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This Brewery Offers Paid ‘Pawternity’ Leave to New Dog Owners

Brew Dog, a Scottish brewery and chain of bars, has a “pawternity leave” policy for new dog owners, which allows all 1,000 employees who adopt or buy a pup to take a week off to bond with their new furry friend. It’s the first brewery in the UK to offer such a policy. Brew Dog will soon be opening a new location in Columbus, Ohio — their first US location — and the pet-friendly policy will be hopping the pond with them. Brew Dog also offers “an enhanced maternity and paternity leave and pay policy,” but unfortunately the same policy does not apply to cats, hamsters, goldfish, etc. Sorry, Fluffy.


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Iceland’s President Would Prefer to Ban Pineapple Pizza

Forget religion and partisan politics: Pineapple pizza is the divisive topic that splits our nation today, and our icy neighbors up North agree. Iceland’s president, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, recently told students that he would ban pineapple pizza if he had the power to and remained “firmly opposed” to the fruity and cheesy combination pie, according to Visir, an Icelandic publication. Instead, he’d recommend seafood on pizza. Unfortunately, the Icelandic president does not have the power to pass laws, so alas, pineapple pizza still remains on the right side of the law.


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Here’s How the Disappearance of Bees Will Drastically Affect Our Food Supply

A new study published by scientists at the University of Vermont maps the decline of the bee population and its potential to seriously impact agriculture-heavy regions of the United States. "This study provides the first national picture of wild bees and their impacts on pollination," Taylor Ricketts, director of University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics told Phys.org. He noted that $3 billion of the United States economy depends on growing crops that have been pollinated by bees. "Wild bees are a precious natural resource we should celebrate and protect.” If the bee population continues to decline, 139 counties will be at risk, severely impacting U.S. crop production and farmers' costs. The crops that most depend on bee pollination include almonds, blueberries, apples, pumpkins, watermelons, and pears.


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Sargento Expands Cheese Recall and Drops Its Supplier

On Feb. 10 Sargento Foods Inc. issued a voluntary recall of certain packaged cheese products for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. On Feb. 17, Sargento announced that “out of an abundance of caution,” the company has expanded its list of recalled products. In light of the recall, the company has also cut ties with one of its suppliers, Indiana-based Deutsch Kase Haus, which supplied Sargento with the potentially contaminated Longhorn Colby, according to the company website. For any questions, consumers can call the Sargento Consumer Affairs at 1-800-243-3737 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Central Time), or submit questions through the company’s “Contact” page.


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These Sriracha Seasoning Sticks Will Change the Way You Cook

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Sriracha flavoring is everywhere from vodka to McDonald’s burgers, but now the Thai-style hot sauce is available in a new form. Southern California-based Huy Fong Foods, whose version of the sauce ignited the sriracha craze, has released a line of sriracha seasoning sticks, designed to add heat to your meat dishes. The new product, marketed as Sriracha Seasoning Stix, comes in solid form, but transforms into a powder that can be used as a dry rub or to form a crust on meat. The Stix come in a tube and resemble red Pocky sticks, and are available in regular, butter garlic, and teriyaki flavors, as well as a mysterious flavor called "Blend X." The Stix will be available online only starting at the end of February.