Food News

Meeting Resistance. In a lawsuit brought by the National Resources Defense Council, a judge in the US District Court of Southern New York ordered the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to follow through on a stand it took in 1977 banning “preventative” use of penicillin and tetracycline in healthy farm animals. The agency order, never enforced due to industry opposition, was designed to lessen the prevalence of antibiotic resistance in humans; resistance deprives doctors of two their most powerful anti-infection tools. The FDA has until June 22 to appeal.

Facing Forward. A new PBS TV series, Food Forward, introduces food producers, advocates and “rebels” that most folks, even Food TV watchers and cookbook buyers may never have heard anything about. Program the recorder or stay up late: the first segment, Food Forward, Urban Agriculture Across America, airs at 11:30pm April 19 and again at 10:30pm April 22 on PBS Hawaii. Check listings for channel number.

Cuppa Fun, Anyone? The Kau Coffee Festival on Big Island combines a gala at Kalaekilohana Bed & Breakfast May 5, a recipe competition in Pahala May 6, a hoolaulea including coffee samplings and farm and mill tours May 12 and a coffee growers conference and seminar May 13. Complete details: [kaucoffeefest.com].

Vino Fino. Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar was featured in Travel+Leisure magazine’s America’s 25 Best Wine Bars 2012 listing. Praised by writer Wayne Curtis: House-made agnolotti with baby langoustines and brown sage butter and local goat cheese, served with a glass of the 2010 Punta Crena Mataossu from Liguria, Italy.

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