Danish pastry chefs upset about EU rules
Easy on the cinnamon! That advice from Denmark's food authority has rankled pastry chefs whose cinnamon rolls were found to violate the European Union's spice rules. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration recently discovered that Danish cinnamon rolls and twists contained more coumarin — a chemical compound in the most common variety of cinnamon — than EU rules allow. Excessive intake of coumarin can cause liver damage. So the agency asked Danish bakers to reduce the amount of cinnamon they sprinkle in the dough for sweet treats like the "kanelsnegel" (cinnamon roll) and "kanelstang" (cinnamon twist). Danish bakers protested, saying the EU limit is too strict and would make it hard, if not impossible, to make their cherished pastries.
Smothered with suds
Firefighter uses beer on blaze
An off-duty Houston firefighter made the best of his resources when trying to put out a truck tire fire: He used beer the rig was hauling. Fire Capt. Craig Moreau and his wife were driving home Monday night when they came upon an 18-wheeler on fire. Moreau and the trucker, whose brake problems started the fire, tried using a small extinguisher. Moreau says he thought the fire was out, but then noticed the blaze had flared up after crawling under the truck to check. The firefighter then asked the driver what he was hauling. When he learned it was beer, he had his solution. Both men began shaking and spraying cans of beer on the blaze, and the fire went out.
Doggie does drugs
Cocaine, pot found in canine's system
A New Mexico woman whose dog tested positive for cocaine and marijuana is fighting to get the canine back after surrendering the Labrador retriever because of a $2,000 vet bill. The Albuquerque Journal reports 1-year-old Maddie showed "strong positive cocaine" and active marijuana traces in urine tests conducted this week by an Albuquerque clinic. A clinic report says veterinarians saw the dog twitching, shaking and walking with poor balance after owner Arlene Saiz brought her in. City officials said police found no evidence to file charges against Saiz, who said she doesn't know how the animal consumed the drugs.
Sanitizer stolen to make drinks
Authorities say a man stole 12 bottles of hand sanitizer from a central Pennsylvania hospital so he could mix it with orange juice and drink it for the alcohol it contained. The Altoona Mirror reports 51-year-old Lee Ammerman has been mailed a summons requiring him to surrender Feb. 5 on charges of theft and receiving stolen property. Police say Ammerman acknowledged stealing the sanitizer, saying, "I mix the liquid with orange juice." The hospital is seeking about $80 in restitution.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.