“It’s possible to be too fast.” Consumers get so upset when they find the wrong kind of burger or the wrong toppings in their bags, that many fast-food sellers are either slowing down the process or adding additional order-accuracy checks to assure correct orders. Some chains are “doubling down” on order accuracy, says Oches. “Customers will be patient if you give them hot, accurate orders,” says Oches. Even then, 2013 has not been the industry’s best year in order accuracy, either. Order accuracy for drive-thru meals for the industry was at 87.2% this year vs. 88.8% last year. The chain ranking highest in accuracy: Chick-fil-A at 91.6%. The lowest was Burger King at 82.3%. But Chick-fil-A customers paid for that industry-leading accuracy at the other end they waited in the drive-thru line longer than anyone this year: 203.9 seconds, on average. By comparison, Wendy’s was the fastest drive-thru, at an average 133.6 seconds, says Oches. But even Wendy’s has seen some increase in the time it takes to fill an order.
The House’s food stamps cuts aren’t just cruel. They’re dumb.
Ryans company TransCert trains and certifies food distributors on proper food handling. He said theres no federal certification for this process. Instead, its up to each company to develop its own chain of safety, which can lead to corner cutting. When food enters a transportation arena, it basically becomes invisible. Nobody knows where it is. Nobody knows what conditions its being shipped under, Ryan said. Farr said there ought to be steep penalties for companies that violate food safety laws and put public health at risk. There are millions of illnesses by food-borne diseases every year. We want to prevent that by best management practices so when those practices arent followed were going to make sure they are and were going to fine the companies that misstep, Farr said, reiterating that the government needs to send a message that the food handling practices Sysco admitted to are not acceptable. Were going to be monitoring them closely and if theres any loopholes in the law or anything that needs to be tightened up we will definitely do that, said Farr. A spokesman for Sysco confirmed that the company no longer uses any of the sheds Sysco rented to store food and they are cooperating with all government investigations. Click here for full statement fromSysco The USDA welcomes tips about criminal activity and other potential public health dangers involving meat, poultry and egg products. Tips can be reported to the USDA Inspector General Hotline at 800-424-9121. Have a tip for the Investigative Unit? Email Vicky@NBCBayArea.com .
Shutdown impacts food program for women, children
IT’S A VICTIM OF THE SHUTDOWN. With this coming down, I expect to see more people. AT A TIME WHEN ST. MARY’S SHELF MARKED FORMULA IS ALREADY BARE. This is definitely not coming at the best of times. I’m very disappointed actually in the situation with Washington DC that they can not come to some kind of agreement. THE DIRECTOR OF DMARC’S FOOD PANTRY NETWORK BELIEVES SOME FAMILIES WILL TRY TO STRETCH THINGS… And so people will do things like they’ll water down the formula maybe to make it last longer – which is a concern for the health of the child. WHILE OTHERS WILL SIMPLY SHOW UP AT THEIR DOOR MORE OFTEN FOR FOOD. CLEARING DMARC’S ALREADY LOW SHELVES EVEN FASTER. It’ll impact a huge amount of people across the Des Moines area if they can not get this assistance. Yes, it is a little stressful. ESPECIALLY TO THE MOMS AND DADS ROLLING INTO THE OLD GAS STATION – A THOUSAND MILES AWAY FROM WASHINGTON.
The sharp-tongued chef and writer lashed into the “World Famous” Frito pies sold at Santa Fe’s Five & Dime General Store’s snack bar. The store is a tourist attraction and a mainstay in the city’s historic plaza. The dish, according to Bourdain, was made with canned Hormel Chili and a “day-glow orange cheese-like substance.” But Bourdain spokeswoman Karen Reynolds told The Associated Press on Monday that the writer was incorrect in his description of the chile used by Santa Fe’s Five & Dime General Store’s snack bar to make the Frito pies. “He admits that ‘we got it wrong’ about the chile,” Reynolds said in an email. “And we’ll try to correct it for future airings.” In his critique, Bourdain also said that the local favorite isn’t even a New Mexico meal, but rather a Texas creation. He said New Mexicans should leave the recipe to the Texans. “New Mexico, you have many wonderful things,” Bourdain said. “I think, let Texas have this one.” Mike Collins, store manager of the Five & Dime, says Bourdain was “completely wrong” on the store’s Frito pie. He said their version is homemade from chile grown in New Mexico and remains popular. “I don’t have any idea where he got that from,” Collins said. “I mean, if we’re using canned Hormel Chili then I’d like to buy stock in that because what we have is good.” Still, Collins said he and the staff don’t have any ill feelings toward Bourdain. He said during the taping of the visit, Bourdain was nice and a pleasure to be around. Reynolds also said Bourdain enjoyed the pie, something that wasn’t clear from the show. “Contrary to the impression left by some reports of the show, I, in fact, very much enjoyed my Frito pie in spite of its disturbing weight in the hand. It may have felt like (expletive) but was shockingly tasty,” Bourdain said in a statement.
Obama actually encouraged the states to strengthen their work requirements. Also, of course, welfare is not the same as food stamps. As for food stamps, more than 72% of all SNAP beneficiaries are families with children. Most of the recipients are children (48%), the elderly (8%) and the disabled. Less than 10% of food stamp recipients receive welfare payments. “John in WNY” wrote, “Yes, many do work, but many of them make sure they never make enough to lose their benefits …” Again, the facts refute the assumption. SNAP has strict time limits for unemployed workers: Able-bodied adults without children can only get three months worth of food stamps in a three-year period , unless working in a qualifying job training program. And how much are the benefits, anyway? The average monthly SNAP benefit per person is $133.85, or less than $1.50 per person per meal. Those benefits are low, and for many families, SNAP benefits don’t last the whole month. Why do we need to support the food stamp program? Because low-income families experience unemployment at a far higher rate than other income groups. Because cutting nutritional assistance programs is immoral and shortsighted and protecting families from hunger improves their health and educational outcomes. Food stamps are an investment in our future. Being on food stamps can be demeaning.
Food critic Anthony Bourdain admits he was wrong on Santa Fe store’s ‘world famous’ Frito pie
And the phaseout starts pretty low SNAP cuts would hit about 2.8 million families. (Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post) Lets also remember how low this cutoff is, which is the third problem. Take a family living in poverty, earning $12,000 a year. A financial planner would say that you should have enough liquid savings to survive three to six months. That is going to be incredibly hard for this family; the definition of poverty we should think of is someone having to choose between essentials, meaning theres no money left over. However, ideally, three to six months is, of course, saving between $3,000 and $6,000, or well above the cutoff. Families simply couldnt get to a level of financial stability when it comes to their savings without the government pushing against them. President Obama moved to create a universal $10,000 asset limit for all federally funded means-tested programs in his 2011 budget . Indeed many states that do use an assets test have them set much higher. Texas, for instance, has a $5,000 cutoff, which is consistent with this. So we are doing policy in bad faith, cutting against commonly accepted financial planning advice. 4.