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Updated Food Recall Warning – Pusateri’s Fine Foods brand Organic Whole Black Peppercorns recalled due to Salmonella

Updated Food Recall Warning – Pusateri’s Fine Foods brand Organic Whole Black Peppercorns recalled due to Salmonella

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Ottawa, April 12, 2014 – The food recall warning issued on April 5, 2014 has been updated to include an additional product.Organic Connections Ltd. is recalling Pusateri’s Fine Foods brand Organic Whole Black Peppercorns from the marketplace due to possible Salmonellacontamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Pusateri’s Fine Foods Organic Whole Black Peppercorns 245 g Lot # 040203-002 6 28240 51655 8
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Rice Porridge Recall: Product May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

CP  |  By The Canadian Press Posted: 04/04/2014 5:23 am EDT  |  Updated: 04/04/2014 6:59 am EDT

rice porridge recall

OTTAWA – A Korean-made rice product is being recalled because of concerns it may allow the growth of a bacteria that causes botulism

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Rice Porridge with Abalone from Korea Food Trading Ltd. is sold in Ontario and New Brunswick but may also have been distributed in other provinces.

The product is sold in a round 288-gram container featuring Korean characters with a code reading 2015-01-24.


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Local science project finds high levels of radiation in seaweed

By Elizabeth McSheffrey, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune

Grade 10 Composite High School student Bronwyn Delacruz shows off her Geiger Counter, a handheld detector that measures ionizing radiation in certain food products.  Elizabeth McSheffrey/Daily Herald-Tribune<br />

Grade 10 Composite High School student Bronwyn Delacruz shows off her Geiger Counter, a handheld detector that measures ionizing radiation in certain food products. Elizabeth McSheffrey/Daily Herald-Tribune

When Bronwyn Delacruz started testing seaweed in her living room last August, she made an incredible discovery: Something unexpected may be lurking in Canadian waters.

The Composite High School Grade 10 student has found disconcerting radiation levels in seaweed products from local grocery stores and is concerned for the health of families who may be consuming them.

Her research on the subject recently earned gold at the regional Canada-Wide Science Fair in Peace River, garnering her a spot at the national competition in Ontario this May.

“I think any dose of radiation can be harmful,” she explained. “Any dose can cause negative health effects, no matter how small it may be.”

Delacruz tested more than 300 individual seaweed samples, with 15 brands exported from New Brunswick, British Columbia, California, Washington, China and Japan.

Each was purchased in an Alberta grocery store, and evaluated for radiation levels using a Geiger counter.

“I just wanted to see if it was contaminated and I did find radioactive contamination in it,” she said. “I’m kind of concerned that this is landing in our grocery stores and that if you aren’t measuring it, you could just be eating this and bringing home to your family.”

Radioactivity is measured in becquerels (Bq), and 0.5 Bq per square centimetre is widely considered an actionable level of contamination.

Delacruz said one Bq is equivalent to 1,450 counts over a 10-minute period, and many of her samples tested well over this amount.

“Kelp was higher than what washttp://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ considered dangerous,” she explained. “Some of them came up to 1,700, 1,800 (counts).”

The student’s research delves further than surface measurements however, and speculates a cause for the unusual counts.

In March 2011, Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami that led to the meltdown of two Fukushima nuclear power plants.

Delacruz believes the current has carried dangerous radiation from Japan’s east coast to Canada’s portion of the Pacific Ocean.

From April 2011 to October 2012, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) tested more than 250 samples of imported foods from Japan, including fish and seafood, processed product, grain, fruit and vegetables.

None of the samples posed a health risk to consumers, it said, based on a Health Canada action level of 1,000 Bq/kg.


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Japan Nuclear Crisis: Information for Canadians Regarding Imported and Domestic Food

Following the March 11 earthquake in Japan, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) took several measures to assess and protect the Canadian food supply from potential effects of Japan’s nuclear crisis. In coordination with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and other government and international partners, the CFIA implemented enhanced import controls, which did not allow food and animal feed products from affected areas in Japan to enter Canada without acceptable documentation or test results verifying their safety.

The CFIA also launched a sampling and testing strategy to monitor radiation levels of imported food from Japan, domestic milk and domestic fish off the coast of British Columbia. More than 200 food samples were tested and all were found to be below Health Canada’s actionable levels for radioactivity. As such, enhanced import controls have been lifted and no additional testing is planned.


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Nevertheless, the CFIA continues to monitor events in Japan and assess any potential impacts on Canada’s food supply. Canadian officials continue to collect and assess intelligence from Japanese officials, Canada’s mission abroad and international authorities. Domestically, atmospheric monitoring continues and Health Canada continues to regularly monitor for radionuclides in food sold in Canada through its Total Diet Study. This would include imports from Japan. As well, Japanese controls on the sale of contaminated product remain intact.

