Recall Alert: Amy’s Kitchen Frozen Meals Could Contain Listeria


(PCM) Thus far there have been no reports of any illness associated with consuming Amy’s Kitchen frozen meal, however the company has issued a voluntary recall of about 73, 897 cases of their meals which contain organic spinach that could possibly be infected with listeria.

The possibility of listeria contamination was brought to the company’s attention by one of their organic spinach suppliers who warned that the presence of listeria could be linked to the spinach from their facility.

The FDA explains that listeria infection can be deadly for young children, the weak and the elderly but healthy adults should only deal with short-term symptoms. In a statement they say “Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

Customers who purchased any of the affected Amy’s Kitchen frozen meals can return them to the point of purchase for an exchange or a full refund. A full list of the meals being recalled and the contact information for Amy’s Kitchen can be found in the post below:

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Blue Bell Issues Ice Cream Recall After The Death Of Three People


(PCM) Tragically, three people have died in Kansas after consuming Blue Bell ice cream products that tested positive for Listeria. Now, Blue Bell has made the decision to recall their products, which is a first in the company’s 108-year history.

The individuals who died became ill at a Kansas hospital between January 2014 and January 2015. The ice cream was not linked to their deaths until recently when four strains of listeria monocytogenes were discovered in Blue Bell products during routine testing at the company’s South Carolina distribution center.

Blue Bell’s creamery in Texas was contacted and further testing at the Texas creamery also found positive listeria samples. The affected products (see list below) have been removed from the market and the company’s production line has been temporarily shut down.

Chocolate Chip Country Cookie SKU #196.

Great Divide Bar SKU #108.

Sour Pop Green Apple Bar SKU #221.

Cotton Candy Bar SKU # 216.

Scoops SKU #117.

Vanilla Stick Slices SKU #964.

Almond Bars SKU #156.

6-pack Cotton Candy Bars SKU #245.

6-pack Sour Pop Green Apple Bars SKU #249.

12-pack No Sugar Added Mooo Bars SKU #343.

It is worth noting that the affected products were most likely not sold in grocery store or retail chains but rather available in hospitals and food service restaurants. Blue Bell products are distributed to 23 different states. If you discover any of the affected products please discard them immediately and do not consume.  Cups, pints, and half gallons were not included in the recall advisory.

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Dunkin Donuts Set To Remove Chemical Compound From Powdered Donuts


(PCM) It is certainly quite unsettling to learn that for many years Dunkin Donuts has been using a chemical compound on their powdered donuts called titanium dioxide in order to brighten their appearance. This same chemical is also found in both sunscreen and paint products and is thought to be fairly unsafe for human consumption.

An advocacy group called “As You Sow” pushed for Dunkin Donuts to remove the chemical which brightens the powdered sugar claiming that it can cause chromosomal damage and other health issues. It seems that their pleas have been answered and an executive from Dunkin Donuts announced that the company is currently reformulating their powdered sugar and a currently at work on a new schedule to reveal the new and improved recipe.

“As You Sow” is incredibly pleased with this outcome and praises Dunkin Donuts for their swift and intelligent decision to remove the titanium dioxide from their food products. The use of titanium dioxide in foods is currently not monitored by the FDA and falls under the same category of materials as something like asbestos, where no one really understood it’s dangers while it was still in use until the harm was already done.

See … you never really know what you are eating! It makes us wonder how many other companies could be using this particular chemical as well.

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Facebook Stirs Up Controversy With The ‘Feeling Fat’ Emoticon


(PCM) We are not really sure when “fat” became a feeling, but according to Facebook it is and there is even an emoticon to prove it. However, many people are not pleased with Facebook using “fat” as an option to describe how one may be feeling and are asking that the company remove the controversial emoticon from the list.

There are over 100 emoticons on the list that Facebook users can choose to describe the way they are feeling when posting a status update to friends and followers. These include “happy”, “sad”, “angry” and “sarcastic” to name a few, but many feel that including “fat” on this list is nothing more than body-shaming. They feel that “fat” definitely describes someones body image rather than a feeling.

A group called Endangered Bodies has even gone as far as to create a petition urging Facebook to remove the “fat” emoticon and thus far the petition has received the support of over 15,000 people.

The petition states, “Fat is not a feeling. Fat is a natural part of our bodies, no matter their weight. And all bodies deserve to be respected and cared for.”

Endangered Bodies fears that hearing the words “I feel fat” can be very damaging to someone who is suffering from an eating disorder, while to others it may seem harmless or funny.

Sources say that Facebook is currently in talks with Endangered Bodies and is aware of the petition, however they have revealed no plans to remove the “fat” emoticon. The company is currently working with the National Eating Disorders Association to provide assistance to individuals who are suffering with an eating disorder of any kind.


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Cindy Crawford Did Not Give The Go Ahead To Share Un-retouched Photo


(PCM) As we are sure many of you have heard or seen by now, an un-retouched photograph of model Cindy Crawford was posted on the net creating a frenzy of commentary in regards to body image and aging.

The image in question was posted on Twitter by British journalist Charlene White and it featured Crawford posed in black lingerie, however visible cellulite, wrinkles and sun damage can also be seen in the image. You can see a lot of skin imperfections. However, it was White’s point to try to applaud Crawford for going photoshop free!  The tweet can be seen below:

When the photo made the social media rounds many people commended White for sharing the image and were also praising Crawford for having the courage to open herself up to public scrutiny.

White was under the impression that the photo was leaked from a Marie Claire magazine photo shoot and while this is half true it was for Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America which is run by a different publisher than Marie Claire in the States.  It was an unpublished outtake from a 2013 photo shoot and it was shared without Crawford’s knowledge or permission.

Crawford has yet to publicly comment on the photo, however in light of this new information many are beginning to question White’s motives in publishing the image in the first place. Many feel that she is doing just the opposite of what she intended by objectifying Crawford’s body via social media to make a point about body image standards.

White still stands behind her posting of the image and told Good Morning America that she felt it was empowering to see someone as beautiful and iconic as Cindy Crawford in her natural form.

What do you think? Should White have shared the image?

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Montana State Legislator Wants To Ban Yoga Pants


(PCM) There has always been a little bit of controversy surrounding yoga pants and whether or not they are deemed to be proper everyday attire or are indeed too form-fitting and revealing.

Montana State representative David Moore is stirring up the controversy even more by proposing a new bill that would make wearing yoga pants in his state a criminal offense.

The bill was introduced to the table for voting last week and it states that any clothing that exposes the nipples or gives the appearance or simulation of someone’s buttocks, genitals, or pelvic area should be considered indecent exposure and punishable by law.

While the bill does not specifically say yoga pants, Moore was recently quoted during a hearing saying “Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway”.  Authorities would be able to arrest anyone at their discretion for wearing provocative clothing and the charges could be up to five years imprisonment or a $5,000 dollar fine.

No need to worry however, Moore’s ridiculous bill was shut down unanimously by his colleagues and will most likely not be up on the table for voting again anytime soon.

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