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Food Scandals Of 2011 That Rocked The Culinary World

Posted: 12/16/11 02:37 PM ET


It's hard to say whether or not 2011 was any more tumultuous a year in food than any other. But if not, it's a testament to the volatility and drama inherent in the multibillion dollar restaurant and food service industry. This year saw food celebrities go head-to-head and activists challenge some of the biggest companies in the world -- not to mention more than a few chef-lovers' quarrels. Click through below to find out the 11 scandalous food stories that rocked the culinary food world the most in 2011.

Smithfield Foods' Abuses Stir Outrage
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Smithfield Foods, one of the country's biggest pork producers, is no stranger to accusations of animal abuse. Animal rights advocates have gotten ahold of videos that seemed to implicated Smithfield pig producers in animal cruelty. But the criticism reached a fever pitch this year when the Humane Society targeted McDonald's for using Smithfield pork in its notorious McRib sandwiches. Since then, Smithfield reported a steep decline in profits -- and announced its plan to eliminate gestation crates by 2017. Too little, too late?
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