The Elites’ Want You to Eat Bugs Even If It Kills You (Or, Perhaps Because It Might?) – Granite Grok

Steve MacDonald

As Skip likes to say, people send us stuff. Stuff about this or that, the other thing, or the other “other” thing. That includes links to stories about how the elites think we should be eating bugs, and I don’t mean the bunny. So, what about that? Eating Insects.

It’s all about saving the planet.

Insects will solve problems, they say. We’ll be able to feed more people, and it will be better for global communism everyone.

And look, they are already training the ‘yutes’ to eat grasshoppers!

This type of content is piling up on the internet (and my In-Box) faster than poll workers in Atlanta can scan suitcases full of ballots for Biden.

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It’s everywhere, like insects, because the narrative mills promoting it as our feed-trough future are pushing hard to convince people this will be – if not great – necessary.

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Neither is accurate and not just because I’d rather starve than be accused of culinary cultural appropriation (Grasshoppers are supposed to be a delicacy in Uganda).

There are edible bugs, but eating bugs (even if you misgender them, you bigot) is not healthy for humans.

Insects contain a natural structural component in their exoskeletons called chitin. This fibrous polysaccharide happens to be extremely toxic to humans.

Research shows that Chitin can decrease our ability to absorb essential vitamins A and E and contributes to shrinking our thymus. But wait, there’s more!

A study published in Nature entitled, Chitin induces accumulation in tissue of innate immune cells associated with allergy showed that chitin triggers allergic airway inflammation and possibly asthma

So, “What would happen to a person that developed asthma, inflammation, immunocompromisation, vitamin depletion, etc., from an insect heavy diet if they contracted COVID and/or received a spike protein-inducing injection?

I got this: they’d die, and public health officials would blame the unvaccinated even though mRNA vaccines compromise the immune system.

The Jabbed are already at increased risk of illness or hospitalization and even death if they contract the flu. Add a known toxin that can induce inflammation, and you are asking for more trouble, not less.

That’s not it, there’s more.

Edible insects are an underestimated reservoir of human and animal parasites. Our research indicates the important role of these insects in the epidemiology of parasites pathogenic to vertebrates. Conducted parasitological examination suggests that edible insects may be the most important parasite vector for domestic insectivorous animals.


If bread made from powdered crickets isn’t gross enough for you, this article won’t help: A new study from Italy finds that breads made with powdered crickets may be loaded with potentially dangerous bacterial spores.

But brace yourself… there’s more. Crickets can introduce new diseases all by themselves. This from a 2021 study:

“Insects generally have high reproductive rates leading to rapid population growth and high local densities; ideal conditions for disease epidemics. The parasites and diseases that naturally regulate wild insect populations can also impact when these insects are produced commercially, on farms. While insects produced for human or animal consumption are often reared under high density conditions, very little is known about the microbes associated with these insects, particularly those with pathogenic potential…. his will become particularly relevant as-and-when cricket rearing facilities scale up and transform from producing insects for animal feed to producing insects for human consumption.”

You don’t build a strong civilization on a diet of insects, but you could probably undermine one with them. Especially if you also happen to be part of the depopulation cabal that pushed mandatory mRNA vaccines.

So what do we have to say about eating bugs? I will give you the same response as I did here. You first, elites, and after ten years, let us know how it worked out.

Any chance they’ll ‘bite’?

Two closing points.

  1. If we stop needing gasoline (which you’d love), what do you plan to do with the billions of bushels of corn we would no longer be shoving into gas tanks? Feed it to the crickets?
  2. How do you plan to balance your big bug-food agenda against Insect rights activist groups (clearly your sort of people on many other issues)?

And yes, we’re going to keep bugging you until we get an answer.

Wendy’s pulls lettuce from sandwiches at certain restaurants as CDC investigates E. coli outbreak

Caitlin McFall

The fast-food chain Wendy’s has decided to pull the lettuce from all its sandwiches in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania over concerns relating to an E. coli outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating whether people who recently reported falling ill after eating Wendy’s are connected with 37 people that were also reported sickened by an E. coli outbreak. 


The CDC is also looking into whether romaine lettuce is the source of the outbreak and whether the romaine lettuce supplied at Wendy’s was also served or sold at other businesses.Ticker Security Last Change Change % WEN THE WENDY’S CO. 21.15 -0.18 -0.84%

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One person in Indiana has also been reported to have fallen ill after coming into contact with the bacteria.

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FILE PHOTO: A Wendy’s sign and logo are shown at one of the company’s restaurant in Encinitas, California, May 10, 2016.  (REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo / Reuters Photos)

Wendy’s said the lettuce served in its salad options are different from the romaine option on its sandwiches and has not needed to be pulled from the menu as a result of the outbreak. 



A customer orders from the drive-up menu at a Wendy’s restaurant Jan. 30, 2004, in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images / Getty Images)

“As a company, we are committed to upholding our high standards of food safety and quality,” Wendy’s said in a statement.

The CDC said there is no evidence that any romaine lettuce sold in grocery stores has been linked with the E. coli outbreak.

The top disease agency also does not recommend people avoid eating at Wendy’s or stop buying romaine lettuce.  

Fox News could not immediately reach the CDC for comment. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Investigation of Adverse Event Reports: French Lentil & Leek Crumbles (June 2022) | FDA

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Do not eat, sell, or serve recalled French Lentil & Leek Crumbles from Daily Harvest. FDA’s investigation is ongoing.

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating consumer complaints of gastrointestinal illness and abnormal liver function that may be attributable to eating Daily Harvest French Lentil & Leek Crumbles frozen product.

On June 17, 2022, in response to consumer complaints submitted to the company, Daily Harvest voluntarily initiated a recall of their French Lentil & Leek Crumbles. In response to Consumer Adverse Event Reports (CAERS) and Consumer Complaints submitted to the FDA, the FDA has initiated an investigation, including an inspection and sample collection in an effort to determine the cause of illnesses. As of July 28, 2022, the FDA has received 329 CAERS reports and Consumer Complaints related to this product.

FDA’s investigation is ongoing, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.


Consumers should not eat, sell, or serve recalled products. Consumers who may still have the recalled product in their freezers should throw it away.

Product was sold through online sales and in two retail locations; the Daily Harvest store in Chicago, IL, and a “pop-up” store in Los Angeles, CA. French Lentil + Leek Crumbles is a frozen product packaged in a 12oz white pouch with the words “Daily Harvest” at the top, a large “CRUMBLES” immediately below the top and the words “French Lentil + Leek” in bold, as shown below. All lot codes of the French Lentil + Leek Crumbles are affected. At this time, no other Daily Harvest products are affected or part of this recall.

If you experience symptoms including yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), dark urine, itching with no rash, gastrointestinal illness, nausea, fatigue, body aches, severe abdominal pain and/or fever after consuming this product, please consult with your healthcare provider. Let your healthcare provider know you have recently consumed the recalled Daily Harvest French Lentil & Leek Crumbles. Healthcare providers should report these illnesses to their health department.

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Total Adverse Illness Events: 329*
Hospitalizations: 113*
Deaths: 0
Last illness onset: July 16, 2022*
States with Adverse Illness Events: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, MD, MA, MN, MS, MI, MO, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI
Product Distribution: Nationwide
*Estimate based on Consumer Complaint and CAERs reports received by the FDA

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July 14, 2022

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating consumer complaints of gastrointestinal illness and abnormal liver function that may be attributable to eating Daily Harvest French Lentil & Leek Crumbles frozen product.

