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Baked goods recalled on Christmas Eve
December 24th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Baked goods recalled on Christmas Eve

Pastries, cakes, cookies, pies and other baked goods made by Rolf's Patisserie in Chicago are being recalled this Christmas Eve, over concerns that the sweets may contain Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria.

In a written statement released Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the pastries have already sickened 100 people in Illinois and Wisconsin; and that any Rolf's product manufactured after November 1st may be contaminated as well.

Rolf's line of baked goods is sold online and distributed through national wholesale and retail chains, the FDA says, and may have been repackaged and sold under different brand names in supermarkets and through caterers and large institutions, such as nursing homes.  The FDA recommends checking labels closely, and if you're unsure whether the products were made by Rolf's, calling the store where they were purchased.

If you have purchased a Rolf's product made after November 1st, the recall notice recommends trashing the baked goods in a sealed container, so that children and animals cannot get to them.

Staphylococcus Aureus is one of many bacteria responsible for GI illness. Symptoms of S. aureus food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. Most infected people will recover within two days of ingesting the bacteria, but the FDA says children and elderly victims may need to be treated for dehydration.

Rolf's Patisserie employees would not comment on the recall.

Whole Foods Market issued the following statement:

Whole Foods Market is recalling ginger bread houses as part of a larger recall of pastry products from its supplier Rolf’s Patisserie of Lincolnville, Illinois. No illnesses have been reported from ginger bread houses sold by Whole Foods Market. However, Rolf’s Patisserie has reported Staphylococcus aureus food poisoning illnesses connected to other pastry products they sell. The recalled ginger bread houses may have been packaged and sold with a Whole Foods Market label and were sold in stores in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada.


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  1. Jim Hirt, Executive Director AAPCC

    The American Association of Poison Control Centers advises anyone who believes they have consumed any of these products or has a question about treatment should call your poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

    December 24, 2010 at 14:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wzrd1

      Good advice. Though THIS is not food poisoning, but a food borne illness, still good advice.
      Also, call your family doctor if you have the symptoms described.
      BUT, to complicate the issue, the greater Philadelphia area and I'm sure others as well, is currently experiencing a norovirus outbreak. The same annoying "intestinal flu" that has closed hospitals and ruined many cruises. The symptoms are similar for food poisoning, with vomiting, diarrhea, fever and malaise with potential dehydration. Norovirus is a relatively self-limiting illness that is typically lasting 24-48 hours.

      December 24, 2010 at 23:35 | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      @Wzrd1: Food-borne infections are often referred to as food poisoning in the lay press and by the public at large. While E. coli and Salmonella are true intestinal infections, Staph and Botulism are truly poisonings because they are caused by bacterial toxins already in the food from the bacteria and do not require actual infection of the victim.

      December 25, 2010 at 00:44 | Report abuse |
    • guest

      To the so called Jim Hurt. Well, ....you are not Jim Hirt. As a boarded EM physician and a clinical toxicologist I can assure you Jim would not be talking to you through a post site. However, luckily in this case, as @wizrd and the like said , it is good advice, no matter where you cut and pasted it from. So why the concern? Well ,when persons such as yourself play Health Prof. often times you misdirect people ...and that could be harmful . Plus , you set off a bunch of trolls which throw everyone into a non productive diatribe. Regarding government oversight ,aka, "they" or "someone should", there is no need for the national guard and the like to come storming in...yet. There are sufficient recommendations and regulations already in place. The term " all employees must wash hand" is a good old reliable suggestion that really would solve most of the problems. So there is no corporate conspiracy most of the time. Workers need to follow basic rules already in place. However , on occasion Corps. like J&J have been cited for just plain bad working facilities. ( for time sake ..Google that) But, they were just breaking violations that already existed. So no more Gov. regs. just follow those in place. I don't know if you've been abroad, but we are doing pretty well with food and drug manufacturing in USA. Finally , should you have been the unfortunate recipient of severe gastroenteritis...you would probably be heading to the ER and by pass the call to poison control ...who would have sent you there anyway. That is why they call it the RUNS. @wzrd..nose miner..ha ha . I like that.

