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Frat Member Faces Jail Over Peanut Butter Stunt

Police charge him with hazing at Central Michigan University

(Newser) - A Central Michigan University student accused of spreading peanut butter on the face of a passed out teen with a peanut allergy faces jail time over the stunt. Dale Merza, 20, has been charged with misdemeanor hazing and faces up to 93 days in jail and a $1,000 fine... More »

Why the NBA Flips Over This Food

Scarfing vast quantities of PB&J is a pre-game ritual

(Newser) - Only organic peanut butter and jelly and crustless white bread will do for the Portland Trail Blazers. For the Milwaukee Bucks, the elaborate locker room buffet offers three types of bread paired with crunchy, smooth, and almond butters, assorted jellies, and other fixings. The Cleveland Cavaliers like to send pre-packaged... More »

Parents Livid Over Frat's Peanut Butter 'Joke' on Son

Incident at Central Michigan University under investigation

(Newser) - A student who smeared peanut butter on an unconscious freshman's face calls it "a joke." The freshman's parents call it hazing that could have turned deadly because the 19-year-old has a severe allergy to peanuts. The pictures Teresa Seely posted on Facebook Tuesday show her son... More »

Company Hit With Record Food Safety Fine

Peanut butter sickened hundreds a decade ago

(Newser) - A decade after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating Peter Pan peanut butter contaminated with salmonella, the company that sold it paid with an embarrassing courtroom guilty plea and an agreement to pay the largest criminal fine ever in a US food safety case. The president of a ConAgra... More »

Cops: Peanut Butter Bandit Hit 'Trump Rally,' Smeared Cars

But it was not a Trump rally; Wis. woman, allegedly drunk, faces disorderly conduct charges

(Newser) - Disorderly conduct charges are pending against a woman who authorities say smeared peanut butter on 30 vehicles outside a gathering in Amherst, in central Wisconsin, that she mistakenly thought was a Donald Trump rally. WSAW-TV reports that investigators say the Monday night conservation group meeting in Amherst had nothing to... More »

Snacking on Peanuts May Help Obesity Epidemic

12-week study of Hispanic middle school kids finds peanuts help reduce BMI

(Newser) - Good news for those who like peanuts and aren't allergic: Snacking on them three to four times a week could help lower one's BMI, researchers report in the Journal of Applied Research on Children . Researchers from the University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Woman's... More »

Nearly 2K Pounds of Skippy Recalled

There might be metal shavings in the peanut butter

(Newser) - Would you like any metal shavings with your peanut butter? No? Then you might want to check that jar of Skippy in your pantry. Hormel Foods, maker of the peanut butter brand, is recalling 153 cases of 16.3-ounce-sized Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread because they might include... More »

Peanut Exec Faces 'Absurd' Sentence Over Salmonella

Prosecutors want him locked up for life

(Newser) - Federal court officers are recommending a life sentence for a peanut executive convicted in a salmonella-poisoning case. Former Peanut Corporation of American owner Stewart Parnell was convicted last fall of selling truckloads of peanut butter from his southwest Georgia plant to food processors even after they tested positive for salmonella.... More »

Peanuts, Nuts May Keep You From Dying

But alas—peanut butter doesn't seem to make a difference

(Newser) - Previous studies have documented that scarfing down peanuts or nuts every day can lead to better cardiovascular health. But now research is suggesting that eating peanuts and tree nuts like almonds, cashews, and walnuts are linked to lower mortality rates, per a Maastricht University press release . The study, published online... More »

Why the Feds Are Selling $761 Peanut Butter

It's the peanut butter by which other foods are measured

(Newser) - The US government is selling three-jar units of peanut butter for $761—even though the stuff inside, according to a researcher, is "prepared by a commercial manufacturer of peanut butter whose name you would recognize." That's what a chemist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology... More »

College Student Killed by Peanut Allergy

Chandler Swink somehow came in contact with peanut butter at friend's apartment

(Newser) - A 19-year-old college student in Michigan has died after accidentally coming into contact with peanut butter at a friend's apartment on Nov. 19. The Oakland Press reports that Chandler Swink was diagnosed at age two with the most severe level of nut allergy—level six. Someone at the apartment... More »

Costco Trashes 1M Perfectly Fine Jars of Peanut Butter

58 truckloads not allowed to go to food banks

(Newser) - Almost a million jars of peanut butter are being trucked to a New Mexico landfill after Costco refused to either accept them or allow them to be donated to food banks. The peanut butter—made from $2.8 million worth of Valencia peanuts owned by Costco—is being dumped as... More »

Alzheimer's Test: Can You Smell Peanut Butter?

If your left nostril is lagging, it might be a sign of trouble: study

(Newser) - How's this for a low-tech way of diagnosing Alzheimer's: sniffing peanut butter. Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered some merit to the bizarre-sounding notion, reports Futurity . Knowing that patients in cognitive decline often lose their sense of smell first, the researchers had patients sniff a dollop... More »

FDA Says New Rules Will Improve Food Safety

Agency issues two, with more on the way

(Newser) - The FDA has issued two new rules that it and food safety advocates say will make the nation's food supply much safer. They govern the handling of processed foods (like peanut butter ) and fruits and vegetables, reports USA Today , which calls this "the most sweeping overhaul of... More »

Relax, There's No More Peanut Shortage

Record crop numbers should mean plenty of peanut butter this year

(Newser) - Shoppers went a bit nutty earlier this year after two years of drought led to a peanut shortage that sent peanut butter prices skyward. But farmers are now growing the crop in record numbers, which should bring down supermarket prices, reports the Wall Street Journal . Areas in US where the... More »

Whole Foods, Stop & Shop Join Peanut Butter Recall

List of affected products reaches 101

(Newser) - A national peanut butter recall just keeps growing, with stores from Whole Foods to Target to Stop & Shop now affected—and it's not just peanut butter that's causing salmonella concerns. Sunland, the company behind the recall, is adding cashew butter, blanched and roasted peanut products, and tahini... More »

76 Products Added to Peanut Butter Recall

Sunland adds a variety of nut butters, other foodstuffs in salmonella scare

(Newser) - It turns out the Trader Joe's peanut butter recall was just the tip of the iceberg. Sunland, the New Mexico-based company that produces Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, today expanded the recall to include 76 different products, the LA Times reports. Most are other peanut butter... More »

Trader Joe's Recalls Its House Peanut Butter

They say it's out of an 'abundance of caution'

(Newser) - Trader Joe's is recalling its house brand of peanut butter over fears of possible salmonella contamination. The voluntary recall of Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter was announced on the company's website. No specific lot numbers are available. Officials with the specialty grocery chain said they... More »

Man Attacks Women With Sword and ... Sandwich

Mark Christopher Miller allegedly smeared lady with peanut butter

(Newser) - Two Florida women were likely scared when Mark Christopher Miller rushed them with a 4-foot sword, but maybe not quite as terrified by his second weapon: a peanut butter sandwich. The 50-year-old man is accused of poking one of the women, who is six months pregnant, with the sword after... More »

Man Accused of Stealing $600 in Reese's Cups

Gas station puts foot down after months of shoplifting

(Newser) - Police in northern Ohio are trying to identify a candy thief who has stolen hundreds of dollars in peanut butter cups from a gas station store. Employees reported that a young man usually comes in after midnight, snatches Reese's peanut butter cups, and exits the store before they can... More »

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