Archive for September, 2011

Blitz Torti

September 21, 2011

Blitz Torti

1/4 c butter
1/2 c sugar
4 eggs (to be seperated)
3/4 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 c water
1/4 c almonds or walnut
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 c flour

Cream the butter and 1/2 cup sugar. Add egg yolks which have been beaten until thick and light-colored. Add water and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder and salt and cut and fold into first mixture. Spread in two shallow pans.
Cover dough with egg whites which have been added 3/4 cup sugar. Sprinkle top with finely chopped almonds or walnuts. Bake in moderate oven (350 F) for 45 minutes.

Sugar and corn syrup makers in bitter clash

September 14, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The setting sun splashes warm hues across a ripening cornfield as a man and his daughter wander through rows of towering plants.

Like any parent, the dad says in the television commercial, he was concerned about high fructose corn syrup. But medical and nutrition experts reassured him that in essence, it’s the same as cane sugar.

“Your body can’t tell the difference,” he says. “Sugar is sugar.”

That key claim, made last year by the corn industry as it tries to rebrand high fructose corn syrup as simply “corn sugar,” was weighed for the first time by a federal judge Tuesday after a group of sugar farmers and refiners sued corn processors and a lobbying group.

Their lawsuit alleges the father-in-the-cornfield advertisement and other national television, print and online commercials from the corn industry amount to false advertising because sugar is not the same as high fructose corn syrup, the sweetening agent now found in the bulk of sodas and many processed foods.

Sugar makers say there are numerous differences between the white, granular product and the sticky liquid that is high fructose corn syrup. Attorney Adam Fox claimed the syrup industry has even acknowledged as much in the past.

At a hearing on the corn industry’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, Fox showed U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall the papers from a case in Mexico filed by the Corn Refiners Association that carefully outlined how sugar and high fructose corn syrup are different. That case in 1997 was related to the export of high fructose corn syrup to Mexico.

“Like the horse and the automobile, sugar and (high fructose corn syrup) are two different products in terms of their physical and functional characteristics, as well as in their production process, distribution and commercial application,” corn industry expert Peter Buzzanell stated in an affidavit at the time.

Corn industry lawyers counter that Fox was taking such statements out of context because the Mexico case dealt merely with the physical properties of high fructose corn syrup and never addressed the manner in which the body processes it.

“Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are equivalent as far as how they are metabolized by the body,” attorney Dan Webb said.

Webb and other lawyers had filed a motion to dismiss the sugar makers’ lawsuit on the grounds that the advertising campaign is protected speech because it forms part of a national conversation about the merits and pitfalls of high fructose corn syrup and sugar in general.

“At the core of this case is clearly a lawsuit filed by the other side that is attempting to stifle debate,” Webb said.

He also argued that because the Corn Refiners Association is an industry group and does not directly sell any products, it cannot be sued for false advertising.

Without providing a timeline, the judge said she would issue a ruling on the dismissal motion.

High fructose corn syrup’s image has suffered in recent years after public awareness of its widespread use increased and some studies suggested a link to rising obesity levels. Americans increasingly blame the syrup for a range of health problems, and first lady Michelle Obama has said she does not want her daughters eating it.

The American Medical Association has said there’s not enough evidence to restrict the use of high fructose corn syrup, although it wants more research.

A year ago, the Corn Refiners Association asked the Food and Drug Administration if it could start using the term “corn sugar” as an alternative to high fructose corn syrup. It could take another year for the FDA to decide on the name, but the corn industry didn’t wait before it started using it in advertisements.

Sugar industry lawyers claim corn refiners have already spent $50 million trying to persuade the public to accept corn sugar as a name.

It would not be the first time a food has been rebranded. In 1988, for instance, low erucic acid rapeseed oil became much more popular after it was renamed “canola oil.”

More than 100 citizens and consumer groups have written to the FDA as it weighs the name change, many of them slamming the rebranding as a cynical attempt to confuse customers who may be wary of high fructose corn syrup.

“Given the current controversy, consumers who look to avoid (corn syrup) should be able to easily differentiate among products that do and don’t use (it),” the Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports, wrote to the FDA.

Expert opinion was divided on high fructose corn syrup. Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, has said that there was no evidence that the sweetener is any worse for the body than sugar.

