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6 everyday products that could cause you to fail a drug test

Earlier this month, pregnant mother Elizabeth Dominguez, 29, tested positive for opium during a drug test administered by a Niagra Falls hospital before going into labor.

She was separated from her newborn son until officials confirmed that it was a false positive. The culprit: A poppy seed bagel.

But poppy seeds aren’t the only ingredient that could show up on a toxicology screen. Next time you’re vying for a new job, headed to the doctor or even driving — lest you be pulled over at a late-night traffic stop — plant to avoid these foods

Durian

The prickly Asian fruit is notorious for its offensive stench —  one so strong that even Breathalyzers react.

Last month, police stopped a man in the Jiangsu province of China for what they suspected was drunk driving. He failed a Breathalyzer test — but claimed that it was from durian, not alcohol. He was soon exonerated with a blood test.

Local police wanted to know more about durian’s impact on blood-alcohol levels. So an officer ate the fruit, Breathalyzed himself — and blew a .036%, which is .016 percentage points above China’s legal limit.

When the officer retested three minutes later, the alcohol reading disappeared.

Experts say this is likely due to lingering “mouth alcohol,” which may occur after eating ripe fruit, drinking juice or after rinsing with an alcohol-based mouthwash.

Breads and pastries

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Most baked goods are made with yeast, which ferments in the dough and produces a small amount of alcohol. (iStock)

Most baked goods are made with yeast, which ferments in the dough and produces a small amount of alcohol. It’s not enough to get you drunk, but, according to Canada-based Breathalyzer manufacturer LifeSafer, the dough stuck in your teeth following a bready snack could be enough to register on its breath test.

The company also calls out vanilla extract, which is frequently used in baked desserts and contains at least 35% alcohol.

However, the effects should only last about 15 minutes before the residual alcohol dissipates, and swishing water can speed up the process.

Tonic

Booze isn’t the only intoxicant to worry about in a gin and tonic. Liquor’s favorite mixer is made with small amounts of quinine, which has been known to show up in other illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Testing positive for quinine can be a red flag to authorities, and studies show that tonic consumption can tip the scale.

Hemp seeds

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It’s not nearly enough to feel a buzz, but if you consume hemp-based foods regularly, that THC can build up in your body’s fat cells — and drug tests can’t tell the difference between that and THC from recreational pot. (iStock)

Hemp seed-based products such as hemp oil, milk or a seedy granola may be perfectly legitimate, but they can contain trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the psychoactive ingredient in weed.

It’s not nearly enough to feel a buzz, but if you consume hemp-based foods regularly, that THC can build up in your body’s fat cells — and drug tests can’t tell the difference between that and THC from recreational pot.

THC can linger in human fat for up to about 45 days, so it’s best to avoid these foods for at least a month before a scheduled screening.

Cannabidiol (CBD), on the other hand, should not pose an issue as standard drug tests are only checking for THC.

Hemp seed oil is also sometimes used to produce B12 supplements, also known as riboflavin.

Medications

There are a number medicines and vitamin pills that could trigger a false positive. Over-the-counter cough suppressants containing dextromethorphan, such as DayQuil, have been associated with false positives for phencyclidine (PCP).

The pseudoephedrine found in decongestants such as Sudafed resembles illegal amphetamines.

Ibuprofen and other NSAIDS may produce false positives for THC.

Supplements

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Some dietary supplements, especially sports enhancers, are known to contain controlled substances. (iStock)

Some dietary supplements, especially sports enhancers, are known to contain controlled substances such as ephedrine and other drugs associated with “doping” in athletes, such as the steroid hormone androstenedione.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post.

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FDA takes aim at 50-year-old guideline on frozen cherry pies

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As both candidate and commander-in-chief, President Trump has made deregulation a cornerstone of his domestic agenda.  But if life is a bowl of cherries for some industries, it’s the pits for cherry pie makers because of out-of-date government regulations. Now President Trump wants to sweeten the process for bakers by revoking guidelines for frozen cherry pies.

