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2008-11-05 09:46:45

By themselves or as an ingredient in a variety of foods, including salsa, America's top-selling condiment, peppers have found a warm spot in the hearts and stomachs of U.S. consumers. But while U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show consumption of fresh peppers at an all-time high, only a fraction of these are grown domestically. Currently more than 70 percent of all fresh peppers consumed in the U.S. are imported from Mexico, and another 18 percent are imported from Canada, according to...

2008-10-12 15:00:21

Although this is my favorite season, late September/early October also triggers some sad memories. At age 16, I lost my stepdad, called Poppa by me and my sister, to cancer. A father figure for more than half of my life, he left me with many wonderful memories and skills, including a love of sports and the outdoors. In October as I see pink items everywhere in the effort to bring awareness to breast cancer, I reflect on how so many of us have either battled some kind of cancer or have a...

2008-10-06 15:00:41

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of McCormick-brand enchilada sauce mix because of a health risk. The FDA said McCormick & Company Inc. initiated the voluntary recall after determining its enchilada sauce mix with UPC Code 52100091600 might contain undeclared milk ingredients, posing a health risk for people allergic to dairy products. The "McCormick Enchilada Sauce Mix" was distributed to grocery stores nationwide beginning Sept. 17. The product is sold in...

2008-09-25 09:00:37

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/304c00/mexico_food_and_dr) has announced the addition of the "Mexico Food and Drink Report Q3 2008" report to their offering. The Mexico Food Drink Report provides independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on Mexico's food and drink industry. As Mexico's food and drink firms publish their results for the 2007 financial year it is becoming increasingly clear that many have struggled to pass on rising raw...

2008-08-27 09:01:27

By PHYLLIS JOHNSON By Phyllis Johnson Correspondent Western Branch Got the urge for something spicy? Want some steaming southwestern chow at south-of-the-border prices? The place to go is La Tolteca Restaurante Mexicano on Taylor Road, one of three such restaurants owned locally. The other two are at 6031 High St. W. in Churchland and at 1 High St. in Olde Towne. There are four more locations in Williamsburg and Lynchburg. Owner Francisca Onate opened the Churchland restaurant...

2008-08-20 00:00:29

By The Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Federal inspectors at U.S. border crossings repeatedly turned back filthy, disease-ridden shipments of peppers from Mexico in the months before a salmonella outbreak that sickened 1,400 people was finally traced to Mexican chilies.Yet no larger action was taken. Food and Drug Administration officials insisted as recently as last week that they were surprised by the outbreak because Mexican peppers had not been spotted as a problem before.But an...

2008-08-19 21:00:00

FRESNO, Calif. - Federal inspectors at U.S. border crossings repeatedly turned back filthy, disease-ridden shipments of peppers from Mexico in the months before a salmonella outbreak that sickened 1,400 people was finally traced to Mexican chilies. Yet no larger action was taken. Food and Drug Administration officials insisted as recently as last week that they were surprised by the outbreak because Mexican peppers had not been spotted as a problem before. An analysis of FDA records,...

2008-08-13 15:00:36

A U.S.-led international team of scientists has solved a long-standing evolutionary mystery involving the spicy hotness of chili peppers. University of Florida Professor Douglas Levey, one of the researchers, said a plant creates fruit to entice animals to eat and disperse its seeds. Therefore, said Levey, it doesn't make sense for that fruit to be painfully hot. Now the study led by Assistant Professor Joshua Tewksbury of the University of Washington has discovered the reason is a fungus...

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2008-08-12 09:12:59

People who love the kick of hot peppers are seeing one of the earliest examples of chemical warfare. It's a battle between their beloved peppers, and a fungus that destroys seeds.  On Tuesday, researchers released a report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the wild peppers they studied in Bolivia. Peppers use fats and sugar to attract birds which disperse their seeds, while fungi, who also like fats and sugar, tries to destroy the seeds. "For these wild chilies the...

2008-07-30 12:00:57

By Amanda Schoenberg Journal Staff Writer As the government connects the dots between raw jalapeo peppers and a salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 1,300 people, New Mexico cooks may worry about that batch of homemade salsa in the refrigerator. But New Mexico growers and consumers can breathe easier after the Food and Drug Administration confirmed last week that no domestic peppers have been linked to the bacteria scare. The salmonella contamination is limited to jalapeos grown...


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