Smoked salmon blamed for salmonella outbreak

October 3, 2012

Smoked salmon blamed for salmonella outbreak

Smoked salmon tainted with salmonella has sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands, authorities said, sparking major recalls there and in the U.S.

U.S. health authorities say they are also investigating whether the salmon could be at the root of a multi-state outbreak of the illness.

The Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said the salmon was traced to a Dutch company called Foppen, which sells fish to many major supermarkets in the Netherlands and stores around the world.

In the U.S. Foppen said it only supplied the fish to CostCo Wholesale Corp. It did not believe the contaminated fish was sold to any other countries.

The Dutch public health institute said that around 200 people — and likely more — have been sickened in the Netherlands by a strain of the bacteria called Salmonella Thompson.

A representative for the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, Lola Russell, says the federal agency has 85 recorded cases of the same strain from 27 states starting from July 1. Without an outbreak, she said the average number of such cases over that time would be about 30.

“We’ve investigating a possible link between the cases in the U.S. and cases in the Netherlands,” Russell said.

That process entails state public health officials interviewing patients to find out what they may have eaten before they got sick, including the smoked salmon.

Russell said 10 people have been hospitalized, with no deaths.

Craig Wilson, vice president of food safety at Costco, said the company immediately pulled the smoked salmon from shelves after receiving a call from Foppen late Monday. CostCo also blocked sale of the salmon in stores, meaning the products won’t scan at registers.

The smoked salmon was sold under the Foppen name, as well as under Costco’s store-brand name, Kirkland. Wilson did not know how much of the product was sold.

Customers who purchased the items will be called by CostCo to notify them of the recall, Wilson said. The calls will be followed up with a letter.

Wilson said Costco’s independent testing of the smoked salmon hasn’t yet turned up any positive results for salmonella. He said the company has not received any reports of illnesses.

In the Netherlands Foppen estimated the number of infections could rise.

Since the company set up a public information phone line two days ago, de Vries said about 1,400 people had called and around 350 of the callers “reported symptoms consistent with a salmonella infection.”

Those infected by the salmonella bacteria can suffer symptoms including fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

Foppen, which processes fish in the Netherlands and at a factory in Greece, is investigating the cause of the outbreak.

“The investigation into the cause is under way and has been narrowed down to one production line at one factory (in Greece),” De Vries said. “We can’t yet say what the cause of the infection was.”

Foppen has halted all production of smoked salmon until the investigation is completed, he added.

(AP)

Peanut Butter Recall Sept 26, 2012

September 26, 2012

UPDATED
Sunland, Inc. Announces an Expansion of its Voluntarily Limited Recall of Almond Butter and Peanut Butter To Add Cashew Butter, Tahini and
Roasted Blanched Peanut Products
Due to Possible Health Risk
CONTACT: Ms. Katalin Coburn, VP for Media Relations at (805) 796-3368.
UPDATED For Immediate Release-Portales, NM (September 24, 2012) – Sunland, Inc. today announced a voluntary recall of its Almond Butter and Peanut Butter, which it has now expanded to include its Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products. This recall is limited to products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. These products may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The voluntary recall was initiated after learning that between June 11, 2012 and September 2, 2012, twenty-nine people reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states, including Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland, according to a report issued on September 22, 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our customers, particularly the many families who enjoy our peanut butter everyday. While FDA, CDC, and State Health Agencies investigate to confirm the cause of illnesses reported, as a precautionary step, we have decided to voluntarily recall our Almond Peanut and Cashew Butters, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Please return the product to your supermarket for a full refund or dispose of it.”
Statement of Jimmie Shearer, President and CEO of Sunland, Inc.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No other Sunland products are affected by this recall.
The products were distributed nationally to numerous large supermarket chains and were available for purchase on the internet.2 Updated
The specifics of the affected products are as follows: The UPC is located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code.

UPC Type of product Jar Size
8523902334 Archer Farms Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
8523902333 Archer Farms Peanut Butter with Flax Seeds 16 oz
3377610090 Earth Balance Natural Almond Butter and Flaxseed 16 oz
051379022518 fresh & easy Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz
20003357 fresh & easy Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt 16 oz
20003364 fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
20003388 fresh & easy Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt 16 oz
051379026431 fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter 40 oz
20003395 fresh & easy Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
20003357 fresh & easy Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt 16 oz
20003371 fresh & easy Crunchy Peanut Butter 18 oz
2060140048 heinen’s All Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
2060140047 heinen’s All Natural Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
2060140046 heinen’s Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
2060140045 heinen’s Organic Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
3307915073 Joseph’s Salt-Free No Sugar Added New Crunchy Valencia Peanut Butter 18 oz
3307915072 Joseph’s Salt-Free No Sugar Added New Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter 18 oz
910053 Natural Value Creamy Peanut Butter/Salt 15 lb
910060 Natural Value Crunchy Peanut Butter/Salt 15 lb
5859500020 Naturally More Organic Peanut Butter 16 oz
5859500019 Naturally More Almond Butter 16 oz
5859500033 Naturally More Peanut Butter Crunchy 16 oz
5859500055 Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan 26 oz
5859500050 Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan 16 oz
7989311202 Open Nature Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz
7989311201 Open Nature Old Fashioned Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
5855200003 Peanut Power Butter, Original Formula 16 oz
5855200007 Peanut Power Butter, Original Formula 4 lb
4792100442 Serious Food, Silly Prices Almond Butter Creamy 12 oz
4792100439 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic No-Stir Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
4792100438 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic No-Stir Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
4792100436 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz

