News from The Happiest Place on Earth: We have the Impossible Burger. Foodbeast reports that, as part of an annual food festival at Disney’s California Adventure theme park, the famous bleeding patty has been transformed into a “no meatball” sub.

An Arizona jury, in a precedent-setting food safety case, returned a $6.5 million verdict in favor of a five-and-a-half-year-old child who suffered a brain injury in 2013 as a result of a Salmonella Heidelberg infection. As Meatingplace reported this week, the pathogen is believed to have originated in chicken produced by Foster Poultry Farms, a producer with headquarters in Washington and California.

Soda strife. The Bipartisan Policy Center this week unveiled a report that recommends banning soda from the SNAP (food stamps) program.  Spoiler alert: Not likely to happen anytime soon. Even though nutrition advocates have been trying to ban junk food from the SNAP program since its inception in the 1930s, the politics behind making such a switch are just too fraught.

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