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USA Set To Add Sesame As 9th Major Allergen Requiring Labeling

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The United States currently requires foods that contain eight different major allergens to be labeled with a warning for those who may react to them. These include tree nuts, peanuts, soy, wheat, milk/dairy, fish, shellfish, and eggs.

Soon, the country will also be adding sesame, the ninth most allergenic food source in the United States, as the ninth major allergen to require those warnings.

Sesame’s updated status comes with passage of the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 14th. The Senate already passed the bill back in March, meaning it now heads to President Biden’s desk. According to Allergic Living, the President is expected to sign the legislation into law.

The USA is not the first country to add sesame as an allergen, as the EU, Australia/New Zealand, and several other countries already do so. However, this represents a major step forward in getting more awareness around these lesser known food allergens and making sure consumers are aware if a product contains something they could react to.

As part of the FASTER Act legislation, the FDA will also begin developing and implementing a risk-based model for establishing other food allergens that may also be labeled in the future. Some of the other common food sources this might pertain to in the future would be celery, mustard, or sulfites.

The Secretary of Health and Human Service has 18 months to work on this, as well as reporting on potential therapeutics that could treat allergens and ways to help prevent their onset.

Congress’s passing of the FASTER Act marks some of the biggest food safety legislation enacted since 2011, when President Barack Obama signed the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) into law.

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Mountain Dew Mixed Their Most Popular Flavors To Create Most Their Patriotic Flavor Yet

The mad scientists over at Mountain Dew decided to do something a little unordothox to show how much they love America.

Mountain Dew teamed up with racing legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. to create a brand new flavor inspired by the good ‘ol USofA. The drink is aptly labeled DEW-S-A.

So what makes this drink so American?

DEW-S-A is an amalgam of three popular Mountain Dew flavors: Code Red, White Out, and Voltage. Now, as American as the drink may be, combining those three colors in liquid form still gives you purple. That’s just kindergarten science.

Still, anyone interested in trying the exclusive limited-time flavor can find it now through August at participating retailers.

Earnhardt Jr.’s car will also feature a DEW-S-A paintout for the upcoming Kansas Speedway coming up this weekend.


Map Of The US Shows Us Which Pizza-less States To Avoid

You finally save enough vacation days, gas money and decide it’s about time to take that cross-country road trip. If you’re a lover of pizza, you’ll want to know which states to hit when your cruising through and which states are simply not worth your pizza-lovin’ time.

Estately did some research and created a graphic that shows the amount of pizza shops in every state in the US.


As you can see, the East Coast is where you wanna be when it comes to pizza with West Virginia taking the #1 title. Surprisingly, there are a few states we wouldn’t think would have so many pizzerias. Really? Ohio?

Nevada probably makes sense since it’s a vacation hotspot.

Our very own California is towards the bottom of that list at #41 with Hawaii in very last place. Wonder how many ham and pineapple spots are actually in the Hawaiian Islands.

Graphic: Enstately


Here are the Signature Cocktails of All 50 States — Supposedly


Tapping into the geographic pride side of things, Buzzfeed put out a list of 51 signature cocktails, one for each U.S. state, plus the District of Columbia. According to Buzzfeed writer Hannah C. Gregg, each cocktail was chosen “with some semblance of logic: a combination of state origin, popularity, and exclusivity.” Kentucky, for example, was given the mint julep, because Henry Clay brought the drink to congress back in the 18th century. Wisconsin’s is a Tom and Jerry because it’s the “most popular” one there.

I personally haven’t seen California’s state drink, the Mai Tai, ordered since sorority rush week freshman year of college, and based on the comments section, it seems more than a few choices could have been swapped out for more fitting cocktails (a Hurricane for Louisiana; an Old Fashioned for Wisconsin). But hey, alcohol! State pride! What’s not to love?

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Check out the whole boozy list on Buzzfeed, and let us know if you feel your state got a fitting tribute or totally, totally jipped.


The Nation’s Favorite Beers by State [Infographic]


Budlight reigns in Texas, while Portlandians are sipping Blue Moon and California beach babes are kicking back with Corona on the beach. This latest infographic by Blowish,  a company that sells hangover-relief tablets (a coincidence? I think not), surveyed the drinking habits of people from all 50 US states.

The boozy study included 5,249 drinkers over the ages of 21 and sheds scintillating insight on everything from the nation’s overall beer of choice to which professions are the most likely to be hungover on the jobs (waiters of America, I raise my glass to you).

Check out the findings in the infographic below:


H/T Business Insider


The United Brands of America: See Where Hooters, Starbucks & Tabasco Sauce Reign


Do you know where your favorite brand is made? No? Well lucky for us Maps on the Web posted this nifty little infographic detailing the most famous brands produced in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Some of these brands aren’t a huge surprise, such as Washington being the Starbucks mecca of coffee addicts err-where. Or even Pennsylvania being the Hershey capital of the country — they have a Hershey amusement park for cocoa’s sake!

It was interesting to see that Texas is such a huge producer of Dr. Pepper, but perhaps they’re using the popular pop for use in that homestyle barbecue the southern state is most famous for.

Besides giving us Mardi Gras and beignets, Louisiana’s main contribution to the food world is Tabasco Sauce, but as our readers know, Foodbeast is more of a Sriracha kind of staff.

PS. Did anyone else know that the Pillsbury Dough Doy hails from Minnesota? Hoo-hoo!

H/T + PicThx Laughing Squid


Lindt Chocolate is Giving Away 12 Million Free Lindor Premium Truffles, Fo’ Real

Let’s be real, if you don’t know what Lindt Lindor Truffles are by now, you’ve been sorely missing out.

Tying in with its new “Chocolate Beyond Compare” branding campaign, Lindt & Sprungli USA is giving away one million bags of its kaleidoscopic and decadently smooth Lindor Truffles for anyone lucky enough to print out the promotional coupon within the first three hours of its release. You know, ’cause that’s just how quickly supplies will run out.

Seriously though, starting Tuesday October 9 and continuing while supplies last, Lindt fans can visit the company’s Facebook page to receive a coupon for one free bag of Lindors, redeemable at retailers nationwide as well as Lindt Chocolate Shops.

Best of all? The coupons apply to all six ounce, 12-truffle bags of nine of the brand’s completely melt-in-your-mouth-and-in-your-hand flavors, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter and stracciatella.

Let’s just hope this heat wave dies down in time, or most of us will probably be getting deliciously melted bags of chocolate goo, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing.

[Photo via Lindt Chocolate USA]

Celebrity Grub

Bill Clinton, the FOODBEAST

Sure Bill Clinton’s faced a lot of controversies while in office. But according to his former Presidential Pastry Chef, Ronald Mesnier, Clinton was crazy about his sweets.

Mesnier told FOX News that one night he had made a strawberry short cake, which the President had eaten half in one sitting and woke up the next morning craving more.

“No one could find the cake,” said Mesnier. “Clinton was pounding on the table and shouting, ‘I want my goddamned cake.’” If the most powerful man in the free world wants cake, you better believe you need to get in that kitchen.

Clinton was known for his bad diet habits while in office, a diet that included countless sweets, snacks, and trips to McDonald’s. Clinton could even eat five or six pork chops at a time, Mesnier told FOX. In 2004, he went through a quadruple bypass.

Since, he has adopted a vegan lifestyle. But the world will never forget what a FoodBeast this man truly was.

via: FOX News Photo: WikimediaCommons/Bob McNeely/The White House