UPDATED
Sunland, Inc. Announces an Expansion of its Voluntarily Limited Recall of Almond Butter and Peanut Butter To Add Cashew Butter, Tahini and
Roasted Blanched Peanut Products
Due to Possible Health Risk
CONTACT: Ms. Katalin Coburn, VP for Media Relations at (805) 796-3368.
UPDATED For Immediate Release-Portales, NM (September 24, 2012) – Sunland, Inc. today announced a voluntary recall of its Almond Butter and Peanut Butter, which it has now expanded to include its Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products. This recall is limited to products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. These products may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The voluntary recall was initiated after learning that between June 11, 2012 and September 2, 2012, twenty-nine people reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states, including Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland, according to a report issued on September 22, 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our customers, particularly the many families who enjoy our peanut butter everyday. While FDA, CDC, and State Health Agencies investigate to confirm the cause of illnesses reported, as a precautionary step, we have decided to voluntarily recall our Almond Peanut and Cashew Butters, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Please return the product to your supermarket for a full refund or dispose of it.”
Statement of Jimmie Shearer, President and CEO of Sunland, Inc.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No other Sunland products are affected by this recall.
The products were distributed nationally to numerous large supermarket chains and were available for purchase on the internet.2 Updated
The specifics of the affected products are as follows: The UPC is located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code.

UPC Type of product Jar Size
8523902334 Archer Farms Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
8523902333 Archer Farms Peanut Butter with Flax Seeds 16 oz
3377610090 Earth Balance Natural Almond Butter and Flaxseed 16 oz
051379022518 fresh & easy Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz
20003357 fresh & easy Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt 16 oz
20003364 fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
20003388 fresh & easy Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt 16 oz
051379026431 fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter 40 oz
20003395 fresh & easy Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
20003357 fresh & easy Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt 16 oz
20003371 fresh & easy Crunchy Peanut Butter 18 oz
2060140048 heinen’s All Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
2060140047 heinen’s All Natural Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
2060140046 heinen’s Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
2060140045 heinen’s Organic Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
3307915073 Joseph’s Salt-Free No Sugar Added New Crunchy Valencia Peanut Butter 18 oz
3307915072 Joseph’s Salt-Free No Sugar Added New Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter 18 oz
910053 Natural Value Creamy Peanut Butter/Salt 15 lb
910060 Natural Value Crunchy Peanut Butter/Salt 15 lb
5859500020 Naturally More Organic Peanut Butter 16 oz
5859500019 Naturally More Almond Butter 16 oz
5859500033 Naturally More Peanut Butter Crunchy 16 oz
5859500055 Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan 26 oz
5859500050 Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan 16 oz
7989311202 Open Nature Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz
7989311201 Open Nature Old Fashioned Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
5855200003 Peanut Power Butter, Original Formula 16 oz
5855200007 Peanut Power Butter, Original Formula 4 lb
4792100442 Serious Food, Silly Prices Almond Butter Creamy 12 oz
4792100439 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic No-Stir Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
4792100438 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic No-Stir Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
4792100436 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
UPC Type of product Jar Size
4792100435 Serious Food, Silly Prices, No-Stir Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
4792100434 Serious Food, Silly Prices, No-Stir Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
4792100432 Serious Food, Silly Prices, Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
8506000004 Snaclite Power PB 16 oz
7487500334
Sprouts Farmers Market Creamy Peanut Butter, No Salt
16 oz
7487500335
Sprouts Farmers Market Crunchy Peanut Butter, No Salt
16 oz
7487500336 Sprout’s Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
7487500337 Sprout’s Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz
7487500433 Sprout’s Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
7487500434 Sprout’s Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz
7487500431 Sprout’s Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
4868787906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Crunchy Valencia No Stir 16 oz
4868786906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Valencia No Stir 16 oz
4868722906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Salt Free Valencia 16 oz
4868709915 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt 40 oz
4868726910 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 12 oz
062725 Sunland Dark Roast Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
4868730725 Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
029725 Sunland Pecan Deluxe Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
028725 Sunland Pecan Deluxe Crunchy Peanut Butter 40 lb
26570 Sunland Creamy Dark Roast Peanut Butter 500 lb
4868726909 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
4868767909 Sunland Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
4868785920 Sunland Valencia Peanut Sauce 36 oz
22725 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
22704 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 5 lb
4868722715 Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
4868721722 Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter 15 lb
48687009704 Sunland Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 5 lb
4868790301 Sunland Creamy Natural Stabilizer Peanut Butter 50 lbs
87725 Sunland Crunchy Natural Stabilized Peanut Butter 40 lb
4868786724 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 35 lb
4868786704 Sunland Creamy No Stir Peanut Butter 5 lb
4868784301 Sunland Extra Stabilized Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 50 lb
21705 Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter 40 lb
25704 Crunchy Sugar Butter 5 lb

