June 29, 2007 at 7:05 pm (Health and wellness)
——————————————————————————–Veggie Booty Recalled Due to Tainting Concerns Snack food may be cause of 51 cases of salmonella poisoning in 17 states
The Associated Press
Updated: 5:33 p.m. PT June 28, 2007http://www.robscape.com/files/veggie-booty-recall.php
WASHINGTON – A popular snack food sold nationwide is being recalled
because of concerns about contamination.
All lots and sizes of Veggie Booty Snack Food are being recalled, the company
said, following a report of 51 cases of salmonella poisoning that may be associated
with the product.
Georgine Hertzwig of Robert’s American Gourmet in Sea Cliff, N.Y., said the
company acted after the Food and Drug Administration contacted them about
the illnesses in 17 states.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young
children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Hertzwig said none of the products has tested positive for salmonella, but the
company acted as a precaution after the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention reported that many of the infected people had eaten the product.
Veggie Booty Snack Food is sold in supermarkets, health food stores, vending
machines and online in the United States and Canada. It is sold in flexible plastic
foil bags in 4-ounce, 1-ounce and half-ounce portions. The brand name is Robert’s
American Gourmet, and all codes and expiration dates of Veggie Booty are being
The company said consumers who purchased Veggie Booty and still have the product in
their homes should discard the contents and contact the company at 1-800-626-7557 for reimbursement.
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June 29, 2007 at 6:30 pm (Health and wellness)
—————————————————————–Health Officials Detain Chinese Seafood Five species tested for chemicals; U.S. says no immediate threatURL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19487107/
The Associated Press
Updated: 5:24 p.m. PT June 28, 2007
WASHINGTON – Farmed seafood joined tires, toothpaste and toy trains
on the list of tainted and defective products from China that could be
hazardous to a person’s health.
Federal health officials said Thursday that they were detaining three types of
Chinese fish — catfish, basa and dace — as well as shrimp and eel after
repeated testing has turned up contamination with drugs unapproved in the
United States for use in farmed seafood.
The officials said there was no immediate health risk and stopped short of
ordering an outright ban.
The Food and Drug Administration announcement was only the latest in an
expanding series of problems with imported Chinese products that seemingly
permeate U.S. society.
READ MORE: URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19487107/
June 16, 2007 at 10:12 am (Health and wellness)
——————————————— Determine Your Fitness Level
In the broadest sense, physical fitness is your body’s ability to perform physical activity.
There are several ways to judge your level of fitness.
One of the most basic measures of physical fitness is your functional fitness:
your ability to perform daily activities — such as walking, bending, lifting
and climbing stairs — without pain or discomfort. Functional fitness comes
from having healthy lungs, heart, muscles, bones and joints, and it influences
your risk of disease and early death. Good indicators of your functional fitness
are the number of minutes you engage in physical activity each week and the
number of calories you burn in the process.
Physical fitness can also be measured using a series of physiological assessments
that chart how effectively your body rises to the demands of physical activity.
Cardiorespiratory endurance. Cardiorespiratory endurance, also known as aerobic
fitness, is perhaps the best-studied gauge of fitness. Measurements of cardiorespiratory
function indicate how efficiently your heart, lungs and blood vessels can supply oxygen
to your cells during extended bouts of physical exertion.
Muscle strength and muscle endurance. Measurement of muscle strength assesses
the a mount of power your muscles are able to exert. Your muscle endurance indicates
how long your muscles can work before becoming fatigued.
Flexibility. Flexibility is the ability of your joints to move easily through their entire
range of motion. As you age, flexibility becomes increasingly critical for avoiding injury
and maintaining independence.
Body composition. Also relevant to your overall fitness is your body composition
— the proportion of fat you carry in relation to your lean muscle mass. Many diseases,
including cancer, heart disease and diabetes, are linked to the accumulation of extra fat,
particularly in the abdominal area.
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June 16, 2007 at 9:28 am (News and politics)
June 9, 2007 at 11:52 pm (Food and drink)
FOXNews.comTyson Recalls 40,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Amid E. Coli Scare
Saturday , June 09, 2007
SPRINGDALE, Ark. —
Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. on Friday recalled more than 40,000 pounds
of ground beef shipped toWal- Mart stores in 12 states after samples
tested at a Sherman, Texas, plant showed signs of E. coli contamination.
