FDA/USDA ~~ September Alerts & Safety pg3


Silver Springs Farms, Inc. Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination Silver Springs Farms, Inc., a Harleysville, Pa. establishment is recalling approximately 740 pounds ofground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

09/30/2016 05:39 PM EDT

Graceleigh, Inc. d/b/a Sammy’s Milk is recalling all lots of Sammy’s Milk Baby Food because of possible presence of Cronobacter, a bacteria that can cause severe and sometimes fatal blood infections or meningitis in infants and it may not provide adequate nutritional levels of iron.

Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for the following recalls:

Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 087-2016, Adams Farm Slaughterhouse Recalls Beef, Veal, And Bison Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Adulteration (Sep 24, 2016).


09/26/2016 04:16 PM EDT

McCain Foods USA, Inc. today announced it is voluntarily recalling retail, frozen onion ring products due to the use of incorrect packaging that does not declare milk as one of the ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

09/28/2016 11:19 AM EDT

Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc. has voluntarily recalled approximately 99,000 packages of its bread products due to the possibility that there may be clear plastic pieces in some products. The product recall is limited to the bread products listed below and only those identified by the “use by” dates 9/30/16, 10/1/16, 10/2/16 or 10/3/16, which are printed on the closure tags of each package

Caviness Beef Packers Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O103 ContaminationCaviness Beef Packers, a Hereford, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 2,100 pounds of boneless beef trim products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103.

09/23/2016 06:43 PM EDT

Waymouth Farms, Inc has initiated a voluntary recall of Good Sense Cranberries ‘N More 6 oz (170g) with a Freshest if used by date of 8/16/2017 A 15:00 through Freshest if used by 8/16/2017 A 23:00 after discovering that inadvertently other allergens were packed into the Good Sense Cranberries ‘N More package. Only 2640 packages were impacted.


09/27/2016 02:40 PM EDT

Café Valley of Marion, Indiana is recalling 543 cases of Banana nut mini muffins labeled as Lemon poppy seed mini muffins, because they may contain undeclared walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 087-2016, Adams Farm Slaughterhouse Recalls Beef, Veal, and Bison Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Adulteration (Sep 24, 2016).

Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Chicken Nugget Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination Tyson Foods Inc., a Sedalia, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with hard plastic.


09/25/2016 12:03 PM EDT

Sager Creek Foods, Inc. of Walnut Creek, CA a subsidiary of Del Monte Foods, Inc., announced a recall of approximately 15,000 shipped cases of FIELD PEAS WITH SNAPS and GREEN BEAN PRODUCTS, primarily non-retail, which may have the potential for trace amounts of shellfish contamination. A customer alerted Sager Creek to the incident.


09/22/2016 10:31 PM EDT

Krishna Food Corp of Neshanic Station, New Jersey is recalling 16 cartons of BIKAJI Chowpati BHELPURI, NET WT: 300g 10.58 OZ Batch no 2016 F97 Best Before June 2017, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Kiwi Care Package Company Recalls Wattie’s Canned Spaghetti With Sausage Products Distributed Without Benefit of Import Inspection
Kiwi Care Package Company, a South Tahoe, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 90 pounds of Wattie’s canned spaghetti with sausage that was not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection and was received from a New Zealand establishment that was not eligible to export product to the U.S.


From the HHS Blog: Making Progress on Combating Antibiotic Resistance

Most of modern medicine is possible because antibiotics gave us the power to fight common infections. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this tool’s power gradually diminish over time. Partners from across industry and government have come together to support programs that can help fight antibiotic resistance by helping clinicians more accurately diagnose infections,supporting the development of new antibiotics, and bringing together more partners to tackle this challenge.  Learn More >>

CRE bacteria

HHS forges strategic partnerships with two global companies to develop new antibiotics

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. This week, ASPR announced strategic partnerships with two companies to fight the rise of antibiotic resistance. These partnerships will focus on developing products that combat the growing threat of multi-drug resistant bacterial infections. Learn More >>


Get Ready to Help. Become an Active Bystander.

When an emergency happens, whether it is a major disaster or smaller local incident, bystanders are the first people on the scene and their actions can help protect and save lives – often times, these are the lives of their friends, families or community members. During National Preparedness Month, take some time to learn how you can get ready to provide urgently needed care in a disaster.  Learn More >>

Person giving CPR

Learn to Recognize the Symptoms of Zika

Many people who are infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms.  Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. So, many people might not realize they have been infected. Symptoms of Zika are include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. People with Zika may also have muscle pain and headaches. Learn More >>


Save the Date:  #Prep2Grow Twitter Chat

Kids change quickly from birth to five.  It seems like every day, they’ve grown an inch, learned a new word, or tried something different.  As your child grows from a tiny little newborn to tumbling toddler to a playful preschooler, they change in so many ways. Is your emergency plan keeping up with all these changes? Join us for a twitter chat on September 29 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT to learn about ways that families with young children can stay safe and healthy before, during and after an emergency.  Learn More >>

girl with apple







Mayor Murray in the News Room

Today, Mayor Ed Murray’s Commercial Affordability Advisory Committee released recommendations to help ensure Seattle remains an affordable and equitable place for small businesses. The Committee, which wWAseattleferriesdowntownbackgroundas made up of small business owners, […]


Today, Mayor Edward B. Murray announced $12 million in new funding to implement strategies laid out in the City’s new homelessness plan, “Pathways Home,” Seattle’s Person-Centered Plan to Support People Experiencing Homelessness. This […]


Today the Mayors of Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Canada signed a Memorandum of Cooperation committing to work together in growing their respective cities’ resilience to the challenges of climate change, seismic risks, affordable housing, and […]


Council unanimously (9-0) adopted Secure Scheduling legislation today, adding stability and predictability to Seattle shift workers’ hourly incomes and schedules. The legislation, developed collaboratively between Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember […]


Today, Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Debora Juarez and Lorena González announced that the City will review the proposed new North Precinct facility, citing concerns around equity, cost and community needs. The City will follow a […]


Happy National Coffee Day !