UPC Type of product Jar Size
26704 Creamy Sugar Butter 5 lb
072704 Sunland Almond Butter 5 lb
003050 Dogsbutter RUC with Flax PB 16 oz
4868772906 Sunland Natural Almond Butter, Creamy Roasted Almond 16 oz
00989275
Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted
16 oz
00971119
Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter with Sea Salt
16 oz
00940795 Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy & Salted 16 oz

UPC Type of product Jar Size
4868773906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy Chocolate Spread 16 oz
4868761906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy Raspberry Spread 16 oz
4868771906 Sunland Natural Tahini, Creamy Roasted Sesame 16 oz
4868732810 Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Creamy 12 oz
4868731810 Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Crunchy 12 oz
4868755810 Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Creamy Cherry Vanilla 12 oz
4868754810 Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Creamy Dark Chocolate 12 oz
4868747810 Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Crunchy Chipotle Chile

Best-If-Used-By Dates: This recall applies to the above products with Best-If-Used-By Dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. (Stamped on the side of the jar’s label below the lid of the jar.)
Consumers who have purchased Sunland’s Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched peanut products with the above UPC and Best-If-Used-By-Dates are urged to discard the product immediately. Consumers can contact the company at 1-866-837-1018, which is operational 24 hours a day, for information on the recall. In addition, a consumer services representative is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM MT at (575) 356-6638.
Media representatives should contact Ms. Katalin Coburn, Vice President for Media Relations, Sunland, Inc., at 805-796-3368.

Dole Recalls Bagged Salad; Listeria Possibly Found

August 24, 2012

Dole Recalls Bagged Salad; Listeria Possibly Found

Dole says it is voluntarily recalling 1,039 cases of bagged salad after a random sample tested positive for the Listeria bacteria.

Dole Fresh Vegetables, a division of Dole Food Company, which is based in Westlake Village, Calif., issued the statement Wednesday evening, saying no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 1,039 cases of bagged salad. The product being recalled is 10 oz. Dole Italian Blend coded 0049N2202008, with a Use-By date of August 20 and UPC 7143000819 due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

The product code and Use-By date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode.

The specific product being recalled is 10 oz. Dole Italian Blend, with a “Use-By” date of Aug. 20, distributed in eight U.S. states: Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia.

The company said the recall is in response to an “isolated instance in which a sample of Dole Italian Blend salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.”

However, Dan Ragan, director of the food and drug protection division of North Carolina’s agriculture department, said the testing did not take place in the state. He said samples were sent to his state’s agriculture department as part of a regular practice through the USDA’s Microbiological Data Program, a national food-borne pathogen monitoring program implemented in 2001.

Ragan said he does not know where the sample originated or where the testing took place.

A request for comment from Dole was not immediately returned.

Last year, 30 people died after being infected with one of four outbreak-associated strains of the bacteria, Listeria moncytogenes, and one ill pregnant woman had a miscarriage, the Centers for Disease Control reported. A total of 146 people from 28 states were reported to the CDC as infected.

Dole said in a statement that it was “coordinating closely” with regulatory officials.

Because the product is two days past its “Use-By” date, Dole said “it is highly unlikely that any product is still available at retail….”

But the company said, “Retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories.”

Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (PT) Monday-Friday.

http://www.dole.com/

http://www.dole.com/CompanyInformation/PressReleases/PressReleaseDetails/tabid/1268/Default.aspx?contentid=14194

http://www.thecookinginn.com

Apple Slices Recalled Due To Listeria Danger

August 13, 2012

Apple slices recalled due to listeria danger

Sliced apples distributed to fast-food and grocery chains across the country are among packaged products being recalled due to possible listeria contamination.

No illnesses have been reported, but listeria was found on equipment used to produce apple products by Missa Bay LLC, owned by Ready Pac Foods Inc. of Swedesboro, N.J.

Packaged apple slices distributed to McDonald’s and Burger King in some states are included in the recall, as are some packaged fruit, veggies, salads and sandwiches containing apples distributed to Wawa convenience store and Wegman’s grocery chains, as well as various apple and fruit snacks with “Ready Pac” labels and apple salad kits with a “Safeway Farms” label.

