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500000BC    Definitive evidence for cooking by Homo erectus dates back to about this time.
    (Econ, 3/12/15, p.75)

28000BC    In 2010 it was reported that starch grains found on 30,000-year-old grinding stones suggest that prehistoric man may have dined on an early form of flat bread, contrary to his popular image as primarily a meat-eater. The grinding stones were discovered at sites in Italy, Russia and the Czech Republic.
    (Reuters, 10/19/10)

c20000BC    Plant remains from this time were found at the Ohalo II site on the shore of the Sea of Galilee indicating use of barley and perhaps other grains in the human diet.
    (SFC, 6/22/04, p.A3)(SFC, 8/16/04, p.A6)

8000BC    The potato was first cultivated some 10,000 years ago by South American Indians. In the 16th century Spanish explorers brought potatoes back to Europe, where it was first used primarily as livestock feed. The potato was introduced to North America in the 17th century. In the 18th century, the poor of Europe began to use potatoes as a replacement for cereals in their diets. The failure of the potato crop in Ireland in 1845-46 led to great famine and pushed tens of thousands of Irish to emigrate to the United States. In 2008 it was reported that genetic studies by potato experts indicated that all potatoes originated over 10,000 years ago from a single ancestor, Solanum brevicaule, found on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca.
    (HNQ, 5/10/98)(SSFC, 10/5/08, p.A15)
8000BC    A genetic mutation among northern Europeans about this time made lactose tolerance continue beyond childhood.
    (WSJ, 2/12/0/09, p.A11)
8000BC    It is believed that the Chinese became to first to domesticate wild boars about this time.
    (Econ, 12/20/14, p.68)

c7,975BCE    Humans lived in a cave near Oaxaca, Mexico, named Guila Naquitz (White Cliff). Scattered remains of tools, seeds and plants were found in 1966 by archeologist Kent Flannery and some of the seeds were dated to this time. The squash seeds showed signs of cultivation.
    (SFC, 5/9/97, p.A2)

5500BC    Scientists in 2012 presented evidence of cheese making in pottery sieves discovered in Poland that dated to about this time.
    (SSFC, 12/16/12, p.A22)

c5100BCE    In 2001 evidence in Mexico was reported for corn cultivation from sediments of this time.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.A7)

c5,000BCE    Research in 2003 indicated that bananas and taro were cultivated in the highlands of Papua New Guinea as long as 7,000 years ago. The first signs of human habitation in the area occurred c5,800 BCE and included a change from forest to grasslands and increase in charcoal in the sediments. The earliest Asian influence on the islands occurred about 1,500 BCE.
    (AP, 6/19/03)

c4000BCE    Apples (Malus Sieversii) similar to modern day varieties began to appear around Almaty, Kazakhstan. These ultimately produced the Red Delicious and Golden Delicious in America. The Red Delicious was hybridized into the Fuji and the Empire. The Golden Delicious was hybridized into the Gala, the Jonagold, the Mutsu, Pink Lady and Elstar.
    (WSJ, 7/3/03, p.A1)

2700BCE    Domesticated maize in Mexico goes back to this time.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, Z1 p.2)

1500BC-1100BC Evidence found in 1998 revealed terraced farming for corn back to this time in northeast Mexico on a hilltop overlooking the Rio Casa Grandes.
    (SFC, 3/13/98, p.A11)

1275BC    Ptahmes, the mayor of Memphis, served about this time as army chief, overseer of the treasury and royal scribe under Seti I and his son and successor, Ramses II. Archeologists in 2010 discovered the tomb of Ptahmes at Saqqara. Foreign expeditions in 1885 had made off with pieces of the tomb, whose location was soon after forgotten. In 2018 scientists said a solidified mass found in a broken jar at the site in 2013-2014 was cheese made from a mixture of cow milk and that of a sheep or goat.
    (AP, 5/30/10)(SFC, 8/18/18, p.A2)

500BC    The Chinese learned to ferment soybean around this time. The fermentation removed toxins and made soy easier to digest. It had already been used for thousands of years as fertilizer.
    (SSCM, 8/13/06, p.6)

400BC    Korean farmers about this time brought rice to Japan.
    (Econ, 12/19/09, p.66)

356BC-323BC    The people have a myth that Alexander the Great during his conquests ordered his 11 doctors to create a remedy for all sick people and that as a result pilaf was invented. Around 1000-1100 Mahmud of Kashgar, China, recorded a similar story but substituted tutmach (noodles) for pilaf.
    (SFC, 8/14/96, zz-1 p.2)

74BC        According to Pliny the Roman General Lucullus introduced cherries to Europe. Greeks had cultivated cherries hundreds of years before this.
    (SFC, 4/12/03, p.E3)

400-500    About this time Apicius, a Roman gourmand, authored “De re coquinara" (concerning cookery). It is considered to be the first Western cookbook. The first printed edition came out in 1483.
    (Econ, 12/20/08, p.140)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apicius)

800-900    In Poland a 9th century edict forbade Jews from baking. The law was supposedly circumvented by boiling bread and then toasting it. This process is believed to have led to the creation of the bagel.
    (WSJ, 11/29/08, p.W11)

c850CE    Outsiders found coffee in the region of Ethiopia called Kaffa, hence the name.
    (SFEC, 10/6/96, Z1 p.4)(http://www.koffeekorner.com/koffeehistory.htm)

1202        King John of England proclaimed the 1st food law, the Assize of Bread. It prohibited the adulteration of bread with ground peas.
    (Econ Sp, 12/13/03, p.15)

1315        In France Parisian bakers were found guilty of mixing flour with animal droppings during the Great Famine.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R25)

1492        May 15, Cheese and Bread rebellion: German mercenaries killed 232 Alkmaarse.
    (MC, 5/15/02)

1492        Nov 5, Christopher Columbus learned of maize (corn) from the Indians of Cuba.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1496        A Polish edict, pushed by Krakow’s gentile bakers, banned Jews from selling bagels within the city limits.

1498        Jun 26, Toothbrush was invented. In China the first toothbrushes with hog bristles began to show up. Hog bristle brushes remained the best until the invention of nylon.
    (SFC, 6/6/98, p.E3)(MC, 6/26/02)

1500s    The popularity of surströmming, a Swedish fermented herring with a noxious stench, surged in the early 1500s and again in the early 1700s.
    (WSJ, 8/13/02, p.A1)

1511        In Mecca, Arabia, there was an attempt to ban coffee.
    (Econ, 12/20/03, p.90)

1515-1519    Coffee from Arabia appeared in Europe.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R49)

1516        Apr 23, Bavarian Dukes Wilhelm IV and his brother Ludwig X enacted the Reinheitsgebot law (purity law). It required that beer be made from malt, hops, water and nothing else. Yeast was added to the list later.
    (WSJ, 5/27/98, p.A1)(SFC, 7/15/04, p.A2)(Econ, 10/9/10, p.76)(SFC, 4/23/16, p.A2)(Econ, 4/23/15, p.44)

c1525        First found in Peru by invading Spaniards, the tomato was also known as a "love apple" or "wolf peach" and regarded with suspicion and shunned as food. It was believed to be unhealthy or downright poisonous and given the Latin name Lycopersicon, or "wolf peach." In Europe it was thought to be a potent-and thus forbidden-aphrodisiac, hence the name "love apple." Thomas Jefferson grew tomatoes in the late 1700s, but they weren't widely consumed in Europe and America until the early 1800s.
    (HNQ, 1/3/99)

1527        Hernando Cortez and his conquistadores completed the conquest of New Spain. They brought back to Spain tomatoes, avocados, papayas, and vanilla.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.13)

1528        Wheat was introduced into New Spain.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.13)

1550        Jul 7, Chocolate was introduced (Europe).
    (MC, 7/7/02)

1553        Pedro Cieza de Leon wrote the first European description of the potato in his “Chronicles of Peru."
    (SSFC, 10/5/08, p.A15)

1577        Francisco Hernandez, Spanish explorer traveling through Mexico’s highlands, noted the many uses of the maguey (agave) plant. He cited it as a useful fuel, a material for cloth and ropes, with sap used to make vinegar and wine.
    (Arch, 9/02, p.32)

1586        Jul 28, Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to Europe.
    (SC, 7/28/02)

1602-1603    In Russia agricultural failure in 1601 led to widespread starvation in both 1602 and 1603. It claimed the lives of an estimated 2 million people, or about one-third of the population, and more than 100,000 died in  Moscow alone. Government inability to alleviate both the calamity and the subsequent unrest eventually led to the overthrow of Czar Boris Godunov, a defining event in Russian history.

1621        Oct, The first American Thanksgiving was held in Massachusetts' Plymouth colony in 1621 to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. 51 Pilgrims served codfish, sea bass and turkeys while their 90 Wampanoag guests contributed venison to the feast. After the survival of their first colony through a bitter winter and the subsequent gathering of the harvest in the autumn of 1621, Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford issued a thanksgiving proclamation. During the three-day October thanksgiving the Pilgrims feasted on wild turkey and venison with their Native American guests. American Indians introduced cranberries to the white settlers.
    (HNPD, 11/26/98)(SSFC, 11/16/03, p.C11)(Econ, 12/18/04, p.122)

1621        In Germany potatoes, native to the Andes, were first planted.
    (SFC, 7/14/99, p.3)

1630        Feb 22, Indians introduced pilgrims to popcorn at Thanksgiving.
    (MC, 2/22/02)

1630        Jun 25, The fork was introduced to American dining by Gov. Winthrop.
    (MC, 6/25/02)

c1630    The widow of a samurai set up a business that grew to become the Kikkoman Corp., the world’s leading maker of soy sauce.
    (WSJ, 12/27/99, p.A1)(Econ, 12/18/04, p.105)

1637        May 13, Cardinal Richelieu of France created the table knife.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1640        The Massachusetts Bay Company sent 300,000 codfish to market.
    (SFC, 5/24/97, p.E3)

1660        May 7, Isaack B. Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patented macaroni.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1673        Feb 20, The 1st recorded wine auction was held in London.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1683        Sep 12, Marco d'Aviano, sent by Pope Innocent XI to unite the outnumbered Christian troops, spurred them to victory. The Turks left behind sacks of coffee which the Christians found too bitter, so they sweetened it with honey and milk and named the drink cappuccino after the Capuchin order of monks to which d'Aviano belonged. An Austrian baker created a crescent-shaped roll, the Kipfel, to celebrate the victory. Empress Maria Theresa later took it to France where it became the croissant.
    (Reuters, 4/28/03)(WSJ, 6/3/03, p.D5)

1708        Thomas Corneille mentioned Camembert cheese in his geographical dictionary.
    (Econ, 7/26/03, p.79)

1718        Nov 13, John Montagu (d.1792), fourth Earl of Sandwich and purported inventor of the sandwich, was born. In 2012 the town of Sandwich staged a dramatic re-enactment of the moment when the earl was said to have invented the sandwich, to mark the 250th anniversary of the bread-based snack.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Montagu,_4th_Earl_of_Sandwich)(AFP, 5/13/12)

1720        Jun 10, Mrs. Clements of England marketed the 1st paste-style mustard.
    (MC, 6/10/02)

1727        The 1st English-language recipe for "English Katchop" was published in "E. Smith's Compleat Housewife, or Accomplished Gentlewoman's Companion."
    (SFC, 8/27/03, p.E4)

1727        Brazil planted its first coffee.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R49)

1733        May 17, England passed the Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1738        Apr 15, The bottle opener was invented.
    (MC, 4/15/02)

1741        Apr 13, Dutch people protested the bad quality of bread.
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1742        England's "Compleat Housewife" cookbook was published in North America.
    (SFC, 8/27/03, p.E4)

1743        "Kitchup" was declared a kitchen staple in a British housekeeper's guide. Fish, mushroom and walnut emerged as the 3 main ketchups.
    (SFC, 8/27/03, p.A1)

1744        May 11, In Britain Elizabeth Robinson of Middlesex and 2 other women were tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on charges of stealing 104 imported China oranges from a grocer’s warehouse with the intent to sell them. She was sentenced to transport for a term of 7 years. She was pregnant and gave birth on ship.
    (SFEC, 10/27/96, p.T9)

1755        Jun 30, Philippines closed all non-Catholic Chinese restaurants.
    (MC, 6/30/02)

1758        Feb 15, The 1st mustard manufactured in America was advertised in Philadelphia.
    (440 Int’l., 2/15/99)(HCB, 2003, p. 94)

1772        The Paris Faculty of Medicine declared potatoes to be an edible food.
    (SSFC, 10/5/08, p.A15)

1774        Sep 26, John Chapman (d.1845), later known as Johnny Appleseed, was born in Massachusetts.  A pioneer agriculturalist of early America, Chapman began his trek in 1797, collecting apple seedlings from western Pennsylvania and establishing apple nurseries around the early American frontier. Chapman was a Swedenborgian missionary, a land speculator and an eccentric dresser (he hated shoes and seldom wore them. He planted orchards across western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana from seed.
    (www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=94)(T&L, 10/1980, p.42)(ON, 4/09, p.10)

1777        May 12, The 1st ice cream advertisement appeared in the Philip Lenzi NY Gazette.
    (MC, 5/12/02)

1784        Mar 1, E. Kidner opened the 1st cooking school in Great Britain.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1785        Mar 1, Philadelphia Society for the Promotion of Agriculture was organized.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1788        “The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy" by Hannah Glasse was published in London.
    (SFC, 5/4/05, p.G10)

1791        Legend says the Harel family began making Camembert cheese before this time. The family had given a priest refuge, who in gratitude gave them the recipe. In 2003 Pierre Boisard authored "Camembert: A National Myth."
    (SSFC, 7/27/03, p.M3)

1792        Mar 4, Oranges were introduced to Hawaii.
    (SC, 3/4/02)

1794        Jul 5, Sylvester Graham, developed graham cracker, was born.
    (MC, 7/5/02)

1795        Lime juice was issued to all British sailors to aid in prevention of scurvy. Captain James Cook (d.1779) had prepared a paper detailing his groundbreaking work against scurvy. He was awarded the gold Copley Medal-one of the highest honors of England's Royal Society. Scurvy epidemics were once common among sailors on long voyages. Cook was the first to beat the problem, recognizing the need for an appropriate diet for his sailors.
    (HNQ, 7/21/98)

1798        Thomas Robert Malthus authored his “An Essay on the Principle of Population As it affects the future improvement of society with remarks on the speculations of Mr. Godwin, M. Condorcet, and other writers." His forecast for a population crash was based on the calculation that it was impossible to improve wheat yields as fast as people make babies. His 2nd edition in 1803 introduced the idea of moral restraint.
    (www.faculty.rsu.edu/~felwell/Theorists/Malthus/essay2.htm)(Econ, 12/24/05, p.29)(Econ, 5/17/08, p.94)

1800        John Chapman (1774-1845), Johnny Appleseed, a Swedenborgian missionary, a land speculator, a heavy drinker and an eccentric dresser, began planting orchards across western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana from seed.
(T&L, 10/1980, p.42) )(AHD, p.225)(HNQ, 1/2/01)

c1800        Worcestershire sauce was a ketchup and came out about this time.
    (SFC, 7/3/96, zz-1,p.3)

1801        Nov 9, Gail Borden (d.1874), inventor of condensed milk, was born in New York.
    (ON, 5/04, p.4)(Internet)

1801        Elder John Leland, a Baptist minister, helped commission a 1,235-pound wheel of Cheshire cheese as a gift of gratitude for Thomas Jefferson's steadfast support of religious liberties.
    (SSFC, 8/17/03, p.M1)

1803        Feb 14, An apple parer was patented by Moses Coats in Downington, Penn.
    (MC, 2/14/02)

1803        May 17, John Hawkins and Richard French patented a reaping machine.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1803        Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834), English political economist, authored the 2nd edition of his 1798 “An Essay on the Principle of Population." This edition introduced the idea of moral restraint.
    (Econ, 5/17/08, p.94)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malthus)

1805        As early as 1805, Bostonian Frederic Tudor (b.1783) considered ways to make money by exporting ice, a valueless commodity in New England, to the tropics. Tudor supported technical innovations, like the horse-drawn sleigh with saw-like runners, which improved the cutting, shipping and storage of large ice blocks. Recognizing that people living in warm climates were not familiar with cool food and drinks, Tudor traveled to prospective markets making ice cream and providing free ice for barkeepers. By 1856, Tudor's role as the "Ice King" was firmly established as 146,000 tons of ice shipped from Boston transformed the eating habits of people from the Philippines to the southern United States.
    (HNPD, 4/13/99)

1806        Apr 5, Isaac Quintard patented apple cider.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1806        Jul 3, Michael Keens exhibited the 1st cultivated strawberry.
    (MC, 7/3/02)

1807        May 22, Townsend Speakman 1st sold fruit-flavored carbonated drinks in Phila.
    (MC, 5/22/02)

1809        Nicholas Appert won a French prize of 12,000 francs for his method of keeping food in glass bottles. Napoleon had offered the prize with military needs in mind.
    (SFC, 9/19/07, p.G6)

1810        Apr 17, Lewis Norton of Troy, PA., introduced his pineapple cheese.
    (440 Int'l, 4/17/03)

1810        Peter Durand, a British merchant, was granted a patent by King George III for his idea of preserving food in "vessels of glass, pottery, tin (tin can), or other metals or fit materials."

1812        The 1st American recipe for tomato ketchup was published.
    (SFC, 8/27/03, p.E4)

1813        Jan 11, The 1st pineapples were planted in Hawaii (or 1/21).
    (MC, 1/11/02)

1814        Jun 3, Nicolas Appert (b.1749), French cook, died. He was the winner of a 12,000 franc prize offered by Napoleon for developing a method to preserve food. His original canning method took 14 years to develop and used glass jars sealed with wax reinforced with wire.
    (WSJ, 1/21/03, p.A1)(www.foodreference.com)

1815        Feb 3, World's 1st commercial cheese factory was established, in Switzerland.
    (MC, 2/3/02)

1816        Henry Hall, a Cape Cod farmer, discovered that sand spread over wild cranberry plants induced good growth.
    (Econ, 12/18/04, p.123)

1817        Dr. William Kitchiner authored his cookbook "Apicius Redivivus, or the Cook's Oracle." It included 11 ketchup recipes, including 2 each for mushroom, walnut and tomato ketchups, and one each for cucumber, oyster and cockles and mussels ketchups.
    (SFC, 8/27/03, p.E4)

1820        Jun 28, The tomato was proven to be non-poisonous.
    (MC, 6/28/02)

1820        Aug 7, The 1st potatoes were planted in Hawaii.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1825        Jan 19, Ezra Daggett and nephew Thomas Kensett received a patent from Pres. Monroe for food storage in tin cans. [see 1810]

1828        Apr 4, Casparus van Wooden patented chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam).
    (MC, 4/4/02)

1830        Commercial bottling operations for ketchup began in Boston.
    (SFC, 8/27/03, p.E4)

1830        Some sources say that the 1st pizzeria opened in Naples about this time. [see 1889]
    (SFCM, 4/18/04, p.16)

1833        Apr 24, A patent was granted for the first soda fountain.
    (HN, 4/24/98)

1834        Nov 25, Delmonico's, one of NY's finest restaurants, provided a meal of soup, steak, coffee & half a pie for 12 cents.
    (SFEC, 5/18/97, Z1 p.6)

1835        Sep 13, Ladd & Co. began the 1st sugar cane plantation in Hawaii.

1837        Aug 28, Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins began to manufacture Worcester Sauce. [see 1834]
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1841        Mar 22, Cornstarch was patented by Orlando Jones.
    (MC, 3/22/02)

1845        The Economist magazine began tabulating a food price index.
    (Econ, 12/8/07, p.11)

1845-1846    As Ireland’s potato crop was consumed by blight. The nation’s peasants, who relied on the potato as their primary food source, starved. The famine took as many as one million lives from hunger and disease and caused mass emigration. The British government responded to the calamity too late with too little aid, even though eyewitnesses reported the suffering in the press.
    (HNPD, 3/17/99)

1847        Britain passed a Vagrancy Act to combat begging as famine swept Ireland.
    (AP, 11/25/08)

1847        Sweet chocolate made its debut.
    (NH, 6/03, p.74)

1848      May 30, William Young patented the ice cream freezer.
    (HN, 5/30/98)

1848        John Curtis produced the first commercial chewing gum in his home kitchen in Maine. In 1850 he established the world’s first chewing gum factory in Portland.
    (Econ, 10/29/11, p.100)
1848        It was discovered that palm oil, a native of West Africa, grew well in the Far East. By 2010 Indonesia and Malaysia produced 90% of the world’s palm oil.
    (Econ, 6/26/10, p.71)

1849        Oct, The Boudin Sourdough Bakery was founded in San Francisco by French immigrant Isador Boudin during the Gold Rush. Boudin first used ordinary sourdough to bake a French-style bread. In 1941 the firm was bought by Steven Giraudo. By 1997 the 10th and Geary facility was a $500 million operation selling bread under the Parisian, Colombo and other labels.
    (SFEC, 1/4/98, Z1p.4)(SFC, 10/9/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/05, p.D1)

1849        By this time Maunsel White, a New Orleans plantation owner, was growing peppers that had originated in Mexico’s state of Tabasco. He devised a sauce using the pepper.
    (WSJ, 10/9/07, p.D11)

1850        May 10, Thomas Johnstone Lipton, yachtsman, tea magnate (Lipton Tea), was born in Glasgow.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1850        Jul 14, The 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration took place. James Harrison of Australia designed an ice-making machine. It was an improvement on one invented by Jacob Perkins in 1834.
    (MC, 7/14/02)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R14)

1850        James Folger (18), a native of Massachusetts, began roasting beans in SF. Folger’s Coffee established itself on the Barbary Coast and was the first major coffee company in SF. Jim Folger eventually traveled to the gold country to sell coffee to miners.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.D2)(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/5/08, p.C2)

1850        The Granny Smith apple originated about this time in Australia. According to Morgan and Richards The Book of Apples: A Mrs. Smith, born in England in 1800, emigrated to Australia in 1838. In 1860s she found some seedlings growing in a creek where she had tipped out some apples brought back from Sydney. Tree was propagated and later family increased their orchards and marketed fruit in Sydney.

1850-1859    The 1st recipe for ginger ale was created in Ireland in the 1850s.
    (SFC, 6/29/05, p.F12)

1851        Jan 31, Gail Borden announced the invention of evaporated milk.
    (MC, 1/31/02)

1851        Jun 15, Jacob Fussell, Baltimore dairyman, set up the 1st ice-cream factory.
    (MC, 6/15/02)

1851        Kalman Haas arrived in San Francisco and soon began operating a grocery wholesale business. The company later switched to liquor wholesales.
    (SSFC, 4/3/06, p.G5)(SFC, 3/19/17, p.C2)

1853        May 14, Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.
    (HN, 5/14/98)

1853        Aug 24, The 1st potato chips were prepared by Chef George Crum at Saratoga Springs, NY.
    (MC, 8/24/02)

1853        Keebler Foods was founded in Philadelphia. It was acquired by Kellogg in 2001.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keebler_Company)(AP, 4/1/19)

1855        Anderson Preserve Co. incorporated. It sold Boston Market Catsup throughout the US.
    (SFC, 8/27/03, p.E4)

1856        Aug 19, Gail Borden (1801-1874) received a patent for condensed milk and opened a small factory for its production in Walcottville, Conn. At this time milk in NYC sold for 6-7 cents a quart.
    (ON, 5/04, p.5)(AP, 8/19/06)

1857        Sep 13, Milton S. Hershey, chocolate manufacturer and philanthropist, was born in central Pennsylvania.

1857        Neuhaus began making chocolate in Belgium.
    (SFC, 9/15/96, p.T9)

1858        Ezra Warner of Waterbury, Connecticut, patented a tin can opener that looked like a bent bayonet.

1860        Apr 7, Will Keith Kellogg, the brother of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (1852-1943), was born. Will later founded the W.K. Kellogg company in Battle Creek, Mich., to market the cornflakes invented by his older brother. [see 1895]
    (HN, 4/7/99)(WSJ, 9/29/00, p.W17)

1861        May 21, Elena Molokhovets (1831-1918), Russian writer, published “A Gift to Young Housewives," which remained popular in Russia for half a century.
    (Econ, 12/20/08, p.141)(http://tinyurl.com/6u8dj4)

1862        May 15, The US Department of Agriculture was created.
    (MC, 5/15/02)

1863        William Banting, An English undertaker, printed his pamphlet “Letter on Corpulence," in which he recommended a high protein diet that helped him loose weight. The diet was based on one recently recommended for diabetics.
    (WSJ, 5/5/04, p.B1)

1864        Sep 4, Bread riots took place in Mobile, Alabama.
    (MC, 9/4/01) 

1864        The Robinson family purchased Niihau Island from the Hawaiian monarchy and moved there from New Zealand. The family founded the Gay and Robinson Sugar Co.
    (SFC, 8/31/02, p.A21)

1866        May 16, Charles Elmer Hires invented root beer.
    (MC, 5/16/02)

1866-1868    About this time Edmund McIlhenny (1815-1890), banker, traveled to New Orleans and acquired some pepper seeds from a man on the street, which he grew and used to develop a  hot sauce that he called Tabasco, after peppers from Mexico’s state of Tabasco. In 2007 Jeffrey Rothfeder authored McIlhenny’s Gold: How a Louisiana Family Built the Tabasco Empire."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_McIlhenny)(SFC, 4/5/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 10/9/07, p.D11)

1867        Feb 17, William Cadbury, chocolate manufacturer, was born.
    (HN, 2/17/98)

1867        Sep 5, The first shipment of cattle left Abilene, Kansas, on a Union Pacific train headed to Chicago.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

c1867        In NYC restaurateur and entrepreneur Charles Feltman, who owned a pie wagon at Coney, was looking for something simple he could prepare and serve in a confined space. He hit on the idea of putting a hot sausage in a hard roll. Another version puts Feltman in his German restaurant, Feltman's Ocean Pavilion, when at some point a sausage ended up between two slices of bread. Feltman called it a frankfurter, and cartoonists labeled it a "hot dog."
    (HNQ, 7/10/01)

1867        In Switzerland Henri Nestlé was able to produce a viable powdered milk product by this time which saved the life of a premature baby. His firm, based in Vevey, grew to become the world's biggest food company
    (Econ, 1/7/17, p.49)(Econ., 12/5/20, p.67)

1868        A new meat market opened in London at the site of the old Smithfield livestock market. The original Metropolitan Railway passed underneath allowing the market to receive much of its meat by hydraulic lifts. The railways stopped carrying meat after 1950.
    (Econ, 1/26/13, p.16)

1869        Jun 9, Charles Elmer Hires sold his 1st root beer in Phila.
    (MC, 6/9/02)

1869        Jul 15, Margarine was patented by Hippolye Mega-Mouriss for use by French Navy.
    (MC, 7/15/02)

1869        Aug 24, Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York, patented the waffle iron.
    (HN, 8/24/00)

1869        Henry John Heinz partnered with L. Clarence Noble to form Heinz & Noble in Sharpsburg, Pa. Their first product was grated horseradish. Their first ketchup was introduced in 1876. They produced tomato and walnut ketchup for 24 cents per gallon and sold them from whiskey barrels. In 2013 Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital acquired Heinz in a $23.3 billion deal.
    (SFC, 8/27/03, p.E4)(www.hfp.heinz.org/aboutus/heinzhistory.html)(SFC, 2/15/13, p.C4)

1869        Pillsbury was founded as a US flour milling company.
    (WSJ, 5/5/99, p.B1)

1869        Margarine was invented.
    (NW, 9/16/02, p.34D)

1870        Jun 17, George Cormack, cereal inventor (Wheaties), was born.
    (MC, 6/17/02)

1870        William Lyman of the US invented the home can opener, with a cutting wheel that rolls around the rim.

1871        Jan 3,   Henry W. Bradley patented oleomargarine in Binghamton, NY.
    (AH, 2/06, p.14)

1872        Apr 9, Samuel R. Percy patented dried milk.
    (MC, 4/9/02)

1873        Aug, The cannibalized remains of 5 men were found on the banks of the Gunnison River, Colorado. Alfred Packer (d.1907), one of a 6-man prospecting party, had emerged from the area 3 months earlier. Packer was arrested but escaped for 9 years. He then spent 18 years in jail and was paroled in 1901. [see Apr 13, 1883]
    (AM, 5/01, p.50)

1874        Jan 11, Gail Borden (b.1801), inventor of condensed milk, died in Borden, Tx. Epitaph: “I tried and failed, I tried again and again and succeeded."
    (ON, 5/04, p.5)( www.famoustexans.com/GailBorden.htm)

1875        Dec 17, Violent bread riots took place in Montreal.
    (MC, 12/17/01)

1875        Seth Lewelling of Milwaukie, Oregon, grew the 1st Bing cherry from the seed of a Republican cherry. He named it Bing after a Chinese worker on his farm.
    (SFC, 4/12/03, p.E3)

1876        Feb 17, Sardines were 1st canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine.
    (MC, 2/17/02)

1876        Austin and Reuben Hills began roasting coffee at the Bay City Market in SF. [see 1878]
    (SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A1)

1876        Jun 5, Bananas became popular in US following the Centennial Exposition in Phila.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1878        Austin and R.W. Hills founded Hills Bros. Coffee in SF. [see 1876]
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.D2)(SFC, 6/5/08, p.C2)

1877        The 1st shipload of frozen beef was carried to France from Argentina.
    (Econ Sp, 12/13/03, p.7)

1877        Pietro Barilla opened a shop in Parma, Italy, selling bread and pasta. The company left the bread business in 1952. By 2007 it was the world’s leading pasta maker. In 1999 the Parma pasta factory was closed and converted to the Academia Barilla, which also housed a library dedicated to gastronomy.
    (Econ, 6/23/07, p.75)(Econ, 12/20/08, p.145)

1878        Lyman C. Byce, Petaluma poultry pioneer, began experimenting with an incubator to hatch baby chicks.
    (Ind, 4/26/03, p.5A)

1879        Feb 27, Constantine Fahlberg discovered saccharin, an artificial sweetener.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1879        Apr 8, Milk was sold in glass bottles for the 1st time.
    (MC, 4/8/02)

1879        Armour & Co., a Chicago meat processor founded in the 1860s, introduced canned meats. Canned condensed milk was introduced in 1912. The “Armour’s Star" trademark was first used in 1931.
    (SFC, 8/2/06, p.G7)

1880        Mar 23, John Stevens of Neenah, Wis., patented the grain crushing mill. This mill allowed flour production to increase by 70 percent.
    (HN, 3/23/98)

1880        Mar 26, Duncan Hines, US restaurant guide writer (Out of Kentucky Kitchens), was born.
    (HN, 3/25/98)(SS, 3/26/02)

1880        Jul 27, A.P. Abourne patented a process for refining coconut oil.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1880        B. Manischewitz founded an operation in Cincinnati to make unleavened bread based on a 5,000-year-old recipe.
    (SFC, 9/22/03, p.B4)

1880-1930    The 3rd wave of immigrants arrived in Hawaii to work on sugar cane and then pineapple plantations owned by Europeans and Americans. The first workers were Chinese and they were followed by Japanese, Okinawans, Koreans, Puerto Ricans, Portuguese and Filipinos.
    (SFEM, 2/8/98, p.10,32)

1881        Aug 27, New York state’s Pure Food Law went into effect to prevent "the adulteration of food or drugs."
    (HN, 8/27/00)

1881        Jul 8, Edward Berner of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, created the Sundae.
    (MC, 7/8/02)

1881        Aug 27, New York state’s Pure Food Law went into effect to prevent "the adulteration of food or drugs."
    (HN, 8/27/00)

1881        Joseph Brandenstein opened a coffee company in SF, naming it after his son Michael J. Brandenstein and Co. The name was later shortened to MJB Inc.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.D2)(SFC, 6/5/08, p.C2)

1881        William H. Purvis introduced macadamia nuts to Hawaii.

1882        Feb 15, SS Dunedin left New Zealand with 1st frozen meat for England.
    (MC, 2/15/02)

1882        Mar 25, 1st demonstration of pancake making was in a NYC Dept store.
    (MC, 3/25/02)

1882        Heinz began patenting ketchup bottles.
    (SFC, 8/27/03, p.E4)

1883        Apr 13, Alfred Packer was convicted of cannibalism. [see Aug, 1873]
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1884        Nov 25, John B. Meyenberg of St. Louis patented evaporated milk.
    (MC, 11/25/01)

1885        Jules Harder, 1st chef of the SF Palace Hotel, authored “The Physiology of Taste: Harder’s Book of Practical American Cookery."
    (SFC, 9/7/05, p.F4)
1885         In Dr. Jacob's pharmacy in Atlanta, "French coca wine," the future symbol of "the American way of life" as Coca Cola became known, made its debut [see Mar 29, May 8, 1886].
    (AP, 5/3/03)
1885         Joseph Steinwand created Colby cheese and named it after the township where his father built northern Clark County’s first cheese factory. In 2021 a bipartisan bill heard by the Wisconsin state Assembly committee aimed to make it the state's official cheese.
    (AP, 7/7/21)

1886        Feb 14, California orange growers ship their first trainload of fruit from Los Angeles.
    (HCB, 2003, p.92)

1886        Mar 29, Coca-Cola was advertised for the first time in the Atlanta Daily. Its inventor, Dr. John Pemberton, claimed it could cure anything from hysteria to the common cold. John Stith (Doc) Pemberton, pharmacist, concocted a bath of a dark, sugary syrup meant to be mixed with carbonated water and sold at the city’s soda fountains. This was the beginning of Coca Cola, which then contained enough cocaine to give the a drinker a buzz and more caffeine than the drink contains today. Sales at the soda fountain of Jacob‘s Pharmacy averaged 9 drinks a day in the first year. The story is told by Frederick Allen in his book “Secret Formula." The drink was named by Frank Robinson and he created its signature script logo. [see May 8]

1886        May 8, Atlanta pharmacist John Stith Pemberton invented the flavor syrup for Coca-Cola, which contained cocaine. The name for the soft drink came from his bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. Sales of Coca-Cola at the soda fountain of Jacob‘s Pharmacy averaged 9 drinks a day in the first year. [see Mar 29]
    (www.sodamuseum.bigstep.com/generic.jhtml?pid=1)(AP, 5/8/97)(HN, 5/8/98)

1886        In SF the Fior d’Italia restaurant began to serve clients for a nearby North Beach bordello. Tortellini was a nickel, risotto with clams a dime and veal scallopine and calf’s liver was 15 cents. A special 8-course meal was 35 cents.  It was originally located at 482 Broadway and later moved to 601 Union St. In 1966 a similar special meal was priced at $6.00. In February 2005 the restaurant was burned out of its Washington Square location. It re-opened in November on Mason Street at the former San Remo Hotel.
    (SFC, 4/23/02, p.A1)(SFC, 11/23/05, p.B5)(SSFC, 5/1/11, DB p.46)(SSFC, 5/1/16, DB p.50)
1886        The beverages Moxie, Dr Pepper, Coca-Cola [see Mar 29] and Hires Root Beer all appeared in bottles.
    (SFC, 10/7/00, p.B5)

1888        In NYC Katz’s Delicatessen was founded on the lower East Side. The Jewish deli was still operating in 2015.
    (Econ, 12/12/15, p.79)
1888        Asa Candler purchased the Coca Cola formula. In 2004 Constance L. Hays authored "The Real thing: Truth and Power at the Coca-Cola Company."
    (SSFC, 2/22/04, p.M3)

1889        The modern pizza was reportedly invented by a Neopolitan named Raffaele Esposito. [see 1830]
    (SFEC,11/16/97, Z1 p.5)

1889        Chris L. Rutt, a newspaperman in St. Joseph, Missouri, began working on creating a self-rising pancake mix. Within a year, he and two associates developed the first pancake mix ever made. While seeking a name and package design for the world's first self-rising pancake mix, Rutt saw a vaudeville team known as Baker and Farrell whose act included Baker singing the catchy song "Aunt Jemima" dressed as a Southern mammy. Inspired by the wholesome name and image, Rutt appropriated them both to market his new pancake mix. The song “Old Aunt Jemima," was written in 1875 by Billy Kersands, a Black comedian, and performed, often by white men, in minstrel shows. 
    (www.auntjemima.com/aj_history/)(NY Times, 7/19/20)

1890        Jul 7, In Switzerland Henri Nestlé (b.1814), German-born Swiss confectioner and the founder of Nestlé, died in Montreux.
    {Switzerland, Food}

1890        Sep 9, Colonel Harland Sanders (d.1980), originator of Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food restaurants, was born in Henryville, Ind.
    (HN, 9/9/98)(www.born-today.com/Today/09-09.htm)

1890        Unable to raise the money to promote Aunt Jemima pancake mix, Chris L. Rutt and his associates sold their company to R.T. Davis Mill and Manufacturing Company, which promoted the new product at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The company hired Nancy Green (1834-1923), a famous African-American cook born in Montgomery County, Kentucky, to play the part of Aunt Jemima and demonstrate the pancake mix. Green was killed in an auto accident in 1923. In 1917, Aunt Jemima was redrawn as a smiling, heavy-set black housekeeper with a bandanna wrapped around her head.  The company brought on a black woman, Anna Robinson, to portray Aunt Jemima starting in 1933. The character was later portrayed by actress Aylene Lewis in the 1950s and 60s. PepsiCo acquired the Quaker Oats Company and the Aunt Jemima brand in 2001.
    (www.toptags.com/aama/bio/women/ngreen.htm)(Good Morning America, 6/17/20)(NY Times, 7/19/20)

1891        George A. Hormel, son of German immigrants, opened a small retail meat shop in Austin, Minn. Within months he opened a packinghouse. His son Jay became president in 1929. Their canned ham product, developed in 1926, was named Spam on Jan 1, 1937, and registered as a trademark on May 11, 1937.
    (SFEM, 6/16/96, BR p.26)(WSJ, 4/29/04, p.D10)(www.hormel.com)

1892        Feb 2, Bottle cap with cork seal was patented by William Painter in Baltimore.
    (MC, 2/2/02)

1892        Jun 18, Macadamia nuts were 1st planted in Hawaii.
    (MC, 6/18/02)

1892        The first Fig Newtons were created.
    (SFEC, 10/31/99, Z1 p.2)

1893        Jan 17, Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown by a group of businessmen and sugar planters under Sanford Ballard Dole, who forced Queen Lili’uokalani to abdicate and formed the Republic of Hawaii. This coup occurred with the knowledge of John L. Stevens, the US Minister to Hawaii, and 300 Marines from the US cruiser Boston who were called to Hawaii, allegedly to protect American lives. Queen Lili’uokalani wrote to Pres. Harrison for support.  [see Jan 24]
    (AP, 1/17/98)(HNPD, 1/25/99)(SFEC, 8/29/99, p.T11)(MC, 1/17/02)(ON, 11/02, p.6)

1893        Apr 8, The Critic reported that ice cream soda is the national drink of the US.
    (MC, 4/8/02)

1893        Aug 1, Henry Perky and William Ford patented a machine for making shredded wheat breakfast cereal.
    (HN, 8/1/00)(MC, 8/1/02)

1893        Oct 6, Nabisco Foods invented Cream of Wheat.
    (MC, 10/6/01)

1893        At the Chicago Exposition Milton Hershey was impressed with an exhibition featuring chocolate-making machinery from Germany and commented to his cousin, Frank Snavely, "Caramels are only a fad. Chocolate is a permanent thing." With that, Hershey decided to go into the chocolate business, purchasing the German-made machinery and installing it at his Lancaster Caramel Company in Pennsylvania. With the help of expert chocolate makers, Hershey was soon producing chocolate-covered caramels, called "novelties." In 1900, Hershey sold the Lancaster Caramel Company for $1 million, but retained the chocolate-making machinery. Soon thereafter, he launched the Hershey Chocolate Company and built a town around it, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
    (HNQ, 10/31/00)
1893        F.W. Rueckheim introduced a confection of popcorn, peanuts and molasses at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It was given the name Cracker Jack in 1896.
    (AH, 10/04, p.71)
1893        The first electric bread toasters were made in England about this time.
    (SFC, 1/23/08, p.G4)

1894        Milton Hershey (1857-1945) founded Hershey Foods in Pennsylvania. He built an industrial town near where he was born and named it after himself.
    (WSJ, 7/26/02, p.B1)(SSFC, 4/13/03, p.D1)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.18)

1895        Nov 26, Hawaiian Sugar Planters Assn. formed.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1895-1942    The Hagiwara Family operated the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. In 1914 Makoto Hagiwara introduced the fortune cookie.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W30)(SFC, 9/7/05, p.F4)

1896        Jun 30, W.S. Hadaway patented an electric stove.
    (MC, 6/30/02)

1896        Aug 29, The Chinese-American dish chop suey was invented in New York City by the chef to visiting Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang.
    (AP, 8/29/97)

1896        F.W. Rueckheim & Brother of Chicago received a trademark for "Cracker Jack." The popcorn and peanuts covered with molasses syrup sold for a nickel a box in 1899.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.67)(SFC, 7/29/98, p.)(SFC, 7/29/98, Z1 p.23)(AH, 10/01, p.34)
1896        The Molinari family began making air dried salami in San Francisco’s North Beach.
    (SSFC, 10/30/11, p.G3)

1897        In Le Roy, New York, Pearle Wait, a carpenter, and his wife May, made a concoction of gelatin and fruit flavor that they named Jell-O.
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, p.A2)

1898        Angelo Giurlani founded Star Fine Foods. His family ran Star Olive Oil in the Lucca district of Tuscany.
    (SFC, 12/17/02, p.A23)

1898        A Campbell Soup executive admired the red-and-white colors of the Cornell football team and adopted them for Campbell Soup.
    (SFC, 1/8/00, p.B4)

1899        Aug 8, The first household refrigerating machine was patented.
    (SFEC, 8/8/99, Z1 p.8)(HN, 8/8/00)

1899        Sep 6, Carnation processed its 1st can of evaporated milk.
    (MC, 9/6/01)

1899        In Le Roy, New York, Pearle Wait, a carpenter, and his wife May, sold their formula for Jell-O for $450 to neighbor Orator Frank Woodward.
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, p.A2)

1899        In New Orleans Oysters Rockefeller was invented at Antoine's restaurant.
    (SFEM, 6/14/98, p.8)

1899        The American Rice Food and Manufacturing Co. of New Jersey established a copyright for an advertising doll for Cook's Flaked Rice.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, Z1 p.5)

1899        Oakland Preserving Co. and 17 other firms combined to form the California Fruit Canners Association. They adopted the Del Monte brand name. In 1916-17 the canner’s association called itself Calpak and started advertising the Del Monte brand.
    (SFC, 3/1/97, p.B1)(SSFC, 10/3/04, p.J1)

1900        Jul 28, The hamburger was created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut.
    (SC, 7/28/02)

1901        The Monsanto Chemical Works was founded in St. Louis, Mo., by John F. Queeny (1859–1933), a purchasing agent for a wholesale drug company, to manufacture the synthetic sweetener saccharin, then produced only in Germany.