      December 25, 2010 at 02:42 | Report abuse |
    • Guedde

      To the so called boarded EM physician and a clinical toxicologist I do not believe you are a boarded EM physician and a clinical toxicologist. A boarded EM physician and a clinical toxicologist would not be replying to you from a post site, early Christmas morning.

      December 25, 2010 at 07:31 | Report abuse |
    • Bozobub

      I'm sorry, "Guest", but:
      a) This is CNN, not just any "post site".
      b) Staph DOES involve "poisoning".
      c) A *real* physician would likely have better spelling, punctuation,and grammar than you display.
      d) Whether or not he is "legit", Mr. Hirt's advice is spot on.

      You fail! xD

      December 25, 2010 at 13:46 | Report abuse |
    • Sherm

      It seems you have put some useful information on an internet news message-board.

      Please refer to the community guidelines.

      December 25, 2010 at 14:05 | Report abuse |
    • CT

      @Bozobub
      Your grammar and spelling test doesn't wash. I've seen many *real* physicians fail the there/their/they're test. That's grammar AND spelling.

      December 25, 2010 at 14:15 | Report abuse |
    • Bozobub

      Fair enough, but that doesn't invalidate my point in the slightest. ^^'

      December 25, 2010 at 15:40 | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      @Bozo-

      Yes, this is CNN, not just "any" post site, but I fail to see how that makes CNN elite. I do believe CNN's headlines often included white trash "celebrities" who are famous for being famous...

      December 26, 2010 at 12:29 | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      I would like to know why there are sooo many contaminated foods all of a sudden? There has been a TON, lately. What's up with this?? We supposed to quit eating to prevent getting sick because people don't know how to appropriately clean equipment, or don't know how to handle the foods? Looks like more people need educated on this matter, Or people need to actually start caring about others!

      December 26, 2010 at 21:34 | Report abuse |
  2. nonya business

    Why must CNN get a life for warning people about this? I'm thinking YOU should get a life!

    December 24, 2010 at 15:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. beezus

    loser.

    December 24, 2010 at 15:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jim X

    I think some of this stuff should be recalled because it could make someone look like a hippo. Seriously, this is why the government needs to oversea the food industry. Business takes shortcuts and money has no conscience.

    December 24, 2010 at 17:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cole

      Amuse us – What shortcuts were taken in this case?

      You don't know, because you have no idea how a large operation like this works. In other words, you're just another person yelling "Something should be done!" when you don't know if anything practical could have been done in the first place.

      December 24, 2010 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
    • oldguy

      y'know, Cole, when a large food company's product becomes significantly contaminated, it's because someone took a shortcut. What other explanation is there?

      December 24, 2010 at 22:22 | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      oldguy: I've worked in food safety for 22 years, and I can think of lots of reasons why this might have happened other than shortcuts, starting with someone who had a small cut on their hands that they thought was "harmless". What exactly are your qualifications for your certainty?

      December 24, 2010 at 23:18 | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      First, Jim. Don't CHOOSE my food for me. Unless you REALLY want to get into a firefight with a veteran.
      Second, SA is a VERY common bacteria. Wanna find some, look on your fingers, right now, from where you were just picking your nose.
      It's in everyone's nose.
      So, all one needs do to contaminate the food is to sneeze in the batter or more likely, the icing.
      So, what shortcut was taken? Permitting the workers to breathe?
      Now, your homework, nose miner, is first learn what OVERSEE is and what overseas is. Substantial difference. Second, ask ANY Registered Nurse about SA. Every RN in the land is cultured on a regular basis. Well, at least those who work for a reputable facility.

      December 24, 2010 at 23:29 | Report abuse |
    • Eumir

      Awwww... poor little baby needs nanny to look out for him.
      Please fornicate yourself. Merry Christmas!

      December 25, 2010 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Wzrd1: You are a pathetic individual. Your comments are consistently shot down and proven to be inaccurate and stupid. Please do the rest of us a favor and torch your PC. Thanks!

      December 27, 2010 at 14:14 | Report abuse |
  5. Evan

    Let me guess, you were just let go from your sales job at Rolf's due to CNN's coverage. Tough break.