The recalled snacks have use-by dates of July 8 through Aug. 20, the company said. People should check their refrigerators for products with those use-by dates, the company said, and it asked retailers to check store shelves and inventories to make sure none of the packages are there.

Missa Bay announced the voluntary recall on Friday, saying a total of 293,488 cases and 296,224 individual units went to 36 states and the District of Columbia. People who may have purchased the recalled products are asked to record use-by dates and UPC codes and contact Ready Pac at 800-800-7822. More information on the more than two dozen products recalled and the states involved is available on the company’s website at http://www.readypac.com.

Listeria is a bacteria that causes food poisoning and is especially dangerous to pregnant women. While a pregnant woman may experience mild, flu-like symptoms, the illness caused by listeria can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery or life-threatening infection in newborns.

Symptoms in people besides pregnant women can include fever and muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

An outbreak of listeria in cantaloupes last year was linked to 30 deaths and one report of a pregnant woman who had a miscarriage while she was sick

Beef Breakfast Sausage

April 27, 2012

OK, made a batch of beef breakfast sausage, we are trying to get away from pork. So, I got about 6 pounds of that 93% lean hamburger meat (it was on sale, woohoo).
Added some cajun spice mix, salt, 5 roasted pablano chilies, 2 roasted white onions and rehydrated garlic.
First thing to do is roast the veggies. Then cut em’ up. Get everything ready and keep areas clean. Mix all ingredients. Run them through the ol’ meat grinder.
Now I will wait for flavors to mingle, then make me a sausage in the morning to see how it is and go from there.
Hopefully more to follow.

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Lean Finely Textured Beef… AKA Pink Slime

March 27, 2012

Now people need to go after Monsanto and their Deadly GMO foods. And also go after high fructose corn syrup and MSG (and ingredients of MSG) made products.

http://news.yahoo.com/100-percent-beef-company-defensive-closes-plants-031256238–abc-news.html

On the video, pay close attention to how the gas makes the beef. (Gas makes Beef?).

Also pay attention to how management answers the questions without really saying anything except threats. Who threatens like that if all is on the level?

After two weeks of no comments, Beef Products Inc., the maker of “lean, finely textured beef,” a product now known by the critics’ term for it, “pink slime,” came out swinging today during a news conference to announce the temporary closing of several facilities.

The company said that it was suspending all operations at three of its four plants in Texas, Kansas and Iowa. Its headquarters in Sioux City, S.D., would remain.

It said today that it would continue to pay its workers for 60 days as it launches a public relations program designed to restore confidence in its product.

“After that 60-day period is over, if we haven’t been able to resume operations again by then, we believe we won’t have a decision other than to formally terminate those employees’ employment,” said Rich Jochum, the company’s corporate administrator.

The company blamed social media and news organizations, specifically ABC News, for what it called a gross misrepresentation of its product and process.

“What should we label it? It’s 100 percent beef,” asked Regina Roth, the company’s executive vice president. “What do you want us to label it? I’m not prepared to say it’s not beef because it’s 100 percent beef.”

She said that the company would “attack” the misconceptions in consumers’ minds through social media.

“What we’re going through is not something any other companies want to … have to endure,” Roth said.

Two former scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture who reviewed the product advised against using it in ground beef and told ABC News that it was not the same as ground beef.

“It’s not fresh ground beef. It’s a cheap substitute being added in,” microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein said.

The scientists added that the filler was not as nutritious as ground beef, though the company disputed that. An industry website noted that a side-by-side comparison of nutrition labels showed “90 percent lean beef trimmings and 90 percent lean ground beef have substantially identical nutritional value. And all USDA certified ground beef [with or without lean finely textured beef] found in your grocery store is considered to be a good or excellent source of 10 essential nutrients including protein, iron, zinc and B-vitamins.”

The low-grade trimmings used to produce lean, finely textured beef come from the parts of the cow most susceptible to contamination, often close to the hide, which is highly exposed to fecal matter. But because of the treatment of the trimmings – after they have been simmered in low heat, separating fat and tissue using a centrifuge, they are sprayed with ammonia gas to kill germs – the USDA says it’s safe to eat.

Last week, Kroger, Safeway, SUPERVALU and Food Lion announced today that they would no longer carry the product because of consumer concerns. Walmart and Sam’s Club also announced they would start offering beef that does not contain lean finely textured beef.

The USDA has said that in the fall, schools will be able to choose whether or not they buy hamburger that contains the lean finely textured beef.

Carl’s Jr is still using MSG (they just don’t want you to know)

March 21, 2012

This is an older post I found on the internet from 2001. Last night (March 20, 2012) I was up and miserable all night and I speculated it was the burger I had from Carl’s Jr. Again, their website shows no MSG (still).

