PITTSBURGH – A consumer alert was issued for a kiosk at South Hills Village Mall and a Homewood restaurant was shut down by the Allegheny County Health Department.
Agency officials said the Breaking Eggs Bakery Kiosk at the mall did not have the proper refrigeration for food, was not storing and preparing food in the right area and had “food from an unapproved source.” The food was being prepared at a different location and then brought to the kiosk.
The kiosk owner told Channel 11 that they are working to become compliant with the health department and are in the process of opening their own space in the South Hills. They said they do not agree with the department’s findings during the inspection and do make their products in a safe manner.
Cat owners, beware, as a line of wet, canned cat foods was recalled Thursday over health concerns regarding poor-quality ingredients.
J.M. Smucker Co. announced it is voluntarily recalling some of its Special Kitty wet, canned cat food product line, in particular its Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner Pate, which the company said didn’t meet its quality and safety standards. The recall is being conducted alongside the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the company’s recall alert.
The recalled product in question is sold both individually as well as in variety packs, and the company urged cat owners to throw away any Special Kitty wet, canned cat food and stop feeding it to their pets immediately.
(WKBN) – Some Ready-to-eat salads, sushi and spring rolls sold at several retailers in Ohio and other states are being recalled.
The recalled salads were produced by Fuji Food Products and distributed to Giant Eagle, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens and other outlets.
The products are being voluntarily recalled because they could have been contaminated with listeria during production.
The problem was discovered in Fuji’s Brockton, Massachusetts, facility during a routine inspection by the FDA, but no illnesses have been reported.
Exposure to listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems.
The product was sold and/or distributed in the following states and includes the following retailers:
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Stores that sold the products are 7-Eleven, Walgreens, Food Lion, Hannaford, Trader Joe’s, Giant Eagle Supermarkets, Porkys, Bozzutos, Supreme Lobster and Superior Foods.
Consumers who purchased any of the products should not eat them and should discard or return them.
For questions, call Fuji Foods’ customer service line at 1-888-667-1504.
The Trump administration Wednesday formalized work requirements for recipients of food stamps, a move that will cause hundreds of thousands of people to lose access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Brandon Lipps, the deputy undersecretary for the USDA’s Food Nutrition and Consumer Services, spent about 18 minutes on a call with reporters outlining the changes to the rule that will take effect April 1.
“We’re taking action to reform our SNAP program in order to restore the dignity of work to a sizable segment of our population and be respectful of the taxpayers who fund the program,” Perdue said. “Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. That’s the commitment behind SNAP, but, like other welfare programs, it was never intended to be a way of life.”
- Cold weather has damaged potato yields in North America, which is now threatening the availability of french fries in the US, Bloomberg reported Monday.
- In some places, harvests were lost altogether, Bloomberg said, while frosts also stunted the growth of the long potatoes that are preferable for making french fries.
- The US Department of Agriculture said on November 8 that potato production for the 2019 crop year was forecast at 22.4 million tons, down 6% from the prior year.
- “French-fry demand has just been outstanding lately, and so supplies can’t meet the demand,” Travis Blacker, the industry-relations director with the Idaho Potato Commission, told Bloomberg.
- Cold weather from September to November affected potato yields in Alberta, Idaho, Manitoba, North Dakota, and Minnesota.
Two flour producers have issued voluntary national recalls of their products because of the potential presence of E. coli.
According to information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), both UNFI and Hodgson Mill have announced voluntary recalls on Wednesday. The following information was provided by the FDA.
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UNFI announced Wednesday a voluntary national recall of five-pound bags of its Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached, with a Code of AA BEST IF USED BY 010820 CC 15:58 and UPC Code 711535509158. The recall is being issued for the potential presence of E. coli. During routine FDA sampling of the five-pound bag product, results were found to be positive for E.coli.
E. coli can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections in infants, older people, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. The most common symptoms of E. coli are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, which develop within three or four days of eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts about a week and most people recover without treatment. Guidance from FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to warn that consumers should refrain from consuming any raw products made with flour and that all surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.
To date, UNFI has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of care.
This recall only affects the following code date of Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached five-pound bags currently in stores or consumers’ pantries. No other types of Wild Harvest® Flour are affected by this recall.
Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached Package UPC: 711535509158 Best if Used by Date: 010820 CC 15:58.
Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by this recall. Consumers with questions may contact UNFI at 855-423-2630 (customer support is available seven days-a-week between 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM CST). Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Hodgson Mill recall
Hodgson Mill of Effingham, Ill., announced Wednesday a voluntary national recall of specific lots of its Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour (5 lb.)
We are taking this voluntary precautionary step because of the potential presence of pathogenic E. coli which was discovered through sampling raw uncooked flour. Hodgson Mill has not received any confirmed reports of illnesses related to this product.
The only product affected by this voluntary recall is:
Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour (5 lb.) UPC 0-71518-05009-2
Best By Date 10-01-2020 and 10-02-2020 with lot codes listed Lot# 001042 & 005517
Use By and Lot Code information can be found on the bottom back panel of the 5 lb. Bag. Used By date and Lot Code, along with their location on the bag, must all match in order to represent flour affected by this recall.
Consumer safety is our top priority. Hodgson Mill package states “do not eat raw flour, dough or batter”. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns consumers to not consume raw flour or uncooked raw dough.
E. coli is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing, or boiling products made with flour. For more information, refer to the following: https://www.cdc.gov/features/no-raw-dough/index.html. Symptoms of pathogenic E. coli illness include acute, often bloody diarrheal illness and abdominal cramps. Most people recover within a week. However, children, the elderly, and immunosuppressed individuals may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe illness which may cause the kidneys to fail.
Consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour, and to never eat raw dough or batter.
This lot of flour was milled at an ADM Milling Facility in St Louis, Mo., and repacked at Hodgson Mill, Inc. facility in Effingham, Ill., and was distributed by Hodgson Mill through retailers and distribution nationwide and sold through our website www.hodgsonmill.com.
Consumers who have purchased 5 pound packages of Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour with specific lot codes are urged to stop using the product immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company customer service M-F 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1-888-417-9343 x 1.
Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
A New Jersey food company has recalled more than 75,000 pounds of packaged salad after seven people were hospitalized with E. coli, the US Department of Agriculture announced Thursday.
Missa Bay, LLC, of Swedesboro, issued the recall of 75,233 pounds of the bagged salad products sold at Walmart, Target and Aldi — fearing the romaine lettuce may be contaminated with the bacteria after an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
PITTSBURGH, PA – We all know that unfortunate feeling. It’s Thanksgiving morning, relatives are coming over and you’ve spent days preparing and making lists for your family feast, only to realize you forgot to buy the cranberry sauce or the whipped cream to top the pie. Plenty of grocery stores will be open across the Pittsburgh area for your last-minute shopping needs.
Here are the hours for grocery stores that will be open on Thanksgiving Day, along with a list of those that won’t.
- Giant Eagle: Closes at 4 p.m.
- Market District: Closes at 4 p.m.
- GetGo: Normal hours (gas-only locations will close at 4 p.m.).
- Shop’n Save: Hours vary by location. Check with your local store for closing time.
- Whole Foods, Wexford: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Whole Foods, Upper St. Clair: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Whole Foods, East Liberty: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Fresh Thyme: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Rite Aid: Most stores are open 24 hours.
- Target: All stores are open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Walmart: Open normal hours for grocery shoppers on Thanksgiving, but check with stores for variation. Black Friday deals start at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, online and 6 p.m. Thanksgiving in store.
Closed Thanksgiving Day:
- Sam’s Club
- Trader Joe’s
What’s a right recipe? Well, we always use Julia Child’s garlic mashed potatoes presented in her trusty and timeless “Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume 1” from 1961.
Yukon Gold potatoes are the inarguably best potatoes to mash instead of the Russets in Julia’s recipe. Yukon Gold potatoes were not widely available until 20 years after Julia’s recipe was published. You can’t easily over-cook potatoes meant for mashing, but they can be undercooked so make sure they are easily split with a fork before mixing and use room-temperature, real butter.
Of course, preparation is much easier with a formidable stand mixer such as a Kitchen Aid model, but the beauty of mashed potatoes as an American staple is that they can also be made easily with an electric hand mixer or even a good old-fashioned potato masher. Should you have access to the two latter tools, mix the potatoes on the stove on low heat while mixing in the cream and butter.
There’s a cultural distinction in Pittsburgh that is rarely discussed the same way we publicize our Appalachian drawl and blind loyalty to the Rooneys. And that’s Pittsburgh-style pizza.
What’s Pittsburgh-style pizza, you ask? I’d ask you the same, because I’m not exactly sure. But if there’s a Detroit-style pizza (Little Caesars?!?!), there sure as hell is a Pittsburgh style. I’m not talking about Ohio Valley pizza, with its cold toppings or your favorite boutiquey brick-oven place. I’m talking about pizza that lies somewhere between the 25th and 75th percentile in quality.
Pittsburgh-style pizza crust can’t be too thin or too thick. We’re not the svelte, self-absorbed thin crust of New York City.
Pittsburgh pizza just wants to get the job done.
PITTSBURGH, PA – After a process that took more than two years, Food & Wine Magazine has rounded up nearly 100 of the best cafes, coffee shops and espresso bars in the United States and two of them are in Pittsburgh.
Writer David Landsel visited thousands of different coffee shops over the past two years, describing his experience as “a wild, highly-caffeinated road trip across the country.”
Here are the coffee meccas that made the list in our city:
- Commonplace Coffee, North Side.
Pittsburgh is a coffee town, to say the least, and this is one of the city’s best roasters,” Landsel wrote. “But even if that weren’t the case, their relentlessly charming Buena Vista Street cafe, deep into the North Side’s magnificently-named Mexican War Streets neighborhood, is one of the city’s finest cafes.”
- Espresso a Mano, Lawrenceville
“Opened in 2009 in now very happening Lawrenceville, this shop feels like Seattle, but with that classic Pittsburgh warmth that just comes built-in, they don’t even have to try,” Landsel wrote. “The coffees are very up to date, but the prices are positively retro. After a decade, as important as
Drinkers in Allegheny County bought the most booze from state stores last year, purchasing more than $309 million worth of wine and liquor from Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores in Allegheny County, according to the latest state report.
