Meat Eaters Need Not Apply: An Internet flap ensued after the Sweetpea Baking Company in Portland, Oregon, tweeted a help-wanted ad that specified, “Being vegan is also required.” After a debate about the legality of the requirement ensued in Tweetsville, the bakery tweeted a kinder, gentler ad: “The ideal candidate would also be vegan.” via Eater National

What’s Next for Pabst?: An investor finally agreed to purchase Pabst Blue Ribbon, which has been for sale for years with no buyer. Guess the attempt to crowd-buy the company never panned out. via Wall Street Journal

Calorie Bomb Air-Raid Siren: The Center for Science in the Public Interest came out with its “Xtreme Eating 2010” list, spotlighting crazy-unhealthy restaurant dishes. Typical example: CPK’s Tostada Pizza with steak, clockin’ in at 1,680 calories, 32 grams of saturated fat, and 3,300 mg of sodium for just one serving. via

Chicken Farming = Terrible Career: In the second in a series of grievance-airing meetings for farmers, poultry producers met in Ankeny, Iowa, to discuss price fixing and unfair wages in their industry with Attorney General Eric Holder. The problems stem from the fact that the poultry industry is almost totally vertically integrated, with giant companies controlling everything, contracting out the actual raising of the chickens to small farmers who are squeezed on prices. The next hearing will be for the dairy industry in late June. via the Huffington Post

It’s Not Candy if It Has Flour: Washington state tried to come up with a legal definition of candy, in preparation for a candy tax. It was decided that candy is a sweet that does not contain flour. Unsurprisingly, this lets a lot of “candy” slip by. via

A Good (Funny) Read: On the heels of a smuggling bust that nabbed someone trying to come into New York with a bunch of chocolates filled with cocaine, Jason Sheehan recaps the top eight failed attempts at smuggling drugs in food for Seattle Weekly’s Voracious. Best line: “Lopera gets big irony points for putting his nose candy inside actual candy.”

Deaths, Firings, Recalls, and Other Endings:

  • Dietary supplements were revealed to contain all kinds of bad stuff, including dangerously high levels of pesticides.
  • Caldwell Fresh Foods recalled alfalfa sprouts after “links” to salmonella outbreaks in ten states.
  • Debuts, Openings, and Other Beginnings:

  • Plans surfaced for a hot dog that will break apart while you eat it, in an attempt to reduce the risk of choking.
  • First he was eating a sandwich by a waterfall; now Tom Selleck is on a beer can.
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