Aunt Jemima Waffles – Pinnacle Frozen Foods Recall

Pinnacle Foods Incorporated is conducting a voluntarily recall of Aunt Jemima brand frozen foods. This recall is because of possible Listeria in these products. No reported cases of illness have arisen.

Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes, Frozen Waffles, and Frozen French Toast Slices are being recalled. Listeria was found in in one of Pinnacle Foods’ plant. Also, one product exported to Mexico has been recalled.

Specific products are being recalled by “Best by” dates. These products are being removed from retail store shelves. Recalled products are only Aunt Jemima frozen products and none of them are dry and or mix type products.

A total of nineteen products are being recalled. If you have any of these products, you are advised not to consume them. Also, you can return any of these products for a full refund.

You can contact Pinnacle Foods at 1-888-299-7646 with any questions daily between 9AM and 5PM eastern time. You can view Pinnacle Foods specific details about these recalled products on their Aunt Jemima product recall news release. These details include product packaging information with UPC codes.

Are Energy Drinks Safe – Compared to Caffeine?

A recent study comparing drinks with just caffeine versus drinks labeled as energy drinks was released. A high volume energy drink versus caffeine consumption study was released in the Journal of the American Heart Association. This study observed electrocardiogram and blood pressure effects from energy drinks versus just straight caffeinated drinks.

This was a double blind random controlled study. Eighteen young individuals that were healthy were picked. Those that participated consumed either thirty two ounces of caffeinated drink or energy drink.

Either drink included three hundred twenty miligrams of caffeine. These participants then went through a six day washout perioud. QT interval and systolic blood pressure were significantly higher in those that consumed energy drinks.

Choline and Weight Loss – by Eating Eggs & Meat Cause Disease?

A recent study performed and released in Circulation, shows that Choline which is common in chicken eggs and animal meat, may cause some diseases. This study was performed on vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. Initially, researchers were trying to find why meat causes heart disease.

They found evidence that perhaps choline which is prevelant in eggs and animal meat, is a culprit. They claim that choline feeds a gut bacteria, that causes your blood to become sticky. This can potentially cause heart attacks and strokes.

A group of vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores were given a choline supplement for two months. Researchers noticed a ten times increase of trimethylamine N-oxide, which has been linked to creation of cardiovascular diseases.

“We showed that as plasma TMAO levels go up, platelet responsiveness also goes up. It happened in a dose-dependent fashion, and it didn’t matter if the vegans kept eating a vegan diet. If they had a high TMAO level, they weren’t protected. Their platelets were hyperresponsive. A platelet that is prone to aggregate like this is a risk for clotting.”

These results were published in an April twenty four two thousand seventeen issue of Circulation. What I find interesting is that even vegans whom consumed this albeit synthetic choline were not protected from possible diseases, even with there no meat no eggs nutrition.

Frito Lay Complaints – Result in Kettle Cooked Potato Chip Recall

Frito Lay North America Incorporated is voluntarily recalling some of their kettle cooked potato chips. Jalapeno Flavored Lay’s and Jalapeno Flavored Miss Vickie’s potato chips are being recalled. There is potentially salmonella in these chips’ seasoning.

Salmonella is a dangerous organism that can cause severe illness and even death. Symptoms of salmonella include:

* fever
* diarrhea
* nausea
* vomiting
* abdominal pain

One of Frito Lay’s suppliers recalled a seasoning blend powder that may have included salmonella. No illnesses have been attributed to this product yet. Frito Lay claims that no traces of salmonella have been detected in any of their chip products.

* Jalapeno Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips
* Jalapeno Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips

Customers should not eat these potato chips. You can contact Frito Lay at 866-272-9393 between 9 AM-6PM Eastern time. Also, you can visit their Jalapeno chip recall website for product reimbursement. Finally, you can visit Frito Lay jalapeno flavored chip recall article for more specific details about which exact potato chips were recalled.

Berkeley – Soda Tax Curbing Soda Sales

The city of Berkeley, California passed a one cent per ounce soda tax in two thousand fourteen. Soda, energy drinks, juice with added sugar, and syrups are charged one cent per fluid ounce. Of course this government bureaucracy keeps those tax proceeds.

Berkeley claims that this is not a tax on consumers. Distribution companies are required to pay this tax each month. A University of North Carolina study claims that soda sales have dropped significantly in Berkeley, California.

Bottled water sales increased. Sales of sugar based drinks dropped 9.6 percent. Bottled water sales increased 15.6 percent. Beverage sales that were not taxed increased by 3.5 percent.

Not all distribution companies and retailers may have passed on this increased tax to their customers. A twelve ounce of soda would have increased twelve cents. Aloholic drinks and others with no significant amount of sugar, did not receive this additional tax.

Burger King – New ad Whopper Flop

As a raw food vegan, I never eat fast food. There are too many reasons to count in this blog post about why I no longer eat fast food. However, Burger King’s most recent advertisement was a whopper of a flop.

