Meat scandal widens in Europe
The scandal over horse meat in the European food chain widened Thursday from mislabeling to food safety as public health officials in Britain said a powerful equine painkiller, potentially harmful to human health, "may have entered the food chain" in France. But officials said the anti-inflammatory phenylbutazone, or bute, was found only in trace amounts in six British horse carcasses exported to France. Police investigating allegations that horse meat was mislabeled as beef say they have arrested three men.
Discarded drugs a threat to fish
What happens to fish that swim in waters tainted by traces of drugs that people take? When it's an anti-anxiety drug, they become hyper, antisocial and aggressive, a study found. They even get the munchies. The findings, published online Thursday in the journal Science, add to mounting evidence that minuscule amounts of medicines in rivers and streams can alter the biology and behavior of fish and other marine animals.
Food fight turns into free-for-all
A food fight turned into a brawl involving 200 to 300 students Thursday at South High School in Minneapolis, forcing police to use chemical spray to break up the melee. Four people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, including a staff member who was hit in the head with a bottle, officials said. Police spokesman Sgt. Bill Palmer said students were throwing food, plates, soda bottles, "anything they could get their hands on," at school staff and police during the 15-minute lunchtime fracas. A review of surveillance video may lead to charges, he said.