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TOTAL RECALL: Think before you bite 5/13

May 13, 2011

 

 Salmonella in More Tomato Products

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 7, 2011 – Mann Packing is voluntarily recalling certain vegetable platters and Snacks on the Go product because the grape tomato ingredient may be contaminated with Salmonella. As of today this recall has expanded to include Safeway’s Eating Right Veggie Party Platter with “best if used by dates” and in stores specified below.

This recall is part of a larger recall initiated by Six L’s Packing (Immokalee, Fla) on April 29, 2011. Six L’s is recalling a single lot of grape tomatoes packed on April 11, 2011 that can be identified by Cherry Berry lot code DW-H.

The contamination was detected through a random sample obtained by the USDA at a distributor in New York. The tomatoes were grown at a farm in Estero, Fla. which has since ceased production. The strain of Salmonella has not been determined and no illnesses have been reported.

This nationwide, voluntary recall, by Mann Packing includes the following items with best if used by dates ranging from 05-09 to 05-16 2011.

• Safeway’s Eating Right Veggie Party Platter (universal product code 79893-10708, weight 3 pounds, 6 ounces) sold at Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pavilions, Randall’s, Safeway, Tom Thumb, and Vons.
• Mann’s Veggies On the Go (universal product code 16519 01411-6, weight 1 pound, 2 ounces).
• Mann’s Snacks on the Go with Celery, Carrots, Tomatoes (universal product code16519 01501-4, weight 8.75 ounces).
• Mann’s Vegetable Platter Large (universal product code 16519 01407-9, 2 pounds, 8 ounces).

The voluntary recall does not include any other products packed or distributed by Mann Packing.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and abdominal pain. In rare cases the organism can get into the bloodstream and cause more serious complications (for more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov).

Mann Packing is working with its customers to remove the subject products from distribution. The appropriate regulatory agency has been notified.

Retailers have been contacted and asked to identify, segregate and hold all products matching the information included in this notice.

Consumers who purchased the specific items mentioned above are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Customers and consumers with questions may contact Mann Packing at 1-800-285-1002 or via info@veggiesmadeeasy.com.

This recall taken from: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm254904.htm

Consumers Warned to Avoid Eating Oysters rom Area 1642  in Apalachicola Bay, Florida

 

Warning follows bacterial illness outbreak

Fast Facts
• The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers, restaurant operators, commercial shippers and processors of shellfish not to eat, serve, purchase, sell or ship oysters from Area 1642 in Apalachicola Bay, Fla. because the oysters may be contaminated with toxigenic Vibrio cholerae serogroup O75.

• Nine persons have been reported with illness. For eight, the illness was confirmed as caused by toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O75; laboratory confirmation is pending in the other person. No one was hospitalized or died.

• All ill persons reported consumption of raw or lightly steamed oysters.

• Traceback indicates that oysters harvested from Area 1642 in Apalachicola Bay, Fla., between March 21 and April 6, 2011, are associated with illness. 

• Those who have recently purchased oysters should check with the place of purchase and ask if they were harvested from the affected growing area.

What is the problem?
Raw oysters harvested from Area 1642 in Apalachicola Bay, Fla. between March 21 and April 6, 2011, have been linked to eight confirmed and one possible case of toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O75 infection. The ill persons ate raw or lightly cooked oysters harvested from that area. Ill persons reside in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Indiana; all report consumption of oysters while in Florida.  There are several designated harvest areas within Apalachicola Bay, Fla, and each of these has a unique numerical identifier. Area 1642 is a zone that stretches from north to south in Apalachicola Bay just on the east side of the bridge that goes from Eastpoint, Fla., to St. George Island, Fla. The zone is approximately two miles wide from east to west.

