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Total Recall: Taylor Farms ready-to-eat salads

May 5, 2011

 Salmonella in Ready to Eat Fresh Salad Products

 

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2011 – Taylor Farms Pacific, a Tracy, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 22,000 pounds of ready-to-eat fresh salad products that contain meat and poultry because the grape tomatoes used in these products may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The problem was discovered when Taylor Farms Pacific was notified by its tomato supplier, Six L’s, that a specific lot of grape tomatoes was being recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination. Taylor Farms Pacific, in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration, announced the recall of products containing the grape tomatoes on May 2, 2011. Some of the USDA-regulated products may have already been identified in that release (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm253580.htm).

The products subject to recall in packaging for consumers include:

  • 6.5-oz. plastic trays of “Marketside Chef Salad” with a use-by date of “5/2/11,” and the case code “10210276.”
  • 5.25-oz. plastic trays of “Marketside Cobb Salad” with a use-by date of “5/6/11,” and the case code “10210277.”
  • 12-oz. plastic trays of “Signature Cafe BLT Salad with Chicken” with a use-by date of “4/27/11,” and the case code “10218631.”
  • 12-oz. plastic trays of “Signature Cafe Cobb Salad” with a use-by date of “4/27/11” or “4/28/11,” and the case code “10218625.”
  • 11-oz. plastic trays of “Signature Cafe Chef Salad” with a use-by date of “4/27/11,” and the case code “10218627.”

Each package bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 34013” or “P-34013” inside the USDA mark of inspection and the use-by date as noted above. The products subject to recall were produced from April 20–24, 2011, and were sent to distribution centers in Ariz., Calif., Nev., Utah and Wash. for further distribution to retail stores.

The products subject to recall in packaging for retailers, who may have assembled the kits and then repackaged the products for retail sale include:

  • 96-oz. packages of “Safeway Signature Cafe Cobb Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10218805” and a use-by date of either “5/3/11″or “5/4/11” and distributed in Ariz., Calif., Colo. and Ore.
  • 88-oz. packages of “Safeway Signature Cafe Chef Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10218807” and a use-by date of “5/4/11,” “5/5/11” or “5/7/11” and distributed in Ariz., Calif., Colo. and Ore.
  • 96-oz. packages of “Safeway Signature Cafe Cobb Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10218816” and a use-by date of either “5/2/11,” “5/3/11” or “5/4/11” and distributed in Wash.
  • 88-oz. packages of “Safeway Signature Cafe Chef Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10218818” and a use-by date of “5/4/11” or “5/5/11” and distributed in Wash.
  • 96-oz. packages of “Safeway Signature Cafe BLT Chicken Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10218822” and a use-by date of “5/4/11” and distributed in Wash.
  • 138-oz. packages of “Walmart Marketside Asian Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10219991” and a use-by date of “5/3/11,” “5/5/11” or 5/6/11 and distributed in Ariz. and Nev.
  • 136-oz. packages of “Walmart Marketside Buffalo Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10219992” and a use-by date of “5/7/11” and distributed in Wyo.
  • 6.07-lb. packages of “Walmart Marketside Chef Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10212096” and a use-by date of “5/5/11,” “5/6/11” or “5/7/11” and distributed in Ariz., Nev., N.M., Utah, Wash., and Wyo.
  • 6-10 oz. packages of “Raleys to Go California Cobb Salad” bearing the case code “10201360” and a use-by date of “5/4/11” and distributed in Calif.
  • 6-11.5 oz. packages of “Raleys to Go Classic Chef Salad” bearing the case code “10201364” and a use-by date of “5/4/11” and distributed in Calif.
  • 100-oz. packages of “Save Mart Pacific Coast Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10202161” and a use-by date of “5/7/11” and distributed in Calif.
  • 17.39-lb. packages of “Taylor Farms Italian Sub 2 CT Pasta Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10203008” and a use-by date of “5/7/11” and distributed in Ore.
  • 84-oz. packages of “Taylor Farms Cobb Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10210193” and a use-by date of “5/5/11” or “5/8/11” and distributed in Ariz.
  • 84-oz. packages of “Taylor Farms Cobb Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10210204” and a use-by date of “5/6/11” and distributed in Calif.
  • 12.25-lb. packages of “Sam’s BLT Chicken Spinach” bearing the case code “10212049” and a use-by date of “5/8/11” and distributed in Calif.
  • 7.7-lb. packages of “Walmart Marketside Ranch Cobb Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10212097” and a use-by date of “5/5/11,” “5/6/11” or “5/7/11” and distributed in Ariz., Nev., N.M., Utah, Wash. and Wyo.
  • 88-oz. packages of “Safeway Signature Cafe BLT with Chicken Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10218707” and a use-by date of “5/4/11” and distributed in Ariz. and Ore.

