Food supply shortages impacted local businesses
The Charley family owns three Shop ‘n Save locations in Westmoreland County.
“It’s something that we’re fighting every day,” Tom Charley said. “We’re sourcing from multiple vendors. We’re using more vendors today than we ever have.”
Charley said his store only received half of their weekly order from their distributors this past week. It’s an issue stores have faced with various products throughout the pandemic.
“People have been very understanding and they know now what to expect at the store, but it’s very frustrating when you put in an order to fill up the store and you only get half the order,” Charley said.
National experts have cited staffing, rising COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant and winter weather across the country as the reasons behind the latest stretch of supply chain problems.
Those concerns, coupled with recent inflation trends have also caused the price of groceries to jump.
“All of the costs are going up and it’s hitting us with cost increases too,” Charley said. “We are being very deliberate in trying to find the best deals we can possibly find and it’s a challenge.”
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reached out to a spokesperson for U.S. Foods, one of the area’s largest suppliers, but did not hear back.
Perdue Premium Meat Co. unit initially said 232,000 pounds sold nationwide could be contaminated with listeria.
The recall now includes 27 products bearing the establishment number “EST. M10125” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The numerous meat brands being recalled include Alexander & Hornung, Amish Valley, Big Y, Butcher Boy, Five Star, Food Club, Garrett Valley Farms, Lancaster, Niman Ranch, Open Nature and Wellshire Wood. See the full list here. Photos of the Alexander & Hornung branded fully cooked products and private label can be found here.
Usually caused by eating contaminated food, listeria is a serious infection that hits about 1,600 Americans each year, killing around 260 people annually. The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults ages 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. The infection is treated with antibiotics.
There have not been any confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consuming the products, the company said, adding that they should be discarded or returned to the pace of purchase.
Raising Cane’s, the popular fast-food chain known for its chicken tenders, Texas toast and special Cane sauce, could be coming to the Pittsburgh area.
Dustin Shearer, the vice president of company restaurants for Raising Cane’s, said they don’t know exactly where the restaurant may settle, but it will bring more than 200 jobs with it.
He said the company will also put 10% of its proceeds back into the community. The Johnstown native is hoping to make Pittsburghers “Caniacs.”
He said beginning next year, 20 restaurants will open in Pennsylvania, starting with one in Philadelphia.
The Raising Cane’s in the Pittsburgh area could open by the end of 2023.
“We do one thing. We are very focused,” Shearer said. “We say we do one thing, and we do it better than everybody else. We serve quality chicken meals — fast, friendly, clean — and we have fun doing it.”
Prices could go up by as much as 20% for some of your favorite items.
PITTSBURGH — Officers packed up and handed out meals to community members in need.
“It means a lot to us actually. It’s probably one of the best parts of our jobs,” said Commander Shawn Malloy.
St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in South Side donated more than 3,200 meals of turkey and sides.
“Any time we can help out with the community, that’s what we’re here for,” said Malloy.
Officers say they love the opportunity to get out into the neighborhoods and build positive relationships.
“The officers really love doing this part,” said Malloy. “This is what we love to do the most.”
People like Sharon Smith, who received a meal, are grateful.
“It’s very meaningful, especially for our community so that we get to see our policemen in action and that they want to help us out and be grateful that they’re around to help us,” she said.
NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Grocery stores across the Gulf Coast are pulling a specific brand of frozen shrimp off the shelves after a recall was issued over possible listeria contamination.
Southeastern Grocers (SEG) issued a recall on its 16-ounce bag (16-20 count) of Fisherman’s Wharf brand frozen jumbo-cooked shrimp (UPC: 2114003262). The product has a best-by date of April 5, 2023.
The recall was issued because of the detection of possible listeria, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, elderly people and people with weakened immune systems. Listeria infections can also cause flu-like symptoms and even miscarriages and stillbirth in pregnant women.
The product was sold in all Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarkets stores. The sale of the product has been prohibited while the Food and Drug Administration investigates the source of the problem.
SEG said customers should throw the shrimp away or return it to any store for a full refund.
Customers with questions about the recall should contact Southeastern Grocers toll-free at (844) 745-0463, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.
Better not forget to buy the Thanksgiving turkey this year — a last-minute trip to Giant Eagle will leave you empty-handed.
The O’Hara-based company announced Wednesday that its Giant Eagle grocery stores, Market District stores and GetGo gas stations will all be closed on Nov. 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Giant Eagle said in a news release that its goal is to give its workers the chance to enjoy the holiday.
“Our team members have been working tirelessly to provide a safe shopping environment for our guests while ensuring access to essential food, fuel, and medicines,” company spokesperson Jannah Jablonowski said in a statement. “We cannot thank them enough for the dedication they have shown day in and day out.”