On June 17, 2022, in response to consumer complaints submitted to the company, Daily Harvest voluntarily initiated a recall of their French Lentil & Leek Crumbles. In response to Consumer Adverse Event Reports (CAERS) and Consumer Complaints submitted to the FDA, the FDA has initiated an investigation, including an inspection and sample collection in an effort to determine the cause of illnesses. As of July 14, 2022, the FDA has received 277 CAERS reports and Consumer Complaints related to this product.

FDA’s investigation is ongoing, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

June 30, 2022

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating consumer complaints of gastrointestinal illness and abnormal liver function that may be attributable to eating Daily Harvest French Lentil & Leek Crumbles frozen product.

On June 17, 2022, in response to consumer complaints submitted to the company, Daily Harvest voluntarily initiated a recall of their French Lentil & Leek Crumbles. In response to Consumer Adverse Event Reports (CAERS) and Consumer Complaints submitted to the FDA, the FDA has initiated an investigation, including an inspection and sample collection in an effort to determine the cause of illnesses. As of June 28, the FDA has received 133 CAERS reports and Consumer Complaints related to this product.

From April 28 to June 17, 2022, approximately 28,000 units of the recalled product were distributed to consumers in the continental United States through online sales and direct delivery, as well as through retail sales at the Daily Harvest store in Chicago, IL, and a “pop-up” store in Los Angeles, CA. Samples were also provided to a small number of consumers.

Daily Harvest emailed consumers who were shipped the affected product, and other consumers for whom the company had contact information and consumers were issued a credit for the recalled product. Consumers who may still have the recalled product in their freezers should immediately dispose of it.

FDA’s investigation is ongoing, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

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Resources for Parents and Caregivers on Imported Infant Formula | FDA

The FDA has created resources for parents and caregivers to help explain some of the processes associated with, and results of, the agency’s efforts to help facilitate importing infant formula.

On May 16, 2022, FDA announced increased flexibilities for the importation of infant formula products, which have resulted in more than 520 million bottles worth of infant formula coming to the U.S.

Many of the imported products are, or will be soon, available through regular places to shop for infant formula, like major retailers, grocery stores and their online counterparts, as well as through company-specific websites.

Infant Formula Names to Know

Learn to recognize the labels of imported formula products you may shop for. Here are a few examples of imported infant formula you may be seeing.

Tips on Where to Find Products and Comparable Formulas

Although the supply of infant formula is steadily increasing, you may follow these tips to help find safe substitutes in the interim, including trying a new brand of formula (see list of comparable formulasExternal Link Disclaimer) and talking to a pediatrician or health care provider about submitting an urgent request for specialized formulaExternal Link Disclaimer

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Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about imported infant formula, including questions about safety measures, how to prepare powdered formula and more.

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Infant formula that is being imported to the U.S. undergoes a thorough review by the FDA. Review of the information provided by the companies includes looking at the:

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FDA has been working collectively with federal partners, manufacturers and retailers to ensure confidence in infant formula that is safe and nutritious, including product coming in from other countries, is on shelves nationwide.

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Recall issued on varieties of candies, including Skittles, Starburst, Life Savers

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FILE – This Wednesday, June 1, 2016, photo shows Skittles, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

UNDATED (WKRC) — Mars Wrigley US and Canada issued a recall of several gummy candies Friday after discovering a thin metal strand may be inside the candies or loose in the bag.

The recall includes several varieties of Skittle Gummies, Starburst Gummies and Life Saver gummies. There have been no reported injuries caused by the metal strands, but the company is urging customers not to consume the products.

The gummies were sold in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The company did not say how many units were affected but did say that a third party manufactured the products.

Customers are encouraged to look on the back of the packet of these items and see if the first three numbers correspond with the recalled items. If they are included on the recall, customers should throw the candy away and contact the company with any questions by calling 1-800-651-2564 or by visiting

These fruits and vegetables are packed with the most pesticides, 2022 ‘Dirty Dozen’ list reports

Saleen Martin, USA TODAY

What are the filthiest fruits and vegetables at the grocery store? Strawberries, spinach and kale, according to a new report.  

Thursday, nonprofit advocacy organization Environmental Working Group released its annual “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists using data from the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. View | 12 Photos

The Washington, D.C., group found that more than 90% of strawberry, apple, cherry, spinach, nectarine and grape samples tested positive for residues of two or more pesticides. Kale, collard and mustard greens, hot peppers and bell peppers had the most pesticides. A single sample of kale, collard and mustard greens had up to 21 different pesticides.

Strawberries and leafy greens have been repeat offenders at the top of the list, ranking high in the past two years. Bell and hot peppers tested higher for pesticide residue this year, moving up from No. 10 last year to No. 7 this year.

The produce with the least amount of pesticides? Avocados, sweet corn and pineapple topped the group’s “Clean Fifteen.”

Take a look at this year’s lists below.

‘Dirty Dozen’ for 2022

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale, collard and mustard greens
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Bell and hot peppers
  8. Cherries
  9. Peaches
  10. Pears
  11. Celery
  12. Tomatoes

‘Clean Fifteen’ for 2022

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Onions
  5. Papaya
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Asparagus
  8. Honeydew melon
  9. Kiwi
  10. Cabbage
  11. Mushrooms
  12. Cantaloupe
  13. Mangoes
  14. Watermelon
  15. Sweet Potatoes

This year’s data includes results from nearly 45,000 samples of produce from 2020.

Pesticides have been linked to multiple health issues, including brain development. Their impacts on fertility issues have the strongest data, said Alexis Temkin, an Environmental Working Group toxicologist.

“There’s still, I think, a lot of unknown impacts,” Temkin said. “If you’re reducing the exposure in the first place, then the likelihood of adverse health effects occurring is going to be much less.”

Like the customers who rely on store-bought produce, USDA researchers scrubbed and peeled the fruits and veggies before testing them. Experts say the best way to wash produce is by washing it with just cold water. Pesticide residue was still found on over 70% of the non-organic produce tested. Nearly all of the levels fell under the legal limits allowed by government regulations, Environmental Working Group said.

Teresa Thorne, executive director of the Alliance for Food and Farming, a nonprofit that represents organic and conventional farmers, says Environmental Working Group’s lists concern her.

First, she said, peer-reviewed research has shown that it’s scientifically unsupportable, especially the claim that eating organic foods versus conventionally grown foods will result in lower pesticide exposure.

“Residues on conventional-grown are already so minute if they’re present at all,” she said. “The second thing is is that this list has been shown again through peer-reviewed research to negatively impact consumers. When low-income consumers were exposed to this list and some of the messaging in the Dirty Dozen list, they stated they were less likely to purchase any produce, organic or conventional.”

She said Environmental Working Group’s goal to help families access fruits and vegetables with less pesticide exposure was achieved long ago.

According to Thorne, 99.8% of the fruits and vegetables tested by the USDA under the Pesticide Data Program are well below the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety levels. A third have no detectable residues at all.

“We have 13 million children living in food-insecure households right now. To scare people away from conventional-grown, which is the more affordable and accessible fruits and vegetables in today’s environment, really needs to be better thought through.”

Walmart Is Recalling Over 25,500 Bags of These Chips

By Amanda McDonald

Update: Walmart informed  Eat This, Not That! on March 11 that the product never made it to stores. “The supplier made us aware of the potential product issue on February 22. Impacted products were stopped at Distribution Centers and never shipped to stores. The supplier retrieved the product and it is our understanding they destroyed all impacted products,” a spokesperson said. 