1902        Jun 9, The 1st Automat restaurant opened at 818 Chestnut Street, Phila.
    (MC, 6/9/02)

1902        Aug 23, Fanny Farmer, among the first to emphasize the relationship of diet to health, opened her School of Cookery in Boston.
    (HN, 8/23/00)

1902        Caleb Bradham launched the Pepsi-Cola Co. from the backroom of his pharmacy in New Bern, N.C. He was awarded the Pepsi-Cola trademark in 1903. [see Jun 16, 1903]
    (SFC, 2/18/98, p.B2)
1902        The New Jersey Ralston Health Club run by Webster Edgerley merged with Purina Mills, a food manufacturer run by Will Danforth, to form the Ralston-Purina Co. Ralston Breakfast Food had been manufactured by Purina and its success led to the merger.
    (Arch, 5/04, p.32)
1902        Kosher beef prices in America jumped from 12 to 18 cents a pound and caused riots in Jewish enclaves in the northeast.
    (Econ, 12/12/15, p.79)
1902          Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), French chef, authored “Le Guide Culinaire," a collection of some 5,000 recipes.
    (Econ, 12/20/08, p.141)

1903        May 5, James Beard (d.1985), US culinary expert, author (Delights & Prejudices), was born in Portland, Ore.

1903        Jun 16, Pepsi Cola company formed. [see 1902]
    (MC, 6/16/02)

1903        Sep 22, Italo Marchioni applied for a patent for pastry cornets to hold ice cream and was granted the patent on Dec 13, 1903. Ice cream cones were popularized in the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
    (HN, 5/2/98)(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.B7)(MC, 9/22/01)(SSFC, 10/5/03, p.C3)

1903        Dec 13, Italo Marconi received a patent for the ice cream cone in NJ. [see Sep 22, 1903]
    (MC, 12/13/01)(SSFC, 10/5/03, p.C3)

1904        Apr 30, At 1:06 p.m. President Theodore Roosevelt officially opened the St. Louis World’s Fair commemorating the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase. Although the Fair was originally scheduled to open in 1903, the opening was delayed for a year while the elaborate fairgrounds were completed. Visitors were awed by 142 miles of exhibits shown in palatial buildings like Festival Hall the centerpiece of the fair boasting an auditorium seating 3,500 and the largest pipe organ in the world. Other wonders seen at the St. Louis World’s Fair were the Liberty Bell, ice cream cones. Food vendors, Arnold Fornachou (ice cream) and Ernest Hamwi (sweet, rolled wafers), collaborated for the ice cream cones. In 1903 Italo Marconi received a patent for pastry cornets to hold ice cream. Charles Menches sold ice cream at the fair and an anonymous Syrian sold the zalabia pastry in the next booth.
    (HN, 5/2/98)(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.B7)(SFC, 6/24/00, p.B3)
1904        Apr 30, The St. Louis World’s Fair popularized the all-American hamburger. The fair lasted 7 months and inspired the phrase "Meet Me in St. Louis." Cass Gilbert designed the art museum in Foret park, the only building left over from the fair. At the Louisiana Purchase Exposition the temperatures in St. Louis soared and hot-tea vendor Richard Blechynden began pouring his tea over ice thus the invention of iced-tea. The fair popularized sausage in a bun, the hot dog with prepared mustard and the ice cream cone.
    (SFC, 8/18/96, Z1 p.2)(SFEC, 11/17/96, Par p.19)(SFC, 10/12/97, p.T5)(SFEC, 4/19/98, Z1 p.8)(SSFC, 10/5/03, p.C3)
1904        Although invented in Waco, Texas in the 1880s, Dr Pepper first received national exposure at the St.  Louis World‘s Fair.
    (HNQ, 10/25/00)

1904        Jul 23, By some accounts, the ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. [see Sep 22, 1903]
    (AP, 7/23/99)

1904        Sep 18, In East London Jewish anarchists on Brick Lane pelted Ultra-Orthodox worshippers with bacon sandwiches on Yom Kippur.
    (http://tinyurl.com/3x7moee)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.17)

1905        Frank W. Epperson (1804-1983) invented the Popsicle on a cold night in San Francisco. In 1923 Epperson remembered his frozen soda water mixture and began a business producing Epsicles in seven fruit flavors.

1905        Nestle S.A. originated in a merger of the Anglo-Swiss Milk Company for milk products established in 1866 by the Page Brothers in Cham, Switzerland, and the Farine Lactée Henri Nestlé Company set up in 1866 by Henri Nestlé to provide an infant food product.

1906        Feb 19, In Michigan W.K. Kellogg & Charles Bolin incorporated the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. Will Kellogg spent 2/3 of the company budget to advertise Corn Flakes.
    (SFC, 11/16/96, p.E4)(ON, 2/05, p.10)

1906        Jun 30, The Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act became law.
    (HFA, '96, p.32)(AP, 6/29/99)

1906        Jul 14, Tom Carvel, ice cream mogul (Carvels), was born.
    (MC, 7/14/02)

1906        The first chocolate brownie recipe was published by American cookbook author, Fannie Merritt Farmer. They were named after Celtic pixies. Farmer in 1905 first adapted her chocolate cookie recipe to a bar cookie baked in a rectangular pan.
1906        C&H Sugar took over a waterfront mill in Crockett, Ca.
    (SSFC, 8/31/03, p.I3)
1906        The Louisiana McIlhenny family were awarded a trademark for the word Tabasco, which was also the name of their popular pepper sauce.
    (WSJ, 10/9/07, p.D11)

1907        Jul 16, Orville Redenbacher (d.1995), agronomist and popcorn entrepreneur, was born in Brazil, Indiana. "Do one thing and do it better than anyone."
    (AH, 10/01, p.36)(AP, 7/16/07)

1907        Milton Hershey, chocolate tycoon, opened Hershey Park, an admission-free amusement park in Hershey, Pa.
    (SSFC, 4/13/03, p.D6)

1908        Jul 3, M.F.K. Fisher (d.1992), food writer, was born.

1908         The Hydrox cookie was created by a company that became Sunshine Biscuits Inc. Keebler acquired Sunshine in 1996 and Kellogg acquired Keebler in 2001. In 2003 Kellogg stopped making the Hydrox cookie.
    (WSJ, 1/19/08, p.A10)
1908        Monosodium glutamate (MSG) was isolated from seaweed. Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda identified umami, a taste imparted by glutamic acid and associated with monosodium glutamate. Umami was later recognized as a fifth fundamental taste.
    (SFC, 10/11/97, p.E3)(Econ, 1/31/15, p.71)

1909        Sep 14, The Tootsie Roll trade-mark was registered. The application by NYC candy makers Hirschfeld and Stern & Saalberg stated that “Tootsie" had been used in association with the candy since September 1908. Leo Hirshfield had invented  Bromangelon Jelly Powder around 1895.

1909        Harry V. Warehime established Hanover Pretzel Company in Pennsylvania with a single recipe, Hanover Olde Tyme Pretzels.

1911        May 18, San Francisco received its first shipment of red onions from Stockton and growers received $2.25 per sack for all they could deliver. Italian gardeners earned about $500 an acre from their crop.
    (SSFC, 5/15/11, DB p.46)

1911        Aug 15, Procter and Gamble unveiled its Crisco shortening.
    (MC, 8/15/02)

1911        Dinuba, Ca., began hosting a raisin festival.
    (SFC, 9/18/03, p.A10)
1911        Liguria started a focaccia tradition in San Francisco’s North Beach.
    (SSFC, 10/30/11, p.G3)
1911        The Victoria Pastry Co. began making Sicilian specialties in San Francisco’s North Beach.
    (SSFC, 10/30/11, p.G3)
1911        Quaker Oats bought the Great Western Cereal Co., maker of Mothers Oats. Great Western of Akron, Ohio, had owned the brand since 1901.
    (SFC, 1/16/08, p.G4)

1912        Mar 23, Dixie Cup was invented.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1912        Aug 15, Julia Child (d.2004), American chef and television personality, was born as Julia Carolyn McWilliams in Pasadena, Calif. Her 90th B-day party was held in SF on Aug 1, 2002.
    (SFEC, 9/28/97, BR p.5)(SFC, 10/20/99, Z1p.4)(HN, 8/15/00)(SFCM, 9/1/02, p.33)

1912        Prizes were added to boxes of Cracker Jacks.
    (www.tias.com/mags/cjca/cjcahistory.htm)(AH, 10/01, p.34)
1912         National Biscuit, later Nabisco, came up with the Oreo cookie.
    (WSJ, 1/19/08, p.A10)
1912        California farmers in Butte County began raising rice in the wet lowlands of the Sacramento Valley, a Japanese variety imported from Texas.
    (SFC, 5/22/96, zz-1)(SSFC, 11/25/12, p.C10)
1912        The cooperative California Associated Raison Co. was formed in the Central Valley to produce, process and market raisins. The Sun-Maid brand name was launched in 1915. In 1916 a portrait of Lorraine Collett of Fresno became the company’s trademark.
    (SSFC, 4/23/06, p.F1)(www.sunmaid.com/about/our_history.html)

1913        Brillo pads were introduced.
    (SFC, 9/9/00, p.B4)

1914        Mother’s Cake & Cookie Co. was founded in Oakland, Ca., by N.M. Wheatley, a newspaper vendor. After a series of owners the firm was sold in 2005 to Catterton Partners, a private equity firm. In 2006 Catterton announced the closure of the Oakland bakery and distribution sites. In 2008 Catterton sought bankruptcy protection for Mother’s Cookies.
    (SFC, 2/28/98, p.D1)(SFC, 4/4/06, p.C3)(SFC, 10/9/08, p.C1)
1914         In Jackson, Michigan, George Todoroff founded the Jackson Coney Island restaurant and created his Coney Island chili sauce recipe. In the 1910s drenched German frankfurters with Mexican chili to make chili dogs.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_dog)(Econ, 7/12/14, p.28)

1915        Jan 15, Fannie Farmer (b.1857), American culinary expert, died. Her “Boston Cooking-School Cook Book" (1896) became a widely used culinary text.
    (WSJ, 12/29/07, p.W8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fannie_Merritt_Farmer)

1915        A famine began in Mount Lebanon. By 1918 some 200,000 people, half the population in the mountainous heartland, were dead.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_of_Mount_Lebanon)(Econ., 9/5/20, p.40)
1915        The Frigerator electric food cooler was introduced by Guardian.
    (SFC, 12/29/99, Z1 p.1)

1916        Jul 4, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs opened a stand at Brooklyn’s Coney Island and held an eating contest as a publicity stunt that became an annual event.
    (SFC, 7/5/97, p.A3)

1916        Sarah Williamson authored “A California Cook Book." It was reprinted in 2009.
    (SSFC, 1/17/10, p.K2)
1916        Virginia schoolboy Antonio Gentile won a nation-wide contest and $5 to create a logo for a snack food company. His Mr. Peanut idea was enhanced by a professional artist and became the logo for the  Planters Company.

1917        Columbus Salame was founded in San Francisco. In 1967 its Salami making operation was moved to South San Francisco.
    (SFC, 7/24/09, p.D2)

1918        Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo first appeared on Cracker Jack boxes.
    (AH, 10/04, p.71)

1919        Jan 15, In Boston an explosion opened a tank of molasses and the cylindrical sides toppled outward knocking down 10 nearby buildings. 2 million gallons of molasses oozed onto the streets and killed 21 people. Another 150 were injured.
    (www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/molasses.asp)(SFC, 1/16/19, p.A7)

1919        The Swiss-based Nestle company exhausted its local supply of milk and began opening factories in Australia, England, Germany and Norway.
    (Econ, 10/31/09, p.81)

1920        Sep 4, Craig Claiborne, food critic, food columnist (NY Times Cookbook) and cookbook author, was born.
    (HN, 9/4/00)(MC, 9/4/01)

1920        Henry Burt created the "Good Humor Bar," a chocolate covered ice cream bar on a stick, in Youngstown, Ohio. Good Humor trucks cruised America's streets until 1976 and the company merged with Breyer's Ice Cream in 1993.
    (SFEC,10/19/97, Z1 p.2)(WSJ, 7/16/99, p.W12)

1920        Walter Knott (d.1981) first rented a berry patch in Buena Park, Ca., that he turned into a family attraction called Knott's Berry Place. The farm later made famous the "Boysen berry," named after Rudolph Boysen, a parks superintendent who had crossed blackberry, red raspberry and loganberry plants.
    (SFC, 6/14/03, p.A20)

1920        Arthur Perdue began a backyard egg business in Maryland. His son Frank (1920-2005) later turned it into one of the nation's largest poultry processors.
    (AP, 4/1/05)(SFC, 4/2/05, p.B5)

1921        May 17, Pres. Harding opened the 1st Valencia Orange Show via telephone.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1921        Aug 15, The US Congress passed the Packer and Stockyards Act. The Act's purpose was to "regulate interstate and foreign commerce in live stock, live-stock produce, dairy products, poultry, poultry products, and eggs, and for other purposes."

1921        The Minneapolis-based Washburn Crosby (later General Mills), purveyors of Gold Medal Flour, invented Betty Crocker to serve as a public image food expert. In 2005 Susan Marks authored “Finding Betty Crocker."
    (WSJ, 12/30/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/25/05, p.W10)
1921        White Castle, the world’s first hamburger chain, originated in Wichita, Kansas. It used small beef patties that cooked quickly and sold for a nickel apiece.
    (SFEC, 11/17/96, Par p.19)(AH, 6/07, p.11)
1921        In Italy the Corsini Biscotti company was founded in the Tuscan village of Castel del Piano. By 2015 the family business had annual revenues of $17 million (€14m)
    (Econ, 1/3/15, p.52)

1922        Jan 24, Christian K. Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, patented the Eskimo Pie.
    (AP, 1/24/98)

1922        Feb 18, Pres. Harding signed the Capper-Volstead Act. It exempted farmers from federal antitrust laws permitting them to share prices and orchestrate supply.
    (WSJ, 9/26/06, p.B1)(www.uwcc.wisc.edu/info/capper.html)

1922        Clarence Birdseye returned to New York state and began experimenting with packaging frozen food.
    (ON, 8/12, p.5)
1922        Vegemite, a salty, slightly bitter spread made from brewer's yeast, was introduced by Australian chemist Cyril Callister for the Fred Walker Cheese Company in Melbourne. The company wanted a Vitamin B-rich spread that could compete with Britain's popular Marmite. The name came in a 1923 national poll. In 2009 Kraft Foods Australia announced that a creamier variation of Vegemite would be on store shelves July 5 alongside the original.
    (AP, 6/15/09)

1923        The Chocolate Manufacturers Association was founded.
    (WSJ, 11/25/03, p.B10)
1923        The Milky Way chocolate candy bar was invented.
    (Econ, 5/30/15, p.66)

1924        Jan 29, An ice cream cone rolling machine was patented by Carl Taylor in Cleveland.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1925        Aaron Streit, an Austrian immigrant, founded Streit’s kosher matzo factory in Manhattan’s lower East Side.
    (SSFC, 4/17/11, Par p.4)
1925        Howard Deering Johnson started his food empire with an ice-cream shop outside Boston. By the 1960s a new HoJo restaurant was opening every nine days. In 1979 the Johnsons sold the company. By 2017 only one HoJo restaurant was left in Lake George, NY. The motel-lodge arm still existed owned by Wyndham Hotels.
    (Econ, 2/18/17, p.25)
1925        Ernest Van Tassel leased 75 acres on Round Top in Honolulu (Nut Ridge) and began a macadamia nut orchard, Hawaii's first macadamia nut farm.
1925        The Michelin Guide introduced its star system for hotels and restaurants.
    (WSJ, 2/20/04, p.W5)
1925        Franz Colruyt, Belgian baker, set up a wholesale business importing coffee and spices from overseas. In 2002 the 160th Colruyt store opened in Belgium.
    (WSJ, 9/22/03, p.R3)

1926        Nov 5, Webster Edgerly (b.1852), head of the New Jersey-based Ralston Health movement and co-founder of Ralston Purina, died.
    (Arch, 5/04, p.35)

1926        The Aunt Jemima Mills Co. was purchased by the Quaker Oats Company of Chicago.

1927        Dorothy Gerber invented commercial baby food when she tired of straining baby food at home and asked her cannery owner husband to try it at the plant. The Gerber baby logo came in 1928. Daniel F. Gerber strained peas for his sick daughter and sold them by mail from Fremont, Mich.
    (WSJ, 12/4/96, p.A1)(SFEC, 3/30/97, Z1. p.2)
1927        A family friend sketched an image in charcoal of 4-month-old Ann Taylor Cook and later submitted it to Gerber for its new baby food ads. The picture became Gerber’s official trademark in 1931.
    (SFC, 11/24/16, p.A6)
1927        Pez candy originated in Austria as a breath mint for cigarette smokers. The name came from "pfefferminz," the word for peppermint in German.  The line was imported to the United States in 1952, when the company decided it could do better with fruit candy dispensed by plastic toys.
    (SFEC, 4/5/98, p.C11)(http://money.cnn.com/2002/06/13/pf/q_pez/)

1928        Mar 30, Petaluma farmers shipped 58 carloads of eggs by train to SF. 50,000 cases contained some 18 million eggs.
    (Ind, 4/26/03, p.5A)

1928        The ice cream and oatmeal cookie sandwich called "It’s-It" was invented at Playland-at-the-Beach by owner George Whitney. The made-to-order  It’s It sandwich was a disk of vanilla ice-cream between 2 oatmeal cookies dipped in melted chocolate. The trademark was acquired by Jamal’s Enterprises in 1974.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W30)(SFC, 5/20/98, Z1 p.3)
1928        The Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream was founded in Oakland, Ca., by William Dreyer and Joseph Edy. They were later said to have created the rocky-road flavor. In 1977 the company was bought by T. Gary Rogers (1943-2017) and business partner William Cronk.
    (SFC, 5/5/17, p.D8)
1928        Walter E. Diemer (23), an accountant for Fleer Chewing Gum in Philadelphia, began testing recipes for a gum base. He invented the first batch of bubble gum, making it pink because that was the only shade of food coloring on hand. It was sold under the Dubble Bubble name for a penny.
    (SFC, 1/13/98, p.A19)(SFC, 8/2/99, p.A22)

1928        Coca-Cola began sales in Africa. By 2008 Coca Cola claimed to be the largest private sector employee in Africa.
    (Econ, 7/5/08, p.58)

1929        Mar 26, The SFC reported that a test shipment of California juice grapes was on its way to the Orient. Grapes were packed in a new way that would allow them to stay frozen for a year.
    (SFC, 3/26/04, p.F7)

1929        May, Clarence Birdseye and his partners sold their frozen food operations to the Postum Company for $23.5 million and became director of research for the Gloucestor-based “Birds Eye" frozen food division of General Foods, owner of Postum.
    (ON, 8/12, p.6)

1929        Ernest Van Tassel negotiates with Bishop Estate to obtain 100 acres of land in Keahoe Mauka for planting more than 7000 macadamia nut trees resulting in the first macadamia nut farm on the island of Hawaii.

1930        Mar 6, Clarence Birdseye of Brooklyn developed a method for quick freezing food.
    (MC, 3/6/02)

1930        Apr 6, Hostess Twinkies were invented by bakery executive James Dewar.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1930        Aug 4, Michael Cullen introduced King Kullen in Queens, NYC, the 1st US supermarket.
    (SFC, 8/4/05, p.C1)

1930        Ocean Spray was founded by 3 cranberry growers. In 1963 it launched its juices.
    (Econ, 12/18/04, p.123)

1930        In Philadelphia, Pa., Pat’s King of Steak’s opened at Ninth and Passyunk Ave. They helped make famous the Philadelphia cheese steak sandwich.
    (SSFC, 9/17/06, p.G5)

1930        Futurist poet, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti denounced pasta as obsolete and urged Italians to try more avant-garde combinations like cooked salami sauced in espresso and spiked with eau de Cologne.
    (WSJ, 12/29/95, p.A-11)

1930s        The Depression era "Eau Claire" system set milk prices according to the distance from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to ensure that every region of the country maintained a local supply of fresh milk.
    (SFC, 11/17/99, p.A12)

1931        May 22, Canned rattlesnake meat 1st went on sale in Florida.
    (MC, 5/22/02)

1931        Oct 2, Aerial circus star Clyde Pangborn and playboy Hugh Herndon, Jr. set off in Miss Veedol to complete the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Sabishiro Beach in Misawa City, Japan. A young boy gave Panghorn 5 apples from Misawa City.
    (HN, 10/2/99)(ON, 1/03, p.10)

1931        Oct 3, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon, Jr. belly landed Miss Veedol, a Bellanca CH-200 monoplane, in Wenatchee, Wa., to complete the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. They won a $25,000 prize from the Japanese Ashi Shimbun newspaper. Panghorn sent apple cuttings from Wenatchee's Richard Delicious apples to Japan which were soon distributed across Japan.
    (ON, 1/03, p.10)

1931        Ernest Van Tassel establishes a macadamia nut processing factory on Puhukaina Street in Kakaako; nuts sold as Van's macadamia nuts.

1932        In Japan the Iwasaki Co., a maker of replica food, was founded.
    (Econ 6/10/17, p.66)

1933        Mar 29, The front page of the New York Evening Post said "Famine Grips Russia — Millions Dying." The report was by Welsh journalist Gareth Jones who had recently sneaked into Ukraine, at the height of a famine engineered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Jones was killed by bandits in 1935 while covering Japan's expansion into China. In 2009 the diaries of Jones were put on display for the first time in London.
    (AP, 11/13/09)

1933        Sam Zemurray, a Russia-born immigrant and shareholder in United Fruit, appeared at a board meeting of United Fruit and with a bag of proxies declared himself overseer of the company. He proceeded to rule UF for the next 25 years. In 2012 Rich Cohen authored “The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King."
    (SSFC, 7/8/12, p.F5)

1934        Clarence Birdseye, since there were no freezer cases in grocery stores, entered a joint venture to manufacture them. National distribution of frozen foods became a reality in 1944 when Birdseye began leasing refrigerated railroad cars to transport his products. Birdseye's innovations led to the founding of General Foods Co.
    (HNPD, 12/9/98)
1933        Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), English writer and reporter, broke the story on the famine in the Ukraine.
    (WSJ, 4/17/96, p.A-18)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Muggeridge)

1934        Bob’s Big Boy restaurants popularized the double patty hamburger sandwich.
    (AH, 6/07, p.11)

1934        The Popeye cartoon “We Aim to Please" introduced the catch phrase “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today," uttered by J. Wellington Wimpy.
    (AH, 6/07, p.11)

1935        Jan 24, The 1st canned beer, "Krueger Cream Ale," was sold by Krueger Brewing Co.
    (MC, 1/24/02)

1935        Kentucky Gov. Ruby Laffoon, enjoyed the fried chicken of Harland Sanders so much that she named Sanders a Kentucky Colonel.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.62)

1935        Tyson Foods was founded. By 2002 the company was the world’s largest processor and marketer of beef, chicken and pork.
    (WSJ, 6/24/02, p.A2)

1935        Giuseppe Luigi Mezetta and his son Daniel Joseph Mezetta (1916-2005) founded G.L. Mezetta, importer of Italian specialty foods that included glass-packed peppers and olives. The firm was originally based at the SF Produce Market.
    (SFC, 3/26/05, p.B4)

1937        Jan 1, At a party at the Hormel Mansion in Minnesota, a guest won $100 for naming a new canned meat-Spam. SPAM was originally called Hormel Spiced Ham in 1936 without much success.
    (HN, 1/1/00)(http://tinyurl.com/3soounh)

1937        May 11, Spam, a canned ham by Hormel, was registered as a trademark. It was introduced to the public as Spam on July 5, 1937.
    (WSJ, 4/29/04, p.D10)

1937        Jul 5, SPAM was unveiled by Hormel Foods. It was precooked pork and ham in a can, with a little potato starch, salt, and sugar. Sodium nitrate was added to keep it pink; without it, pork tends to turn gray. At 10 cents a can it was a big hit.

1937        Vernon Rudolph (d.1973) launched Krispy Creme, a donut operation, in Winston-Salem, NC. Heirs sold the business to Beatrice Foods, which changed the recipe. Some 20 franchisees bought the company in 1982. the 1st shop outside the Southeast opened in Indianapolis in 1995. The company went public in 2000.
    (WSJ, 9/3/04, p.A5)

1937        General Mills introduced Kix cereal. It was made possible by the development of the “puffing gun" invented by Lester Borchardt Sr. (1907-2007).
    (WSJ, 1/27/07, p.A6)

1938        Feb 16, The US Federal Crop Insurance program was authorized.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1938        Jun 25, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. It included a restriction on the sale of embedded non-food items, unless there’s a functional value, like the stick on a lollipop. It was partially provoked by a rash of injuries from depilatory creams.
    (WSJ, 6/24/02, p.A8)(Econ, 2/7/15, p.79)

1938        Jul 24, Instant coffee was invented. Nestle came up with the first instant coffee after 8 years of experiments.
    (SFEC, 2/7/99, Z1 p.8)(MC, 7/24/02)

1938        The Salvation Army coined the unofficial National Doughnut Day holiday, later marked on the first Friday of June, to commemorate the female volunteers who served doughnuts and coffee to soldiers during World War I.
1938        David Reid (d.2003 at 86) created the image of Elsie the Cow for the Borden milk company. Elsie's web site is at: www.elsie.com.
    (SFC, 12/19/03, p.A25)
1938        Inventor Earl Silas Tupper left the Du Pont company in 1938 to form the Tupper Plastics Company. The material called "Poly-T" used to create Tupperware was developed from a black, putrid, rock-hard oil refining waste product called polyethylene slag. He refined and purified the slag into a higher quality plastic. He then turned his attention to replacing the widely used glass and metal food containers with his waterproof and airtight seal introduced in 1947. [see 1939]
    (HNQ, 2/13/99)

1939        Apr 30, The New York World’s Fair, billed as a look at "the world of tomorrow," officially opened. NY Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia mandated that the city's nude dancers cover up during the fair. The cover-up evolved into the G-string and later the thong. The General Motors exhibit was titled Futurama. Philo T. Farnsworth premiered his television at the fair. AT&T presented its first Picture Phone at the World's Fair. Salvador Dali created a pavilion that was called “Dream of Venus" and described as the “funny house of tomorrow." In 2000 Miles Beller authored "Dream of Venus (Or Living Pictures): A Novel of the 1939 New York world’s Fair." National Presto Industries introduced the home pressure cooker at the fair.
    (AP, 4/30/97)(WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A8)(SFEC, 4/16/00, BR p.7)(NYTBR, 2/2/03, p.20) (www.imdb.com/title/tt0149460/trivia)(WSJ, 12/27/08, p.A7)

1939        May 16, US food stamps were 1st issued.
    (MC, 5/16/02)

1939        Jun 11, King & Queen of England tasted their 1st "hot dogs" at FDR's party.
    (SC, 6/11/02)

1939        Jim Rex founded the Ranger Joe Breakfast Food Co. in Philadelphia. It was sold in the 1940s to Philadelphia businessman Moses Berger and sold again in 1954 to Nabisco and renamed "Wheat and Rice Honeys."
    (SFC,11/19/97, Z1 p.7)

1939        The Toastolator Co., a subsidiary of Crocker-Wheeler, began making the conveyer belt Toast-o-Lator toasters. Production continued to 1952.
    (SFC, 5/14/08, p.G6)

1939        Earl Tupper (d.1983), a Massachusetts tree surgeon and inventor, founded Tupperware. In 1942 he introduced a polyethylene container with a fitted cap. The containers took off in 1951 when he hired Brownie Wise (d.1992), a secretary from Detroit, who developed a sales network based on patio parties. Tupper forced Wise out in 1958 and sold the company to Rexall Drugs. [see 1938]
    (WSJ, 2/18/04, p.A9)

1940        Jan 8, Britain began rationing sugar, meat and butter.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

1940        The Mountain Dew beverage, a lemon-lime mixer, was trademarked by Barney and Ally Hartman of Knoxville, Tenn. In 1948 a cartoon drawing of Willy the Hillbilly was trademarked and used on bottles until the early 1970s. Pepsi bought Mountain Dew in 1964.
    (SFC, 6/25/08, p.G3)

1941        Apr 19, Michel Roux, chef de cuisine, was born.
    (MC, 4/19/02)

1941        May 1, General Mills introduced Cheerioats, later renamed Cheerios. It was made possible by the development of the “puffing gun" invented earlier by Lester Borchardt Sr.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheerios)(WSJ, 1/27/07, p.A6)

1941        May 19, Jane Brody, food and health writer, was born.
    (HN, 5/19/01)

1941        A monograph by M.K. Bennett on Wheat in National Diets in an issue of Wheat Studies and related comparative studies of the consumption of staple foods led to what has come to be known as "Bennett's Law." As people become wealthier, they switch from simple starchy plant-dominated diets to a more varied food input that includes a range of vegetables, fruit, dairy products, and especially meat. In 1954 M.K. Bennet authored “The World’s Food: A Study of the Interrelations of World Populations, National Diets and Food Potentials."
1941        The US Army asked Prof. Ancel Keys (1904-2004) of the Univ. of Minnesota to help develop an army ration that soldiers could carry in combat. His package was called the K ration.
    (SFC, 11/24/04, p.B6)
1941        Carl Karcher (1917-2008), an Ohio-born farm boy, bought a hot-dog stand in southern California and soon expanded to 3 stands and then a drive-in barbecue joint called Carl’s. In 1956 he opened his first two Carl’s Jr. fast-food burger outlets, which were among the first to later offer salad bars and grilled-chicken sandwiches. By 2008 there were 1,121 Carl’s Jr. restaurants in the US and 3,036 franchised or company-operated restaurants world-wide.
    (WSJ, 1/19/08, p.A10)

1942        May 4, The U.S. began food rationing.
    (HN, 5/4/98)

1942        May 5, Sales of sugar resumed in the United States under a rationing program.
    (AP, 5/5/97)(HN, 5/5/98)

1942        Nov 29, Coffee rationing went into effect in the U.S., and lasted until the next summer.

1942        The founders of Wing Nien dubbed their soy sauce Longevity. It was 1st fermented in the basement of an old bank in San Francisco's Chinatown.
    (SFC, 10/11/03, p.B1)

1943        Jan 12, Frankfurters were replaced by Victory Sausages, a mix of meat &  soy meal.
    (MC, 1/12/02)

1943        Mar 29, World War II meat, butter and cheese rationing began.
    (AP, 3/29/97)

1943        May 1, Food rationing began in US. [see Mar 29]
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1943        May 29, Meat and cheese began to be rationed in US.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1943        Jul 28, President Roosevelt announced the end of coffee rationing.
    (AP, 7/28/97)

1944        May 25, Robert Michael Payton, pizza magnate, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1944        Jeno Paulucci (b.1918), American food entrepreneur, started his Chun King business with a loan of $2,500. Less than 2 decades later he sold it to R. J. Reynolds for $63 million. In 1985 he sold his Jeno pizza roll business to General Mills for $150 million.
    (SSFC, 12/24/06, p.F2)

1944        The Vegan Society was founded in England. Vegans generally limit their diets to vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains.

1944-1945    In Vietnam 1-2 million people starved to death during this period in large part due to policies imposed by Japan.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.97)

1945        Oct 13, Milton Hershey (b.1857), Philadelphia chocolate tycoon, died. In 2005 Michael D. Antonio authored “Hershey: Milton S. Hershey’s Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire and Utopian Dreams."
    (WSJ, 8/12/99, p.A1)(www.hersheyhistory.com/milton.html)

1945        Nov 23, Most US wartime rationing of foods, including meat and butter, was set to expire by day's end.
    (HN, 11/23/98)(AP, 11/23/07)

1945        Dec 7, The microwave oven was patented. Percy LeBaron Spencer accidentally discovered that microwaves would also heat food. Spencer, an eighth-grade dropout and electronic wizard, worked for the Raytheon Manufacturing Corporation of Massachusetts developing a radar machine using microwave radiation.
    (HN, 9/5/01)(Econ, 10/29/11, p.100)

1946        The US Agricultural Marketing Act of this year established grade standards for fruits and vegetables including peanuts.
1946        David Barham (1913-1991) founded Hot Dog on a Stick at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, Ca.
    (WSJ, 2/3/07, p.A8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Barham)
1946        John Baugh (1916-2007) and his wife Eula Mae launched Zero Foods to deliver frozen food to businesses in Houston. In 1970 Baugh persuaded eight similar firms to merge with his to form Systems Services Company (SYSCO).
    (Econ, 12/14/13, p.74)
1946        Ray Dunlap, a chemist for Idaho’s J.R. Simplot, invented a way to make frozen french fries that wouldn’t turn soggy.
    (WSJ, 10/7/04, p.A12)

1947        Dec, Harold Dobbs co-founded Mel's Drive-In, at Mission Street and South Van Ness Avenue, in San Francisco. It would become an icon of mid-century American popular culture, memorialized in George Lucas' film American Graffiti about the early 1960s.

1947        Pres. Truman raised margin requirements of futures to 33% as wartime controls ended and food prices soared.
    (Econ, 10/11/08, SR p.16)
1947        The new Florida Foods Co. changed its name to Minute Maid. Their initial powder orange juice proved more drinkable as a juice concentrate. Founder John Fox hired Bing Crosby as his 1st spokesman.
    (SFC, 1/20/03, p.B4)
1947        Walter S. Mack, president of Pepsi-Cola, hired an all-black sales force led by Edward F. Boyd to sell Pepsi directly to blacks.
    (WSJ, 1/9/07, p.B1)

1947        Britain amid post-war rationing and food shortages introduced the snoek, a relative of the barracuda, to a hungry nation.
    (Econ, 11/1/08, p.66)
1947        Canada’s Montreal mayor-to-be Jean Drapeau declared food trucks to be unsanitary and undignified. The Montreal ban on food trucks ended in 2013.
    (SSFC, 6/23/13, p.A4)

1948        Idaho put “World Famous Potatoes" on its car license plates. Its potato business was mostly due to the efforts of J.R. Simplot (1909-2008), later known as the spud king of America.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._Simplot)(Econ, 6/14/08, p.105)

1948        Henry (d.1976) and Esther (1920-2006) Snyder opened In-N-Out Burgers in Baldwin Park, LA County. They numbered 152 stores in 2001 as their 1st SF outlet opened. By 2006 the chain numbered 202 restaurants. In 2009 Stacy Perman authored “In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-The Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules.
    (SFC, 3/3/01, p.D1)(SFC, 8/15/01, p.B1)(SFEC, 3/23/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/12/06, p.A6)(WSJ, 4/15/09, p.A13)
1948        Al Ross founded Doggie Diner in Oakland, Ca., on San Pablo and 19th Ave. Its iconic dachshund head was designed by Harold Bachman in 1965. The chain grew to 30 diners including 13 in San Francisco and was sold in 1979. The chain closed down in 1986.
    (SFC, 10/6/05, p.B7)(SFC, 4/5/10, p.C6)

1948        Burt Baskin (1913-1967) and Irvine Robbins (1917-2008) combined their ice cream parlors in Glendale and Pomona, Ca., to form the Baskins-Robbins ice cream chain.
    (WSJ, 5/10/08, p.A8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Baskin)

1948        Earle Swenson opened his 1st ice cream store at Hyde and Union streets in SF. In 1980 Swenson’s Ice Cream Co. was sold to Red River Resources of Phoenix.
    (SFC, 2/4/05, p.F9)

1949        The Pillsbury Bake-Off began as a contest for Americans with a knack for home cooking. In 1998 Ellie Matthews won a Pillsbury million dollar prize for her salsa couscous chicken. In 2008 Matthews authored “The Ungarnished Truth."
    (WSJ, 3/22/08, p.W10)

1950        May 13,  Diner's Club issued its 1st credit cards.
    (SS, Internet, 5/13/97)

1950        The Dunkin’ Donuts chain originated in Canton, Mass.
    (SFC, 6/22/16, p.C2)

1950-1959    Panama disease in the 1950s obliterated the Gros Michel variety of bananas. By the 1960s it was close to extinction. It was replaced by the Cavendish variety. Most edible bananas do not have seeds and are sprouted from shoots of original trees that date back 10,000 years.
    (SFC, 4/5/04, p.D5)(Econ, 3/1/14, p.62)
1950-1959    Cannibalism was banned in Papua New Guinea.
    (SFC, 4/11/03, p.A6)

1951        Feb 26, Bread rationing began in Czechoslovakia.
    (SC, 2/26/02)

1951        Apr 5, In San Francisco the first fully separate food section made its Chronicle debut.
    (SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W3)

1951        Ruben Rausing (1895-1983) of Sweden founded Tetra Pak as a subsidiary to Akerlund & Rausing  to produce milk cartons. In 1963 the company gave the world a flat-topped carton that can be packed and shipped like bricks. The development revolutionized the packaging and distribution of milk and fruit juices worldwide.
    (AP, 7/11/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruben_Rausing)

1952        Topps Chewing Gum Company issued its first large set of baseball cards. They included team logos and facsimile signatures and were later considered as the first true set of the modern era. Topps had issued a smaller card in 1951, but it flopped.
    (AH, 6/03, p.52,54)

1952        Kraft Foods introduced Cheese Whiz.
    (WSJ, 6/9/07, p.A6)

1952        Alvin Edlin (1912-2008) bought Bud’s Ice Cream store in Noe Valley from his cousin Bud Scheideman for $8,000. Revenue at the time was about $30,000. He increased the quality and by 1976 revenues rose to about $1 million. In 1980 Edlin sold the operation to a group of Bay Area businessmen. In the 1990s the operation was sold to Berkeley Farms.
    (SFC, 6/10/08, p.B5)

1952        The first Weber grill was made in by George Stephen (d.1993) of suburban Chicago and was called George's Barbecue. It was manufactured by Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago. Stephen started selling his Weber kettle in 1954 and the rest is grilling history.

