L&I Deputy Commissioner Director of the Nuisance Taskforce Steps Down Amid FBI Probe; China Stockpiles Provisions to Curb Food Inflation

• Long-time Licenses and Inspections deputy commissioner Director of the Nuisance Taskforce, Dominic Verdi, resigned yesterday as the FBI continues its investigation into corruption and kickbacks involving the city agency, a beer distributor, police and restaurants. [Action News]

• More than 500 supermarket jobs are on the line as bankrupt A&P; plans to close 10 area stores. [NBC Philadelphia]

• Holy horse semen! Yep, flavored shots of the stuff will be on offer at an upcoming New Zealand food festival. [AsiaOne]

• Some college dining halls have eliminated trays, and that’s reduced food waste astoundingly. Probably helps with the old freshman fifteen, too. [WP]

• Today in food-inflation news: China’s ministry of commerce released a plan to keep staple supplies steady in order to minimize price swings; meanwhile, higher food commodity prices in Nigeria have contributed to that country’s inflation rate rising to 12.1 percent. [WSJ, AllAfrica]

• But don’t worry, Nestle, the world’s largest food company, saw its profits triple in 2010. [MarketWatch]

• Consumers around the nation are getting more and more into “exotic” cuisines like Japanese and Thai! Some people are even going so far as to order things like the sweet Thai chili garlic sauce at Boston Market! [NRN]

L&I Deputy Commissioner Director of the Nuisance Taskforce