Carl’s Jr. posts “nutritional info” on their website, but not ingredients. http://www.carlsjr.com They sent me a booklet listing all the ingredients of their menu items (and for Green Burrito). They’re just as bad, if not worse, than McDonalds, Burger King, Jack in the Box, et al. Interestingly, they indicate some of the items as *(contains glutamate) [that notation and “monosodium glutamate” are in bold type]; but of course they do not do that for all of the glutamate sources, mainly some hydrolyzed proteins.

My mom had a bad reaction to a Carl’s Jr. burger w/BBQ sauce on it (hours in the bathroom), and she doesn’t consider herself sensitive to MSG. Here is a sampling:

*Beef Sirloin Flap Steak
Tenderized with a solution of Ficin and/or Bromelin. Marinated with up to 7% of a solution of water, salt, natural beef flavor (hydrolyzed corn, wheat, soy protein (contains glutamate), autolyzed yeast (contains glutamate), maltodextrin, and beef broth), garlic powder, sodium tripolyphosphate, dextrose, hydrolyzed corn gluten, hydrolyzed wheat gluten, sugar, spice extractives.

*Chicken Stars
Chicken, water, seasoning [modified food starch, salt, sodium phosphate, hydrolyzed milk protein, sugar, hydrolyzed soy protein (contains glutamate)], food starch modified.
BREADED WITH: enriched wheat flour (niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yeast, dextrose, and iodized salt.
BATTERED WITH: water, bleached wheat flour, food starch modified, sugar, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), salt, spices, buttermilk solids, dried whole eggs, soy flour, dextrose, and garlic powder.
PREDUSTED WITH: bleached wheat flour, durum flour, salt, vital wheat gluten, spices, garlic powder, soybean oil, and natural flavor. Breading set in hot soybean oil.

*Chili
Beef, water, tomato paste, seasoning (spices, yellow corn flour, dehydrated onion, salt, soy protein isolate, garlic powder), chili powder (chili pepper, cumin, salt, garlic and oregano), masa flour (corn treated with lime water and specially ground, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin), salt, autolyzed yeast extract (contains glutamate), paprika, spices.

Sauce, BBQ
1/2 Gallon
Corn sweeteners, water, tomato paste, prepared mustard, natural flavor, salt, vinegar, onions, garlic, spices, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate (preservative), propylene glycol, alginate, lemon juice, potassium sorbate (preservative), thiamine hydrochloride, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, dextrose.
*1 oz Cup
Corn syrup, water, tomato paste, prepared mustard (distilled vinegar, mustard seed, salt, tumeric, spices), high fructose corn syrup, natural flavor, vinegar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, spices, hydrolyzed corn gluten and soy proteins (contains glutamate), xanthan gum, sodium benzoate (preservate), propylene glycol alginate, potassium sorbate (preservative), autolyzed yeast (contains glutamate).

Note that the BBQ sauce in gallons does not indicate (contains glutamate), yet it has two MSG potentiators (disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate) in the ingredients, in addition to natural flavor and hydrolyzed vegetable protein.

Worse than DDT: When You Eat This, it Ends Up Lingering in Your Gut

January 16, 2012

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/15/dr-don-huber-interview-part-2.aspx?e_cid=20120115_SNL_Art_1

Dr. Don Huber is an expert in an area of science that relates to the toxicity of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

(Alternative terms for GE foods include genetically modified (GM), or “GMO” for genetically modified organism.)

His specific areas of training include soil-borne diseases, microbial ecology, and host-parasite relationships.

Dr. Huber also taught plant pathology, soil microbiology, and micro-ecological interactions as they relate to plant disease as a staff Professor at Purdue University for 35 years.

In part one of this interview, Dr. Huber discussed the shocking discovery of a brand new organism in genetically engineered (GE) crops—an organism that has been clearly linked to infertility and miscarriage in cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, and poultry that are raised on GE feed.

In part one we began the discussion on the hazards of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, and its contribution to a new phenomenon referred to as “Sudden Death Syndrome” (SDS).

Here, we continue the discussion on glyphosate.

The “Biodegradable” Weed Killer that Wasn’t…

The public’s appreciation of the toxicity of glyphosate is rather limited. The fact that Monsanto marketed Roundup as “environmentally friendly” and “biodegradable” may have quite a bit to do with this general lack of insight. (In 2009, a French court upheld two earlier convictions against Monsanto for false advertising.)

Glyphosate is actually, in many ways, similar to DDT, which is known to cause reproductive problems among other things.

“There are some similarities,” Dr. Huber says. “… I am familiar with DDT, and the fact that it’s a very difficult compound to degrade. It’s biologically degraded primarily by a process we call co-metabolism… [T]here are very few organisms that can utilize this as a direct nutrient source.