Each package bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 34013” or “P-34013” inside the USDA mark of inspection and the use-by date as noted above. The products were produced on various dates from April 20 and April 27, 2011. When repackaged into individual kits, the packages do not bear the USDA mark of inspection or the establishment number.

When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/
Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp
.

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.

This recall taken from: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_033_2011_Release/index.asp

Salmonella in Grape Tomatoes

  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 3, 2011 – Mastronardi Produce of Kingsville, Ontario is recalling a limited quantity of grape tomatoes.  The products are associated with a recall by Six L’s Packing Company of Immokalee, Florida on April 29, 2011 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  There have been no illnesses reported to date.

Grape Tomatoes Subject to This Recall:  

Brand & Product

Size

UPC

Lot #

State

Aldi “From the Vine” Grape Tomatoes 1 pint clamshell package 0 33383 65585 7

41141, 41144, 41149

IL, MI, WI

Sunset Grape Tomatoes 1 pint clamshell package 0 57836 65585 0

40665, 40667,
40673, 40883,
40955, 40986,
40989, 40990,
40991, 41148,
41154, 41155
41160

FL, MA, MD, MI,
NJ, NY, OH, TX
WI

Sunset Grape Tomatoes 2 lb clamshell package 0 57836 65586 7

40680

NJ

Trader Joe’s Splendido Little Tomatoes 12 oz clamshell package 0080 8606

40675, 40676,
41142

Eastern Seaboard, & Midwest
Locations Only

   
The Lot number is on the side of the UPC in vertical position.  Direct Accounts that received these lots have been formally notified.  Direct Accounts that were not formally notified are not involved in this recall.  This recall does not include any other tomato products distributed by Mastronardi Produce.

Consumers who have purchased from a specific lot of grape tomatoes mentioned above are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact Mastronardi Produce at 734-943-0276, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

This recall taken from: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm253995.htm

 Kabobs Recalled

  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 4th, 2011 – In cooperation with Taylor Farms’ expanded recall of products containing grape tomatoes, Safeway is also expanding its voluntary recall to include fresh kabobs made with grape tomatoes sold in our full-service meat counter in several states.

The kabobs were made using grape tomatoes supplied by Taylor Farms and sourced from grower Six L’s that were recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination.

The recalled kabobs were sold between April 26, 2011 and May 3, 2011 and have a Sell By Date up to and including May 3, 2011. The kabobs were sold in Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak N Save stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota and Southwest Washington State.

The recall effects the following kabobs, including any additional kabobs made with grape tomatoes.

