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Three Ellwood City-area restaurants out of compliance since July – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

A Ledger review of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture records found that three local restaurants had violations that landed them out of compliance. An additional 10 establishments were cited for noncritical violations.

Just three Ellwood City-area restaurants were out of compliance with state regulations during the past six months.

A Ledger review of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture records found that three local restaurants had violations that landed them out of compliance. An additional 10 establishments were cited for noncritical violations.

The restaurants that failed inspections are the Loyal Order of Moose along Factory Avenue in Ellwood City, Subway along Route 288 in Franklin Township and Shakespeare’s Restaurant along Mercer Road in North Sewickley Township.

Subway and Shakespeare’s were found to be in compliance during follow-up visits, although Shakespeare’s still had three violations at its follow-up inspection.

Inspectors visited 21 establishments in the Ellwood City ZIP code since July 1.

Source: Three Ellwood City-area restaurants out of compliance since July – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

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Ramen joins nation’s egg recall | Fox Business

Egg recall now hits ramen product

Veggie Noodle Co. is recalling Cece’s Veggie Co. brand Fresh Veggie Ramen with Chicken Broth (11.5 oz., UPC 5228700653). The recall includes this product with all expiration dates. The recall was made because the separately packaged egg (branded Peckish) that is included with the ramen has the potential to be contaminated with listeria.

Source: Ramen joins nation’s egg recall | Fox Business

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Warning letters sent to two seafood processing facilities and cheese manufacturing facility | Food Safety News

As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction.

Ee Hui Food Manufacture PTE Ltd. — Singapore
The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter dated Nov. 22, 2019, to the president of Ee Hui Food Manufacture PTE Ltd., Cheng Hwee Ng.

During an inspection at Ee Hui Food Manufacture’s seafood processing facility on June 24 and 25, FDA investigators found serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation, Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 123 (21 CFR 123). The warning letter says that, “failure of a processor of fish or fishery products to have and implement a HACCP plan that complies with this section or otherwise operate in accordance with the requirements of Part 123, renders the fish or fishery products adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), 21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(4).”

U.S. Dairy Unlimited LLC — Miami, FL
The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter dated Nov. 19, 2019, to Ury Zyman, owner of U.S. Dairy Unlimited LLC.

During an inspection at U.S. Dairy Unlimited LLC, a ready-to-eat (RTE) cheese manufacturing facility, from June 24 to July 3, FDA investigators found serious violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (CGMP & PC rule), Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 117 (21 CFR Part 117). The warning letter says that, “based on FDA’s inspectional findings, we determined that cheese products manufactured in your facility are adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(4)], in that they were prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been contaminated with filth or rendered injurious to health. In addition, failure of the owner, operator, or agent in charge of a covered facility to comply with the preventive controls provisions of the CGMP & PC rule (located in subparts A, C, D, E, F, and G of part 117) is prohibited by section 301(uu) of the Act (21 U.S.C. § 331(uu)).”

 

Source: Warning letters sent to two seafood processing facilities and cheese manufacturing facility | Food Safety News

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FSS reminds people not to overfill the fridge | Food Safety News

To help reduce food poisonings, Food Standards Scotland is reminding people not to overfill their refrigerators this festive season.

Source: FSS reminds people not to overfill the fridge | Food Safety News

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Chicken soup recalled over undeclared allergens: officials

Chicken soup is said to be good for the soul, but maybe not a particular batch that’s facing a recall over undeclared allergens.

Source: Chicken soup recalled over undeclared allergens: officials

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERT: Restaurant closed, mall kiosk alert issued by health department | WPXI

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.

Source: HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERT: Restaurant closed, mall kiosk alert issued by health department | WPXI

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White Castle recalls frozen hamburger products over Listeria fear – YouTube

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J.M Smucker Co. cat food line voluntarily recalled over health concerns | Fox Business

J.M. Smucker Co. is voluntarily recalling one of its canned wet cat foods amidst health concerns.

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.

 

Source: J.M Smucker Co. cat food line voluntarily recalled over health concerns | Fox Business

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Some ready-to-eat salads recalled from Giant Eagle and others | WKBN.com

(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.

Source: Some ready-to-eat salads recalled from Giant Eagle and others | WKBN.com

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Nearly 700,000 will lose food stamps with USDA work requirement change

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.”

Source: Nearly 700,000 will lose food stamps with USDA work requirement change

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US experiencing shortage of potatoes used for french fries – Business Insider

  • 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.

Source: US experiencing shortage of potatoes used for french fries – Business Insider

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FDA: Two flour producers issue recalls

 

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 recall

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.

Source: FDA: Two flour producers issue recalls

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Over 75K pounds of salad in 22 states recalled over E. coli outbreak

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.

Source: Over 75K pounds of salad in 22 states recalled over E. coli outbreak

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Giant Eagle, Shop’n Save, Whole Foods: Thanksgiving Grocery Hours | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

Find out when you can get last-minute Thanksgiving items at Giant Eagle, Whole Foods and other grocery stores around Pittsburgh.

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:

  • Aldi
  • Costco
  • Kuhn’s
  • Sam’s Club
  • Trader Joe’s

Source: Giant Eagle, Shop’n Save, Whole Foods: Thanksgiving Grocery Hours | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

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VEGAN SUES BURGER KING

A Georgia man who is vegan has sued Burger King for false advertising, alleging the burger chain “duped” customers into eating Impossible Whoppers by not adequately disclosing that the plant-based patties are cooked with beef fat. The lawsuit is seeking class-action status.

According to the complaint filed in a federal court in Florida on Monday, Phillip Williams of Georgia said he visited an Atlanta Burger King in August and ordered an Impossible Whopper, which, when prepared without mayonnaise, he believed conformed to his “strict vegan diet.” Williams was unaware that Impossible Whoppers are by default “cooked on the same grills as its traditional meat-based products, creating a meat-free patty that is in fact covered in meat by-product,” the lawsuit alleges.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2019/11/19/vegan-sues-burger-king-claiming-meatless-impossible-whopper-is-contaminated-by-beef-fat/

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Don’t Try Reinvented Mashed Potatoes For Thanksgiving. Use This Classic

If you can’t make a pretty convincing scale replica of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming out of your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, you are using the wrong recipe.

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.

Source: Don’t Try Reinvented Mashed Potatoes For Thanksgiving. Use This Classic

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‘Haystack Brunch’ Saturday at Wintersville UMC | News, Sports, Jobs – The Herald Star

The Wintersville United Methodist Church Relay for Life Team is gearing up for the 2020 season with a unique Amish-style “Haystack Brunch” planned for Satur

Source: ‘Haystack Brunch’ Saturday at Wintersville UMC | News, Sports, Jobs – The Herald Star

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Defining Pittsburgh-style pizza: Saucy, strong, and potent enough for our rusty palates | Just Jaggin’ | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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.

Source: Defining Pittsburgh-style pizza: Saucy, strong, and potent enough for our rusty palates | Just Jaggin’ | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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Two Pittsburgh Coffee Shops On Food And Wine’s Best In U.S. List | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

Writer David Landsel spent two years journeying across the country to find the best coffee shops in the nation.

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
ever.”

Source: Two Pittsburgh Coffee Shops On Food And Wine’s Best In U.S. List | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

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Allegheny County tops statewide liquor sales | TribLIVE.com

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.

Source: Allegheny County tops statewide liquor sales | TribLIVE.com