There are a few organisms that can utilize glyphosate as a direct nutrient source, but again, most of the degradation appears to be by co-metabolism. In other words, an organism just happens to produce the extracellular enzymes that will degrade it, rather than the organism really getting any benefit from it.”

Glyphosate Persists in Soil, and Promotes Disease-Causing Pathogens

According to Dr. Huber, glyphosate can accumulate and persist in the soil for years. Persistence is determined by biological activity, soil PH, clay content, and how firmly it’s sequestered or absorbed in the soil. This is bad news, because glyphosate not only decimates beneficial microorganisms in the soil essential for proper plant function and high quality nutrition, it also promotes the proliferation of disease-causing pathogens.

“The organisms that are stimulated are the pathogens,” Dr. Huber says. “…all of the natural biological control organisms are very sensitive to that concentration of glyphosate. What we see with the fusaria, which causes sudden death syndrome in soybeans, is that it can be stimulated by glyphosate… so we find [up to] 500 percent increase in root colonization by this fungus. It’s a very serious pathogen, not only on soybeans. Fusaria on most of our crops is a major disease organism that we have to deal with.”

This 500 percent increase in root colonization of the fusaria fungus occurs even on Roundup-ready crops, because the technology does not ‘cancel out’ the effects of the glyphosate in the plant in any way.

“All it does is make it possible for that plant to survive and to accumulate more glyphosate. We still change the soil ecology, microbial ecology, and… our intestinal microbiology.”

To quickly recap what we discussed in part one of this interview, while glyphosate promotes the growth of more virulent pathogens, it also kills off beneficial bacteria that might keep such pathogens in check—in the soil, and in the gut of animals or humans that ingest the crop.

“[W]ith glyphosate, we also see an additional stimulation of virulence, so we see increased ability to cause disease, as well as the loss of the natural biological controls,” Dr. Huber says.

It’s important to understand that the glyphosate actually becomes systemic throughout the plant, so it cannot be washed off. It’s inside the plant. And once you eat it, it ends up in your gut where it can wreak total havoc with your health, considering the fact that 80 percent of your immune system resides there and is dependent on a healthy ratio of good and bad bacteria.

Glyphosate—The Most Abused Chemical in the History of Man

Interestingly enough, when asked which toxin he would prefer to use if he had to make a choice between two evils, Dr. Huber says he’d take DDT over glyphosate any day.

“A lot of these materials can have a very beneficial use. I’m certainly not anti-chemical. But we have to use some common sense. What we have with glyphosate is the most abused chemical we have ever had in the history of man,” he says.

“… When future historians write about our time, they’re not going to write about the tons of chemicals that we did or didn’t apply. When it comes to glyphosate, they’re going to write about our willingness to sacrifice our children and jeopardize our existence, while threatening and jeopardizing the very basis of our existence; the sustainability of our agriculture.” … It doesn’t mean that it’s not reversible… But it means that we need to recognize what the concerns are, what’s happening, and then we need to change.”

According to Dr. Huber, we’re now seeing the results of a massive experiment based on flawed science and failed promises. We jumped in without the basic understanding of what these products do, and this was done just to support the bottom line of a few large companies, such as Monsanto. That’s madness!

Assumptions, Presumptions, and Flawed Science—All Potentially Deadly

As explained in part one of this interview, glyphosate is a strong chelator, meaning it immobilizes critical micronutrients, rendering them unavailable to the plant. As a result, the nutritional efficiency of genetically engineered (GE) plants is profoundly compromised. Micronutrients such as iron, manganese and zinc can be reduced by as much as 80-90 percent in GE plants.

Didn’t anyone know this could happen? Part of the problem goes back to the fact that Monsanto’s scientists were really only looking for a mechanism that would kill weeds. That’s what happens when you assume and refuse to double-check your assumptions…

“As I read some of the early documents, it stated that it ‘inhibits the EPSPs enzyme. Actual herbicide mode of action unknown.'” Dr. Huber says. “In 1984, it was very well-documented that the way it kills weeds and plants is by compromising the defense mechanisms, making them very susceptible to these soil borne organisms… It’s a debilitating type of situation, more like AIDS than a direct killer…

Also, since humans and animals don’t have the shikimate pathway, it was assumed that this is a pathway that exists only in plants and microorganisms. Therefore, it’s going to be safe for us. It was also assumed that the foreign proteins – whether it’s BT; the protein from glyphosate; that new EPSPs gene from the Agrobacterium – would readily be degraded in the gut… It’s a flawed science.”

The Unfulfilled Promises of Genetically Engineered Crops

The situation is equally disturbing with respects to the genetic engineering of the crop itself. Many experts have admitted that we really do not yet understand genetics enough to dabble in this way and release it into the wild. Because what we do know is that when you insert a foreign gene, you alter not just one feature—you’re altering multiple things, and you can end up with some highly unpredictable and unforeseeable results.