Therefore the recall is not a danger to consumers.

More than 2,500 cases of tortilla chips sold at Walmart are being recalled because they could be contaminated with a foreign material.

Walmart Great Value Restaurant Style White Corn Tortilla Chips

The 13-ounce bags of Great Value Restaurant Style White Corn Tortilla Chips may contain metal, according to a notification sent by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The chips were sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

RELATED: 6 Things You’ll See at Costco This Year

This initiative has been classified as a Class II recall by the FDA. That means it’s “a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”Courtesy of Walmart

Because Shearer’s Foods initiated the recall late February, the chips are unlikely to be on Walmart shelves—but they may still be lurking inside your pantry. The recalled items have a lot code of 112051## or 123051## and a “Best By” date of May 23, 2022.

No other information, such as if there had been any injuries or illnesses related to the recall or how it was discovered, were provided. Eat This, Not That! has reached out to Walmart for more details.

This isn’t the only food recall that you should be aware of before your next shopping trip. These Grocery Products Are Being Pulled From Shelves in 15 States.

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These Grocery Products Are Being Pulled From Shelves in 15 States

By Amanda McDonald

With thousands of items in each grocery store, it can be hard to keep track of every single item, especially when there are safety concerns that arise for some of them. Luckily, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regularly post details about items that are being pulled from grocery store shelves because they have been recalled.

However, these items could still be in your kitchen. Right now, there are several new recalls that have just been announced for items sold in stores across 15 states. Keep reading for the full details on these problematic foods to make sure they’re not in your own pantry. And for more grocery news, here are 6 Things You’ll See at Costco This Year.Courtesy of the FDA

Sprouts Farmers Market Chocolate Cherries

The dark chocolate-covered cherries sold at Sprouts Farmers Market locations in six states are being recalled because the packages may contain dark chocolate-covered almonds. If someone who has an allergy or sensitivity to this tree nut eats the cherries, they run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

“The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries was mixed with Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds in the bag,” the recall announcement posted by the FDA on March 4 states. “Subsequent investigation indicates that some Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds were used for Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries by Production personnel.”

No illnesses or reactions related to the recalled cherries have been reported, but if you shopped at a Sprouts Farmers Marker in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, or Utah recently, check your kitchen for these snacks ASAP. They have an item number of 638-011, a UPC Code of 6 46670 46342 6, and a “Sell By Date” of 07/24/2022.

coffee crumb cake pastry

Assorted flavors of coffee cake and paczkis made by Chicago Sweet Connection Baker and sold at retailers in Illinois and Wisconsin are also bring pulled from stores because they could contain egg, milk, and wheat which were not declared on the product label.

The bakery items have a brand name of Chicago Sweet Connection Bakery and were produced between Feb. 21 and 23, 2022, with expiration dates either Feb. 26 or 28. The recall was sent out “after it was discovered that the allergen statement was not correctly printing on labels due to a computer error,” the company says in the recall notice. The allergens were not listed because the label was being cut off during printing. The issue has since been resolved.

Flavors of the Paczki—a fried dough pastry filled with sweet fillings—include apple, apricot, blueberry, chocolate custard, strawberry, pineapple, and more. Coffee cake flavors include custard, caramel, pecan, chocolate chip, and more. For a full list of all affected varieties, click here.

The Paczkis were sold in packs of 4 in a plastic clamshell container, and the coffee cakes were sold in single packs with an aluminum rectangular tray and a plastic dome lid. Anyone with any of these recalled pastries in their home is instructed that they can notify the company via phone at 773-283-4430.Courtesy of the FSIS

Beef Jerky Recall

Boyd Specialties is recalling over 1,600 pounds of ready-to-eat jerky products because they may contain Listeria, according to a recall notice from the FSIS. The problem was discovered by the organization after a routine product sample tested positive for the harmful bacteria.

The products and flavors of the recalled jerky include garlic pepper, straight whiskey, carne asada, mango habanero, Carolina reaper, cracked black pepper, and several more. You can view the full list here.  They were shipped to retail locations in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

No reports of an illness related to this issue are known, but consuming food contaminated with Listeria can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, loss of balance, and more. It is especially harmful in older adults, those with a weakened immune system, pregnant women, and newborns. Symptoms can arise as late as two months after consumption.Shutterstock

Should any of these three items be in your kitchen, throw them out or return them to the place of purchase immediately. After they are gone, clean any area the food touched using this two-step cleaning and sanitizing process, recommended by a registered dietitian.

Senior aged woman baking in home kitchen.

For more on keeping your food safe, here are The Basic Food Safety Tips Home Cooks Need to Know.

How Heinz uses a fake number to keep its brand timeless

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Nathaniel Meyersohn

Heinz has been linked to the number 57 for more than a century. The company’s “57 varieties” slogan was a key part of its early strategy to attract consumers. It’s still featured on Heinz ketchup bottles today and is central to the brand’s identity.

But that famous number is completely made up.

There weren’t 57 Heinz varieties when Pittsburgh business magnate H.J. Heinz first invented the slogan in 1896. Nor when Heinz 57 sauce was introduced soon after. There aren’t 57 now. There are, in fact, hundreds of Heinz varieties.

The 57 on a Heinz bottle is more than just the right spot to smack to make the ketchup ooze out at .028 miles per hour. That number has stuck around for 126 years because it reinforces Heinz as a nostalgic and distinctly American food brand — the condiment you put on your hot dog at a baseball game or on a burger at a summer barbeque, marketing experts say.

In the early 1890s, H.J. Heinz, once described by a biographer as a “marketing genius,” sold bottled horseradish, pickles, pepper sauce, ketchup — introduced by the company in 1876 spelled “catsup” and soon changed to “ketchup” to distinguish the product — among some 60 food items. Pickles were Heinz’s biggest success at the time, and he became known as the “pickle king.”

Visiting New York City in 1896, Heinz spotted an advertisement for “21 styles” of shoes. He found it memorable and thought attaching a number to his own brand would help it stick with consumers.

There are varying theories on why he landed on 57.

Ashleigh Gibson, Heinz’s brand director, said in an email that the company’s founder felt there was something “mystical, magical, and memorable” about the number 57, which was a combination of five, his lucky number, and seven, his wife’s lucky number.

But Heinz’s personal secretary, who wrote an early biography of his boss, said that when Heinz was counting up the number of varieties the company sold in 1896, the number seven jumped out at him.

“Seven, seven —there are so many illustrations of the psychological influences of that figure and of its alluring significance to people of all ages and races,” Heinz said, according to the biography. “58 Varieties or 59 Varieties did not appeal at all to me as being equally strong.”

Within a week of seeing the shoe ad, the “57 varieties’” slogan was appearing in newspapers and on billboards, Heinz wrote in his diary. The company carved 57 on hillsides for train passengers to see and “57 Good Things For The Table” was featured on the first electric billboard in New York City in 1900. The sign stood six stories high, had 1,200 fluorescent light bulbs and included a 43-foot-long flashing Heinz pickle, according to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

“I myself did not realize how highly successful a slogan it was going to be,” Heinz said.

Today, “57 varieties” is slapped high on the neck of Heinz’s octagon-shaped glass tomato ketchup bottles. In the center, “57 varieties” is printed in small gold lettering above a hanging tomato vine on the keystone-shaped label modeled after Heinz’s home state. 57 is also featured on Heinz’s baked beans, mustard, mayonnaise and cream of tomato soup.