Giant Eagle’s transportation and retail support centers will also close for the holiday.
The company encouraged shoppers to make sure to stock up on stuffing, pumpkin pie and gasoline in advance.
Stores and offices will reopen as normal Nov. 26 for Black Friday.
First Published November 3, 2021, 8:52am
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — 68% of Americans say they will participate in Halloween festivities, which is up from 58% last year during the coronavirus pandemic.
But there are still fewer people taking part than in 2019.
And this year we are buying more candy.
American consumers are expected to purchase about $3 billion worth of candy.
KDKA’s Jon Delano spoke with Chris Beers, the founder of Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop in the Strip District, for the Sunday Business Page.
“The most popular is going to be M&M’s, still Hershey’s, the everyday candy you can find just about anywhere. These are the most popular,” Beers said. “You really want to wow them? You got to get a Clark Bar, and we’re one of the only places to find a Clark Bar, so this is a Pittsburgh original. This is the one people are really looking for.”
Often it’s not the food that’s hard to find, it’s the packaging it comes in.
The owner of an Illinois retail and wholesale meat store told FOX Business he has been increasing prices for his products as the industry grapples with higher raw material costs, global supply chain challenges and a rebound in demand.
This as the Biden administration announced it plans to take a tougher stance toward meatpacking companies the White House argues are causing higher prices for meat at grocery stores.
Richard Whittingham, the owner of R. Whittingham & Sons Meat Co., told Jeff Flock during an interview on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” on Thursday that he doesn’t blame the processors for the spike in prices, but acknowledged that “competition never hurts anybody,” noting that “that is what built our country.”
In the post, the aides acknowledged that “factors like increased consumer demand have played a role” in higher prices, but argued that “the price increases are also driven by a lack of competition at a key bottleneck point in the meat supply chain: meat-processing.”
The aides wrote that “Just four large conglomerates control the majority of the market for each of these three products, and the data show that these companies have been raising prices while generating record profits during the pandemic.”
The post pointed to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which noted that just four firms “control approximately 55-85% of the market” for beef, pork, and poultry, pointing out that the figure reflects “dramatic consolidation of the industry” over the last 50 years.
The Labor Day parade may be canceled again this year amid rising coronavirus cases. But that’s not stopping people from enjoying other activities around the city like the Soul Food Fest here at Market Square.
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Return to the Magic and Mystique of the Renaissance!
The Festival is back and better than ever! The celebration begins on Saturday, September 4, and runs six consecutive weekends, and Labor day, ending on Sunday, October 10. The Festival is celebrating its return to the past with new entertainment, beautiful new displays from local artisans, as well as some classic shows and craftspeople that bring thousands of guests joy year after year.
The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival is an entire day of immersive experiences for people of all ages. Guests can enjoy three armored Jousts a day, Knighting ceremonies, and nine stages of non-stop entertainment including music, dancing, comedy, sword fighting, and more! With so much unique entertainment, guests can revel in a different experience with every visit.
Returning Favorites like the CRAIC show and The Washing Well Wenches are back along with a variety of new performances.
The 2021 Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays only, September 4 through October 10, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Festival is open rain or shine in the Gateway to the Laurel Highlands, just thirty miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Admission for the 2021 season is $24 for adults and $12 for children ages 5-12. Children aged four and under are always free. Tickets can be purchased on their website at a discounted rate, or through the on-site box office on festival days.
Coupons can be found at Wendy’s and Eat N’ Park and must be redeemed at the Box Office.
For more information please visit the Festival website at www.pittsburghrenfest.com, or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Labor Day often marks the time to change home decor from summer to fall. Shoppers will find a large array of seasonal and holiday decorating items this weekend at the 28th annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds. About 200 vendors will fill five buildings
Shoppers will find a large array of seasonal and holiday decorating items this weekend at the 28th annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.
About 200 vendors will fill five buildings and line walkways during the four-day event. Hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Monday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
“This is a nice opportunity to get out and do some shopping,” said Trisha Cusick, assistant to promoter Dave Stoner, owner of Family Festivals Association Inc. “You can go online and get anything from all over the world delivered to you in 48 hours, but here you can pick something up and turn it around and see what it really looks like.
Wet Noses Natural Dog Treat Company announced a recall of 51,000 packages of Simply Nourish frozen dog food sold at select PetSmart locations nationwide. The issue is elevated levels of vitamin D. The notice, shared by the FDA, says that “dogs ingesting elevated levels of vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss.” Needless to say, you don’t want to take the risk and feed this to your pup.
Additionally, the recall states, consuming elevated levels of vitamin D “over a long period of time can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.” If your dog has eaten the recalled food and exhibits these symptoms, you should contact your vet.
