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Salmonella Outbreak Over?; Scores Can’t Pay the Rent

• More than 1,000 people in 41 states plus D.C. and Canada have now fallen ill from the Saintpaul strain of salmonella. The good news is that no illnesses have been reported since June 26, so maybe the outbreak is over. [WSJ]

• Sorry, Tom. Graydon Carter doesn’t like the corporate feel of Colicchio’s Craft on the West Coast, so he’s looking to take Vanity Fair’s Oscar party to one of the BLT restaurants next year. [NYP]

• With less than 24 hours until the release of the iPhone 3G, you should probably be lining up outside an Apple store now in order to snag one of the technological treats. But be sure to reference this convenient restaurant guide first, so you know where to get some decent grub nearby. [Serious Eats]

Scores West is on its last legs, especially now that it has $2 million in back rent. [NYP]

• Peter Meehan contributes the latest story to Salon’s Pork Week, in which he considers the surging popularity of bacon. Though he mentions our claim from last summer that bacon had jumped the shark, he ultimately concludes that its ubiquity will continue. [Salon]
Related: Bacon Has Jumped the Shark

• Why anyone would compete to work in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant is beyond us, but a 25-year-old student at the Culinary Institute of America won the current season of Hell’s Kitchen. [Serious Eats]

• Food-safety experts are blaming the inability of federal officials to trace the source of the salmonella outbreak to the shortcomings of the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 and say we need to establish a national tracking system for all produce. [NYT]

• Harold Moore, of Commerce, thinks meatballs are overrated. [Restaurant Girl]

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