Item Description                                        UPC
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SALMON ATLANTIC KABOB                               23037000000
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SALMON ATLANTIC KABOB MESQUITE                      23037100000
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SCALLOP SEA KABOB W/VEGETABLES                      23040600000
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SHRIMP KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                        23040700000
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TUNA KABOBS FRESH                                   23040900000
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HALIBUT KABOB W/VEG                                 23040500000
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SALMON KABOB W/VEGETABLES FRESH                     23363900000
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SALMON ATLANTIC KABOB MESQUITE                      23364000000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SALMON ATLANTIC KABOB MARINATED                     23364000000
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SALMON KABOB W/VEGETABLES FRESH                     23363900000
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SALMON KABOB W/VEGETABLES FRESH                     23363900000
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HALIBUT KABOB FRESH WITH VEGETABLES                 23180700000
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TUNA KABOBS FRESH                                   23513400000
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SHRIMP KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                        23875100000
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SCALLOP SEA KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                   23700400000
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SALMON ATLANTIC KABOB MARINATED                     23364000000
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BEEF KABOBS WITH VEGETABLES                         20173200000
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BEEF KABOBS WITH VEGETABLES                         20725100000
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BEEF KABOBS WITH VEGETABLES                         20888800000
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CHICKEN KABOBS WITH VEGETABLES                      20746000000
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CHICKEN KABOB TERIYAKI WITH VEGETABLES              20746100000
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TURKEY KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                        20747500000
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PORK KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                          20948200000
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MILD ITALIAN SAUSAGE KABOB WITH VEGETABLES          25014400000
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BEEF KABOBS TERIYAKI WITH VEGETABLES                20944000000
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SAUSAGE SMOKED KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                20948400000
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GOURMET CHICKEN KABOB WITH ZUCCHINI & TOMATO        20974700000
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MARINATED CHICKEN KABOB WITH ZUCCHINI & TOMATO      20974800000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
GOURMET BRATWURST KABOB WITH MUSHROOMS AND TOMATO   20974900000
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SAUSAGE KABOB GOURMET                               20975800000
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CHICKEN KABOB GOURMET ZUCCHINI TOMATO               20894300000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
CHICKEN KABOB MARINATED ZUCCHINI TOMATO             20894400000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
BRATWURST KABOB GOURMET MUSHROOM TOMATO             20894500000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SAUSAGE KABOB GOURMET                               20895300000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
PORK KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                          20347300000
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SAUSAGE ITALIAN MILD WITH VEGETABLES                20430200000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
CHICKEN KABOB W/VEGETABLES                          20923300000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
TURKEY KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                        20599000000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SAUSAGE SMOKED KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                20442700000
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No illnesses have been reported. Safeway initiated this recall as a precautionary measure.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, particularly in young children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and/or 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.

Salmonella can cause foodborne illness (salmonellosis) through cross- contamination. Consumers are reminded to wash their hands before and after handling eggs. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site at www.cdc.gov1.

Customers are asked to discard these products or return them to their local store for a full refund. Customers who have questions about the recall can contact Safeway at 1-800-SAFEWAY or Taylor Farms at 209-835-6300 between the hours of 8am to 5pm PST, Monday through Friday, or visit the FDA website at www.FDA.gov2.

This recall taken from: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm254064.htm

 

 

 Salmonella in Maggi Noodles

   

**This product has also been recalled in the US**

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Nestlé Philippines is recalling a number of its Maggi beef and chicken noddles for possible salmonella contamination.

The company said it found traces of salmonella in 2 batches of the noodle product’s beef variant.

“The product recall is a precautionary measure… to ensure the safety and quality of our products,” Nestlé Philippines said in an ad published in a newspaper.

Consumers who bought the recalled products are requested to contact Nestlé Philippines hotlines at telephone numbers 898-0061 (Metro Manila) and 1-800-100-637853 (provinces, toll-free).

Nestlé Philippines, however, said its products are safe to eat if the cooking instructions are properly followed.

Salmonella infections typically affect the intestines, causing vomiting, fever, and other symptoms.

Suzette Lazo, director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told ANC Top Story on Thursday that Nestlé Philippines has informed her office regarding the recall.

This recall continues at:  http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/05/05/11/maggi-noodles-recalled-over-salmonella-scare

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FOOD SAFETY ALERT: Second Fresh Express Recall in last 60 days

July 15, 2010

The second recall in less than two months for Fresh Express bagged salad products. The recall for the romaine lettuce salad products was issued on July 14 for the potential of being contaminated with E.coli. (product list below)

A positive result for E. coli O157:H7 in a random sample test of a single Hearts of Romaine salad conducted by the FDA.

The recalled Fresh Express bagged salads were sold in the following states: Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

In May, a number of Fresh Express bagged salad products were recalled due to salmonella contamination.

Check your refrigerator for Fresh Express salad products. The bagged salads in the July 14 recall have the “use by” dates of July 8-12 and an “S” in the product code

Information from the FDA:

No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. Fresh Express customer service representatives have already contacted a majority of retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is not in the stream of commerce.

