The Daily Dish: February 26, 2016

Today's first course?

The Average American Wastes $400 Worth of Food Every Year, Study Claims

A recent study shows just how wasteful Americans are when it comes to throwing away food, and we have a graduate student from the University of Arizona to thank for the wake-up call. Victoria Ligon claims says her findings suggest that the average American wastes about $400 worth of food each year. This equals to about 10 percent of our annual food purchases. Meanwhile, a family of four can waste up to a thousand dollars each year. Ligon believes we can turn these statistics around. For her suggestions on what we can do to save more and throw away less, be sure to check out this story in the News in Brief section.

Jeb Bush's Campaign Tab: Advertising, Vegas, and Pizza

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush may have suspended his bid for the White House recently, but not before spending about $130 million on his campaign. Today, we're getting a closer look at exactly where the money was spent — including how much went to food. As it turns out, Bush likes fancy dinners and events: He spent a little more than $94,000 at places like the Yale Club and the Union League of Chicago. Apparently, he and his staffers were also quite fond of pizza: They spent nearly $5,000 on Domino's during the run of his campaign.

Mars Recalls Milky Way, Snickers, and Celebrations Bars Across 55 Countries Over Possible Plastic Contamination

Mars — the U.S.-based chocolate company behind Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Dove, Snickers, M&M's, and Twix — has recalled chocolate products across 55 countries, primarily in Europe, after a consumer found a piece of red plastic in a Snickers bar. Leaders were able to trace the problem back to a Mars factory in the Netherlands, where it was found to be from a protective cover used in the manufacturing process. The recall, which only applies to fun-sized packages, is for bars of Mars, Snickers, Milky Way, Celebrations, and Mini Mix. Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K., and several other European countries were affected by the recall, as well as Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Mars products in the U.S. were not included.

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