September 26th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
Voluntary recall expanded due to possible Salmonella contamination
Sunland, Inc., has expanded its voluntary recall to include all of the products manufactured at its peanut butter and nut manufacturing plant in Portales, New Mexico.
The plant was shut down on Saturday, after Trader Joe's recalled its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because it was linked to potential contamination with Salmonella, according to Katalin Coburn, Sunland's vice president for media relations.
Two days ago, the company expanded its voluntary recall to include all the peanut and almond butter products it makes. Now the remaining Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products, which are also manufactured at this plant, are being recalled too. FULL POST
December 13th, 2010
12:01 AM ET
Kids don't always prefer sweet cereals
Move over tigers and leprechauns, breakfast cereal doesn't necessarily have to be sweet for kids to eat it. A study conducted by Yale University researchers found that many children, when given low sugar cereals, enjoyed them and ate a better breakfast when they didn't eat the sugary alternatives.
December 7th, 2010
02:20 PM ET
Consumers Union raises concerns about mercury in tuna
Younger women and children should limit the amount of tuna they eat and pregnant women should not eat tuna at all, because of mercury levels found in the canned and packaged fish, says new report in the January 2011 issue of Consumer Reports.
Albacore or white tuna usually contains far more mercury than light tuna, according to Consumer Reports , and canned tuna is the most common source of mercury in our diet.
In order to test current levels, investigators for the periodical tested 42 samples from cans and pouches of tuna bought mostly in the New York City area. They found all the samples contained measurable levels of mercury, ranging from 0.018 to 0.774 parts per million. Samples of white tuna had 0.217 to 0.774 ppm of mercury and averaged 0.427 ppm. According to Consumer Reports, if a woman of childbearing age ate about half a can of any of the tested samples, she would exceed the daily mercury intake the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe.
October 18th, 2010
06:19 PM ET
FDA clears egg company to resume shipping
The FDA has sent Hillandale Farms of Hampton, Iowa, a releasing letter allowing the company to start shipping its eggs, beginning Monday.
Hillandale Farms was one of two companies that recalled its eggs in August 2010 because of the potential for Salmonella poisoning. According to the FDA, since August, three egg-producing houses owned by Hillandale have been extensively tested and have been found to have no evidence of Salmonella contamination. Four others overseen by the company still are undergoing further testing before they are allowed to ship. Hillandale has also promised to enhance its systems in order to detect Salmonella in the future.
In the letter to Hillandale, the FDA noted, "(We) find your corrective actions to be adequate. We note your agreement to clean and disinfect houses one (1) and two (2) prior to repopulating and your commitment to comply with the requirements of the Egg Safety Rule."
October 6th, 2010
05:26 PM ET
Study: Pregnant women can drink.. a little
For years doctors have warned pregnant women not to drink, because studies had shown that consuming alcohol while carrying a child, could affect the baby's development after birth.
Now new research suggests that light drinking, such as a glass or two of wine a week, does not harm a young child.
Investigators found that youngsters of mothers who drank one or two 8 oz. glasses of alcohol a week during their pregnancies had no problems with their behavioral or intellectual development by the time they turned five. FULL POST
Having a ball for a good cause
What do Eric Shanteau, Scott Hamilton, and Lance Armstrong have in common (besides being better athletes than most of us)? They’re some of the nearly 170,000 men living in the United States who have survived testicular cancer, which usually affects young men ages 15 to 40.
It’s not common but it is one of the most curable. According to the American Cancer Society, a man’s lifetime risk for developing testicular cancer is one in 300. His risk of dying from the disease is fortunately much lower, at one in 5,000. And once he has been declared to be “cancer free,”his five-year survival rate is roughly 95 percent or higher.
That’s a happy statistic for our foodie pals at Eatocracy. They’re celebrating a friend’s good news that he has beaten his own bout of the disease. To celebrate, they’re having a ball with some aptly themed recipes and asking for your favorites. Go ahead and share your own! And while you’re at it, now is the perfect time to remind the men in your life about the importance of prevention and screening for testicular cancer at least once a month.
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