E. coli O157:H7 is a bacterium that can cause serious foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include severe and often bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Consumers who may experience these symptoms should consult a doctor.

Retailers and Consumers who have any remaining expired product should not consume it, but rather discard it. Retailers and Consumers with questions may call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at               (800) 242-5472         (800) 242-5472, Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. – 8 p.m., Pacific Time.

Fresh Express Bagged Salad Recall

This recall continues at:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm219057.htm

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Raising PAM | iParenting Award | Pesky Pesticides

May 20, 2010

 

 

 

Being a mom is no joke. We carry, quite literally, on our hips the responsibility of bringing baby into the world. And there you are, leaving the hospital wondering…Um…Where’s the owner’s manual? Nursing, feeding, clothing, nurturing, soothing, incessant worrying and the frenetic, hair pulling task of making all the right choices to raise Jane to be a prodigious, healthy, happy, socially responsible person can leave you wondering if you really had the credentials for the job in the first place.    

 

This month, we set sail on a journey with Anna Getty’s Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM), where moms-to-be got the 411 on a kinder, greener way to get started on the right foot – starting with mom’s health. Eco-celebs Mariel Hemingway, Ricki Lake and Josie Maran with experts Dr. Alan Greene, Kim Barnouin (HealthyBitchDaily), Gigi Chang (Plum Organics), Lisa Druxman (Stroller Strides Founder) and Christopher Gavigan (CEO Healthy Child Healthy World) provided invaluable information and insight into health and wellness. Eat Cleaner was there proudly alongside to show how you can take food safety into your own hands, because a diet filled with fresh, clean food for all moms is key. We’re honored to be part of the PAM community that is nurturing knowledge, support and celebrating the wonder of being a green mother. With friends like these, it’s not so scary after all.
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Pesticide Panic

The latest research linking ADHD with a group of pesticides called organophosphates ripped through the news this week, setting off panic attack with fruit and veggie eaters everywhere. The real peril here is that people will peel back their intake of produce. Fact is there are ways to reduce toxins in your food, and healthy living expert Jordan Rubin spoke about why you would use our products on CNN. Here’s how to eat cleaner everyday:  

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Give ‘em a real cleaning: We don’t have to tell you the importance of washing your food, but studies show you can eliminate much of the pesticide residue if you wash the surface thoroughly. Neither wax nor most pesticides are water soluble, so Eat Cleaner wash and wipes help to dissolve these barriers and get under the surface.

Wash frozen fruit + veggies: Studies showed that frozen fruit and vegetables showed a higher rate of pesticides, as consumers don’t generally think about washing them. Make sure to wash them or buy fresh, clean thoroughly, then show them to the freezer.

Organic produce still needs to be cleaned: Overspray and pesticide drift can still contaminate organic produce. Wash with Eat Cleaner to help get them as nature intended and give them a longer life.

Rinds and peels need a wash: Pesticide residue can contaminate the flesh if you don’t give them a good wash. Make sure to clean melons, oranges, grapefruit and other produce on the outside.

Pick from the Clean 15 instead of the Dirty Dozen: The Environmental Working Group created this list of the most and least sprayed fruits and vegetables. Make the ‘right ones’ your new friends and go organic and a good scrub with the ones on the left.

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Freshway Recall: Lettuce think before we bite

May 7, 2010

When will the madness end?  When people start taking food safety into their own hands.  It’s why we created Eat Cleaner in the first place.  Using the power of plant science, we give you a simple way to protect your family’s plate.  Restaurants, caterers and anyone serving food to others should also take heed.  The two minutes it takes to wash with Eat Cleaner can make a big difference in the lives you love.

Read these stories from members of S.T.O.P. (Safe Tables Our Priority) and learn why events like these should make us all think before we bite.

Washing with Eat Cleaner can help prevent your risk of E.coli infection.

By Lauren Bush and Valerie Threlkeld

Valerie

There is not a more helpless feeling than to have your healthy, beautiful 20-year-old daughter call you from 200 miles away and tell you something is physically wrong with her. It is a feeling I know all too well.

