May 9th, 2014
02:22 PM ET

Fast food breakfast wars heating up: Burger King adding hamburgers to breakfast menu

A Burger King (BKW) spokeswoman told CNNMoney on Thursday that 5,000 of its restaurants are participating in its new program, called Burgers at Breakfast, which has started to roll out.

The new menu includes a variety of Whopper sandwiches, cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches as well as French fries and apple pie.

This is the latest salvo is the fast food breakfast wars. Burger King competitor McDonald's (MCDFortune 500) does not have hamburgers on its breakfast menu, but the company has considered expanding its breakfast menu hours to try and correct a slump in sales. McDonald's also wooed customers during breakfast hours last month with free coffee for two weeks.

Taco Bell starting serving breakfast in March and introduced the Waffle Taco, a breakfast sandwich wrapped inside a waffle with syrup.

Burger King is also testing a Chicken and Waffle Sandwich.

Meanwhile, fast food workers are preparing to strike in 150 citiesTo top of page

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May 5th, 2014
08:30 PM ET

New details in massive meat recall: Affair at meat plant under investigation

(CNN) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that it's investigating "personnel issues" at a California slaughterhouse after an exclusive CNN investigation detailed how officials believe Rancho Feeding Corporation triggered one of the biggest meat recalls in years.

Federal investigators believe that Rancho processed cancerous cows when government inspectors weren't there, triggering a massive recall of nearly 9 million pounds of meat and a criminal investigation, according to sources familiar with the probe.

And in the plant where it all went down, a government inspector and a Rancho foreman were involved in an inappropriate romance, according to documents obtained by CNN.

How 9M pounds of bad meat got in food supply

A USDA spokesman told CNN the department "is conducting a thorough investigation into personnel issues related to this case. We are not permitted to discuss the details of the case at this time as doing so could jeopardize the ongoing investigation."


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May 2nd, 2014
09:22 PM ET

How 9 million pounds of bad meat got to your store

(CNN) PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA – Earlier this year, a dusty little slaughterhouse in Northern California was ground zero for one of the biggest meat recalls in years. Rancho Feeding Corp. had called back nearly 9 million pounds of bad meat from thousands of unsuspecting stores across the country.

The story of how millions of pounds of bad meat – products the U.S. Department of Agriculture called “unfit for human food” – made it out into the world and triggered a criminal investigation is one of staggering deception and cancerous cows, federal officials familiar with the investigation tell CNN. And the plant where it all went down was also the setting for an illicit romance, according to documents obtained by CNN.

Federal investigators started surveillance on the California facility after getting a tip from a former Rancho employee. In January, federal marshals raided the Petaluma plant and seized the company's records. Days later, the first recall notice went out, officials said.

Investigators now believe that Rancho was buying diseased dairy cows and processing them when government inspectors weren’t there. After the cows were killed, employees would hide the warning signs of cancer by trimming off diseased parts, using a fake stamp of approval or even replacing the heads of sick cows with ones from healthy animals. It’s unclear which employees were involved, officials said.

The account provides a fuller picture of what happened inside the plant than has been previously made public. In a letter a day after the first recall, the USDA told Rancho an investigation found that the facility “shipped adulterated and misbranded product” and hadn’t inspected cattle that “were likely affected with epithelioma of the eye (eye cancer).”


But that wasn’t the only misconduct going down at the plant. Turns out that one of the government inspectors – someone responsible for protecting consumers from bad meat – was having a romantic relationship with a plant foreman, according to a USDA email obtained by CNN.

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April 13th, 2014
03:15 PM ET

Anthony Bourdain talks favorite eateries

The new season of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" premieres Sunday at 9 pm eastern on CNN.

Recently CNN's Erin Burnett shared a beer with Anthony Bourdain at the Landmark restaurant in New York City. And he told her what to expect in season three of his show and why his meal with legendary French chef Paul Bocuse was his "sentimental favorite."

Filed under: Food
February 5th, 2014
09:16 PM ET

McDonalds reveals what's really in a McNugget

McDonald's has taken some heat over what's really in their chicken.

Now, they are fighting back.

CNN's Jeanne Moos has the report.

Filed under: Food • Jeanne Moos • News
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