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Food Police

How do local chefs deal with the tomato scare, cilatro woes, jalapeno pepper worries? Lots of sleuthing, policing and record keeping. Google is the new BFF of Ciudad exec chef Jeremy Tummel and Alegria on Sunset's Nadine Trujullo; Loteria Grill's Jimmy Shaw and Akasha's Akasha Richmond make sure they know the source of their produce. Checking and double checking deliveries and conveying all the info to the staff is key. "I can tell you exactly, precisely where all my food is from -- I have spreadsheets," Richmond tells the LAT. "I've ordered organic onions before and regular onions have showed up...I send them back. I examine everything. I admit I am freaky that way." [LAT]