting February 10th until the end of Valentine’s Day, our pastry chefs will be whipping up these beautiful heart-shaped mousse cakes. Handmade with only the best Real Food ingredients, our mini strawberry mousse cakes are a delicious and sweet way to celebrate those you love.

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What We’re Reading: China’s food safety, “pollution-free” livestock, and an anti-phone Hot Pot table

shrimp in shandongEye-opening photos of how China’s food factories feed 1.4 billion people. Warning: it’s a slideshow. (Business Insider)

Every week we’ll round up the latest in Chinese food news and more.

CHINA FOOD NEWS

Chinese shoppers are willing to spend big on Anhui’s all-natural Lonely Mountain village livestock, which avoid pollution and only eat seasonal organic vegetables. (Financial Times)

Shanghai court fines U.S. food supplier OSI Group 2.4 million RMB and jails 10 employees in the food safety scandal case. (Reuters)

The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration announces a new “instant testing system” that they say can detect the presence of illegal food additives. (Shanghai Daily)

State-owned ChemChina makes a major $43 billion bid for Swiss seeds and pesticides group Syngenta in hopes of getting its hands on genetically modified seeds—GM foods may be banned in China now, but ChemChina believes that ban will be lifted soon. (Financial Times)

& RELATED

Chipotle plans $50 million ad blitz after reports that the food safety scandal dropped the chain’s net income by 44 percent last quarter. But will it be enough? (Food Safety News)

American-born Chinese are redefining Chinese-American food on their terms, from the inclusion of farm-to-table ingredients to house-made organic bubble tea syrup. (New York Times)

Japan’s robot-run farm can harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce a day. (Munchies)

IKEA Taiwan debuts a hot pot table that forces diners to put away their phone. (Munchies)

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