A New York middle school is apologizing after serving students with a meal on the first day of Black History Month that was deemed to be culturally insensitive.

Administrators at Nyack Middle School say that the hot lunch menu was changed by the vendor without their knowledge on Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month, to include chicken and waffles with a watermelon dessert, which the school’s principal called an “unfortunate situation,” The Journal News reported.

“We are extremely disappointed by this regrettable situation and apologize to the entire Nyack community for the cultural insensitivity displayed by

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Fast food giants will report their next quarterly earnings in the coming weeks. What’s Wall Street looking out for? Among other things, the impact of inflation on the numbers like the cost of commodities and labor. Also of interest: Store growth and evidence that consumers are cheerier.

The good news is that labor costs and retention rates among employees are gradually improving allowing companies to return to “an increased focus on retention & training,” Lauren Silberman of Credit Suisse said in a note to investors.

Meanwhile, here’s what analysts expect from earnings announcements from five of the biggest food chains:

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Eat fish; it’s healthy. 

Except when it isn’t.

That’s the quandary that many Pacific Northwest and Columbia River Basin tribal members face as they try to balance their strong historic and cultural ties to salmon with modern studies that show salmon in their area can be polluted by contaminants — among them mercury and a host of other toxic chemicals.

The quandary arises because many tribal members eat more than what health officials suggest is the safe amount of salmon each month — eight 8-ounce servings. Because of that, they are particularly vulnerable to the contaminants that can be in

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A Chinese food blogger has been fined about $18,500 after she posted a video last year that showed her buying, preparing and eating a great white shark, an animal that is protected in China. 

The food blogger, who goes by the name Tizi, posted the video on Chinese social media site Douyin that showed her buying the shark, which appears to be about six feet in length, and then preparing it two ways: grilled over an open fire and sautéed in a wok. She then picks up the part of the shark that was grilled and tears strips off with

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A Saint-Henri food bank says it’s starting to cut services and is worried it might have to close its doors entirely if it can’t get more funding soon.

​​It’s already reduced its food basket distribution from three days per week to two and staff are working fewer hours. 

“Better to cut back somewhat now than to close the door later,” said Glenn Rubenstein, the general manager of Épicentre Saint-Henri.

“My fear is either to continue to cut back or possibly close food banks and that is the service that probably responds most directly to people in the most precarious situations.”

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Mary Burch beams with pride while watching a batch of her Red House Salsa roll off the assembly line at the Food Processing Development Centre and business incubator in Leduc, Alta.

“It’s a labour of love, really,” says the 43-year-old founder of the business that got its start in a St. Albert kitchen in 2016. 

“My family was going through a bit of a transition,” Burch says.

At the time her husband, Wray, was a contractor in the oil field. Work had slowed down and his wages were cut in half.

The mother of four thought about an old family

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