Don’t eat glitter, FDA warns: How to tell when the sparkly substance is actually edible

It may look tempting, but that sparkly glitter on top of a freshly baked cupcake, cookie or other tasty treats may not be safe to eat. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) re-issued the warning Friday, reminding consumers that “some decorative glitters and dusts promoted for use on foods may, in fact, contain materials … Continue reading “Don’t eat glitter, FDA warns: How to tell when the sparkly substance is actually edible”

It may look tempting, but that sparkly glitter on top of a freshly baked cupcake, cookie or other tasty treats may not be safe to eat.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) re-issued the warning Friday, reminding consumers that “some decorative glitters and dusts promoted for use on foods may, in fact, contain materials that should not be eaten.”

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Many of the decorative glitters and dust — which are sometimes labeled as luster dust, disco dust, twinkle dust, sparkle dust, highlighter, shimmer powder, pearl dust, or petal dust, according to the FDA — can be found both online and at bakery or craft stores.

While some of these are safe to consume, others are not, especially if “the label simply says ‘non-toxic’ or ‘for decorative purposes only’ and does not include an ingredients list,” the FDA said.

To tell if a glitter or dust is safe to eat, look for labeling that clearly states the product is edible or see if it contains certain ingredients such as acacia (gum arabic), sugar, cornstarch and certain color additives, among other safe-to-eat components.

While the agency didn’t detail the health risks of eating non-edible glitter, Zhaoping Li, a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition at UCL, previously told Eater it’s best to avoid the substance, especially those who have pre-existing gastrointestinal issues.

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“Non-toxic glitter may not kill you, but don’t eat it,” Li said. “At least not regularly or large quantities.”

The warning follows a similar one posted by the FDA in November and comes as the “glitter trend” has apparently taken over aspects of the food industry, MarketWatch reported in May. In fact, in 2014, some people were reportedly swallowing “glitter pills” in the hopes the substance would make their poop sparkle.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Thief in Santa hat steals beer, bacon from gas station convenience store

Police in Wisconsin are currently looking for a very festive thief who was spotted stealing bacon and beer while wearing a Santa hat.

The suspect – whose belly may be shaking like a bowlful of jelly (and pork and beer) by now – was caught in the act by surveillance cameras at the Kwik Trip convenience store in Saukville on the afternoon of Dec. 9, WDJT reports.

Police say the man first concealed several beer bottles in his festive-looking sweater before shoving several pounds of bacon into his less festive pants, according to Fox 6. He then left without making a purchase.

Officers are now asking anyone who may recognize the suspect to contact the Saukville Police Department. He was last spotted leaving the Kwik Trip in a large van, and not a sleigh driven by Budweiser Clydesdales, lest anyone think otherwise.

‘Wing mom’ goes viral for playing son’s matchmaker at grocery store

A mom in Texas acted as the ultimate wingman when she found a date for her single son at the supermarket.

The matchmaking mom was chatting with a group of female college students at H-E-B grocery store in San Antonio when she decided to play Cupid on behalf of her son, Codey Gonzalez.

Charisma Valdez, one of the students who met the mom, said the conversation began innocently.

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"It all started off as just a normal conversation at H-E-B over a puppy. And it kind of just turned into something else," she told KTRK-TV of the unusual encounter.

"We were pretty excited at first because we were talking about puppies, and then once she brought up her son and that whole conversation, we got pretty serious," she added.

Codey's mom Patricia began sharing details about her son with the young women, in the hopes of scoring him a date. And Patricia really made an impression, seeing as Valdez posted about the conversation on Twitter.

The tweet quickly went viral, with over 4,700 retweets and 63,000 likes as of Thursday morning.

Valdez later shared an update on Twitter with a photo of her and Gonzalez on a date, right after he tweeted out that he was “feeling good about date night.”

And apparently, things went well because Valdez shared that a second date was being planned.

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Since going viral, the young lovebirds have received offers from restaurants like Whataburger and Raising Cane’s to host them for free.

If things continue going well, Patricia, now dubbed 'Wing mom," might have a future as a matchmaker.

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

Old Bay upset about ‘New Bae’ seasoning; makers file lawsuit against Pittsburgh company

The makers of Old Bay are getting a little salty over a similar-sounding spice blend.

McCormick, which produces the seafood spice, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit on Monday against a Pittsburg-based company marketing a seasoning called “New Bae,” claiming the product is capitalizing on Old Bay’s reputation.

The makers of New Bae, meanwhile, have admitted that they chose the name as a “nod” (and a “terrible pun”), but now say they “never had any intention” of confusing consumers, The Washington Post reports.

The company released a statement to that effect to Fox News, saying it did not see "legal merit" in McCormick's claims. On social media, Primal Palate further claimed it would "stand by our right to market this organic blend."

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Primal Palate, the company that produces New Bae, announced the release of the new spice in October 2017 and received a cease-and-desist order from McCormick in April, 2017, according to Bloomberg.

In its October announcement, Primal Palate explained that the slang term “bae” is short for “Before Anyone Else and is a [nick]name for your boyfriend or girlfriend.” The company also said its New Bae seasoning paired well with potatoes, popcorn and chicken, but “it’s also the absolute best on crab legs.”