The regulations say cherry pies must be made of 25 percent cherries by weight, with no more than 15 percent flawed or blemished. But those standards don’t exist for any other baked good using fruit, and Rob Mackie, President of the American Bakers Association, says the rules are unnecessary. “The pie bakers that are making frozen cherry pies are exceeding the standards, and so there’s not been an issue,” he said. “It really helps to unshackle the industry from the regulatory overreach.”

The Food and Drug Administration is now making a big push to give bakers more flexibility when it comes to whipping up sweet treats, saying in a statement, “This is a down payment on a comprehensive effort to modernize food standards to reduce regulatory burden and removed old-fashioned barriers to innovation.”

Pie makers don’t expect customers to notice any significant changes in quality or taste. “Our pie manufacturers are closely connected to their customers and to their consumers,” Mackie says. “Their hotlines would light up. Our consumers are not shy about telling us what they love about our products but also where we might be lacking.”

No matter how you slice it, pie is much more than a guilty pleasure or comfort food for many consumers.  “The pie consumer, particularly, is very passionate and very vocal about what they expect,” Mackie said.

Cherry pie reform is just the beginning of the administration’s push to ease food standards. Next up on the agenda? French dressing.

So we can consider the great pie debate just a warm-up. 

Steve Rappoport is a Newscast Producer and Anchor for Fox News Radio.  Follow him on Twitter @SteveRappoport.

David Nath is a Producer for Fox News Edge and a lover of all things pie.

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Missouri man says White Castle patron shot at him for honking his horn in drive-thru line

A driver at a Missouri White Castle drive-thru told Fox News that another driver allegedly shot at him because he honked his horn while waiting on line.

“I ordered a couple double cheeseburgers, your usual combo meal, and was just going to head home and have dinner with my girlfriend and it just became a little more eventful than I expected,” the 51-year-old St. Louis man said.

The victim, who asked to remain anonymous because the shooter has not yet been arrested, said that he honked his horn because the car in front of him was taking an exceptionally long time at the window.

“I think I was sitting there for about 10 to 15 minutes, and with no one else in line I thought that was a little unreasonable,” the victim said.

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He added that “it almost appeared that he was having some sort of dispute with the restaurant or someone in the restaurant.”

The man said because there were only two cars in the drive-thru line, that “made it all the more frustrating that it was taking so long,” adding, “That’s why I honked in the first place.”

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department told Fox News the incident happened Thursday night around 9. The victim said it all started at a White Castle on Gravois Avenue in south St. Louis.

The man said that after he honked, the other driver at the drive-thru jumped out of his car and started yelling what sounded like profanity, although he couldn’t make out exactly what the driver was saying because he’d kept his windows closed.

He said the other driver then got back inside the car and pulled over “to the side of the parking lot as if he was waiting for a large order.”

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The 51-year-old man thought the confrontation was over so he picked up his food and started to drive away, adding that “it wasn’t until I pulled out to one of the main streets and headed home that I realized he had other intentions.”

The man said he realized that the other driver was following him. He also said that driver soon fired a shot at him.

“I heard the bullet come through the door,” the victim said.

“And then I got home and I was still kind of in shock and had difficulty believing what happened,” he continued.

The man said he didn’t feel anything right away but once he got home he realized the bullet had grazed his leg.

“I noticed at that point also that my windshield had been shattered which could have been possibly a second shot or something that was thrown at the vehicle. And then I saw a hole in the door and saw my jeans that I was wearing had a hole ripped in them where I was grazed.”

“I suffered about a two-inch scratch in the back of my left thigh where the bullet passed and then embedded in the seat,” the victim said.

“People certainly told me that I had gotten very lucky,” he said.

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A St. Louis man said he was shot at after honking at another driver while waiting at the drive-thru of this White Caslte in south St. Louis. (Google street view)

The victim said he hopes the man who shot at him gets caught soon.

“I think he poses a danger to other people,” he said.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department told Fox News it’s seekingr an “unknown black male, 20 to 25-year old” who is around 180 pounds with a medium complexion and “low afro-style hair.”

The man said he thinks the security cameras in the White Castle parking lot could help police with their investigation.