    December 24, 2010 at 18:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Evan

    I'm surprised that Whole Foods uses Rolf's as a food vendor, but then again I noticed California (with very health conscious people) wasn't listed on the Whole Foods recall.

    One of the benefits of not eating these fattening pasteries is being realized by consumers who avoid fattening foods to avoid getting, well, fat.

    December 24, 2010 at 18:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alice

      True, but not too long ago there was a recall on celery! Celery! So it isn't necessarily safe to consume veggies and not 'fattening pasteries'... just sayin'

      December 24, 2010 at 23:29 | Report abuse |
    • Tia

      California is health conscious? ROFL you've obviously never been to California or you would know that the foods commonly sold and consumed here are hardly healthier than what the rest of the country eats. Too bad stupid people like you don't realize that posting stupid comments makes you stupider.

      December 25, 2010 at 02:53 | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      @ Tia-I also live in California, possibly a different part than you do. The produce grown here usually is much fresher than that which has traveled thousands of miles across country. This is also true of canned foods from California, they are trucked directly from the source to canneries to be processed the same day! I have also lived in other states and have compared foods. The message is the closer you live to the food source the fresher it will be. This is why the people of Alaska kill and use wildlife as a food source for their families. They cannot go to the corner grocer and buy a pound of ground beef when needed. Hope this will help change your mind about California produce, some of the best in the world!

      December 25, 2010 at 12:26 | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Even & Lydia

      I live in California, you should both know California is the fast food kingdom of this nation. The only thing that keeps some of the pound off is most people here stay active outdoors all year long. If it wasn't for that it there would be a lot more obesity here. Most the people here do not eat healthy. Just stating the facts.

      December 25, 2010 at 13:27 | Report abuse |
    • barbara

      do you avoid driving dangerous cars, or dangerous shoes that might step you into danger? or do you avoid dangerous cell phones that could give brain cancer? do you travel in a plane that could crash? do you ever consume alcohol or better yet PRESCRIPTION and otc drugs? yea cali is so "health conscientious" don't eat fatty foods... not everyone who eats a piece of dessert is a fat treading pig.

      December 26, 2010 at 04:46 | Report abuse |
  7. John

    S. aureus is an organism that comes from people. The organism itself does not cause GI infection, but the toxin it produces when it is at a high population will cause the illness. Someone/people must have had skin infections who prepared these pastries...

    December 24, 2010 at 19:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SurRy

      Yum

      December 24, 2010 at 23:20 | Report abuse |
    • Dr. G

      Or maybe a cough or sneeze as Staph. aureus lives in the nasopharynx also.

      December 25, 2010 at 00:37 | Report abuse |
    • etta

      there's something i don't understand. it was said here before that one reason for the food bacteria is people not washing their hands. ok they should. but shouldn't they also wear gloves when handling food AFTER washing their hands? in other words, one: wash hands. two: wear gloves.

      December 26, 2010 at 10:50 | Report abuse |
  8. Baked goods?

    So it is almost 2011, and the U.S. still can't figure out how to make food safe.

    December 24, 2010 at 19:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • oldguy

      truly amazing, isn't it?

      December 24, 2010 at 22:23 | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Both of you are complete idiots, the first for making that statement and the second for agreeing with it. Food risks can only be minimized, not eliminated.

      There is an easy, effective way of ensuring a much safer food supply: irradiation...oh, wait, people don't want that, do they? Well, then, how about education? 70% of all food safety-related incidents occur in the home. Oh, wait, people don't want to be told how to prepare their food. We could also close down all restaurants, since 27% of all incidents occur at the retail final-service level...oh, wait, that'd put people out of jobs. So let's harass the cause of only 3% of all incidents, the wholesale producer. That's fine for most people. Not for me, because I'm the one who has to deal with morons like you.

      December 24, 2010 at 23:22 | Report abuse |
    • R.M.

      Messing up food handling at home only affects your household. If the food processor messes up, millions of people are affected. That's why it is so important to clean up food processors. Irradiation only helps meats. Who irradiates baked goods, for goodness sakes.

      December 25, 2010 at 01:36 | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      I blame Red China for this, lol.

