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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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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Why I Will Never Shop At Cricket Wireless Again


(PCM) It is not very often that I make the decision to share a personal story online, however I was so hurt and infuriated about the service I received during a recent visit to a Cricket Wireless store that I felt compelled to share and let them know that the type of service I received was completely and totally unacceptable.

Many of us have worked in retail over the years and we all know that customer returns can certainly be one of the bigger headaches that occur on a day to day basis. Most retail employees have surely heard every excuse in the book as to why a person needs to return a particular product.  Often times the employees hands are tied at being able to complete the return due to each stores specific policies, procedures, etc.

Here’s where I get to Cricket Wireless.  I did read online that the company offers a seven day return policy on all of their devices, which I was not aware of until after this incident, however I admit that I was trying to return the device on day eight.  I should have probably prefaced this by saying that we are currently dealing with a personal family emergency, as my mother-in-law is currently on her death bed and we have been extremely busy with around the clock care making sure she is as pain-free and comfortable as possible during her final days.  Hence, the reason that I was not able to get the phone back to the retail location for return any sooner.

One of my mother-in-law’s wishes when she was first hospitalized was to finally own a smart-phone, as she wanted to use it to check emails and make calls easily during her hospital stay.  My fiancee purchased the phone for his mother, as per her wishes,  and it was then that she tragically took a turn for the worst.  Hospice has been called in and she obviously has no use for the phone at this time.  Since it had only been purchased a few days prior to her health decline, we figured that the company would be fairly understanding about our reasons for wanting to make a product return.

I took the phone, still in the box, along with all the paperwork and receipt to the Cricket Wireless location at 3616 Kirkwood Highway in Wilmington, Delaware.  The dark-haired girl behind the counter, whose name I unfortunately can not recall,  took a look at the paper work and informed me of the store’s seven day return policy.  I explained the entire situation about my mother-in-law’s illness and the reason that the phone needed to be returned if possible. Although I did understand that we were unfortunately one day too late.

I saw the store employee send a text message out to who I am guessing was the store owner or manager and then finally make a phone call about the situation when she received no immediate response.  It was just myself and two other gentlemen in the store at this time.  I heard the employee telling the owner/manager my situation and then she hung up the phone. It was at this time that she shockingly looked at me and said verbatim “He said he doesn’t care”.

With the ordeal that my family has been going through these last few days, that was probably one of the most cold and cruel responses to come out of her mouth.  I was flabbergasted and said to her “He really said it like that?”  She said “yes, he doesn’t care”.  Even the other two gentlemen in the store were as absolutely shocked and horrified as I was about her response.

I mean, even if that was exactly what the owner/manager had said to her on the phone, there is a way to sugar coat things a bit when dealing with a customer who is currently in a fragile emotional state.  It was not so much that they could not take back and refund the phone, but it was the utter lack of common sense and decency when speaking to another individual. It was so cold and heartless. She could have easily said “I’m very sorry Miss, but my manger unfortunately told me I can not return the phone, as I can not break store policy”  or “I’m very sorry for your situation, but at this time there is nothing I can really do about assisting you with the return as the manger will not allow it”.

Anything, and I mean anything at all would have been better to hear that “I/He doesn’t care” at that given moment.  Cricket Wireless should be ashamed of themselves for not providing better customer service training and teaching their employees to show at least some shred of compassion towards their customers. I can say with certainly that Cricket Wireless has lost a customer for life and I will do everything in my power to make sure that other consumers know that this is how the company behaves and treats its’ clientele.

Shame on you Cricket Wireless, shame on you!

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Beyonce Introduces New Vegan Meal Delivery Service


(PCM) Wow, we had known that both Beyonce and Jay Z had tried the vegan lifestyle at one point, but had no idea that Beyonce was this dedicated.

Beyonce has just recently launched a new vegan meal delivery service called “22 Days Nutrition” in partnership with her personal trainer Marco Borges. The idea behind “22 Days Nutrition” is that it takes 22 days to break any bad habit. Borges says “The vegan meal delivery program makes it easier to reset your habits with healthy and delicious plant-based foods.”

While we think the meal prices are a little on the expensive side at roughly $9.24 to  $14.85 per meal, however all ingredients will be non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and organic.  They are 100% plant based and delivered once per week.

The delivery service is split into three different meal plans and offer one meal to three meals a day offerings. Choices for breakfast include an almond berry breakfast loaf or heart nut granola, lunch/dinner includes curried fried rice with vegetables or ratatouille pasta with pesto.

Beyonce claims that “”All you have to do is try. If I can do it, anyone can”.

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New Study Reveals The Dangers Of Energy Drinks Especially For Kids


(PCM) A new study has been conducted by the American Heart Association that has revealed that over 40 % of phone calls made to the poison control center are related to the consumption of energy drinks by young children under the age of 6.

In a majority of the cases, the parents were unaware that their children had consumed the energy drink until they became ill. The children were suffering from both cardiac and neurological symptoms and even in some cases seizures and heart rhythm abnormalities.

The amount of pharmaceutical-grade caffeine and natural additive that is contained in many popular energy drink varieties can by up to 300 mg.  Adolescents can begin experiencing health problems with only 100 mgs, so therefore with young children even a smaller amount could be damaging.

The study also goes on to say that their research only shows calls that were made to the poison control center referencing energy drink consumption. There are probably many more cases where the parents never called the control center and took their children straight to the doctor and/or emergency room.

Many medical experts have come forward and said that even as adults we need to be more responsible with our energy intake and there are new demands being requested by lawmakers to force the FDA to disclose the drinks caffeine content and health risks on energy drink labels.

The FDA has not made a statement about any type of safe level of caffeine for young children and majority of doctors would prefer that children consume no caffeine at all.

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The Dangers Of E-Cigarette Use


(PCM) Many people feel that the use of e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking actual tobacco cigarettes and “vaping” has soared in popularity in recent months. However, are e-cigarettes still considered a health risk?

The answer is yes. New research released by the New England Journal of Medicine claims that the vapor produced by e-cigarettes when turned up to their highest voltage levels, contain a very high concentration of formaldehyde, which is labeled a carcinogen.

While experts do claim that the health risks involved with smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes are much higher, they also feel that there are certain dangers to “vaping” on e-cigarettes that should not be ignored.

Many smokers begin using e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool, however some of the new research points to the fact that they formaldehyde levels found in the e-cigarette vapor were significantly higher than what is present in tobacco cigarettes.

Long-term exposure to this chemical substance can lead to lung cancer.  It is worth noting again that the levels of formaldehyde were only discovered when the e-cigarettes were turned up to their highest voltage, but that also seems to be the level that most users tend set their e-cigarettes on to get the maximum effect.

Either way, quitting smoking completely is truly a person’s best option to lead a full and healthy lifestyle.

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