The symptoms my daughter described to me didn’t resemble anything that a young woman should encounter. Hospital personnel couldn’t seem to diagnose the problem – they were only able to rule things out. She then had to endure going from office to office to get records and test results while barely able to stand. When her dad brought her home, after racing 400 miles round trip, we took her to an urgent care center. The medical professionals there, too, sent her home with us.

The next day my daughter Lauren was directly admitted to the hospital. The horrifying battery of painful tests that followed was almost more than she could endure. Finally, after nearly having surgery to remove her colon, the news broke that there was an E. coli outbreak from baby spinach. Lauren recalled she had eaten a large baby spinach salad a few days before. She was tested for this particularly lethal strain of E. coli and it was confirmed. After spending a week in the hospital with strong IV antibiotics, she was discharged – 20 pounds lighter and very weak.

This was the most trying time our family has ever experienced. Lauren lost an entire semester of college, had to move back home, and experienced depression and other lingering physical changes from this horrifying illness. We continue to hope shewill not have long-term health impacts and will be able to enjoy good health.

This scenario should be in the minds of congressional lawmakers. My child is only one of thousands who have suffered due to shortfalls in the current food-safety system. Fortunately her story had a happy ending, but other families she has met while speaking in Washington have not been so lucky.

Lauren has traveled to Washington three times to speak about her experience. This is an easy subject to overlook until it affects you personally. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) would make a difference to not only our family but to the many others who count on our government to do the right thing. Senators, please give me and mothers around the country the Mother’s Day gift we have been waiting far too long for – safer food.

Lauren

Despite growing up in a small town in rural Kentucky, I had big dreams in store for my future. I wanted to go to law school, live in New York City and change and conquer the world. I never imagined in planning to reach these goals that I should have left room to be sickened by food, be forced to leave college and almost die in the process.

Nevertheless, as I began my junior year of college at the University of Kentucky, I ate a spinach salad infected with hemorrhagic E. coli O157:H7. I was hospitalized for a total of two weeks and was in recovery for six months.

The first two years after my traumatic, sudden illness I felt very uncomfortable discussing what happened with anyone because foodborne illness is an ugly journey. There is blood, diarrhea, tears, and nausea, and pain — tremendous amounts of pain. Then last summer I was contacted by the New York Times for an article regarding food safety and came to realize that my voice could make a difference. It could save others from the same life-changing experience, or at least I thought it could.

I have now been to Washington, D.C., three times in the last year with Safe Tables Our Priority (S.T.O.P.) and the Make Our Food Safe coalition. I have met with my representatives, written letters, and told my story what feels like hundreds of times. Unfortunately, my voice can only travel so far. Until government officials in Washington realize the devastatingly negative impact that unsafe food can cause and move forward on passing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), we will all continue to be in danger.

There have been several large national outbreaks of contaminated food products since the spinach outbreak that made me sick. My only question is: What is Congress waiting for?

Go to http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/mothersletter and sign your name to a letter to Congress from moms just like you pushing action on food safety legislation.

This blogpost taken from:  http://www.momsrising.org/blog/food-safety-reform-cannot-wait-a-mother-daughters-story/

E. coli forces lettuce recall; 19 ill in 3 states

By Marie Clare Jalonick

WASHINGTON — A food company is recalling lettuce sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia because of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people, three of them with life-threatening symptoms.

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that 12 people had been hospitalized and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was looking at 10 other cases probably linked to the outbreak.

Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, said it was recalling romaine lettuce sold under the Freshway and Imperial Sysco brands because of a possible link to the E. coli outbreak.

College students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ohio State in Columbus and Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y., are among those affected, according to local health departments in those states.

The FDA is focusing its investigation on lettuce grown in Arizona as a possible source for the outbreak, according to two people who have been briefed by the agency. Donna Rosenbaum, director of the food safety advocacy group Safe Tables Our Priority and one of those briefed, said the agency held a phone call with public health advocates Thursday.

Rosenbaum and other public health advocates have long been pushing for stronger food safety laws. The House passed a bill last year that would give the agency much more authority to police food production, but the Senate has not acted on it.

The New York state Public Health Laboratory in Albany discovered the contamination in a bag of Freshway Foods shredded romaine lettuce on Wednesday after local authorities had been investigating the outbreak for several weeks. The bag of lettuce came from a processing facility that was also linked to the illnesses, the FDA said. The agency would not disclose the name of that facility or its location but said an investigation was under way.

