Listeria – Cheese Recall by Amish Classics Meijer Sargento

Three large processed food makers, Amish Classics, Meijer, and Sargento recalled some of their food products containing cheese. Tennessee food inspectors found some Listeria monocytogenes in colby cheese. No illnesses have been reported yet.

However, in take around seventy days for any symptoms of this bacteria to show. According to a Tennessee health alert:

“Listeria monocytogenes is unlike many other germs because it can grow in a cold environment. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women and may be fatal for individuals with weakened immune systems.”

Deutsch Kase Haus LLC, a Middlebury, IN, company owned by Michigan Milk Producers created this cheese infected with Listeria. Amish Classics, Meijer, and Sargento companies performed voluntary recalls of colby cheese. Amish Classic label item number 55209 sold as sliced deli cheese is being recalled.

Lot numbers 110316V02, 110316V03 and 110316V04 are being recalled. All Meijer brand “Colby Cheese” and “Colby Jack Cheese” is being recalled. Universal Product Code numbers, on packages, beginning with 215927xxxxxx or 215938xxxxxx are being recalled.

Meijer is issuing a full refund if you return their colby cheese packages. Sargento is recalling seven total products. Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby, 6.84 ounce with UPC code 4610000228 and sell by dates of “12APR17B” and “10MAY17B”. Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese, 8 ounce with UPC code 4610040041, with with sell by dates of “H14JUN17” and “H12JUL17”.

Also, Sargento is recalling following items that were created on same assembly line as prior recalls.

* Sliced Colby Jack Cheese 12 ounce UPC code 4610000109 sell by date 11JUN17B”
* Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese 12 ounce UPC code 4610000108 sell by dates 12JUN17B 09JUL17B 10JUL17B
* Chef Blends Shredded Taco Cheese 8 ounce UPC code 4610040002 sell by dates H14JUN17 F28JUN17 D28JUN17
* Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Colby Jack Cheese 8 ounce UPC code 4610040014 sell by date F05JUL17
* Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Cheese 8 ounce UPC code 4610040076 sell by date F05JUL17

Super Bowl – Spike in Emergency Room Visits After Parties

A new food study was released that points to data showing that there are spikes in intestinal emergency room visits after Super Bowl game day parties. These type of emergency room visits also occurred increasingly after national holidays and sporting events similar to the Super Bowl. People who over eat after these types of events are ten times more likely to need emergency medical service for food obstruction.

This study was performed for eleven years between two thousand one and two thousand twelve. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts was site of this study. Thirty eight people received an emergency esophagus procedure within days of certain high profile events such as a Super Bowl.

Thirty seven percent of these procedures were because food became lodged in patients’ esophagus. Out of Eighty one patients either two weeks before or after a similar event, only four percent required emergency medical attention to remove lodged food in their esophagus. Most of this over eating occurred in men and quite a few incidents occurred after Thanksgiving.

Turkey fifty percent, chicken twenty nine percent, and beef twenty one percent were biggest culprits causing food to lodge in esophagus. Doctor Asim Shuja gastroenterologist from University of Florida Health in Jacksonville, Florida was quoted as saying:

“Though the sample size was small, it’s clear that a pattern emerged showing a higher percentage of people seeking treatment during or just after the holiday or event, and a much greater percentage during those times needed help because food was impacted in their esophagus. It’s a very serious problem that people need to be aware of.

Serving size, eating too quickly, and alcohol consumption could be risk factors. This study was published in the December two thousand sixteen Gastroenterology Report. Two other medical centers participated in this study.

Blue Bell Creameries – Cookie Dough Supplier Source of Listeria

The Houston Chronicle has reported that The Food and Drug Administration traced Listeria that was in Blue Bell Creameries products to their third party cookie dough supplier. This company is named Aspen Hills.

Last October, Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall of all their products that included cookie dough. Aspen Hills denied their cookie dough included listeria, before being shipped to Blue Bell Creameries. Also, Aspen Hills issued a voluntary recall.