This warning taken from:  http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm254754.htm

Donuts Recalled

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 10, 2011 – Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. is recalling the following Entenmann’s brand bagged Pop’Ems donuts and Bimbo brand 8 pack Donitas donuts sold in the following states because they may develop an uncharacteristic smell and become moldy within the product code:

Entenmann’s

Product Names
Sizes
States
UPC Codes
Powdered Pop’Ems Donuts 10 oz./284 grams AZ, CA, NV, UT 72030 01570
Cinnamon Pop’Ems Donuts 10 oz./284 grams AZ, CA, NV, UT 72030 01985
Rich Frosted Pop’Ems Donuts 10.5 oz./298 grams AZ, CA, NV, UT 72030 01571

Bimbo

Product Names
Sizes
States
UPC Codes
Sugared Donitas Donuts 8 count – 3.6 oz./102 grams AZ, CA, ID, NV, UT, WY 74323 07039
Powdered Donitas Donuts 8 count – 4.0 oz./113 grams AZ, CA, ID, NV, UT, WY 74323 04976
Chocolate Frosted Donitas Donuts 8 count – 4.3 oz./122 grams AZ, CA, ID, NV, UT, WY 74323 09964

The products were manufactured in the same facility.

The Entenmann’s products being recalled are in blue and white bags with the following dates which are printed on the top front of the bags:

  May 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 29, 2011
  June 1, 2, 6, 2011 

The Bimbo products being recalled are in cellophane wrappers with the same dates which are printed in a circle in the upper right of the package.

The company announced the recall after it received complaints of the unpleasant odor and temporary illness.  While the potential for serious health problems is low, some consumers are sensitive to the uncharacteristic off-smell and should not eat the recalled products because of possible temporary gastro-intestinal distress, including nausea and diarrhea. 

All products with the above code dates are being removed from store shelves in the affected states.  No other Entenmanns’s or Bimbo products or other states are affected.

Consumers who have purchased the product can return the product to its place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-984-0989 at any time 24 hours a day.

This recall taken from: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm255026.htm

Salmonella in Paprika (Canada)

 

OTTAWA, May 11, 2011 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Alimentarus Import Export Inc. are warning the public and retailers not to sell, use or consume the Piment doux moulu (mild ground paprika) described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected product, Dar Al Assala brand Piment doux moulu (mild ground paprika), imported from Morocco, was sold to various retail stores in Quebec as 5 kg bags bearing UPC 6 111242 541054, lot code PD17-F278 and best before date 05/10/2012.

This product is also known to have been sold from bulk. If you have purchased bulk paprika on or after November 12, 2010, and are unsure if you have the recalled product, check with your place of purchase to verify if it is subject to the recall.

This product is known to have been distributed in Quebec.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled.  Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness.  In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections.  In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea.  Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The importer, Alimentaurus Import Export Inc. located in Montreal, QC is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

This recall taken from: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2011/20110511e.shtml

Listeria in Pork Loin (Canada)

 

OTTAWA, May 12, 2011 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Fumagalli brand Pronta Fresca Lonza Stagionata (Seasoned Dry Cured Pork Loin) described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, Fumagalli brand Pronta Fresca Lonza Stagionata (Seasoned Dry Cured Pork Loin), imported from Italy, is sold in 100 g packages bearing UPC 8 002469 571352, Batch 119066 and Best Before 05/07/2011.

This product has been distributed in Quebec.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

The Importer, Les Aliments Edesia Inc. located in Saint-Hubert, QC is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

This recall taken from: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2011/20110512be.shtml

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Snoqualmie Valley CA

 

SEATTLE–An outbreak of Hepatitis A in the Snoqualmie Valley has county health authorities asking people to get vaccinated.  Matias Valenzuela, public education coordinator with the county’s public health department, said his office has responded to six confirmed cases in the Valley, all in adults.  No word yet on the source of the outbreak. 

Hepatitis A is the only common vaccine-preventable foodborne disease in the United States (Fiore, 2004). It is one of five human hepatitis viruses that primarily infect the human liver and cause human illness. Unlike hepatitis B and C, hepatitis A doesn’t develop into chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis, which are both potentially fatal conditions; however, infection with the hepatitis A virus (HAV) can still lead to acute liver failure and death.

This article taken from: http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/snoqualmie-valley-hepatitis-a-outbreak/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FoodPoisonBlog+%28Food+Poison+Blog%29

 STOP in the News: China Imports in the Grocery Store – A Cause for Concern

 

**STOP President Nancy Donley Quoted Below**

  

With Chinese products dominating more than just the shelves of dollar stores, it shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise — if you’re surprised at all — that imports from the largest nation in the world are increasingly finding their way into American grocery stores.