1953        Mar 8, Census indicated 239,000 farmers gave up farming in last 2 years.
    (MC, 3/8/02)

1953        Dec, Swanson and Sons introduced the TV Dinner. The turkey, sweet potatoes and peas package was priced at 98 cents and could be cooked in 25 minutes. It was invented by Gerry Thomas (d.2005), a salesman for Nebraska based C.A. Swanson, following an oversupply of turkey from the 1953 Thanksgiving holiday season. Campbell Soup acquired control of Swanson’s in 1955.
    (PC, 1992 ed, p.943,952)(WSJ, 1/7/04, p.B1)(SFC, 7/21/05, p.B7)

1953        A chemist working for J.R. Simplot, Idaho potato mogul, perfected a technique of freezing chipped potatoes. By the late 1960s Jack Simplot was the largest supplier of French fries to McDonald’s.
    (Econ, 6/14/08, p.105)
1953        In Brazil JBS Friboi began as a butchers founded by Jose Sobrinho in Anapolis, Goias state. By 2011 it was the world’s largest meat producer.
    (Econ, 9/24/11, SR p.22)

1954        May 5, The largest store in the Safeway chain opened at Duboce and Market in SF.
    (SFC, 4/9/04, p.F10)

1954        Jul 3, Food rationing ended in Britain almost nine years after the end of World War II.
    (HN, 7/3/98)

1954        Nov 11, Elizabeth Coleman White (b.1871), agricultural specialist, died of in New Jersey of cancer. She collaborated with Frederick Vernon Coville to develop and commercialize a cultivated blueberry. In 1927 she helped organize the New Jersey Blueberry Cooperative Association.

1954        James Whitman McLamore (1926-1996) and Dave Edgarton opened Insta Burger King in Miami, the forerunner to the international Burger King chain.
    (SFC, 8/10/96, p.A20)
1954        Bartender Larry J. Cano (1924-2014) took over an old Polynesian restaurant in southern California’s San Fernando Valley and created a sit-down Mexican restaurant named El Torrito. By 1978 he was operating 22 locations and sold the chain to W.R. Grace, but continued for a decade as president.
    (SFC, 12/18/14, p.D3)
1954        The WSJ described the new fish sticks as "boneless oblongs roughly four inches long."
    (WSJ, 1/7/04, p.B1)

1955        Apr 15, Ray Kroc acquired the McDonald’s chain of fast food restaurants. He was a food service equipment salesman who owned the national marketing rights to the milk-shake mixers used at the chain. He purchased the chain from Richard (d.1998 at 89) and Maurice McDonald (d.1971) who started the operation in California in 1948. Kroc built his first restaurant in Des Plains, Illinois, and later established his world headquarters and a company museum there.
    (WSJ, 5/30/97, p.A1)(HN, 4/15/98)(SFC, 7/15/98, p.A20)

1955        Jun, Gordon Wasson, a vice-president of J.P. Morgan, traveled to Mexico and became one of the first outsiders to eat the hallucinogenic psilocybin mushroom.
    (Econ, 7/15/06, p.78)

1955        Toshiba introduced the world’s first automatic electric rice cooker. In 2006 Mitsubishi introduced an upscale rice cooker selling for $1000.
    (WSJ, 6/4/07, p.A12)

1956        Oct 7, Clarence Birdseye (b.1886), founder of the modern frozen food industry, died in NYC.
    (ON, 8/12, p.7)( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Birdseye)

1956        William Mitchell (1912-2004) patented Pop Rocks, an exploding candy. It hit the market in 1975.
    (SFC, 7/29/04, p.B7)

1957        Apr 27, Mario A. Gianini, creator of the maraschino cherry, died.
    (MC, 4/27/02)

1957        Jul 8, William Cadbury (89), chocolate maker, died.
    (MC, 7/8/02)

1957        Life magazine printed R. Gordon Wasson’s “Seeking the Magic Mushroom" detailing his experiences at a religious ritual in Mexico. Wasson, a vice-president of J.P. Morgan, experienced the hallucinogenic psilocybin mushroom during a trip to Mexico in 1955.
    (WSJ, 7/11/06, p.B10)(Econ, 7/15/06, p.78)

1957        Ben Eisenstadt, founder of Cumberland Packaging Corp., with his son Marvin and chemist Paul Kracauer developed a saccharine-based sweetener that was initially geared toward diabetics. It later became known as Sweet’N Low, which became a registered trademark of Cumberland Packaging Corp. in 1970. In 2006 Rich Cohen authored “Sweet and Low: A Family History."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Eisenstadt)(SSFC, 4/23/06, p.M6)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.77)

1958        Aug 25, Momofuku Ando (48), head of Japan’s Nissin Food Products, announced that he had finally perfected his flash-frying method and therefore invented the instant noodle.

1958        US Congress banned futures trading in onions to stop speculation on prices. Onion farmers had lobbied Michigan congressman Gerald Ford to ban trading in onion futures. They blamed speculators for the volatility in the crops’ prices.
    (Econ, 10/11/08, SR p.16)(Econ, 11/14/09, p.93)
1958        Al Lapin Jr. (d.2004) and younger brother Jerry Lapin founded the Int’l. House of Pancakes (IHOP) with a single outlet at Toluca Lake in LA County. Lapin left IHOP in 1973.
    (SFC, 6/21/04, p.B4)
1958        The SF Golden Grain pasta company introduced the SF treat "Rice-A-Roni." The company was owned by the DeDomenico family, who learned the recipe from Armenian neighbors. A 15th century Damascus cookbook titled "Kitab al-Tibakha" included a recipe that said "brown noodles in the oven and cook them with rice." Golden Grain was later headquartered in San Leandro, Ca.
    (SFC, 11/25/98, Z1 p.5)
1958        Arnold Gridley (d.2004), invented the motorized cable car after buying and converting some old SF California Street cable cars. The cars were used in 1961 Rice-A-Roni commercials. Gridley was the great grandson of G.W. Gridley, sheep rancher, rice farmer, and founder of Gridley, Ca.
    (SFC, 5/15/04, p.B6)
1958        In Fair Lawn, New Jersey, a new Nabisco bakery opened.
    (WSJ, 11/22/08, p.W4)
1958        The aluminum can was introduced as a food container.
    (SFC, 8/4/05, p.C1)
1958        In Japan a restaurant in Tokyo introduced a conveyor belt to serve sushi.
    (Econ, 4/22/17, p.60)

1959        Sep 11, The US Congress passed a bill authorizing food stamps for poor Americans.
    (MC, 9/11/01)

1959        Dec 9, A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in New York that established IRRI (Int’l. Rice Research Institute) “as an organization to do basic research on the rice plant and applied research on all phases of rice production, management, distribution and utilization."

1959        Dec 21, William R. Larson (1933-2006) opened his first Round Table Pizza parlor in Menlo Park, Ca., at 1235 El Camino Real. Larson sold a portion of Round Table stock to a group of investors in 1979. In 2017 Round Table Pizza announced that it was acquired by Global Franchise Group.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Round_Table_Pizza)(SFC, 4/17/21, p.F1)

1959        In Chicago Kikkoman first introduced soy sauce to American consumers at an International Trade Fair.
    (Econ, 4/11/09, p.68)

1959-1961    In China mass starvation followed Mao’s "Great Leap Forward." The famine killed millions of people. The famine of this period is described by Jasper Becker in his book: "Hungry Ghosts: Mao’s Secret Famine" (1997).
    (WSJ, 2/7/97, p.A14)(Econ, 5/8/10, p.28)(SFEC, 8/17/97, BR p.8)

1960        Jun 30, US stopped sugar imports from Cuba.
    (MC, 6/30/02)

1960        Jul 22, Cuba nationalized all US owned sugar factories.
    (MC, 7/22/02)

1960        Wilbur Hardee (1917-2008), opened his first Hardee’s restaurant, in Greenville, NC. The company went public in 1963.
    (SFC, 6/24/08, p.B5)(http://tinyurl.com/6ztal8)

1960        George Leonard Herter (1911-1994), Minnesota-born catalogue writer, published his “Bull Cook and Authentic Historical Recipes and Practices." Herter was later considered the prince of fantasy food historians.

1960s    Big Top peanut butter produced a glass mug to hold its product with a picture of Hopalong Cassidy, the old singing cowboy star.
    (SFC, 2/18/98, Z1 p.3)

1960s    Tin-lined cans and tin foil yielded to aluminum cans and aluminum foil.
    (NH, 7/02, p.35)

1961        Jan 13, Prof. Ancel Keys of the Univ of Minnesota landed on the cover of Time Magazine for providing a solution to why middle-aged men were dropping dead from heart disease: eat less fat. This led the US government to its first set of dietary guidelines in 1980.
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.76)

1961        Mar 18, The "Poppin' Fresh" Pillsbury Dough Boy was introduced.
    (MC, 3/18/02)

1961        May 22, The 1st revolving restaurant, Top of The Needle in Seattle, opened.
    (MC, 5/22/02)

1961        Dec 19, The UN General Assembly adopted Resolutions 1714 (XVI) for the formation of its World Food Program (WFP).

1961        Fred Turner (1933-2013), operations manager for McDonald’s Corp., founded Hamburger University in a restaurant basement in Elk Grove, Illinois.
    (Econ, 1/26/13, p.82)
1961        Calisto Tanzi dropped out of university to concentrate on the a family delicatessen business near the Parma railway station: Calisto Tanzi & Sons - Salamis and Preserves. In 1966 Calisto Tanzi adopted the new ultra-high temperature (UHT) Swedish pasteurizing technique to produce long-life milk. In 2003 the company filed for bankruptcy.
    (WSJ, 12/22/03, p.A6)(WPR, 3/04, p.18)

1962        Feb, The UN’s Intergovernmental Committee, the governing body of the World Food Program (WFP), held its first session. Addeke Boerma was appointed as WFP's first Executive Director in April.
    (Econ, 3/20/10, p.52)(www.wfp.org/about/corporate-information/history)

1962        Glen Bell Jr. (d.2010 at 86) founded the Taco Bell fast food chain in Downey, Ca. He had launched Bell’s Drive-In in 1948 in San Bernadino and later helped establish Taco Tias in Los Angeles, El Tacos in the Long Beach area and the Der Wienerschnitzel hot dog chain. In 1978 he sold his 868 Taco Bell restaurants to PepsiCo for $125 million in stock.
    (SFC, 1/19/10, p.C4)
1962        Edwin Traisman (1915-2007), food researcher for McDonald’s, patented a method for preparing frozen French fried potatoes. In 1968 his associate Ken Strong patented a method for quick frying cut potatoes before freezing along with a short steam blanch to preserve sugars and other flavors. Traisman was instrumental in the development of Cheese Whiz for Kraft Foods and had bought the first McDonald’s franchise in Madison, Wis., in the late 1950s.
    (SFC, 6/9/07, p.B6)

1962        Tony O’Reilly, head of the Irish Dairy Board, proposed a new premium brand for Irish butter to break into the growing British market. The new product was named Kerry-gold and successfully sold in half-pound packs of parchment wrapping.
    (Econ, 4/8/17, p.66)

1964        Jan 22, World's largest cheese (15,723 kg) was manufactured in Wisconsin.
    (MC, 1/22/02)

1964        Feb 7, Baskin-Robbins introduced Beatle Nut ice cream.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1964        Apr 3, Stuart Anderson (1922-2016) founded the Black Angus chain of restaurants with the first one opening in Seattle. The first steak dinners sold for $2.99. The chain was sold in 1972. By 2016 there were some 45 Black Angus Steakhouse, mostly in California.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Angus_Steakhouse)(SFC, 6/10/16, p.E5)

1964        Apr 22, At the opening of the New York World’s Fair in Queens the Vermersch family from Belgium introduced Belgian waffles, topped with fresh whipped cream, powdered sugar and sliced strawberries. They had first served the treat two years earlier at the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle, and for years after they made the waffles at the annual New York State Fair in Syracuse. But it was at the 1964 event in New York City that the waffles became a sensation.
    (AP, 4/21/14)

1964        Apr, Tim Horton (1930-1974), Canadian hockey player, and Jim Charade opened the first Tim Hortons franchise, a coffee and donut shop.
    (http://tinyurl.com/l57srxu)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.38)

1964        The Cracker Jack Co. was purchased by Borden and sold to PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division in 1997.

1964        Kentucky Colonel Harland Sanders (1890-1980) sold his fried chicken business for $2 million to private investors, who resold it in 1971 for $285 million to Heublein. R.J. Reynolds acquired Heublein in 1982 and sold it to PepsiCo in 1986.

1965        May 16, Spaghetti-O's were 1st sold.
    (MC, 5/16/02)

1965        Fred DeLuca, fresh out of high school, founded Subway, a sandwich shop, with $1,000 start-up money from a family friend. By 2007 it was the world’s largest sandwich chain with over 25,000 stores in 83 countries.
    (WSJ, 1/10/07, p.C2)

1965        Harold Bachman (1921-2005) designed the logo for San Francisco’s Doggie Diner. In 1966 his dachshund head design was turned into a rotating giant head for the chain of diners founded by Al Ross (d.2010 at 93). Ross had founded Doggie Diner in Oakland on San Pablo and 19th Ave. in 1948 and sold his chain in 1979.
    (SFC, 10/6/05, p.B7)(SFC, 4/5/10, p.C6)(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.C1)

1965        A 7-Eleven manager happened upon an Icee machine in a rival's store. He saw potential and got them into three 7-Eleven stores. Slurpee was born in Kansas at a Dairy Queen where owner Omar Knedlik served semi-frozen bottled soft drinks. When they were a hit, he worked with a Dallas company to develop the "Icee" machine that replicated that consistency in slushy soft drinks served at 28 degrees.
    (USAT, 7/11/05)

1966        Nov 18, US Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays outside of Lent.
    (AP, 11/18/08)

1966        Dec 22, The US announced the allocation of 900,000 tons of grain to fight the famine in India. Mass starvation was averted in India this year by the arrival of 10 million tons of American food aid.
    (HN, 12/22/98)(Econ., 1/16/21, p.9)

1966        Nabisco introduced a cheese spread in an aerosol can under the name Snack Mate. It later became part of Kraft and sold as Cheeze Whiz in a can.
    (SFC, 1/31/08, p.A13)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_Cheese)

1967        May 22, In San Francisco Ott’s Drive-in became the first fast food spot in the city after installing the only automated ordering system in the Bay Area. In 1971 the city announced plans to demolish Ott’s and build a hotel at the 550 Bay St. location.
    (SFC, 11/19/16, p.C1)

1967        Joe Coulombe (1930-2020) opened his first Trader Joe's grocery store in Pasadena, Ca.. He sold the chain to German retailer Aldi in 1979, but remianed CEO until 1988.
    (SSFC, 3/1/20, p.A9)
1967        The California Packing Co. (Calpak) changed its name to Del Monte.
    (SFC, 3/1/97, p.B1)(SSFC, 10/3/04, p.J1)
1967        Robert Capon (1925-2013), Episcopalian theologian and food writer, authored “Supper of the Lamb," a metaphysical treatise on cooking.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Farrar_Capon)(Econ, 9/21/13, p.102)

1968        Sep, The Big Mac was created by McDonald’s franchisee Jim Delligatti in Pittsburgh. It sold for 49 cents.
    (SFC, 9/10/98, p.B2)

1968        The J.M. Smucker Co. introduced Goober Grape, a single container with peanut butter and grape jelly swirled together.
    (SFC, 1/31/08, p.A13)

1968        Denny’s bought Winchell’s Donut Houses. Verne Winchell (d.2002 at 87) founded the business in the 1950s.
    (SFC, 11/29/02, p.A27)

1968        The 4th Betty Crocker, a General Mills advertising icon, made her appearance and continued to 1972.
    (WSJ, 7/5/96, p.A6)(http://chnm.gmu.edu/features/sidelights/crocker.html)

1968        Newton Glekel (1913-2007), NYC real estate lawyer and deal maker, purchased a controlling interest in Detroit-based Hygrade Food Products Co., maker of Ball Park hot dogs. He sold his stake to Britain’s Hanson Industries Inc. in 1976.
    (WSJ, 8/4/07, p.A4)

1968        Fred Mattson (d.1997 at 76) and Dr. Robert Volpenhein, employed by Proctor & Gamble, created olestra, a cocktail of fatty acids that enzymes left untouched.
    (SFEC, 6/8/97, p.D6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olestra)

1969        Oct 18, The US federal government banned artificial sweeteners known as cyclamates because of evidence they caused cancer in laboratory rats.
    (AP, 10/18/97)

1969        Nov 15, Wendy's Hamburgers, begun by Dave Thomas, opened in Ohio. In 2008 the chain was sold to Triarc Cos., owner of the Arby’s roast beef sandwich restaurant chain.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy's)(SFC, 4/25/08, p.D3)

1969        Frank Zappa recorded a song entitled "Electric Aunt Jemima" on his album Uncle Meat.

1969        Best Foods Inc., changed its name to CPC International. It had begun as American Cotton Oil in 1889.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, p. R-45)

1969        Robert Byck (d.1999 at 66) identified MSG, monosodium glutamate, as the cause of headaches for some people who ate Chinese food with the additive. The psychiatrist and brain researcher at Yale Medical School in 1979 gave Congress an early warning that the United States faced an epidemic of smokable cocaine,
    (SFC, 8/24/99, p.A22)(http://tinyurl.com/a6bdpn)

1969        Country singer Jimmy Dean (1928-2010 started the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. He sold it to Sara Lee Corp. in 1984.
    (SFC, 6/14/10, p.C4)

1969        Britain’s chocolate maker Cadbury merged with Schweppes. In 2006 the Schweppes unit was spun off.
    (Econ, 11/7/09, p.63)

1970        Jul 24, Robert B. Choate (d.2009 at 84), an engineer turned consumer advocate, testified on nutrition information for consumers at a Senate subcommittee hearing and used data supplied by cereal manufacturers. He ranked 60 cereals, including Sugar Smacks, Froot Loops, and Lucky charms, by their nutritive value, showing that 40 products offered such poor nourishment that they were essentially “empty calories."
    (SFC, 5/22/09, p.B6)(http://tinyurl.com/qy7rgb)

1970        Orville Redenbacker’s Gourmet Popping corn was launched at Chicago’s Marshall Field’s. Partners Charlie Bowman (1919-2009) and Orville Redenbacker (1907-1995) sold the popular brand in 1976 to Hunt-Wessen Foods Inc. The company was later acquired by ConAgra Foods.
    (WSJ, 4/18/09, p.A4)
1970        Betty Crocker introduced Hamburger Helper.
    (AH, 6/07, p.11)
1970        Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor (1937-2016), South Carolina-born Gullah writer and culinary griot, authored “Vibration Cooking: or The Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl."
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertamae_Smart-Grosvenor)(Econ, 9/24/16, p.86)
1970        In Japan the first homegrown hamburger chain opened in Tokyo, a year before McDonald’s entered the market.
    (Econ, 4/22/17, p.60)

1972        Jul 8, US sold grain to USSR for $750 million. Soviet grain buyers over 6 weeks purchased $750 million worth of US grain. This was later called the "great grain robbery" and the privately-held agribusiness giant Cargill played a major role. The story of Cargill was told in the 1998 book "Cargill Going Global" by Wayne Broehl Jr.
    (MC, 7/8/02)(PC, 1992, p.1040)

1972        Dr. Robert C. Atkins (d.2003), cardiologist, published his weight loss plan "Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution," which allowed patients to eat fat but restricted carbohydrates.
    (SFC, 4/18/03, p.A1)

1972        The See family sold their South San Francisco chocolate and candy business to Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Buffet named Charles Huggins as See’s Candies top officer. Huggins retired at the end of 2005.
    (SSFC, 1/15/06, p.D6)(www.ifa.com/Library/Buffet.html)

1972        Herb Peterson (1919-2008), a McDonald’s operator in Santa Barbara, Ca., created the Egg McMuffin.
    (WSJ, 1/30/06, p.B2)(WSJ, 4/5/08, p.A7)

1973        Jul, Russia experienced a weak harvest. Commodity prices were sent soaring as spot prices for wheat rose by 24% and by more than 50% between the start of June and Aug 6.
    (Econ, 8/14/10, p.62)

1973        Time Magazine announced the debut of beefalo, meat from cross-bred cattle and bison pioneered by D.C. Bud Basolo (1923-2012) of Tracy, Ca.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.C12)
1973        Stanley Cohen, Stanford geneticist, and Herbert Boyer of UCSF co-discovered the basic process of gene-splicing. They spliced the DNA of one bacteria into another and cultivated a new organism. The discovery was patented by Stanford and UCSF and resulted in 25 year earnings of more than $200 million. Recombinant DNA technology soon led to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in food products.
    (SFC, 1/19/98, p.A10)(WSJ, 12/24/04, p.W6)
1973        Dorothy Turner Everett (1932-2007) started a barbecue business in Oakland, Ca., that grew to become the Everett & Jones chain of barbecue restaurants.
    (SFC, 10/12/07, p.B11)
1973        Antoine Riboud (1918-2002) merged his glassware company with the dairy business Gervais Danone, creating Danone, the biggest food group in France.
1973        Dun-Rite, a Fresno, Ca., maker of a pop-up timer for roasting turkeys, was sold to 3M Co. of St. Paul, Minn. In 1982 3M sued the Volk Enterprises, another Fresno maker of pop-up timers developed by Tony Volk. A few years later a settlement was negotiated. In 1991 Volk acquired 3M’s pop-up business.
    (WSJ, 11/22/05, p.A1)
1973        Kikkoman became the first Japanese food company to open a factory in America.
    (Econ, 4/11/09, p.68)

1974        Jun 26, At the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, Sharon Buchanon became the 1st cashier to scan a Universal Product Code (UPC) code. The 59 black and white bar code was used on a 67 cent 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum. The scanner was a Spectra-Physics Model A. Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver (d.1962) had patented the 1st bar code scanner in 1952. In 1977 an int’l. version was created.
    (SFC, 7/5/04, p.E3)(SSFC, 11/6/05, p.B5)(SFC, 6/26/09, p.C3)

1974        Nov 16, In Rome the first UN World Food Conference ended. At the conference, which had opened on Nov. 5, governments examined the global problem of food production and consumption, and solemnly proclaimed that "every man, woman and child has the inalienable right to be free from hunger and malnutrition in order to develop their physical and mental faculties."
    (SFC, 11/18/96, p.A10)(www.un.org/esa/devagenda/food.html)

1974        Richard J. Mercer (1924-2006), advertising executive, helped create the Burger King “Have it your way" ad campaign. Mercer also wrote the phrase.
    (WSJ, 1/6/07, p.A4)

1975        General Foods was awarded US Patent No. 3,870,803 for its Instant Stuffing Mix (Stove Top Stuffing). Ruth M. Siems (1931-2005) was listed first among the inventors.
    (SFC, 11/25/05, p.B4)
1975        In the Philippines Tony Tan Caktiong opened a pair of ice cream parlors in Manila. He found that his customers liked his soy and sugar seasoned burgers better than his sundaes and opened Jollibee in 1978.
    {Pharma, Food}
    (Econ, 1/9/16, p.56)

1976        Clint Murchison Jr., owner of the Dallas Cowboys, visited Miami for the Super Bowl and stopped for ribs at a restaurant owned by Tony Roma (d.2003). He enjoyed the foods so much that he purchased the majority of US franchise rights. In 2003 the chain had grown to over 250.
    (SFC, 6/14/03, p.A21)

1977        Feb 11, A 20.2-kg lobster was caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean).
    (MC, 2/11/02)

1977        Wendell Berry (b.1934) authored "The Unsettling of America," a treatise against the industrialization of agriculture.
    (SSFC, 6/23/02, p.M6)(SSFC, 3/21/10, p.F5)
1977        Bill Niman (32) and Orville Schell purchased 200 acres in Bolinas, Ca., to run cattle, starting their Niman-Schell ranch. They operated under the assumption that meat could be raised naturally, humanely and sustainably. The partners split in 1997 and the business became known as the Niman Ranch. In 2007 Hilco became the chief investor and in 2009 Niman withdrew from the operations, which never turned a profit.
    (SSFC, 2/22/09, p.A1)
1977        Food riots took place in Egypt following higher prices for everything from flour to rice. Kamal Addin Hussein, an independent member of the Egyptian People's Assembly, accused Pres. Sadat of punishing the people. Hussein was voted out of the Assembly for his statements. Sadat soon backed down and cancelled the price hikes.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A24)(Econ, 11/12/16, p.46)

1978        Dec 26, In San Jose, Ca., Nolan K. Bushnell, inventor of the Pong video game, opened the 20,000-sq.-foot Pizza Time Theater, the world's largest pizza parlor.
    (SFC, 12/26/03, p.E2)

1978        John Mackey began his Whole Foods Market in a garage in Austin, Texas, under the name SaferWay. In 1980 he merged with a natural grocery store and opened as Whole Foods Market. The natural foods grocery went public in 1992.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.60)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole_Foods_Market)

1978        The Chicago Food Depository opened with its main mission to feed the hungry. In 1998 it began to offer chef training classes to help people get jobs.
    (WSJ, 11/28/06, p.A1)

1978        In the Philippines Tony Tan Caktiong formed Jollibee after realizing that customers in his Manila ice cream parlor liked his soy and sugar seasoned burgers better than his sundaes.

1979        May 25, Etan Patz (6), the first missing child to appear on the side of a milk carton, disappeared on the way to school in the Soho area of New York City. It was the first time he was allowed to walk 2 blocks to the bus stop alone. The case led to the creation of National Missing Children's Day, marked on May 25.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)

1979        Tim and Nina Zagat began a mimeographed list of restaurants rated by a few friends that grew into the Zagat restaurant guides. Their first guide covered restaurants in NYC. Sales exceeded $20 million in 2002.
    (SFC, 3/16/02, p.D1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zagat's_Survey)

1979        Bob Charles, a McDonald’s franchisee in Colorado, helped create the Happy Meal when he added a toy to children’s orders at his restaurants.
    (WSJ, 1/30/06, p.B2)

1980        Nov 19, T.J. Palmer and her husband Bill opened the first Applebee’s restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs became popular and they soon opened a second one. In 1983 they sold them to W.R. Grace which passed the brand in 1988 to franchisees in Kansas City, who took the chain public.
    (WSJ, 6/28/07, p.A13)(http://applebees-founder.com/history2.htm).

1980        Dec 16, Harland Sanders, founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain, died in Shelbyville, Kentucky, at age 90.
    (AP, 12/16/00)

1980        Stephen Bernard (d.2009 at 61) and his wife Lynn founded his kettle-cooked Cape Cod Potato Chips brand. The company was sold to Anheuser-Busch in 1985, but they reacquired it when the brewer sold its Eagle Snacks division to Lance Inc. in 1999.
    (SFC, 3/13/09, p.B7)

1980-1989    US bottlers of Coca-Cola switched from cane sugar to high-fructose corn syrup in the 1980s to cut costs. Mexican bottlers continued to use cane sugar.
    (WSJ, 1/11/06, p.A1)

1982        May 1, Richard LaMotta (1942-2010) dispatched 60 street-cart vendors to the streets of Manhattan to begin selling his 4½-ounce Chipwich cookies, which included 3½ ounces of ice cream. Within weeks he was selling 40,000 a day at $1 each. He sold the company to Coolbrands Int’l., a Canadian distributor in 2002.
    (SSFC, 5/16/10, p.C9)

1982        Coca-Cola bought Columbia Pictures for $750 million.
    (SSFC, 1/18/04, p.A14)

1982        Alberto Culver introduced Mrs. Dash, a salt-free seasoning made of dried onion, garlic, lemon rind, and spices. Its popularity ebbed in the 1990s.
    (WSJ, 2/25/05, p.A1)

1982        McDonald's Corp. introduced Chicken McNuggets.
    (WSJ, 9/16/99, p.B1)
1982        McDonald's, the US fast food giant,  began operations in Malaysia.
    (AP, 4/29/09)

1982        Actor Paul Newman (1925-2008) put up $40,000 to help start a specialty food company with writer A.E. Hotcher called Newman’s Own. 100% of the profits were directed to charities.
    (SSFC, 9/28/08, p.A17)

1982        Klaus Jacobs (1936-2008), head of the German coffee dealer Jacobs AG, orchestrated the takeover of Switzerland’s Interfood SA, maker of the Toblerone candy bar. In 1990 Philip Morris bought Jacobs Suchard for $3.8 billion. Klaus went on to buy a Swiss staffing firm and in 1996 merged it with France’s Ecco SA to form Adecco SA, which became one of the world’s largest staffing firms.
    (WSJ, 9/20/08, p.A12)

1982        The cow named Ubre Blanca (10), crossed from a Holstein and a Zebu, produced 241 pounds of milk in a single day. The town of Nueva Geron erected a marble statue for her after her death in 1985.
    (WSJ, 5/21/02, p.A1)

1983        Oct, Frank W. Epperson (89), who invented the Popsicle on an extraordinarily cold night in San Francisco in 1905, died in SF.
    (SSFC, 10/19/08, DB p.58)

1983        In the Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos secretly took some $228,000 from the National Food Authority and transferred the money to a private account. In 2010 an anti-graft court ordered his wife, Imelda Marcos, to return the money plus 27 years of interest and $44,000 in damages and litigation costs.
    (SSFC, 9/19/10, p.A4)

1984        Jan 10, Clara Peller (1902-1987) 1st asked: "Where's the Beef?," as part of a TV ad for Wendy’s.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where's_the_beef%3F)(AH, 6/07, p.11)

1984        Jan 14, Ray Kroc (b.1902), founder of MacDonalds and owner San Diego Padres, died.

1984        Feb 23, Two oceanic conservation groups reported that SF Bay Area fishermen have caught only 10-12% of their 10,000 ton herring quota as they passed more than halfway through the fishing season. Quotas had doubled since 1977 and they were concerned that the herring stocks may be at the point of no return. The herring was harvested primarily for their roe, which fetched up to $500 a ton and was eagerly sought by Japanese consumers.
    (SSFC, 2/22/09, DB p.54)

1984        Mar 2, One of the first McDonald's franchises was closed in Des Plaines, IL.

1984        Nov 20, McDonald's made its 50 billionth hamburger.

1984        Flo Braker (1939-2017) authored “The Simple Art of Perfect Baking."
    (SSFC, 6/18/17, p.C13)
1984        Robert Brooks (1937-2006) and a group of Atlanta investors bought expansion and franchise rights to the Hooters restaurant chain. The 1st store had opened in Florida in 1983.
1984        Harold McGee authored “On Food and Cooking." It became the standard authority on gastronomical science, that area where science and art, technique, and aesthetics intersect.
    (Econ, 12/22/07, p.140)(http://tinyurl.com/2numbb)
1984        In China Hu Yaobang, the Communist party's general secretary, suggested that Chinese people, for the sake of hygiene, eat food in the Western way with knives and forks. Yaobang's death in 1989 sparked the Tiananmen Square upheaval.
    (Econ, 4/25/20, p.34)
1984        The EU introduced milk quotas. They were designed when low market prices and high subsidies were filling EU warehouses with surplus “butter mountains" and mounds of milk powder, at ever greater cost to the EU budget. The quotas were abolished in 2015.
    (http://www.economist.com/node/10689170)(Econ., 2/21/15, p.64)

1985        Jan 21, James Beard (b.1903), US culinary expert, author (Delights & Prejudices), died.
    (http://members.localnet.com/~jgeorge/jbeard.htm)(SFC, 5/4/05, p.E1)

1985        Mar 7, Victor W. Farris (75), inventor of paper clip and paper milk carton (1932), died in Palm Beach, Fla. [see 1824 and Oct 19, 1915]

1985        Apr 23, The Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing the secret formula for Coke. Negative public reaction soon forced the company to resume selling the original version.
    (AP, 4/23/97)

1985        Jun 30, James A. Dewar, creator of the Twinkie (1930), died.

1985        Jul 10, Bowing to pressure from irate customers, the Coca-Cola Company said it would resume selling old-formula Coke, while continuing to sell New Coke.
    (AP, 7/10/00)

1986        The Iowa-based World Food Prize was created by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug to recognize scientists and others who have improved the quality and availability of food.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Food_Prize)(AP, 6/25/18)
1985        Ruth Brinker (1922-2011) founded Project Open Hand, a SF program to provide meals for people with AIDS. By 1988 the project was serving 500 meals a day. In 2005 she was honored with a Jefferson Award for community service.
    (SFC, 7/23/05, p.B6)(SSFC, 8/14/11, p.C9)
1985        Phil Sokolof founded the National Heart Savers Association. He went on to spend some $15 million to change American eating habits, encourage cholesterol testing and getting nutritional labels placed on everything edible.
    (SFC, 11/28/03, p.C6)
1985        In California an outbreak of listeria was linked to soft cheese made from raw milk produced in Los Angeles. Of the 142 cases reported, 93 were in pregnant women or their children. There were 48 deaths, including 20 fetuses.
1985        AstraZeneca introduced the fake meat Quorn, a processed mycoprotein, into a variety of food products. It was made from a fungus discovered in the 1960s. it reached US markets in 2002.
    (SSFC, 3/3/02, p.A2)
1986        Brian (d.2004 at 51) and Jennifer Maxwell of Marin Ct., Ca., founded PowerBar, an energy supplement for athletes. They sold the company in 2000 to Nestle SA for $375 million.
    (SFC, 3/20/04, p.B1)
1986        The Bay Area Doggie Diner chain went out of business. The diners had numbered 30 at one time.
    (SFEC, 11/14/99, p.C3)
1986        In France Michel Lescanne, in response to the crises in Ethiopia, founded Nutriset to develop a product for feeding malnourished children. An initial product met WHO standards F-75 and F-100 for therapeutic milk products that needed to be mixed with water. In 1997 he hit upon a peanut-based spread and called the new product Plumpy’nut.
    (WSJ, 4/12/05, p.A14)
1986        In Italy the first McDonald's Hamburger restaurant opened in Rome.
    (SFEC, 1/23/00, Z1 p.2)
1986        In Italy 62 founding members met to inaugurate Arcigola, the forerunner of Slow Food.

1987        Jun 19, Vermont’s Ben & Jerry Ice Cream & Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia announce new Ice Cream flavor, Cherry Garcia.

1987        New Jersey adopted legislation requiring bottled water to carry an expiration date. Water companies began stamping all bottles.
    (WSJ, 2/11/04, p.D11)

1987        Michael Gilliland and his wife, Elizabeth Cook, purchased a vegetarian food store in Boulder, Colo. In 1991 they opened their 1st supermarket-size store in Santa Fe, NM, and renamed the company Wild  Oats Vegetarian Market. They went public in 1996 and by 2006 had 114 stores in 24 states.
    (WSJ, 10/26/06, p.C1)

1987        Nov, The US-headquartered KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) launched its first China outlet in the Qianmen area of Beijing, neighboring Tiananmen Square.

1988        Apr 29, McDonald's announced it would open its first restaurants in Moscow.
    (AP, 4/29/98)

1988        Aug 2, Joe Carcione (b.1914), US produce expert known on radio, TV and newspapers as the Green Grocer, died in Burlingame, Ca.
    (SSFC, 7/28/13, DB p.46)

1988        Aug 28, The Yan Hee Polyclinic in Bangkok, Thailand, reported on a new slimming technique. Overweight Thais were suppressing their appetites by sticking lettuce seeds in their ears and pressing them in ten times before meals.
    (HTnet, 8/28/99)

1988        In southern Peru Eduardo and Mirtha Ananos began making a cola drink. By 2003 their Kola Real was being marketed in Mexico and Ecuador.
    (WSJ, 10/27/03, p.A1)(Econ, 10/11/03, p.69)

1989        Oct 20, Smith Dairy at Orrville, Ohio, made the largest milk shake (1,575.2 gal).

1989        Quaker Oats modernized Aunt Jemima, making her thinner, eliminating her bandanna, and giving her a perm and a pair of pearl earrings.

1989        Carlo Petrini founded the Slow Food Movement and adopted the Slow Food Manifesto. In 2003 William McCuaig translated "Slow Food: The Case for Taste" by Carlo Petrini.
    (SSFC, 7/27/03, p.M3)

1990        Feb 14, Perrier recalled 160 million bottles of sparkling water after traces of benzene, a carcinogen, were found in some bottles.
    (MC, 2/14/02)

1990        Mar 7, Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan announced the US government would propose a more informative food-labeling system that would require the disclosure of the fat, fiber and cholesterol content of nearly all packaged foods.
    (AP, 3/7/00)

1990        Apr 5, Paul Newman won a court victory over Julius Gold to keep giving all profits from Newman foods to charity.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1990        Apr 10, H.J. Heinz said it would not sell tuna caught in nets that also trap dolphins.

