Rita’s Italian Ice Replaces Frozen Custard With More Sustainable Premium Ice Cream

RitasItalianIce(PCM) The largest outbreak of bird flu has affected the nation’s largest Italian Ice concept, Rita’s Italian Ice.

The chain made the decision to stop producing their creamy frozen custard due to an egg shortage caused by the bird flu outbreak.

Regarding the outbreak, Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator for the USDA’s animal and plant health inspection service, said in written testimony to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: “Today, we are facing the largest animal health emergency in this country’s history. People have lost their jobs and have seen their livelihoods put in danger, and our hearts go out to them.”

The outbreak, being the worst in the history of the United States, had forced the killing of 42 million chickens and over 7 million turkeys as of May. An estimated 10% of the country’s egg-laying population has been lost.

Rita’s addressed the egg shortage head-on by replacing all of their frozen custard with premium soft serve ice cream.

A Soft-Serve Ice Cream FAQ page on the official Rita’s website addresses the change, stating: “Rita’s is one of the many companies being affected by the egg shortage because our award-winning Frozen Custard gets its rich, creamy flavor and texture from real eggs. Until we are able to acquire eggs we are substituting a premium Rita’s Soft-Serve Ice Cream which is also terrific in all our signature treats.”

The company has received support from loyal fans for its transparency and proactiveness and showed gratitude in the form of a Facebook post:

We appreciate all the Rita’s fans who have reached out about the nationwide egg shortage and its effect on our custard….

Posted by Rita’s Italian Ice on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Let us know if you’ve tried Rita’s Soft-Serve Ice Cream in place of the traditional frozen custard!

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FDA Calls For Trans Fat To Be Removed From All Products

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(PCM) The U.S. Food And Drug Administration has issued a statement that health advocates have been waiting for, for years. After many extensive studies about the use of trans fat or partially hydrogenated oils, the FDA has deemed them to be unsuited for human consumption and now manufacturers have three years to remove them from their products.

In their statement the FDA says “The FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans.This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.”

If companies refuse to abide by the FDA’s new regulations in regards to the use of trans fat they will face penalty if they do not file for a special permit and be specifically approved by the FDA administration.

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Taylor Swift Grants The Wish Of A Cancer-Stricken Delaware Teen


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(PCM) Thanks to the assistance of the police department in Dover, Delaware, pop superstar Taylor Swift was able to grant the wish of a cancer stricken teen who was unable to attend Swift’s sold-out concerts at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA this past weekend.

The Dover PD produced the following video about the life of 13-year old Victoria Marsh, who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer late last year after discovering some pain in her ankle. The video has been viewed over 1.4 million times on Facebook, and eventually got the attention of Taylor Swift and her team, who made young Victoria’s wish come true.

Swift invited Victoria, who also suffers from Downs Syndrome, and two of her sisters to a private meet & greet back stage just prior to her amazing performance on the “1989 World Tour”. Unfortunately, Victoria’s doctors were not able to clear her to attend the actual concert, but she did receive an 8-hour pass for the hospital to attend the meet & greet with her favorite musician.


The Dover PD were overjoyed to help make Victoria’s dream come true and posted images of Victoria and her sisters meeting her idol on their official Facebook page. Such an amazing story, as we are so glad to hear that young Victoria’s #Swiftawish came true.

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The #bellybuttonchallenge Is Stirring Up Some Controversy


(PCM) The latest challenge to take social media by storm is the #bellybuttonchallenge, however many experts warn that this particular challenge could possibly promote unrealistic body image standards, as well as, overall health and weight concerns that could lead to eating disorders.

The challenge, which started in China, is an attempt for individuals to prove how physically fit they are by reaching one arm around their backs and touching their belly button from the opposite side. If the person taking the challenge is unable to reach around their back and touch their belly button then they are considered to be overweight and need to diet.

It is obvious the many psychological ramifications this challenge is promoting and it is certainly stirring up quite a debate, now that people all over the world have begun posting their own Belly Button Challenge images.

What are your thoughts on this new social media challenge craze?  Do you feel that it promotes an unhealthy body image standard?

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THINX Panties Could Revolutionize The Way Women Deal With Their Period


(PCM) Period, “that time of the month”, a visit from Aunt Flo, on the rag, no matter how you describe it a monthly menstrual cycle is something that millions of women across the world deal with each and every single day. It is generally something that a lot of women dread and certainly not something that we choose to talk about very openly.

A company called THINX wants to change all that and have created an amazing new panties line that promise to be “stain and leak resistant, wick moisture and provide anti-bacterial support”. Could the days of shopping for endless tampons and maxi-pads be finally coming to an end?

According to their website, where you can order THINX panties in a variety of super-cute styles, “THINX is made up of THINX QuadTECH, super-thin high-performance materials that resist stains and leaks, wick moisture and provide anti-bacterial support. The first line of THINX can completely replace panty liners on days when you want light support or it can act as back up to your traditional disposable or washable/reusable methods on heavier days.” Sounds like an absolute dream come true!

THINX is the brain-child of Antonia Dunbar, Miki and Radha Agrawal and they come in three different styles. Hiphugger ($34), cheeky ($29), and thong ($24) and although the price is a bit high for panties, they are completely reusable and think of all the money you will be saving not having to purchase all those pads and tampons each and every month.  Thus far the feedback on the THINX panties has been fantastic and many of the reviews claim they actually work. THINX has also partnered up with the startup AFRIPads to give seven pads to a girl in the developing world for every pair of underwear sold.  Not a bad deal at all!

What do you think? Would you be willing to put THINX to the test?

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Could Sleeping Naked Make You Feel Better And Look Younger?


(PCM) The news about the benefits of sleeping naked have been circulating around for a good number of years now, however according to the National Sleep Foundation, only about 12% of people actually follow this advice. Research shows that a heft majority of people just out and out refuse to sleep in the nude for a variety of different reasons.

Experts claim that sleeping in the buff is both good for your body and good for your relationship with your partner, as well as a slew of other reasons which were recently complied in list by Good Housekeeping magazine.

It is known that your body temperature goes down as you sleep and several studies link insomnia with being too hot. According to GH, being naked helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep by keeping your body cooler.

The GH list also reveals that sleeping naked can make you look younger because when the body is cooled down properly, it releases anti-aging hormones (melatonin and growth hormone) and if the body temperature stays too high the regenerative power is blocked. Sleeping nude is ultimately a beauty blessing.

Also, sleeping in the nude can help increase the bond between you and your partner. Oxytocin, otherwise known as the love hormone,  is naturally release through skin to skin contact. It’s presence has been known to increase both bonding and emotional closeness in relationships. It can also boost self-esteem and overall confidence.

Finally, there can even be a immunity and physical fitness boost from sleeping in the nude. Skin to skin contact decreases the body’s production of cortisol, which suppresses the immune system. As cortisol levels go down at night than energy and hunger levels can stay balanced the following day.

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