CONSUMER ALERTS (2)! CONSUMER ALERTS (2)! June 11, 2009 6:59 AM
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OCA Web Forum Posting of the Week
Silk Soymilk Packaging Scam
The OCA web forum is an online community of like-minded people sharing thoughts about the wide variety of topics you regularly read about in Organic Bytes or on the OCA website. The web forum now has over 4,500 members and nearly 10,000 posts. One of those recent posts was from a user named Tedalan:
"I was very involved in the creation of Silk Organic Soymilk when it was first designed and manufactured. Steve Demos was very committed to Silk being Non-GMO, Organic and Vegan. Suddenly, when buying Silk at Whole Foods, I discovered that none of the Silk flavors in half gallon containers were certified organic. The cartons look exactly the same as before with the exception/removal of the USDA Organic Seal and the word "organic" before soybeans in the nutritional panel. This is a very sneaky way for a manufacturer to discontinue Non-GMO Organic soybeans in the manufacture of their product. I also wonder why Whole Foods continues to sell this product without a warning sign."
Hi Carol! Glad to see you here June 12, 2009 7:39 PM
Yes I know, we were all told soy was good for us. It was all propaganda unfortunately to foist an unsafe product (cheap to grow) on an unsuspecting public. Only fermented soy is safe. Check out the link above to find out why.
[...] It's also turning out to be all too true. A recent report released by The Organic Center, the Union for Concerned Scientists and the Center for Food Safety found that the widespread use of genetically modified (GM) crops has led to a sharp increase in the use of agricultural chemicals in the U.S., created herbicide-resistant "super weeds" and increased the amount of chemical residues in food.
A very large company that starts with the letter M, is becoming or has already become a monopoly force in the food supply arena..
If you are a farmer in the US, you basically cannot plant any seeds unless you buy them from this company. Any resisting this is taken to court and sued until they stop resisting. They are going after all who dare to stand up to them.
They will control the whole US food supply soon. They control more than 90% of certain food seeds already and are expanding that daily. If they keep going, which they will, it means they will control all seeds, fertilizer, pesticides.... our entire food supply.
Is that good for competition, freedom, democracy, or rights?
Soy is bad? But... as chinese, we have been taking soy products traditionally for generation, almost everyday, like Doufu, Dougan (hardened version of doufu), DouPok (dried version of dougan), Douhua (softer version of toufu), Doushui (soya milk). The malays also had their version called Tempeh (or nadou as more commonly known in china and japan), still in bean form but pasted together. Or, is there difference between the one marketed heavily in your country compared to the ones chinese have been consuming for thousands of years? Or it's just that geographical shaping of asian species for thousands of years have made our diet different than those of the western people?
PAIN IN THE SHREK: McDonald's is recalling 12 million Shrek-themed drinking glasses (pictured), after tests revealed the cheap, American-made collectibles are decorated with paint containing the toxic metal cadmium. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the voluntary recall early Friday and warned consumers to immediately stop using the glasses, which were being sold for about $2 each to promote the Dreamworks Animation movie "Shrek Forever After." Cadmium is known to cause cancer in humans, and long-term exposure has also been linked to kidney problems and softening of bones. The cadmium-laden paint is on the outside of the glasses, but it could potentially leach onto a child's hand and enter the body if the child puts that hand into his or her mouth without first washing it. The recall renews an ongoing furor over cadmium used to create red and yellow pigments in children's products, a controversy that erupted earlier this year when kids' jewelry made in China was found to contain dangerous levels of cadmium. While the McDonald's glasses have lower levels of cadmium than the Chinese jewelry, the fact they were made in the United State nonetheless unnerved many parents and consumer advocates. The contamination first came to light last week, after an anonymous tipster told U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., that X-ray testing revealed the metal was present in paint on the glasses' surface. "Our children's health should not depend on the consciences of anonymous sources," Speier said in a statement Friday. "Although McDonald's did the right thing by recalling these products, we need stronger testing standards to ensure that all children's products are proven safe before they hit the shelves." (Sources: AP, Bloomberg News)
How did EWG come up with this list? Each of the products to avoid meets all of these criteria:
SPF values above 50-plus. Higher SPF products are not necessarily best. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration says these numbers can be misleading. There's a concern that high SPF products may give people a false sense of security and encourage people to stay out in the sun for too long without reapplying sunscreen. It's also important to note that the SPF is based solely on UVB protection.
Contains oxybenzone and vitamin A.Oxybenzone is a concern because it penetrates the skin, is associated with allergic reactions, and is a potential hormone disruptor. Retinyl palmitate is a form of vitamin A that may not be safe when exposed to sunlight. EWG recommends choosing products with one of these ingredients instead: zinc, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, or Mexoryl SX.