If caffeine is the music in your ears, the spring in your step, the very blood in your veins, well, tomorrow is your big day: National Coffee Day is Sept. 29, and with it comes a pile of offers from U.S. java joints for free or discounted coffee. We’ve got the goods on where to score your cheap fix in honor of such an important day.Image result for Coffee beans

As always, some deals might not be offered at your local restaurant or chain, so call ahead to make sure you don’t get there and face disappointment.

Krispy Kreme: Customers can get a free small coffee and a free Original Glazed doughnut at participating locations in the U.S. on Sept. 29.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Medium hot coffee is just $0.66 tomorrow in honor of the chain’s 66th anniversary.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: All non-franchised stores will offer a free espresso shot when customers download the new mobile app. Guests who already have the app downloaded will get double points.

WaWa: The regional chain is offering a free cup of coffee (self-serve, up to 24 ounces) tomorrow.

Peet’s Coffee: Peet’s will give away a free medium drip coffee with the purchase of any fresh food item at participating cafe locations.

Sheetz: Customers who can show their registered My Sheetz Card can have a free small cold brew coffee, which is a new offering for the chain starting on Thursday.

Cumberland Farms: On National Coffee Day, customers can text the word FREECOFFEE to 64827 using their smartphone, and will receive a mobile coupon for a free hot or iced coffee, in any size — but the coupon can only be redeemed Sept. 29. Fast forward to every Friday in October, when the chain will offer any size of iced or hot coffee for free.

Keurig: Keurig will be offering deals on several coffee items through Oct. 2, including 20% off Green Mountain Coffee recyclable K-cup pods, and 15% off other beverages like the Original Donut Shop with the code GREENSAVINGS at checkout.

Dairy Queen: Now through Friday, Sept. 30, customers can get a small iced coffee for $1, an Ultimate Frappe for $2, or a Premium Fruit Smoothie for $2.

Maui Wowi Hawaiian: The chain is dangling 50% off online orders for customers shopping on the company’s site if they use the promo code ALOHACOFFEE at checkout.

Pilot Flying J: Guests can receive one free small cup of Pilot Coffee or another hot beverage of their choice, including tea and cappuccino in the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 29. To get the free coffee, you’ll have to display an online coupon via Pilot Flying J’s Facebook page at the time of purchase in-store.

Illy: The brand is offering special deals on coffee and coffee makers all month long, including on Sept. 29, and there are a bunch of’em: $100 off X1 Machine; a complimentary Illy KeepCup with orders $75+ using the cod UEKEEPCUP16; 15% off online orders of $75+, 20% off orders of $150+, and 25% off orders of $225+ using the code UEFLASH16B; four boxes of K-Cup Pods for the price of three; free X7.1 in red or black with a subscription; and $150 off Y5 Espresso & Coffee Machine.

Atlas Coffee Club: The first bag of coffee is free for folks who sign up for a monthly subscription to Atlas Coffee Club, a travel themed coffee subscription. Use the discount code: coffeetravels2016.

Giving Back

Instead of offering freebies to customers, these chains are using National Coffee Day to give back to others.

Caribou Coffee: The chain will donate a free cup of coffee to caregivers at health facilities and hospitals across the country when people purchase a cup of Amy’s Blend coffee — sales of which support CancerCare — on National Coffee Day.

Starbucks: Starbucks will donate a coffee tree for every brewed cup of México Chiapas coffee customers buy on Sept. 29.



Part of Consumer Reports

Founded in 2005, Consumerist is an independent source of consumer news and information published by Consumer Media LLC, a not-for-profit subsidiary of Consumer Reports.

Watch our new video and help #EndAmazonCrude!

Help us launch our newest campaign!
Watch and share a video by Pulitzer Prize-winning animator Mark Fiore and sign the petition to #EndAmazonCrude!
Every day over 9 million gallons of Amazon crude are extracted from oil wells in the western Amazon rainforest, shipped to refineries in the U.S., and processed into fuel that ends up in vehicle fleets across the country.Drilling Amazon crude has a triple carbon impact: the burning of the oil, the emissions released when cutting down the rainforest, and the destruction of the world’s largest carbon sink. The Amazon regulates global weather, contains one-fifth of the world’s flowing fresh water, and produces one-fifth of our oxygen. It is also home to over 400 distinct indigenous peoples, some of whom could be wiped out by drilling in their territory. It must be protected.

Amazon crude is destroying the rainforest, devastating our climate, and it is deadly to indigenous peoples. Please sign the petition to help #EndAmazonCrude!