      December 25, 2010 at 13:25 | Report abuse |
    • Bozobub

      Um, what? Irradiation has been shown to be useful for a very wide variety of foods. Fruits tend to become a little sweeter from irradiation (I assume from splitting up fruit sugars into simpler sugars?) but that's about the only real "drawback", if you don't like sweet fruit. The main problem with irradiation is the uninformed, panicky populace, nothing more, nothing less.

      December 25, 2010 at 13:50 | Report abuse |
  9. Hickman

    It is amazing how persons with little to no insight into a complex problem jump to amazing and simplistic conclusions. From comments it appears about half think of themselves as funny with their childish one-liners and off-topic comments, while another significant portion thinks governments, businesses, etc. are out to take advantage of them. Diversity is important. Stupidity is sad. Fortunately those that can make a difference are still trying. Hopefully the uneducated mumble (from the jump-to-a-ridiculous-conclusion persons) eventually wanes and fades away.

    December 24, 2010 at 23:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • enuffisenuff

      Geez ... you've got too much free time on your hands. Why can't we just be glad this was posted so hopefully not too many other folks get sick?

      December 27, 2010 at 03:58 | Report abuse |
  10. Jen

    Wow!!! Why is everyone being so rude and mean!!!!

    December 25, 2010 at 00:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • stephen ct

      Jen, I guess because they didn't get what they wanted for Christmas

      December 25, 2010 at 02:01 | Report abuse |
    • kay h

      didn't get what they wanted, which would apparently be food poisoning for christmas.....could have very easily been spread simply by a worker rubbing their nose on the back of a glove as they worked. Or coughing hard. Just like people give the flu to others so easily. Spit happens.

      December 25, 2010 at 23:53 | Report abuse |
    • TheDoctorIsIn

      There's a lot of people already acting naughty and so soon after Christmas.

      December 27, 2010 at 09:07 | Report abuse |
  11. Todd

    Hey everyone! If you don't have anything good to say then don't say it. Posting a comment was not meant to belittle everyone. Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2010 at 00:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Dr. G

    Aureus is spelled with a low case letter (aureus) It's the species name.

    December 25, 2010 at 00:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bozobub

      Thanks. I can never remember that...

      December 25, 2010 at 13:53 | Report abuse |
  13. AJ

    I have been a loyal customer of Rolf's Patisserie for over a decade and they sell superior and delicious products. Unfortunately, not all outbreaks can be prevented, regardless if all regulations are followed. I will continue to support them and am sure they wil re-open even stronger with a loyal customer base as myself. They have been in business close to 30 years and this is the first time that anything like this has ever happened. I wish people would educate themselves before speaking and realize that such negative news media can break a smaller manufacturer such as Rolf's. I wish the best for them and hope I can continue to buy desserts from them for the next several decades.

    December 25, 2010 at 00:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Biased Much?

      Wow, do you work for them or something because you sound like a PR soundbite.

      December 27, 2010 at 14:18 | Report abuse |
  14. andrew

    Have another rum and egg nog

    December 25, 2010 at 00:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Brian

    Note the timing with this. They recall the food two months after it is eaten. This is the pattern with "recalls."

    December 25, 2010 at 01:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bozobub

      Well, consider that the food has to be made, shipped, sold, then EATEN, one or two months from the "contamination event" doesn't seem unreasonable to me. After all, enough people then need to develop symptoms, the cause has to be traced to the bad food, then add in a week or so of bureaucratic waffling, all on top of production/consumption.

      December 25, 2010 at 13:57 | Report abuse |
  16. B. A.

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS, Wzrd1.

    December 25, 2010 at 01:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Mike Ferrara

    Congress just passed a Food Safety Bill thanks to the efforts of The American Association for Justice and Bill Marler of Seattle. Google Bill Marler and see why he's the leading food safety expert in the USA. He represented the victims of e coli from Jack in the Box years ago and has devoted his life to making our food supply safer.

    December 25, 2010 at 01:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Sanitize & Disinfect Your Kitchen!

    http://www.clean-n-brite.com

    December 25, 2010 at 01:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Baker Boy

    I bake on a clean oven rack http://www.nicerack.us

    December 25, 2010 at 01:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. davez

    Ahhhh! all of ya get to bed! tomorrow is christmas. Dont forget to put out cookies & milk & don't buy them from Whole Foods, damnit.