The slogan is used as a branding device to convey a “sense of timelessness and authenticity” to consumers, Kelly Haws, a marketing professor who studies consumer choices about food at Vanderbilt University, said in an email.

Gibson said the slogan has become “a brand asset,” similar to the company’s logo, keystone and glass bottle design, reminding consumers of Heinz’ history.

Heinz and its association with 57 have also served as minor footnotes in US history.

When Joe DiMaggio’s record hit streak ended at 56 games in 1941, the Yankees star reportedly told a teammate that he missed out on $10,000 promised to him by Heinz if he matched its label.

According to “Demagogue,” a 2020 biography of Sen. Joe McCarthy, McCarthy once told a reporter “probably in jest” that when he alleged he had a list of 57 names of communists working in the State Department, he came up with the number from a bottle of Heinz ketchup. It’s even is a plot point in the 1962 film “The Manchurian Candidate.”

Then there’s the Heinz 57 sauce for steak, chicken and pork, which was memorialized by Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise”: “I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes.”

Noel Geoffrey, who led the Heinz ketchup division from 2008 to 2011, said 57 was “like a good luck charm” at the company. The telephone number for the main switchboard at its previous headquarters — the Heinz 57 Center— was, of course, 57. In 2001, the company paid the Pittsburgh Steelers $57 million over 20 years for naming rights to the stadium.

“It was everywhere,” Geoffrey said, “and part of the DNA of the company.”

It may seem commonplace today, but the idea of “57 varieties” was a significant innovation in food marketing at the time. In the late 19th century, packaged and processed foods were a new concept to the public.

“The big shift was to try to create a consumer population for pre-packaged food,” said Rita McGrath, a professor at Columbia Business School who has studied the rise of major food brands. “Before then, food wasn’t marketed.”

H.J. Heinz also had to convince consumers that his products were safe during an era before food was regulated. One way he tried to convey quality was to sell his goods in glass jars, so customers could see what was inside.

His choice of the word “variety” was another attempt to signal that Heinz was experienced in a range of products, suggesting to customers they could trust the brand.

“Variety has always been a thing Americans love,” said Ken Albala, a food historian at the University of the Pacific. “They want choice. Even if it’s flavors of the same thing.”

By the beginning of the 20th century, Heinz was America’s largest ketchup manufacturer. The brand accounted for roughly 70% of the ketchup market last year, according to Euromonitor data. Hunt’s, its closet competitor, had 8%.

The famous number has stuck around through more than a century of different advertising campaigns and changes to Heinz packaging.

It also survived different corporate owners. In 2013, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) and Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital bought H.J. Heinz. Two years later, Kraft Foods and H.J. Heinz merged, and the company was renamed Kraft Heinz (KHC).

“There’s a comfort in the familiar,” McGrath said. “Once you got something like that that sticks, people are reluctant to change because of the brand association.”

In 2009, Heinz changed the design of its ketchup label for the first time in more than 60 years, replacing the Gherkin pickle that was under the words “tomato ketchup” with a tomato on the vine. Noel Geoffrey, who oversaw the redesign, said there was never any consideration of removing 57 from the label.

But Emily Ruby, a curator at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh and author of “57 Servings from the Heinz Table,” said she was surprised by the change because Heinz “stuck so long to these symbols of the past.”

When Kraft and Heinz merged in 2015, there was fear in Pittsburgh about losing the link between Heinz and the city. Kraft Heinz has co-headquarters in Pittsburgh and Chicago.

“There’s a sense the company is no longer tied to the history and the region,” she said. If Kraft Heinz were to drop the 57, “I think people would be really upset because they like the connection.”

Whenever Ruby gives local talks on H.J. Heinz or the history of the company, she is always asked about the origins of the number. People even offer up their own theories about its meaning.

“There’s still a lot of curiosity out there about it,” Ruby said.

This Snack Sold at Costco and other Grocery Stores Is Being Recalled For Potentially Containing Lead — Eat This Not That

By Amanda McDonald

Being a member at Costco comes with certain perks, such as free samples and discounts on travel and tires. It also means there’s an inventory stashed away of what you buy. By keeping track of purchases, the warehouse is able to alert customers in the event of a safety recall.

And that’s exactly what happened when a snack item was recently recalled, according to an alert Costco sent to individuals who purchased the item at warehouses in Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also posted a notice revealing that certain dried plum products from SnakYard may be contaminated with lead.

The snacks were distributed or sold in California, Nevada, and Utah. In turn, they were sent to retail stores and supermarkets, including Costco. The impacted bags of saladitos (salted dried plums) were sold at select warehouses between April 2021 and January 2022 as item #1516905. The alert sent to members warns, “If you still have any of this product, please stop using the item and return it to your local Costco for a full refund.”

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Also included in the recall are 1.5-ounce bags of saladitos and saladitos con chile y limon (dried plums with chili and lemon) under the Tolteca brand label, which were not sold at Costco. They have a UPC code of either 704927600694 or 704927600700, according to the FDA.

No illnesses related to lead have been reported. Symptoms of lead poisoning include abdominal pain, behavior or mood changes, irritability, lethargy, vomiting, weakness, seizures, and more. Per the Mayo Clinic:

“Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Children younger than 6 years are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.”

If this snack is in your kitchen, you can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. This isn’t the only recall you need to know about, however—These Frozen Grocery Items Are Being Pulled From Shelves in 12 States.

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US warned Mexico of avocado ban if cartels threatened inspectors again


A worker selects avocados at a packing plant in Uruapan, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Armando Solis)

SAN ANTONIO (KABB) — The current avocado crisis between Mexico and the United States didn’t come without a warning. Investigative reporter Yami Virgin explains how the cartels have a stronghold in the only Mexican state where avocados are allowed to be imported from – Michoacan.

The current avocado crisis between Mexico and the U.S. didn’t come without a warning.{ }(Video: KABB)

The violence in Mexico has not only controlled drug trafficking but now it’s trying to control a $2.4 billion industry — the avocado industry.

The United States’ Drug Enforcement Administration said the splintering of the cartels after the arrest and extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, didn’t have much of an effect on drug trafficking in San Antonio, Texas.

“How has this affected us here in San Antonio? Have we seen a change because of his conviction? The short answer is no,” says Dante Sorianello, the assistant special agent in charge of the DEA in the San Antonio district, in a 2017 interview regarding the Sinaloa Cartel.

But in Mexico, it created more than a dozen new organized crime organizations wanting to get their hands on the green gold – the avocado. Avocados are only allowed to be imported from the State of Michoacan where close to 100 inspectors check the avocados when they are harvested before touching U.S. soil. The recent threat called into a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector forced the import of avocados from Mexico to the U.S. to stop.

But this sort of threat from the cartels is not the first to be reported.

In 2019, a USDA team of inspectors was “directly threatened in Ziracuaretiro in Michoacan, when members of a criminal organization robbed the vehicle they traveled in at gunpoint.”

The U.S. agency then wrote a letter warning if there was another threat to their inspectors in Michoacan, they would suspend the avocado program. A warning that growers in Michoacan published for the cartels to see that any further threats could kill the state’s money-making industry.

The ban that is in effect now has left distributors like Eric Villagomez waiting for updates on negotiations in Mexico.

“The USDA is negotiating to keep their inspectors safe so that this export can continue once again,” says Eric Villagomez, owner of Las Huertas Producers.

