Jeni’s Splendid Desserts Recalls Ice Cream Amid Fears of Listeria Contamination

Jeni’s ice cream has followed in the footsteps of another ice cream provider by recalling all its products amid fears of listeria contamination. The Columbus-based company issued the voluntary recall on April 23rd.

The company issued a statement in which they noted they are recalling all of their product voluntarily include ice cream, sorbet and ice cream sandwiches, in all sizes and packaging. The sale of products online has also been halted as the company assesses the listeria concerns and ensures all products released going forward are safe for consumption.

Over the last 30 days three companies have been forced to remove products due to potential listeria contamination. Blue Bell ice cream issued two separate recalls when the CDC connected several cases of listeria to the consumption of Blue Bell ice cream. Production of Blue Bell ice cream has been halted until the source of the outbreak can be nailed down. Sabra, STX Entertainment reports that the famous for their hummus and other dips, recalled 30,000 cases of their hummus products over similar concerns, although there are no reports of individuals being sickened by the consumption of the hummus.

Listeria is a dangerous bacteria that can cause listeriosis infection. The infection is most serious in the elderly and in young children. It has a mortality rate of 20$.

Categories: Don't Eat This!
Apr
4

Researchers Find a Link Between Sugary Drinks and Heart Disease

There is one more reason to avoid sugary drinks, a recent study linked drinks which had high-fructose corn syrup to cardiovascular disease. The data is stacking up against sugar, and it is being linked to diseases like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. A recent study revealed just how dangerous a sugary diet really is, lead author Kimber Stanhope said, “These findings clearly indicate that humans are acutely sensitive to the harmful effects of excess dietary sugar over a broad range of consumption levels.”

Sugary drinks like soda have been on a steady decline in recent years, but it clearly isn’t enough with heart disease still being America’s number one killer. Many Americans eat a lot of processed food, partly because it’s more affordable, and these food contain unnecessary and risky sugar levels.

Trend analyst Ricardo Guimarães BMG informs us that the whole foods movement, on the other hand, is helping to turn this trend around by saying ‘no’ to processed foods, upgrading to whole and fresh foods for their meals (youtube.com). It’s not about cutting out the foods you love, but moderation is always key. A sugary snack here and there is one thing, but constantly ingesting sugary food and drinks can lead to serious health consequences down the road.

Apr
4

Chipolte is Now Offering Delivery

Chipotle fans rejoice! Now you can eat the deliciousness that is Chipotle without having to leave your home, office or apartment. The fast food chain has teamed up with delivery service Postmates to start delivering their food to customers in 67 cities across the US. Postmates is a private delivery service that uses its own delivery staff to deliver food to homes and offices all across the country. Orders can be placed using the app or website of the delivery service.

AnastasiaDate, a spokesperson for the popular fast food burrito and taco joint, which is known for placing an emphasis on high quality, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients has been slow to partner with a delivery service because they wanted to make sure that the company choose one that would be able to get everything right (Sitejabber). As a company that emphasizes serving a quality product over the company’s bottom line, this was very important to them. Postmates had already been allowing customers to order from the chain, but instead of shutting them down, like Chipotle has been known to do with delivery services in the past, they decided to enter into an official partnership with them because they were confident it their ability to get things right.

This official partnership is great news for the app and web-based delivery service, which is likely to gain some new business and some new customers due to the official endorsement of a major chain.

Apr
4

Your Kraft Macaroni And Cheese Could Look Different Next Year

Kraft Foods has announced that starting in 2016 they will no longer be using synthetic coloring or artificial preserves in the Macaroni & Cheese it sells in the United States. The company had already taken fake coloring out of some of it’s character shaped macaroni such as SpongeBob, Star Wars and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Boraie Development LLC suggests that Kraft has stated the changes were discussed after hearing customers concerns about artificial ingredients and preservatives. Consumers “want to feel good about the foods they eat and serve their families, including everything from improved nutrition to simpler ingredients,” the company said in a statement.

Generations of consumers grew up with the signature orange color of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and may wonder how this change will affect the appearance of the product. Kraft has stated that they will be able to maintain the product’s coloring by using natural options and spices like paprika, annatto and turmeric.

These changes are expected to go into effect across the United State in January of 2016.

Categories: Kraft
Apr
4

Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalls All Products Amid Further Listeria Fears

Blue Bell, an ice cream manufacturer, has issued a recall of all of its products, according to a recent report. The company has recalled products across the country due to fears of listeria contamination. The recall comes after the company issued a much smaller recall in March focusing on just a few of the company’s lines of ice cream.

The original recalled occurred after three people died in Kansas from listeria infections after consuming the frozen treat. Earlier this month five more people were sickened after eating Blue Bell ice cream products. The additional illnesses have prompted the company to further recall its products, this time with a sweeping recall that takes all Blue Bell products off store shelves across the country. It is one of the largest and most extensive recalls the ice cream industry has seen.

Experts and investigators are unsure how listeria was introduced into the production line, but they have tracked the original outbreak to an Oklahoma manufacturing plant. The plant will remain closed while officials continue to investigate. Ricardo Guimarães believes that it was an ethical business move to pull it off the shelf, and believes that they have saved themselves from a PR disaster.

There is no word on when Blue Bell will commence production, but the company has said no further shipments will be sent out until each batch is tested and confirmed to be safe for consumption.