    December 25, 2010 at 02:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. michael

    I live in Chicago and Rolf's is one of my favorite bakeries. The key lime pie is awesome! I hope they solve the problem and no one else gets sick.

    December 25, 2010 at 02:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Yaawwn

    y is everyone so mean on these blog postings???

    December 25, 2010 at 02:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Totally shocked

    It seems like most of the people who leave a comment here are either stupid or inbred...or both.

    December 25, 2010 at 03:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. PARROT

    I BET A FILTHY TOOTHLESS REDNECK CRAPPED ON THE PRODUCT !!

    December 25, 2010 at 04:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. pooch

    "f you have purchased a Rolf's product made after November 1st, the recall notice recommends trashing the baked goods in a sealed container"

    yes, of course, trash it. wouldn't want you to ask for a refund or anything. that wouldn't be good for the economy. we want you to buy tainted goods and then just throw them away.

    eff that. return it and ask for a complete refund. if a business can't make a safe and salable food product then they should not be in business.

    December 25, 2010 at 04:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. GrumpyBearDC

    So many trolls, so little Lithium.

    December 25, 2010 at 04:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Ima Duane Yurmama

    @Dr. Wilson ¥ I'm giving one to yo mama. 😉 Merry Christmas 😛

    December 25, 2010 at 04:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Jesse

    Ya, take it back for a refund. Blow 5 bucks in fuel to get 6 bucks back and place the companies profitability at risk for minimal gain. Americans wonder why thier economy is tanking and the rest of the world is watching it unfold. Enjoy your stimulus cheques, you're making the rest of the world look better.

    December 25, 2010 at 05:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Kevin

    Interesting, but it seems the number of recalls on mass produced food is slowly, but steadily rising. Also interesting how these products are sold and re-sold under a variety of different. Seems to me that food packaging should include the name, phone, address (real and web) of the company that actually manufactured it so people don't have to guess where it came from if they get sick.

    And yes, exactly how do people get a refund / seek damages for becoming ill if they throw the food away? Sounds like a perfect defense of "how do you know it was our product that made you sick" for the bakery.

    December 25, 2010 at 06:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • grocerystore

      Read the labels more carefully.........products do have contact information...Now the bannana, celery and etc you might ask your produce person where they came from, personally I don't want contact informatiion on my veggies!!!

      December 25, 2010 at 09:12 | Report abuse |
  30. PoppyRae

    Ah jeez. Staph and then custard filled pastries in the photo? With all the abscesses I've seen in the ER, that's an association I never made. lol Thanks a lot. I'll never look at an eclair the same way again.

    December 25, 2010 at 06:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Faith

    I remember Peter Pan Peanut butter had a similar problem and recalls a few years ago..but they still make the best tasting product of their food type. I waited a LONG time afterwards, but happily I buy their brand now this year again all the time. I have never heard of this company or their pasteries before, though. I live in Northern Virginia so I have nothing to worry about, in this news warning. It makes you realize if you do not have your health, you do not have anything. Merry Christmas, everybody!! 😀

    December 25, 2010 at 06:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. John D Lamb

    Comments please.

    December 25, 2010 at 07:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Pride

    Wzrd1 – Son, I am ashamed. "First, Jim. Don't CHOOSE my food for me. Unless you REALLY want to get into a firefight with a veteran." Have some pride in your service and don't use it to troll on message boards.

    December 25, 2010 at 08:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • De

      Wzrd1 is a known troll on CNN. Quite lame.

      December 27, 2010 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
  34. EvoDevo

    This is serious. I'll bet they are not ROFL and Rolf's right now.

    December 25, 2010 at 09:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Maggie

    Good reason to make your own food and not rely on corporate shopping

    December 25, 2010 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. agw

    Sounds like a lot of you are already ill!

