RealScreen: PBS Digital Studios launches food-focused YouTube channel PBS Zest. “PBS Digital Studios has launched its food-focused, documentary-style YouTube channel PBS Zest as part of the studio’s ‘themed channel strategy,’ which will bring together curated content from PBS member stations across the U.S.”
KGW8: The Oregonian launches database of grocery store grades. “Unlike other states, Oregon did not have a quick and easy way to get information on how local grocery stores where doing on routine state food safety inspections. That changed Jan. 10 when The Oregonian launched a searchable database that provides thousands of grocery store inspections online. Records are shown for stores that have a retail license and handle or prepare raw food, The Oregonian said.”
PR Newswire: Pilot Light Launches First-Ever Free Online Library For K-12 Grade Food Education Lesson Plans (PRESS RELEASE). “In addition to providing free lesson plans, the Food Education Center also hosts Pilot Light’s Food Education Standards, the first-ever nationwide set of recommendations for food education for K-12 students. The Food Education Standards were developed in collaboration with notable Chicago chefs Paul Kahan (One Off Hospitality), Matthias Merges (Folk Art Management), and Jason Hammel (Lula Café and Marisol), as well as nutrition and education experts and faculty from the University of Chicago, Columbia University, the United States Department of Agriculture and a teacher development team comprising Chicago Public Schools faculty.”
FoodNavigator-LATAM: Keeping compliant: Online archive tracks Brazil’s ‘complex’ food regulations. “Alimentus Consultoria is an open-access archive of Brazilian food legislation that can help manufacturers navigate the country’s complex and often over-lapping regulatory landscape, says one expert.”
BBC: The secrets of ‘food porn’ viral videos. “I’ve just watched a fresh turkey being covered in fragments of cheese-flavoured crisps and then stuffed with what looks like three kilos of cheddar. The video has more than four million views on YouTube. Call it a stunt, call it a travesty, whatever you make of it this is food – but not as you know it.” Unless you’ve ever been to a State Fair in America. And I have seen the video mentioned in the lede — well, I saw the Kalen Reacts video, and I agree with every exclamation of horror Kalen uttered.
EurekAlert: Social media contributes to increased perception of food technology as risky business. “When it comes to food technology, the information shared on social media often trumps the facts put out by the scientific community and food experts, leading to the dissemination of disinformation, ‘fake news’ and conspiracy theories. Nowhere is this more evident than consumers’ mistrust of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), despite assurances from the scientific community and food experts.”
StarTribune: Nearly 90 foolproof holiday cookie recipes just got easier to find. “In conjunction with our 17th annual Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest, we’ve reorganized and drastically improved our online recipe archive. Now when you go to [the Web site], you’ll find a complete digital source for all things cookies, including nearly 90 foolproof recipes, culled from the past 17 years of competition.”