Most of the biotech industry’s promises have turned out to be false with respect to genetically engineered (GE) foods. For example:

GE crops are supposed to be more drought resistant, but the opposite turns out to be true. Says Dr. Huber:

“It takes twice as much water to produce a pound of a Roundup-ready crop soybean plant treated with glyphosate, as it does with soybean plant that’s not treated with glyphosate.”
GE crops are supposed to be nutritionally “better” or at the very least “equivalent” to conventional foods, but they’re not. On the contrary, they’re nutritionally inferior due to glyphosate’s chelating mechanism, which blocks absorption of micronutrients. GE crops contain about 50 percent less manganese, and up to 70 percent less zinc. They also contain less copper, iron and magnesium, just to name a few. This affects the overall health of the plant, and its reproductive ability, and when you eat this nutritionally inferior food, you’re not getting the micronutrients your body needs for proper function either. All animal products are similarly affected when raised on GE soy- or corn feed.

Has it Gone Too Far, or is There Still Time to Turn it All Around?

Glyphosate was first introduced as a weed killer in 1974, prior to the introduction of genetically modified crops. According to Dr. Huber, it has been so overused for the past 30 years that many essential soil organisms have been eradicated.

“Typically… when we would apply an herbicide, we would tell our growers, “You rotate the chemistry, just like you rotate the crop.” Therefore, when you had an effect on a specific group of organisms, you have an opportunity for nature to rebalance and to reestablish that beneficial and functional relationship. We haven’t done that with glyphosate. We just continually hammered for 30 years in one direction on those beneficial organisms… They no longer exist in the environment! We see that we have to start adding them now in order to increase crop productivity and nutritional value.

Dr. Huber has spent about 20 years researching how to remediate the damage caused by glyphosate. Fortunately, Dr. Huber believes we can turn it all around, but we MUST make changes. We cannot keep going the way we are.

“We have to start looking now at mineral supplementations and seed treatments,” Dr. Huber says, “because our soil biology isn’t going to provide it. The whole system has changed. If we want to change it for the better, we have to recognize what that change is and be willing to change again to compensate or to rectify.”

If we continue in the same direction, dousing our crops with ever increasing amounts of glyphosate, we will soon start seeing the same effect on human health as Dr. Huber is seeing in plants and animals. In fact, we may already be seeing the effects of the genetically engineered diet.

“… [W]e’re just starting to see the impact on reproductive fertility,” he says. “Also the disease potential… You can hardly pick up the paper anymore without seeing that a human disease is involved… We had to recall 20 percent of our total egg production here last year or early this year because of salmonella.

You have to say, “What’s changed?”

The newspaper said that when they looked at the egg-producing facilities “they had chicken manure and they had rodent droppings.” … I have never seen a chicken coup that didn’t have chicken drop. They have manure. Any time you have feed, even with three or four cats around and whatnot, you’re going to have some rodents. That’s NOT the reason.”

Glyphosate May Play a Key Role in Deteriorating Food Safety

Dr. Huber goes on to discuss a German paper that shows certain pathogens such as E. coli and some others have a high tolerance for glyphosate compared to their natural biological controls. What this means is that it may not be the presence or absence of pathogens per se that determines the safety of our food supply, but rather the presence or absence of the natural control organisms, which are effectively destroyed by glyphosate.

“Salmonella, Clostridium, and a lot of these disease organisms are ubiquitous. They’re everywhere. Our health is dependent on keeping them in check,” Dr. Huber warns.

This is truly important in light of the ongoing war against organically-grown foods, which are often targeted first, when there’s an outbreak of foodborne illness. If we can educate those in charge about this, then they would perhaps begin to understand why organic foods are FAR LESS inclined to be the culprit, because the beneficial soil bacteria present in organically farmed lands—as they do not use glyphosate or other chemicals on their fields—actually hinders pathogens in and on the food from multiplying out of control.

“If we’re eliminating that check, either through residues in our food or through direct impact in our environment, we’re going to continue to see what we’re seeing today. Look at Alzheimer’s, thyroid problems, autism, Parkinson’s – any of those diseases that have a tie with either the endocrine system or the nutrient availability—we’re going to see those increase.”

Are Genetically Engineered Foods Affecting Your Mood and Behavior?

Dr. Huber recently spent some time in Australia, where he had the opportunity to review an ongoing study into genetically engineered foods.

“It’s a continuation of a study that was conducted in Iowa with pigs and cattle. The [Australians] are doing it with mice so that they can define what the toxins are… They’re using these one or two-pound, big, white rats that some people call pet rats… You can reach in to the non-GMO-fed rat cage and pull one out. Put it on your lap and it can be patted just like a cat.