E. coli infection can cause mild diarrhea or more severe complications, including kidney damage. The three patients with life-threatening symptoms were diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can cause bleeding in the brain or kidneys.

It was not immediately clear why students on college campuses were sickened. Freshway Foods said the lettuce was sold to wholesalers, food service outlets, in-store salad bars and delis.

Susan Cerniglia, spokeswoman for the public health department in Washtenaw County, where the University of Michigan is located, said it doesn’t appear that students who were sickened ate the contaminated food on campus. It is believed they may have been sickened at local restaurants, she said. Most of those sickened lived in Ann Arbor and not on campus.

The Erie County, N.Y., health department issued an alert late last month that linked at least one diagnosis of E. coli to a student who ate at a Daemen College dining facility. The alert said twelve students had been sickened after eating at the school and three students were hospitalized.

Kevin Montgomery of the Erie health department said Thursday that one case of E. coli was confirmed at Daemen College and another was suspected. All of the students have now recovered, he said.

The most common strain of E. coli found in U.S. patients is E. coli O157. The CDC said the strain linked to the lettuce, E. coli 0145, is more difficult to identify and may go unreported.

Freshway Foods said in a statement Thursday that the FDA informed the company about the positive test in New York on Wednesday afternoon. The statement said “an extensive FDA investigation” of Freshway Foods’ facility in Sidney has not uncovered any contamination at the plant.

The recalled lettuce has a “best if used by” date of May 12 or earlier. The recall also affects “grab and go” salads sold at Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets and Marsh grocery stores.

The lettuce was sold in Alabama, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

This article taken from:  http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hEnc00D5YgQjLxbZqLLkjOw_fwzgD9FI0FRO1

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The Leaner in Cleaner

April 19, 2010

For us, diet is a 4-letter word. It conjures up visions of starvation, sacrifice and self-induced torture and ultimately, sabotage. When you have to find excuses to cheat no other than your own conscience, you know there’s something broken. If you’re a fan of word puzzles then you don’t need to look much further than our very own moniker to shedding unwanted pounds. 

Get Lean by Getting Cleaner. 

Our very own sales and marketing manager extraordinaire Ninfa is living proof. Just like a beautiful banana, she peeled off 15 pounds just by making a few small changes in her diet. Cleaner fruits and vegetables. Fewer chips and soda. Nutrient denser, Less processed foods. She looks great and feels more energetic and she’s getting her family on board. It’s a formula my 4 year-old can recite: Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables + lean protein and plenty of alkaline water = happy, healthy physiques. 

The ‘er’ in the everyday goes a long way to empowering yourself and everyone around you. Lean back, lean back. 

  


 Junk Food Confessions

When you’re about to say something you shouldn’t, you might bite your tongue. The fact is much or your ability to control your entire body lies in that little pink bundle of muscle. Your natural ability to sense sweet, sour, salty and bitter are there but sweet and salty are heightened by your sense of smell, making foods that fall into those categories that much more difficult to resist.   

Don’t despair. For every ‘vice’, there’s a delicious alternative that will satisfy your cravings and your wagging tongue’s need to feed. It may just require a little retraining for your tongue. Even kids have to try something new 8 times before they give them the boot.  

Here’s just a few of our EAT Cleaner solutions that deliver sounder nutrition with every guilt-free bite. Just don’t eat the whole bag.  

POTATO CHIPS
Homemade: Baked whole wheat spelt or pita chips with Chia or Flax seed or Kale brushed with olive oil and dusted with paprika.
Store bought: Annie Chun’s Seaweed strips – Try Wasabi flavored, they’re addictive OR Food Should Taste This Good chips – come in sweet potato and flax seed flavors.
 