Michael Goran, a professor of preventive medicine and director of the Childhood Obesity Center at the University of Southern California, said he does not give his kids products containing high fructose corn syrup because it contains high levels of fructose, which can be stored in the liver as fat and trigger gout and hypertension problems.

“As a father and as a consumer, I like to know what I am eating,” he said. “The industry has done a very good job trying convince people it’s sugar from corn. It’s not … it’s manufactured from corn by a highly industrialized process.”

Goran and other professionals say the healthiest option is consume smaller amounts of all sugar.

“The U.S is the highest consumer of sugar in the world,” Goran said. “To prevent obesity and diabetes, we should be consuming less sugar in general.”

the greedy bastards know that the high fructose corn syrup is pure poison and is really one of the leading causes of obesity, it is in everything. the corrupt fda won’t do anything for they get their money from these greedy companies. it is not profitable for you to be healthy and yet over priced healthcare is such a burden in this country. in the end, no one can afford anything and a lot of stupid people will be left dying in the gutter. but since you people won’t hold your government accountable, nothing will ever be done. in the old days corrupt officials were at the least sent to jail. if you idiots ever put things together, you will notice that things that are natural and healthy are being removed by things that have no nutrients and yet there is a drug to help that which eventually will destroy your kidneys and liver and also proven to give you cancer. we are all going to die, that is inevitable, however we should not have to die because of greed and corruption… do something while there is still time…

Extended Ground Turkey Recall Because Of Salmonella

September 12, 2011

Cargill Inc. announced a second recall of ground turkey products Sunday after a test showed salmonella in a sample from the same Arkansas plant tied to a recall issued last month.

The second recall is much smaller than the one the company issued Aug. 3 for 36 million pounds of ground turkey. That recall followed a salmonella outbreak that federal health officials said had sickened 107 people in 31 states, killing one person.

No illnesses have been tied to the second recall, which was initiated after a sample from the company’s plant in Springdale, Ark., tested positive for salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Cargill halted production of ground turkey products at the plant Aug. 2 in anticipation of the recall announced the next day, spokesman Mike Martin said. Equipment was taken apart and steam-cleaned. Limited production resumed Aug. 10 after the USDA approved additional anti-bacterial safety measures, Martin said.

The sample that tested positive for salmonella was taken Aug. 24, the USDA said. It was the same strain of salmonella tied to the earlier illnesses, the agency said.

Martin said Cargill added two additional anti-bacterial washes to its processing process in Springdale after the first recall and instituted what he called “the most advanced sampling and monitoring system in the poultry industry.”

The problem, he said is that salmonella is “ubiquitous” and can come from soil, water, poultry feed and any number of sources. The challenge for Cargill and other food processors is to try to identify and eliminate the sources, reduce the amount during processing and then test for it.

“Food safety is a top priority and taken extremely seriously at Cargill because we know that millions of people throughout the U.S. are eating food that we produce every day and we want to do everything we can to make sure that people are getting the safest food possible,” Martin said.

Ground turkey production at the Springdale plant has been suspended again while the Minnesota-based company looks at what other safety procedures might be needed, he said. Production of other products, such as whole turkeys, continues, he said.

USDA officials did not immediately respond Sunday to messages requesting comment.

The second recall covers about 185,000 pounds of ground turkey products, including trays of ground meat, patties and chubs, the USDA said. The products were distributed nationwide under the Kroger, Fresh HEB and Cargill’s Honeysuckle White brands.

All ground turkey made at the Springdale plant has “P-963” or “963” on the package, in a USDA seal or perhaps on the cellophane, Martin said. Consumers who bought products bearing that identification number can call 1-888-812-1646 for instructions on what to do, he said.

The recall covers products made Aug. 23 and 24. Cargill also is recalling ground turkey made on Aug. 30 and 31 pending a positive match with a sample, the USDA said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 50 million Americans get sick each year from food poisoning, including about 3,000 who die. Salmonella causes most of these illnesses.

Government officials say even contaminated ground turkey is safe to eat if cooked to 165 degrees. But it’s also important that raw meat be handled properly before it’s cooked and that people wash their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling it. Turkey and other meats should also be properly refrigerated or frozen and leftovers heated.

The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight hours to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. It can be life-threatening to some with weakened immune systems.

Also Look At:

USDA recall announcement: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_071_2011_Release/index.asp

Cargill recall announcement: http://www.cargill.com/news/releases/2011/NA3049298.jsp