No illnesses had been reported. Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc.
said the recall is not related to contaminated ground beef distributed
by California-based United Food Group LLC.
The recalled products were sent to Wal-Mart stores in Alabama,
Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, Tyson
Wal-Mart has removed the products from its meat cases and is
destroying the recalled ground beef still in its possession, officials
Tyson recalled 40,440 pounds of ground beef, all of which had
sell-by dates of June 13. The ground beef was sold in prepackaged
trays that were placed directly into the meat case.
The recalled products include:
* 1 1/2-pound trays of Angus steak burger all natural, 85/15, six quarter-pound patties;
* 1.33-pound trays of Angus steak burger all natural, 85/15, extra thick, 4 1/3-pound patties;
* 2 1/4-pound trays of 73/27 all-natural ground beef; and
* 5 1/2-pound trays of 73/27 all-natural ground beef.
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June 9, 2007 at 11:34 pm (Food and drink)
Beef RecallUnited Food Group
, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
and the California State Department of Health Services, announced that it is
expanding its ongoing voluntary ground beef recall to include an additional
370,000 pounds that may have been contaminated with E. coli bacteria.
The recall first announced Sunday involves the potentially deadly O157:H7 strain,
which causes bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and people
with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to food-borne illnesses.
The fresh chubs, or tubes of ground beef, subject to the expanded recall were
produced at United Food Group’s facility in Vernon on April 13, and were
distributed under the following brand names:
# Moran’s All Natural
# Miller Meat Company
# Stater Bros.
# Inter-American Products Inc.
The recalled products were available at 13 store chains, including:
# Sam’s Club stores in California, Arizona and Nevada
# Smart and Final
# Stater Bros.
# Superior Warehouse stores in 11 states, including California
June 9, 2007 at 11:30 pm (Food and drink)
Beef Recall Expanded To Include 5.7M Pounds Of Meat
Beef Products Sold In 11 States
A beef recall that began June 3 has expanded to include 5.7 million pounds
of both fresh and frozen ground beef products, according to the U.S. Department
of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
United Food Group, LLC, of Vernon, Calif., is voluntarily expanding its June 3
and June 6 recalls to include a total of approximately 5.7 million pounds of both
fresh and frozen ground beef products.
The recall includes beef processed between April 6 and April 20 because it might
be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to a statement from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on Saturday.
CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF RECALLED BRANDS!
June 8, 2007 at 12:12 am (Food and drink)
Scientists Want to Put Hormones in Baby Food ‘to beat obesity’LYNDSAY MOSSScotsman
Monday April 23, 2007 FEEDING
babies a special infant formula containing hunger-suppressing
hormones could stop them getting fat later in life, researchers believe.
Scientists are currently studying the prospect of adding leptin to baby and
children’s foods as part of the solution to obesity.
They admitted that their work was still in the very early stages, and larger
studies were needed.
Read more: http://news.scotsman.com/health.cfm?id=622112007
June 7, 2007 at 11:54 pm (Food and drink)
FOXNews.comBeef Recall Expanded Over E. Coli Concerns
Thursday , June 07, 2007
LOS ANGELES — A meat supplier expanded a voluntary recall of
ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli.
United Food Group LLC said in a statement Wednesday it expanded
the recall of 75,000 pounds of ground beef to include an additional
370,000 pounds based on "unspecified concerns" raised by the California
State Department of Health Services.
The recalled products were shipped to grocery stores in Arizona, California,
Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington
and Wyoming. They were sold under brand names Moran’s All Natural, Miller
Meat Company, Stater Bros., Inter-American Products, Inc., and Basha’s.
Read more: USDA food safety site: http://www.fsis.usda.gov
June 3, 2007 at 1:28 am (Health and wellness)
FDA NEWS RELEASE – June 1, 2007http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01646.html
(excerpt: brand recall list
)FDA has identified the following brands of toothpaste from
China that contain DEG and are included in the import alert: Cooldent Fluoride; Cooldent Spearmint; Cooldent ICE; Dr. Cool, Everfresh Toothpaste; Superdent Toothpaste; Clean Rite Toothpaste;Oralmax Extreme; Oral Bright Fresh Spearmint Flavor; Bright Max Peppermint Flavor;ShiR Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste; DentaPro; DentaKleen; DentaKleen Junior.