But the Chinese imports are starting to crop up in parts of the store that were more typically dominated by U.S. grown products or those from Central America. One such place is the freezer case, where imports are up 20 percent over the past decade and it is no longer unusual to find frozen vegetables that originated in China.

Even so, China still accounts for only seven percent of the overall market of frozen fruits and vegetable — up from two percent in 1999, notes Corey Henry, vice president of the American Frozen Food Institute,

“So, yes, imports from China have grown quite a bit, but still represent a small segment of the overall fruit and vegetable market,” Henry says. “China is the fourth largest foreign supplier of fruit and vegetables with Mexico, Canada and Chile the top three.”

But, if you shift away from frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables, where influence is growing but not yet commanding, you need not stray too far to see domination.

“I am concerned with just what regulatory program they have over there for food,” says Nancy Donley, president of STOP Foodborne Illness, a safe food advocacy group. “China has just always been one that raises concerns for us.”

Donley said the country has just said too many times that it is cleaning up its act: “‘We promise to never do it again until the next time’.”

The complete article can be viewed here:  http://blogs.reuters.com/prism-money/2011/05/11/china-imports-in-the-grocery-store-a-cause-for-concern/

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How to Use Eat Cleaner – With Pictures!

May 9, 2011

We’ve had quite a few people ask us for a guide on how to use our Eat Cleaner products and while we have a ‘how-to’ on our website, we think this downloadable file posted on your fridge as a reference just might do the trick.

Download now.

Eat Cleaner How to Guide

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Waste not, save more: How to make every bite count

April 21, 2011

Rachel Zoe on Waste...at least that's what we think she'd say

 Waste not, save more. 

With the escalating prices of everyday life and a belt-tightening economy, everyone is more mindful of where their green is going. Yet, if you were to peek into your local landfill, you’d find almost 40% of it from fresh food – a waste of precious resources and a weight on the environment. 25% of our water and 4% of oil go into food that ends up in the trash, and it costs the U.S. $1B (with a B) dollars a year just to deal with disposal. To add to the pile, methane gas from food waste is 21x more harmful to the environment than car emissions.*

Give your fruit + veggies a wash before they chill.  We know, you’ve been trained to wait until you’re ready to use it.  But that’s because they’re talking about using water.  You, my friend, know better. Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash extends your shelf life and helps make your fruit and veggies ‘fast food’ because they’re ready to eat in a flash.  Clean it, dry it and store it.

 

Break bread with friends and family.  Nothing like gathering people you love around the table or sharing food with someone.  It not only brings you closer together, it helps avoid waste.  Swap nights where one cooks and the other cleans up and bring a little extra to work to share with your cohorts.  It’s amazing what a little food can do to break the ice, too!

Give it back to the earth. Collect that organic goodness and complete the life cycle.  Compost is one of the best way to feed your garden, flowers and herbs.   Most local waste management companies will even provide one to you at little or no cost.  For more info on becoming a safer, cleaner composter, click here for a how-to primer.

*Source:  Dept. of Agriculture, Science NOW.

How can you make every bite more earth wise?  Try these 6 on for size.

Avoid Take Out. According to cleanair.org, the US population tosses out paper bags & plastic cups, forks & spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times! That $.99 burrito may seem cheaper and more convenient in the short run but all that packaging – disposable trays, bags, cups and cutlery – has to go somewhere!

Make a list, shop for it once. Gas has gone through the roof! If you make a list, shop for your ingredients once, and plan your meals for the week, you can maximize your resources and time. Store them in reusable containers and take them to work and have plenty ready for the kids’ lunchboxes. Getting organized will save you time and after all, who has time to waste?

Shop seasonally. The further food has to travel, the longer the carbon footprint behind it. When it comes to fresh fruit and veggies, check to see if they’ve trekked around the globe before you buy them. The NRDC’s Simple Steps website is a good resource to find fresh produce in season depending on where you live and the time of year.

Meat-less. It’s estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef compared to about 200 pounds of tofu. Cutting down on meat consumption just once a week can also reduce your risk of heart disease by almost 20, according to the Meatless Monday campaign. Check out our featured recipe below.

