Italian Beefs Battle it Out; Haitian Aid on the Black Market

• The debut episode of the Travel Channel’s Food Wars will be a faceoff between Mr. Beef and Al’s No. 1. [The Stew]

• Visitors to the Vancouver Olympics are in for a real culinary treat, as the city is full of exciting restaurants. [Reuters]

• The number of restaurants in the U.S. continues to fall; however, it’s falling at a slower rate than at this time last year. [NRN]

• Inefficiencies in the supply chain in Haiti have led to the emergence of a black market for relief food and other supplies. [NYT]

• The USDA is hoping to offset Super Bowl-related food poisoning by advising people to be keep food safety in mind while preparing food. [CNBC]

• The European Union is shaping up to completely ban the commercial fishing of bluefin tuna. [NYT]

• China’s provincial governments tended to shield local dairies from punishment over tainted milk, leading to the current reemergence of the scandal. [AP/NYT]

• The next step in the evolution of vending machines: touchscreens! [WaPo]

• British soldiers in Afghanistan subsisted on nothing but Spam for three weeks after their supply helicopter was shot down. [Guardian]

• A restaurant in Butte, Montana, was buglarized three times in four days. [WaPo]

Italian Beefs Battle it Out; Haitian Aid on the Black Market