1990        Apr, Jamba Juice was founded by Kirk Perron, Joe Vergara, Kevin Peters, and Linda Ozawa Olds as a single Juice Club in San Luis Obispo, Ca.
    (SSFC, 12/12/10, p.F1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamba_Juice)

1990        Oct, McDonald's chose Shenzhen for its first Chinese restaurant.

1990        The California Organic Food Acts was established.
    (SFC, 6/22/02, p.B1)

1990        McDonald’s switched to vegetable oil and added beef flavoring to improve the cholesterol-producing profile of its french fries.
    (SFC, 9/4/02, p.A14)

1992        Apr 13, Crystal Pepsi began test marketing in Providence, Denver and Dallas.
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1992        Apr 23, McDonald's opened its first fast-food restaurant in the Chinese capital of Beijing.
    (AP, 4/23/97)

1992        Apr 28, The Agriculture Department unveiled its pyramid-shaped recommended-diet chart that had cost nearly $1 million to develop.
    (AP, 4/28/97)

1992        Jun 22, M.F.K. Fisher (b.1908), cook book author, died of Parkinson Disease. In 2004 Joan Reardon authored “Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of MFK Fisher.
    (www.foodreference.com/html/html/june22.html)(SFC, 11/16/04, p.D1)

1992        Lanai, Hawaii, had its last pineapple harvest.
    (SFC, 6/27/12, p.D6)
1992        Panama disease, caused by the fusarium fungus, mutated to a form capable of attacking the Cavendish variety of banana and wiped out plantations in Malaysia. The disease had previously destroyed the popular Gros Michel variety, which was left growing only in remote parts of Uganda and Jamaica.
    (Econ, 10/22/05, p.85)

1993        A NASA study said: “While no single food can supply all the essential life-sustaining nutrients, quinoa comes as close as any other in the plant or animal kingdom."
    (Econ, 5/21/16, p.65)

1994        Apr 5, Andre Victor Tchelistcheff (92), winemaker, died.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1994        May 19, The US FDA approved of the first genetically engineered tomato. Flavr Savr tomatoes supermarkets this year.
    (www.bioline.org.br/request?nl94033)(Econ, 5/10/14, p.25)

1994        Oct, Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. It was intended to keep the FDA’s hands off of vitamin and mineral supplements unless something goes wrong. It relaxed rules on how herbs could be marketed by allowing companies to advertise structure and function claims even if medical evidence was sketchy.
    (SFEC,10/26/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 12/3/97, p.A1)

1994        Pop singer Gladys Knight became a spokesperson for Aunt Jemima Lite syrup.
1994        In Zambia Francis Grogan and Carl Irwin founded Zambeef with a staff of 60 people. In 2013 the company employed 5,000.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.68)

1995        Sep 19, Orville Redenbacher (b.1907), popcorn magnate, died at his home in Coronado, Ca., from drowning in a bathtub.

c1995    Fresh Del Monte launched its "Gold" pineapple, grown in the volcanic soils of Costa Rica, and secured a patent for it.
    (WSJ, 10/7/03, p.A1)

1995        The EU banned Sudan 1, a red dye and genotoxic carcinogen, from use in food.
    (Econ, 2/26/05, p.56)

1995        Len Kretchman and David Geske of Fargo, ND, developed the Uncrustable sandwich, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich sealed in a pocket of bread. Smucker Corp. bought their company and received a patent for the sandwich in Dec, 1999.
    (WSJ, 4/5/05, p.B1)

1995        Noah Alper, founder of Noah’s Bagels, sold his chain of 38 stores to Einstein Bagel Bros. for $100 million. Alper had opened his first store in Berkeley, Ca. in 1989.
    (SSFC, 12/13/09, p.B1)(www.noahalperconsulting.com/about.html)

1996        Jan 24, The FDA approved a fat substitute to be marketed by Proctor and Gamble under the name Olestra. It is know to cause abdominal cramps but not to a medically significant degree.
    (WSJ, 1/25/96, A-1)(AP, 1/24/01)

1996        May 31, The Finnish food company Raisio Group has invented a new product that blocks the body’s absorption of cholesterol. The new "pharmafood" is called benecol and based on a plant extract known as beta sitostanol, a plant sterol extracted from Nordic pine trees.
    (WSJ, 5/31/96, p.B3C)

1996        Jul 5, An essay by SB Stewart discussed the history of Betty Crocker and showed the latest 8th Betty Crocker [General Mills advertising icon]. She was put together from the features of 75 women from around the country.
    (WSJ, 7/5/96, p.A6)

1996        Jul 7, The average cost of a Big Mac in the US was $2.36. In Germany it was $3.22.
    (SFC, 7/7/96, Par, p.17)

1996        Aug 26, A new fake fat, Z-trim, was announced. It was developed by a researcher of the US Dept. of Agriculture.
    (SFC, 8/26/96, p.A4)

1996        Helen Gustafson (d.2003 at 74) authored "The Agony of the Leaves / The Ecstasy of My Life With Tea," a mixture of memoir, tea lore and recipes.
    (SFC, 12/18/03, p.A25)
1996        Claudia Roden authored “A Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand and Vilna to the Present Day."
1996        Dr. Robert Steinberg (d.2008 at 61) and John Scharffenberger opened their Scharffen Berger chocolate business in South San Francisco. They sold the business to Hershey in 2005.
    (SFC, 9/23/08, p.B5)
1996        Vikram Bakshi of Connaught Place Restaurants Limited (CPRL) brought McDonald's to India as a local partner in a 50-50 joint venture, starting in Delhi.
    (Econ, 9/30/17, p.60)

1997        Feb 22, The new welfare law in the US put tens of thousands of people off of food stamps as of today. The new law stated that adults under age 50 without children or jobs could only receive food stamps for 3 months in any 3-year period. The law authorized states to contract with private companies to provide welfare services.
    (SFC, 2/22/97, p.A12)(WSJ, 3/19/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/22/02)

1997        Mar 3, It was announced that scientists had discovered why some people get fat, while others do not. They identified a gene that produces the UCP2 protein which tends to convert fat to energy rather than leaving it stored as fat.
    (SFEC, 3/3/97, p.A3)

1997        May 18, From London it was reported that new self-cooling cans would soon hit the soft-drink market. The cans would use HFC 134a as the coolant and scientist and environmentalists feared the impact on global warming. The coolant was developed to replace CFCs and there was no int’l. control on its use.
    (SFEC, 5/18/97, p.A2)

1997        May 24, In the Ukraine the first McDonald’s restaurant opened.
    (SFEC, 5/25/97, p.A10)

1997        Aug 15, The US government expanded its recall of ground beef sold under the Hudson brand name to 1.1 million pounds because of new evidence of possible contamination by E. coli bacteria.
    (AP, 8/15/98)

1997        Aug 21, A hamburger recall was extended to cover some 25 million pounds. The Hudson Foods Inc., of Rogers, Ark., closed its Nebraska beef-processing facility under a "non-negotiable" recommendation by Agricultural Sec. Dan Glickman due to E. coli poisonings in Colorado.
    (SFC, 8/22/97, p.A3)(AP, 8/21/98)

1997        The EU made labels compulsory for genetically modified (GM) food.
    (Econ, 11/2/13, p.32)
1997        The Italian Parmalat Corp. acquired Beatrice Foods.
    (WSJ, 12/22/03, p.A6)

1998        Feb 19, Scientists reported the discovery of the brain’s hunger hormone. It was named "orexin" after the Greek word "orexis" meaning hunger.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A11)

1998        May 29, It was reported that 54% of adult Americans are overweight and that 22% are obese.
    (WSJ, 5/29/98, p.A1)

1998        May, In Maryland Tyson foods agreed to pay $6 million to the federal government to settle environmental violations from 1993-1997 at its 105-acre chicken processing plant in Berlin, 8 miles west of Ocean City. The plant was then owned by Hudson Foods.
    (SFEC, 6/21/98, p.A5)

1998        Jul 2, OpenTable, an online restaurant-reservation service company, was founded in San Francisco by Chuck Templeton.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenTable)(SFC, 9/5/17, p.D1)

1998        Oct 9, The weekly Der Spiegel reported that spinach grown near the nuclear reprocessing plant in Sellafield, England, had doses of technetium-99 that was 7 times above EU food standards. Greenpeace in April had demonstrated that game pigeons in the area were irradiated.
    (SFC, 10/10/98, p.A9)

1998        Nov 23, The European Union lifted a worldwide export ban on British beef. The ban was imposed after experts announced a possible link between "mad cow" disease and a fatal disease in humans.
    (AP, 11/23/02)

1998        The US began to fortify grains for bread and cereal with folic acid. By 2009 this led to a 31% decline in cases of spina bifida.
    (Econ, 8/29/09, p.70)
1998        John V.R. Evans of Alaska’s Matanuska Valley set a Guinness world record by growing an 18-pound, 13 ounce carrot.
    (SFC, 7/6/05, p.A2)
c1998        Fried candy bars began to show up at US fairs, imported from the fish-and-chip shops of Scotland.
    (WSJ, 10/21/03, p.A1)
1998        The EU imposed a ban on genetically modified crops.
    (AP, 1/16/04)

1998        In Uganda plant breeder William Wagoira found stem rust on his crops. The fungal wheat rust (Puccinia graminis) had not been seen since the Green Revolution. By 2010 the fungus had spread as far as Iran and South Africa and scientists feared further spread.
    (Econ, 7/3/10, p.57)

1999        Mar 26, In Uganda it was reported that wheat stem-rust fungus had appeared on a crop. The fungus killed nearly half the world's crop before the green revolution of the 1950s. The black rust disease was named Ug99 and by 2007 had jumped to Yemen. In 2008 it was confirmed in Iran. In 2008 Cornell Univ. received a $26.8 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help combat the new strains of rust disease.
    (WSJ, 3/26/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/3/08, p.A16)

1999        Apr, Dioxin was discovered in Belgian animal feed. It was estimated to be some 4 months after the contamination began. Verkest, a firm that sold animal fats to feed mills, was implicated, but the dioxin source was not yet pinpointed. Dioxin from motor oil that was mixed into animal feed in Belgium led to a withdrawal of food products and widespread import bans. Quality controls on animal feed were also put in place as a result.
    (WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A19)(AP, 1/7/11)

1999        May 3, It was reported that Take Control, a new butter-margarine substitute from Lipton, was deemed safe by the FDA. The produce was made to help promote healthy cholesterol levels.
    (SFC, 5/3/99, p.A6)

1999        May 19, Researchers reported that pollen from corn infused with genes from the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is toxic to monarch butterfly larvae when sprinkled on milkweed, a natural food source for the caterpillars. The genetically manipulated corn comprised about 20% of the US crop.
    (SFC, 5/20/99, p.A1,15)

1999        May 26, In Belgium the public was informed that animal feed contaminated with dioxin was fed to chickens and pigs.
    (WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A19)

1999        Jun 2, The EU ordered that a vast array of Belgian products be withdrawn from sale and destroyed due to a fear of dioxin-poisoning in chickens and eggs.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.A13)

1999        Jun 16, Austria reported that it found animal feed contaminated with Dioxin.
    (WSJ, 6/17/99, p.A18)

1999        Jul 29, Belgium announced that it had quarantined 175 more farms and that it would destroy all 115,000 tons of dioxin suspect beef, pork and poultry. Testing for all pork and poultry products for export was extended to Aug 31.
    (SFC, 7/30/99, p.A13)

1999        Nov, The US FDA started allowing manufacturers to claim that soy products might cut the risk of heart disease. In 2006 long term studies cast doubts on the health benefits of soy-based foods.
    (SFC, 1/23/06, p.A2)(SSCM, 8/13/06, p.7)

1999        The Weston A. Price Foundation was established in Washington DC to promote traditional foods such as grass-fed beef and unpasteurized milk.
    (WSJ, 9/11/03, p.A1)
1999        In Washington DC Restaurant Nora, under chef-owner Nora Pouillon, became the 1st certified organic restaurant in the US.
    (SFC, 12/31/03, p.E7)
1999        Wisconsin dairy farmers began a cow-sharing program in order to send owners unpasteurized milk. Sale of unpasteurized milk was illegal in Wisconsin and 21 other states.
    (WSJ, 9/11/03, p.A1)
1999        Au Bon Pain, a chain selling coffee and cakes, sold its Au Bon Pain division to Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., which then sold it to Compass Group in 2000. Co-founder Ron Saich sold the firm to concentrate on the smaller sister company, Panera Bread. In 1984 the first Au Bon Pain cafe outside of Boston opened in New York City. In 1991, the company went public as Au Bon Pain Co. Inc.
    (Econ, 10/9/10, p.94)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Au_Bon_Pain)

2000        Apr 5, A 261-page report by the 12-person National Research Council said "it was not aware of any evidence suggesting foods on the market today are unsafe to eat as a result of genetic modification."
    (SFC, 4/6/00, p.A3)

2000        Aug 17, It was reported that a soybean aphid from China threatened the $13.5 billion US soybean market.
    (WSJ, 8/17/00, p.A2)

2000        Sep 6, In India the Defense Research Laboratory (DRL) located in Tezpur, Assam, published a report stating that it had achieved a new world record of 855,000 SHU (Scoville heat units) obtained from a Naga Jolokia (bhut jolokia) pepper. Seeds were brought to the US for testing and in the Fall of 2006 Professor Paul Bosland of NMSU succeeded in testing the chili. The Bhut Jolokia was confirmed as the world record holder by Guinness, and in February, 2007 it was official.

2000        In Ukiah, Ca., the Ukiah Brewing Company became the 2nd certified organic restaurant in the US.
    (SFC, 12/31/03, p.E7)
2000        Austin Decoster, Iowa hog farmer, acknowledged being a habitual violator of polluting Iowa’s rivers and streams. He was the first Iowa farmer to be branded with the official label. In 2010 his Iowa egg farming operations were involved in the recall of some 380 million eggs.
    (SFC, 8/28/10, p.A6)

2000        The artificial sweetener sucralose, manufactured by Tate & Lyle began to be marketed as  Splenda by McNeil Nutritionals.
    (Econ, 1/30/10, p.77)

2000        Mauritania launched a radio and television campaign to end gavage, the practice of force-feeding girls to make them gain weight as a sign of health and fertility. Illiteracy made progress slow.
    (WSJ, 12/29/04, p.A1)

2000-2014    Rice production in the Ivory Coast tripled over this period as new hybrid seed lines boosted yields and enabled farmers to grow rice in dry areas where sorghum was once the dominant crop.
    (Econ, 3/11/17, p.59)

2001        May 1, In Seattle Hindus filed a suit against McDonald’s for nondisclosure of beef flavoring in French fries.
    (SSFC, 5/20/01, p.A9)

2001        Jun 13, Kraft Foods went public in the NY Stock Exchange.
    (WSJ, 4/16/03, p.C1)

2001        Dec 16, The Mexican freighter N.V. Ikon Mazatlan arrived in Cuba with 26,400 tons of American corn a day after 500 tons of American frozen chicken parts were received.
    (SFC, 12/17/01, p.A3)

2001        Eric Schlosser authored “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal."
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.M2)
2001        Andrew F. Smith authored "Pure Ketchup, A History of America's National Condiment."
    (SFC, 8/27/03, p.E4)
2001        Researchers identified a “skimmed milk" gene in a cow. In 2007 a biotech company in New Zealand announced that it had bred a cow to produce low-fat milk.
    (SFC, 6/2/07, p.B6)
2001        California-based Webvan, a grocery home delivery service founded in 1999, collapsed after expanding at breakneck speed. In 2009 it was resurrected by Amazon.
    (Econ, 11/30/13, p.61)

2002        Jan 8, Dave Thomas (69), founder of Wendy's hamburger chain, died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
    (SFC, 1/9/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/8/03)

2002        Mar 6, It was reported that a diet rich in tomato products can lower the risk of prostate cancer (Journal of National Cancer Institute).
    (SFC, 3/6/02, p.A2)y(WSJ, 3/6/02, p.A1)

2002        Apr 4, Draft rice-genome maps were published by scientists from China and Switzerland’s Syngenta.
    (WSJ, 4/5/02, p.A1)

2002        Jul 26, The SF-based Texas Pacific Group agreed to buy Burger King from Diageo PLC for $2.26 billion.
    (SFC, 7/26/02, p.B1)
2002        Jul 26, Hershey Foods in Hershey, Pa., announced that it would put itself up for sale under directions by the Hershey Trust Co.
    (SFC, 7/26/02, p.B3)

2002        Sep 3, McDonald’s announced it will use a new soy-corn oil to reduce the levels of trans fat and increase polyunsaturated fat in its fried products.
    (SFC, 9/4/02, p.A1)

2002        Sep 20, William Rosenberg (86), founder of the Dunkin' Donuts chain, died in Mashpee, Mass.
    (AP, 9/20/03)

2002        Sep 30, It was reported that asparagine, a naturally occurring amino acid, formed acrylamide, a suspected carcinogen, when heated with certain sugars. This reaction was believed to occur in the making of fried foods such as potato chips and french fries.
    (SFC, 9/30/02, p.A3)

2002        Andrew Kimbrell edited "Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture," an encyclopedia of what’s gone wrong with how we provide food in the modern world.
    (SSFC, 6/23/02, p.M6)
2002        Marion Nestle authored “Food Politics". It became a bible for those who bewail the power of food companies.
    (Econ, 11/28/15, p.75)

2002        The US Food and Drug Administration warned in 2002 of a "rare" but potential risk of severe liver injury associated with products containing kava, a South Pacific root ground to powder, mixed with water and then strained. Its effects include a mild numbing of the tongue and lips, relaxation and euphoria. Exports from Fiji alone more than doubled from 2012-16.
    (AFP, 2/1/18)
2002        Chris Cuvelier founded SF-based Zola to distribute Brazilian acai juice in the US. In 2011 the company added coconut water to its product list.
    (SFC, 4/20/13, p.C2)
2002        Heinz introduced the upside down squeezable ketchup bottle.
    (AH, 6/07, p.11)
2002        Paris businessman Tawfiq Mathlouthi launched Mecca Cola.
    (SFC, 6/27/03, p.D1)

2003          Feb 24, Bernard Loiseau (52), a celebrated French chef whose Cote D’Or restaurant in a small Burgundy town became a mecca for the world’s gourmets, died of apparent suicide.
    (AP, 2/25/03)

2003        Feb 28, The FDA announced that every bottle of ephedra would soon bear stern warnings that the popular herb could cause heart attacks or strokes, even kill.
    (AP, 2/28/04)

2003        Apr 17, Dr. Robert C. Atkins (72), cardiologist, died in NYC from a fall on ice. In 1972 he published his weight loss plan "Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution," which allowed patients to eat fat but restricted carbohydrates. A medical report in 2004 said Atkins weighed 258 pounds at his death and that he had a history of congestive heart failure. Atkins weighed 195 pounds when he fell on ice, but gained some 63 pounds from fluids during efforts to revive him.
    (SFC, 4/18/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/10/04, p.D1)(WSJ, 2/13/04, p.B3)

2003        Apr 22, A new study reported that tea boosts the body’s defenses against infections. L-theonine in black tea is broken down in the liver to ethylamine, a molecule that primes the response of the immune system.
    (SFC, 4/22/03)

2003        Apr, Amrat Cola was launched in Pakistan.
    (SFC, 6/27/03, p.D1)

2003        May 15, San Francisco attorney Stephen Joseph withdrew his recent suit against Kraft Inc. to stop the sale of Oreo cookies. He was satisfied with the media attention on the high trans fat content in the cookies and other products.
    (SFC, 5/15/03, p.A3)

2003        Jun 18, The Mercury Policy Project reported that 1/3 of albacor tuna contained levels of toxic mercury exceeding a federally recommended dose fro women of child-bearing age.
    (SFC, 6/19/03, p.A10)

2003        Oct 21, A report from the Environmental Working Group ranked pesticide contamination for 46 fruits and vegetables based on lab tests done between 1992 and 2001.
    (SFC, 10/21/03, p.A3)

2003        Dec 2, Alan Davidson (79), a career diplomat who shared his knowledge of exotic cuisines in a series of best-selling books, died in London. His books included: "Mediterranean Seafood" (1972), "Seafood of South East Asia" and "North Atlantic Seafood" (1979).
    (AP, 12/5/03)

2003        Dec 19, Parmalat SpA, an Italian food giant, reported a $4.9 billion shortfall. Soon another $3.6 billion in bonds was also in question. Parmalat planned to file for bankruptcy protection in what turned into the biggest corporate fraud in Europe's history. Parmalat employed 36,000 people in 29 countries. Fausto Tonna, former chief financial officer, soon acknowledged that there was systematic falsification of accounts for some 15 years. In 2001 an auditor in Brazil had raised an alarm over financial transactions. The accounting scandal reached $17 billion.
    (SFC, 12/24/03, p.B1)(WSJ, 12/26/03, p.C1)(WSJ, 3/29/04, p.A3)(Econ, 8/6/05, p.57)

2003        Dec 30, The Bush administration banned the use of meat from all sick or lame animals.
    (SFC, 12/31/03, p.A1)
2003        Dec 30, The US FDA banned the dietary supplement ephedra. Some 16,000 adverse reactions had been reported along with 155 deaths.
    (WSJ, 12/30/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/31/03, p.A1)

2003        Arkansas state legislators passed an act to measure the body mass index of its schoolchildren. Data soon revealed that 40% of the children are obese or at risk of becoming so.
    (Econ, 6/12/04, p.29)
2003        In Chinese researchers at the State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology of the China Agricultural University introduced human genetic coding into the DNA of Holstein dairy cow embryos, then transferred the embryos into cow surrogates. This followed years of testing on mice. By June, 2011, over 300 cloned cattle lived on an experimental farm in suburban Beijing, with new calves delivered every week.
    (Reuters, 6/16/11)
2003        Denmark became the first country in the world to introduce restrictions on the use of industrially produced trans fatty acids. Oils and fats were forbidden on the Danish market if they contain trans fatty acids exceeding 2 per cent.
2003        Plumpy’nut, a peanut paste developed in France in 1997, was 1st used on a large scale in Sudan’s Darfur region to alleviate hunger.
    (Econ, 11/5/05, p.51)

2004        Jan 8, The journal Science reported high levels of dangerous chemicals in farmed salmon. Wild Pacific salmon had 10 times less than the farmed ones.
    (SFC, 1/9/04, p.A2)

2004        Jan 22, US Congress approved an $820 billion spending bill. It included a labeling law for the seafood industry for "country of origin."
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.A3)(SFC, 2/4/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb, Amadeus Corp. of Peru launched a new soft drink called Vortex, made with coca extract. The cocaine alkaloid was removed but export was still banned.
    (Econ, 4/24/04, p.36)

2004        Mar 9, Britain ended a 3-year review and agreed to allow farmers to grow one variety genetically modified "GM" corn.
    (WSJ, 3/10/04, p.A14)

2004        Mar 15, Missouri jurors agreed that vapors from butter flavoring at the microwave popcorn factory had permanently ruined the lungs of Eric Peoples. The verdict was against International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. and its subsidiary Bush Boake Allen Inc. The flavoring manufacturers were ordered to pay $18 million to Peoples and $2 million to his wife.
    (AP, 3/16/04)

2004        Mar 27, Edward J. Piszek (87), founder of Mrs. Paul's Kitchens, died in Fort Washington, Pa.
    (SFC, 4/1/04, p.B7)

2004        Apr 19, Jim Cantalupo (60), McDonald's Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive, died of an apparent heart attack in Florida and the company named Chief Operating Officer Charlie Bell to replace him as CEO.
    (AP, 4/19/04)

2004        May 19, The European Union lifted its 6-year-old ban on biotech products by approving imports of an insect-resistant strain of sweet corn for human consumption.
    (AP, 5/19/04)

2004        May 26, The US government planned to set a limit on how much salt American should consume to 2,300 mg a day.
    (WSJ, 5/26/04, p.A1)

2004        Jul 4, In NYC Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi chewed up the competition at the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating competition, breaking his own previous world record. Kobayashi, of Nagano, Japan, gulped down 53 1/2 wieners in 12 minutes and shattered his own world record by three dogs. 105-pound Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, 36, of Alexandria, Va., ate more hot dogs (32) than any other woman and any other American in the contest's history.
    (AP, 7/4/04)

2004        Jul 16, Peru’s National Agrarian Research Institute launched a new super-cuy (guinea pig), weighing up to 10 pounds, to help improve the Peruvian diet.
    (Econ, 7/17/04, p.37)

2004        Jul 29, Milk prices in the Bay Area, $4.71 pre gallon, were reported to be 29% higher than the $3.66 per gallon average reported by the USDA in a survey of 29 major US cities outside California.
    (SFC, 7/29/04, p.A1)

2004        Aug 8, Gypsy Boots (~89), health fanatic born as Robert Bootzin, died in LA. He was the author of “Bare Feet and Good Things to Eat."
    (SFC, 8/12/04, p.B6)

2004        Aug 13, Julia Child (91), the grande dame of US television cooking shows and books, died in Santa Barbara, Ca. During WWII she spent 3 years working for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). In 2006 Her memoir “My Life in France," co-written with Alex Prud’homme, was published. In 1997 Noel Riley Fitch authored "Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child." In 2012 Bob Spitz authored “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child."
    (Reuters, 8/13/04)(Econ, 8/28/04, p.78)(SSFC, 4/2/06, p.M1)(WSJ, 8/19/08, p.D7)(Econ, 8/18/12, p.74)

2004        Aug 20, Thailand’s PM Thaksin said he would overturn the country’s current ban on commercial production and trade in genetically modified food (GMOs).
    (WSJ, 10/29/04, p.A13)

2004        Oct 2, In Ontario, Canada, a record 1,446 pound pumpkin was unveiled.
    (SFC, 10/12/04, p.B1)

2004        Oct 20, Terra Madre, an international meeting of food communities, held its first meeting in Turin, Italy. It formed as a part of the Slow Food movement. The group followed with meetings every 2 years.
    (SSFC, 10/26/08, p.A18)(www.worldchanging.com/archives/005321.html)

2004        Steve Almond authored “Candy Freak," a sort of travelogue on US candy makers.
    (WSJ, 5/12/04, p.A1)
2004        Nina Fedoroff and Nancy Marie Brown authored “Mendel in the Kitchen," a look at the past, present and future of genetics in agriculture.
    (WSJ, 11/11/04, p.D9)
2004        Mireille Guiliano authored “French Women Don’t’ Get Fat."
    (SSFC, 1/23/05, p.F3)
2004        Richard Manning authored "Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization."
    (SSFC, 2/29/04, p.M1)
2004        Ken Midkiff authored “The Meat You Eat: How Corporate Farming Has Endangered America’s Food Supply."
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.M1)
2004        Jack Turner authored “Spice: The History of a Temptation."
    (SSFC, 8/15/04, p.M3)

2004        The South Pole Food Growth Chamber began operating. It provided at least one fresh salad a day during the winter months to the staff of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
    (Econ, 12/11/10, TQ p.15)
2004        It was reported that McDonald County, Miss., home to 13 million broiler chickens and a few hundred thousand turkeys, had every stream on a government “impaired water body" list.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.M2)
2004        In Chile days after the recipe was published in the paper's "Woman" magazine, hospitals around the country began treating women for burns suffered when the dough boiling in oil suddenly shot out of kitchen pots. In 2011 Chile's Supreme Court ordered the publisher of La Tercera to pay $125,000 to 13 people who suffered burns while trying out the churros recipe.
    (AP, 12/26/11)

2005        Jan 2, H. David Dalquist (86), creator of the aluminum Bundt pan (1950), the top-selling cake pan in the world, died at his home in Edina, Minn. He founded St. Louis Park-based Nordic Ware, which has sold more than 50 million Bundt pans.
    (AP, 1/5/05)

2005        Jan 12, New US government Dietary Guidelines suggested 30 minutes of daily physical activity to reduce risk of chronic disease; 60 minutes to maintain a healthy weight; and 90 minutes to lose weight.
    (SFC, 1/13/05, p.A4)

2005        Jan 31, The US government released a list of 17 new carcinogens that included X-rays, some viruses and chemicals used in frying and grilling meat.
    (SFC, 2/1/05, p.A1)

2005        Mar 12, Customers of the German Edeka supermarket chain will soon be able to pay for their shopping by placing their finger on a scanner at the check-out, saving up to 40 seconds spent scrabbling for coins or cards.
    (Reuters, 3/12/05)

2005        Mar 15, It was noted that Israeli researchers had found that pomegranate juice, 8 ounces a day, helps lower cholesterol.
    (WSJ, 3/15/05, p.D4)(WSJ, 4/5/05, p.D4)

2005        Mar, American potato farmers formed the United Potato Growers of America, a group of regional farming cooperatives intent on keeping demand for potatoes high by controlling supply. The 1922 Capper-Volstead Act exempted farmers from federal antitrust laws permitting them to share prices and orchestrate supply.
    (WSJ, 9/26/06, p.B1)

2005        Apr 14, A US Federal Court ruled in favor of Neutraceutical Corp. and struck down the 2004 ban on supplements containing ephedra, a once-popular weight-loss aid.
    (SFC, 4/15/05, p.A6)

2005        Apr 19, The US government sacked its one-size-fits-all food pyramid in favor of a dozen different guides geared to individual nutritional needs and lifestyles.
    (AP, 4/19/05)

2005        Jun 20, H.J. Heinz Co., the largest ketchup maker in the US, said it has agreed to buy the HP Foods and Lea & Perrins sauce divisions from France's Groupe Danone for $852 mil.
    (AP, 6/20/05)

2005        Jun 23, A fast food chain in northern Japan began offering a whale burger, even as anti-whaling nations urged Japan to cut back on its catch at an international conference on whaling.
    (AP, 6/23/05)

2005        Aug 11, A team of scientists from 10 countries reported that they had deciphered the genetic code of rice. This was the first cereal crop to be sequenced.
    (SFC, 8/11/05, p.A6)(Econ, 5/10/14, p.14)

2005        Tom Standage authored “A History of the World in Six Glasses: How beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and Coca-Cola made the modern world."
    (Econ, 7/2/05, p.76)

2005        Burger King introduced its hamburger operations in China.
    (Econ, 10/25/08, p.78)

2006        Jan 27, Belgium’s food safety agency closed 96 pig and chicken farms as it traced the source of dioxins found by a Dutch firm last week back to a vat of Belgian pork fat.
    (AP, 1/30/06)

2006        Jun 27, The City Council of Oakland, Ca., passed a measure to ban Styrofoam food packaging for restaurant takeout food effective January, 2007.
    (SFC, 6/29/06, p.B3)

2006        Jul 16, Robert Brooks (b.1937), chairman of Hooters of America, died in South Carolina. He made a fortune selling chicken wings served by scantily clad waitresses.
    (www.cnn.com/2006/US/07/16/obit.hooters.ap/index.html)(Econ, 7/29/06, p.78)

2006        Sep 6, Reporting in the Annals of Internal Medicine, European researchers said virgin olive oil may be particularly effective at lowering heart disease risk because of its high level of antioxidant plant compounds.
    (Reuters, 9/6/06)

2006        Sep 14, US federal health officials said an outbreak a deadly strain of E. coli (0157:H7) had left at least one person dead in Wisconsin over 100 others sick and warned consumers not to eat bagged fresh spinach. The outbreak in 8 states soon extended to 25. The number sickened rose to at least 190. Most of the spinach crop at this time of the year comes from California. A special effort was under way in the Salinas Valley of California, a major leafy-vegetable growing region, to look for any possible source of contamination there. The outbreak was traced to California’s Natural Selection Foods of San Juan Bautista, which recalled all suspect products. This was the same deadly strain that in 1982 had sickened at least 47 people in Oregon and Michigan who ate McDonald’s burgers. A surveillance system setup after a 1993 outbreak at the Jack-in-the-Box fast food chain helped single out spinach as the likely source of this outbreak. A 2nd death on Sep 20, a 2-year-old boy in Idaho, was attributed to the spinach E. coli. A 3rd death in late August, a woman (84) in Nebraska, was also attributed to the spinach E. coli. On Sep 29 the FDA cleared spinach from California’s Monterey, San Benito and Santa Clara counties.
    (SFC, 9/23/06, p.A9)(WSJ, 9/25/06, p.A4)(SFC, 9/30/06, p.A5)(SFC, 10/7/06, p.A6)

2006        Oct 26, The Slow Food movement, founded in 1989, sponsored Terra Madre in Turin, Italy. The 5-day event brought together representatives of food communities that produced good, clean and fair food in a responsible and sustainable way.

2006        Dec 4, An E. coli outbreak that sickened at least 58 people, two of them seriously, was linked by health investigators to three Taco Bell restaurants in New Jersey. The outbreak, initially believed to stem from green onions, was later believed to have come from lettuce.
    (AP, 12/4/06)(SFC, 12/14/06, p.A6)

2006        Dec 5, New York became the first city in the nation to ban artery-clogging trans fats at restaurants. The ban became effective July 1, 2007.
    (AP, 12/6/06)(SFC, 7/2/07, p.A4)

2006        Michael Pollan authored “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals," an indictment of the American industrial food system."
    (SFC, 10/28/09, p.E1)
2006        Tristram Stuart authored “The Bloodless Revolution: “Radical Vegetarians and the Discovery of India." In 2007 the American version was subtitled “A Cultural History of Vegetarianism from 1600 to Modern Times."
    (SSFC, 1/7/07, p.M1)
2006        McDonald’s sold its 90% stake in Chipotle, its Mexican grill chain.
    (Econ, 1/18/14, p.68)

2007        Jan 2, The UN lifted a ban on int’l. trade in several types of caviar from the Caspian Sea. Permission for the export of the expensive beluga variety was not decided.
    (SFC, 1/3/07, p.A6)

2007        Jan 26, It was reported that Dr. Robert Bohannon, a Durham, North Carolina, molecular scientist, has come up with a way to add caffeine to baked goods, without the bitter taste of caffeine. Each piece of pastry is the equivalent of about two cups of coffee.
    (AP, 1/26/07)

2007        Feb 7, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its approval of sales of Alli, a reduced-strength version of the prescription diet drug Xenical. The first diet pill for over the counter sale hit stores June 15.
    (AP, 2/8/07)(SFC, 6/14/07, p.A1)

2007        Feb 15, Government scientists struggled to pinpoint the source of the first US salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter. Nearly 300 people in 39 states have fallen ill since August, and federal health investigators said they strongly suspect Peter Pan peanut butter and certain batches of Wal-Mart's Great Value house brand, both manufactured by ConAgra Foods. By June the number of cases grew to over 600 in 47 states.
    (AP, 2/16/07)(AP, 6/1/07)

2007        Feb 17, James Morris, the head of the UN food agency, said some 18,000 children die every day because of hunger and malnutrition and 850 million people go to bed every night with empty stomachs, a "terrible indictment of the world in 2007."
    (AP, 2/17/07)

2007        Feb, An Indian chili, the bhut jolokia, was accepted by Guinness World Records as the world’s spiciest chili. In 2010 the Indian military decided to use the bhut jolokia to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspected terrorists.
    (SFC, 3/24/10, p.A2)(www.thehottestpepper.com/)

2007        Mar 13, Environmental group Greenpeace launched a fresh attack on genetically modified maize developed by US biotech giant Monsanto, saying that rats fed on one version developed liver and kidney problems.
    (Reuters, 3/13/07)

2007        Mar 16, Menu Foods, a major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other store brands, recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food after reports of kidney failure and deaths.
    (AP, 3/16/08)

2007        Mar 30, The Food and Drug Administration said it had found melamine, a chemical used to make plastics, in samples of Menu Foods pet food, as well as in wheat gluten used as an ingredient in the wet-style products.
    (AP, 3/30/08)

2007        Jul 1, In NYC a ban on restaurant cooking with trans fats went into effect.
    (SFC, 7/2/07, p.A4)

2007        Jul 12, HM Capital Partners LLC, a leading, Dallas-based private equity firm, and Booth Creek Management Corporation sold Swift & Company to Brazil’s JBS Friboi S.A., the largest beef processor in South America and one of the largest worldwide beef exporters. Swift was the 3rd largest processor of beef and pork in America and the biggest processor of beef in Australia.
    (Econ, 10/31/09, p.74)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JBS_USA)

2007        Jul 23, The US FDA said people should immediately throw away more than 90 different products, from chili sauce to corned beef hash to dog food, produced at a Castleberry plant in Augusta, Ga., linked to a botulism outbreak.
    (AP, 7/23/07)

2007        Sep, The world price of wheat rose to over $400 per ton, the highest ever recorded.
    (Econ, 12/8/07, p.81)

2007        Sep 29, The Topps Meat Co. expanded its recall of frozen hamburger patties to include 21.7 million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria that sickened more than a dozen people in eight US states.
    (AP, 9/30/07)

2007        Oct 16,     A study in Hong Kong reportedly found that Lupeol, a compound in fruits like mangoes, grapes and strawberries, appears to be effective in killing and curbing the spread of cancer cells in the head and neck.
    (Reuters, 10/16/07)

2007        Oct 20, Peg Bracken (89), author of the "I Hate to Cook Book," died in Portland, Ore.
    (AP, 10/20/08)

2007        Nov 1, General Mills recalled about 5 million frozen pizzas sold nationwide under the Totino's and Jeno's labels because of possible E. coli contamination.
    (AP, 11/1/07)

2007        Kate Colquhoun authored “Taste: The Story of Britain through its Food."
    (Econ, 11/24/07, p.89)
2007        In Italy Oscar Farinetti set up the first Eataly food market in Turin. In 2013 his 21st store opened in Chicago.
    (Econ, 11/30/13, p.62)

2008        Jan 1, This marked the start of the International Year of the Potato as declared by the UN. The potato stood s the world’s 4th biggest food crop, after maize, wheat and rice.
    (Econ, 3/1/08, p.18, 92)(SSFC, 10/5/08, p.A15)

2008        Jan 11, The EU food-safety agency endorsed meat and milk derived from cloned animals.
    (WSJ, 1/12/08, p.A1)

2008        Jan 22, The NYC Board of health voted to require restaurant chains to state the number of calories in everything on their menus. Full enforcement began in July.
    (www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr2008/pr008-08.shtml)(Econ, 8/30/08, p.64)

2008        Feb 1, Scientists in Japan and New Zealand said they have created a "tear-free" onion using biotechnology to switch off the gene behind the enzyme that makes us cry.
    (AFP, 2/2/08)

2008        Feb 3, Police said Japanese investigators found insecticide on the outside of six bags of Chinese-made dumplings in Japan after separate dumplings made by the same company sickened 10 people there.
    (AP, 2/3/08)

2008        Feb 8, Officials said that the WTO has ruled against the EU's import tariffs for bananas, possibly opening the door to millions of dollars in US commercial sanctions.
    (AP, 2/8/08)

2008        Feb 9, The French government suspended the use of genetically modified corn crops in France while it awaits EU approval for a full ban.
    (AP, 2/9/08)

2008        Feb 17, The US Department of Agriculture ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse, the subject of an animal-abuse investigation, that provided meat to school lunch programs. Downer cows at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company had been processed and sent for use in the National School Lunch Program.
    (AP, 2/18/08)(Econ, 3/1/08, p.36)

2008        Feb 26, A "doomsday" seed vault, built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters, opened deep within an Arctic mountain in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.
    (AP, 2/26/08)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.71)

2008        Feb, In China poisoned food at a snack bar in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, killed two diners and sickened 61 others. In 2009 two migrant workers were sentenced to death for the poisoning. Ke Bizhi was sentenced to death, while Wang Yingde was also given death but with the possibility of it being commuted to a life sentence if he shows good behavior over the next two years. Zhu Yuanlin, the businessman who masterminded the plot, was sentenced to life in prison. Another man was given 15 years for his role in the scheme.
    (AP, 2/24/09)

2008        Mar 11, The SF Board of Supervisors passed a law requiring chain restaurants to post nutrition information on their menus.
    (SFC, 3/12/08, p.C1)

2008        Mar 15, It was reported that spores of Ug99, a wheat killing fungus that emerged in East Africa nearly 10 years ago, has been spread by winds into the Saudi Peninsula and South Asia.
    (SFC, 3/15/08, p.B6)

2008        Mar 17, The Mozambican government made an urgent appeal to the UN World Food Program to help more than 60,000 people left destitute when cyclone Jokwe hit northern and central parts of the country.
    (AFP, 3/17/08)

2008        Mar 18, The World Food Program (WFP) made a six million dollar appeal to feed some 90,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania who expect to return to the central African country in 2008.
    (AP, 3/18/08)

2008        Mar 22, In southern Sudan two World Food Program (WFP) drivers on their way to the oil-rich Abyei state were stabbed to death by six assailants.
    (Reuters, 3/26/08)

2008        Mar 25, In Sudan a World Food Program (WFP) driver was shot dead and his assistant seriously wounded in South Darfur state.
    (Reuters, 3/26/08)

2008        Mar 26, It was reported that British pig husbandry is in crisis due to exploding global grain prices. Last month British pig farmers recorded “Stand By Your Ham" based on the 1968 US country classic “Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette.
    (WSJ, 3/26/08, p.A1)
2008        Mar 26, Italian officials held a crisis meeting after Japan and South Korea banned imports of mozzarella following the discovery of high dioxin levels in buffalo milk used to make the famed cheese.
    (AP, 3/26/08)
2008        Mar 26, Philippine farmers warned that the country was facing a serious rice supply crisis, as the government signed a deal to import rice from Vietnam to boost local reserves at a time of rising prices and shrinking global stocks.
    (AP, 3/26/08)

2008        Apr 2, Argentine farmers, rebelling over soaring export taxes on their crops, declared a 30-day truce suspending a three-week-long strike that has stripped grocery shelves of beef and produce, granting Cristina Fernandez a reprieve in the first major crisis of her presidency.
    (AP, 4/3/08)(WSJ, 4/3/08, p.A1)

2008        Apr 3, Corn prices jumped to a record $6 a bushel, driven up by an expected supply shortfall that will only add to Americans' growing grocery bill and further squeeze struggling ethanol producers.
    (AP, 4/3/08)

2008        Apr 12, About 20,000 workers rioted over high food prices and low wages close to the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, amid spreading global unrest over soaring grocery costs.
    (AP, 4/12/08)

2008        Apr 14, Pres. Bush ordered the release of $200 million in emergency aid as the UN Sec. Gen. said a global food crises has reached emergency levels.
    (WSJ, 4/15/08, p.A1)

2008        Apr 15, Mike Leavitt, the top US health official, said US food and drug regulators will start working in China next month once Beijing gives its final approval.
    (AP, 4/15/08)
2008        Apr 15, Kazakhstan joined other Black Sea grain exporters in curbing shipments to combat double-digit inflation. Wheat exports were suspended until Sep 10. Kazakhstan will become the world’s 5th largest wheat exporter this year, shipping half its record 2007 crop.
    (WSJ, 4/16/08, p.A8)

2008        Apr 18,     In Mongolia more than 20,000 people flooded the center of the capital, Ulan Bator, to demand that the government do something about rising food prices that have nearly tripled in some cases.
    (AP, 4/18/08)

2008        Apr 21, In Sudan gunmen killed a second driver delivering food aid for the UN's World Food Program in the Darfur region, where banditry has forced vital rations to be halved.
    (AFP, 4/24/08)
2008        Apr 21,Thailand’s government said more than 10 million people in parts of its rice bowl region have been hit by drought causing further concerns as prices of the staple grain soared.
    (AP, 4/21/08)