Following McCormick’s cease-and-desist letter, a lawyer for Primal Palate acknowledged that the name of New Bae was “a ‘nod’ to the impact that the Old Bay seasoning has made on the spice market” — a statement McCormick cites as evidence that Primal Palate was attempting to capture some of Old Bay’s “goodwill,” according to the lawsuit.

The makers of New Bae say they never meant to confuse consumers.  (Primal Palate)

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Bill Staley, who founded Primal Palate with his wife Hayley, told Fox News in a statement that while they respect McCormick, they won't allow the company to interfere with how they sell their spices.

"We do not see legal merit to the claims that McCormick has made," the statement read, in part. "Primal Palate understands and respects McCormick’s desire to police its trademarks. However, in this instance, there is nothing actionable to police. We respect trademark rights but will not allow McCormick to choose the name of our products."

“We don’t think we’re doing anything wrong here,” Bill added to the Post. “This is a product we think can coexist in the marketplace. The target audience for them doesn’t have a lot of overlap.”

Primal Palate’s New Bae spice blend, meanwhile, is likely not comprised of the exact same ingredients as Old Bay. The Staleys added to the Post that they made the blend in an effort to provide a paleo-friendly spice option that lists all of its ingredients on the label. (Old Bay only lists three main ingredients, the second of which is “spices, including red pepper and black pepper”).

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A representative for McCormick was not available for comment on Thursday.

‘Gilmore Girls’ house now serving lunch

While Lorelai and Rory Gilmore would most likely grace you with pizza, Chinese takeout or coffee if you dropped by for lunch, Warner Bros. is serving up a full-on holiday meal at a pop-up of the iconic mother-daughter duo’s home in the fictional town of Star’s Hollow, Conn.

From Dec. 22 to Jan. 6, fans of the long-running television show are invited to extend their tour of the authentic “Gilmore Girls" set with a festive meal (at an additional cost.)

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Featuring “oven roasted turkey breast with cranberry-shallot sauce, lemon garlic roasted chicken, veggie burgers, fries, home-style macaroni salad, garlic buttered corn, salads and more,” according to the Warner Bros. website, the menu would surely even meet Emily and Richard Gilmore's swanky standards.

Better yet, ardent fans can recreate favorite scenes from the hit series with “authentic props and costumes on display at the original Lorelai’s house set,” and snap a photo at the iconic gazebo, too.

The comedy-drama starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel ran for seven seasons, from 2000 to 2007, on the WB and CW.

A special reboot mini-series later premiered on Netflix in November 2016.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Uber Eats customer disgusted to find soiled underwear in food order

It’s Uber gross!

Uber Eats customer Leo, who wished to be identified only by his first name, says he was shocked to find feces-stained underwear in food delivered to his Miami, Florida, hotel on Sunday night.

“Who thinks that you’re going to get delivered somebody’s dirty underwear?” Leo told WPLG. He called the find “disgusting, unhealthful — it’s potentially deadly.”

Leo, who was visiting Miami for Art Basel, said he used the Uber Eats app to get food delivered from a nearby Japanese restaurant. When he went outside to meet the delivery driver, she ran away, which he thought was peculiar.

“I grabbed the food and right when I got the food she took off running and I was like, ‘That was kind of odd,'” Leo said.

What came next might explain why she was in such a hurry.

He took his food to his room and pulled out what he thought at first was a napkin.

“I thought, ‘This,’ when I was pulling it out, ‘This sure is a fancy napkin,'” Leo said.

Upon further inspection, he realized it was thigh-length underwear that appeared to be stained with human poo.

He immediately threw the underwear back in the bag and called Uber, the restaurant and the police.

Uber refunded Leo’s order.

The company sent WPLG the following statement: “What’s been reported is very concerning. We are reviewing this order and reaching out to all parties involved to help understand what may have occurred. The courier has been removed from the app pending investigation.”

This article originally appeared on the New York Post.

5 easy Christmas cookies to make this holiday season

Christmas is just around the corner, which means it's the perfect time to practice your cookie making skills before Santa comes sliding down your chimney.

Whether you’re hosting a lot of family and friends this holiday season or attending another holiday gathering, here are five cookies to easily bake.

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Santa hat cookies

These cookies take inspiration from the jolly man himself. Use a cookie cutter to make these hat shapes before decorating them with red and white icing after they’re baked.

As a separate option, use a sugar cookie as a base and use red icing or a strawberry to create a hat-looking shape. A small marshmallow or white icing can be used to top off Santa’s hat.

Gingersnap cookies with a twist 

Put a twist on traditional gingersnap cookies by dipping half of the cookie in Christmas colored-icing, such as red, green or white.

Traditional holiday shapes 

What's better than a classic Christmas cookie? Use holiday-themed cookie cutters — such as a snowflake, candy cane, Christmas tree or star — to create the shapes before decorating them with icing and sprinkles.