    December 25, 2010 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Archibald Bunker, Queens

    Sure, smaller gobmint. We don't need no stinking FDA to inspect food. The invisible hand of the free market will take care of things like this. If people get sick, they just won't but their poisonous gruel any longer.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. ieat

    oy that's why I try to cook myself as much as possible or reheat food purchased from a store. There is always a chance of contamination.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Guest

    I have been in the back rooms of Rolf's. Surprised this hasn't happened before. When one does not follow good health practices and uses illegals, one is going to have contamination issues.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. DanteX

    Good.

    This is what happens when people are too lazy to cook and fix their own food for themselves.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dante Z

      Oh, so anyone who wants to buy a piece of cheesecake instead of baking one themselves is now lazy and deserves to get food poisoning? You need help.

      December 27, 2010 at 14:21 | Report abuse |
  41. Brian

    Note the timing. These food "recalls" are always announced months after the food has been eaten. The government admits that less than 5% of "recalled" food is actually recalled. It's a big charade.

    December 25, 2010 at 12:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. RoadRagerstakeProzac

    Food Handlers wear protective gear to protect the person who eats the Food. If you need to sneeze, you can in your Mask! Yes this is preventable, it's just that employees get to comfortable, thinking that at home in their own kitchen sharing cooties within thier own family realm. When consumers get sick from food, yes there must have been disregard for the food safety/handling policies that are in place in this wonderful country! Otherwise, every human would be food poisened. Some companies follow their policies, and some don't. The Blogger who keeps referring to Registered Nurses... are you a Nurse...really? Because Patients who die from hospital acquired staph infections, are because that nasty nurse who went to the bathroom and didn't wash their hands, than served you food or medication DIDN'T FOLLOW ESTABLISHED INFECTION CONTROL POLICIES!!! My Point: Yes THIS IS PREVENTABLE AND REQUIRED PRACTICE IN THIS COUNTRY!!!

    December 25, 2010 at 12:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RoadRagerstakeProzac

      disregard the typos....can't edit.

      December 25, 2010 at 12:59 | Report abuse |
  43. jim hirte

    isnizz da holidizz

    December 25, 2010 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Barry

    Laundry germ diseases such as Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Paracolon bacteria survive in automatic washers that spread these bacteria cultures. Water temperatures nor the detergents used in today's automatic washers can be relied on to reduce the number of bacteria in fabrics to a safe level. Professional plumbers recommend that the hot water heater be set at a mimunum of 130° to prevent water heater bacterial growth, such as Legionnaires disease. Home equipment specialists recommend a temperature of 140° F. for hot water laundering. At that temperature, it takes 20 minutes to kill Staphylococci. However, the average home laundering cycle is not 20 minutes, and the average water temperature is not 140°. Actually, the average washing cycle is 10 minutes, with a range of 5 to 12 minutes.

    December 25, 2010 at 13:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. on_my_soapbox

    I called my lawyer 1st, then my doctor.

    December 25, 2010 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Wolfy And Fox

    Ahh yes, Right after the "Food and Safety Bill" was passed into law. The majority of American citizens were bamboozed into this corporate monopoly of Fraud. Now the FDA can force us to eat only foods from large commercialized companies. Since The FDA already allows genetically modified foods to be called "natural," and contain some amounts of Pesticides, if that isn't bad enough. They will now be able to tell us what we can and can't eat, and force us to pay royalties on our own gardens and only use seeds that are "FDA" approved. They sold us there bag of goods by lying and saying "This will make are food safe." There will be as much or more food scares as ever before. Corporations run are Doctors, are medicine, our Banks (FEDERAL RESERVE) and now even are food. We even managed to bring back debtors prison. Welcome back to the 15th century to the UNITED SLAVES OF AMERICA.

    December 25, 2010 at 20:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Jack Howitzer

    Wow. http://67.42.80.195

    December 25, 2010 at 23:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. riomarcos

    We can thank the Republicans for gutting the FDA, and George W. Bush for filling it up with all his big agribusiness cronies!

    December 26, 2010 at 14:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. s

    We need to protect our food supply. naturalnews.com/030828_GMOs_Wikileaks.html

    December 26, 2010 at 16:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. s

    we need to protect our food supply. monsanto corrupted our government. naturalnews.com/030828_GMOs_Wikileaks.html

    December 26, 2010 at 16:03 | Report abuse | Reply
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