2008        Apr 22,    Security forces in northern Somalia stormed a hijacked ship carrying food, rescuing hostages and arresting seven pirates. The seizure was the latest in a spate of pirate attacks off the increasingly lawless Somali coast.
    (AP, 4/22/08)

2008        Apr 23, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez joined with his leftist allies to create a $100 million program to fight the rising cost of food for Latin America's poor.
    (AP, 4/24/08)

2008        Apr 27, It was made public that Mars Inc. of McLean, Va., together with Berkshire Hathaway had agreed to acquire Wrigley Co. of Chicago, Ill., for about $23 billion. The deal closed on Oct 6.
    (WSJ, 4/29/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/7/08, p.D2)

2008        Apr 30, Canada pledged an extra C$50 million ($49.5 million) for international food aid and said it would also allow its money to be used to buy food abroad and not tie it to purchases of Canadian produce.
    (AP, 4/30/08)

2008        May 3, The Asian Development Bank, announced emergency funding to help poor countries struggling with rice prices that have nearly tripled in four months. The Manila-based organization made the announcement while meeting in Spain.
    (AP, 5/4/08)

2008        May 4, Senegal’s Pres. Abdoulaye Wade called the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) a “bottomless pit of money largely spent on its own functioning."
    (Econ, 5/10/08, p.69)

2008        May 5, In Somalia troops opened fire and killed at least two people as tens of thousands of people rioted over high food prices in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 5/5/08)

2008        May 20, British PM Gordon Brown urged rich countries to end agricultural subsidies, and said he will press for a global trade agreement to help the world's poorest farmers escape poverty.
    (AP, 5/20/08)

2008        May 23, A UN food aid agency said the response to its appeal for money to help meet soaring fuel and food costs went beyond what it had hoped to collect, saying $500 million from Saudi Arabia means it won't have to cut rations.
    (AP, 5/23/08)

2008        May 28, African leaders, in Japan for a major development conference, lashed out at rich nations for erecting trade barriers that prevent the continent's economic development even as they make lofty pledges to boost aid. Japan pledged to double aid to Africa by 2012 and to help the continent boost rice production two-fold to ease food shortages.
    (AFP, 5/28/08)

2008        Jun 5, In Italy a 3-day UN summit aimed at fighting hunger worldwide ended with pledges to boost food output, calls to cut trade barriers and more research on biofuels. Just before the meeting Saudi Arabia announced a donation of $500 million.
    (WSJ, 6/6/08, p.A10)(Econ, 6/7/08, p.70)

2008        Jun 7, In Egypt thousands of demonstrators fought with police after a protest over flour rations in a town on the Mediterranean coast. Mustafa Khalil (88), a former Egyptian prime minister (1978-1980), died. He was an architect of the 1979 Camp David peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
    (AP, 6/8/08)

2008        Jun 12, In Indonesia a local health official said at least 21 toddlers have died of malnutrition in eastern Indonesia in recent months due to a food shortage that threatens the lives of thousands more children.
    (AP, 6/12/08)

2008        Jun 18, Food manufacturers promised Mexico's government that they would freeze prices on more than 150 food products to help families cope with rising costs.
    (AP, 6/19/08)

2008        Jun 30, The UN said thousands of tons of food from the US has started flowing into North Korea.
    (SFC, 7/1/08, p.A3)

2008        Jul 21, The US FDA issued an advisory for consumers to avoid eating uncooked jalapeno peppers after it found a jalapeno grown in Mexico in a Texas border town warehouse that tested positive with the same strain of salmonella that was earlier associated with tomatoes.
    (SFC, 7/22/08, p.A10)

2008        Jul 25, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill banning trans fat in restaurants and food facilities, making California the first state to do so. The law takes effect in two stages: Jan 1, 2010 and Jan 1, 2011.
    (SFC, 7/26/08, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/26/08, p.A1)

2008        Jul 30, The UN said hunger in North Korea is at its worst since the 1990s, prompting the resumption of emergency UN food shipments after a two-year hiatus.
    (AFP, 7/30/08)

2008        Aug 8, Nebraska Beef, an Omaha meat packer, recalled 1.2 million pounds of beef after products were linked to illnesses in 12 states. In July the company had recalled over 5 million pounds of beef due to an outbreak of E. coli in 7 states.
    (SSFC, 8/10/08, p.A4)

2008        Aug 29, In SF the 4-day Slow Food Nation opened at the Civic Center Plaza and continued at Fort Mason, where tickets to the Taste Pavilion sold for $65. The Slow Food movement had begun in Italy in 1986.
    (SSFC, 8/31/08, p.A1)(Econ, 9/13/08, p.38)

2008        Sep 12, Shops throughout China pulled a milk powder, suspected sickening babies, from shelves in the latest safety scandal to rock the country's food industry. Investigators soon detained 19 people and were questioning 78 to find out how melamine was added to milk supplied to Sanlu Group Co., China's biggest milk powder producer. On Sep 15 Zhang Zhenling, vice president of Sanlu Group, read a letter of apology at a news briefing in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, where the corporation is based. China later reported that more than 6,000 babies had fallen ill and three died after drinking contaminated milk powder. Consumer complaints to Sanlu Group regarding its baby milk formula had begun as early as last December. By the end of the year 6 children had died and tens of thousands were made ill from milk powder tainted with melamine.
    (AP, 9/12/08)(AP, 9/13/08)(AFP, 9/15/08)(AFP, 9/17/08)(SFC, 9/24/08, p.A12)(Econ, 5/25/13, p.67)

2008        Sep 19, Singapore banned all dairy imports from China and the European Union demanded answers from Beijing as the baby formula scandal, which left 4 babies dead and over 6 thousand infants ill across China, spread to liquid milk.
    (Reuters, 9/19/08)

2008        Sep 21, Wallace N. Rasmussen (b.1914), former head of Beatrice Foods (1976-1979), died at his home in Nashville, Tenn.
    (WSJ, 10/4/08, p.A12)

2008        Sep 22, The number of Chinese infants sick in hospital after drinking tainted milk formula doubled to nearly 13,000 and the country's top quality regulator resigned in the latest blight on the "made-in-China" brand.
    (AP, 9/22/08)
2008        Sep 22, The UN appealed for $460 million to feed some 10 million Ethiopians hit by drought and high food prices.
    (AP, 9/22/08)

2008        Sep 24, Britain pledged 26.9 million pounds for drought-hit Ethiopia, where some 9.6 million people are in need of emergency food aid.
    (AP, 9/24/08)

2008        Sep 25, The EU banned imports of baby food containing Chinese milk as tainted dairy products linked to the deaths of four babies turned up in candy and other Chinese-made goods that were quickly pulled from stores worldwide. More than a dozen countries have banned or recalled Chinese dairy products as melamine was found in milk products from 22 Chinese dairy companies.
    (AP, 9/25/08)(SFC, 9/25/08, p.A3)

2008        Sep 29, British candy maker Cadbury said it is recalling 11 types of Chinese-made chocolates found to contain melamine, as police in northern China raided a network accused of adding the banned chemical to milk.
    (AP, 9/29/08)

2008        Sep 30, A new US law took effect as part of the 2008 Farm Bill requiring food retailers to label or display the country of origin for meat, produce and certain kinds of nuts.
    (WSJ, 12/27/08, p.A7)

2008        Oct 1, In Australia a major report to the government on global warming suggested that Australians should eat kangaroos instead of cattle and sheep.
    (AP, 10/1/08)
2008        Oct 1, Fifteen more Chinese dairy companies were identified as producing milk products contaminated with an industrial chemical, further broadening a scandal affecting products ranging from baby formula to chocolate.
    (AP, 10/1/08)

2008        Oct 5, Hong Kong said it found two Cadbury chocolate products contained considerably more of the industrial chemical melamine than the city's legal limit in a growing scandal over Chinese tainted food.  China attempted to contain the fallout from the tainted milk scandal, announcing a new survey of dairy products showed no traces of melamine and promising to subsidize farmers hit by the scare.
    (AP, 10/5/08)(AFP, 10/5/08)

2008        Oct 6, Stewart Parnell, an executive for Peanut Butter of America, sent an e-mail saying that delays in shipping product from a Georgia plant was costing huge dollars. Federal investigators later found that batches of product containing salmonella were shipped with fake lab records saying salmonella screenings were negative. On Sep 21 Parnell was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/22/15, p.A7)

2008        Oct 7, The UN food agency (WFP) said it is resuming free breakfasts for hundreds of thousands of poor Cambodian schoolchildren after securing new funds for a program suspended due to high food prices.
    (AP, 10/7/08)

2008        Oct 8, The Asian Development Bank announced $35 million in emergency food aid to ease the burden of soaring food prices among some of Cambodia's poorest people.
    (AP, 10/8/08)

2008        Oct 9, Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said that power-sharing talks with President Robert Mugabe's government had stalled and outside mediation was needed to break the deadlock. The UN food agency made an urgent appeal for 140 million dollars (102 million euros) in food aid for more than five million Zimbabweans facing severe hunger. A state newspaper said Zimbabwe's annual inflation rate soared to 231 million percent in July.
    (AFP, 10/9/08)

2008        Oct 13, Swiss authorities said they have found high concentrations of melamine in biscuits from Thailand and Sri Lanka and have called on other European countries to withdraw the products.
    (AP, 10/13/08)

2008        Oct 14, An Ethiopian minister said his country urgently needs US$265 million to feed 6.4 million people affected by drought.
    (AP, 10/14/08)

2008        Oct 16, Around one million Burundian children under the age of five suffer chronic malnutrition, the UN food agency announced as it marked World Food Day in the tiny central African nation.
    (AP, 10/16/08)
2008        Oct 16, The European Commission announced 15 million euros (20 million dollars) of emergency food aid for victims of drought and soaring food prices in five east African countries. The biggest share will go to Ethiopia and Somalia and smaller amounts to Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti.
    (AFP, 10/16/08)

2008        Oct 29, A local Chinese government acknowledged that officials knew about melamine-tainted eggs for a month before the contamination was publicly disclosed. A Dalian government notice said that local authorities were notified Sept. 27 of tests by the customs bureau of Liaoning province that had found melamine in a batch of export-bound eggs produced by Dalian Hanwei Enterprise Group.
    (AP, 10/29/08)

2008        Oct 30, In Iowa US federal agents arrested Sholom Rubashkin, a former senior executive of the Agriprocessors, a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, for employing illegal immigrants for commercial gain and helping them secure fake documents. A day earlier Iowa labor authorities levied some $10 million in fines against Agriprocessors for labor violations. On Nov 12, 2009, Rubashkin was convicted on 86 of 91 financial fraud charges.
    (WSJ, 10/31/08, p.A3)(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A8)
2008        Oct 30, China’s state media reported that the industrial chemical melamine is commonly added to animal feed in China to make it appear higher in protein. This appeared to be a tacit admission by the government that contamination is widespread in the country's food supply.
    (AP, 10/30/08)

2008        Nov 12, Hong Kong officials said they had found elevated levels of melamine in fish feed from China’s Fuzhou Haima Feed Co.
    (WSJ, 11/13/08, p.A13)

2008        Nov 13, US Federal health officials slapped a sweeping detention order on dozens of imported foods from China, from snacks and drinks to chocolates and candies. The agency said the action was needed as a precaution to keep out foods contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine, which can cause serious kidney problems.
    (AP, 11/13/08)

2008        Nov 15, Gazans seeking food aid walked away empty-handed from locked United Nations distribution centers after a strict Israeli border closure depleted UN food reserves.
    (AP, 11/15/08)

2008        Nov 19, The UN asked for $7 billion (5.5 billion euros) to fund its humanitarian work around the world in 2009, almost double last year's appeal as a result of soaring food prices and crises in Africa, among other factors. The UN's food agency will slim down its bureaucracy, work to cut costs and make investments that will improve efficiency as part of a reform plan adopted by member nations.
    (AP, 11/19/08)
2008        Nov 19, The World Food Program said that it has signed a new food aid deal to allow the UN agency to provide 350,000 tons of grain to millions in Zimbabwe.
    (AFP, 11/19/08)
2008        Nov 19, In Haiti Max Cosci of Doctors Without Borders said at least 26 children had died over a two-week period in the remote, southeastern area of Baie d'Orange. The UN World Food Program says it is sending medical and food aid to the region.
    (AP, 11/20/08)

2008        Nov 27, South Korea's supermarket chains resumed selling US beef, nearly five months after the government lifted an import ban imposed over fears of mad cow disease.
    (AP, 11/27/08)

2008        Dec 1, China's Health Ministry said six babies may have died after consuming tainted milk powder, up from a previous official toll of three, and announced a six-fold increase in its tally of infants sickened in the scandal, to nearly 300,000.
    (AP, 12/1/08)

2008        Dec 15, In China substances commonly used as industrial dyes, insecticides and drain cleaners were included on a list of illegal food additives released as part of a months long government crackdown aimed at improving the country's shoddy food safety record.
    (AP, 12/15/08)

2008        Dec 18, The US FDA cleared stevia, a shrub and an artificial sweetener extracted from it, for public use. The FDA did not technically granted approval to stevia but affirmed it will not object to companies using it in foods and beverages.
    (Econ, 1/30/10, p.77)(www.naturalnews.com/News_000626_stevia_Truvia_FDA.html)

2008        Dec 24, Mexico began blocking imports of meat from at least 30 US meat processing plants due to a new US law that required food retailers to label or display the country of origin for meat, produce and certain kinds of nuts. The law, effective as of Sep 30, was part of the 2008 Farm Bill.
    (WSJ, 12/27/08, p.A7)

2008        Dec 31, Tian Wenhua, former chairwoman of the Sanlu Group, one of China’s biggest dairy producers, pleaded guilty to selling fake and substandard milk powder.
    (SFC, 1/1/09, p.A3)

2008        Maria Balinska authored “The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread."
    (WSJ, 11/29/08, p.W11)
2008        Betty Fussell (70) authored “Raising Steaks: The Life and Times of American Beef."
    (SFC, 11/18/08, p.E5)
2008        Marion Nestle authored “Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine," which illuminates the connections  between the food supplies of humans, farm animals and pets.
    (Econ, 9/6/08, p.97)
2008        Michael Pollan authored “In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto," an exploration of the relationship between nutrition and the Western diet. In 2009 it became the basis for the PBS TV documentary “The Botany of Desire."
    (SFC, 10/28/09, p.E1)
2008        John Reader authored “Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History."
    (Econ, 3/1/08, p.92)

2008        Indonesia achieved rice self-sufficiency for the first time in 24 years.
    (Econ, 1/10/09, p.38)

2009        Jan 12, Minnesota officials said lab tests had confirmed salmonella bacteria in a five pound container of King Nut brand peanut butter. King Nut of Solon, Ohio, had recalled the product on January 10. At least 6 people had been killed and over 470 sickened nationwide in 43 states.
    (WSJ, 1/13/09, p.A2)(SFC, 1/20/09, p.A12)
2009        Jan 12, In China a Shanghai distributor of a popular brand of dog food said it had suspended sales of the product following reports that dogs who ate it had died from aflatoxin poisoning. This appeared to involve an imported product, Optima, a brand of dog food made by Nashville, Tennessee-based Doane Pet Care Co. It was not clear if the pet food sold in China was the US brand.
    (AP, 1/12/09)

2009        Jan 16, Kellogg Co. of Battle Creek, Mich., recalled 16 products containing peanut butter due to possible salmonella contamination as federal officials confirmed contamination at a Georgia facility that ships peanut products to 85 food companies. On Jan 21 federal health authorities confirmed that peanut butter and paste made by a Virginia company were the sole sources of the outbreak. The Blakely, Ga., facility was owned by Peanut Corp. of America, based in Lynchburg, Va. In 2013 four former executives of Peanut Corp. were indicted for the outbreak that left 9 people dead and hundreds sickened.
    (SFC, 1/17/09, p.A2)(WSJ, 1/22/09, p.A4)(SFC, 2/22/13, p.A11)
2009        Jan 16, Kenya's president declared the country's food crisis a national disaster and asked international donors to contribute $406 million toward emergency food aid.
    (AP, 1/16/09)

2009        Jan 27, In California federal prosecutors said purchasing managers for Kraft Foods and Frito-Lay have admitted to taking $318,000 in bribes from Randall Rahal, a former sales broker for SK Foods of Lemoore, a major Central California tomato processor. On August 11 Robert Watson (59), former Kraft Foods purchasing manager, was sentenced to 2 years and 3 months for taking $158,000 in bribes.
    (SFC, 1/28/09, p.B3)(SFC, 8/12/09, p.D2)

2009        Jan 28, Peanut Corp. expanded its recall to all peanut products produced at its Blakely, Ga., plant since Jan 1, 2007, due to a salmonella outbreak.
    (SFC, 1/29/09, p.A3)

2009        Jan 30, Ethiopia said that 4.9 million of its people will need emergency food aid in the first six months of 2009 due to drought and appealed for $390 million from donors to pay for it.
    (AP, 1/30/09)

2009        Feb 17, The UN said some 4.9 million more Ethiopians are in urgent need of food aid, bringing the total number of people in Ethiopia who need relief aid to 12 million, or 15 percent of the population.
    (AP, 2/17/09)

2009        Feb 23, China’s state media said pig organs contaminated by a banned animal feed additive have been blamed for sickening at least 70 people in southern China. The pig organs tainted by the steroid clenbuterol were sold last week in markets in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. Another 14 cases  in Guangzhou were reported on Feb 25.
    (AP, 2/23/09)(AP, 2/26/09)

2009        Feb 28, China's legislature enacted a tough new food safety law, promising tougher penalties for makers of tainted products in the wake of scandals that exposed serious flaws in monitoring of the nation's food supply.
    (AP, 2/2809)

2009        Mar 6, Mexico published a new law allowing the planting of genetically modified corn for experimental reasons.
    (SFC, 3/7/09, p.A2)

2009        Mar 14, President Barack Obama said the nation's decades-old food safety system is a "hazard to public health" and in need of an overhau. Obama used his weekly radio and video address to announce the nomination of former New York City Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg as FDA commissioner, and his choice of Baltimore Health Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein as her deputy.
    (AP, 3/14/09)

2009        Mar 24, Kraft Foods Inc. notified the FDA that it had detected salmonella in roasted pistachios through routine product testing. Kraft and the Georgia Nut Co. recalled their Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix the next day. The FDA contacted California-based Setton Pistachio and California health officials shortly afterward. California alone is the second-largest producer of pistachios in the world.
    (AP, 3/31/09)

2009        Mar 31, In China and official said police have arrested nine people and revoked the license of a livestock market owner in a case involving pork tainted with a chemical that made 70 people sick in Guangzhou, southern China's biggest city. Investigators determined the pork was tainted with clenbuterol and ractopamine, banned chemicals used to make animals develop more muscle and less fat.
    (AP, 3/31/09)

2009        Apr 2, The US Environmental Working Group issued a press release drawing attention to a study by scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which looked for the chemical, perchlorate, in different brands of powdered baby formula. The study was published last month.
    (AP, 4/3/09)

2009        Apr 25, In San Francisco Anthony’s Cookies held its grand opening at 1417 Valencia Street.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yae5jzv)(SFC, 12/7/09, p.E1)

2009        May 4, Dom DeLuise (b.1933), film and TV actor, died. Though lighthearted onscreen, the prolific actor was deeply passionate about food, forging a second career as a popular chef and cookbook author.
    (AP, 5/5/09)

2009        May 14, Scientists reported that ginger, long used as a folk remedy for stomach aches, limits nausea caused by chemotherapy used in cancer treatments.
    (SFC, 5/15/09, p.A14)

2009        Jun 7, Egypt's public prosecutor ordered the return of a shipment of Russian wheat impounded last month on health grounds. The decision to ship back the 52,000 tons of wheat, worth 9.6 million dollars (6.8 million euros), came after an investigation found the grain was contaminated with insects and unspecified heavy metals.
    (AFP, 6/7/09)

2009        Jun 19, The UN Food and Agriculture Organization said one in six people in the world, or more than 1 billion, is now hungry, a historic high due largely to the global economic crisis and stubbornly high food prices.
    (AP, 6/19/09)

2009        Jul 4, Joey Chestnut (25), of San Jose, Ca., ate a record 68 hot dogs capturing his 3rd straight Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Int’l. Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, NYC.
    (SSFC, 7/5/09, p.A2)

2009        Jul 10, A US plant scientists said late blight, which caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s and 1850s, is killing potato and tomato plants in home gardens from Maine to Ohio and threatening commercial and organic farms.
    (Reuters, 7/10/09)

2009        Jul 17, Russia said it would lift a ban on live pigs and raw pork imports from the US state of Wisconsin and Canada's Ontario province from July 18 due to what it said was a "stabilization" of the situation of the H1N1 virus in those places.
    (Reuters, 7/17/09)

2009        Aug 25, The World Food Program said that 3.8 million Kenyans need emergency food aid because of a prolonged drought, which is even causing electrical blackouts in the capital because there's not enough water for hydroelectric plants.
    (AP, 8/25/09)
2009        Aug 25, In China Wang Yunlong, the head of the legislative committee on agriculture and rural affairs, told his fellow lawmakers that efforts to stop the use of "lean meat powder" (clenbuterol) had fallen short in many areas and called for a "concentrated countrywide effort to bring it under control." Farmers used the banned drug because it boosted profits in two ways: It speeds up the growth of animals to get them to market quicker and creates meat for which consumers are willing to pay extra.
    (AP, 1/24/11)

2009        Sep 1, In Japan dolphin hunting season opened in Taiji. Over the next 6 months fishermen were expected to catch about 2,300 of Japan’s annual quota of 20,000 dolphins, to be sold for meat and to aquariums.
    (SSFC, 9/20/09, p.A20)

2009        Sep 8, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared "a state of public calamity" to help mobilize funds and resources to confront a food shortage that will affect thousands of families.
    (AP, 9/9/09)

2009        Sep 12, Dr. Norman Borlaug (b.1914), Nobel Prize winner (1970), died at his Dallas home. He was known as the father of the “green revolution" for his work in high-yield crop varieties, which helped to more than double food production between 1960 and 1990.
    (SFC, 9/14/09, p.A7)

2009        Sep 13, It was reported that the hoki fish, harvested in the deep waters around New Zealand, had declined substantially. Hoki, the main ingredient in McDonald’s Fillet-O-Fish sandwich, was also used by Denny’s and Long John Silver’s restaurants. From 1996 to 2001 some 275,000 tons were harvested by factory trawlers. The allowed catch was reduced to 100,000 tons in 2007 and 2008.
    (SSFC, 9/13/09, p.A20)

2009        Sep 16, Brazil’s JBS Friboi company announced that Texas-based chicken processor Pilgrim’s Pride has agreed to be taken over for $800 million. This and a pending acquisition with Bertin, another Brazilian firm, would make JBS the world’s largest processor of meat.
    (Econ, 10/31/09, p.74)(http://tinyurl.com/yb7czq9)

2009        Sep, Huntington, West Virginia, ranked as America’s fattest town, welcomed Jamie Oliver, Britain’s famous Naked Chef, into its school district. His food education program was turned into a reality television series called Food Revolution.

2009        Oct 19, The EU agreed to give the dairy sector an extra $420 million in special aid in an effort to quell a season of unrest in agriculture. Meanwhile angry farmer pelted riot police with eggs and buckets of milk in Luxembourg.
    (SFC, 10/20/09, p.A2)

2009        Oct 22, Ethiopia said it needs emergency food aid for 6.2 million people, an appeal that comes 25 years after a devastating famine compounded by communist policies killed 1 million and prompted one of the largest charity campaigns in history.
    (AP, 10/22/09)

2009        Oct 29, Chinese officials agreed to lift the ban on US pork imports they imposed last spring out of fear of swine flu.
    (AP, 10/29/09)

2009        Nov 4, US federal prosecutors said Alan Huey (53), a former top executive of SK Foods, has agreed to plead guilty to taking part in a 4-year conspiracy in which the California tomato processor bribed food companies and mislabeled tomato paste that exceeded government mold standards.
    (SFC, 11/5/09, p.C2)

2009        Nov 9, US giant Kraft Foods launched a hostile 9.8-billion-pound takeover bid for Cadbury which the British confectioner rejected.
    (AFP, 11/9/09)

2009        Nov 12, Afghanistan exported 12 tons of apples to India and touted the shipment as a key step in exploring much-needed international markets for its agricultural products.
    (AFP, 11/12/09)

2009        Nov 13, In Russia prosecutors said police have arrested three homeless people suspected of eating a 25-year-old man they had butchered and selling other bits of the corpse to a local kebab house. Parts of a human body had been found near a bus stop in the outskirts of the Russian city of Perm, 1,150 km (720 miles) east of Moscow.
    (Reuters, 11/16/09)

2009        Nov 16, A 3-day summit on world hunger opened in Rome. Zimbabwe’s Pres. Mugabe used the UN summit on world hunger to lash out at the West and defend land reforms blamed for plunging his people into starvation. Some 60 heads of state and dozens of minister rejected a UN call to commit $44 billion annually for agricultural development in poor countries.
    (AP, 11/17/09)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.A8)

2009        Nov 18, In Italy the head of a UN food agency expressed regret that an anti-hunger summit failed to result in precise promises of funding, and critics said the meeting had only thrown crumbs to the world's 1 billion people without enough to eat.
    (AP, 11/18/09)

2009        Dec 1, China’s quarantine bureau said it has lifted bans on imports of pork products from the United States, Canada and Mexico, but analysts said the move would not likely lead to a surge of new imports.
    (Reuters, 12/1/09)

2009        Dec 9, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it needs $32 million to feed 220,000 Zimbabweans who cannot access hard currency in the collapsed economy.
    (AP, 12/9/09)

2009        Dec 15, Ecuador said that it had reached a deal with the EU aimed at ending a long-running dispute between Latin American nations and the EU over tariffs on bananas.
    (AFP, 12/15/09)

2010        Jan 1, Chinese state media said authorities have shut down a dairy in Shanghai and arrested three of its executives after tests found some of its milk products were tainted with the same industrial chemical at the center of a milk safety scandal more than a year ago.
    (AP, 1/1/10)

2009        Mark Caro authored “The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5,000-Year-Old Delicacy Inspired the World’s Fiercest Food fight."
    (SSFC, 3/22/09, Books p.J5)
2009        Jonathan Safran Foer authored “Eating Animals."
    (SSFC, 11/8/09, p.E1)
2009        Brad Kessler authored “Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A short History of Herding and the Art of Making Cheese."
    (Econ, 7/4/09, p.81)
2009        Mark Kurlansky authored “The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food from the Lost WPA Files," an anthology of food writing from 1930s America.
    (Econ, 5/30/09, p.86)
2009        Tom Standage authored “An Edible History of Humanity."
    (SSFC, 6/7/09, books p.J4)
2009        Richard Wrangham authored “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human."
    (SSFC, 6/7/09, books p.J4)
2009        In southern China the city of Yulin, Guangxi province, introduced an annual dog-eating festival.
    (Econ 7/8/17, p.38)

2010        Jan 5, The UN food agency said it is stopping aid distribution to about 1 million people in southern Somalia because of attacks against staff and demands by armed groups that aid organizations remove women from their teams.
    (AP, 1/5/10)

2010        Jan 8, Israeli cooks doubled the previous record for the world's biggest serving of hummus, set in October by cooks in Lebanon. An adjudicator sent from London by Guinness World Records, Jack Brockbank, confirmed that Israeli chefs now held the record for hummus. He put the exact amount of hummus in a giant satellite dish at 9,017 pounds (4,090 kg).
    (AP, 1/8/10)

2010        Jan 17, Glen Bell Jr. (86), founder of the Taco Bell fast food chain (1962), died at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Ca.
    (SFC, 1/19/10, p.C4)

2010        Jan 18, US officials said on some 390 tons of ground beef produced by a California meat packer, some of it nearly two years ago, is being recalled for fear of potentially deadly E. coli bacterium tainting.
    (Reuters, 1/18/10)

2010        Jan 19, British chocolate bar maker Cadbury melted into the arms of US giant Kraft in a multi-billion-dollar deal to create a world leader in food and confectionery that sparked fears of job losses.
    (AP, 1/19/10)

2010        Jan 20, US researchers reported that shaving 3 grams off the daily salt intake of Americans could prevent up to 66,000 strokes, 99,000 heart attacks and 92,000 deaths in the United States, while saving $24 billion in health costs per year.
    (Reuters, 1/21/10)

2010        Feb 1, China launched a 10-day emergency crackdown on tainted milk products after several were found creeping back onto the market despite a massive scandal that sickened hundreds of thousands of children in 2008.
    (AP, 2/2/10)

2010        Feb 3, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported that Lekang Dairy Company general manager Zhang Wenxue and vice general managers Zhu Shuming and Tong Tianhu have been charged with manufacturing and selling tainted milk powder in the latest crackdown. Xinhua quoted Health Minister Chen Zhu as saying "all melamine-tainted milk products will be found and destroyed," as part of the current 10-day crackdown.
    (AP, 2/3/10)
2010        Feb 3, Mexico’s Agriculture Dept. said private companies there have begun the first legal plantings of genetically modified corn.
    (SFC, 2/4/10, p.A2)

2010        Feb 5, In Pennsylvania about 18,000 people turned out before dawn for the 18th Wing Bowl, an eating competition dubbed the world's biggest, and an annual celebration of Philadelphia's raucous sports-crazed culture.
    (Reuters, 2/5/10)

2010        Feb 8, The China Daily newspaper reported officials have recalled more than 170 tons of milk powder tainted by the industrial chemical melamine and closed two dairy companies in the northern region of Ningxia. The current 10–day emergency crackdown has made it increasingly clear that many products discovered in the country's 2008 milk scandal were repackaged for sale instead of destroyed.
    (AP, 2/8/10)

2010        Feb 9, India halted the release of the world's first genetically modified eggplant, saying further study needed to be done to guarantee consumer safety before it could be cultivated in the country.
    (AP, 2/9/10)

2010        Feb 10, China declared a new food-safety campaign after contaminated milk products from an earlier scandal showed up repackaged in several places around the country, exposing weaknesses in the country's promise to stop such problems from happening again.
    (AP, 2/10/10)

2010        Mar 1, A World Food Program spokesman militants in Somalia are preventing food from reaching more than 366,000 people who need it, following a statement by Islamists that aid agencies were helping "apostates" in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation.
    (AP, 3/1/10)

2010        Mar 9, University of Florida researcher Nam Dang and colleagues in Japan said that papaya leaf extract and its tea have dramatic cancer-fighting properties against a broad range of tumors, backing a belief held in a number of folk traditions.
    (AFP, 3/9/10)

2010        Mar 11, The Zimbabwe Red Cross said at least 2.17 million Zimbabweans need food aid and the figures are set to rise because of an expected poor harvest this year.
    (AFP, 3/11/10)

2010        Mar 13, In Qatar a two week UN conference that opened with a focus on the Atlantic bluefin tuna and other marine life in the world's overfished oceans.
    (AP, 3/13/10)

2010        Mar, The number of Americans receiving food stamps topped 40 million this month as the jobless rate hovered near a 26-year high.
    (SFC, 6/3/10, p.A7)

2010        Apr 9, Meinhardt Raabe (94), who played the Munchkin coroner in "The Wizard of Oz" (1938) and proclaimed in the movie that the Wicked Witch of the East was "really most sincerely dead," died in Florida. He was about 3 1/2 feet tall when the movie was made but eventually grew to about 4 1/2 feet. He toured the country for 30 years in the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, promoting hot dogs as "Little Oscar, the World's Smallest Chef."
    (AP, 4/10/10)

2010        Apr 28, Dunkin' Donuts said it is returning to Russia, following an 11-year absence, with plans to tap growing appetite for coffee and sweets by opening up to 20 outlets in Moscow this year.
    (AP, 4/28/10)

2010        Apr, The World Bank formally set up the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program with G20 donors pledging $900 million. Leaders at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh in September 2009 had called on the World Bank to “work with interested donors and organizations to develop a multilateral trust fund to scale up agricultural assistance to low income countries."
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.57)(http://tinyurl.com/4qwtyaz)

2010        May 6, An E.coli outbreak, possibly linked to tainted lettuce, sickened at least 19 people in Ohio, New York and Michigan prompting a recall throughout much of the US. Freshway Food in Sidney, Ohio, said it was recalling lettuce sold in 23 states and Washington DC.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.A4)

2010        May 7, It was reported that bisphenol-A (BPA), contained in the lining of most US canned foods, has been found in the urine of 93% of tested adults and children. The hormone mimicker leaches from cans into foods, especially acidic content like tomatoes.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.A14)

2010        May 15, Niger government spokesman Mahamane Laouali Dan Dah said that more than 21,000 tons of food would be given to 1.5 million people in need.
    (AP, 5/15/10)

2010        May 17, US researchers said eating bacon, sausage, hot dogs and other processed meats can raise the risk of heart disease and diabetes, in a study that identifies the real bad boys of the meat counter.
    (Reuters, 5/17/10)

2010        May 21, Nigerian officials and residents said hundreds of Niger nationals, mostly women and children, have flooded into the country in search of food.
    (AFP, 5/22/10)

2010        May 25, The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned that a dramatic shortfall in donations for Chad's agriculture relief puts 2 million people at risk of hunger.
    (AP, 5/25/10)

2010        Jun 4, Cadmium has been discovered in the painted design on "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses being sold nationwide at McDonald's, forcing the burger giant to recall 12 million of the cheap US-made collectibles while dramatically expanding contamination concerns about the toxic metal beyond imported children's jewelry.
    (AP, 6/4/10)

2010        Jun 12, Food critic Egon Ronay (b.1915), whose eponymous restaurant guides helped Britain embrace fine dining after years of postwar austerity, died. Ronay left communist Hungary for Britain in 1946 and began writing about food for The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In 1957 he produced the first Egon Ronay Guide to British restaurants, modeled on France's Michelin guides.
    (AP, 6/12/10)

2010        Jun 17, The US Agricultural Dept. announced that Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company's plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked.
    (AP, 6/18/10)

2010        Jun 19, It was reported that the North Korean government has lifted all restrictions on private markets in a desperate attempt reduce food shortages.
    (SFC, 6/19/10, p.A2)

2010        Jun 21, The US Supreme Court lifted a nationwide ban on a genetically modified alfalfa. The injunction, imposed by a federal judge in San Francisco, prevented farmers from planting Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa seed.
    (SFC, 6/22/10, p.A6)

2010        Jul 2, In Geneva the World Food Program declared its work in Niger an "emergency operation" after a survey found a sharp rise in malnutrition rates among young children. WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella said 16.7 percent of children under 5 years old suffer from acute malnutrition in the African country.
    (AP, 7/2/10)

2010        Jul 8, Australian police investigated the mysterious mass poisoning of seven million tomato, eggplant and other crops which is expected to send prices soaring. Detectives probed whether vandals or a competitor with a grudge had put herbicide in sprinklers at a nursery near the northeastern city of Cairns, wiping out 16 million tons of produce, mostly tomatoes.
    (AFP, 7/8/10)

2010        Jul 4, Joey Chestnut (26), of San Jose, Ca., ate 54 hot dogs capturing his 4th straight Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Int’l. Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, NYC.