The Food and Drug Administration found listeria, when investigating this companies facility. The Houston Chronicle claims that owner of Aspen Hills plan on closing this business. This company ceased operations end of last year two thousand sixteen.

Some listeria was found in a finished product that had not yet been shipped out. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated listeria outbreaks with Blue Bell Creameries. Ten incidents were documented including three deaths.

Allegedly, Blue Bell Creameries does not currently have a dough supplier. The Food and Drug Administration sent Aspen Hills a warning letter after completing their investigation. So far neither Blue Bell Creameries or Aspen Hills responded to the Houston Chronicle.

Listeria is a monocytogenes bacterium food poison. This bacteria is found in water and soil. The Food and Drug Administration was able to link Listeria found in Blue Bell Creameries products to their Aspen Hills investigation. Blue Bell Creameries has suspended their business relationship with Aspen Hills.

Aspen Hills Incorporated is an Iowa based company. Blue Bell Creameries is located in Texas. I was not able to find out if any persons are facing criminal charges at either company.

Blue Bell Creameries was able to continued to conduct business after a listeria outbreak that killed three people. Actually, Blue Bell Creameries will begin to sell products in Arizona and Colorado again March of two thousand seventeen.

Carfentanil – Elephant Tranquilizer Overdose Cause 2 Fatalities

Two individuals in Beaver, Pennsylvania died from drug overdosing on Carfentanil. This is an animal tranquilizer used as a sedative for elephants and other large animals. This opioid was linked to two local street drug dealers.

Also, these are first two deaths associated with Carfentanil, in state of Oregon. Both individuals, who allegedly distributed this animal tranquilizer, have been arrested and charged. This drug is considered one hundred times more lethal than Fentanyl and ten thousand times stronger than Morphine.

Humans are not supposed to intake this animal drug. It resembles cocaine and or heroine. This is a synthetic man made drug.

Symptoms include:

* Shallow or lack of breathing
* Drowsiness
* Disorientation
* Dizziness
* Sedation
* Lack of consciousness
* Nausea & vomiting
* Weak or lack of pulse
* Cold and clammy skin

Roland Foods – Manzanilla Olives Stuffed With Anchovies Recalled

Roland Foods decided on December twenty seven two thousand sixteen to begin recall of their Manzanilla olives stuffed with anchovies. This claims their is a product quality issue. However, they did not specify exactly what is wrong with this canned food.

They claim that this food could cause a potential health hazard. Their manufacturer in Spain is complying. More details of this food product recall is listed below:

* Roland Manzanilla Olives Stuffed with Anchovies
* Item Number 71402
* Lot Number 95
* Universal Purchase Code 41224714021
* Case Universal Purchase Code 10041224714028
* Twelve Three Oounce Individual Packs
* Manufactured in Spain
* Product Quality Recall
* Production Codes P:1201 and P:1130
* Carton Markings of ITEM 71402 and LOT 95

Roland foods claims that no illnesses have been reported. This recall affects just one lot number ninety five and not any other lots of Roland Manzanilla stuffed olives with anchovies. The Food and Drug Abomination had contacted Roland Foods.

Roland Foods then decided to conduct a joint investigation with their manufacturing partner in Spain. You are advised not to eat any of this food if you purchased one of these items. Also, Roland Foods claims they will exchange any affected cans of Manzanilla olives stuffed with anchovies.

If you have further questions pertaining to this product recall and or you want an exchange, you can browse to Roland Foods website, call them at 1-800-221-4030 extension 222. This consumer hotline is available Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm Eastern Standard Time.

Spry – 100 Percent Xylitol Natural Chewing Gum Sugar Free Review

I recently received an order of Uncle Lee’s organic green tea from This order included four free twelve count packs of Spry’s one hundred percent Xylitol natural chewing gum. This gum is GMO, gluten, and sugar free.