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In Canada, Aquafuchsia Foods is recalling alfalfa sprouts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The sprouts were sold in Quebec. No illnesses associated with the consumption of this product have been reported to date.


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Food Recall Warning – Aquafuchsia brand alfalfa sprout product recalled due to Salmonella

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Recall details

Ottawa, February 25, 2014 – Aquafuchsia Foods Inc. is recalling Aquafuchsia brand alfalfa sprout product from the marketplace due to possibleSalmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

The following product has been sold in Quebec.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Aquafuchsia Salad Plus – Alfalfa with a touch of radish! 125 g 041 0 551176 1

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.


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El Monterey brand Taquitos, Tornados recalled over beef

By THE GAZETTE February 19, 2014

El Monterey brand Taquitos, Tornados recalled over beef

El Monterey brand Taquitos and Tornados, sold across Canada, were pulled from the market on Tuesday and the public is advised not to consume these products.

Photograph by: . , Ruiz Food Products

MONTREAL — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall of a line of Mexican food due to problems with a meat plant in the United States.

El Monterey brand Taquitos and Tornados, sold across Canada, were pulled from the market on Tuesday and the public is advised not to consume these products.


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Giant Foods Alerts Customers To Voluntary Recall Of El Monterey Steak & Cheese Taquitos

Published: Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

LANDOVER, Md., Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –
Following a recall by Ruiz Food Products, Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced it removed from sale El Monterey Steak & Cheese Taquitos as a result of the Rancho Feeding Corporation recall of meat products. The USDA announced a recall of Rancho Feeding Corporation meat products because they were produced without all required inspections.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • El Monterey Steak & Cheese Taquitos, 28 oz., UPC 7100740389, with best if used by dates of:
    • May 5, 2014
    • May 17, 2014
    • May 20, 2014
    • May 22, 2014
    • June 7, 2014
    • October 8, 2014
    • October 11, 2014
    • October 16, 2014
    • October 21, 2014
    • December 12, 2014

Giant has received no reports of illnesses to date.

Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Giant for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Ruiz Foods Customer Line at 800-772-6474. In addition customers may call Giant Customer Service at 1-888-469-4426 for more information. Customers can also visit the Giant Food website at www.GiantFood.com.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 156 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.



Walmart in U.S. Also Recalls El Monterey Taquitos

El Monterey Taquitos and Tornados were recalled in Canada a few days ago because they sourced a “small quantity” of beef from Rancho Feeding Corporation. That company processed diseased and unsound animals without federal inspection so it is considered unwholesome and adulterated. Now Walmart is recalling some Taquitos that were sold in the U.S. that may contain some Rancho beef.

RecallThe recalled products are El Monterey Steak and Cheese Flour Taquitos in the 28 count size. The UPC number is 071007 40389 7 and best if used by dates are 05/05/2014, 05/17/2014, 05/20/2014, 05/22/2014, 06/07/2014, 10/08/2014, 10/11/2014, 10/16/2014, 10/21/2014, and 12/12/2014.


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Burch Farms Cantaloupe Recall Affects ‘Caribbean Gold,’ Not ‘Athena’



Burch Farms has corrected the variety of cantaloupe subject to its recent recall due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination: Instead of the ‘Athena’ variety identified in the original recall and its subsequent update, the variety actually under recall is named ‘Caribbean Gold.’

Athena cantaloupes are not subject to recall, the company said. The correction is not an expansion of the recall.

No illnesses have yet been reported.

The company has recalled 13,888 cases (9 cantaloupes per) and 581 crates (110 cantaloupes per) containing 188,902 melons in all.

Burch Farms expanded its recall from an original 580 cases after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection discovered “unsanitary conditions” at the company’s packing shed.

The original recall of 580 cases came on Saturday, July 28. With this correction issued sometime on Friday, August 3, consumers went six days with incorrect information about the variety of cantaloupe posing a Listeria risk.

“They don’t look anything alike and the whole Athena connection certainly delayed accurate consumer advisories,” said Trevor Suslow, Ph.D., extension research specialist for the UC Davis Center for Produce Safety.

In an email to Food Safety News, Suslow said that the Caribbean Gold variety’s long shelf-life could easily mean some cantaloupes are still sitting in home refrigerators.

The whole Caribbean Gold cantaloupes shipped between July 15th and July 27th to FL, GA, IL, MD, ME, NC, NJ, NY, PA, SC and VA.