These 5 Walmart, Kroger, ALDI and Other Grocery Store Foods Are Being Pulled From Shelves — Eat This Not That

By Amanda McDonald 7 – 9 minutes

There’s been a 125% increase in the number of foods being pulled from shelves recently. But have you ever stopped to wonder why there have been so many grocery recalls in the news?

“The answer: new laws and new technology,” Eat This, Not That! Medical Expert Board member Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, writes. “In 2011, the FDA enacted the Food Safety Modernization Act that provided them with more power in preventing food safety issues.”

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Unfortunately, there are new recalls to add to the ever-growing list, which includes items sold at top grocery stores like ALDI, H-E-B, Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Whole Foods. To help keep your family safe, check to see if the following items are in your kitchen ASAP.

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Dole has been plagued by harmful bacteria in its bagged salads three times in only three months. Recalls were issued in October and December, and now there is a new one to be aware of. More than 70 varieties of bagged salads are being recalled due to possible health risk from Listeria, according to an announcement posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The recalled items were distributed to retailers in more than 35 states, as well as several provinces in Canada. In addition to Dole-branded products, they included private label packaged salads sold at grocery stores like ALDI, H-E-B, Kroger, and Walmart, which gave this statement to Eat This, Not That! about the recall:

“Walmart is committed to providing our customers with safe, high-quality products at our everyday low prices. As soon as we were notified by Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. of the recall, we alerted our stores and distribution centers to remove the affected product from their shelves and inventory, and we implemented a register block to prevent additional sales. Customers who have purchased one of the items identified in the recall may return it to their nearest Walmart for a full refund.”

Fortunately, no illnesses have been reported to date. The impacted items have “Best if Used By” dates between Dec. 22, 2021, and Jan 9, 2022. To view a full list of the affected products on the FDA’s website, click here.Courtesy of Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe's Soycutash

This blend of sweet corn, shelled edamame, and red bell peppers is one of the beloved frozen food products sold at Trader Joe’s. However, the low-cost grocery chain is pulling almost 46,000 16-ounce bags from shelves because they may be contaminated with Listeria. 

The FDA classifies the situation as a “Class II” recall, or “a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”

Similar to other foodborne germs, Listeria contamination causes symptoms like diarrhea and fever, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infections in pregnant women may lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, stillbirth, or more complications.

The bags were distributed to stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. No information about potential illnesses related to this recall was provided.

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Walmart Beef Sticks

Almost 15,000 pounds of beef sticks sold at stores nationwide are being recalled because of faulty labeling and undeclared allergens. The Iowa Smokehouse Original Smoked Beef Sticks may contain milk, a known allergen, according to an alert posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Anyone who is allergic to milk or has a sensitivity to it may have an adverse reaction to this product.

“The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints of cheese in the product and reported the event to FSIS,” the alert says. “There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.”

Walmart tells Eat This, Not That! that the beef sticks are not sold at all Walmart stores but at some of the company’s third-party marketplaces. “We blocked and removed the item from our website on January 8 and directed the sellers to take appropriate action to address the recall,” a spokesperson says.

It’s possible that some of these items may still be lurking in consumers’ pantries or refrigerators. If you have one in your kitchen, double-check the packaging. Affected products have sell-by dates of 11/15/2022 or 11/17/2022 and establishment numbers of 1633B.Courtesy of Whole Foods

Whole Foods Vanilla Sky Bites

Dream Pops is asking retailers to pull 26,111 cases of its products after it was discovered that the bite-sized desserts may contain undeclared milk, according to an alert posted by the FDA.

The Berry Dreams, Birthday Cake, Cookie Dough, and Vanilla Sky bites are available at Whole Foods, Wegmans, ShopRite, Schnucks, H-E-B, Harris Teeter, and more grocery stores, but the notice doesn’t specify which places the recalled pops were sold at. All of the affected packages have best-by dates ranging from 6/28/22 to 10/21/22. 

The FDA classifies this as a “Class I” recall, or “a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”

No information about possible illnesses related to this recall was provided. Shutterstock

Angel Formula, which was sold at Moor Herbs’ Detroit store and on its website, is being recalled after the FDA determined that it didn’t meet certain labeling and nutrition requirements for infant formula. The product is labeled as “a powdered mylk alternative for the health conscious mother.” Here’s what the organization said about the issue:

“When the product was tested, the iron, sodium, and potassium content were well over the maximum allowed, which could potentially lead to iron overload and/or electrolyte imbalances. In addition, the product did not have vitamin D, and a vitamin D deficiency can potentially lead to rickets, a softening and weakening of bones.”

The company began shipping this product in 2019, and “all units in distribution are included in this recall.” Parents and caregivers who purchased the affected formula should stop using it and either throw it away or return it for a refund. Anyone concerned about the health or safety of their child should contact a health care provider for more information.

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A Dole Salad Listeria Outbreak Linked to Prepackaged Salad Has Killed 2 People

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The CDC is in the midst of an active investigation into two separate listeria outbreaks connected to packaged salads from Dole and Fresh Express. So far there have been 2 recorded deaths, 13 hospitalizations, and 17 illnesses across 13 U.S. states, according to the CDC. These salads have been available for purchase under a number of brand names, including Ahold, Dole, HEB, Kroger, Lidl, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, Naturally Better, Nature’s Promise, President’s Choice, and Simply Nature. The specific salads and ingredients range from mixed greens to garden salads and Caesar salad kits. This is not the first time Dole has been connected to a listeria outbreak. Last October, Dole recalled a number of bagged salads due to the risk of listeria contamination.

If you are concerned about whether you might have purchased one of these products (available in either bags or clamshells) it might help to note that the listed use by date can be anywhere between 11/30/21 and 1/09/22 and the product code will begin with B, N, W, or Y.

If you have purchased one of these specified products, discard them or return them to the store of purchase for a refund. As listeria can easily spread, if the product was opened, thoroughly sanitize any surface or ingredient that came into contact with it. The CDC has put together a helpful five-step guide to properly deep cleaning your refrigerator; you will just need to ensure you have sealed bags, warm soapy water, clean towels, and if you like, bleach. It can be a lengthy process, but it is worth it to ensure the safety of your household.

Listeria can be mild in individuals who are healthy, with symptoms similar to food poisoning, such as fever, stomach pain, and diarrhea, according to the CDC. Sometimes, symptoms can develop up to four weeks after consuming the contaminated food. However, it is important to note that symptoms can be far more severe when it comes to vulnerable individuals, including pregnant people, newborns, adults over the age of 65, and immunocompromised individuals. These groups can be more likely to face a more advanced and invasive kind of listeriosis, which can be a life-threatening form of the infection that moves on from the digestive system to other parts of the body, including the joints or bloodstream. This can lead to further illness, severe complications, and even be fatal, as we have seen with these two recent deaths.

Check your fridge: Wish-Bone recalls some salad dressings

Conagra Brands says it is voluntarily recalling some bottles of Wish-Bone Thousand Island and Chunky Blue Cheese. (FDA)

Conagra Brands says it is voluntarily recalling some bottles of Wish-Bone Thousand Island and Chunky Blue Cheese. (FDA)

A popular brand of salad dressing is being recalled because they may have something in them that’s not on the label.

Conagra Brands says it is voluntarily recalling some bottles of Wish-Bone Thousand Island and Chunky Blue Cheese.

Both contain egg which is not stated on the product label.

The Food and Drug Administration says people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

There have been no reports of illness or injury due to the consumption of these products to date.

