Where your milk comes from; maple syrup power; and more: Five Things to Chew On

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April 21st, 2011

Cleveland.com Original Article

Dairy origins

A new bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, calls for country-of-origin labeling for dairy products to join those for veggies and meat. At least one dairy product, milk, is traceable by processing plant now. Go to whereismymilkfrom.com and punch in packaging code for an answer.

Maple as superfood?

Take this thought with you into next weekend’s Geauga County Maple Festival in Chardon: Scientists recently discovered 54 antioxidants in maple syrup, twice the amount previously reported. For more, check out the Science Daily coverage. The festival runs Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1 at Chardon’s village green. Call 440-286-3007.

Pricey pecan pies

The price of pecans has doubled over the past few years, thanks to China, which is buying up at least a quarter of our crop. Check out the story and video by the Wall Street Journal. New groves are being planted but will take eight to nine years to produce, say the experts. Right now, a pie will require $5.50-$7.50 worth of nuts.

Lager legacy

Cleveland’s Eliot Ness experts Rebecca McFarland and James Jessen Badal will shed light on the namesake for Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s amber lager in a program at 7 p.m. Thursday at the brewery, 2516 Market St., Cleveland. Admission of $10 gets you light appetizers and the talk. Call 216-771-4404.

Food safety site

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has revamped its food safety site. One click from the main site will get you to a current list of food recalls.

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