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Recall Alert! New Seasons Recall Almond Butter for Alleged Peanut Contamination

New Seasons Company had issued a voluntary recall of their almond butter for its alleged peanut contamination. Peanuts were not listed as one of the ingredients in the jars. But one New Seasons staff discovered the mislabeled jars after conducting its routine stock rotation check.

Recall Alert! New Seasons Recall Almond Butter for Alleged Peanut Contamination

New Season’s Recall of their Peanut-Contaminated Almond Butter

Fortunately, the company has yet to receive any complaints or reports of illness from the said jars. But the company took the initiative to recall jars with best-by dates ranging from 06/16/2017, 08/15/2017, and 08/30/2017. So far, 19 locations across Oregon, southern Washington State and northern California had distributed the jar. Moreover, the only affected product was the almond butter with UPC Code 4060010401. No other nut butters were affected and contaminated by the recall.

Those people bearing nut allergy have risks to a serious or life-threatening allergic reactions when they consume nut products. So New Seasons is urging its customers who have peanut allergies to return the almond butter for a full refund. Customers need not bring their receipts upon return. For any questions or inquiries about the recalled product, you may reach them at talktous@newseasonsmarket.com

Recall Alert! Beef Sold In Connecticut Recalled After 2 Residents Were Hospitalized for E.Coli Infection

The Department of Public Health and Safety issued a recall on Adams Farm Slaughterhouse LLC’s beef, veal, and bison products after the hospitalization of two Connecticut residents for E.Coli infection.

Beef Sold In Connecticut Recalled After 2 Residents Were Hospitalized for E.Coli Infection

Beef Sold In Connecticut Recalled for E.Coli Infection

In a statement released by DPH Spokeswoman Maura Downes, she said that the beef recalled originated in Adam’s Slaughterhouse, but they distributed their products to Connecticut farms and farmer’s market.

“This facility slaughters, processes, and packs beef products for some small producers here in Connecticut,” Downes said. “Some of these producers only sell their ground beef products directly at the farm or farmers’ markets throughout the state.”

The DPH conducted an investigation after the multi-state outbreak of E.Coli cases. The investigation revealed that the beef sickened two Connecticut residents. Fortunately, both residents have recovered from the infection.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture categorized the recall as Class I since it imposes high health risk. Some of E.Coli’s deadly symptoms include dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. While most of the patients diagnosed were able to recover, a few percentage suffers from kidney failure, pallor, and decreased urine output. They advised anyone who suffers from these symptoms to seek medical care immediately.

The DPH also encouraged customers who still have left-overs to check the agriculture packaging code. Adam’s Slaughterhouse Agriculture code number is #5497. The recall includes products bearing the package code above.

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Friendly Reminder:

The community is urging everyone (especially around the Connecticut state) to call the local farmer and have the products returned or ask for a refund. Moreover, be careful with the products you purchased as cases of E.Coli is predominant recently.

Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

If you’re fond of drinking “healthy strawberry smoothies” displayed in coffee shops, then beware and take heed! The CDC recently announced an outbreak of Hepatitis A that affects 55 people in 6 US states.

Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

CDC Reports Cases of Hepatitis A After Consumption of Tropical Strawberry Smoothies

The local health authorities confirmed reports of 44 cases of Hepatitis infections in Virginia, Maryland with 4, 1 in North Carolina, 1 in Oregon and Wisconsin. 40 out of the 55 cases originated from a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Virginia.

The 44 Virginia residents were hospitalized and infected with Hepatitis A after consuming the strawberry smoothie. The strawberries used in making the smoothie originated from Egypt, and suspected to be the carriers of the said virus. The Tropical Smoothies Cafe recalled all of its strawberry smoothies after the incident.

Since the symptoms of hepatitis A don’t show up quickly unlike food poisoning, the health authorities are encouraging everyone to watch for its impending symptoms. The symptoms cover jaundice, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, light-colored stools and among others.

The affected Tropical Smoothie Cafe released a statement about the issue:

“The Virginia Department of Healthy notified us about several foodborne illnesses in the state linked to frozen strawberries sourced from Egypt. Our cafes and their food handling practices have not been implicated in any way – the health department believes this is a single product issue (strawberries) sourced from Egypt. Egyptian strawberries represent a fraction of our overall strawberries purchased and were predominantly distributed to stores in the Virginia market.

Today, our strawberries are primarily sourced from Mexico and California. However, in an abundance of caution, we voluntarily pulled all strawberries sourced from Egypt from every cafe in our system, not only the Virginia cafes. Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew members and we will continue to cooperate with the health authorities.”

