Category Archives: Food and Wine

Now more than 500 sick from outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads

By Debra Goldschmidt, CNN

The number of people sick from an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness, called cyclosporiasis, linked to McDonald’s salads is now 507, federal health officials said Thursday.

All of the illnesses have been confirmed with lab tests. Twenty-four of those individuals have been hospitalized.

The illnesses began between May 20 and July 21, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The CDC Finally Figured Out What Caused Chipotle’s Massive Food-Borne Illness Outbreak

By Sam Blum

chipotle-1530205335The CDC determined the cause of the burrito peddler’s latest food borne illness outbreak. 

Chipotle’s latest food-borne illness outbreak was by and large the biggest in its history, with more than 600 people claiming they fell ill after dining at a lone outpost in Powell, Ohio earlier this month. The chain’s latest brush with food poisoning and its newest PR headache garnered headlines and alarm because the cause of the outbreak was initially a mystery.

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Guinness’ first US brewery in 60 years opens its doors

By IrishCentral Staff/@IrishCentral

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, opened its doors August 3 in Halethorp, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. 

It’s the first Guinness brewery in the US in 60 years!

The “mid-sized brewery” and “innovation microbrewery” will focus on brewing beers specifically targeted for the U.S. market, like Guinness Blonde and Guinness IPA which have been launched in recent years. They’ll be serving 16 beers on tap, including favorites from Dublin and brand new beers brewed on premises. 

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395 people sickened in McDonald’s salad outbreak

By Kevin Flower and Debra Goldschmidt, CNN

Federal health officials reported Thursday an additional 109 cases of cyclospora infection in an ongoing outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads that began in May.

The total number of laboratory-confirmed illnesses from this outbreak is now 395, according to a statement from the US Food and Drug Administration. At least 16 of the sick individuals have been hospitalized.

The cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness in people who consumed contaminated food or water. Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite.

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For Big Mac’s 50th anniversary, McDonald’s is giving away free burgers

By Jonathan Raymond

(RNN) – Believe it or not, MacCoin is not a cryptocurrency.

Screen Shot 2018-07-31 at 3.39.14 PMThe Big Mac turns 50 this year, and McDonald’s is celebrating by creating what it calls a “global currency” that will come with, and then later redeem, Big Mac burgers.

McDonald’s is minting more than 6.2 million of the coins across 50 countries. There will be five different designs, in seven different languages, for the five decades of the Big Mac.

Beginning Aug. 2 and running through the end of the year, customers can get a MacCoin with a Big Mac, and starting the next day they will be able to use the coin for another, free Big Mac.

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170 people say they got sick after eating at a Chipotle restaurant that was shut down on Monday

By Hayley Peterson

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  • Chipotle closed a restaurant in Powell, Ohio, on Monday following reports that customers got sick after eating there.
  • More than 170 people said they fell ill after eating at the restaurant, according to reports made to the website iwaspoisoned.com.
  • The local health department said that it received illness reports from seven customers on Sunday and Monday and that it sent officials to the Chipotle restaurant on Monday for an inspection only to find the restaurant closed.
  • Chipotle had two to five staff members call off work while citing illness on Sunday and Monday, the company told health officials.

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Taco Bell sued by staff after California outlets BANNED them from taking their discounted meals home

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California Taco Bell employees brought a lawsuit against the fast food company for banning them from leaving the restaurant during their lunch breaks if they bought food using their employee discount.

In compliance with state law, Taco Bell gives employees a 30-minute meal break and, as a bonus, offers them the option of purchasing a discounted meal, with the understanding that they have to eat what they buy inside the restaurant.   

The fast food company apparently put the practice into place in an attempt to prevent ‘theft,’ stopping employees from using their discounts for food they’d turn around and give to their family and friends, Inc. reported. 

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Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ ships off hot coals to new Arlington location

By Teresa Gubbins

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The barbecue is coming, the barbecue is coming: Lockhart Smokehouse, the acclaimed local barbecue restaurant from Jill and Jeff Bergus, will open its third location at Texas Live, in the Arlington entertainment district, on August 9.

Lockhart specializes in smoked meats in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Jill Bergus is the granddaughter of the legendary Edgar “Smitty” Schmidt who ran Kreuz Market for over 40 years in Lockhart. For this restaurant, she collaborated with her cousin and now-owner of Kreuz Market, Keith Schmidt, to bring that central Texas flavor to Dallas.

They opened their first location in Oak Cliff in 2011, and a second location in Plano in 2014.

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BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar celebrates grand opening in Grapevine

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BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar celebrated its grand opening July 23 at 201 W. SH 114, Grapevine. BoomerJack’s is occupying the space formerly left by Joe’s Crab Shack. The restaurant serves chicken wings, burgers and drinks, and it will feature a daily happy hour and specials. This location has a 16-foot LED television, a large outdoor patio and a bar made out of a shipping container. 817-527-6984. www.boomerjacks.com

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Corky’s Gaming Bistro in Grapevine announces opening date

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Corky’s Gaming Bistro announced plans to open Aug. 6 at 3520 N. Grapevine Mills Blvd., Grapevine. The business will include dining for about 120 guests with indoor and patio seating, retro video and pinball games, an escape room and an axe-throwing room. 817-532-5000. www.corkysgamingbistro.com

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