Cantaloupe illnesses and deaths expected to rise September 29, 2011 3:47 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) Federal health officials said Wednesday more illnesses and possibly more deaths may be linked to an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe in coming weeks.
So far, the outbreak has caused at least 72 illnesses including up to 16 deaths in 18 states, making it the deadliest food outbreak in the United States in more than a decade.
The heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said consumers who have cantaloupes produced by Jensen Farms in Colorado should throw them out. If they are not sure where the fruit is from, they shouldn't eat it.
Neither the government nor Jensen Farms has supplied a list of retailers who may have sold the fruit. Officials say consumers should ask retailers about the origins of their cantaloupe. If they still aren't sure, they should get rid of it.
"If it's not Jensen Farms, it's OK to eat," said Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC. "But if you can't confirm it's not Jensen Farms, then it's best to throw it out."
Jensen Farms of Holly, Colo. says it shipped cantaloupes to 25 states, though the FDA has said it may be more, and illnesses have been discovered in several states that were not on the shipping list. A spokeswoman for Jensen Farms said the company's product is often sold and resold, so they do not always know where it went.
The recalled cantaloupes may be labeled "Colorado Grown," ''Distributed by Frontera Produce," ''Jensenfarms.com" or "Sweet Rocky Fords." Not all of the recalled cantaloupes are labeled with a sticker, the FDA said. The company said it shipped out more than 300,000 cases of cantaloupes that contained five to 15 melons, meaning the recall involved 1.5 million to 4.5 million pieces of fruit.
The FDA said none of the cantaloupes had been exported, reversing an earlier statement that some of the tainted melons had been shipped abroad.
Frieden and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said that illnesses are expected for weeks to come because the incubation period for listeria can be a month or even longer. That means that someone who ate contaminated cantaloupe last week may not get sick until next month. Jensen Farms last shipped cantaloupes on Sept. 10. The shelf life is about two weeks.
"We will see more cases likely through October," Hamburg said.
The Food and Drug Administration said state health officials found listeria in cantaloupes taken from Colorado grocery stores and from a victim's home that were grown at Jensen Farms. Matching strains of the disease were found on equipment and cantaloupe samples at Jensen Farms' packing facility in Granada, Colo.
Sherri McGarry, a senior adviser in the FDA's Office of Foods, said the agency is looking at the farm's water supply and possible animal intrusions among other things in trying to figure out how the cantaloupes became contaminated. Listeria bacteria grow in moist, muddy conditions and are often carried by animals.
The health officials said this is the first known outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe. Listeria is generally found in processed meats and unpasteurized milk and cheese, though there have been a growing number of outbreaks in produce. Hamburg called the outbreak a "surprise" and said the agencies are studying it closely to find out how it happened.
Cantaloupe is often the source of outbreaks, however. Frieden said CDC had identified 10 other cantaloupe outbreaks in the last decade, most of them from salmonella.
Listeria is more deadly than well-known pathogens like salmonella and E. coli, though those outbreaks generally cause many more illnesses. Twenty-one people died in an outbreak of listeria poisoning in 1998 traced to contaminated hot dogs and possibly deli meats made by Bil Mar Foods, a subsidiary of Sara Lee Corp. Another large listeria outbreak, in 1985, killed 52 people and was linked to Mexican-style soft cheese.
Listeria generally only sickens the elderly, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems. The CDC said the median age of those sickened is 78 and that 1 in 5 who contract the disease can die from it. Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, often with other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Unlike many pathogens, listeria bacteria can grow at room temperatures and even refrigerator temperatures. It is hardy and can linger long after the source of the contamination is gone health officials say people who may have had the contaminated fruit in their kitchens should clean and sanitize any surfaces it may have touched.
The CDC said Tuesday that 13 deaths are linked to the tainted fruit. State and local officials say they are investigating three additional deaths that may be connected.
The death toll released by the CDC Tuesday surpassed the number of deaths linked to an outbreak of salmonella in peanuts almost three years ago. Nine people died in that outbreak. The CDC reported four deaths in New Mexico, two deaths each in Colorado and Texas and one death each in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Maryland.
New Mexico officials said Tuesday they are investigating a fifth death, while health authorities in Kansas and Wyoming said they too are investigating additional deaths possibly linked to the tainted fruit.
The CDC reported the 72 illnesses and deaths in 18 states. Cases of listeria were reported in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The most illnesses were reported in Colorado, which has seen 15 sickened. Fourteen illnesses were reported in Texas, 10 in New Mexico and eight in Oklahoma.
While most healthy adults can consume listeria with no ill effects, it can kill the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. It is also dangerous to pregnant women because it easily passes through to the fetus. The CDC's Frieden said that two of those sickened were pregnant women but they have since recovered.