“I think this was a random case of road rage,” he said. “But it does reflect a certain reality that people living in St. Louis understand, you always have to be aware of your surroundings.”

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Hundreds evacuated from Australian college library because of smelly durian fruit

The library of an Australian university was evacuated last week because of a suspected gas leak which turned out to be something much different.

Around 550 people evacuated the University of Canberra’s library in under 6 minutes on Thursday because of what was believed to be a possible gas leak, according to a Facebook post from the school.

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But the unpleasant smell didn’t turn out to be gas at all — and was actually durian, a smelly fruit.

“We are open!” the university wrote online about an hour later. “The lingering gas-like smell in the building is completely safe — someone left a durian fruit in one of our bins!”

The “offending fruit,” as dubbed by the school, has a creamy, stringy texture, but also a smell that Smithsonian magazine once compared to “turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock.”

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Durian caused hundreds of people to evacuate from the University of Canberra’s library on Thursday, the school said. (AP Photo)

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The fruit caused the second mass evacuation of an Australian university. In April 2018, fire officials in Melbourne warned of a chemical hazard at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and said the smell of gas had been reported.

After hundreds were evacuated, it turned out the possible leak was “not chemical gas, but gas generated from rotting durian, an extremely pungent fruit which had been left rotting in a cupboard.”

Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.

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Ikea to roll out plant-based version of famous Swedish meatballs

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Ikea shoppers may seek out the Scandinavian furniture store for its inexpensive bookshelves and beds, but the chain has become a cult-favorite dining destination thanks largely to its Swedish meatballs. Unfortunately for vegetarians, the meatballs contain, well, meat. But veggie eaters are in luck; Ikea has announced it’s working on a plant-based version of their signature menu item.

“I am looking forward to serving a delicious plant-based meatball made from alternative protein at IKEA,” Michael LaCour, managing director at Ikea Food Services, said in a press release. “I hope that the many meatball lovers out there will like it as well.”

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Ikea’s Swedish meatballs, served in the store’s cafeteria-style restaurants, have been a favorite for 35 years. But the meatball family has expanded over the years. The plant-based menu item will be the fifth variety. Ikea currently offers veggie balls, chicken meatballs and salmon meatballs alongside the original recipe.

While veggie balls are already available, the new alternative-protein meatball should be notably different. The company notes that the new item will look and taste like real meat. Ikea hopes to serve the new meatball globally in all its restaurants, and plans to test it with customers early in 2020.

Alternative protein is a hot commodity in food news these days. Burger King is testing an Impossible Whopper, White Castle has had an Impossible Slider for a year and even Wrigley Field is serving an Impossible Burger. It’s clear that meat alternatives are one of the biggest food trends of the year.

This story was originally published by the Daily Meal.

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Texas bill would restrict certain food stamp purchases, ban ‘sugary drinks and snacks’: reports

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A proposed bill in Texas seeks to put restrictions on what types of foods can be bought with food stamps — and certain drinks and snacks haven’t made the cut.

The bill labeled “HB4364” was brought forward by State Rep. Briscoe Cain, who said its goal is to help combat the threat of diabetes, KHOU 11 reported Tuesday.

“HB 4364 seeks to curb the spread of diabetes and other health complications among Texans in at-risk populations by eliminating sugary drinks and snacks from the state’s nutrition assistance program,” Cain said.

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The bill was filed on March 8, the outlet said, however reports emerged this week about its contents.

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A proposed bill in Texas seeks to put restrictions on what types of foods can be bought with food stamps — and certain drinks and snacks haven’t made the cut. (State of Texas)

Included among the prohibited items listed in the bill: energy drinks, sweetened and carbonated beverages, candy, certain types of chips and cookies, KTVT reported.

The bill does include some exceptions, such as coffee.

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It defined an “energy drink” as being “a beverage containing at least 65 milligrams of caffeine per 8 fluid ounces that is advertised as being specifically designed to provide metabolic stimulation or an increase to the consumer’s mental or physical energy.”

“This term does not include coffee or any substantially coffee-based beverage,” the bill noted.