Go wild fish. When it comes to seafood, opt for wild and line caught varieties over farm raised, which can often be confined, medicated and fed dried food pellets made up of fish oil and fish meal (cannibal fish?). Plus,farm raised fish have been found to contain lower omega-3 levels and higher omega-6 fatty acid levels, a pro-inflammatory that you want to try and avoid.

Pay it forward. Supporting companies that use sustainable ingredients, processes and packaging while giving back to the environment and their local economies can continue to pay it forward with your purchase. Look for these practices on their packaging, social media and year end reports. Even if these products and services cost a little more, look at it as an investment into the future.

The Fit Foody…bringing you all the food that’s fit to eat.

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Eat Cleaner® All Natural Fruit + Vegetable Wash study proves extension of produce shelf life by more than 200%, cutting food waste and costs.

November 29, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eat Cleaner® All Natural Fruit + Vegetable Wash study proves extension of produce shelf life by more than 200%, cutting food waste and costs.

In a 14-day study, applying Eat Cleaner® All Natural Fruit + Vegetable Wash to a variety of fruit and vegetables prolonged shelf life over 200%. This can help save families over $300 per year, reducing waste and encouraging consumption of more fresh produce.

Lake Forest, CA – November 30, 2010 — Getting more life out of your fresh fruit and vegetables is now just a spray away. Lab proven to remove wax, surface contaminants and pesticide residue, EAT CLEANER® All Natural Fruit and Vegetable Wash is also effective in extending shelf life of fresh produce by over 200%. In a recent 14-day shelf life study, the wash prevented discoloration, mold, bacteria and decay on an assortment of fruit and vegetables, including: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, micro greens, spinach, tomatoes, grapes and mushrooms. The patent-pending EAT CLEANER® Wash is made from a variety of organic plant based, helping to naturally kill bacteria while enhancing shelf life with a blend of fruit acids and antioxidants. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away nearly 31.6 million tons of food every year, the majority being perishables like fresh fruit and veggies. And a recent University of Arizona study found that the average family tosses 1.28 pounds of food a day, for a total of 470 pounds a year, equivalent to roughly $600.

By using 1 bottle of Eat Cleaner® Wash each month – about $4.00 – consumers can reduce their waste by almost half, for a savings of roughly $300 per year. “Just think of the benefits and savings this can bring a family. By washing produce with Eat Cleaner®, you can not only help enhance the safety of your produce, you reduce waste and make eating fresh fruit and vegetables more convenient and accessible for their families,” commented Mareya Ibrahim, Founder and President, Eat Cleaner®. “On average, berries last only about 3 days in the refrigerator, so if you can get 14 days at only pennies per wash, the savings is significant. Plus, Eat Cleaner® allows you to wash when you bring your produce home, so it’s ready to eat when you are versus rotting away in the crisper in a plastic bag.”

In a 14-day shelf life test, EAT CLEANER® All Natural Fruit + Vegetable Wash helped prolong the shelf life of over 10 different produce items by over 200%. Using EAT CLEANER® can help reduce food waste and make eating fruit and vegetables more convenient and accessible. EAT CLEANER® products are available in commercial sizes for food service and to consumers through retailers and online. For a complete list of locations, visit www.eatcleaner.com.

The complete shelf life study is available by contacting Mareya Ibrahim at mareya@eatcleaner.com or 888-284-2435 xt. 702.

ABOUT EAT CLEANER®

EAT CLEANER® is the only all-natural, tasteless and odorless line of biodegradable food wash and wipes for produce, seafood and poultry. With a patent-pending blend of fruit acids, plant based cleaners and antioxidants, EAT CLEANER® is able to strip surface waxes, debris and pesticides away that water can’t while extending produce shelf life and inhibiting browning. EAT CLEANER® was founded by a Ph.D. and his daughter, a natural products industry veteran and concerned mother of two, as a more effective alternative to rinsing food with water. EAT CLEANER® products are available at leading retailers including Whole Foods, Wegman’s, Ralphs and Stater Bros and online at http://www.qvc.com and www. eatcleaner.com. A portion of proceeds help to benefit the non-profit Healthy Child Healthy World.

EAT CLEANER® is the recipient of the 2010 Disney iParenting Best New Product award and was a finalist in the Inc. Magazine/Alibaba.com Newpreneur of the Year Award in 2009. EAT CLEANER® is manufactured in California by Grow Green Industries, Inc., an Orange County based Corporation.