This fast food giant released an advertisement titled “OK, Google”. This advertisement was supposed to trigger potential customers to use Google’s voice actived smart speaker system. If you ask google what is a whopper, it is supposed to tell you the first line of a wikipedia page for Burger King’s whopper.

However, after the release of this nationwide advertisement campaign, this feature stopped working. Burger King confirmed that this google speech recognition no longer works. You have to say Whopper Burger in order for this to work.

Not only did this advertisement malfunction. This advertisement backfired in a different way. Once this advertisement began running nationally, Internet users began editing Burger Kings’ whopper wikipedia page.

“Cancer causing” and ingredients to include “cyanide” was included in the Whopper wikipedia page. However, individuals at Burger King do not plan on pulling this advertisement.

Caffeine – in Black Insomnia Coffee

As a raw food Vegan, I no longer consume coffee. According to my studies, coffee consumption can lead to almost a drug like addiction. I only consume green tea which has much lower levels of caffeine.

Black Insomnia Coffee Company claims that there coffee is the world’s strongest coffee. This South African company was founded by Sean Kristafor. This coffee is made from natural coffee beans without any chemicals, preservatives, sugars or other additives.

You can now purchase this coffee on This company boasts 17524 milligrams of caffeine
per kilogram of coffee. This is ten times stronger than red bull.

This company recommends drinking just one six ounce cup of their world’s strongest coffee per day. Their can be certain health risks when ingesting high amounts of caffeine per day. According to a test by SGS Laboratories Black Insomnia Coffee is thirty three percent stronger than Deathwish Coffee and twenty seven percent stronger than Wodfee Coffee.

If you are not used to consuming coffee than you could receive these symptoms:

* jitters
* nervous
* restless
* trouble sleeping
* cardiac arrhythmia
* irregular heartbeat
* palpitations

Sprite – and Fanta Vitamin C Controversy

A Nigerian court has declared that both Sprite and Fanta are possibly dangerous when mixing with Vitamin C. Coca Cola owns both Sprite and Fanta. A Lagos high court judge ruled these soft drinks potentially poisonous.

Benzoic acid and other additives when mixed with Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, could cause a health hazard. The African National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control wants Nigerian Bottling Company to put warning labels on all Fanta and Sprite products. This warning label is to include a warning of mixing this soda with vitamin C.

Tests of this product in the United Kingdom revealed this potential dangerous cocktail. Africa’s Food and Drug administration is encouraged to periodically test this product for safety. Sunset yellow and benzoic acid are known to become carcinogenic.

Large amounts of these soft drinks were destroyed in the United Kingdom.

Lakes Farm Raised Catfish Mississippi Recall

Lakes Farm Raised Catfish Incorporated has recalled close to one thousand seven hundred pounds of siluriformes also known as catfish. This company is based in Dundee Mississippi. This product was recalled because of a possible health risk.

Malachite Green and Leucomalachite Green maybe contained in this fish. This catfish was produced between March fourteen two thousand seventeen and March seventeen two thousand fourteen. These specific products were recalled:

* 15 pound frozen Lake’s Farm Raised Catfish fillets with lot codes T 14 T 15 T 16 and T 17
* 15 pound frozen Lake’s Farm Raised Catfish nuggets with lot codes T 14 T 15 T 16 and T 17
* 15 pound frozen Lake’s Farm Raised Catfish steaks with lot codes T 14 T 15 T 16 and T 17
* 15 pound frozen Lake’s Farm Raised Catfish whole with lot codes T 14 T 15 T 16 and T 17

These frozen fish were shipped to retail locations in Mississippi and Tennessee. No reports of sickness due to consumption of this product has been reported. Consumers are encouraged to either throw away these products or return them to place of purchase.

You can contact Earl Lake president of this company at 662-363-1847. I was not able to find a website for this company.

Sargento – Expands Cheese Recall

Sargento Foods Incorporated has expanded their cheese recall program. Also, this food company terminated their relationship with their supplier. Sargento Foods is located in Plymouth Wisconsin.

Their supplier, Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC has been supplying them with cheese possibly tainted with Listeria. This is a continued voluntary recall by Sargento. This company claims there have been no confirmed illnesses yet.

Sargento claims Longhorn Colby Cheese was only cheese with this problem. Sargento added seven additional cheese products to their original February ten two thousand seventeen recall. Also, they added some “Sell by Dates” to previously recalled cheese products.

If you are a consumer of these cheese products you can visit for detailed information. Also, you can call Sargento at 1-800-243-3737 Monday through Friday between 9AM and 4PM Central time. Sargento will dish out, no pun intended, reimbursements if you contact them.

Another way to contact this company is via their “Contact Us” page. You can also use their search box at You will need either a universal purchase code or sell by date.