Mad Cow Disease In Marin?; ‘Under-Size Me’ Trend May Be Coming

• A 59-year-old Marin County woman recently died of mad-cow disease (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease), and a second woman has been diagnosed with it. Cue a potential local panic. [ABC 7] Update: It’s not mad-cow, but rather the non-variant form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob, at least in one of the women’s cases, and therefore did not come from the food supply. [Chron]

• Restaurants where they put water bottles on the table for you to serve yourself: a welcome trend, or a sign of eroding service standards? Mr. Bauer can no longer decide. [Between Meals/Scoop]

• Local college kids want their Bacon Bacon too! Legislation introduced this week by the Board of Supervisors would allow food trucks where they haven’t been permitted before, at colleges and hospitals. [CBS]

• Aries want meat, Libras like buzzy new eateries, and other things astrological signs say about restaurant tastes. [HuffPo]

• People will downsize their restaurant portions if the server offers them the option; maybe soon we’ll be able to say “under-size me”? [Salt/NPR]

• Good news: The amount of trans fats Americans consume dropped by 58 percent from 2000 to 2009. [Your Life/USAT]

• A mysterious case of food poisoning afflicted 700 people who attended a political rally in Mexico. Could it be a case of sabotacos? [CNN]

Mad Cow Disease In Marin?; ‘Under-Size Me’ Trend May Be Coming