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Opinion

The community still recommends everyone to make their own smoothies rather than store-bought smoothies. We don’t know for sure how they handled the preparation of smoothies. We’re at risks of acquiring illness (like this).

Aside from that, these commercial smoothies contain artificial sweeteners that contribute to weight gain. You can check our natural fast metabolism diet smoothie recipes here.

Philadelphia: The First Major City to Tax Soft Drinks

We’ve all known how the health and fitness advocates are battling against the consumption of unhealthy soft drinks. The high concentration of sugar found in these processed drinks not only triggers our intense sugar craving but it also increases our risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Most health advocates strongly advises us to stop soda consumption as much as possible in order to improve our current lifestyle and well-being.

Philadelphia Tax Soft Drinks

If you still find yourself having a hard time reducing your soft drinks intake, this news might encourage you to stop consuming it.

Philadelphia has become the first major city in the United States to slap a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in which many cities like New York, City of Brotherly Love have failed to pursue. The city council voted 13-4 in favor of taxing sugary drinks.

The Philadelphia tax was marked as one of the major victories for health advocates who are leading a movement against giant soda manufacturers. This victory could stir up movement in Oakland, San Francisco, and Colorado as they vote on similar taxes this coming November this year. If the result of all cities will be deemed positive, it is projected to create a fatal blow to the soft drink’s industry.

Interestingly, the positive health impact that came from the tax campaign was not Philadelphia Mayor Kenney’s primary concern. His campaign pledge was to provide a universal pre-kindergarten. The funds that will be used in supporting the program will come from taxation. And the taxing on sugary drinks just happened to be the best option to raise the revenue. The Mayor stated in the rewritten version of soda-tax advocate playbook that the tax is projected to raise up to $91 million in its first year, which will be used in funding the program.

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Opinion:

Mayor Kenney may have a different path in pursuing this movement, but it is no doubt that the health industry of Philadelphia will greatly benefit from this. More taxes on sodas could mean less consumption. Most Americans will be encouraged to patronize healthier drinks, improving their health and well-being in the process.

Learning The Truth Behind Food Labels

One of the most remarkable transformations that the fast metabolism program has brought to us is we become smart and picky eaters. We become educated in identifying healthy foods from its unhealthy counterparts.

Learning The Truth Behind Food LabelsBut as we do grocery shopping to buy our food supplies, we are faced to common issue of getting confused with food labeling. The question is what do these labels really mean? Does it make a difference if we are knowledgeable with the food labels?

What does “pesticide-free”, “cage-free”, “free-range”, mean? How do they differ in affecting our overall health and well-being?

In this blog post, we will guide you on how to differentiate these food labels and be a smart consumer by picking safe and healthy choices for your fast metabolism diet program.

 

1. Organicorganic sealAn organic product bears a USDA organic seal. It is considered the highest stamp of an organic approval. The organic seal ensures that the product is being produced without any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other growth-hormone chemicals. It ensures that the produce you’re eating is being grown naturally and manually. When a product has an organic seal, you are rest assured that you’re consuming the cleanest food possible.

 

2. Cage Free or Free Range
cage freeThis basically means that the animals are given much more freedom to move around, rather than being restrained in a cage. “Cage free” label is often applied in eggs while the label “free range” refers to the animals (cows, chicken, pigs, turkey, fish, etc).

Note: Keep in mind that the meat in “Cage Free” or “Free Range” products are not guaranteed that it was humanely treated, and that it only means that these animals are able to roam freely as they claimed.

3. Grass-Fedgrass fedThis food label means that an animal ate nothing but an animal’s milk (either cow, sheep, goat, etc), fresh grass, and hay. If you are going to purchase a product that is Grass-fed, look for “American Grassfed Association” or “Animal Welfare Approved” stamp to ensure that the animal was raised on a range or family-owned pasture.

4. Pesticide-Freepesticide
A USDA approved product is also generally pesticide free. You can look on pesticide residue-free label to identify pesticide free products. The same as with hormone free/antibiotic free.

5. All Natural or NaturalnaturalThis food label is the most intriguingly food label of all. The term natural refers to the foods without synthetic preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and additives. However, several companies are misleading the market for labeling their food as “natural” when in fact, it’s not. Your best bet on identifying natural food is with USDA seal.

 

6. Genetically Modified FoodsgmoFollowing the hype of GMO salmon, most consumers are now wary of identifying the GMO foods. You can read here on tips how to identify and avoid GMO foods.

Now that food labels are singled out in this post, you have a reason to be watchful of your foods and your surroundings. It is better to be safe at all times so minimize your exposure to bad elements such as GMO produced foods. Stay informed and be vigilant.