2010        Jul 6, California Gov. Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill extending voter approved mandates for the humane treatment of egg-laying hens in the state.
    (SFC, 7/7/10, p.C1)

2010        Jul 9, Aid agency Oxfam warned that the food crisis gripping the Sahel region of Africa was reaching disastrous levels and called on governments and the international community to act now. The crisis stretched across the region taking in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and northern Nigeria.
    (AFP, 7/9/10)
2010        Jul 9, Chinese state media said authorities have seized 76 tons of milk powder tainted with melamine, the same chemical responsible for the deaths of six babies two years ago.
    (AFP, 7/9/10)

2010        Jul 19, China's Cabinet, the State Council, issued an order that said the black-market trade in food waste and used oil posed "serious potential food safety risks." It vowed to crack down on refined restaurant waste finding its way back to dinner tables through illegal channels.
    (AP, 7/20/10)

2010        Aug 12, President Dmitry Medvedev said drought has destroyed a quarter of Russia's grain crop this year, pushing some farmers to the brink of bankruptcy and hurting Russia's bid to expand food exports.
    (Reuters, 8/12/10)

2010        Aug 14, China’s People's Daily reported that China will test a wider range of dairy products and even breast milk as authorities investigate claims that a brand of infant formula caused apparent breast growth in a small number of babies. State media have said the babies with apparent breast growth were found to have abnormal levels of the hormones estradiol and prolactin, which stimulate lactation, or the making of breast milk.
    (AP, 8/14/10)
2010        Aug 14, Aid officials said Niger is now facing the worst hunger crisis in its history, with almost half the country's population in desperate need of food and up to one in six children suffering from acute malnutrition. Villagers described the situation as worse than in 2005, when aid organizations treated tens of thousands of children for malnutrition, and worse even than 1973, when thousands died.
    (AP, 8/14/10)

2010        Aug 17, The “Great British Bake Off" (GBBO), a British television baking competition produced by Love Productions, began airing on BBC Two.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_British_Bake_Off)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.74)

2010        Aug 18, The US FDA said some 380 million eggs have been recalled nationwide due to salmonella contamination. Officials soon confirmed that over 2,000 people had been sickened by salmonella from May to July and over 500m eggs were recalled. The affected eggs were all traced back to two farms in Iowa.
    (SFC, 8/19/10, p.C3)(Econ, 9/4/10, p.32)

2010        Aug 27, British researchers said they have decoded the genetic sequence of wheat.
    (SFC, 8/28/10, p.A2)

2010        Sep 2, It was reported that Miami-based Burger King Holdings has agreed to be acquired by 3G Capital for $3.3 billion, or $24 per share. The NY investment firm was backed by Brazilian investors.
    (SFC, 9/3/10, p.D6)

2010        Sep 13, The US government and the chocolate industry pledged $17 million to help end child labor — some of it forced and dangerous — in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, where much of the world's cocoa is grown.
2010        Sep 13, South Korea announced plans to send 5,000 tons of rice and other aid to flood-stricken North Korea in a sign of easing tension between the divided countries.
    (AP, 9/13/10)

2010        Sep 15, Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi said his often drought-ravaged country would not need food aid after 2015 as he formally launched a five-year development program.
    (AFP, 9/15/10)

2010        Sep 16, China warned that the worst offenders of food safety rules would get the death penalty in a new crackdown on an industry that has spawned embarrassing and deadly scandals in products ranging from seafood to baby formula.
    (AP, 9/16/10)

2010        Sep 20, In China JCRB.com, a legal issues website administered by China's Supreme Court, said a Jinfulai Dairy Company executive in Yangquan city of Shanxi province and six other people were arrested after authorities discovered 26 tons of milk powder tainted with a toxic chemical.
    (AP, 9/20/10)

2010        Sep 22, Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said it is recalling millions of containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula that may be contaminated with insect parts.
    (AP, 9/22/10)

2010        Sep 29, The World Trade Organization ruled that a US ban on Chinese poultry is illegal, giving Beijing a win in the first international commerce ruling against the administration of President Barack Obama.
    (AP, 9/29/10)

2010        Oct 19, The EU announced plans for a five-year ban on animal cloning for food production as well as a traceability system for imports of semen and embryos of clones.
    (AFP, 10/19/10)

2010        Oct 21, The Guinness World Records confirmed that a pumpkin grown in Wisconsin is officially the world’s heaviest. Chris Stevens of New Richmond grew the1,810.5 pound gourd. It was 85 pounds heavier than the record set in Ohio in 2009.
    (SFC, 10/22/10, p.A10)
2010        Oct 21, In the Dominican Rep. 126 students were sickened after eating free school breakfasts despite the government's efforts to resolve past problems with tainted school food.
    (AP, 10/21/10)

2010        Oct 25, South Korea prepared to send 5,000 tons of rice to flood victims in North Korea in its first humanitarian rice shipment to its communist neighbor since a conservative, pro-US government took office in 2008.
    (AP, 10/25/10)

2010        Oct 26, A Brazilian court ordered McDonald's to pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds while working there a dozen years. The 32-year-old man says he was forced to sample food products each day to ensure that quality standards remained high because McDonald's hired "mystery clients" to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness.
    (AP, 10/28/10)

2010        Nov 2, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a law that cracks down on the popular practice of giving away free toys with unhealthy restaurant meals for children. The law, which would take effect on December 1, would allow toys to be given away with kids' meals that have less than 600 calories, contain fruits and vegetables, and include beverages without excessive fat or sugar. Mayor Newsom vetoed the measure on Nov 13. On Nov 23 the board overrode the veto.
    (Reuters, 11/3/10)(http://tinyurl.com/25458to)(SFC, 11/24/10, p.C1)

2010        Nov 24, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it had closed 4,200 square miles/10,880 square kms of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico to royal red shrimping after a commercial shrimper discovered tar balls in his net.
    (Reuters, 11/24/10)

2010        Nov 25, The EU high court ruled that there is no such thing as "pure chocolate," ending an EU-Italy food fight over chocolate labels. It also said the EU's 1999 chocolate labeling rules make no room for a "pure chocolate" reference like the one Italy enacted in a 2003 law.
    (AP, 11/25/10)
2010        Nov 25, Bernard Matthews (80), Britain’s largest turkey processor, died. He began in 1950 with an investment in 20 eggs. In 1953 he bought a derelict country house, Great Witchingham Hall, where he and his wife, Joyce, raised turkeys in all but one of the 36 rooms. It is still the company headquarters.
    (AP, 11/26/10)

2010        Nov 25, San Francisco based Del Monte said it has agreed to be acquired by a group led by KKR & Co. in a $4 billion deal. KKR, Vestar Capital Partners and Centerview Partners agreed to pay $19 a share in cash and would assume $1.3 billion in net debt.
    (SFC, 11/26/10, p.C1)

2010        Dec 2, PepsiCo agreed to buy one of Russia's top drinks companies in a deal that would make the US food giant a dominant force in the Russian market and extend its reach deep into former Soviet lands. Pepsi announced that it will buy 66% Wimm-Bill-Dann for $3.8 billion and launch a tender offer for the rest of the company.
    (AFP, 12/2/10)(Econ, 12/11/10, p.75)
2010        Dec 2, The UN appealed for $415 million (€315 million) to feed almost two million Zimbabweans facing near immediate malnutrition.
    (AFP, 12/2/10)

2010        Dec 13, President Barack Obama signed into law the $4.5 billion Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, part of an administration-wide effort to combat childhood obesity. Thousands more children would get into school-based meal programs and those lunches and dinners would become more nutritious.
    (AP, 12/13/10)(SFC, 12/14/10, p.A7)

2010        Dec 22, The Indian government, facing mounting public anger over soaring onion costs, scrapped tax on imports of the vegetable to try to rein in prices of the staple food.
    (AFP, 12/22/10)

2010        Dickson Despommier, a professor at Columbia Univ., authored “The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century."
    (SFC, 12/24/10, p.15)
2010        Paul Greenberg authored “Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food."
    (SSFC, 7/11/10, p.F1)(Econ, 7/24/10, p.82)
2010        Arnold Hiura authored “Kau Kau: Cuisine and Culture in the Hawaiian Islands."
    (SFC, 8/3/10, p.E1)
2010        Adrienne Sylver authored “Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog." Cartoon illustrations were created by Elwood H. Smith.
    (SSFC, 6/27/10, p.F7)

2011        Jan 4, Pres. Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act, but Congress failed to adequately fund the program, a $1.4 billion overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system.
    (SFC, 1/5/11, p.A4)(SFC, 4/8/15, p.A7)

2011        Jan 6, Donald J. Tyson (b.1930), chicken entrepreneur, died in Arkansas. He had built his father’s chicken business into the behemoth Tyson Foods.
    (SFC, 1/7/11, p.A9)

2011        Jan 7, German authorities stopped more than 4,700 farms from selling their meat and eggs as a precautionary measure after animal feed was found to be contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals. Authorities believed that some 150,000 tons of feed for poultry and swine containing industrial fat has been fed to livestock across Germany. The fat contained dioxins and should not have been in the food.
    (AP, 1/7/11)

2011        Jan 8, In Algeria Fresh protests erupted against soaring food prices as the government considered measures to limit the cost of staple foodstuffs to quell the unrest. 2 people were already dead and 400 injured in protests across the country since Jan 6.
    (Reuters, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 8, A spokesman for Germany's Agriculture Ministry said an overly high concentration of cancer-causing dioxin has for the first time been detected in samples of meat following the discovery that farm animals were fed contaminated feed.
    (AP, 1/8/11)

2011        Jan 11, German authorities ordered 140 pigs slaughtered after tests showed high levels of cancer-causing dioxin in swine at a farm near Verden that purchased tainted animal feed.
    (SFC, 1/12/11, p.A2)

2011        Jan 26, Algeria confirmed it bought almost a million tons of wheat and ordered an urgent speeding up of grain imports, a move seen heading off unrest over food prices as protests swept north Africa.
    (Reuters, 1/26/11)

2011        Jan, The US Dept. of Agriculture approved the use of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa, ending a nationwide ban that had been imposed in March 2007. A federal judge upheld the decision on Jan 6, 2012.
    (SFC, 1/7/12, p.D1)
2011        Jan, Ethiopia’s government imposed price controls to combat rising prices, giving food sellers long lines of customers but barely any profit.
    (AP, 6/21/11)

2011        Feb 5, In Iran A state-owned news website said Iran's broadcasting authority has banned Iranian TV channels from showing cooking programs that present recipes for foreign cuisine. The deputy head of Iran's state broadcasting company, Ali Darabi, announced the ban during a visit to one of the country's 30 state-run TV channels.
    (AP, 2/6/11)

2011        Feb 24, A British specialist ice cream parlor planned to serve up breast milk ice cream and says people should think of it as an organic, free-range treat. The breast milk concoction, called the "Baby Gaga" ($23 per serving), will be available from Feb 25 at the Icecreamists restaurant in London's Covent Garden.
    (Reuters, 2/24/11)

2011        Mar 19, One of Japan's six tsunami-crippled nuclear reactors appeared to stabilize but the country suffered another blow after discovering traces of radiation in food and water from near the stricken power plant. Crews fighting to cool reactors managed to connect a power line. Japan halted sales of food products near Fukushima because of contamination by a radioactive element which can pose a short-term health risk. Japan's police agency said 7,348 are dead and 10,947 are missing after last week's earthquake and tsunami.
    (AP, 3/19/11)(AFP, 3/19/11)(Reuters, 3/19/11)

2011        Mar 20, Japan’s ministry official Yoshifumi Kaji said that tests found excess amounts of radioactive elements on canola and chrysanthemum greens, in addition to spinach. He said the areas where the tainted produce was found included three prefectures that previously had not recorded such contamination. Tokyo Electric Power Company said two of the six reactor units are now safely under control after their fuel storage pools cooled down. The toll of dead or missing from Japan's worst natural disaster in almost a century neared 21,000.
    (AP, 3/20/11)(Reuters, 3/20/11)(AFP, 3/20/11)

2011        Mar 26, In Maine a whoopee pie maker created a massive 1,067 pound whoopee pie. State Reps. Paul Davis and Emily Cain, sponsors of a bill to make the whoopee pie Maine’s official “treat," were on hand.
    (SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A10)

2011        Mar 27, Venezuela’s President Chavez urged citizens to cut their calories to avoid obesity, the latest lifestyle recommendation by the self-proclaimed socialist crusader. Chavez has lobbied in recent weeks against what he calls the evils of capitalism, including alcoholism, breast implants and violent television programs.
    (AP, 3/27/11)

2011        Mar 28, Federal agricultural workers in Louisiana were reported using blow torches to burning every prickly pear cactus they came across in hope of killing off a cactus-eating pest that's been on a tear across the Gulf Coast and is moving West. Cactoblastis cactorum, a tan-colored moth from Argentina, has been moving steadily across the Gulf Coast for the past decade. Federal workers hoped to stop it before it gets to Texas and the population explodes with an abundant food supply.
    (AP, 3/28/11)

2011        Apr 2, Chinese officials said over 500 of the country’s 1,176 dairies were being shut down in an attempt to clean up the scandal-plagued dairy industry.
    (SSFC, 4/3/11, p.A4)

2011        Apr 4, Japanese engineers were forced to release radioactive water into the sea while resorting to desperate measures to try to find the source of leaks at a crippled Fukushima nuclear power complex hit by a tsunami on March 11. Tokyo Electric Power said it had found radioactive iodine-131 at 7.5 million times the legal limit in seawater near the facility. Biologists admitted that the contamination could eventually find its way into the ocean food chain.
    (Reuters, 4/4/11)

2011        Apr 7, Thailand authorities seized 1,800 Bengal monitor lizards being smuggled on pickup trucks to the capital. Their meat could sell for $7.50-$15 per pound ($16-$33 per kg) in China, making them worth more than $60,000.
    (AP, 4/8/11)

2011        Apr 8, China’s government and state media said 3 babies have died and 36 people, mostly children, fallen ill after drinking possibly tainted milk in the country's latest food scare.
    (AFP, 4/8/11)

2011        Apr 10, Chinese state media reported that Intentional poisoning was behind the tainted milk that killed three children and caused 36 others to become ill in northwestern Gansu province last week. Police suspected that a couple poisoned milk from a local farmer, causing three deaths, because of anger over business disputes. Police soon found that nitrite was added to milk from Ma Wenxuan's farm near the city of Pingliang in Gansu province.
    (Reuters, 4/10/11)(AP, 4/12/11)

2011        Apr 20, China’s Legal Daily newspaper said authorities in Shenyang have found bean sprouts tainted with banned food additives to make the vegetables grow faster and look shinier. Police had seized 40 tons of bean sprouts treated with the chemical compounds sodium nitrite and urea, as well as antibiotics and a plant hormone called 6-benzyladenine.
    (AP, 4/20/11)

2011        Apr 26, The Philippines-based Asian Development Bank said world food prices that surged 30 percent in the first two months of the year threaten to push millions of Asians into extreme poverty and cut economic growth.
    (AP, 4/26/11)

2011        Apr 27, Kenya's government said it is removing the tax on maize and wheat imports in a bid to cushion citizens from the effects of rising global food prices. PM Raila Odinga told parliament that the government also wants to remove all taxes on kerosene, the main fuel used for cooking.
    (AP, 4/27/11)

2011        May 7, Chinese farmer Liu Mingsuo came out and counted 80 burst watermelons. By the afternoon it was 100. Two days later he didn't bother to count anymore. Watermelons began bursting by the score in Jiangsu province, after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather. About 20 farmers were affected, losing up to 115 acres (45 hectares) of melon.
    (AP, 5/17/11)

2011        May 24, North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong Il reportedly traveled to an eastern Chinese city to study Beijing's economic reforms, while a US government team was in North Korea on a rare trip to assess food shortages.
    (AP, 5/24/11)

2011        May 28, German government officials said two more people have died of a bacterial outbreak allegedly caused by contaminated Spanish cucumbers, bringing the number of deaths to nine. Almost 300 people were sick with haemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, in recent days. HUS is a rare complication arising from an infection most commonly associated with E. coli, a bacterium found in undercooked beef or contaminated food. Almost a dozen people with HUS have been hospitalized in Sweden in the past two weeks after travel to Germany. In Denmark, eight people are hospitalized with E.coli infection that could be linked to the outbreak. The E. coli was later identified as type O104:H4.
    (AP, 5/28/11)(AP, 5/29/11)(Econ, 6/4/11, p.63)

2011        May 30, Russia banned the import of all vegetables from Germany and Spain and warned the sanction could soon be applied to the rest of Europe because of the deadly E. coli bacteria scare. German officials suspect the deadly strain, which has already killed 12 people, may have come from organic cucumbers imported from Spain.
    (AFP, 5/30/11)

2011        May 31, The death from a food-borne bacterial outbreak in Germany rose to 16 with nearly 400 people suffering severe symptoms. Scientists were unsure of which produce and which country was responsible for the unusual E. coli germ.
    (SFC, 6/1/11, p.A2)

2011        May, Taiwan’s biggest-ever food scare began when government inspectors testing sports drinks and soft drinks discovered dangerous levels of industrial plasticizers. Two food additive suppliers had substituted the plasticizers for palm oil as clouding agents. Traces of plasticizers were soon found in pharmaceuticals.
    (Econ, 6/18/11, p.48)

2011        Jun 2, The Obama administration replaced the food pyramid standard for healthful eating with new icon, a plate half filled with fruits and vegetables, the other half with grains and protein.
    (SFC, 6/3/11, p.D1)
2011        Jun 2, Spain's prime minister hit out at the European Commission and Germany for singling out the country's produce as a possible source of a deadly bacterial outbreak in Europe, and said the government would demand explanations and reparations. The World Health Organization said the E. coli bacteria responsible for a mysterious outbreak that has left 18 people dead and sickened hundreds is a new strain that has never been seen before. The illness had now spread to at least 10 European countries and fanned uncertainty about eating tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.
    (AP, 6/2/11)

2011       Jun 6, German officials retracted their assertion that the E.coli epidemic was caused by bean sprouts from an organic farm. They said there was not enough data to determine if the farm was in fact the source of the deadly outbreak, which sickened people all over Europe and resulted in twenty-two deaths.
             (AP, 6/6/11)

2011        Jun 10, Laboratory tests have determined that the E. coli epidemic in Germany and parts of Europe was in fact caused by contaminated bean sprouts from an organic farm. German authorities had been forced to retract their assertion that the sprouts were to blame, but now, high-tech laboratory testing proved that the sprouts were the culprit in the outbreak that has killed 31 people and sickened nearly 3,000 Germans.
            (AP, 6/10/11)(SFC, 6/11/11, p.A3)

2011        Jun 14, In an effort to help combat childhood obesity, the Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to stop serving flavored milk; neither chocolate nor strawberry milk will be available in school cafeterias after July 1.
            (LAT, 6/15/11)(AP, 6/14/11)

2011        Jun 22, Russia and the EU signed a deal agreeing conditions for the resumption of EU fresh vegetable imports to Russia, which banned them because of a deadly E.coli outbreak.
    (Reuters, 6/22/11)

2011        Jun 23, Russia’s PM Putin said his government would not revoke a ban on European vegetable imports until Brussels met Kremlin conditions.
    (SFC, 6/24/11, p.A4)

2011        Jun 26, Jose Graziano da Silva of Brazil was elected as director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN agency tasked with reducing world hunger at a time of high food prices.
    (AP, 6/26/11)

2011        Jun 28, The Dutch parliament agreed with the Dutch Party for the Animals (pvdD) and passed a bill banning the slaughter of livestock without stunning it first, removing an exemption that has allowed Jews and Muslims to butcher animals according to centuries old dietary rules.
    (SFC, 6/28/11, p.A2)(Econ, 12/21/13, p.80)

2011        Jun, Ethiopian consumers started a text-message campaign to boycott meat in an attempt to force prices down. The campaign has not worked.
    (AP, 6/21/11)

2011        Jul 4, The European Union said it will restart food aid to North Korea after the country's repressive communist regime agreed to an unprecedented monitoring system as it suffers through its worst food crisis in years. The WFP will check delivery at every stage and pay more than 400 visits a month to distribution sites, hospitals, child-care facilities and households.
    (AP, 7/4/11)

2011        Jul 5, The EU announced action against Egyptian bean and seed imports, after tests indicated that a 15-ton batch of Egyptian fenugreek seeds imported in 2009 to Germany and then distributed elsewhere was at the root of an E.coli outbreak that killed 50 people.
    (AFP, 7/14/11)

2011        Jul 11, Ethiopia said it needed $398 million to help millions of people in need of food aid due to a severe drought. It was estimated that a total of 4.5 million people will require humanitarian assistance during the remaining period of the current year.
    (AFP, 7/11/11)

2011        Jul 14, Switzerland suspended imports of some seeds, beans and sprouts from Egypt, after the EU blamed Egyptian fenugreek seeds for E.coli outbreaks in Germany and France. The temporary ban would expire in October 31, 2011, in line with the EU's suspension.
    (AFP, 7/14/11)

2011        Jul 22, UN food official Olivier De Schutter ended a five-day visit to Madagascar. He said nearly 70 percent of people living in the south of the island nation are food insecure and that the country has one of the world's highest levels of child malnutrition. He also said US and EU sanctions have led to major job losses and hurt agricultural development and urged nations to reconsider their sanctions.
    (AP, 7/23/11)

2011        Jul 26, The UN refugees agency said some 40,000 famine-hit people have fled to the Somali capital Mogadishu over the past month in search of food and water. An estimated 3.7 million people in Somalia, around a third of the population, are on the brink of starvation and millions more in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda have been affected by the worst drought in the region in 60 years.
    (AFP, 7/26/11)

2011        Aug 3, US meat giant Cargill said it is recalling 36 million pounds of ground turkey linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak that has killed one person in California and sickened at least 76 others. The fresh and frozen ground turkey products were produced at the company's Springdale, Ark., plant from Feb. 20 through Aug. 2.
    (AP, 8/3/11)

2011        Aug 5, Somali government troops opened fire on hungry civilians, killing at least seven people, as both groups made a grab for food at a UN distribution site in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 8/5/11)

2011        Aug 9, The World Food Program said it is sending 800 metric tons of high energy biscuits to East Africa to help fight the famine in Somalia. The UN food agency said that the series of nine airlifts will be enough to feed 1.6 million people for a day.
    (AP, 8/9/11)

2011        Aug 10, Tanzania pledged 300 tons of maize for Somalia's drought-hit people during a visit by Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
    (AFP, 8/10/11)

2011        Aug 15, The UN's World Food Program for the first time acknowledged it has been investigating food theft in Somalia for two months. Vast piles of food sacks with stamps on them from the World Food Program, the US government aid arm USAID and the Japanese government were found for sale in Mogadishu markets.
    (AP, 8/15/11)

2011        Aug 17, Southern Ethiopia teetered on the brink of a food crisis. The Ethiopian government said 250,000 people need food aid amid what the UN says is the worst drought in 60 years. An aid organization and agricultural officials said the number of people who need emergency food aid in Ethiopia is bigger, around 700,000.
    (AP, 8/17/11)

2011        Aug 19, Russia and North Korea both announced that Moscow will provide food assistance, including some 50,000 tons of wheat, to Pyongyang. North Korea might face another food crisis this year due to heavy rains.
    (AP, 8/20/11)
2011        Aug 19, The UN said tens of thousands of people have already died in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. It warned that the famine has not peaked and that 12 million people in the area need food aid.
    (AP, 8/20/11)

2011        Sep 5, The UN said famine has spread into Somalia’s southern Bay region, where nearly 60% of people are acutely malnourished, four times the rate at which an emergency is declared. Hundreds were reported dying every day, with at least half of them children.
    (AP, 9/5/11)

2011        Sep 27, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 72 illnesses were linked to tainted Colorado cantaloupe. Colorado state and local officials said they are investigating three additional deaths that may be connected. Cantaloupes from Jensen Farms were recalled on Sep 10. The listeria outbreak left 33 people dead. On Sep 26, 2013, Eric and Ryan Jensen were arested on charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. On Oct 22, 2013, Eric and Ryan pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.
    (AP, 9/28/11)(SFC, 10/1/11, p.A6)(SFC, 9/27/13, p.A7)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.A5)

2011        Oct 1, Denmark imposed a “fat tax" on foods such as butter and oil as a way to curb unhealthy eating habits. The tariff on saturated fats was abolished in November 2012.
    (SFC, 10/3/11, p.A2)(Econ, 11/17/12, p.52)

2011        Oct 4, USAID director Raj Shah said the US will donate more than $121 million to Ethiopia to fight food insecurity amid a drought in the East African nation.
    (AP, 10/5/11)

2011        Oct 7, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed measures to ban the importation, possession and sale of shark fins. The importation ban begins in January, but sale and use will continue to July 2013.
    (SFC, 10/8/11, p.A1)

2011        Oct 10, In California a 1,704 pumpkin won a prize of $11,224 in the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. Leonardo Urena’s pumpkin set a state record, but was 106 pounds short of a world record set in 2010 by a Wisconsin grown gourd.
    (SFC, 10/11/11, p.C1)

2011        Oct, The USDA awarded a 10-year contract worth up to $25 million to Fairfax, Va.-based SRA International, Inc., to step up the technology used to combat food stamp fraud. A criminal swindle of the nation's $64.7 billion food stamp program was playing out at small neighborhood stores around the country, where thousands of retailers are suspected of trading deals with customers, exchanging lesser amounts of cash for their stamps.
    (AP, 11/19/11)

2011        Nov 15, The EU said it has tightened controls on imports of Chinese rice products after a growing number of shipments were contaminated by unauthorized genetically-modified rice.
    (AFP, 11/15/11)

2011        Nov 18, US Congress lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections in a spending bill Pres. Obama signed into law to keep the government afloat until mid-December. The last US slaughterhouse that butchered horses closed in 2007 in Illinois. Animal welfare activists have warned of massive public outcry in any town where a slaughterhouse may open.
    (AP, 11/30/11)
2011        Nov 18, The European Commission said an extra 10 million euros ($13.5 million) in humanitarian funding will go on addressing "major shortfalls" in food in the Sahel region. The crisis is affecting 7 million people in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria.
    (AFP, 11/19/11)

2011        Nov 24, Pakistani police in Karachi arrested Zainab Bibi (32), a woman who had killed her husband and was attempting to cook his body parts after he planned to marry another woman without her permission.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)

2011        Dec 8, The UN's World Food Program said meager rains and diminished harvests have left between five and seven million people in Africa's Sahel region facing food shortages. The countries of Niger, Mauritania, Mali and Chad were worst hit.
    (AFP, 12/9/11)

2011        Dec 26, China's biggest milk producer, Mengniu Dairy Group, said it has destroyed a batch found to have excessive levels of a cancer-causing toxin, in another safety scare for the country's dairy industry. The problem was reportedly discovered before the milk containing high levels of aflatoxin was sold to the public.
    (AP, 12/26/11)

2011        Dec 30, China’s food safety regulator in Shenzhen said it had found excessive levels of aflatoxin in peanuts sold in three stores, and in cooking oil in four restaurants.
    (AFP, 12/31/11)

2011        Lizzie Collingham authored “The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food."
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.97)
2011        Redwood City-based Impossible Foods was founded. By 2020 the creator of soy-based burgers had raised $1.5 billion including $700 million in 2020.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impossible_Foods)(SFC, 10/21/20, p.C2)
2011        The first McDonald’s restaurant in Bosnia opened.
    (Econ, 2/1/14, p.65)
2011        Hungary under PM Viktor Orban introduced one of the world’s broadest levies on unhealthy foods. The “chips tax" applied to sugar, salt, fat, booze and energy drinks.
    (Econ 6/10/17, p.52)
2011        In Pakistan the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) was founded, the first agency of its kind in  the country.
    (Econ 5/6/17, p.39)
2011        In Somalia at least 80,000 people died this year of famine. A large amount of food sent by the UN to Mogadishu during the famine never reached the starving people it was intended for. Some of the World Food Program supplies went to the black market, some to feed livestock. One warehouse full of rations was looted in its entirety by a government official. Across the city, feeding sites handed out far less food than records indicate they should have. A report in 2013 raised the number of Somali deaths due to famine in 2011 to 260,000, half of them under age 5.
    (Econ, 2/25/12, p.58)(AP, 3/17/12)(AP, 5/6/13)

2012        Jan 3, Mali's government announced a plan to distribute 40,000 tons of food in emergency aid to drought victims and those lacking food security.
    (AFP, 1/3/12)

2012        Jan 10, India's Premier Manmohan Singh called malnutrition in the country "a national shame" as he released a major survey that found 42% of children under five were underweight.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, A survey across 33 states by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, a government watchdog, found that 68.4% of 1,791 milk samples contained adulterants. Detergent was found in 8.4% of all samples.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)

2012        Jan 14, Dan Evins (76), the founder of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store chain, died in Lebanon, Tenn. He opened his first restaurant in Lebanon in 1969. The restaurant catered to highway travelers and focused on offering Southern hospitality, country-style cooking and an associated gift shop.
    (AP, 1/16/12)

2012        Jan 18, Aid agencies said thousands of people, more than half of them children, died needlessly and millions of dollars were wasted because the international community did not respond to early warnings of an impending famine in East Africa. Earlier this week food donated by Cargill, the Minnesota-based producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products, was delivered to communities in need in Kenya. Cargill donated 10,000 metric tons of rice to World Food Program USA. The donation, the largest ever food donation to WFP USA, would feed nearly 1 million people for a month.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, The EU said it is doubling humanitarian aid to Africa's Sahel area to 95 million euros in a "race against time" to lift two million people facing food shortages out of danger.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, Niger PM Brigi Rafini said 34.9% of local households, or more than five million people, are going hungry.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)

2012        Jan 20, South Korea lifted its nine-year import ban on Canadian beef.
    (Reuters, 1/20/12)

2012        Jan 30, The World Food Program estimated that as many as a half million people could be forced to flee Sudan if the government in Khartoum does not allow humanitarian aid into the country. A top US official said that a humanitarian crisis is looming.
    (AP, 1/30/12)

2012        Jan 31, WFP officials said the World Food Program (WFP) will give emergency food to more than 80,000 people in Mozambique after twin cyclones left 32 dead.
    (AP, 1/31/12)

2012        Feb 3, A Minnesota food company said it is recalling more than a million hard-cooked eggs distributed to 34 states after testing revealed some may be contaminated with listeria.
    (AP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 3, Puerto Rico's government announced plans to kill as many iguanas as possible and export their meat in hopes of eradicating an imported species that has long vexed residents and entertained tourists. The reptiles were first seen in the wild in Puerto Rico in the 1970s when owners began to release them, and their numbers have since exploded. The US territory estimated it has 4 million iguanas, which is a little more than the island's human population.
    (AP, 2/4/12)

2012        Feb 9, The World Food Program said a food crisis in Mauritania as a result of drought is expected to be three times worse that in 2010, when the Sahel was crippled by food shortages.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)

2012        Feb 15, A report from Save the Children said 5 children around the world die every minute because of chronic malnutrition. It also said that almost half a billion children risk are at risk of permanent damage over the next 15 years.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, United Nations and EU aid chiefs called for "urgent" assistance for West Africa's drought-hit Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger), saying it needed $725 million (552 million euros) this year.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)

2012        Mar 8, Taiwanese pork farmers pelted police with rotten eggs and animal feces as anger over policies on US meat imports sparked a mass protest. Thousands of protesters gathered in downtown Taipei to voice fears that President Ma Ying-jeou's government will lift a ban on US pork treated with ractopamine, a controversial additive used to promote lean meat. Early this week the government announced a plan to lift a ban on ractopamine-treated US beef. But a government guarantee to keep a ban on US pork containing the additive failed to convince the pig farmers.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)

2012        Mar 12, The UN and humanitarian group Oxfam said more than six million people in Niger need immediate help as the country faces a persistent food crisis due to drought and a number of other factors.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)

2012        Mar 15, New research reportedly showed a link between an increase in the death of bees and insecticides, specifically the chemicals used to coat corn seeds. A study, titled "Assessment of the Environmental Exposure of Honeybees to Particulate Matter Containing Neonicotinoid Insecticides Coming from Corn Coated Seeds," was published in the American Chemical Society's Environmental Science & Technology journal, and provided insight into colony collapse disorder.
    (ABCNews, 3/15/12)

2012        Mar 21, Safeway said it will stop selling fresh or frozen ground beef containing the filler known as “pink slime." Supervalu Inc. also said it will stop carrying products with the filler.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 21, Arysta LifeScience Corp. of Japan canceled its registration to sell the controversial methyl iodide pesticide in California. The pesticide was intended for strawberry fields and had been approved for use in the state in 2010.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.C1)
2012        Mar 21, Vietnamese police seized five tons of frozen pangolins and iguanas that were destined for the cooking pot in China.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)

2012        Mar 23, In Sacramento, Ca., Frederick Salyer (56), the former owner of SK Foods, pleaded guilty to running the company as a racketeering enterprise that bribed purchasers, fixed prices and doctored lab tests of moldy tomato paste. Salyer served as CEO from 1999-2009, when the company filed for bankruptcy. Salyer was arrested in Feb, 2010, during a brief return to the US from Andorra. In 2013 he was sentenced to 6 years in federal prison and ordered to forfeit $3.45 million.
    (SFC, 3/24/12, p.D5)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.E3)

2012        Apr 2, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave a $12-million grant to a project aimed at boosting yam production and doubling the income of west African farmers of the crop. The initial focus is on 200,000 smallholder farm families in Ghana and Nigeria.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)

2012        Apr 5, A Vietnamese survey reported that nearly a third of pre-school children in Vietnam suffer from malnutrition and stunted growth, while in urban areas rates of childhood obesity are rising. The study by the National Institute of Nutrition was based on research in 2009 and 2010.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)

2012        Apr 13, Zimbabwe state media said the country will suffer a one million ton maize deficit due to drought, after nearly half of the national crop now coming up for harvest has failed. The United Nations has already appealed for $488 million dollars in food aid for Zimbabwe for last year and the first months of this year.
    (AFP, 4/13/12)

2012        Apr 14, The United States called off plans to send food aid to North Korea after the impoverished state's defiant rocket launch, as an aid group feared more than two million children would go hungry.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)

2012        Apr 15, In southern India a beef-eating festival at Osmania University triggered clashes between rival students as Hindu activists fought with low-caste Dalit groups who had organized the event in Hyderabad.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)

2012        Apr 23, Swiss-based Nestle said it would buy Pfizer Nutrition, the infant nutrition arm of American Drug firm Pfizer, for $11.85 billion.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.75)

2012        Apr 25, Two major South Korean retailers pulled US beef from their stores following the discovery of mad cow disease in a California dairy cow. US health authorities a day earlier said the animal was never a threat to the nation's food supply. US authorities said the dead cow had what scientists call an atypical case of BSE, meaning that a random mutation in the animal rather than infected cattle feed was the cause.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)

2012        Apr 27, The UN food agency appealed to oil- and mineral-rich nations to set up a fund to combat the food crisis gripping the Sahel desert region (Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger) and other parts of Africa. The group said it needed $110 million (83 million euros) to combat the crisis in the short term.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)

2012        May 13, Japanese artist Mao Sugiyama (22) had his penis and testicles surgically removed in March and kept them frozen for two months before dishing them out, seasoned and braised, to customers at an event hall. Diners paid 20,000 yen ($250) for the plate with a portion of genitals. Police in Tokyo said they knew of the episode, but added that it had not broken the law as cannibalism was not illegal in Japan.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)

2012        May 15, The UN World Food Program launched the distribution of cash vouchers for the purchase of food in Neteboulou, in Senegal's Tambacounda region, for people hit by poor harvests and high food prices.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)

2012        May 18, Pres. Obama pledged that the United States will keep providing emergency aid to feed the world's hungry and said that firms had committed $3 billion to improve agriculture.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)

2012        May 25, Chinese media reported that police in southwest China have detained a man suspected of murdering more than a dozen boys and young men, chopping up their bodies and selling the flesh to unsuspecting consumers. Zhang Yongming (56) was detained two weeks ago in his home village of Nanmen in Yunnan and is being investigated over the murder of a 19-year-old man in late April and the disappearance of several others.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)

2012        May 30, A consortium of geneticists reported that they have decoded the genome of the tomato and that is has 31,760 genes, about 7,000 times more than human beings. They sequenced both the Heinz 1706 variety, used for ketchup, and its closest wild relative, Solanum pimpinellifolium, from the highlands of Peru.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A10)

2012        Jun 1, Australian researchers reported that eating a block of dark chocolate daily over 10 years has "significant" benefits for high-risk cardiac patients and could prevent heart attacks and strokes.
    (AFP, 6/1/12)

2012        Jun 13, Chinese dairy maker Yili started recalling batches of baby formula after authorities found they contained high levels of mercury. The recall covered baby formula produced from November 2011 to May 2012.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)

2012        Jun 15, A Scottish authority in Argyll lifted its ban stopping a nine-year-old Scottish girl from photographing her school lunches and posting them on her blog, after the move sparked outrage online. Six weeks ago, Martha Payne began taking photos of the uninspiring lunches provided by her school canteen and posting them on her blog, "NeverSeconds."
    (AFP, 6/15/12)

2012        Jun 27, Austrian police stopped 3 overloaded vans about to ross into Hungary and found them packed with 9.5 tons of stolen garlic, valued at $37,500, apparently coming from Spain.
    (SFC, 6/28/12, p.A2)

2012        Jul 4, In NYC Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Ca., won his 6th straight title matching his own record of eating 68 hot dogs in ten minutes at Nathan’s Coney Island contest.
    (SFC, 7/5/12, p.A7)

2012        Jul 13, Papua New Guinea police said they have arrested 29 people accused of being part of a cannibal cult in the jungle interior and charged them with the murders of seven suspected witch doctors. The cult members allegedly ate their victims' brains raw and made soup from their penises.
    (AP, 7/13/12)

2012        Aug 1, In Chile McDonald's, Burger King, KFC and other fast-food companies were accused in Chile of violating the country's new law against including toys with children's meals. Sen. Guido Gerardi filed a formal complaint with the health authority accusing those and other companies of knowingly endangering the health of children by marketing kids' meals with toys more than a month after the law took effect June 7.
    (AP, 8/1/12)

2012        Aug, Blue Apron, a pioneer in delivering food kits to customers for assembly at home, was founded in NYC. In 2017 the company filed to go public.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Apron)(SFC, 6/3/17, p.D4)

2012        Sep 3, In Minnesota the Black Bear Casino Resort near Carlton cooked up a world-record bacon cheeseburger that's 10 feet in diameter and weighed a record 2,014 pounds. It included 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onions, 40 pounds of pickles and 40 pounds of cheese.
    (AFP, 9/4/12)

2012        Sep 4, US fast food giant McDonald's, famed for its beef-based Big Mac burgers, said it will open its first ever vegetarian-only restaurant in the world in India next year.
    (AFP, 9/4/12)
2012        Sep 4, The three UN food agencies urged governments to take quick action to curb rising prices of corn, wheat and soybeans and avoid a repeat of the 2007-2008 food crises.
    (AP, 9/4/12)

2012        Oct 2, The US National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said a salmonella outbreak traced to smoked salmon has sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands and the United States. It has been traced to Dutch company Foppen, which sells fish to many major Dutch supermarkets and to stores around the world.
    (AP, 10/2/12)(http://tinyurl.com/m3wv4tr)

2012        Oct 8, In Half Moon Bay, Ca., Thad Starr (45) of Pleasant Hills, Oregon, won the 39th annual giant pumpkin contest with a 1,775 gourd, a local record. The world record was recently set in Massachusetts by a 2,009-pound specimen.
    (SFC, 10/9/12, p.C2)

2012        Oct 9, The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said its 2009 headline-grabbing announcement that 1 billion people in the world were hungry was off-target and that the number is actually more like 870 million.
    (AP, 10/9/12)

2012        Oct 16, The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization marked World Food Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of global food security. It said one in eight people around the world goes to bed hungry every night.
    (AP, 10/16/12)

2012        Nov 16, Hostess Brands, the bankrupted maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other baked goods, said it is closing all of its 33 plants and 565 distribution centers nationwide and laying off 18,500 workers.
    (SFC, 11/17/12, p.A1)

2012        Nov 19, Hostess Brands Inc agreed in court to enter private mediation with its lenders and leaders of a striking union to try to avert the liquidation of the maker of Twinkies snack cakes and Wonder Bread.
    (Reuters, 11/19/12)

2012        Nov 21, Arysta, the Japanese maker of the pesticide methyl iodide, agreed to remove all of its products from the US market and end sales permanently. Exposure to the fumigant was shown to have caused thyroid cancer, miscarriages and nervous system damage on rats and rabbits.
    (SFC, 11/22/12, p.A15)

2012        Nov 26, The US Food and Drug Administration halted operations of the country's largest organic peanut butter processor, cracking down on salmonella poisoning for the first time with new enforcement authority the agency gained in a 2011 food safety law. FDA officials had found salmonella all over Sunland Inc.'s New Mexico processing plant.
    (AP, 11/27/12)

2012        US First Lady Michelle Obama authored “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America."
    (Econ, 6/9/12, p.40)
2012        In Brazil the voracious helicoverpa armiger caterpillar, that likely arrived from Asia, was spotted for the first time in the Americas on cotton farms in drought-prone western Bahia. The caterpillar was soon in soybean fields thousands of kilometers away thanks to the long-distance flying power of its moths, consuming everything from tomatoes to sorghum.
    (AP, 2/27/14)

2012-2013    Some 500 tons of horsemeat were sold to a subsidiary of Comigel, a French company, whose frozen meals were sold to 28 different companies in 13 European countries. The cheap horsemeat from Belgium, Romania and Canada were imported into France and then labelled incorrectly as beef, with the meat processing company Spanghero and the Dutch middlemen pocketing the profits. In 2019 a trial opened in Paris for four men accused of helping organize the sale.
    {France, Netherlands, Food}
    (AFP, 1/21/19)

2013        Jan 3, Hormel Foods said it has agreed to buy the Skippy peanut butter business from Unilever for about $700 million.
    (SFC, 1/4/13, p.C3)

2013        Jan 7, Fred Turner (80), former CEO and chairman of McDonald’s Corp., died. He introduced the first Drive-Thru in 1975.
    (Econ, 1/26/13, p.82)

2013        Jan 8, The UN World Food Program said it is unable to help 1 million Syrians who are going hungry.
    (AP, 1/8/13)

2013        Jan 13, Argentina said that a monthly basket for an indigent family of four cost 719 pesos in December, or about 5.99 pesos per day, per person. On the streets of Buenos Aires, 6 pesos doesn't stretch beyond a pack of chewing gum, or a cup of yoghurt, or a single "alfajor" cookie.
    (AP, 1/17/13)

2013        Jan 16, British PM David Cameron condemned horse meat found in beef burgers sold by Tesco and said this was likely to prove both embarrassing and costly for the firm.
    (AP, 1/16/13)

2013        Jan 18, McDonald's and Finley's Management Co. agreed to pay $700,000 to members of a Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law.
    (AP, 1/21/13)

2013        Feb 2, The US and Mexico reached a tentative agreement on cross-border trade in tomatoes.
    (SFC, 2/4/13, p.A8)

2013        Feb 4, Argentina announced a two-month price freeze on supermarket products in an effort to stop spiraling inflation.
    (AP, 2/4/13)

2013        Feb 7, UK authorities said beef lasagna products recalled from British supermarkets by frozen food company Findus had tested positive for more than 60% horsemeat.
    (SFC, 2/8/13, p.A2)

2013        Feb 9, The French and British governments promised to punish those found responsible for selling horsemeat in beef products. French consumer safety authorities said companies from Romania, Cyprus and the Netherlands were part of a supply chain that resulted in horsemeat being disguised as beef in frozen lasagna sold around the continent.
    (Reuters, 2/9/13)(AP, 2/10/13)

2013        Feb 14, H.J. Heinz said it has agreed to be acquired by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, a Brazilian private-equity firm, in a $23.3 billion deal. 3G later bought Kraft and merged it with Heinz in 2015.
    (SFC, 2/15/13, p.C4)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.63)(Econ, 7/9/16, p.54)

2013        Feb 15, Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it had found 29 positive tests for horsemeat after demanding samples from UK retailers engulfed in a contamination scandal that is spreading across Europe.
    (AP, 2/15/13)
2013        Feb 15, The EU agreed to begin random DNA checks on meat products in a bid to put a lid on a spreading scandal over horsemeat.
    (SFC, 2/16/13, p.A2)

2013        Feb 20, The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority said DNA tests showed two batches of frozen Nowaco Lasagne Bolognese in a branch of the Tesco supermarket chain in the western city of Pilsen contained horsemeat. Luxembourg was listed as the country of origin.
    (Reuters, 2/20/13)

2013        Feb 22, Frozen food maker Birds Eye said it would withdraw some products in Britain and Ireland after it found traces of horse DNA in one of its ready meals sold in Belgium.
    (Reuters, 2/22/13)

2013        Feb 22, French catering and vouchers group Sodexo said it was withdrawing all frozen beef products from the market in Britain after finding horse meat in some of its products.
    (Reuters, 2/22/13)
2013        Feb 22, Ireland’s government said B&F Meats in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, has been caught labeling horse meat as beef and shipping it to a company in the Czech Rep.
    (SFC, 2/23/13, p.A2)

2013        Feb 25, Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe's widening food labeling scandal as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.
    (AP, 2/25/13)

