Freaky Friday: May's Weirdest Food News

On the last Friday of each month, Food Manufacturing looks back at the most surprising or unusual food-related stories of the month. Here are our top picks for May:

  1. A class action lawsuit alleges a "potato cartel" secretly fixes the prices of spuds across the country.
  2. The Alabama legislature is fighting for your right to eat as many cheeseburgers as you want — as long as you're willing to accept the consequences. Legislation is under consideration that would put an end to weight gain lawsuits against food purveyors.
  3. After years of hiding its nudity behind cardboard cartons, the egg may soon be donning new duds. A printer that dispenses edible ink is now able to stamp nutrition labels directly onto shelled eggs.
  4. After an early morning explosion, 5,000 gallons of cooking oil fed a roaring blaze at a frozen Chinese food facility in California. Luckily, there were no major injuries.
  5. After being fired, a friend and domestic employee of Mary Alice Dorrance Malone, heiress to the Campbell soup fortune, threatened to write a tell-all book, "When The Soup Boils," about her former friend. After admitting to extortion, the former employee is awaiting sentencing.
  6. With a name like "Mark Reese," how could he resist? A candidate for sheriff in one Pennsylvania county is under scrutiny from The Hershey Co. after co-opting their famous peanut butter-y logo for his campaign signs.
  7. Fearing violence associated with the ongoing Mexican drug war, U.S. cattle inspectors charged with examining Mexican cattle have moved their operations over the border into the United States.
  8. New research shows that changing the color of food can radically change the way we experience its taste.
  9. Overdoses of growth chemicals given by Chinese farmers to watermelons in their fields cause the fruit to burst before harvest.
  10. The Sea Shepherd, the activist organization that made headlines by harassing whaling ships into submission, is setting its sights on tuna poachers.
  11. Food processors can now employ DNA-tracking for their beef, a move that could boost consumer confidence — along with the price of a filet.

What crazy/funny/unexpected stories have you been following this month? Let me know at