 

SODA
Homemade: Sparkling or Ionized water with Fresh Cucumber slices and a squeeze of Lime or a light puree of fresh fruit.
Store bought: Izze Sparkling Juice – Clementine and Pomegranate flavors satisfy your sweet and fizzy cravings with no artificial flavors or sweeteners
 

 

FRENCH FRIES
Homemade French Bean Fries, Carrot Sticks and Zucchini Spears steamed, then lightly brushed with sesame oil and sesame seeds and then baked in the oven until crisp.
Store bought: Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Fries baked in the oven and coated with fresh garlic and parsley
 

 

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Homemade: Toasted spelt tortillas with almond butter and honey or oatmeal cookies filled with date. Get The Recipe
Store bought: Kashi Oatmeal Raisin Flax Cookies – try them heated for just a quick minute to soften them up – OR Larabar raw bars in Chocolate Coconut.
 

 

ICE CREAM
Homemade: Blend almond milk with your favorite Greek yogurt and a spoon of honey and a few spoonfuls of raw almonds. Freeze and eat.
Store Bought:Ciao Bella Gelato, made with real ingredients. Just a few bites should do the trick.
 


 


Get a SIGNED Copy of Anna’s EASY GREEN ORGANIC.

An ode to one of our favorite green holidays, we’re found this ANDI-friendly, nutrient dense kale patty that we’re sure you’ll flip for – whether you’re Irish or not. Pinch me, I’m in green heaven!  

 

We love Anna Getty for so many reasons. She’s an heiress, chef, and rock-steady chick with a sustainable vision who happens to be a great friend of Eat Cleaner. Her new book Easy Green Organic is a visual feast with real recipes that will become mainstays for your family.  

To call it a cookbook would not do it justice. Anna takes the concept further, explaining how to shop for organic, seasonal, and local ingredients; how to keep an eco-friendly kitchen; and how to cook meals that are as scrumptious to eat as they are healthful for the earth.  

Our favorites are the Quinoa Croquettes with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce for dipping and the Strawberry Arugula Salad. Sweets like Coconut Custard with Fresh Mango and Mint Chutney and Pear and Blueberry Crisp with Brown Sugar Sour Cream are just two of the functional favorites on our menu.  

Pick up a SPECIAL SIGNED copy of Easy Green Organic on our website HERE. A portion of the proceeds benefits the non-profit Healthy Child Healthy World.





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$1,500 in prizes from Eat Cleaner

March 24, 2010

Enter to win the next Eat Cleaner giveaway by becoming an FB fan @ Eat Cleaner.

We are thrilled to announce the 15 winners of our Womansday.com Sweepstakes for a $100 Eat Cleaner gift basket. 

And the winners are:

Jamie Cash Hemet  CA
Franca Stanco Glen Cove NY
Mandi Kuehn Morgan MN
Kathleen Giordano Milford CT
Jeannie Osborn Litchfield IL
Heddy Lettau Kaukauna WI
Kim Willis Eastpointe MI
Kelli Wilson Middleton ID
Sherwin Figuracion San Jose CA
Barbara Boyd Cambridge City IN
Terri Morrow Monroeville PA
Odette Ferrari Brownsville TX
Toni Murnan Shelbyville IN
Richard Hicks Winston Salem NC
Karen Nye Fombell PA

If you’d like to enter to win another fab gift basket, join our FB fan page @eat cleaner and sign up for our weekly newsletter @www.eatcleaner.com to learn more about our new promotions.

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Who’s Been Playing With Your Melons?

March 5, 2010

These melons have gotten around.

Not to get personal, but chew on this…most food has not only traveled thousands of miles, it’s been touched by dozens of hands that have been who knows where. You can bet that those melons of yours have made the rounds. Squeezed, sneezed on, prodded, dropped and even bitten into before they come home with you. What you need to protect yourself from isn’t always visible to the naked eye.

So before you bite, practice safe snax.

In January, there were several recalls of watermelon and cantaloupe linked to Salmonella. This pathogen can wreak havoc on your health, especially infants and children, the elderly and people with autoimmune deficiencies. What you may not know is that usually Salmonella is transferred from the rind to the inside of the fruit. So if you clean the outside thoroughly, you can enjoy those melons safely.  The same goes for oranges, grapefruit, bananas – really, anything with a peel deserves at least a good Eat Cleaner wipe.  A small, preventative step can make a big difference in the health of what you serve yourself and your family. 


The Cleaner Plate Club

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