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Chrissy Teigen, David Chang to produce, host cooking shows on Hulu

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Chrissy Teigen and chef David Chang are working together to create food programming for Hulu, the company announced Wednesday.

The streaming service is working to create original “food-centric programming” with the help of Teigen’s Suit & Thai Productions, Chang’s Majordomo Media and Vox Media Studios, according to a news release about the partnerships.

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The multiyear deal will cover several shows, beginning with a cooking show tentatively titled “Family Style,” featuring former model and cookbook author Teigen and Momofuku founder Chang.

“The show will revolve around the ways in which people express their love for friends and family by cooking and eating together,” the release said.

Teigen, 33, said at the launch event that “Family Style” will show what it would be if she and Chang “moved their families in together under one roof to cook,” Glamour reported.

“I’m hoping we can keep integrating new perspectives into the conversation, telling compelling stories about our culture, and trying to change people’s ideas of what food television can and should do,” Chang, 41, said according to People.

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Chrissy Teigen and David Chang have announced a partnership with Hulu to produce and host food programming. One of the first projects they will work on will “revolve around the ways in which people express their love for friends and family by cooking and eating together,” a release said. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Hulu)

Teigen and Chang will also help produce shows for Hulu through their respective media companies. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Teigen’s 2-year deal will include producing scripted drama series and talk shows.

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Hulu also said it is working on a documentary series that will look at interesting restaurants around the world tentatively called “Eater’s Guide To The World,” with Vox Media’s food vertical.

In January, Teigen posted pictures of her and Chang on Instagram, possibly teasing their new show.

“TOP SECRET PROJECT,” she captioned a video with Chang.

On a photo of the two, Teigen wrote: “The Americans.”

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Ban on banana-based artwork at Polish museum fuels banana-based protests

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Poland’s artists and opposition politicians are posting photos of themselves eating bananas in protest after authorities called an artwork featuring the fruit obscene and removed it from a top national gallery.

The 1973 video “Consumer Art,” by prominent artist Natalia LL, showing a young woman eating a banana with great pleasure, was removed from the National Museum in Warsaw last week after the new museum head, Jerzy Miziolek, was summoned to the Ministry of Culture.

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Miziolek said in an interview with the Onet.pl portal last week that he was “opposed to showing works that could irritate sensitive young people” and suggested some visitors had complained. The work had been in the gallery for many years.

A separate 2005 video by another controversial female artist, Katarzyna Kozyra, showing a woman walking two men dressed as dogs on a lead, was also removed.

On Monday, Miziolek announced that the works would be reinstated, but only until May 6, when the whole modern art gallery is due for reorganization. He denied pressure from the ministry.

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Polish actress Magdalena Cielecka aims a banana like a gun at her head to protest the removal of an artwork from the National Museum in Warsaw last week. (AP Photo/Dario Salina)

Miziolek, who was appointed to the state-run museum by the right-wing government in November, said Monday he appreciated the role of both artists in Poland’s culture, but the gallery’s limited space requires “creative changes” to the exhibition.

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The dispute is the latest in a string of controversies surrounding art and culture under the conservative and nationalist government that won power in 2015.

Culture Minister Piotr Glinski has repeatedly drawn criticism for cutting subsidies to art festivals that were planning to show controversial theater plays on Catholic themes. Glinski has fired a popular theater director who criticized him as well as the director of a World War II museum, saying the exhibition did not show Poland’s suffering or heroism enough.

He recently cut funds for the European Solidarity Center, an exhibition and culture center popular with government critics, saying its activity went beyond its history-teaching mission.

Twitter and Facebook users ridiculed the removal of the artworks as narrow-minded and a case of censorship, and many posted photos of themselves enjoying bananas.

Actress Magdalena Cielecka told The Associated Press that the image she posted, of her pointing a banana at her head like a gun, was in protest against any ideological or political limits put on artists.

“An artist, to create, must be free,” Cielecka said.

The controversy was widely commented on in national media. A collective banana-eating protest is taking place Monday in front of the state-run museum, which is closed on Mondays.