Eat Cleaner Prolongs Shelf Life

In a 14-day shelf life test, Eat Cleaner inhibited mold and decay in over 10 different fruit and veggies. Using Eat Cleaner can help save families an average of $300 per year in wasted produce.

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Don’t be a statistic on Turkey Day

November 18, 2010

Turkey?  Check.  Fixin’s?  Check. Centerpiece?  Check.  Salmonella?  Let’s keep that one off the menu.

Being the perfect host or hostess is not just about a beautiful table or delicious food.  It’s also about keeping your family and friends food safe – you don’t want to be remembered as the host or hostess who sent their guests to the hospital at the holidays. 

Every year there are 78 million reported cases of food borne illness – 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths.  On Thanksgiving day alone, an average of 200,000 people will get food poisoning.  Who wants to spend the day on their days praying to the ceramic altar?  We’ll pass.

Tune in Monday, 11/21 and watch ‘The Fit Foody’ show how to host a healthy, food safe holiday

The Fit Foody– food and safety expert Mareya Ibrahim of Eat Cleaner has a few simple tricks of the trade to show how to keep the holiday season happy and worry free. 

–        Don’t let fowl go foul:  For your main event, taking measures to clean and prep your turkey properly can help your table be Salmonella-free.

–        Pick and clean fixin’s properly: Before your produce reaches you, it has been touched by around 20 different sets of hands and has traveled at least 1,500 miles.  Preparation and handling is key to producing food borne illness-free results.

–        Cook it done:  You can’t always judge a food by it’s color, simple tricks to tell you when your bird is really cooked.

–        Keep it cool:  Don’t let the tryptophan kick in, why it’s important to clean up now rather than later and just how much later.

Mareya Ibrahim is The Fit Foody and the Founder of the Cleaner Plate Club.  She is a food safety expert and advocate based in Orange County, CA.

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The 411 on Lunchbox Fun

November 1, 2010

Balance – that elusive apple pie in the sky.  Work, family, friends, exercise, phone calls, emails, soccer practice, walks with fido, drop-offs, pick-ups, party planning…it’s a precarious juggling act.  Now that school’s back in session, making it through the year in one piece will require you to keep your family healthy starting with what they put in their mouth. 

It clicked when I found out my Kindergartner get 10 minutes to eat and my grade schooler gets a whopping 20.  If they’re standing in line for 10 minutes waiting in the lunch line, they’re practically jamming food down their gullet and swallowing it whole.   If I don’t make every bit count, who will?  And did they get to even wash their hands before they eat?

The sad reality is childhood obesity has grown to epidemic proportions, literally and figuratively.  According to the Center for Disease Control, in the last 30 years, the prevalence of obesity has tripled. It’s not about being heavy.  It’s about the chronic disease that can takes years from their otherwise healthy lives – heart disease, liver disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, sleep apnea – this list goes on. 

It would be very easy to succumb to those non-descript, pre-packed wrapped lunch meals and neon-colored ‘phood’ snacks.  But you know better than to slap that super processed, phony baloney onto your kid’s buns. You’ve bought them school supplies.  Now get them food wise, starting with what’s for lunch. I mean, white bread and fluorescent snacks are so 1982. 

 

5 Reasons Why Packing a Lunch For You and Your Family Makes So Much Sense (Cents):

  1. It’s bound to be cheaper than what’s on the menu
  2. No waiting  in the lunch line, so they have time to chew
  3. You can clean your foods of bacteria, hormones and pesticide residue
  4. Peace of mind that their meal has been given the stamp of approval by you
  5. We hear packing a lunch is what the cool kids do

Save your wallets and waistlines by getting ahead of the yellow food bus with this 411 on lunchbox fun.  Check out our great main events and super sides grown up enough for you AND your kid’s that pack a nutritious punch and take you through the week.  Mama tested, kid approved.

Main Event

  • Roll on: Layer sliced chicken breast, lettuce or sprouts and chopped tomato onto a sprouted grain tortilla with a dab of stone ground mustard.  Roll and slice into pinwheel pieces.
  • Pita the Pocket:  Fill a sprouted grain pita with tuna salad seasoned with lite mayo and studded with celery and raisins.
  • Rasta Pasta Salad:  With a vegetable peeler, create long ribbons of carrot and zucchini.  Steam and add to brown rice pasta (let them pick their fave shape).  Season with a little grated cheese and butter and heat up in the morning before they head out the door.
  • Veggie Grilled Cheese: Cheddar, red bell pepper and steamed broccoli get cooked between two pieces of sprouted grain bread.  Grill in an oil-free pan and use a Panini press and seal it all in for one-handed eating ease.
  • Simple Sushi:  Sushi rolls are no longer a snooty snack.  Grab some Sea Snax olive oil toasted seaweed and roll up some vinegar-seasoned brown rice, avocado and cucumber hand rolls. 
  • The A+: Most classrooms are peanut free, so opt for almond butter and sliced apples onto a warm sprouted wheat tortilla and fold in half.  Give it a quick glow in the pan for a nice nutty flavor. An A+ in our book!

Super Star Sides

  • You don’t have to ‘sneak’ fruit and veggies into your meals anymore.  Earthbound Farm have made getting your delicious daily dose of F+V a snap with organically grown pre-cut produce.  Crisp apple slices from the sweetest apple varieties are harvested from premium organic orchards. Each 2oz bag equals about half an apple or one serving of fruitMini-Peeled Carrots & Carrot Dippers are an excellent source of vitamin A and other important antioxidant carotenoids, including beta carotene, alpha carotene, and lutein. Plus they’re great for your peepers.  Packaged with organic creamy ranch dip.  http://www.ebfarm.com/.

 

  • Most muffins, or what I like to call booty breakfast cake, pack a whopping 400+ calories!  All natural Vitalicious VitaTops give you all the flavor without in the kind of muffin top you can cuddle up to.  At just 100 calories and a gram and a half of fat each they’re a guilt-free choice for a delicious midday snack or a lunchtime dessert.  Plus they contain 9 grams of fiber 4 grams of protein. Because they don’t contain any preservatives, keep them frozen and by lunchtime your VitaTop is thawed and ready to eat.  Top that!  www.vitalicious.com.

 

  • Here’s the new skinny on crunchy snacks.  Pretzel Crisps are a tasty, thin, all-natural flat-baked pretzel and the world’s first spreadable pretzel cracker.  At only 110 calories per serving with no trans fats, saturated fat, or cholesterol, they’re packed with fiber and flavor that can handle the dip or stand alone on their own. Deli Style, available in the deli section of stores of course, and Modern Classic varieties.  Savory and sweet varieties include Sesame, Garlic Parmesan, Tuscan Three Cheese and Cinnamon Toast (yum, it’s like a churro but without the guilt).   Dig in.  www.pretzelcrisps.com.

 

  • The iconic moo cow just puts a smile on your face.  Horizon organic single serve milk comes in a variety of flavors – plain, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla – packed with calcium and protein to power through the day.  Cheese sticks in both Colby and Mozzarella flavors couldn’t be easier to pack. Horizon Organic believes that the choice for a healthy family and a healthy planet should be an easy one, offering nutritious products for families while supporting 500 family farmers across the U.S.  Raised without antibiotics or hormones, happy cows make happy humanshttp://www.horizondairy.com/.

 

  • Fruit is sprayed, waxed, trucked, touched and plucked by over 20 sets of hands.  A quick flash through the faucet just ain’t gonna’ cut it.  Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetables Wipes are a uniquely formulated to kill bacteria, clean wax, pesticides, agricultural dirt and fertilizer from the surface of your fruit to make it safer and healthier to eat.  Even fruit with a peel should be cleaned before you remove it.  Individually wrapped, slip one into your lunchbox and encourage the kids to clean their hands before they eat, since grimy hands can transmit bacteria.  www.eatcleaner.com.

5 more pennies for your thoughts: 

–         Make a list and buy it twice.  Take our tips, make your list and head to the store on the weekend and buy 2 weeks worth of supplies, twice a month so you’re stocked up.  Being prepared is half the sanity battle.

–         Have them do the work.  Get kids involved in shopping with you and making their own healthy lunches.  The connection to picking and making food builds a foundation for good eating habits and teaches them responsibility.  Have them make one for you while they’re at it.  It’ll save you $5-10 bucks a day which could go to your vacation fund or a non-profit you’ve been meaning to donate to.