Red and green cookies 

Use food dye to add red or green colors to the batter. Bake and top with fun garnishes — or leave as is. One Instagram user said her green-colored cookies were inspired by Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

“Rudolph” cookies 

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Using your favorite batter, bake traditional round cookies and then use icing to draw antlers and eyes. Use a piece of round, red candy to give the famed reindeer his bright nose.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Vegan food options may be required by law at venues in California

Los Angeles residents may soon be eating more tofu with their entertainment. A proposed city law would require movie theaters, sports stadiums, the Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles International Airport restaurants and other large-scale entertainment venues to sell at least one vegan protein option.

Los Angeles city councilman Paul Koretz was inspired by a desire to fight climate change, and make it easier for non-meat eaters to be fed well, according to CBS Los Angeles. The proposed law would have to be approved by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office before going into effect.

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  • If the law does pass scrutiny, adding plant-based offerings shouldn’t be a challenge. Koretz told Variety, “There’s really no downside to it. The change could easily be made in any venue. A movie theater serves hot dogs. They can serve vegan dogs. It’s easy.”

    New York may have been named the best city for vegans, but clearly LA wants to compete for that title too. It makes sense that a city as notoriously cutting edge about healthy eating would want to provide more vegan options. With fast food chain Del Taco serving their Beyond Avocado vegan taco, made with Beyond Meat, and White Castle selling Impossible Burger sliders nationwide, consumers are getting used to having plant-based choices even in typically carnivorous establishments.

    Whether you already eat a strictly plant-based diet, are getting a head start on your New Year’s resolution to avoid animal products for the month of “Veganuary” or simply want to explore new tastes, check out the delicious food at some of America’s best vegan restaurants.

    Pringles Wavy to debut in the new year

    Pringles are the wave of the future — literally.

    This January, Kellogg’s is dropping a brand-new twist on the classic crisp, called Pringles Wavy. It might go without saying, but instead of the smooth hyperbolic paraboloids we all know and love, these chips will have a thick, wavy texture. No worries, you can probably still make duck lips with them.

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  • Even though we’re well into the cold-weather months, all four flavors were reportedly inspired by grilling, so you can sit inside all day and think about how nice it would be to slip a shrimp onto the barbie. The new Pringles Wavy chips will come in the same tennis ball canister in classic salted, fire-roasted jalapeño, sweet and tangy barbecue and applewood-smoked cheddar flavors.

    Kellogg’s will start the new year off with two additional products as well. Cheez-It Snap’d is a thinner, crispier version of the beloved munchie in varieties including double cheese; cheddar sour cream and onion; white cheddar and bacon; and jalapeño jack flavors.

    Cheez-It Snap’d is the thinner, crispier cousin of the original. (Kellogg’s)

    On the sweeter side, consumers can look forward to chewy bite-sized Rice Krispies Treats Snap Crackle Poppers coated in chocolate, vanilla and cookies 'n' crème.

    Kellogg’s is coming for your sweet cravings with Rice Krispie Treats Snap Crackle Poppers. (Kellogg’s)

    Can January come any quicker? 2019 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for sweet and savory nibbles, but in truth nothing will numb the pain of losing these nine discontinued snack foods we wish they’d bring back.

    Welcome, baby Kiwi: Millennials naming kids after trendy foods, study claims

    Watch out, Jackson and Sophia — some of your future classmates’ fresh, food-inspired names will have a kick more of unusual flavor, if one study’s prediction comes to fruition.

    On Nov. 28, parenting website BabyCenter released their annual "Top 100" names list – which Jackson and Sophia crowned for the sixth year running – and reported that food-inspired “names you can taste” were among 2018’s top trends. The findings are based on the “hundreds of thousands” of baby names collected from the website’s registered users, according to the site's press release.

    According to the study, Millennial and Gen Z parents were influenced by their “passions and values” when it came to naming little ones this year – with some apparently taking a cue from trendier pantry staples. (iStock)

    According to the study, Millennial and Gen Z parents were influenced by their “passions and values” when it came to naming little ones this year — with some apparently taking a cue from trendier pantry staples.

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    For girls, Kiwi was reported as up by 40 percent, Kale, 35 percent, Maple, 32 percent, and Clementine, 15 percent. For boys, spice-inspired names like Sage reportedly experienced a 15 percent spike in popularity.

    Parents eager to select an even more unique name for their tiny bundle of joy can take inspiration from monkiers like Baker, Honey, Napoleon and Plum on BabyCenter's culinary-inspired list as well.

    For girls, Kiwi was reported as up by 40 percent, Kale, 35 percent, Maple, 32 percent, and Clementine, 15 percent (iStock)

    "Parents are inspired by the things they love as well as the sound of a name," BabyCenter exec Linda Murray said in the release. "In the past, we'd look to the Bible or royalty for name inspiration. Today's parents turn to other sources. We've had two decades plus of 'unique' names, and anything goes.

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    Times have certainly changed since 2004, when Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines around the world for naming her daughter Apple.

    “It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me – you know, apples are so sweet and they're wholesome and it's biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and … clean! And I just thought, 'Perfect!'” Paltrow told Oprah Winfrey at the time, as per Hello! magazine. 

    Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.

    Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak