Pride of Florida beef recalled, tested positive for E. coli | Miami Herald

Beef manufacturer Pride of Florida recalled 64,797 pounds of raw beef after a sample tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.

According to the Friday-posted USDA recall notice, by the time the company based in Raiford learned from its testing lab of the positive sample, the beef from which the sample came already had shipped to commercial distributors and a cold storage warehouse in Florida.

The list includes: 1-pound chubs of Circle A Brand 85-15 Lean Ground Beef; 1-pound chubs of Circle A Brand 80/20 Ground Beef; 20-ounce packages of Clark’s 5 Chopped Beef Steaks; 17.5-pound packages of Clark’s 5 Chopped Pepper Steaks; Southeast Protein Purveyor Ground Beef Patties; Southeast Protein Purveyor 81/19 Ground Beef; and Southeast Protein Purveyors 80-20 Ground Beef.

Source: Pride of Florida beef recalled, tested positive for E. coli | Miami Herald

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Hold the liquor: Sober bars growing in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

“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.

“I think it’s for people who focus a little bit more on their health and well-being and have the desire to be social and drink,” Molchan said, “but not get plastered on a Tuesday.”

Source: Hold the liquor: Sober bars growing in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

5 foods you should always buy frozen instead of fresh

1. Spinach

“Frozen spinach is the gem of the freezer section, it is so versatile and much cheaper than fresh,”

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.

4. Edamame

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.

Source: 5 foods you should always buy frozen instead of fresh

Chicken recalled at Kroger, Aldi, Target, Trader Joe’s and more for possible listeria contamination – AOL Lifestyle

The chicken products were first recalled in September for possible listeria contamination, but now, the recall has expanded to even more 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.

Source: Chicken recalled at Kroger, Aldi, Target, Trader Joe’s and more for possible listeria contamination – AOL Lifestyle

Blue Bell Ice Cream Announces Recall

Texas creamery Blue Bell announced a voluntary recall Tuesday.

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.”

Source: Blue Bell Ice Cream Announces Recall

The backlash against Impossible and Beyond Meat burgers going mainstream – Vox

The growing pushback against Impossible and Beyond burgers in fast-food chains, explained

Now, Impossible products have hit QdobaBurger 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.

Source: The backlash against Impossible and Beyond Meat burgers going mainstream – Vox

King Arthur Flour recalls some Unbleached All-Purpose Flour for possible E. coli contamination – CNN

King Arthur Flour, in association with ADM Milling Company, announced a voluntary national recall of specific lots of its Unbleached All-Purpose Flour in 5-pound and 25-pound bags because of the potential presence of E.coli.

FDA: Dog food recalled after sample tests positive for salmonella | WAVY.com

(CNN) – The Food and Drug Administration is recalling some dog food over salmonella concerns.

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:

Source: FDA: Dog food recalled after sample tests positive for salmonella | WAVY.com

FROZEN CHICKEN RECALL: Smart Organics frozen chicken recalled for being mislabeled | WPXI

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.

Source: FROZEN CHICKEN RECALL: Smart Organics frozen chicken recalled for being mislabeled | WPXI

Albertsons Companies joins supermarkets in changing guns policy – Reuters

“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.

Source: Albertsons Companies joins supermarkets in changing guns policy – Reuters

Starbucks is introducing its first new pumpkin beverage since the pumpkin spice latte

Starbucks will start selling the pumpkin cream cold brew and other items from its fall menu Tuesday.

  • 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.

Source: Starbucks is introducing its first new pumpkin beverage since the pumpkin spice latte

Latrobe’s Great American Banana Split Celebration promises a sweet weekend | TribLIVE.com

 

By Candy Williams

A classic ice cream dessert that’s been making people smile since 1904 is once again deserving of an annual summertime salute.

Latrobe serves up its 115th Great American Banana Split Celebration Aug. 23-25.

The banana split was first invented by David Strickler, an apprentice pharmacist at a local drug store.

This is the sixth year of the official celebration and new events have been added, says Isaac McDaniel of Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, event director.

Parking will be free in downtown Latrobe throughout the weekend.

Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

Source: Latrobe’s Great American Banana Split Celebration promises a sweet weekend | TribLIVE.com

2019 Great American Banana Split Celebration
When: Aug. 23-25, vendors and activities open noon-8 p.m. Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 24 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 25
Admission: Free
Where: Downtown Latrobe
Details: 724-537-2671 or bananasplitfest.com

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival takes you on a magical tour through time and legend!

Come and enjoy the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival! 2019 Festival Dates
August 17-18, 24-25, 31 September 1-2, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22,  2019
Open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday· 10:30 am to 6:30 pm

As you wander down the village streets and pathways of the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, ready thyself to revel with master revelers, watch artisans create original works of their ancient craft and be taken in by the tantalizing aromas of roast turkey legges, steak on a stake, fresh baked goods and much more. Featuring a cast of hundreds of authentically costumed merrymakers living and working throughout the village and performing, continuously, upon the Festival’s stages, the illusion of a rollicking 16th Century festival day is created.

Source: Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival takes you on a magical tour through time and legend!

Chick-fil-A’s mac and cheese hits menus nationwide | Fox News

Chick-fil-A’s mac and cheese is officially on the menu nationwide.

The fan-favorite chicken chain announced mac and cheese has been added as a side option with any lunch, dinner, Kid’s Meal or catering order at participating locationsacross the country.

POPEYES ANNOUNCES NEW CHICKEN SANDWICH, CHOOSES UNUSUAL RESTAURANT FOR DEBUT

The cheesy addition is the first side added to the chain’s permanent menu since 2016.

Source: Chick-fil-A’s mac and cheese hits menus nationwide | Fox News

How to keep your food safe no matter where you are

Follow these golden rules to keep your food as safe

At home

Wash your hands

This should go without saying, but in case you need a reminder, wash your hands for 20 seconds both before you begin cooking and again when you’ve touched raw meats. Give your hands a final wash just before you sit down to eat.

Have a well-organized and properly cool fridge and freezer

Store raw meat, poultry, and seafood on the lowest shelf possible — ideally on a tray to catch any potential package leaks. Keep these raw items away from other foods in your fridge to avoid potential cross contamination. Also, even if your fridge comes with an egg storage holder, keep eggs in their original carton and store them on a shelf — not in the door. The door is the warmest part of your fridge so you should avoid storing milk there as well. Nut butters and condiments can sit safely on those door shelves.

Treat yourself to a handy, inexpensive thermometer to make sure your appliance is consistently in the safe temperature zone — defined at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less for the fridge and below 0 degrees for

Source: How to keep your food safe no matter where you are

Dark Chocolate Consumption May Reduce Depression Symptoms | Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology | Sci-News.com

A new study, published recently in the journal Depression and Anxiety, provides evidence that consumption of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, may be associated with reduced odds of clinically relevant depressive symptoms.

Principally, chocolate contains a number of psychoactive ingredients which produce a feeling of euphoria similar to that of cannabinoid, found in cannabis. It also contains phenylethylamine, a neuromodulator which is believed to be important for regulating people’s moods.

Experimental evidence suggests that mood improvements only take place if the chocolate is palatable and pleasant to eat, which suggests that the experience of enjoying chocolate is an important factor, not just the ingredients present.

Source: Dark Chocolate Consumption May Reduce Depression Symptoms | Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology | Sci-News.com

Burger King’s plant-based Impossible Whopper is launching nationwide this month

Burger King is bringing its vegan Impossible Whopper nationwide, starting Aug. 8.

The nation’s second-largest burger chain began testing the plant-based burger from Impossible Foods at locations in St. Louis in April. Those Burger King locations saw traffic outperform national averages by 18.5% that month, according to a report from inMarket inSights.

Chris Finazzo, president of Burger King North America, declined to share any specific numbers about foot traffic or sales in an interview.

Since April, Burger King has brought the Impossible Whopper to six more markets. Jose Cil, CEO of Burger King’s parent company, Restaurant Brands International, said in late May that the chain will roll it out nationwide to its 7,200 U.S. locations.

McDonald’s, the largest burger chain in the U.S., has yet to offer a plant-based burger in its home market. CEO Steve Easterbrook has said that the chain is waiting to learn more about how the vegan item can drive foot traffic.

Source: Burger King’s plant-based Impossible Whopper is launching nationwide this month

Kent Quality Foods, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sausage Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2019 –  Kent Quality Foods, Inc., a Grand Rapids, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 48,681 pounds of ready-to-eat polish sausage with beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of flexible pink rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat polish sausage with beef items were packaged on June 17, 2019 and June 20, 2019. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • 36-oz. packages containing three 12 oz. individually wrapped pieces of “TETON WATERS RANCH COOKED UNCURED POLISH SAUSAGE MADE WITH BEEF” with a Use/Freeze By SEP 16 2019 or Use/Freeze By SEP 19 2019.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 5694” on the product packaging. These items were shipped to retail locations in California and Utah.

The problem was discovered when the firm received two complaints of extraneous materials from retailers on July 17, 2019 and July 18, 2019.

Source: Kent Quality Foods, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sausage Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Trump administration to propose rule that would cut 3.1 million people from food stamp program: report | Fox News

The Trump administration is set to propose a rule Tuesday that would cut about 3.1 million Americans from the food-stamp program in an effort to save taxpayers about $2.5 billion a year, reports said.

The U.S. has seen low levels of unemployment, which is seen as a major factor in low levels of participation in the program. President Trump tweeted earlier this month that food stamp use is at a 10-year low. Politifact verified the claim.

Reuters, citing a U.S. Department of Agriculture, reported that residents in 43 states who receive help from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, automatically enroll in the food-stamp program, known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Source: Trump administration to propose rule that would cut 3.1 million people from food stamp program: report | Fox News