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Sampler Platter: reindeer meat, tainted eggs, cyclists

December 3, 2008 |  5:27 pm

A roundup of food news -- today in three parts...


The Good…

  • Washington, D.C., may keep bars open 24/7 during inauguration week. Washington Post
  • Hero: Indiana State Police trooper saves Lafayette doughnut shop. Journal & Courier
  • Stove Top Stuffing heats 10 bus shelters in Chicago. Chicago Tribune
  • A juicy year for Del Monte: company says fiscal year 2009 sales will be up 8% to 10% over 2008's. Market Watch

The Bad…

  • Crop failure and economic collapse have left Zimbabwe starving. Millions survive on nothing but wild fruit. L.A. Times
  • Climate change likely to have a devastating effect on food security in Pacific island countries, according to the U.N. Reuters
  • 1 in 6 people in Tennessee receive food stamps. Forbes
  • Newest tainted Chinese product: eggs. BBC
  • Copa, Napa's ambitious 7-year-old food, wine and art center, files for bankruptcy protection. N.Y. Times

The Ugly…

  • German troops too fat to fight: In 2007, German forces in Afghanistan consumed 1.7 million pints of beer and 90,000 bottles of wine. Times Online
  • More than 160 cyclists in Wales sickened by sheep droppings. The Telegraph
  • Ikea under fire for selling reindeer meat. The Independent
  • Manufacturers pack "healthy foods" with salt to make them taste better. Washington Post

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times