Here’s a look at the specific products that are part of the recall. All were sold in two-pound and four-and-a-half-pound packages. You can find more details about the products on the FDA website.
- Simply Nourish Frozen Chicken & Veggies
- Simply Nourish Beef & Barley
- Simply Nourish Turkey & Sweet Potato
- Simply Nourish Pork & Veggies
You can return the packages to the place of purchase for a refund.
Serenade Foods is recalling nearly 60,000 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken products that could be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday.
It’s not just food establishments that are having a tough time finding employees. Help wanted signs are posted outside of all kinds of businesses in the Pittsburgh region.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Many businesses in the Pittsburgh region are still struggling to keep their doors open because of a lack of employees.
Restaurants in the Pittsburgh region are bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic closures, but many aren’t getting enough applications for their job openings.
New York City’s COVID-19 vaccination passports disproportionately disadvantage black communities and it isn’t even close.
Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s plan to implement COVID-19 vaccination requirements for gyms, restaurants and other businesses.
“It’s time for people to see vaccination as necessary to living a good and full and healthy life,” de Blasio said during a news conference.
Beginning on Sept. 13, New York City citizens will be forced to show either their “Key to NYC Pass” or the state’s “Excelsior Pass” if they wish to enter the aforementioned businesses.
“It will require vaccination for workers and customers in indoor dining, in indoor fitness facilities, indoor entertainment facilities,” the mayor said.
PITTSBURGH —Giant Eagle announced Monday that they would reinstate the wearing of face masks, cloth face coverings or face shields for all customers and staff, inclusive of all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
The company said all Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo staff will be required to wear a face mask, cloth face covering or face shield starting August 4.The company is strongly requesting that customers comply with the same mask requirement starting August 6. Complimentary masks for any guest who does not have one will be provided.
Giant Eagle curbside pickup and delivery service continues to be available.
The company said the introduction of the Delta variant created a renewed sense of urgency.
Giant Eagle said it is actively reviewing paths forward regarding a potential vaccination requirement for all employees.
They’ve logged off the app for the day as part of a strike organized on social media against the food delivery service, demanding tip transparency and higher pay.
It all started, presumably, on Reddit
While the strike is nationwide and not affiliated with any particular organization, it appears to have originated on Reddit, where a post from July 15 circulated, titled, “DOORDASH BOYCOTT ON JULY 31ST ALL DAY !!”
The post urged Dashers — the company name for drivers — to stop using the app for the day and to instead use UberEats. At the bottom the post lists demands, including a minimum “base pay,” the amount a driver earns on each order before a tip, of $4.50.
According to information provided to NPR by DoorDash, Dasher base pay is calculated based on the estimated time, distance and desirability of an order, Right now, Dashers can expect to earn a base pay between $2 to $10+, according to DoorDash’s website. Drivers say the lower end of that range had previously been $3.
More than 295,000 lbs. of raw beef have been recalled by an Omaha-based meat processor over the product’s possible E. coli contamination.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Greater Omaha Packing’s announced the recall on Thursday.
The beef products, which were intended to be used in packages of ground beef, were produced on July 13 and bear establishment number “EST. 960A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The packages were distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska.
The contamination was discovered when FSIS collected a routine product sample that confirmed positive for the presence of E. coli, officials said.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Several brands of dog food sold nationwide are being recalled over fears they could contain high levels of mold.
Pet food maker Sunshine Mills issued the recall voluntarily. The products in question were sold nationwide under a variety of names, including Evolve, Nuture Farms, Wild Harvest and Triumph.
Company officials say all of the recalled dog food contains de-boned chicken and rice with a best-by date of Feb. 11, 2022.
Sunshine Mills says no illnesses have been linked to the recalled food.
Customers who have any of the recalled items can return the food for a full refund.
McCormick is recalling seasonings due to possible salmonella contamination, including Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch seasoning and Italian seasoning.
- McCormick & Company has recalled three seasonings in 32 states for possible salmonella contamination.
- Walmart, Target and Kroger stores are among the retailers that sold affected products.
- July has been a busy month for recalls with sunscreen, chicken and carrots among the biggest recalls.
Give and Go Prepared Foods is voluntarily recalling some of its muffin products “due to the potential for the products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes,” according to the company’s recall notice.
The more than two dozen recalled products were sold under seven brand names and distributed to retailers including 7-Eleven, Walmart and Stop & Shop.
More than two dozen affected products were distributed across the nation.
The Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival is back!
“Inside Edition” tested the much-discussed tuna used in Subway sandwiches, salads and wraps and found, for the second time in five months, that the fast food chain does in fact use real tuna in its offerings.