Conagra is working to remove the dressings from store shelves. This recall does not impact any other Wish-Bone or Conagra Brands products.

If you’ve bought the product, you should throw it away.

People with any questions or concerns can contact Conagra Brands Consumer Care at 1-800-881-3989.

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Frozen Spinach Recalled in 9 States Due to Potential Listeria Risk

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If you bought frozen spinach at Lidl, you’ll want to check the label. By Leah Goggins January 20, 2022 Advertisement FB

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Frozen Food Development announced a recall of two lots of store-brand frozen chopped spinach sold in Lidl stores. The spinach was distributed in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company instigated the recall after a bag of the spinach tested positive for listeria. 

The recalled spinach is in 12-ounce bags marked “Steamable by Lidl” with lot numbers #R17742 or #R17963 and an expiration date of September 10, 2023 on the back of the bag. You can see photos of the spinach packaging in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recall announcement. There are no known illnesses reported in connection with the recall.

Related: Dole Is Recalling Bagged Salad in More Than 30 States Due to Listeria Risk

Listeria monocytogenes is a species of bacteria that can survive—and even grow—under refrigeration and other preservation measures. Consuming listeria can cause listeriosis. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, nausea and vomiting in mild cases, or headache, confusion and loss of balance in severe cases. According to the FDA, listeriosis can be fatal “among the elderly, people with weakened immune systems or chronic diseases.” If you think you are experiencing symptoms of listeriosis, contact your healthcare provider immediately. 

Those with the recalled spinach in their possession are encouraged to return their purchase to Lidl for a full refund. If you have questions, contact LIDL Customer Care at 1-844-747-5435 Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard time.

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7 New Recalls at Costco, Trader Joe’s, and More Supermarkets to Know About

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These items may be lurking in your kitchen, so check your pantry ASAP.


By Amanda McDonald December 20, 2021 FACT CHECKED BY Joseph Neese

Because there are thousands of products on display at grocery stores and dozens more lining your kitchen pantry, it can be hard to keep track of every item on your shopping list. When groceries are the subject of a recall, supermarkets and other retailers act quickly to remove them from shelves. However, it’s still crucial for shoppers to be in the know in case any affected products are already inside their homes.

Luckily, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government groups post the latest food recalls that grocery shoppers should know about. To help you easily identify the products involved in these recalls, the information shared with consumers includes items like “Best By” dates and UPC codes.

Here are seven new recalls that include products sold at Costco, Trader Joe’s, and other top supermarkets. To keep your family safe, take a moment to pause and check your pantry today. 

Related: Grocery Recalls Are Hitting an All-Time High—Here’s Why 1

Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread at Costco

Nature's Own

Courtesy of Costco

Costco sells this bread in packages of two loaves, but certain bundles are being recalled due to the potential presence of undeclared milk. “Flowers Foods and the FDA have issued a recall on a specific code of their Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread,” a notice sent to Costco members who purchased the item says. “If you have a milk allergy, do not eat any remaining bread . . . please return it to Costco for a full refund.”

The affected products were sold in warehouses in Arizona and Colorado. The bags have a “Best If Used By” date of 12-26-2021 and a UPC code of 0-72250-00539-5. No related illnesses or incidents related to the recalled items have been reported, according to the FDA. 2

Alaura Two-Tone Jar Candles Sold at Costco

Costco candle recall

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Almost 140,000 of the Alaura Two-Tone Jar Candles sold at Costco stores are being recalled because they pose “laceration and fire hazards.” Specifically, they could “shatter, crack, or break apart while burning,” according to a recall notice posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall was initiated after 138 reports of the candles shattering, cracking, or breaking apart were submitted—three of which resulted in lacerations. The impacted candles were sold at Costco warehouses nationwide between August and September 2021 for around $17.

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Herbal Essences, Pantene, and More Dry Shampoos


More than 30 types of dry shampoo spray are being recalled by Proctor & Gamble after the presence of benzene was detected in some products. The recall includes items under the brand names Aussie, Hair Food, Herbal Essences, Old Spice, Pantene, and Waterless. Here’s exactly what the notice posted by the FDA says about the risks associated with using products that contain benzene: Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and it can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life-threatening. Based on exposure modeling and the cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database), daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.

Proctor & Gamble said it reviewed its entire portfolio of aerosol products “following recent reports that indicated traces of benzene in some aerosol spray products.”

“While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our products, our review showed that benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can. We detected unexpected levels of benzene in aerosol dry shampoo sprays and aerosol dry conditioner sprays,” a Proctor & Gamble spokesperson told Eat This, Not That!. “The majority of our portfolio—mousses, hairsprays, liquid shampoos, liquid conditioners, styling products and treatments—including other Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Hair Food, and Waterless products are not included in the scope of this recall and may continue to be used as intended.”

The company says it hasn’t received any reports of “adverse events” related to this recall. The dry shampoo spray products were sold nationwide at retailers and online. 4

Morton Salt



Almost 17,000 26-ounce canisters of Morton Salt are being recalled because of mislabeling. Instead of iodized salt, the packages contain salt that isn’t fortified with iodine. The items in question have a “Best By” date of 9/8/2026 and were distributed to retailers in Colorado and California.

The FDA classifies this event as a Class III recall, meaning “use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.”

Related: Follow These Two Steps to Sanitize Your Kitchen, Expert Says 5

Minute Maid Beverages

Courtesy of Target

Minute Maid Fruit Punch

Eat This, Not That! reported on Dec. 15 that more than 7,000 cases of “America’s Favorite Juice” were being recalled due to the possibility they may contain pieces of metal.

The original recall notice cited 59-ounce jugs of Minute Maid Berry Punch, Fruit Punch, and Strawberry Lemonade products. An update later listed a similar risk posed by containers of Minute Maid Watermelon juice sold in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

“The firm was notified via a consumer complaint that the product contained a long piece of metal,” the notice said. 6

Kool-Aid Products

Costco Kool-Aid

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Another large beverage recall was also updated to include additional items. The ongoing Kool-Aid recall is classified as a Class II event by the FDA due to the potential presence of glass and metal in the affected products. That means this is a “situation in which use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”

Impacted items were removed from Costco warehouses back in mid-November, with other stores like Walmart and select Sam’s Clubs following suit as the recall was expanded.

The Kraft Heinz Foods Company says to throw any of the items involved in this recall out immediately if they’re in your pantry. 7

Trader Ming’s Chicken & Vegetable Wonton Soup


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently issued public health alerts for two grocery items, one of which includes a product carried at Trader Joe’s.

Containers of Trader Ming’s Chicken & Vegetable Wonton Soup sold in Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Southern California, Southern Nevada, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. may contain undeclared shrimp and pork. No reports of adverse reactions have been confirmed at this time.

Unfortunately, these aren’t the only recalls to know about right now. Before you go, read about These 4 Recalled Grocery Items That May Also Be Lurking in Your Kitchen.

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Kroger recalls nearly 20 baked items that may be in your home

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UNDATED (WKRC) — Kroger has issued a recall for several baked goods that may be in your house.

A variety of items under the Country Oven brand have been recalled by Kroger. Kroger issued the recall earlier this month when 19 food items were reported to have metal fragments in them.

According to Kroger, the metal fragments may have gotten into the starch during the baking process. Consumers are advised to not eat any of the items on the list and to throw them out promptly.

