Jan 27, 2015

Insects in food top diner complaints in Japan

Don’t read this before lunch. Diners are finding cockroaches, flies and human hair in their food, and complaints are piling up. There were 19,094 complaints about inedible items in food in stores or served in restaurants in the nearly six years since fiscal 2009, ...

Jan 26, 2015

Vatican culinary tastes revealed in Swiss Guard cookbook

If an army travels on its stomach, what does the world’s smallest army eat? A chef who serves in the Swiss Guards, David Geisser, is shedding light on the culinary tastes of the pope’s army with a new cookbook. “Buon Appetito” features recipes on ...

New painkiller found in coffee

Jan 25, 2015

New painkiller found in coffee

Brazilian scientists have discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to the pain reliever morphine, researchers at the state University of Brasilia (UnB) and the state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Corp. Embrapa said Saturday. Embrapa said its genetics and biotech division, teaming up ...

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. approves appetite-zapping implant for obese patients

U.S. federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant that treats obesity by zapping nerves connecting the stomach and the brain. The Maestro Rechargeable System uses electrodes implanted in the abdomen to stimulate the vagus nerve, which signals to the brain that the stomach is ...

Jan 8, 2015

Foie gras back on menu in California

Californians will be able to legally eat foie gras again after a judge Wednesday overturned a ban on sales of the delicacy, outlawed in the U.S. state for the past 18 months. One restaurateur who has fought the ban said he would begin serving ...

Jan 7, 2015

Cricket found in package of baby food in Tochigi

A woman in Tochigi prefecture found a cricket in packaged meat and potatoes for babies last month, Asahi Group Holdings, which owns baby food giant Wakodo, admitted on Wednesday. The woman purchased the product, which was packaged in a retort-pouch style, in a drug ...