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Art critics note that “Consumer Art” was a critical comment on food shortages under communist rule in the 1970s.

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Border crisis may soon impact fruit, vegetable prices, experts say

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MCALLEN, Texas — The issues on the U.S.-Mexico border could soon start impacting the price of fruits and vegetables.

For fresh produce, time is of the essence. Now that wait times have increased on border crossings — because of a shift in personnel to address the border crisis — it’s been tougher for U.S. companies to bring fresh fruits and vegetables from Mexico.

And experts say that will impact prices.

Fruit and vegetable distributors that stock the shelves of grocery stores throughout America, including tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, carrots, pineapples, among others —rely on farms in Mexico for that produce. Forty-three percent of all U.S. fruit and vegetables come from Mexico, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Carlos Ayala, Amore Produce owner, shows Fox News produce refrigerated stockroom (Fox News)

“(The) Mexican border, it’s one of the most important crossings to the United States,” said Joshua Duran, Amore Produce sales representative.

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“It’s going to be felt at the grocery stores when we start paying more for limes and our avocados at the grocery store,” Contreras said. (Fox News)

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But over the past three weeks, distributor Amore Produce truck drivers carrying that produce have seen up to three times the wait at the border, stuck in sometimes 15 hours of log-jam traffic to cross into the U.S. as they carry produce in their trucks. Duran said truck drivers are seeing only one or two gates open at the border.

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“Now we are having a lot of problems in the border,” Duran said. “So, let’s say we used to have like five hours. We’re getting 10 or 15 hours to pass that truck to the United States…one or two (gates) are not enough to get all the entire trucks coming from Mexico and not only for produce, for all the products that people here in the United States get from Mexico.” (Fox News)

“Now we are having a lot of problems in the border,” Duran said. “So, let’s say we used to have like five hours. We’re getting 10 or 15 hours to pass that truck to the United States…one or two (gates) are not enough to get all the entire trucks coming from Mexico and not only for produce, for all the products that people here in the United States get from Mexico.”

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It’s caused the McAllen produce distributor, located just 20 minutes from the border, to have less produce than usual. Duran said the company is not able to deliver the fresh produce to the 10 states they distribute to, including Florida, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Colorado—because their truck drivers are waiting longer which gives more time for the produce to rot quicker and not make it fresh to the consumer.

“We couldn’t get it here and we couldn’t send it to the customers in the north,” Duran said.

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Amore Produce, the McAllen produce distributor, located just 20 minutes from the border, has less produce than usual. (Fox News)

Marabella Produce owner Alejandro Knight has to throw produce out because by the time it gets to him, he notices they will spoil when they’re delivered to the customer and hit grocery store shelves. Knight said his fridge warehouse is almost always full, even with the floor covered in pallets. It hasn’t been like that recently, as floors have been bare and some parts of the facility have been empty.

“We cannot deliver a fresh product anymore if we have to wait for each load to cross, five to six days, it’s impossible to work like this,” Knight said.

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Knight said the Mexican growers are now “afraid” to send the fruit (and veggies) because of the border wait time, so they keep the produce in Mexico.

Marabella Produce normally sends seven to 10 loads with 1,800 cases of produce per week. But now, it just has three to seven loads a week. The company usually distributes to Chicago, North Carolina, Maryland, Atlanta—but lately, has had to limit the shipments to Texas.

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Knight said his fridge warehouse is almost always full, even with the floor covered in pallets. It hasn’t been like that recently, as floors have been bare and some parts of the facility has been empty. (Fox News)

“They won’t get fresh produce in their houses, they won’t get fresh tomatoes or pineapples, or they will have very ripe fruit in their stores, so it’s not the same,” Knight said.

If this keeps up, it could lead to everyday American consumers finding produce more expensive with the supply drying up. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley economist, Salavador Contreras, said Americans are likely to feel the effects of these longer wait times.

“It’s going to be felt at the grocery stores when we start paying more for limes and our avocados at the grocery store,” Contreras said.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol temporarily reassigned 545 CBP officers from ports around the nation’s border to help Border Patrol in the surge of apprehensions of family units and unaccompanied minors from Central America that have “overwhelmed Border Patrol capabilities and facilities.”