No artificial sweeteners are used either. However, after chewing one piece of Spry natural cinnamon gum, I received a lesion in upper right part of my mouth. Perhaps this is a coincident perhaps not.

Each packet of gum lists Xylitol, gum base, natural oil, vegetable glycerin, gum Arabic, sunflower lecithin, and carnauba wax. These pieces of gum taste OK for awhile then flavor disappears. Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol present in small concentrations in fruits and vegetables.

Gum base is not necessarily natural. As a matter of fact, the United States Food and Drug Administration allows forty six different chemicals in this substance. Many of these chemicals are trade secrets.

Each flavor of gum includes that flavor in an oil form. For example a piece of Xylitol cinnamon gum includes cinnamon oil. Many times gum oil includes olive oil.

Olive oil is combined with cinnamon. This mixture is then heated. Vegetable glycerin is a sweet tasting non toxin. Generally, this substance comes from animal and plant triglycerides.

In Xylitol gum glycerin is an additive. Gum Arabic is a natural gum found in acacia trees. In chewing gum it is used as a thickener.

This substance is used in a slew of household products not placed in your mouth. Sunflower lecithin is a natural fat found in sunflower seeds. This natural fat can be found in organic form.

However, often times it is heavily processed when used in commercial products. Carnauba wax comes from palm trees. This wax is often times refined and bleached when used commercially.

Gummy Bears – Are Made From Boiled Animal Bones Skin and Tendons

I wrote a blog recently pertaining to fourteen teens getting sick from possibly laced gummy bears. As a raw food vegan, I am always learning about how products are made. I decided to find out how and what gummy bears are made from.

Basically, gummy bears are made mostly from gelatin you would find in Jello for example. However, this gelatin is then created by boiling animal bones, skin, and tendons. One large ingredient is collagen.

Collagen is a protein found in quite a few animals including us humans. Collagen is what makes your skin elastic. If a product such as gummy bears includes Gelatin than it is NOT vegan.

There are some vegan made candies with substances such as Cellulose also known as Amid, Agar Agar, Biobin, Guar, Xanthan, Carob fruit, etc. These substances allow an elastic texture similar to Gelatin. If a product lists Gelatin as an ingredient, then that product is NOT vegan.

Manufacturers use strong acid or strong base to break down ground up bones, hooves, connective tissues, skin, tendons, etc. A popular short video titled Gelatin The Real Story has received millions of views on the Internet. This is a quick primer of how Gummy Bears and other candies with Gelatin are made. Finally, Gummy Bears include corn syrup, sugar, water, food coloring, and citric acid and fruit juice flavorings.

Gummy Bears – Laced Cause Thirteen Naperville Students to Get Sick

On December six two thousand sixteen thirteen Naperville North students became sick after eating Gummy Bears laced with an not disclosed substance. This high school is in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. These students showed signs of a fast heart rate, dizziness and dry mouth.

Lily a Naperville North High School student was quoted verbatim:

“A lot of people told me there were kids going to the hospital on stretchers and everyone was really sick from the gummy bears.”

All thirteen students were transported to a nearby Edwards hospital. Eleven of those students remained hospitalized as of Tuesday afternoon. Two of those remaining students were released.

Some students claim this candy was laced with a liquid based marijuana substance. Police claim this candy is still being tested and wouldn’t verify validity of this claim. Details remain sketchy concerning whether or not these students knew these gummy bears were laced or if they were completely oblivious.

Another report claims that fourteen total students were taken to a hospital, with twelve actually eating those gummy bears. At one point a seventeen year old student was questioned by police and taken into custody. However, that student has since been released by gestapo I mean police.

I was not able to find out if these were vegan and or sugar free gummy bears. Naperville School District released an official statement on their FaceBook page. Naperville Illinois police released a short statement on their FaceBook page.

Outcome of this incident will be interesting. Were these gummy bears laced at a factory or once purchased? Perhaps a solution is to not eat gummy bears even sugar free at all.