2013        Feb 26, Hungary’s National Food Chain Safety Office (Nebih) horse meat labeled as beef has been sold in the country.
    (AP, 2/26/13)
2013        Feb 26, A South African study was released showing that donkey, water buffalo and other unconventional ingredients have been found in almost two thirds of hamburgers and sausages tested in South Africa.
    (AP, 2/26/13)

2013        Mar 1, Britain’s Food Standards Agency said traces of horse meat has been found in ground beef sold by Taco Bell, which has only three British outlets. Horse DNA also was found in Birds Eye spaghetti Bolognese and beef lasagna and spicy minced beef skewers from catering supplier Brakes.
    (AP, 3/1/13)

2013        Mar 5, Frozen food maker Birds Eye said horse meat DNA found in two of its products came from an Irish meat processor that is part of one of Ireland's largest agricultural businesses. The company said investigations had found its Belgian supplier Frigilunch NV had unknowingly sourced meat with horse DNA from Irish meat processor QK Meats.
    (Reuters, 3/5/13)

2013        Mar 11, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to appeal a judge's ruling that struck down his pioneering ban on large sugary drinks sold by the city's restaurants, movie theaters and other food service businesses just a day before it was to take effect.
    (Reuters, 3/11/13)
2013        Mar 11, In China Shanghai officials said the number of dumped adult and piglet carcasses retrieved in tributaries of the Huangpu river had reached 2,813. The city government, citing monitoring authorities, said the drinking water quality has not been affected. Authorities have been pulling out swollen and rotting pigs since March 8. By March 21 the dead pig count reached over 16,000.
    (AP, 3/11/13)(SFC, 3/23/13, p.A2)(Econ, 12/20/14, p.70)
2013        Mar 11, CITES conservationists in Bangkok voted to regulate the trade of shark species threatened because their fins are used for expensive delicacies in Asia.
    (SFC, 2/12/13, p.A2)

2013        Mar 21, In San Francisco commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed suit against federal regulators for not banning the use of two pesticides they say harm honeybees.
    (SFC, 3/27/13, p.E5)

2013        Apr 1, In Egypt an outbreak of food poisoning at al-Azhar University forced the hospitalization of 479 students. It occurred after a meal served at the university dormitories in Cairo's Nasr City district. The outbreak led to student protests.
    (AP, 4/2/13)

2013        Apr 6, Sweden-based Ikea said it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its home furnishings stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium. The product had only been on sale for a month when it was pulled off the shelves on March 22.
    (AP, 4/6/13)

2013        Apr 9, British supermarket chain Asda said very low levels of the horse pain-killing drug phenylbutazone, also known as bute, had been found in horsemeat discovered in tins of corned beef. This was the first such case in Britain.
    (Reuters, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 9, The United Nations reopened food distribution centers in Gaza that closed last week following a violent protest at a UN compound.
    (AP, 4/9/13)

2013        Apr 15, The United Nations Children's Fund said more than a quarter of children under the age of 5 worldwide are permanently "stunted" from malnutrition, leaving them physically and intellectually weak and representing a scandalous waste of human potential.
    (AP, 4/15/13)

2013        Apr 16, EU officials said that over 7,000 tests of food products across the EU have shown that nearly 5% of food labeled as beef contained horse meat.
    (SFC, 4/17/13, p.A2)

2013        Apr 18, Irish company ABP Foods, at the center of a scandal in Europe over horsemeat in beef products, said it is leaving the frozen burger market after selling the factory where burgers containing horse DNA were first discovered.
    (Reuters, 4/18/13)

2013        Apr 27, The US military said that 100 of 166 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have joined the hunger strike. 19 were receiving liquid nutrients through a nasal tube to prevent dangerous weight loss. Lawyers put the number of hunger strikers at 130.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A5)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.27)

2013        May 2, China’s Ministry of Public Security said police have broken a crime ring that passed off more than $1 million in rat and small mammal meat as mutton.
    (Reuters, 5/2/13)

2013        May 7, Scientists said Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) is destroying entire crops of cassava and has spread out of East Africa into the heart of the continent. It is attacking plants as far south as Angola and now threatens to move west into Nigeria, the world's biggest producer of the potato-like root that helps feed 500 million Africans.
    (AP, 5/7/13)

2013        May 20, New Zealand PM John Key said a frozen meat issue is a technical hiccup that he expects will be resolved this week. Hundreds of tons of frozen mutton, lamb and beef from New Zealand have been stranded for 2-3 weeks on Chinese docks after China halted their import due to a certification dispute.
    (AP, 5/20/13)

2013        May 21, It was reported that NASA has given a six-month grant to a company developing what could be the world’s first 3-D food printer. And the project’s developer, reports Quartz, an online digital news site, believes the invention could be used to end world hunger.
2013        May 21, Rob Rhinehart (24) raised $100,000 in after requesting donations on Twitter for support to manufacture Soylent, an artificial food substance. Over 1,000 backers overnight pledged $65 for a week’s supply.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, p.D2)

2013        May 29, It was reported that Wan Long, chairman of China’s Shuanghui International has made a 4.7 billion bid for Virginia-based meatpacker Smithfield Foods. The purchase was endorsed by Smithfield's board but still require approval from shareholders and US regulators.
    (AP, 5/31/13)(http://tinyurl.com/k4sdobs)(Econ, 6/8/13, p.38)

2013        Jun 4, Venezuelan officials said restrictions on the sale of 20 basic items including toilet paper and chicken subject to price controls are set to begin next week in Zulia, its most populous state.
    (AP, 6/4/13)

2013        Jun 13, "The Fast Diet", also known as the 5:2 diet, is the brainchild of TV medical journalist Michael Mosley and journalist Mimi Spencer and allows people to eat what they want for five days but only eat 600 calories a day on the other two. Their book, "The Fast Diet", has topped bestselling book lists in Britain and the United States this year and been reprinted more than a dozen times.
    (Reuters, 6/13/13)

2013        Jun 19, The World Food Prize Foundation awarded this year’s prize to 3 pioneers of plant biotechnology: Marc Van Montagu, founder and chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach at Ghent Univ. in Belgium; Mary-Dell Chilton, founder and researcher of Syngenta Biotechnology; and Robert Fraley, chief technology officer at Monsanto.
    (SFC, 6/20/13, p.A6)

2013        Jul 3, The Indian government launched a $22 billion welfare program to give cheap food to hundreds of millions of people, a center-piece of the ruling Congress party's plan to win a third term in office in elections due by May 2014.
    (Reuters, 7/3/13)

2013        Jul 10, The World Food Program said it needed $27 million every month to deal with the growing ranks of Syrians made hungry because of the war as Muslims began observing the dawn-to-dusk fast for the month of Ramadan across the Middle East.
    (AP, 7/10/13)

2013        Jul 16, In India 23 children died and more than two dozen others were sick in Bihar state after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with insecticide. The principal of the school was arrested on July 24, nine days after she went into hiding. In October Meena Kumari and her husband were charged with murder.
    (AP, 7/17/13)(AP, 7/18/13)(AP, 7/24/13)(AP, 10/22/13)

2013        Jul 30, A New York sate appeals court ruled that NYC’s Board of health exceeded its legal authority when it voted last year to put a 16-ounce size limit on high calorie soft drinks.
    (SFC, 7/31/13, p.A6)

2013        Aug 5, In Britain Dutch scientists served hamburgers made from cow stem cells at a public tasting in London. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, underwrote the 250,000-euro ($330,000) project, which began in 2006.
    (AP, 8/5/13)

2013        Aug 6, In France masked farmers began dumping pallets holding tens of thousands of eggs in front of a grocery store in Ploumagoar. The action has continued nightly in the region due to low egg prices. Over-production and expensive renovations to meet new European norms on hen houses have reduced egg farmer incomes.
    (AP, 8/9/13)

2013        Aug 7, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc, declared it would no longer accept cattle that had been fed the most popular brand of the feed additive, called Zilmax, a powerful and fast-selling product from pharmaceutical company Merck & Co.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 7, In Denver, at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association conference, meat producer JBS USA presented a video showing short clips of cows struggling to walk and displaying other signs of distress. It was shown as part of a panel discussion on the pros and cons of using a class of drugs known as beta-agonists - the additives fed to cattle in the weeks before slaughter to add up to 30 pounds to bodyweight and reduce fat content in the meat.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 7, China fined six companies, including Mead Johnson Nutrition Co, Danone and New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, a total of $110 million following an investigation into price fixing and anti-competitive practices by foreign baby formula makers.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)

2013        Aug 26, India's parliament passed a flagship 18-billion-dollar program to provide subsidized food to the poor that is intended to "wipe out" endemic hunger and malnutrition in the aspiring superpower.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)

2013        Sep 2, India's upper house of parliament approved a $20 billion scheme to distribute subsidized wheat and rice to 800 million people, backing an anti-malnutrition drive that investors fear will mean missing the fiscal deficit target.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)

2013        Sep 11, The UN Food and Agricultural Organization said one-third of all food produced in the world gets wasted, amounting to a loss of $750 billion a year.
    (SFC, 9/12/13, p.A2)

2013        Sep 24, Burger King introduced “Satisfries," a new crinkle-cut french fry with about 20% fewer calories and a slightly higher price.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A5)

2013        Oct 16, Washington became the 2nd state to adopt rules for the recreational sale of marijuana. Initiative 522, a measure requiring retail outlets to label genetically modified (GM) food, failed.
    (SFC, 10/16/13, p.A12)(http://tinyurl.com/o7zmnsa)

2013        Oct 24, In India retail prices of onions were reported to have quadrupled in three months - now costing over 100 rupees ($1.62) a kilo, which is what a third of the population live on per day - as a supply squeeze caused by wet weather has hampered harvests.
    (Reuters, 10/24/13)

2013        Oct 26, Wisconsin’s Milwaukee-based Garden-Fresh Foods recalled 50 more tons of chicken and ham products over concern of possible listeria contamination. The company first recalled 9 tons of food on Sep 25.
    (SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A8)

2013        Nov 16, The governing body on the Hawaiian island of Kauai voted to override their mayor's veto of a bill that seeks to reign in widespread pesticide use and the testing of new genetically modified crops.
    (Reuters, 11/16/13)

2013        Nov 17, The head of Syria's General Foreign Trade Organization (GFTO) said Syrian bank accounts frozen abroad are gradually being freed up for use to fund food purchases, with France being the most committed to releasing the money.
    (Reuters, 11/17/13)

2013        Nov 27, In Germany authorities in Dresden arrested a policeman on suspicion of killing and chopping up a man he met on the Internet who apparently fantasized about being killed and eaten. Officer Detlev Guenzel had met a willing victim in an Internet chat forum devoted to cannibalism fetishists. In 2015 Guenzel was convicted of murdering Wojciech Stempniewicz and chopping him up in an S&M chamber. Guenzel was again convicted in a 2016 re-trial.
    (AP, 11/29/13)(AP, 4/1/15)(AFP, 12/13/16)

2013        Dec 11, The US FDA said it will begin curbing the use of some medically important antibiotics commonly fed to animals to fatten them up for market. A 3-year plan to implement this was called the Veterinary Feed Directive.
    (SFC, 12/12/13, p.A1)

2013        Dec 13, Europe's second-highest court said it has overturned a decision by the European Commission to allow the cultivation and sale of a genetically modified potato developed by German chemicals group BASF.
    (Reuters, 12/13/13)

2013        Dec 16, French police made 21 arrests as part of an investigation into claims that meat from horses used to produce anti-rabies and other serums got into the food chain.
    (AFP, 12/16/13)

2013        Michael Pollan, food intellectual, authored “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation."
    (Econ, 4/27/13, p.76)
2013        Mary Roach authored “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal."
    (Econ, 5/4/13, p.82)
2013        "Parts Unknown," hosted by Anthony Bourdain (1957-2018), began airing on CNN. Each trip was an adventure, part travelogue, part history lesson, part love letter to exotic foods. There had been nothing quite like it on the staid news network, and it became an immediate hit.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2013        DoorDash Inc., a San Francisco–based on-demand food delivery service, was founded by Stanford students Andy Fang, Stanley Tang, Tony Xu and Evan Moor.
2013        China reported that inspectors had found nearly half the rice tested in restaurants and canteens in the southern city of Guangzhou was laced with cadmium.
    (Econ 6/10/17, p.18)

2014        Jan 9, Health experts launched Action on Sugar, a drive to cut sugar levels in food in an effort to tackle obesity and diabetes.
    (AFP, 1/9/14)

2014        Jan 24, The World Food Program said looters in South Sudan have stolen UN food aid that would have fed over 220,000 people for a month.
    (AFP, 1/24/14)

2014        Jan 31, A US federal judge gave Hosam Amara, a former Agriprocessors Inc. manager, a 41-month prison term for exploiting immigrant workers at a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. 389 workers were arrested in a May, 2008, raid at the plant.
    (SFC, 2/1/14, p.A6)

2014        Feb 3, St. Louis-based Post Holdings Inc. said it is buying the PowerBar and Musashi brands from Nestle SA, further diversifying its business by expanding into the active nutrition category. Musashi is a leading sports nutrition brand in Australia.
    (AP, 2/3/14)
2014        Feb 3, The UN launched a bid to raise $2.0 billion (1.48 billion euros) from international donors in 2014 to help more than 20 million people threatened by famine in Africa's Sahel region.
    (AFP, 2/3/14)

2014        Feb 21, The EU bloc's executive Commission added Bavarian pretzels to its "protected origins" list.
    (AP, 2/21/14)

2014        Mar 2, Mozambique agriculture minister Jose Pacheco said that more than 300,000 people in central and southern regions of the country face famine this year.
    (AP, 3/3/14)

2014        Mar 10, Fruit supply companies Chiquita of the United States and Fyffes of Ireland said they had agreed to merge to create the world's biggest banana supplier. Fyffes is Europe's biggest banana importer and the oldest industry brand, dating to 1929.
    (AP, 3/10/14)

2014        Apr 16, British food bank operator Trussell Trust reported that the number of people in Britain using food banks has nearly tripled to more than 900,000 over the past 12 months.
    (AFP, 4/16/14)

2014        Apr 23, The Vermont House approved the country’s first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified food, effective July 1, 2016. Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans to sign it.
    (SFC, 4/25/14, p.A6)

2014        May 1, The EU as of today banned imports of Indian mangoes including the Alphonso, considered the king of all the mango varieties grown in South Asia, because a large number of shipments were contaminated with fruit flies. The pests are considered a threat to crops grown in Europe.
    (AP, 5/7/14)

2014        May 8, Religious leaders in Britain called for all meat to be labelled with details of how it was slaughtered after it emerged halal and kosher meat in supermarkets is often not marked as such.
    (AFP, 5/8/14)

2014        May 28, The City Council of Irwindale, Ca., voted to drop a public nuisance declaration and lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods, the maker of Sriracha hot sauce. Residents have complained last year that the spicy odors burned their throats and eyes. Other suitors including Texas have offered a friendlier home to the company.
    (SFC, 5/30/14, p.A4)

2014        May 29, In southern billionaire Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, unveiled Dragon V2, a new spacecraft designed to carry up to seven astronauts to the Int’l. Space Station (ISS).
    (SFC, 5/30/14, p.A4)

2014        Jun 16, Britain's food safety watchdog said you should not wash a chicken before cooking it, because washing raw chicken spreads the campylobacter bacteria.
    (AFP, 6/16/14)

2014        Jul 1, The UN warned that nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa have had their food rations slashed by up to 60 percent, threatening to push many to the brink of starvation. The situation was most dire for the 300,000 refugees in Chad, mainly from Sudan's Darfur region and from the Central African Republic.
    (AP, 7/1/14)

2014        Jul 2, The UN's food aid agency warned that Ethiopia is facing a huge wave of refugees from South Sudan, where the specter of famine threatens to heap further misery on a people already rocked by civil war.
    (AFP, 7/2/14)

2014        Jul 4, In NYC high-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, It was reported that Israeli inventor Dror Sharon has created a small scanner, the SciO, that can read the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. His infrared spectrometer, the size of a thumb drive, was being marketed for applications in food, pharmaceuticals and horticulture.
    (SFC, 7/4/14, p.A3)

2014        Jul 23, Chinese police detained five people from a unit of US food supplier OSI Group, in a case involving expired meat sold to fast food giants including McDonald's and KFC.
    (AFP, 7/23/14)

2014        Aug 14, Agricultural officials from all 28 European Union countries began emergency talks to weigh the impact of Russia's ban on Western food imports and whether to compensate EU farmers.
    (Reuters, 8/14/14)

2014        Aug 19, Poland said it has asked the European Commission to lodge a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over a Russian ban on EU food products that has hit Poland particularly hard.
    (Reuters, 8/19/14)

2014        Aug 21, Russia said it was investigating dozens of McDonald's restaurants, in what many businessmen said was retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine they fear could spread to other symbols of Western capitalism.
    (Reuters, 8/21/14)

2014        Aug 22, Robert Singleton (77), the co-owner of a shuttered Petaluma, Ca., slaughterhouse, pleaded guilty to charges that he helped sell adulterated meat. Three other defendants with ties to Rancho Feeding Corp. were indicted last week for conspiring to distribute the meat. In November foreman Felix Cabrera pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute adulterated meat. On Feb 18, 2015, four managers pleaded guilty to the charges. In 2016 Cabrera was sentenced to three months in federal prison.
    (SFC, 8/23/14, p.C4)(SFC, 2/19/15, p.E2)(SFC, 3/19/16, p.C1)

2014        Aug 26, Burger King said it has agreed to buy Canada's coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons in an $11 billion deal that would create the world's third-largest fast food company and be based in Canada.
    (AFP, 8/26/14)

2014        Sep 8, Hong Kong pulled pineapple buns and dumplings from the shelves after Taiwanese authorities said a factory in the south of the island illegally used 243 tons of tainted products, often referred to as "gutter oil", to mix with lard oil. Oil from Chang Guann, the Taiwanese oil manufacturer, was at the heart of the scandal.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)

2014        Sep 9, Ukraine said it was drafting a list of food and other products it plans to ban from Russia in retaliation for Moscow's own painful and politically-charged restrictions.
    (AFP, 9/9/14)

2014        Sep 24, In Indonesia scientists released some 3,000 tiny wasps in a secure tent-like habitat to monitor their success in an effort to halt an infestation of cassava crops by mealybugs. Scientists hoped their number would multiply to 450,000 prior to release in a month following government approval.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A6)

2014        Sep 30, It was reported that China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.
    (Reuters, 9/30/14)

2014        Oct 23, Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said they are again raising their bid for banana producer Chiquita, to $681 million, a day before Chiquita shareholders are expected to vote on a combination with Irish fruit importer Fyffes. Shareholders rejected the proposal.
    (AP, 10/23/14)(AP, 10/24/14)

2014        Oct 24, Russia’s agricultural safety agency said some 600 tons of banned meat from Europe were discovered disguised as other items such as frozen mushrooms, juice, fruit jellies and chewing gum.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)

2014        Nov 4, Voters in Berkeley, California, adopted the nation’s first soda tax, a 1-cent per-ounce levy on most beverages with added sugar.
    (SSFC, 11/9/14, p.C1)

2014        Nov 5, Russia gave 12 South African firms rights to supply canned and frozen fish. South Africa will resume seafood exports to Russia for the first time in almost two decades as Moscow looked elsewhere for food sources following Western sanctions over Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 11/11/14)

2014        Nov 13, India won US support for its food stockpiling scheme, rescuing the World Trade Organization from paralysis and giving new Prime Minister Narendra Modi a victory without major concessions.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)

2014        Nov 14, In Syria armed clashes erupted in Douma after hungry residents stormed food warehouses belonging to an Islamist rebel group. Residents said the Army of Islam only distributes food and medical supplies to its fighters.
    (AFP, 11/15/14)

2014        Nov 25, The US FDA announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules, requiring establishment that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more location to post calorie content on the menus and displays. Compliance for most companies was due to November, 2015.
    (SFC, 11/26/14, p.A6)

2014        Nov 27, Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said some 70 percent of fresh chickens on sale in Britain are contaminated with a food poisoning bug.
    (AFP, 11/27/14)

2014        Dec 1, The UN World Food Program suspended a food voucher program serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees, citing a funding crisis after many donors failed to meet their commitments.
    (AP, 12/1/14)

2014        Dec 9, The UN World Food Program said it has reinstated a food aid program to help feed over 1.7 million Syrian refugees following a significan cash infusion.
    (SFC, 12/10/14, p.A3)

2012        Dec 18, Police in Canada's French-speaking province of Quebec announced a breakthrough in the mysterious disappearance last August of truckloads of Canadian maple syrup. Three suspects were arrested, vehicles were seized and syrup-making equipment recovered after a manhunt in Canada and the United States. Richard Vallieres, one of four defendants, made a profit of close to C$1m.
    (Reuters, 12/18/12)(Econ, 11/12/16, p.33)

2014        Dec 19, US health officials warned consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples after they were linked to 4 deaths in which people were sickened with listeria. At least 28 more were known sickened in ten states.
    (SFC, 12/20/14, p.A5)

2014        Sandra Gilbert authored “The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity."
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.73)
2014        Nina Teicholz authored “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a healthy Diet.
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.76)

2015        Jan 5, Ireland said the United States will permit imports of beef from the country, the first European Union state allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago.
    (AP, 1/5/15)

2015        Jan 7, In California US District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that the  state prohibition on the sale of foie gras illegally encroached upon the regulatory domain of the federal government. The state ban was passed in 2004 and went into effect in 2012.
    (SFC, 1/8/15, p.A1)

2015        Jan 13, The European Parliament lifted the EU-wide ban on genetically modified (GM) crops allowing national governments to impose their own restrictions.
     (Econ, 1/17/15, p.52)

2015        Jan 21, It was reported that an Alabama man was cited by police in Georgia for eating a cheeseburger while driving issued under the state’s distracted driving law.
    (SFC, 1/21/15, p.A6)

2015        Jan 23, It was reported that robbers and looters were targeting trucks carrying food across Venezuela in another sign of worsening shortages that have turned basics like flour and chicken into coveted booty.
    (Reuters, 1/23/15)

2015        Jan 27, Albertsons supermarket chain said FTC regulators have approved its purchase of Safeway Inc. after the companies agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to preserve competition. Most of the stores will be bought by Haggen, a northwest chain.
    (SFC, 1/28/15, p.C2)

2015        Jan 29, UN experts said over 38,000 Somali children are at "high risk" from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation.
    (AFP, 1/29/15)

2015        Jan 31, It was reported that a mysterious annual epidemic in northern India was likely due to a toxin found in litchi fruit.
    (SFC, 1/31/15, p.A5)

2015        Feb 3, The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) declared itself "extremely concerned" by photographs showing its food parcels being handed out in Syria with Islamic State logos on them.
    (Reuters, 2/3/15)

2015        Feb 14, Michael Ferrero (89), Italy’s chocolate king, died. He took over the family’s hazelnut-chocolate business after his father died in 1949 and soon added vegetable oil to make it spreadable. In 1964 he invented the name Nutella and in 1983 took it to America.
    (Econ., 2/21/15, p.90)

2015        Feb 23, The Russian consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said it has suspended since Feb 20 all imports of cheese from Poland due to irregularities in "normative requirements".
    (Reuters, 2/23/15)

2015        Mar 2, In India a law banning the possession and sale of beef went into effect in the state of Maharashtra. The ban on the slaughter of cattle put thousands out of work and created problems for struggling farmers. The ban would not apply to buffaloes India was the world’s 2nd largest exporter of beef behind Brazil.
    (SFC, 3/6/15, p.A5)(SFC, 3/27/15, p.A2)(Econ., 4/11/15, p.37)

2015        Mar 5, Russian officials sharply criticized US fast-food giants Coca-Cola and McDonald's for their "unhealthy" products, comparing aggressive advertising campaigns to a war on citizens.
    (AFP, 3/5/15)

2015        Mar 20, The US FDA approved genetically engineered foods as safe.
    (SFC, 3/21/15, p.A5)

2015        Mar 24, It was reported that H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, creating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion. The deal was engineered by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital. The two will invest another $10 billion in the new company.
    (AP, 3/25/15)

2015        Apr 7, Dutch businessman Willy Selten was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. He was at the center of a Europe-wide fraud in which falsely labeled horsemeat led to thousands of tons of meat being recalled.
    (Reuters, 4/7/15)

2015        Apr 9, Australia reported that second case of the so-called Tropical Race 4 strain of Panama disease affecting banana plants has been confirmed, dashing hopes that a recently confirmed outbreak would be isolated and threatening the country's A$550 million ($423 million) sector.
    (Reuters, 4/9/15)

2015        Apr 16, France's top administrative court overturned a ban on the display in a pastry shop of "racist" cakes in the shape of a naked man and woman coated in dark chocolate.
    (AFP, 4/16/15)

2015        May 27, The UN said more than 40 percent of South Sudan's 11 million people need food aid, the highest hunger levels recorded in the world's youngest country, where fighting erupted 18 months ago.
    (Reuters, 5/27/15)

2015        Jun 5, India’s Food and Safety Standards Authority imposed a ban on the Maggi brand of instant noodles made by Nestle India after a food-safety agency in Uttar Pradesh found excessive levels of lead in the noodles. Export of the noodles was allowed on June 30, but a ban on local sales remained in place.
    (Econ, 7/4/15, p.55)

2015        Jun 16, The US FDA finalized plans to ban trans fat, a heart damaging additive, from the American food supply.
    (SFC, 6/17/15, p.A1)

2015        Jun 20, Italian pizza makers in Milan won a Guinness World Record for creating a pizza 1.59 km long.
    (SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A3)

2015        Jun 22, In China restaurateurs in Yulin, in the largely rural and poor Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, held an annual dog meat festival despite international criticism of the event as cruel and unhygienic. At least 10,000 dogs were expected to be slaughtered.
    (AP, 6/22/15)(Econ, 6/20/15, p.46)

2015        Jun 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin extended a ban against most Western food imports for a year after EU foreign ministers agreed to prolong sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict until January 2016.
    (AFP, 6/24/15)

2015        Jul 3, An outbreak of salmonella began in the US. By September one person was dead and at least 285 others left sickened. It was traced to cucumbers imported from Mexico by a San Diego distributor.
    (SSFC, 9/6/15, p.A7)

2015        Jul 4, In NYC Matt Stonie downed 62 hot dogs to beat Joey Chestnut and win the Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest at Coney Island.
    (SSFC, 7/5/15, p.A12)

2015        Jul 7, A French court jailed a woman for conning thousands of Chileans into buying a kit to make "magic cheese" they could sell back to French cosmetics firms for use in luxury beauty products. Gilberte Van Erpe (74) was given a six-year prison sentence -- three years suspended -- and a 250,000-euro ($270,000) fine for her scam. The scam. Which began in 2005, collapsed in July 2006 and Van Erpe was arrested in the French Riviera city of Nice in 2008, but it was not possible to extradite her.
    (AFP, 7/7/15)

2015        Jul 27, French farmers angry over low prices turned back hundreds of trucks at the German border, looking for cargos of foreign meat and milk products.
    (AP, 7/27/15)

2015        Jul 30, Belgian farmers blocked roads and entrances to grocery store distribution centers to protest what they say are unfairly low prices for milk, pork and other products.
    (AP, 7/30/15)

2015        Aug 6, The Russian government steamrolled tons of contraband cheese and destroyed fruit with tractors in a public display of its commitment to its one-year-old ban on Western foods. The move raised protests in Russia, with people signing a petition urging the government to instead donate the food to the poor suffering through the country's vicious recession.
    (AP, 8/6/15)

2015        Aug 9, Scotland's devolved government said it intended to ban the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops on its territory to protect its "clean and green brand" and because there was little evidence that Scottish consumers wanted GM products.
    (Reuters, 8/9/15)

2015        Aug 11, An Indian official said the government is seeking damages from Nestle India, accusing it of unfair trade practices and false labeling after several states found its popular brand of instant noodles contained unsafe levels of lead.
    (AP, 8/11/15)

2015        Aug 13, Russia broadened a food embargo imposed in retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine to include Iceland, a significant fish importer, as well as Montenegro, Albania and Liechtenstein.
    (AFP, 8/13/15)

2015        Aug 18, Russian police said they had detained an "international criminal gang" that produced contraband cheese worth some $30 million using banned Western ingredients. An unnamed source in law enforcement said that the rennet used by the ring had been imported illegally from countries including Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, which are subject to Russian sanctions.
    (AFP, 8/18/15)

2015        Aug 25, The World Food Program (WFP) said around 1.5 million Zimbabweans are predicted to go hungry this year after a dramatic fall in maize production due to severe drought this year.
    (Reuters, 8/25/15)

2015        Sep 10, Pres. Obama awarded Alice Waters (71), the Berkeley pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, the National Humanities Medal. Nine other recipients included actress Sally Field, and writer Larry McMurtry.
    (SFC, 9/11/15, p.D1)

2015        Sep 15, Russian state news agencies said French supermarket chain Auchan has been fined over $370,000 by Russian officials over alleged food safety violations.
    (AP, 9/15/15)

2015        Oct 4, The European Commission said nineteen EU member states have requested opt-outs for all or part of their territory from cultivation of a Monsanto genetically-modified crop, which is authorized to be grown in the European Union.
    (Reuters, 10/5/15)

2015        Oct 8, Paul Prudhomme (75), king of Cajun cooking, died in New Orleans.
    (Econ, 10/24/15, p.86)

2015        Oct 13, European lawmakers rejected a proposal that would have allowed countries to restrict or ban the use of imported GM crops that have secured EU approval.
    (Reuters, 10/13/15)

2015        Oct 16, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked World Food Day with a visit to the Milan Expo World's Fair, which is focused on food security and nutrition.
    (AP, 10/16/15)

2015        Oct 26, It was reported that Burger King has opened its first store in sparsely populated Mongolia, joining companies from Pizza Hut to Porsche in anticipating an economic boom from the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine.
    (AP, 10/2615)
2015        Oct 26, The World Health Organization said hot dogs, bacon, cold cuts and other processed meats raise the risk of colon, stomach and other cancers, and red meat probably contributes to the disease, throwing its considerable authority behind what many doctors have been warning for years.
    (AP, 10/2615)

2015        Nov 3, It was reported that Chipotle has closed down 43 of its restaurants in Oregon and Washington states after at least 37 people were reported sickened in an outbreak of E. coli. This was the third food-borne illness at the chain this year.
    (SFC, 11/3/15, p.D4)(SFC, 11/4/15, p.A4)

2015        Dec 8, Boston College said the number of students complaining of gastrointestinal symptoms after eating at Chipotle has climbed to 80. Chipotle said it thinks the illnesses are an isolated case of norovirus.
    (SFC, 12/9/15, p.A10)

2015        Liz Carlisle authored “Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America."
    (SSFC, 1/25/15, p.N1)
2015        Ted Merwin authored “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish
    (Econ, 12/12/15, p.79)
2015        Q. Edward Wang, a China-born American historian, authored "Chopsticks: A Cultural and Culinary History."
    (Econ, 4/25/20, p.34)
2015        The FDA approved genetically modified AquAdvantage Salmon, a Massachusetts-based company, as “safe and effective." In 2018, the federal agency greenlit AquaBounty’s sprawling Indiana facility. In 2021 the inaugural harvest of genetically modified salmon began after the pandemic delayed the sale of the first such altered animal to be cleared for human consumption in the US.
    (AP, 5/27/21)
2015        Costa Rica slapped a ban on the import of Hass avocados from nine countries including Mexico, the top producer. This was supposedly a precautionary step against sunblotch, an infection that can hop from one species to another.
    (Econ, 9/10/16, p.28)

2016        Jan 7, The US government released its 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For the first time it set specific limits on sugar intake.
    (AP, 1/8/16)

2016        Jan 20, Ukraine ratcheted up its trade war with Russia in reprisal for Moscow's seeming efforts to slash its westward-leaning neighbor's economic ties with other former Soviet states. PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Kiev was adding 70 food and other products to its existing list of items Russia cannot sell in Ukraine.
    (AFP, 1/20/16)
2016        Jan 20, The UN World Food Program said that some 2.5 million people in the Central African Republic face hunger. The number has doubled in just one year.
    (AP, 1/20/16)

2016        Jan 31, The US Agency for International Development announced that the US has boosted its emergency food aid to Ethiopia by nearly $100 million to combat one of the worst droughts in decades.
    (AP, 1/31/16)

2016        Feb 15, Venezuela said managers of a state-run supermarket chain are among 49 people arrested for hoarding and re-selling food at a time of acute shortages.
    (AFP, 2/15/16)

2016        Feb 23, South Africa said it will relax some of its tough rules on genetically modified crops so it can ramp up maize imports from the United States and Mexico to avert a potential food crisis amid a severe drought.
    (Reuters, 2/23/16)

2016        Mar 16, The United Nations' food agency said it needed $220 million in funding to provide assistance to drought-hit Zimbabwe until March 2017.
    (Reuters, 3/16/16)

2016        Mar 18, General Mills announced that it would voluntarily add genetically engineered food (GMO) information to its labels.
    (SFC, 3/19/16, p.D1)
2016        Mar 18, The UN World Food Program said some Syrians in the besieged areas of Daraya and Deir al-Zor have been reduced to eating grass because food supplies are cut off.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)

2016        Mar 23, The UN World Food Program (WFP) said nearly half of Yemen's 22 provinces on the verge of famine as result of the war there and more than 13 million people need food aid.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)

2016        Apr 12, Malawi's President Peter Mutharika declared a national disaster after a severe drought ravaged the southern African nation and appealed for 1.2 million tons of maize to plug a looming deficit of the staple.
    (Reuters, 4/14/16)(Econ, 4/16/15, p.40)

2016        Apr 15, France's top administrative court overturned a 2014 ban on a type of genetically modified (GMO) maize in a symbolic victory for GMO supporters that will not allow such crops to be grown in France because of subsequent legislation reinforcing the ban.
    (Reuters, 4/15/16)

2016        May 5, The US FDA said it is investigating a listeria outbreak that led to a massive recall of frozen fruits and vegetables by CRF Frozen Foods. 8 people had become infected from food made at its Pasco, Wa., plant. A recall included 358 products under 42 separate brand names since May 1, 2014.
    (SFC, 5/6/16, p.A8)

2016        May 9, The UN World Food Program said up to 5.3 million people in South Sudan may face a severe food shortages during this year's lean season, nearly double the number in the first three months of the year.
    (Reuters, 5/9/16)

2016        May 20, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the FDA’s new nutrition facts label which has a bigger display of calorie count and the inclusion of added sugar.
    (SFC, 5/21/16, p.A1)

2016        Jun 14, In Venezuela dozens of bakeries, supermarkets and hardware shops were looted in the eastern city of Cumana after gangs of looters on motorcycles raided trucks transporting food as the country's food crisis continued. More than 400 people were arrested, including three suspected gang leaders. Over the next few days at least 5 people were reported killed in food related disturbances.
    (AFP, 6/17/16)

2016        Jun 21, In southern China Yulin city went ahead with an annual dog-meat eating festival despite heavy criticism and protests from animal rights activists.
    (AP, 6/21/16)

2016        Jul 4, In NYC Joey Chestnut downed a record 70 hot dogs to regain the Mustard Yellow Int’l. Belt at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island.
    (SFC, 7/5/16, p.A5)

2016        Jul 7, France-based Danone, the world’s largest yogurt maker, agreed to buy WhiteWave Foods, a natural-food group, for $12.5 billion.
    (Econ, 7/9/16, p.53)

2016        Jul 11, Romania's President Klaus Iohannis signed into law legislation obliging supermarkets to sell at least 51% locally-produced meat, fruit, eggs and vegetables.
    (AP, 7/11/16)

2016        Jul, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse (15), who was allergic to sesame seeds, collapsed on a British Airways flight from London to Nice after eating a baguette from the British sandwich chain Pret A Manger.
    (AP, 9/28/18)

2016        Aug 11, An Indian government panel cleared commercial use for indigenously developed GM mustard seeds in what would be the country’s first genetically modified (GM) food crop. Politicians still needed to give final approvals amid wide-spread public opposition.
    (Reuters, 8/25/16)

2016        Nov 1, Yum China Holdings Inc., the owner of KFC and Taco Bell, completed the spinoff of its China division. It began trading as YUMC on the New York Stock Exchange as a separate company.
    (AP, 11/1/16)

2016        Nov 24, In the SF Bay Area a Thanksgiving luncheon at the American Legion in Antioch left 3 people dead and another 18 suffering symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. On Dec 20 CDC officials said the illness was caused by Clostridium perfringens.
    (SFC, 12/3/16, p.D2)(SFC, 12/21/16, p.D2)

2016        Nov 30, Peng Chang-kuei (98), the creator of General Tso’s chicken, died in Taipei. He had created the Hunan-style dish during the Taiwan Strait crisis of 1955 during the 4-day visit by Adm. Arthur Radford, chairman of the US Joint chiefs of staff.
    (SSFC, 12/4/16, p.C11)

2016        Dec 5, Vietnam punished two editors of a major newspaper which had earlier been fined for publishing what authorities said were false reports on toxic fish sauce. A total of 50 news organizations were fined in November for running reports about high arsenic levels found in fish sauce, causing widespread panic.
    (AFP, 12/5/16)

2016        Dec 8, Britain’s Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) said junk food ads aimed at children from both print and social media will be banned from next year.
    (AFP, 12/8/16)

2016        Dec 21, A Greek state food safety agency said several soft drinks and food products mostly made by multinational companies have been withdrawn from sale in greater Athens after an anarchist group said it had injected packages and plastic bottles with chlorine and hydrochloric acid. A group calling itself "Green Nemesis" posted the threat on the internet on Dec 19, saying it intended to cause financial damage to the companies.
    (AP, 12/21/16)

2016        The US allowed Brazilian beef into the country after two decades of talks.
    (Econ, 3/25/17, p.59)
2016        The number of people worldwide suffering from hunger this year increased by 38 million to 815 million, according to a UN report published on Sep 15, 2017.
    (SFC, 9/16/17 p.A2)

2017        Jan 27, The World Food Program said around 1.8 million people are at risk of starvation in northeast Nigeria, victims of an Islamist insurgency that is undermining efforts by the WFP.
    (Reuters, 1/27/17)

2017        Feb 1, In South Africa workers and managers in the chicken industry marched to the office of the EU delegation in Pretoria, alleging their livelihoods are in jeopardy because of allegedly illegal dumping of EU chicken meat in the local market.
    (AP, 2/1/17)
2017        Feb 1, Zimbabwe started levying a 15 percent value-added tax on basic foodstuffs, dealing a further blow to cash-strapped consumers already battling to survive in an ailing economy.
    (AFP, 2/1/17)

2017        Feb 3, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak dispatched a ship with thousands of tons of food and emergency supplies for Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, but it was unclear where the bulk of the aid would be delivered.
    (Reuters, 2/3/17)

2017        Feb 16, The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Zimbabwe is likely to be the country hardest hit by an outbreak of armyworms that is destroying crops and threatening food security in southern Africa.
    (Reuters, 2/16/17)

2017        Mar 17, Brazilian federal police raided dozens of meatpacker offices, including industry giants JBS SA and BRF SA, following a two-year investigation into alleged bribery of regulators to subvert inspections of their plants. "Operation Weak Flesh" had already uncovered about 40 cases of meatpackers who had bribed inspectors and politicians to overlook unsanitary practices.
    (Reuters, 3/17/17)

2017        Mar 21, Brazil’s agriculture ministry said Hong Kong has banned all meat imports from Brazil, another blow from a police investigation into corruption among health inspectors and the alleged selling of rotten products by some meatpackers.
    (Reuters, 3/21/17)

2017        Mar 22, In Oakland, Ca., Redwood City-based Impossible Foods held a ceremony to open its 67,000 square-foot factory for the production of vegetarian burgers.
    (SFC, 3/23/17, p.A1)
2017        Mar 22, The International Red Cross appealed for $400 million to help some 20 million people facing famine or the risk of it in four conflict-ridden countries: Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria.
    (AP, 3/22/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.39)

2017        Apr 5, German conglomerate JAB, owner of Krispy Cream and other food brands, announced that it was taking over the St. Louis-based Panera Bread bakery chain for $7.5 billion.
    (Econ, 4/15/17, p.26)