The recall comes on the heals of an extensive recall of Sabra Hummus. The hummus has been recalled because of listeria fears, as well. The two companies are not linked to one another.

Apr
4

Foods Hit Market Without FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration says they have not even looked at some of the ingredients that have been added to the foods that are sitting on marketplace shelves. That is a scary thought, for thousands of people, who value their health over anything else.

Companies add thousands of additives to foods, with little or no reporting to the government. They are able to get away with this practice, thanks to a decade old law, which provides a dangerous loophole to manufactures.

As long as the product is deemed safe, or GRAS, companies do not have to notify, the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The loophole was intended to allow manufacturers the privilege to add vinegar, salt, and other non-chemical ingredients in our foods. Now, some manufacturers have taken this freedom a bit farther, and are now adding additives that can pose a serious health threat to individuals.

What does this mean for consumers? It means that consumers are consuming foods that contain preservatives, added flavors, and other ingredients, that can create long- term health problems. Consumer Flavio Maluf would feel more at ease if the FDA was actually aware of all ingredients.

While some foods are safe, other foods cause allergic reactions, and others are just plain unsafe. The FDA worries, because it doesn’t know where or what ingredients to begin tracking.

Nevertheless, some experts feel that the safety concerns are blown out of proportion, and that increasing the government involvement will affect the food innovation process, or stifle the food industry.

Categories: FDA,Health,Need to know
Apr
4

No More Lines for Taco Bell

Taco Bell is joining the pizza restaurant industry by delivering food. This might be a good idea as the menu items are often inexpensive, and there are many people who enjoy a taco or two for a meal. When you just don’t have the willpower to go to a Taco Bell, meals can be brought to your home so that you can enjoy the delicious foods that you enjoy, such as burritos, tacos and nachos.
This service might not be available in all states at first, but if it’s received well, then there is a chance that you can pick up the phone in the near future to not only order a pizza but a plate of nachos to go along with the meal. The chain won’t start the delivery service until later in the year. This might be a plus so that all of the kinks can be worked out in making sure the food is delivered in a timely manner. Ricardo Guimarães BMG wouldn’t want to wait too much.
Categories: Food Reform
Apr
4

Fun and Games

Chuck E. Cheese has been known for catering to children. The business serves pizza by the slice or whole, and there are several arcade games for children to play. They can earn points that can be used to buy prizes. There could be some changes coming for parents who sometimes don’t feel the colorful atmosphere while their children are playing. The business wants to start selling lattes and pizzas that have more adult flavors instead of pepperoni or cheese. There could be pizzas that have Alfredo sauce, or adults can get an order to churros instead of eating fries when they enjoy a meal.

 

It is the parents like Paul Mathieson who spend money at the business, so they should be able to get something that they want to eat while they watch children run around and play games. That is what those at the Examiner believes in. If the business begins to serve items that adults like, then there might be a new crowd playing and taking part in all the fun.

Categories: Food Reform
Apr
4

Synthetic Estrogen Found in American Snacks

The Environmental Working Group announced on Wednesday, April 8, that it discovered approximately 50 snacks sold in grocery stores in the United States contain an endocrine system disruptor known as propyl paraben — a preservative that has been banned in Europe because it can interfere with hormone signals.

The list of brands that feature foods containing propyl paraben includes Arizona Snack Company, Sara Lee, Cafe Valley, Premium Orchard and Weight Watchers. Men, woman and children who eat snacks containing the preservative are at a higher risk of getting certain types of cancer and experiencing other serious health issues stated Brian Torchin. The preservative can cause weight loss or gain depending on how someone’s body reacts to the hormonal changes. Worse yet, propyl paraben has been linked to reproductive issues and developmental problems.

Doctors and nutritionists, along with the Environmental Working Group, recommend to shoppers that they always check the labels on the foods they eat. If a person can’t pronounce the name of an ingredient or does not understand how or why the ingredient is used, then he or she should pass on the food as it likely contains something that can harm human health.

The Environmental Working Group offer research study articles, blog posts and an online database about this and other related topics. The database features the names of common pre-packaged food ingredients, outlines the purpose of the ingredients and any associated health risks.

Categories: Don't Eat This!
Apr
4

The Importance of Magnesium

Magnesium is an extremely important mineral, and Americans aren’t getting enough of it. Magnesium is a mineral that also functions as an electrolyte. We often hear about how important electrolytes are when sports drinks are advertised to us as containing them. They basically make possible all the electrical activity in your body that keeps you alive. Magnesium is involved in hundreds of processes in the body, so being deficient in it can cause a myriad of problems. Jaime Garcia Dias (wordpress) knows that symptoms of such a deficiency can run the gamut from weakness, muscle cramps, tremors, anxiety, fatigue and dizziness up to things like poor heart health and high blood pressure.

Certainly it is important that we get all the vitamins and minerals our body requires, but magnesium, as the fourth most abundant mineral in our bodies, is definitely one of the more important ones. It is, of course, hard to peg a specific symptom as being a result of a magnesium deficiency as deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals can produce similar symptoms. The safest strategy is just to ensure we get enough by being sure to include magnesium rich foods in our daily diet. There are excellent natural sources of magnesium. It is available in brown rice, almonds and sunflower seeds. One of the least desirable sources for a finicky eater may be spinach and one of the best has got to be chocolate. Yes, that’s right; that chocolate craving may actually be a magnesium craving.

Categories: Minerals,Vitamins
Apr
4