–         The night before.  Prepare lunchboxes the night before and put them in an insulated lunch box to keep them cool longer. Add in an ice-pack if food is sitting for more than 3 hours. 

–         Chemical free is the way to be.  Always opt for BPA and thalate-free plastic storage containers.  Kid’s Konserve makes a great reusable water bottle and the Bento boxes at Pottery Barn make you want to pick one up for yourself!

–         Lunch love notes.  Slip them a caring, thoughtful note that lifts their spirits at lunchtime and let’s them know you care.  That little bit-o-love satiates a deeper appetite and will make them look forward to what’s in the bag.

You can get in front of the garbage food bus and protect your plates. When you take the wheel, you help chart their destiny and lead them down the right food lane.  Because you better believe, they’re like little sponges absorbing what you dish out.

 

 Mareya Ibrahim, Chief Executive Mom of EAT CLEANER, and the founder of The Cleaner Plate Club is a natural foods industry veteran and food safety education advocate based in Orange County, CA. http://www.eatcleaner.com

 
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Think you’re allergic to fruit? Think again.

October 19, 2010

Food allergy or allergy to what's on your food?

There’s nothing worse than biting into a big beautiful bowl of luscious strawberries and having your face break out into welts.  Life imitating food? 

In the case of many, allergies to food can be an uncomfortable and even life-threatening situation.  But in some instances, the supposed allergy might not be about the food at all, but what it’s been sprayed, coated or handled with.

Read this testimonial from one of our customers and let us know if you’ve had a similar situation.

“I love my fruits; especially green apples, peaches and plums. However, I have had to proceed with caution when I eat fruits over the last few years because of an allergy to unpeeled fruits I have developed. My reaction was usually mild itching around my lips or in the back of my throat.  This summer, however, it appears that I bit more than I could chew–literally, when I had a severe allergic reaction while snacking on a bowl of green apples.  Even though I rinsed the apple before slicing it and eating, it seems that rinsing with water was not enough to get rid of all traces of pesticides on the skin. About 10 minutes after consuming the first 3 slices, my lips and throat began to itch and shortness of breath. I threw out the rest of the apples, washed my face and drank a glass of water, hoping it would alleviate the itching. After nearly 45 minutes of the itching not subsiding, I checked my face in the mirror and was shocked and horrified at the monster looking back at me. My lips had swollen to comical proportions. After scouring the Internet for my symptoms, I came across numerous other horror stories of facial swelling from similar food borne allergies. I finally found a suggestion not to panic and take Benadryl or another antihistamine, then apply ice for a few hours until the swelling went down.  After an embarrassing trip to Walgreens for some Benadryl and applying ice overnight, I woke up and felt a little better. The itching subsided and my lips eventually returned to its normal size during the day. I swore I would write off apples and other fruits for good.

As the Marketing Coordinator for WorldofGreen.com–the newest online destination for eco-friendly products and green living tips–I have had the privilege of working with some of the most passionate and eco-conscious merchants of green products. After months of promoting the benefits of Eat Cleaner to the public and the media, I finally decided to try Eat Cleaner for myself. I purchased the full size Fruit & Vegetable wash along with some of the biodegradable to-go wipes. With some trepidation, I decided to pick up some green apples at my local grocer and spray them with Eat Cleaner before biting into the apple with the skin on. I took a bite and waited a few minutes. I didn’t feel the tingling itch that I anticipated. I ate the entire apple relieved to know that I can once again able to enjoy one of my favorite snacks. The wipes are so convenient and I always carry one in my lunch bag. I have yet to try the plums and peaches, but so far I am very pleased to not have to fear eating apples. As a habit, I spray my fruit, vegetables and seafood every time I cook. I can see the brown residue runoff in the sink with each spray, and it is just wonderfully reassuring to know that there is an all-natural product like Eat Cleaner that can remove harmful pesticides and dirt rinsing with water alone simply can’t do.” 

– Theresa Stultz, North Palm Beach, FL

Also, read this article just featured in the LA Times.

http://discussions.latimes.com/20/lanews/bs-hs-allergy-study-20101018/10


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