With warnings of a potential global bacon shortage sending shockwaves through the non-Kosher, meat-eating world, at least one group has decided to milk the news for free publicity. Major League Eating, which sponsors gluttonous eating contests that range from cannolis to hot dogs today announced it is suspending all of its bacon contests for the time being. Which isn't actually that hard for them to do since they don't have any.

As far as the MLE's records go, the only bacon-related contest they track are for pancakes with bacon (New Yorker Crazy Legs Conti ate 3.5 pounds of sourdough pancakes and six pieces of bacon in 12 minutes as part of the Hibernation Cup). Still, the bacon shortage makes for good press release!

"We cannot, in good conscience, allow Joey Chestnut to eat bacon during a global pork shortage," MLE President Richard Shea quipped in the release: "We estimate that Joey alone could eat 20 pounds of bacon in 10 minutes of competition."

Further, the MLE says it has asked "all professional eaters to consider bacon alternatives for use in the home during the next year." They should try these!

When we pointed out to their PR team that MLE doesn't actually have any bacon contests they agreed, saying their press release was "more of a statement I would say, or show of social concern. In some ways, it makes the move even more powerful."