The following is a list of items that were recalled:

  • Cinnamon Rolls in 4-ounce and 2.5-ounce packages
  • White Cake
  • Chocolate Cake
  • White/Vanilla Cake
  • Yellow/Vanilla Cake
  • Chocolate/Vanilla Cake
  • Yellow Cake
  • Bowtie Danish
  • Cheese Pocket
  • Angel Food Cake
  • Yellow/Fudge Cake
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Marble Cake
  • Chocolate/Fudge Cake Single Slices
  • Yellow/Caramel Cake Single Slices
  • Caramel Apple Double Layer Cake
  • Boston Cream Cake Double Layer Cake
  • Raspberry Cake
  • Party Balloon Cake

The items were reportedly sold in nearly 30 states, which include the following:

  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • West Virginia
  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi
  • Arkansas
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • Colorado
  • Louisiana
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • Virginia
  • Utah

If you are unsure if the item you purchased has been recalled, you can check the UPC here.

There have been a few recalls by Kroger this month, including a recall on 100,000 pounds of chicken that also affected Trader Joe’s.

Further questions can be answered at 1-800-KROGERS Monday through Friday. The line is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. EST, and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST.

How to Properly Wash Fruits and Vegetables

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Christopher Michel

It’s always important to make sure the food that you bring into your house is safe. You probably already know how to keep meat and poultry at its best (never leave raw hamburger meat out, for instance). But when it comes to fresh produce, especially the stuff you want to eat raw (and use in your summer salad recipes), what do you do?

So many questions: How do you wash produce? Is water enough? Do you need to buy a special fruit or veggie spray from the grocery store? And what about if you’re going to peel a cucumber or a potato for a simple potato recipe? Do you need to wash those, too?

It can all be so confusing. Luckily, we’ve got the answers.

 According to the FDA (you know, the folks who ruined eating raw cookie dough for all of us), produce washes aren’t necessary. Peter Cassell, an FDA employee from the office of media affairs told the Huffington Post that “using fruit/vegetable washes or dish soaps may result in residue left on the produce and can also change the flavor.” In fact, on their site, the FDA has seven specific recommendations for getting fruit and vegetables clean:

  1. Wash your hands. Use soap and scrub those hands for 20 seconds both before and after handling fresh produce.
  2. Wash all produce. Even if you’re going to peel them, you want to rinse your veggies. That keeps dirt and bacteria from transferring onto your knife or cutting board. (This includes vegetables with rinds and skins, like avocados and melons.)
  3. Plain water will suffice. You don’t need to use soap, vinegar, produce wash or anything else. In fact, in a study by the University of Maine, water performed just as well as produce wash at removing bacteria and fungi, without leaving a residue.
  4. But you need to rub. To make sure the veggies are clean, gently rub them with your fingers. For firm fruits and veggies such as potatoes, melons, cucumbers, etc., you can use a clean vegetable brush (not the one you use for your dishes).
  5. Dry the produce. Use a clean cloth or paper towel, and get all the moisture off before storing or cooking. This will further reduce any bacteria.
  6. Remove leaves. For items like cabbage, you can remove the outermost leaves.
  7. Cut away visible damage. This may seem like common sense, but the FDA also recommends cutting away any visible damage or bruising before preparing or eating your fruit as well.

Finally, here’s an old tip from the New York Times, for cleaning very soft fruit, specifically berries, that you might not want to rub: Put them in a hot bath. Essentially, you can put blueberries, strawberries, and the like in 140°F water for about 30 seconds, and it will kill any mold or bacteria on the skins without affecting the taste or the quality of the fruit. Simply dry it off and store it when you’re done. Not only will it be clean, but it’ll last a lot longer in the fridge, as well!

Christopher Michel is the Senior Food & Garden Editor at Country Living, where he covers all things edible or growable.

Bagged Salad Recalled in 10 States Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

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There’s a large recall affecting bagged salads in 10 states. Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. voluntarily initiated the bagged salad recall affecting four brands due to the risk of listeria contamination, according to an announcement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website. The company decided to recall the salad products on October 29, 2021, after a bag of salad tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, the pathogen that causes the potentially foodborne illness listeriosis. 

Specifically, the salad recall includes specific lots of four bagged garden salad products produced by Dole and sold under multiple brand names. The affected products include Dole Garden Salad (24 oz), Marketside Classic Salad (24 oz), Kroger Brand Garden Salad (12 oz), and Salad Classics Garden Salad (12 oz). 

The pre-washed and ready-to-eat salads contain iceberg lettuce, shredded carrot, and red cabbage. They were distributed in 10 Eastern and Southern states in U.S., including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. 

Not all bags of these products are being recalled—only a “limited number of cases” is affected, according to the FDA notice. All of the recalled bags have a best if used by date of October 25, 2021, meaning they should no longer be available at grocery stores. However, consumers who have already purchased the salads may still have them in their fridges. 

Officials discovered the risk of contamination when a random sample test of a single bagged garden salad, conducted by the Department of Agriculture in Georgia, came back positive for Listeria monocytogenes. There are no reports of illness associated with the recalled products, according to the FDA. Dole describes the salad recall as “precautionary.” The company noted that it’s working closely with regulatory officials on the issue and that no other products made or sold by Dole are affected by the recall.

Salmonella outbreak linked to onions, CDC advises throwing them away – CBS News

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Fresh onions have been identified as the source of a Salmonella outbreak across 37 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration, CDC and other health officials concluded that fresh, whole red, white and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed by ProSource Inc. are behind the outbreak.   

The onions, which were sold to U.S. restaurants and grocery stores, were last imported on August 27, the distributor said. However, according to the CDC, potentially infectious onions could still be in homes and businesses due to the product’s shelf life of up to three months. 

As of Wednesday, 652 Salmonella illnesses and 129 hospitalizations from the disease have been reported in 37 states, including Texas, Virginia, California and Illinois, the CDC said. But the number of cases is likely higher than the amount reported due to the time it takes to classify a sick person as part of the outbreak and how often those with Salmonella recover without being tested or receiving medical care, according to the CDC.  

The CDC has urged businesses not to serve fresh, whole onions that were imported from Chihuahua and distributed by ProSource Inc., and has asked people not to eat them. Onions without proper stickers or packaging that indicate the brand and country where the item was grown should be thrown out, the CDC advised. Surfaces and containers that may have been touched by impacted onions should be washed with hot, soapy water or run through a dishwasher, the CDC said. 

The outbreak was reported between May 31 to September 31, the CDC said. Those affected range in age from younger than 1 to 97 years old. No deaths have been reported as of Wednesday. 

Symptoms of Salmonella — a bacterial disease — include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps usually six hours to six days after a person swallows the bacteria, according to the CDC. Symptoms typically last from four to seven days, and most people can recover without treatment. 

The illness can sometimes cause severe disease, like infection of the urine, blood, bones, joints, spinal fluid and brain. Immunocompromised people and those under the age of 5 or older than 65 are more at risk for severe illnesses. 

Each year, the bacteria causes about 1.35 million illnesses, 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths in the U.S., the CDC estimates. 

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Kale Recalled in 10 States Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

By Michael Y. Park

The kale was sold under the Baker Farms, Kroger, and SEG brand names.

In conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration, Baker Farms has issued a 10-state recall for kale because it may be contaminated with listeria.

Fresh kale sold under the Baker Farms, Kroger, and SEG Grocers brand names between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 should not be consumed. You can return the potentially contaminated kale where you bought it for a full refund.

