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Mr. Roboto meets Polk Salad Annie

Chowbotics hopes to deploy Sally the Salad Robot vending machines in break rooms, cafeterias

Holy Jane Jetson. Picture this. You walk into the breakroom at work and instead of – or in addition to – the tired-looking ham/chicken/egg salad sandwiches and cans of chili, there’s a vending machine chock full of fresh romaine, kale, arugula, snow peas, fresh edamame, cherry tomatoes and more. Meet Sally the Salad Robot. Not… Continue Reading

Seattle Puts Healthy Snacks in City’s Vending Machines

Three years after Seattle put healthy snacks in vending machines located in parks and recreation facilities, the city Monday applied the policy to all its properties. That means that at least half of the options in vending machines on city-owned property must be considered “healthier” and “healthiest” options.  To meet this criteria, food items need… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Vending Stint at Selfridges Could Bring Prosecution

Selfridges, London’s high-end department store, and the Hook & Sons organic farm in East Sussex may both face prosecution by the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA), the Daily Mail Online reports. From about December  2011 to April 2012, Selfridges sold unpasteurized milk from vending machines located in its flagship store on London’s Oxford Street…. Continue Reading

Italy’s Experience Liberalizing Raw Milk Sales: Can’t Put the Genie Back in the Bottle

On Jan. 25, 2007, Italy formally authorized the sale of raw milk to consumers through automatic vending devices. The decision had its legal basis in the generous interpretation  of a 2004 provision in European Union hygiene law, and followed intense lobbying from farmers and local authorities. In fact, since 2004, local authorities had permitted sales… Continue Reading

Study Finds Pathogens in Italian Vending Machine Raw Milk

A study in Northern Italy found that some unpasteurized milk sold from vending machines contained potentially harmful levels of pathogens and did not meet public health standards. The Salmonella, Campylobacter jejuni, E. coli O157 and Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (Map) detected in the milk “pose a clear risk for consumers and could have serious public… Continue Reading