But try and reach in to the cage where the rats are being fed the genetically engineered feed. Here they have limited it to one [rat per cage]. The rats are irritated. They don’t get along together. They always go off into their own little world. They do backflips. They crawl up and run around the cage. They can’t get any peace; can’t settle down. That is very typical of what you’d see with autism. Then you start looking and say, “Well, are there any other similarities?”

Dr. Huber also recently met with a doctor in Germany who specializes in working with autistic children. Interestingly, there appear to be many correlations between the rats fed genetically modified feed and autistic children.

“[When] you look at the stomachs of the GMO-fed [animals], they have all of the severe allergy responses, the inflammation and the reddening… When they looked at the intestine, they said that the intestinal lining is deteriorating… The smell of the intestinal contents is very rank. The biology has been drastically changed.

This [German] doctor said, “That’s exactly what we’re seeing with our children with autism.

We need more research, but certainly, the indicators are there. The research up until very recently hasn’t been done, and those who wanted to do it have been prohibited from publishing, or from doing that research. We see those that have dared to come out and raised some concerns have been very severely impacted professionally, as well as in their own personal lives, in that persecution that they’ve had to endure.

We’ve got to change.

We’ve got to recognize that what we have now isn’t normal. We got to get back to safe, sufficient, and sustainable production and health for our agriculture community, if we’re going to be healthy in that process also.”

Foods Rich in Vitamin K

October 21, 2011

Vitamin K is an important vitamin for blood coagulation and bone development. It is also a vitamin that aids in reducing osteoporosis, hardened arteries, and potential birth defects. Vitamin K is mostly found in most dark, leafy greens as well as some dairy products such as yogurt. Vitamin K can easily be incorporated in to your daily life whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Food Serving Size Vitamin K (%)
Fresh Parsley 2 tbsps 153.9
Kale (boiled) 1 cup 1327.6
Spinach (boiled) 1 cup 1110.6
Turnip Greens (boiled) 1 cup 661.7
Swiss Chard (boiled) 1 cup 716
Collard Greens (boiled) 1 cup 880
Romaine Lettuce 2 cups 143.5
Brussel Sprouts (boiled) 1 cup 273.5
Broccoli (steamed) 1 cup 194
Cabbage (boiled) 1 cup 91.7
Asparagus (boiled) 1 cup 114.8
Celery (raw) 1 cup 44.1
Green Beans (boiled) 1 cup 25
Cauliflower (boiled) 1 cup 14
Green Peas (boiled) 1 cup 51.8
Soybeans (cooked) 1 cup 41.3
Pumpkin Seeds .25 cup 22.2
2% Milk 1 cup 12.2
Kidney Beans 1 cup 18.6

Now, if you are ever on a blood thinner, some of them require a diet that does not allow a lot of Vitamin K. The problem with that is some people later in life have experienced bone problems and memory problems. The FDA won’t tell you this. You have to remember the FDA is corrupt and if it is natural it cannot be good for you, that is the thinking of this corrupt agency. I winder how healthy we would be if we didn’t have the FDA….

Beef Recall, California Company…

October 1, 2011

Beef Recall, California Company…

Manning Beef, LLC, a Pico Rivera, Calif. establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 80,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

Combo bins of BroPack Inc Beef Manufacturing Trimmings “65/35, 50/50 or 85/15” produced on Sept. 23, 2011.
Combo bins of Paso Prime Beef Manufacturing Trimmings “65/35, 50/50 or 85/15” produced on Sept. 23, 2011.
30 and 60 lb. boxes of primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef produced on Sept. 23, 2011.

The establishment is recalling a variety of beef primal and subprimal cuts (such as top round and tri tip) and manufacturing trimmings due, in part, to insanitary conditions as reflected by an unusually high number of confirmed positive E. coli O157:H7 test results conducted by the establishment on the manufacturing trimmings. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/
Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp. FSIS and the company are not aware of any illnesses in association with these products.

PREPARING GROUND BEEF FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
http://www.fsis.usda.gov

Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked.

Consumers should only eat ground beef or ground beef patties that have been cooked to a safe internal temperature of 160° F.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that ground beef or ground beef patties have been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7.

The only way to be sure ground beef is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90° F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

Each box bears “EST. # 934” on the product label. These beef products were produced on Sept. 23 and were shipped to retail establishments and food service centers in Ariz. and Calif. and to another federally regulated establishment in Neb. These products were destined for further processing and will likely not bear “EST. 934” on products available for direct consumer purchase.

E. coli O157:H7 is a bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.

Consumers or media with questions regarding the recall should contact the company’s Quality Assurance Manager, Daniel Bové at (909) 689-9875 or Breanna Ortega, HACCP Coordinator at (714) 488-8123.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.