The kale in question was packaged in 1-pound plastic bags with a sell-by date of Sept. 18. It shows a production code of 107020-21832 and was sold in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York and Virginia. The Kroger family of markets includes Ralphs, Harris Teeter, QFC, Fred Meyer, Dillons and others. SEG, or Southeastern Grocers, includes chains like Winn-Dixie, Harvey and Fresco y Más. It’s unclear if the potentially listeria-ridden kale was also sold under subsidiary brand names or only under parent-company brand names.

curly kale on a blue background with a red recall stick

Credit: Image by Marie LaFauci/Getty Images

Listeria is potentially fatal in children, the elderly, and people with existing health problems. It can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Even healthy people who consume foodborne listeria monocytogenes may suffer high fevers, headaches, nausea, stiffness, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

So far, there have been no reported cases of illness linked to the contaminated kale.

Consumers with questions can contact Richard G. Baker at or call (229) 769-3113 from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time.

PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ found in Tuna, Fish Sticks, Protein Powder and Baby Food, says FDA

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Last month we reported on the FDA study results showing that of the nearly 100 food types the FDA tested, the vast majority of raw food in the U.S. is free of PFAS chemical contamination.  On August 26, 2021 however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had found PFAS “forever chemicals” in some processed foods, including several baby foodsThe results showed that 164 of the 167 foods tested had no detectable levels of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) measured–which is surprising since we know that a number of commercially processed food manufacturers still use packaging that contains PFAS which can migrate or leach into the food.

Among the processed foods testing positive for PFAS contamination* fish sticks, tuna, and protein powder had three specific PFAS chemicals: perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), and perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) ranging from 33 parts per trillion…

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Hostess Is Recalling Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns Due to Possible Contamination

The products may be contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella. By Sarra Sedghi August 19, 2021 Time -0:39

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shared a recall on certain hamburger and hot dog buns created by Hostess Brands, LLC due to the potential presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The impacted products were manufactured by Best Harvest Bakeries, a Hostess co-manufacturer. At the moment, Hostess has received no reports of illness related to the issue from consumers.

The affected products, Hostess Soft White Hamburger Buns and Hostess Soft White Hot Dog Buns, have respective UPCs of 888109110987 and 888109110970. The affected hamburger buns have best-by dates ranging from August 13, 2021 to October 4, 2021 and the affected hot dog buns have best-by dates ranging from August 13, 2021 to September 30, 2021. For more information including batch numbers, check the FDA’s announcement.

Credit: Hostess

Both Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, frail and elderly people, and immunocompromised people. Salmonella infection symptoms include fever and gastric issues such as vomiting, abdominal pain, and vomiting. In rare cases, Salmonella can enter the bloodstream and cause a more severe illness.

Listeria infection symptoms include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness and gastric issues such as vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, and the organism can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant people. If you are experiencing severe symptoms of either illness, contact a medical professional.

No other Hostess products are affected by this recall, the FDA says. If you’ve purchased the affected products, dispose of them or return to the place of purchase for a refund.

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Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2021 – Tyson Foods Inc., a Dexter, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,492,832 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen, fully cooked chicken products were produced between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021. The products that are subject to recall are listed here. View the labels here.       

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-7089” on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools and Department of Defense locations.                             

On June 9, 2021, FSIS was notified of two persons ill with listeriosis. Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health partners, FSIS determined there is evidence linking the Listeria monocytogenes illnesses to precooked chicken produced at Tyson Foods Inc. The epidemiologic investigation identified three listeriosis illnesses, including one death, between April 6, 2021 and June 5, 2021. During routine sample collection, FSIS collected two precooked chicken samples from two establishments that are closely related genetically to Listeria monocytogenes from ill people. One of the samples was collected at Tyson Foods Inc. FSIS is continuing to work with federal and state public health partners to determine if there are additional illnesses linked to these products.

Additional information on the investigation may be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumer and institutional freezers. Consumers should not eat these products. Institutions should not serve these products. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify theircustomers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Members of the media who have questions regarding the recall can contact Derek Burleson, Communications Manager, Tyson Foods, at (479) 290-6466 or Consumers who have questions can contact Tyson Foods customer relations, at (855) 382-3101.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at

Ice Cream Recall 2021: Weis Markets Recalls Over 11,000 Ice Cream Containers

Be sure to check the freezer if you might have Weis ice cream.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shared a recall from Weis Markets, recalling more than 11,000 containers of ice cream. The frozen treats may be contaminated with “extraneous material, specifically metal filling equipment parts,” which is not a traditional ice cream topping.

The company has recalled 10,869 containers of Weis Quality Cookies and Cream Ice Cream in 48-ounce containers, as well as 502 bulk units of Klein’s Vanilla Dairy Ice Cream in three-gallon containers. The ice cream may be contaminated with foreign matter which is, obviously, a choking hazard. 

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The recall notice says there has been one report of someone finding an “intact piece of metal equipment” in their ice cream. There is concern that more containers may have been contaminated as well. 

The ice cream was sold at 197 Weis Markets stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and West Virginia. The vanilla bulk ice cream packages are not available for retail sale, so you probably don’t have that sitting in your fridge. For the average shopper, there’s just the single product that you want to look out for. The Cookies and Cream ice cream has a sell-by date of October 28, 2021, which can be found near the bottom of the container. 

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Two other types of ice cream were packaged on the same date, but the announcement says all units were stored in a warehouse and never distributed. Be sure to return that package for a refund if you’ve got it in the freezer. You can also call Weis Markets’ customer service line with questions.

Albright’s Raw Dog Food Recall


Albrights Raw Dog Food Chicken Recipe Recall

November 13, 2020 — Albright’s Raw Dog Food of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is voluntarily recalling 67 cases of Chicken Recipe for Dogs because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

What’s Being Recalled?

The product is labeled Albright’s Raw Dog Food Chicken Recipe for Dogs and is packaged in 2-pound chubs/rolls (see image above).

Each chub/roll is printed with:

  • Lot number C000185
  • Best By 19 May 2021

Product was sold frozen, and was distributed from the company to distributors from 7/8/20 to 8/27/20.

One animal illness has been reported. No human illnesses have been reported to date.

Where Was It Sold?

Albright’s Raw Dog Food Chicken Recipe for Dogs was distributed in CA, FL, IL, IN, NH, NJ, NV, NY, PA, and TN.

The affected product was also distributed through retail stores, mail order, and direct delivery.

What Caused the Recall?

The problem bacteria was revealed after testing conducted by the FDA.

The problem was confined to this batch and the company has ceased the distribution of the batch as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

About Salmonella in Humans

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

About Salmonella in Pets

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What to Do?

Due to the frozen condition of the product, it is possible that retailers and end users may still have the product in their freezers.

Consumers who have purchased Albright’s Raw Dog Food Chicken Recipe for Dogs are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 260-422-9440 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM ET.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

15K Pounds Of Canned Soup Recalled

Faribault Foods Inc., a Faribault, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,134 pounds of canned PROGRESSO  soup product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains milk and soy, known allergens, as well as beef and pork, which are not declared on the product label.

The cans labeled as chicken noodle soup actually contain a meatball and pasta product. The canned soup items were produced on May 26, 2020. The following products are subject to recall:

14-oz. cans of “PROGRESSO ORGANIC CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP” with a best by date of “BestByMAY262022” printed on the bottom of the can and a best by date of “09JUN2022” printed on the product case.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST18826A” printed on the bottom of the can under the best by date. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered when the firm’s distributor notified FSIS of consumer complaints that the soup contained meatballs and pasta instead of chicken and noodles.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ pantries. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.