In addition, Pittsburgh hosts the general retail location with the highest annual sales.
According to the USDA, Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc., based in Gentry, Arkansas, is recalling several of its ready-to-cook chicken products, which include chicken legs, wings and whole chickens.
The notice says the chicken was shipped “to institutions in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.” Institutions can include restaurants, schools, hospitals and distributors. The recall doesn’t include chicken sold in stores.
The items were produced between Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, according to the recall notice.
This year, the made-up food holiday held annually on Nov. 3 falls on a Sunday, which will be the day Popeyes’ sold out chicken sandwich – the one that prompted this summer’s battle over which chain has the best chicken sandwich – returns to restaurants.
But Sunday also is a day for free food, deals and discounts at restaurants across the country.
Just not at Chick-fil-A restaurants.
The Atlanta-based chain, famous for being closed on Sunday, sent an email to some of its loyalty members this week mentioning Sandwich Day.
Chick-fil-A later apologized for the snafu and confirmed it would still be closed on Sunday.
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“The younger generation is choosing to drink less,” said Katie Molchan, co-owner of Mixtape, a bar with a twist in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood. The bar offers cocktails and coffee, as well as a healthy offering of non-alcoholic or “mocktail” drinks. Creating a socially inclusive space, Molchan said, was important when they opened nearly four years ago.
2. Chopped onions
Buying chopped onions frozen saves time and tears. “They’re a double-time saver because first, you’re not chopping the onions, and second, they’re already softened,”
3. Stir-fry blend
Speaking of saving time, buying a pre-chopped frozen blend will save you tons of it.
It’s an easy, healthy snack her toddler loves too. “Just 30 seconds in the microwave and it’s ready,” she says. Plant-based protein FTW!
5. Zucchini or sweet potato noodles
What a time to be alive: zucchini noodles and sweet potato noodles can be found in the frozen section in almost all grocery stores.
The chicken, by Tip Top Poultry Inc., were originally recalled in September and include cooked, frozen, diced or shredded chicken, which were sold under various brands at major grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and Target. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the recall was expanded to include other chicken products—some possibly served from the deli counter in grocery stores—at Kroger, Aldi, Piggly Wiggly, Food Lion, Giant Supermarket, Kings Supermarket, Harris Teeter, Jersey Mike’s and more, according to the USDA.
The products were produced and sold from Jan. 21 through Sept. 24 of this year, but luckily, it seems that no one has reported any illness or adverse reactions to consuming the chicken.
It is recalling a select lot of half gallon Butter Crunch Ice Cream (code date 082621222) that was produced in late August at a plant in Alabama because the product may contain a foreign object.
A consumer notified the company after finding a piece of a plastic tool in a half gallon of Butter Crunch Ice Cream.
The company investigation revealed the broken tool was “inadvertently incorporated into the production process in a small amount of product.”
Now, Impossible products have hit Qdoba, Burger King, and supermarkets. Another plant-based meat company, Beyond Meat, is featured in Carl’s Jr, Subway, and now McDonald’s. It’s a sign that the new wave of meatless meat is approaching mainstream status — an encouraging development if you care about changing our meat-centric food system.
But if the emergence of meatless meat a few years ago was hailed unanimously as a good thing, the response to its mainstreaming has been tinged with skepticism. The adoption of Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat products by fast-food chains hasn’t exactly been welcomed in some quarters, even among those you would think would be more supportive of this development.
Call it the backlash against the fast rise of meatless meat.
The agency is warning pet owners to stay away from Performance Dog brand frozen raw pet food produced on or after July 22.
It says samples tested positive for salmonella and Listeria.
The FDA says Performance Dog raw pet food produced after July 22 “represents a serious threat to human and animal health.”
Dog food has come under scrutiny by the FDA this year not over concerns about bacteria, but heart disease.
Read more about other dog food recalls issued within the last year in the links below:
WASHINGTON – About 500 pounds of frozen chicken is being recalled due to the packages being misbranded and having undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
FSIS said the Perdue company’s product contained wheat, which was not declared on the label.
“We want our stores to feel safe & welcoming for all, so we respectfully ask customers to not openly carry firearms in our stores unless they are authorized law enforcement officers,” the company said in a tweet bit.ly/2HPH03R.
The announcement comes as other retailers such as Walmart Inc (WMT.N) and Kroger Co (KR.N) tweaked their gun policy, with Walmart saying it would discontinue sales of ammunition for handguns and some assault-style rifles in stores across the United States.
Shirley Wolk, of Somerset, stands next to her tomato plant Saturday, which has grown approximately 9 feet tall. “And it’s still growing,” she said. Wolk said a friend of hers
- Starbucks is launching the pumpkin cream cold brew, its first new pumpkin drink since introducing the pumpkin spice latte in 2003.
- The chain will launch its fall menu Tuesday.
- Cold beverages like Starbucks Refreshers and cold brew account for more than 50% of Starbucks sales.