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Over the past three weeks, distributor Amore Produce truck drivers carrying that produce have seen up to three times the wait at the border, stuck in sometimes 15 hours of log-jam traffic to cross into the US with the produce in their trucks. Duran said their truck drivers are seeing only one or two gates open at the border. (Fox News)

“Facilitation of legitimate trade and travel remains a priority for CBP at its 328 ports of entry nationwide,” a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesperson said. “While the current southwest border security and humanitarian crisis is impacting CBP operations, we are working to mitigate the effects as much as possible…Travelers are urged to plan accordingly and check the CBP wait times page for the most up-to-date border crossing information.”

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said the long wait times vary from location and time of day. They update their data hourly.

CBP anticipated this and advised border communities late March of the changes: “There will be impacts to traffic at the border. There will be a slowdown in the processing of trade, there will be wait time increases in our pedestrian and passenger vehicle lanes.”

Contreras said reducing the number of customs agents at the border has an economic impact on the U.S. economy.

“It’s been estimated that staffing one to three additional booths increases U.S. GDP by $2 million and adds roughly 33 additional jobs,” Contreras said. “So, trade flows are very important for the U.S. economy. They have a big impact on the U.S. economy. And if we reduce the number of agents at customs and increase the wait times, then that would have the opposite effect of reducing U.S. GDP and then reducing U.S. jobs.”

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Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced bipartisan legislation early this month to address the border personnel shortages by hiring officers until 2020 “until the agency’s staffing needs are met.”

In the meantime, produce distributors are hopeful things will turn around quickly.

“I hope the authorities open their eyes and notice that this is affecting not only in economic terms but also in every family,” Knight said. “The United States, all the people should be served the best produce on the tables. They won’t get it like this.”

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Giant Idaho potato prop converted into Airbnb rental

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A 6-ton potato prop has been converted into an Airbnb in Idaho after touring the U.S. for 6 years.

Now called the Big Idaho Potato Hotel, the fake spud traveled on the back of a semi-truck for the Idaho Potato Commission to promote the state’s crop, according to the Idaho Statesman.

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Once they were done with the giant vegetable’s tour, the commission wasn’t sure what to do with it until tiny house developer Kristie Wolfe suggested turning it into a rental home, the outlet reported.

Wolfe had spent 2 years with the spud on its tour and told the Idaho Statesman she had always wanted to turn it into a rental.

“I had the perfect lot, and someday I was going to get that potato and turn it into something cool,” she told the outlet.

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Tiny house builder Kristie Wolfe designed the Big Idaho Potato Hotel, which was unveiled on Monday in Idaho. (Otto Kitsinger/AP Images for Idaho Potato Commission)

On Monday, the potato was unveiled at a grand opening, according to a Facebook post from the Idaho Potato Commission.

“For #EarthDay a 6 ton Idaho Potato has been officially recycled as an Airbnb, now called the Big Idaho Potato Hotel!” the post said, in part.

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The post also included photos of the Potato Hotel, which even has a bathroom.

“If you really just wanted to know whats its like to be inside a potato as opposed to have a potato inside you, here’s a great opportunity to experience it,” Frank Muir, the Idaho Potato Commission president and CEO, told KIVI Boise.

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The Big Idaho® Potato Hotel, a 6-ton, 28-foot long, 12-foot wide and 11.5-foot tall spud made of steel, plaster and concrete, sits on 400 acres of farmland 25 miles southeast of Boise. (Otto Kitsinger/AP Images for Idaho Potato Commission)

According to its Airbnb page, the potato has air conditioning, heating and an indoor fireplace. Listed as a farm stay, the one-bedroom potato can only host two people and has a queen-sized bed.

It costs $200 per night to stay in the potato, which is located on 400 acres of farmland 25 miles southeast of Boise, according to the Idaho Statesman.

The outlet reported the potato/hotel is 28 feet long, 12 feet wide, 11.5 feet tall and 336 square feet.

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