Illegal Foods; When Allergy Tests Are Wrong
A number of kids diagnosed with food allergies using blood or skin tests might not be really allergic to those foods, according to experts. Skin-prick tests are slightly more predictive, but the best way to discover an allergy is to encounter the food (under a doctor's supervision).
[Wall Street Journal]
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey voluntarily cut his salary to $1 as part of a turnaround effort. In 2009, his salary was valued at $653,671, up from $33,831 in 2008.
Citigroup CEO Vikram S. Pandit likes the fried chicken, collard greens, and mac and cheese from Sylvia's, as well as sushi from SushiAnn around the corner from his Midtown office.
Nearly one in five Americans didn't have enough money to buy food at some point last year. The number of hungry Americans rose during the recession, but dipped in 2009.
The Kings Plaza Diner is rumored to be closing, although not until after the owners open a sister restaurant at the former Retro 50s diner on Cropsey Avenue in Coney Island.
Dog and cat meat -- delicacies in China -- could be banned if new animal rights legislation passes. Those who eat either animal could be fined 5000 yuan ($816) and get jail time.
[News.com.au via ColdMud]
Foods banned by the U.S. government include salumi (fancy European salami, prosciutto, and headcheese), fugu (puffer fish liver), and casu marzu (Sardinian "maggot cheese").