This follows a June 19 New York Times report that it had purchased more than 5-feet of Subway tuna sandwiches to be tested at an undisclosed lab in California that failed to find “amplifiable tuna DNA” in the samples it examined, citing a couple possible reasons — either it’s so heavily processed no tuna could be detected or “there’s just nothing there that’s tuna.”
Subway didn’t initially comment on that testing, but has since pushed back arguing that by the time tuna reaches Subway customers, it’s been so heavily processed and “denatured” that its DNA wouldn’t be recognizable.
This follows a New York Times report that didn’t detect DNA, which Subway said is to be expected when fish is ‘denatured’
A national website names Pittsburgh a craft beer destination.
Pittsburgh’s craft beer scene is booming and it’s not just locals who are taking notice.
Thirsty folks from American Craft Beer, a website dedicated to national brew news, recently paid a visit to our fair city to soak up the hoppy culture and its liquid assets. Not, surprisingly, they were impressed.
The Washington, D.C.-based bloggers had this to say:
“Pittsburgh turned out to be more interesting, more vibrant and more fun than we ever expected, and its beer scene, which is pretty amazing, was only part of the ride. Any great beer destination starts with a combination of things, the city, its people, character and vibe … and, of course, its beer. And as it turns out, Pittsburgh has all of those things in spades.”
Tyson Food Inc. is recalling nearly 8.5 million pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to a press release on Saturday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Food Safety and Inspection Service was notified in June of two people who were sick with listeriosis, an infection caused by Listeria monocytogenes, according to the release. An investigation, which identified three cases of the illness between April and June, revealed one person had died from listeriosis.
Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
The chicken products include frozen, fully-cooked chicken such as Tyson Pulled Chicken Breast, Tyson Fully Cooked Diced Grilled Chicken Breast with Rib Meat, Tyson Fully Cooked, Char-Broiled Boneless Chicken Meat for Fajitas and more.
PITTSBURGH — Nearly every time you go to the grocery store, you walk out with several plastic bags. A little-known part left out of the Pennsylvania state budget could now open the door for cities like Pittsburgh to ban them.
In the past, state lawmakers included a provision in the budget preventing local governments from banning single-use plastics. That was not included in the latest budget, meaning this could be the opportunity people like Ashleigh Deemer with PennEnvironment are looking for.
“We think this is a really critical policy to protect the health of our environment and the health of our people. We also know there’s a profound amount of support for it,” said Deemer.
“It’s weird to me. If I don’t give them a straw, people ask for them all of the time. I’m not sure where this is coming from or why they’re doing it,” said Matthew Voelker, owner of Nadine’s Diner. “I just want to see their game plan behind it and what the reasons are. Who is considering this? Why don’t they ask the people what they want?”
The Pittsburgh City Council is going to examine eliminating single-use plastics sometime this summer. Any ordinance likely wouldn’t go into effect until December per state law.
Juneteenth celebrations continue through the weekend, and we’re on the back half of a 10-day stretch of celebrations, meaning people only have a few more days to enjoy the Black Music Festival.
The Black Music Festival is celebrating Gospel Day.
Religious singer Tye Tribbett along with DJ Mannie Fresh will be part of the performances starting today at 11 a.m. There will also be around 60 vendors in the area.
WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Florida halted the Biden administration’s new debt-relief program for minority farmers on Wednesday.
Judge Marcia Morales Howard, an appointee of President George W. Bush, temporarily blocked the Agriculture Department from implementing a $4 billion program aimed at helping distressed minority farmers on the basis that it likely violates white farmers’ rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. That argument was backed by several former aides in the Trump White House.
Howard ordered the Agriculture Department not to issue payments under the program for “socially disadvantaged” farmers until she can rule on the merits of the case. She wrote that the program, which is embedded in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan law, is “significantly likely” to violate the constitutional rights of the plaintiff, a white farmer named Scott Wynn.
Her order creates a nationwide injunction against the debt-relief program.
Earlier this month, in a similar case, a Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of the program, which covers up to 120 percent of the debts of farmers who are members of groups that have historically been discriminated against based on their race or ethnicity. Across the country, several white farmers have filed lawsuits, at least one of which is backed by America First Legal, a group founded by former Trump White House aides.
“The government must not be allowed to use its awesome authorities to punish, harm, exclude, prefer, reward or damage its citizens based upon their race or ethnicity,” Stephen Miller, a former White House aide and the head of America First Legal, said in a statement in conjunction with one of the other cases.
Civil rights advocates have expressed concern that other Agriculture Department programs aimed at redressing past discrimination — as well as federal programs outside the scope of farming — could be at risk if federal courts find that the American Rescue Plan’s program for socially disadvantaged farmers is unconstitutional.