Kiko's Food News, 1.11.13

Hallelujah! It’s time Americans realize that “sell by” dates have little to do with food safety, and that most products are safe to eat long after their expiration date (we need to rely more on our sense of smell): (NPR)

This article about a formerly reluctant food scrap composter, now converted, makes me appreciate San Francisco’s institutionalized compost pickup: (New York Times)

Butcher love: This fun movie short (produced by Ashton Kutcher, wha??) celebrates the “subculture” of local butchers–Aaron trained here with Morgan and Chili before opening his shop! (Thrashlab)

Big food companies have in recent years worked to cut salt from their top-selling products, but quietly so: (NPR)

Chicken farmers are feeding their flocks a specially milled diet laced with oregano oil and cinnamon to fight off bacterial diseases without resorting to antibiotics: (New York Times)

The FDA released two proposed rules designed to boost the safety of our food supply: one would require worker safety training, hand washing and monitoring the presence of animals in the field that could spread illness in fruits and vegetables; the other would require food processors to develop plans for preventing contamination: (NPR)

Slow Food USA has hired Richard McCarthy, co-founder of the Crescent City Farmers Market in New Orleans, as its new leader; he’ll be tasked with navigating the question of whether Slow Food should exist to celebrate the pleasures of the table, or to advocate for food justice and biodiversity, (New York Times)