2017        Apr 20, It was reported that authorities in Bangkok are banishing its world-famous street-food vendors as part of a clean-up drive by Thailand’s military government, outraging foodies and threatening the livelihoods of the road-side cooks.
    (Reuters, 4/20/17)

2017        Apr 21, It was reported that a fungus that causes “vomitoxin" has been found in some US corn harvested last year, forcing poultry and pork farmers to test their grain, and giving headaches to grain growers already wrestling with massive supplies and low prices.
    (Reuters, 4/21/17)

2017        May 12, Washington and Beijing announced an agreement giving US beef, natural gas and certain financial services access to China's massive market in a deal highlighting the warm ties nurtured by their presidents. The US in exchange will allow cooked Chinese poultry to enter US markets.
    (AFP, 5/12/17)

2017        May 19, The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to start delivering several tons of wheat each month after speaking on the phone with President Nicolas Maduro.
    (AP, 5/19/17)

2017        May 26, It was reported that hunger is forcing desperate refugees from South Sudan to steal food from poverty-stricken locals in northern Uganda, after a funding crisis compelled the United Nations slash rations in refugee camps by half this month.
    (Reuters, 5/26/17)

2017        Jun 13, Iraqi and UN officials said a mass food poisoning at a camp for displaced civilians outside Mosul has left at least two dead and hundreds requiring urgent treatment.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)

2017        Jun 21, A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened in the southern city of Yulin with sellers torching the hair off carcasses, butchers chopping slabs of canines and cooks frying up dishes, dispelling rumors that authorities would ban sales this year.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)

2017        Jun 27, Switzerland-based Nestle announced up to $21 billion in share buybacks by 2020 and promised to invest in zippy categories such as coffee and pet food.
    (Econ 7/1/17, p.58)

2017        Jun 28, ABC and South Dakota meat producer Dakota Dunes-based Beef Products Inc. announced a settlement in a $1.9 billion lawsuit dating back to 2012 against the network over its reports on a beef product dubbed “pink slime."
    (SFC, 6/29/17, p.A5)

2017        Jul 4, In NYC Joey Chestnut ate a record 72 hotdogs for his 10th title at the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island.
    (SFC, 7/5/17, p.A10)

2017        Jul 16, Europol said 66 people have been arrested for trading horsemeat unfit for human consumption and it had seized bank accounts, properties and luxury cars following an investigation into a food scandal. Europol said 65 people were arrested in Spain, and the main suspect, a Dutch citizen, was arrested in Belgium.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)

2017        Jul 27, Slovakia’s PM Robert Fico took a fight about the quality of food on his country's supermarket shelves to the European Commission, calling for action to stop companies selling lower-quality products in Central and Eastern Europe than elsewhere in the continent.
    (AP, 7/27/17)

2017        Aug 3, USAID said the Trump administration has given $169 million to feed people starving in Ethiopia and Kenya.
    (Reuters, 8/3/17)

2017        Aug 5, Belgian officials admitted they knew in early June there was a potential problem over insecticide-contaminated eggs but kept it secret because of an ongoing fraud investigation. Eggs from 59 farms contained high enough levels of the insecticide, fipronil, for the food authority to warn against any children eating them.
    (AFP, 8/5/17)

2017        Aug 8, McDonald's said it will nearly double the number of restaurants in China in the next five years, eventually surpassing Japan as the hamburger chain's second-biggest market outside the US. The announcement came a week after it completed a previously announced deal to sell most of its operations in China.
    (AP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, The US Centers for Disease Control said an increasing number of people have been sickened by eating salmonella infected papaya traced to a farm in southern Mexico. 109 people in 16 states were now sickened. One death in NYC was reported.
    (SFC, 8/9/17, p.A6)

2017        Aug 9, Egypt curtailed access to ration cards used by three-quarters of the country's 93 million people to buy subsidized food items, the latest move in the government's economic reform plan. The decree doesn't affect current card holders.
    (AP, 8/9/17)

2017        Aug 14, Austria's food safety agency says it has found the first instances of eggs contaminated with Fipronil in the country. The traces in Austria were 10 times lower than the highest concentration found in Belgium.
    (AP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, UN food agencies said nearly eight million people face acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of conflict, especially in the central Kasai region.
    (AFP, 8/14/17)

2017        Aug 16, Belgium's Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme said the government will join in legal action against those responsible for the egg contamination scandal, which has hit at least 17 countries.
    (AP, 8/16/17)   

2017        Aug 21, Italy’s health ministry said two of 114 tested egg samples have shown traces of the insecticide fipronil, making the country the latest to become embroiled in a Europe-wide scandal.
    (AFP, 8/21/17)

2017        Aug 23, In the SF Bay Area San Leandro-based Memphis Meats announced that it has raised $17 million in funding to create slaughter-free meat. The new round of investment was led by venture capital firm DFJ and included agribusiness giant Cargill.
    (SFC, 3/24/17, p.C12)

2017        Aug 27, The UN World Food Program (WFP) says it has reduced food rations for 320,000 refugees living in northwest Tanzania as a result of funding shortfalls.
    (AP, 8/27/17)

2017        Sep 5, An EU official said 40 countries now have been affected by a Europe-wide contaminated egg scandal, including 24 EU members and 16 non-members.
    (AP, 9/5/17)

2017        Sep 13, Europe's top court ruled that Italy had been wrong to ban cultivation of an EU-approved genetically modified (GMO) maize as it had failed to show there was a serious risk to public health or the environment.
    (Reuters, 9/13/17)

2017        Sep 24, In Australia hundreds of people attended rallies in major cities to protest an advertisement the Indian community described as "highly insulting" in its depiction of the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha. The ad featured various religious figures including the Hindu god, considered vegetarian by followers, sitting down to a meal of lamb.
    (AP, 9/24/17)   

2017        Sep 26, The EU Commission said that it is distributing guidelines to food and consumer authorities so they can act against "dual quality products".
    (AP, 9/26/17)

2017        Sep 28, German’s police said a man has slipped a potentially lethal poison into food, including baby food, on sale in some supermarkets in an extortion scheme aimed at raising millions of euros. No cases of poisoning had been reported so far.
    (Reuters, 9/28/17)

2017        Sep 29, German police arrested a suspect (55) in the case of an alleged extortionist who attempted to force supermarkets into coughing up tens of millions of euros by slipping a potentially lethal poison into baby food.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)

2017        Oct 1, The World Food Program (WFP) appealed for 75 million dollars in emergency aid over the next six months to help alleviate the suffering of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)

2017        Oct 16, Pope Francis marked the UN’s World Food Day by calling for governments to work together to tackle the problems of hunger, global warming and migration.
    (SFC, 10/17/17, p.A2)

2017        Oct, Small farmers in southeastern Niger rejoiced after authorities lifted a two-year ban on the growing of red peppers, imposed in their fight against jihadists. Boko Haram Islamist rebels from neighboring Nigeria were suspected of extorting money from the red-pepper trade in the Diffa region to fund their activities, which prompted the government to ban the crop.
    (AFP, 10/18/17)

2017        Nov 4, In India participants from 20 countries took part in the three-day World Food India exhibition in New Delhi.
    (AP, 11/4/17)

2017        Dec 2, In Vietnam global burger behemoth McDonald's opened its first branch in the historic heart of communist Hanoi.
    (AFP, 12/2/17)

2017        Dec 11, French Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. The company said it was warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants have become sick since December 1.
    (AP, 12/11/17)

2017        Dec 19, Greece’s Hellenic Food Authority issued an announcement calling on consumers in Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki not to buy 1.5 liter bottles of Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Light, 1 liter cartons of Delta brand milk and packages of Yfantis processed sausage from Dec. 20-25. This followed a threat by members of a group calling itself "Blackgreen Arsonists" to contaminate certain packaged food products with hydrochloric acid during the Christmas period.
    (AP, 12/20/17)

2017        Dec 21, French dairy giant Lactalis recalled millions more products globally because of fears of salmonella contamination.
    (AP, 12/21/17)

2017        Dec 30, Colombia said it has shipped around 55 tons of ham to Venezuela after protests broke out over shortages of the traditional holiday staple.
    (AFP, 12/30/17)

2017        Michael Twitty authored “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South.
    (Econ 7/29/17, p.71)
2017        Ivory Coast, the world's biggest cocoa producer, and major chocolate companies from Mars to Hershey to Barry Callebaut pledged to eliminate the production and sourcing of cocoa from protected forests.
    (Reuters, 4/19/18)

2018        Jan 5, Angry Sudanese queued outside bakeries in Khartoum as bread prices doubled overnight, with bakers blaming a government decision to stop importing wheat.
    (AFP, 1/5/18)

2018        Jan 6, China’s government said fruit and vegetable prices in major cities in central and northern China have surged after severe winter weather cut off highways and damaged crops.
    (Reuters, 1/7/18)

2018        Jan 20, In France Paul Bocuse (91), the master chef who defined French cuisine for more than half a century, died at Collonges-au-Mont-d'or.
    (AP, 1/20/18)

2018        Feb 9, The UN's World Food Program (WFP) said poor rains and crop infestations in southern Africa are threatening deeper hunger across the region, with millions of people, particularly children, at risk.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)

2018        Feb 15, A Chilean industry group said a growing outbreak of "red tide" has put salmon farms on alert in fish-rich southern Chile, though its impact is still far less extensive than in 2016, when a much larger outbreak decimated fish farms.
    (Reuters, 2/15/18)

2018        Feb 17, The KFC food chain apologized for chicken shortages in some 900 outlets in Britain and Ireland. This followed a change in delivery services with new partner DHL.
    (SFC, 2/20/18, p.A2)

2018        Feb 19, A top UN food agency official said about 224 million people are under-nourished in Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent.
    (AFP, 2/19/18)

2018        Mar 14, Italian police said they have dismantled a macrobiotic "sect" that denied its followers contact with the outside world. Authorities said that followers in the central Marche and Emilia Romagna regions were manipulated to follow a rigidly controlled diet known as "Ma.Pi." and that the weight of one follower plunged to 35 kilos (77 pounds).
    (AP, 3/14/18)

2018        Mar 19, An Australian court ruled that food giant Heinz's misled consumers about the health value of Little Kids Shredz products for toddlers, adding that the US firm should have been aware the claims were deceptive. The Shredz products contained over 60 percent sugar, significantly higher than fruit and vegetables.
    (AFP, 3/19/18)

2018        Apr 5, In Antarctica German scientists said they have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.
    (AP, 4/5/18)

2018        Apr 10, Romanian public health officials said they have destroyed 1,100 kg (2,425 pounds) of Egyptian potatoes after tests showed they had brown rot disease.
    (AP, 4/10/18)

 2018        May 14, The UN World Health Organization said eliminating trans fats is critical to preventing deaths worldwide as it released a plan to help countries wipe out trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years.
    (AP, 5/14/18)

2018        May 21, A letter to Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was released in which International stars of acting, music and sports urged Widodo to ban what they say is a "brutal" trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption.
    (AP, 5/21/18)

2018        Jun 8, In France Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef and citizen of the world who inspired millions to share his delight in food and the bonds it created, was found dead in his hotel room in Haut-Rhin while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions. Bourdain's breakthrough as an author came with the 2000 publication of his "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly".
    (AP, 6/8/18)

2018        Jun 25, In Washington, DC, Lawrence Haddad, a British economist and food policy researcher, and Dr. David Nabarro, who has worked with the World Health Organization and United Nations on health and hunger issues, were named the 2018 recipients of the World Food Prize in a ceremony at the US Department of Agriculture. The two men have dedicated their careers to improving the availability of nutritious food for pregnant women and children in an effort to reduce the effects of malnutrition in developing countries.
    (AP, 6/25/18)

2018        Jul 4, In NYC Joey Chestnut downed a record 74 wieners and buns at the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest to win the coveted Mustard Belt for the 11th time. Miki Sudo held on to her title as the top women's contender eating 37 franks and buns  to win for a fifth consecutive year.
    (SFC, 7/4/18, p.A9)

2018        Jul 7, It was reported that researchers from half a dozen states in West Africa have joined together in a battle against what one expert calls a root crop "Ebola" -- a viral disease that could wreck the region's staple food and condemn millions to hunger. The Cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), a virus that strikes cassava, was first discovered in Tanzania eight decades ago. The root in some of the region's countries is consumed by as many as 80 percent of the population.
    (AFP, 7/8/18)

2018        Aug 16, In Austria authorities in Vienna decided to ban passengers from eating in the capital's subway trains. But they don't plan to punish offenders, at least to start with. The blanket ban will be introduced Sept. 1 on the U6 line and extended to the other four lines on January 15.
    (AP, 8/16/18)

2018        Sep 11, Hanoi Vice Mayor Nguyen Van Suu said in a message published on the city's website that slaughtering and consuming dog and cat meat are disturbing to foreigners and "negatively impact the image of a civilized and modern capital." Officials say there are 493,000 dogs and cats in Hanoi, of which more than 10 percent are raised for commercial purposes.
    (AP, 9/11/18)

2018        Sep 17, Public fears about sewing needles concealed inside strawberries on supermarket shelves spread across Australia and New Zealand. Needles were reported found in strawberries in all six Australian states.
    (AP, 9/17/18)

2018        Sep 24, The UN World Food Program took its campaign to fight world hunger to a global cinema audience with an innovative, interactive advertisement.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)

2018        Oct 3, British sandwich shop chain Pret a Manger said it would list all ingredients, including allergens, on its products after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse (15) died in 2016 from an allergic reaction to sesame seeds.
    (AFP, 10/3/18)

2018        Oct 5, The US FDA announced that it will be removing six artificial flavors from the food supply. The FDA cited a 60-year-old regulation, known as the Delaney clause, that prohibits additives shown to have caused cancer in animals, even if tested at doses far higher than what aa person would consume.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ybaa9m9k)(SFC, 11/22/18, p.D5)

2018        Oct 22, A German man (54) was convicted of attempted murder for poisoning baby food and putting it on store shelves in a failed attempt to extort money from supermarkets. He was sentenced in Ravensburg state court to 12 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/23/18)

2018        Nov 11, In Australia My Ut Trinh (50), a former strawberry farm supervisor, was arrested and charged with seven counts of contaminating goods after a "complex" investigation into a strawberry scare where needles were found stuck into the fruit. She was accused of retaliating over a workplace grievance.
    (AP, 11/11/18)(SFC, 11/12/18, p.A2)

2018        Dec 4, The US Department of Agriculture says a unit of Brazil's JBS is now recalling a total of more than 12 million pounds of raw beef that was shipped around the country because it may be contaminated with salmonella. JBS Tolleson in Arizona already recalled about 7 million pounds of beef in October.
    (AP, 12/4/18)

2018        Dec 6, The UN World Food Program said a survey of food security in Yemen has found more than 15 million people are in a "crisis" or "emergency" situation and that number could hit 20 million without sustained food aid.
    (Reuters, 12/6/18)

2018        Dec 19, The UN's World Food Program (WFP) said it will cut food aid next year to about 190,000 poor Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank due a shortage of funds.
    (Reuters, 12/19/18)

2018        Dec 21, It was reported that Cargill, Bunge and other global traders have halted food supply deals with Iran because new US sanctions have paralyzed banking systems required to secure payments.
    (AP, 12/21/18)

2018        Dec 31, The UN food agency threatened to suspend some aid shipments to Yemen if the Houthi rebels do not investigate and stop theft and fraud in food distribution. The suspension would affect some 3 million people.
    (AP, 12/31/18)

2018        WeWork decided to no longer offer meat at its events and stopped reimbursing staff for meals that included meat.
    (Econ., 10/17/20, p.16)
2018        India applied to the EU for "geographical indication" status for basmati rice. Pakistan, which also produced basmati rice, rejected the claim.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A6)

2019        Jan 21, San Francisco food-delivery startup Muncherry, founded in 2011, announced that it has gone out of business.
    (SFC, 1/21/19, p.D1)

2019        Jan 31, Poland's top state veterinary official said about 2,500 kg (5,500 pounds) of meat from sick cows who were slaughtered illegally in Poland has been exported to 10 other European Union countries. The Polish veterinary inspectorate stripped the slaughterhouse in Ostrow Mazowiecka of permission to operate earlier this week.
    (AP, 1/31/19)

2019        Feb 12, On the Italian island of Sardinia    shepherds were joined by students on their fifth straight day of protests in a march in Nuoro, where shopkeepers shut stores in solidarity. The shepherds poured milk from large canisters onto streets to protest prices paid by cheesemakers for their milk.
    (AP, 2/12/19)

2019        Feb 26, The European Union's top court ruled that the EU organic food logo cannot be used on meat derived from animals that have been slaughtered in accordance with religious rites without first being stunned.
    (AP, 2/26/19)

2019        Mar 18, US federal authorities said 1 million pounds (0.45 million kg) of pork products allegedly smuggled from China have been seized at a New Jersey port. Officials feared the meat could be contaminated with African swine fever virus, which has killed more than a million pigs in China.
    (AP, 3/18/19)

2019        Mar 20, The UN human rights chief warned that children in Yemen continued to be killed and maimed at an alarming rate, despite a three-month-old truce in Hodeida. The UN said thousands of tons of food aid near the port city of Hodeida is infested with insects and must be fumigated to feed millions of people.
    (AP, 3/20/19)(AFP, 3/20/19)

2019        Apr 1, Michigan-based Kellogg Co. said it is selling its iconic Keebler cookie brand and other sweet snacks businesses to Italy-based Ferrero for $1.3 billion. Kellogg said it is also selling its Mother's and Famous Amos cookie brands, as well as its fruit-flavored snack, pie crust and ice cream cone businesses.
    (AP, 4/1/19)

2019        Apr 2, The UN said more than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced "acute hunger" last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region.
    (AFP, 4/2/19)

2019        Apr 12, The World Trade Organization upheld South Korea's import ban on Japanese seafood from areas affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima.
    (AP, 4/12/19)

2019        Apr 17, Belgium confectioner Godiva, privately owned by Turkish Yildiz Holding AS, opened its first café in Manhattan. The company is rolling out 2,000 cafes over the next six years that will serve a complete menu of items like the croiffle, a croissant and waffle hybrid that's stuffed with fillings like cheese or chocolate and pressed on a waffle iron.
    (AP, 4/17/19)

2019        May 2, Beyond Meat, a purveyor of vegan burgers and sausages, began trading on the NASDAQ in an IPO at $25 per share and closed at 65.75.
    (SFC, 5/3/19, p.D1)

2019        May 15, North Korea said it is suffering its worst drought in nearly four decades amid reports of severe food shortages.
    (AP, 5/15/19)

2019        May 21, Burger King said it will launch in Sweden a version of its Impossible Whopper. The plant-based burgers have attracted attention in the US for resembling meat far more closely than traditional veggie burgers with sales to start May 22.
    (AP, 5/21/19)
2019        May 21, Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's British restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy protection, partly due to increased competition and escalating rents in local commercial districts.
    (AP, 5/21/19)

2019        Jun 3, US FDA researchers reported that food testing for a class of non-stick industrial compounds (PFAS) found substantial levels in some grocery store meats and seafood and off-the-shelf chocolate cake.
    (SFC, 6/4/19, p.A5)

2019        Jun 4, The UN's World Food Program said fighters have set fire to thousands of acres of wheat and other crops in northwest Syria in a campaign that has turned food supplies in a "weapon of war" and forced hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee.
    (Reuters, 6/4/19)

2019        Jun 21, The World Food Program said about 40 percent of the population of the perennially unstable Central African Republic faces acute food insecurity.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)

2019        Jun 23, Qu Dongyu (55) became the first Chinese national to be elected to head the UN's Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
    (AFP, 6/23/19)

2019        Jul 1, Mississippi enacted a new law that declares "a plant-based or insect-based food product shall not be labeled as meat or a meat food product." A lawsuit against Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and the state's Republican agriculture commissioner, Andy Gipson, was filed by the Plant Based Foods Association and the Illinois-based Upton's Naturals Co., which makes vegan products.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y6a8k3rf)(SFC, 7/3/19, p.A4)

2019        Jul 2, The UN World Food Program (WFP) said it will triple the number of people it is providing food and cash assistance to in northeastern Congo's Ituri province, which is facing inter-ethnic violence and an Ebola epidemic.
    (AP, 7/3/19)

2019        Jul 15, The United Nations reported that more than 821 million people suffered from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide last year. The number has risen now for the third year in a row.
    (AFP, 7/15/19)

2019        Jul 18, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said rates of malnutrition and disease are increasing in North Korea as it faces a harvest that is half of what was expected.
    (Reuters, 7/18/19)

2019        Aug 4, The UN World Food Program (WFP) said it reached an agreement with Yemen's rebels to resume food deliveries to rebel-controlled parts of the country after suspending the aid for over a month.
    (AP, 8/4/19)

2019        Aug 5, It was reported that an Associated Press investigation has found that more than a dozen UN aid workers deployed to deal with the humanitarian crisis caused by five years of civil war in Yemen are being accused of graft — joining with combatants on all sides to enrich themselves from an international outpouring of donated food, medicine, fuel and money.
    (AP, 8/5/19)

2019        Aug 9, A new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said increased carbon-dioxide levels lower the nutritional value of food staples like rice and wheat.
    (Business Insider, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 9, The World Food Program (WFP) announced a plan to nearly quadruple the number of people to receive food assistance in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua due to five years of drought. The agency planned assistance to some 700,000, up from 160,000 helped already this year.
    (SFC, 8/10/19, p.A2)

2019        Aug 16, In Iowa a judge sentenced Randy Constant (60), the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in US history, to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn't want.
    (AP, 8/16/19)(SFC, 8/19/19, p.A5)

2019        Aug 18, Senegalese Jacques Diouf (81), who headed the UN food agency for 18 years, died in France following a long illness.
    (AFP, 8/18/19)

2019        Sep 5, Kroger Co said it would launch its own line of meatless burger patties, as the supermarket chain tries to cater to a growing appetite for plant-based meat alternatives, made popular by Beyond Meat.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)

2019        Sep 11, A judge in San Francisco ordered Starkist Co. to pay a $100 million fine in a canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving the industry's top three companies.
    (SFC, 9/13/19, p.D1)

2019        Sep 12, A conservation expert in Malaysia said soaring Chinese demand for the stinky durian fruit is turning into the next big threat to Malaysia's depleted rainforest.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)

2019        Sep 18, McDonald's Corp announced that some of its restaurants in Britain and Ireland would allow customers to swap toys in happy meals for a fruit bag from next month and that it planned to introduce books as an option from early next year.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)

2019        Sep 19, Burger King said it will stop handing out plastic toys in its children's meals and began launching an amnesty for customers to return any freebies in a bid to tackle the growing problem of plastic waste.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)

2019        Oct 1, Egypt said it had returned nearly 2 million people to its food subsidy program since February, two days after tweets by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in which he said he was personally following the politically-sensitive matter.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)

2019        Oct 4, Dutch health authorities ordered a major recall of processed meats from grocery stores after saying they had linked a spate of food poisonings over the past two years to a likely single source. Experts had been testing the DNA of listeria bacteria involved in cases that affected 20 people in all, killing three of them and causing one woman to miscarry.
    (Reuters, 10/4/19)

2019        Oct 22, An independent UN investigator on human rights said food insecurity in North Korea "is at an alarming level," with nearly half the population — 11 million people — undernourished.
    (AP, 10/22/19)

2019        Oct 29, Amazon.com Inc said it would make its grocery delivery service free for Prime members in the US and integrate all orders for groceries into one portal.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)

2019        Oct 31, Three United Nations agencies warned that record 45 million people across southern Africa face severe food shortages in the next six months, with around a quarter of them currently enduring drought-induced "crisis" food insecurity.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)

2019        Nov 6, It was reported that Norwegian company Urchinomics has a plan for dealing with purple sea urchins that have laid waste to Northern California coastal zones. The company would like to scoop the urchins from the ocean, fatten them in a seaside urchin ranch, and then sell them to sushi and seafood restaurants.
    (SFC, 11/6/19, p.A1)

2019        Nov 12, Texas-based Dean Foods Co said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, months after the owner of TruMoo chocolate milk and Meadow Gold ice creams ended a strategic review and decided to remain as a standalone firm.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)

2019        Nov 17, At the Vatican Pope Francis hosted 1,500 homeless and needy people for lunch as the Roman Catholic Church marked its World Day of the Poor.
    (AP, 11/17/19)   

2019        Nov 19, The World Food Program (WFP) said jihadist violence in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso has forced nearly 1 million people to flee their homes, destroyed fragile agricultural economies and hobbled humanitarian aid efforts.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)

2019        Dec 6, The World Food Program (WFPP issued an appeal for $62 million in emergency food assistance in Haiti, where a protracted political and economic crises are fanning a humanitarian disaster.
    (Miami Herald, 12/7/19)

2019        Dec 9, The US CDC said a multistate E. coli outbreak, linked to packaged salad from the Salinas Valley of California, has sickened 8 people in the upper-Midwest and 16 in Canada.
    (SFC, 12/10/19, p.A5)

2019        Dec 24, Travis Kalanick, co-founder of Uber, severed his last ties with the ride-services company, resigning from the board and selling all his shares as he turns his focus to a new venture creating "ghost kitchens" for food delivery services. He will depart Uber's board of directors by the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 12/24/19)

2019        Dec 31, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes.
    (SFC, 1/1/20, p.A7)

2019        In the SF Bay Area Emeryville-based food tech company Perfect Day debuted ice cream made with real dairy proteins but no cows. It was engineered to be lactose-free and sold for $20 per pint.
    (SSFC, 5/10/20, p.D1)

2020        Jan 2, Britain's Greggs launched a vegan version of its popular steak bake, aiming to capitalize on the success of the meatless sausage roll that has boosted the baker's profits and helped fuel an 80% rise in its share price last year.
    (Reuters, 1/2/20)

2020        Jan 6, Borden Dairy Co., one of the oldest and largest milk producers in the United States, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing a dropping demand for cow's milk, rising costs for raw milk, and its own debt and pension obligations.
    (The Week, 1/7/20)

2020        Jan 17, The Trump administration took another step toward dismantling Michelle Obama's school nutrition guidelines, proposing a new rule that could lead to more pizza and fries and less fruit and a smaller variety of vegetables on school menus.
    (AP, 1/17/20)

2020        Jan 20, Charles Fry (b.1927), co-founder of Fry's Food Stores, died in Arizona. He and his brother started the food chain in 1955 in Richmond, Ca., and expanded it to 42 stores before it was purchased by Dillons in 1972. He helped his sons found Fry's Electronics in 1985.
    (SFC, 1/24/20, p.C5)

2020        Feb 18, The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) said British producers will not be able to export processed meat like sausages and burgers to Europe after Brexit unless they get a specific European Union health certificate which currently does not exist.
    (Reuters, 2/18/20)

2020        Mar 12, Michel Roux (b.1941), the French-born chef who had a profound influence on elevating Britain's dining habits, died in England. Roux and his brother, Albert, are widely credited with revolutionizing Britain's staid and old-fashioned culinary scene, notably with their opening of Le Gavroche in London in 1967.
    (AP, 3/12/20)(Econ, 3/28/20, p.78)

2020        Apr 6, Tyson Foods Inc said it has closed a pork plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, after more than 24 cases of COVID-19 involving employees at the facility.
    (Reuters, 4/9/20)

2020        Apr 8, Jordan has reported more than 350 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including six deaths. State news said Jordan has ordered traders to stop exporting food products to boost the Kingdom’s stockpile of food in the wake of the crisis.
    (AP, 4/8/20)

2020        Apr 9, Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's biggest pork processor, said it is temporarily closing a plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, because of the new coronavirus, the latest disruption to the US food supply chain from the outbreak. The outbreak infected more than 800 employees. The Sioux Falls plants began reopening on May 4.
    (AP, 4/9/20)(SFC, 5/5/20, p.A6)

2020        Apr 10, The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned of an increasing number of new locust swarms forming in Kenya, southern Ethiopia and Somalia. The UN has raised its aid appeal from $76 million to $153 million, saying immediate action is needed before more rainfall fuels further growth in locust numbers.
    (AP, 4/10/20)
2020        Apr 10, Vietnam said it will resume rice exports from this month, after the government last month announced a ban on rice exports to make sure the country has sufficient food to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 4/10/20)

2020        Apr 13, Grocery distributor Performance Food Group Co said it had furloughed about 3,000 employees and cut pay, while funneling 1,100 workers to help keep its retail clients' shelves stacked as it deals with the pressures exerted on supply chains and its business by the coronavirus crisis. Customers included Dollar Tree and Home Depot as well as theater chains AMC, Cinemark and Regal Cinemas, which have temporarily closed movie houses to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus.
    (Reuters, 4/13/20)
2020        Apr 13, The UN said swarms of locusts in Ethiopia have damaged 200,000 hectares (half a million acres) of cropland and driven around a million people to require emergency food aid. Billions of desert locusts have already chomped their way through much of East Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.
    (AFP, 4/13/20)

2020        Apr 20, Starbucks Corp said it would roll out a plant-based food and beverage menu in China this week, launching Beyond Meat Inc and Oatly products in a country which is trying to recover from coronavirus shutdowns.
    (Reuters, 4/20/20)

2020        Apr 21, Chipotle Mexican Grill agreed to pay a record $25 million to resolve criminal charges that it served tainted food that sickened more than 1,100 people in the US from 2015 to 2018.
    (SFC, 4/22/20, p.A4)

2020        Apr 22, Zimbabwe's government agreed with bakers, millers and other businesses to cut the prices of basic goods, including bread and sugar, to levels before the country entered a coronavirus lockdown last month amid soaring inflation. Annual inflation in the nation has hit 676.39%, one of the highest rates in the world.
    (Reuters, 4/22/20)

2020        Apr 26, John Tyson, the chairman of Tyson Foods Inc, said millions of pounds of beef, pork and chicken will vanish from US grocery stores as livestock and poultry processing plants have been shuttered by coronavirus outbreaks among workers.
    (AP, 4/27/20)

2020        Apr 28, President Donald Trump took executive action to order meat processing plants to stay open amid concerns over growing coronavirus cases and the impact on the nation's food supply. Unions fired back, saying the White House was jeopardizing lives and prioritizing cold cuts over workers' health.
    (AP, 4/28/20)

2020        Apr, The US Department of Agriculture began the Farmers to Families Food Box program after many people were shocked to see farmers destroy crops because restaurant and institutions abruptly cancelled orders due to the virus even as food banks were crushed by demand from people suddenly out of work.
    (AP, 2/23/21)

2020        May 2, In South Africa thousands of people stood in line for hours in a South African township waiting for handouts of food. The scene has repeated for days.
    (AP, 5/2/20)

2020        May 5, Afghanistan's government began distributing free bread to hundreds of thousands of people across the country as supplies have been disrupted and prices have soared.
    (Reuters, 5/5/20)

2020        May 9, In Switzerland more than 1,000 people queued up to get free food parcels in Geneva, underscoring the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the working poor and undocumented immigrants in the wealthy country.
    (Reuters, 5/9/20)

2020        Jun 17, Conagra Brands, the parent company of Mrs. Butterworth's, announced the brand has begun a "complete brand and packaging review" of its syrup products, which critics say feature offensive phrases and imagery.
    (Good Morning America, 6/18/20)

2020        Jul 4, In New York City Joey Chestnut (36) downed a record 75 hot dogs at the Nathan's Famous contest at Coney Island. In the women's division, returning champion Miki Sudo topped a field of five by devouring a record 48.5 Nathan's Famous hot dogs and buns. Nathan Handwerker opened his world renown seaside restaurant in 1916.
    (Reuters, 7/4/20)

2020        Jul 10, Goya Foods Inc, the largest Hispanic-owned US food company and a popular brand among Latino Americans, became the target of a boycott campaign on social media sparked by its CEO effusively praising President Donald Trump at the White House.
    (Reuters, 7/10/20)

2020        Sep 7, The World Food Program said an estimated 45 million people in southern Africa are food insecure, with the number of people without access to adequate affordable and nutritious food up 10% from last year. Zimbabwe is the worst affected country, with its number of food insecure people expected to reach 8.6 million by the end of this year.
    (AP, 9/7/20)

2020        Sep 17, UN food chief David Beasley called on the world's billionaires to step up to help save some 30 million people he said are at risk of dying if they don't receive help from the World Food Program.
    (Reuters, 9/17/20)

2020        Sep 23, Mars Inc said it was changing the name and branding of its Uncle Ben's rice products after the brand came under fire for promoting racial stereotypes.
    (Reuters, 9/23/20)

2020         Sep, Ugandan Catherine Nakalembe, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland's geographical sciences department, won the 2020 Africa Food Prize for her work on using satellite data to study agriculture and weather patterns, alongside Burkina Faso's Dr André Bationo for his work on fertilizer.
    (BBC, 12/26/20)

2020        Oct 28, Cecilia Chiang (100), whose San Francisco restaurant, the Mandarin, introduced American diners in the 1960s to the richness and variety of authentic Chinese cuisine, died at her home in San Francisco.
    (NY Times, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, It was reported that Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini (56) has been crowned the world's best pastry chef by a jury of independent reporters, helping consolidate Belgium's reputation as a producer of top class chocolate.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)

2020        Oct 30, Dunkin' Brands agreed to be acquired by Inspire Brands, a private US holding company, for $11.3 billion in one of the largest restaurant deals  in a decade.
    (SFC, 11/2/20, p.C1)

2020        Nov 9, McDonald's announced that it will introduce a crispy chicken sandwich early next years and that it is developing its own plant-based category, called McPlant, starting with a faux meat burger next year.
    (SFC, 11/10/20, p.C3)

2020        Nov 17, Mars, the company behind M&M’s and Snickers, said it is acquiring the maker of Kind bars, the snacks that celebrate their lack of artificial flavors and preservatives.
    (NY Times, 11/17/20)

2020        Nov 28, Alonzo “Lon" T. Adams II, the man who created the formula for Slim Jim beef jerky sticks, died in Raleigh, North Carolina, from complications of COVID-19.
    (AP, 12/2/20)

2020        Dec 2, San Francisco company Eat Just announced that it will sell its cultured chicken meat in Singapore, making it the first of its kind to be approved for sale.
    (SFC, 12/3/20, p.C1)

2020        Dec 28, Britain said it will ban "buy one get one free" promotions for food high in fat, sugar or salt and free refills of sugary soft drinks in restaurants from April 2022.
    (Reuters, 12/28/20)

2020        "Hunger: The Oldest Problem," by Argentinian journalist Martin Caparros (b.1957), first published in 2017, was updated and made available in English.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y8drkuvv)(Econ, 3/14/20, p.67)

2021        Jan 6, US startup Eat Just Inc said that Dicos, one of China's largest fast food chains, has added plant-based egg product supplied by the San Francisco firm to menus at more than 500 outlets across China.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Impossible Foods Inc, maker of the plant-based Impossible Burger, said it would cut prices for foodservice distributors in the United States by about 15% amid increasing demand for its burgers.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, French chef Albert Roux (85) died. He and his brother Michel brought Paris-style fine dining to London in the 1960s and inspired generations of chefs. Michel died aged 78 in March last year.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)

2021        Jan 15, The USDA said Nestlé Prepared Foods is recalling more than 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets due to possible contamination with extraneous materials, like glass and hard plastic.
    (AP, 1/16/21)

2021        Jan 26, PepsiCo and Beyond Meat said they are creating a joint venture to develop snacks and drinks made from plant-based proteins.
    (AP, 1/26/21)

2021        Feb 4, A US House Oversight subcommittee said in a report released today that congressional investigators have found "dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals" in certain baby foods that could cause neurological damage. The panel examined baby foods made by Nurture Inc, Hain Celestial Group Inc, Beech-Nut Nutrition and Gerber, a unit of Nestle, it said, adding that it was "greatly concerned" that Walmart Inc, Campbell Soup Co and Sprout Organic Foods refused to cooperate with the investigation.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)

2021        Feb 8, United Nations data showed food prices hit six-year highs in January after rising for eight consecutive months.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)

2021        Feb 9, Michelle Obama posted that she is launching a Netflix children’s food show with a pair of puppets “to bring a bit of light and laughter to homes around the world." The show called “Waffles + Mochi" launches March 16.
    (AP, 2/9/21)

2021        Mar 4, A UN report estimated that 17% of the food produced globally each year is wasted. That amounts to 931 million metric tons (1.03 billion tons) of food.
    (AP, 3/4/21)

2021        Mar 16, Michelle Obama launched a nonprofit campaign that aims to provide more than 1 million meals to food-insecure families in connection with the debut of her children’s food show on Netflix.
    (AP, 3/16/21)

2021        Mar 22, The US Department of Agriculture announced a 15% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through September, providing about $3.5 billion of assistance to people affected by food insecurity.
    (Axios, 3/22/21)

2021        Apr 6, It was reported that Cyprus is getting protected status for its prized halloumi, giving its producers the sole right to sell the rubbery cheese in the European Union. The protected designation of origin (PDO) status will come into effect from October.
    (Reuters, 4/6/21)

2021        Apr 13, The UN World Food Program said almost one million people are facing severe hunger in northern Mozambique where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee a jihadist insurgency.
    (AP, 4/13/21)

2021        May 10, Benson Hill said it is going public by merging with a blank-check firm backed by alternative asset manager Magnetar Capital, giving the plant-growing technology company an enterprise value of about $1.35 billion.
    (Reuters, 5/10/21)

2021        May 11, Nutrition expert Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted (71) was named the recipient of the World Food Prize. She pioneered innovative ways of raising fish rich in micronutrients and fatty acids and incorporating them into diets in developing countries. The foundation that awards the $250,000 prize is based in Des Moines, Iowa.
    (AP, 5/11/21)

2021        May 22, Animal rights protesters blockaded four McDonald's distribution centers in the UK in an attempt to get the burger chain to commit to becoming fully plant-based by 2025.
    (AP, 5/22/21)
2021        May 22, Yuan Longping (91), a Chinese scientist who developed higher-yield rice varieties that helped feed people around the world, died at a hospital in the southern city of Changsha.
    (AP, 5/22/21)

2021        May 26, It was reported that beef prices are surging worldwide, taking meat off the menu in steak-loving Buenos Aires and spoiling summer barbecues in the United States as Chinese imports rise and the cost of feeding cattle soars.
    (Reuters, 5/26/21)

2021        May 31, Swiss-based Nestle said it was working on updating its nutrition and health strategy after the Financial Times reported an internal document at the food giant described a large portion of its food and drinks as unhealthy.
    (Reuters, 5/31/21)

2021        Jun 1, The UN said more than 90 percent of people in Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region need emergency food aid, as it appealed for over $200 million to scale up its response.
    (AP, 6/1/21)

2021        Jun 9, Chinese food delivery giant Meituan said it aimed to hire 60,000 new employees in 2021 as the company expands into new areas of businesses such as group community buying.
    (Reuters, 6/9/21)

2021        Jun 10, The UN Food Agency said food imports costs across the world are expected to surge to record levels this year, piling pressure on many of the poorest countries whose economies have already been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 6/10/21)

2021        Jun 22, The UN World Food Program (WFP) warned that some 41 million people worldwide are at imminent risk of famine.
    (Reuters, 6/22/21)

2021        Jun 26, The UN World Food Program said southern Madagascar is in the throes of back-to-back droughts that are pushing 400,000 people toward starvation, and have already caused deaths from severe hunger.
    (AP, 6/26/21)

2021        Jun 29, It was reported that Barcelona-based startup Novameat is using its 3D printing technology to manufacture vegetarian "steaks" that it hopes will reach the mass market next year.
    (Reuters, 6/29/21)

2021        Jun 30, The chef José Andrés (51) and his World Central Kitchen were awarded the prestigious Spanish Princess of Asturias Awards for their international relief work promoting healthy food.
    (AP, 6/30/21)

2021        Jul 1, The food assistance agency of the UN announced that its first shipments of supplies for vulnerable Venezuelan school children have arrived in the troubled South American country.
    (AP, 7/1/21)

2021        Jul 3, Tyson Foods Inc said it is recalling nearly 8.5 million pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken over fears of possible exposure to a harmful bacteria. The products were made at a plant in Missouri between Dec 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021.
    (Reuters, 7/3/21)

2021        Jul 4, In NYC Joey Chestnut broke his own record winning his 14th men's Nathan Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest downing 76 franks and buns in 10 minutes. Michelle Lesco took the women's title.
    (SFC, 7/5/21, p.A4)

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