The cantaloupes are identified by a red label reading “Burch Farms” referencing PLU #4319. All cantaloupes involved in the recall were grown by Burch Farms, though some may be identified with a “Cottle Strawberry, Inc.” sticker referencing PLU #4319. Cottle Farms is not involved in this recall.

Customers are urged to discard any cantaloupes possibly connected to this recall.

Unlike Athena cantaloupes, which fall from the vine when ripe, Caribbean Golds must be cut during harvest.

Caribbean Golds appear more coarse and rounded:


Athenas appear lighter and show prominent grooves:


Faison, NC-based Burch Farms’ recall comes 11 months after Listeria-contaminated Rocky Ford cantaloupes grown by Jensen Farms in Holly, CO sickened at least 147 people and killed at least 33, becoming one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history.

The cantaloupes’ possible Listeria contamination was discovered through routine testing by the Microbiological Data Program (MDP), a produce testing program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture that accounts for approximately 80 percent of fruit and vegetable testing conducted in the U.S.

Slated to lose funding by the end of July, the $4.5 million/year program’s budget was temporarily extended through the end of the year in mid-July, likely due to heightened media attention following a report by Food Safety News reporter Helena Bottemiller.

Food Safety News will continue following this recall as the story develops.


NRA Works on Food Safety Training in China

By News DeskNational Restaurant Association (NRA) representatives traveled to China last month to promote food safety, according a recent update by the association. A recent update by NRA said the trip was as an opportunity to “further discuss the importance of food… Read more >>

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Canada Tests Tea and Soft Drinks for Safety

By News DeskTwo studies released Friday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) found that dried tea samples analyzed for pesticide residues, mercury and other metals, as well as soft drinks and corn syrup tested for mercury, were safe for consumption. Both studies… Read more >>

Food Safety


Mad Cow No. 4 Found In U.S. Cattle Herd

by Dan Flynn | Apr 24, 2012
After six years, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has again been discovered in the U.S. cattle herd.
A dairy cow in central California dairy was recently diagnosed with BSE, commonly called mad-cow disease, according to USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford.


The carcass of the animal is being held by the state of California at a rendering facility, where it will be destroyed.  In a statement issued Tuesday, Clifford said the animal was never presented for slaughter as food for human consumption and that BSE cannot be transmitted via milk.

Ban, Testing Helped in Discovery of 4th Mad Cow

Luck may have also played a role

by Dan Flynn | Apr 25, 2012
A six-year span without any bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) cases in the U.S. is over as the prion disease has again been discovered in the nation’s cattle herd.


A dairy cow in a central California dairy has been diagnosed with atypical BSE —  mad-cow disease —  according to both state and federal officials.  It is the fourth such infected animal discovered since 2003.
But “there is no public health threat due to the discovery of BSE in a dairy cow,” said Dr. Ron Chap

Colorado Changes Its Cantaloupe Growing Practices

by Dan Flynn | Apr 25, 2012
The few Colorado farmers who grow the same brand of cantaloupe implicated in last year’s Listeria outbreak — the most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness in the U.S. in decades — are falling into line with growing and packing reforms that originated in California.
The California-centered U.S. cantaloupe industry is bending other growing areas to its will without anything more than the powers of persuasion.
John Salazar, Colorado’s commission of agriculture, has enlisted Colorado’s growers who want to carry on the “Rocky Ford” brand of cantaloupes into a new $150,000 state program.  The money will go for enforcement and marketing.


The growers have formed the Rocky Ford Growers Association and, for the first time since melon growing began along the Arkansas River in the 1880s, they’ve trademarked the name “Rocky Ford Cantaloupe.”
More importantly, Colorado cantaloupe growers will accept twice-a-year safety audits to be conducted by state agricultural inspectors.
The first state inspection will be announced, and designed to help growers connect their procedures with the new standards. Some time in the middle of the harvest season, the second audit will be unannounced and aimed at ensuring compliance.
Colorado State University is working with “Rocky Ford” growers to make sure cleaning and cooling practices do not bring about the sort of Listeria growth that went on at Jensen Farms last season.
Jensen Farms is 100 miles east of Colorado’s cantaloupe center — the small town of Rocky Ford.  The Food and Drug Administration said both equipment and cantaloupes in Jensen Farms’ packing shed were contaminated with Listeria. The firm was blamed for a Listeria outbreak that sickened at least 146 in 28 states. There were 36 known deaths.




In Canada, Health Hazard Alert for Fesikh Expanded Again

April 25, 2012 By

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded the health hazard warning for fesikh, a salted and cured fish product that may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Whole fesikh shad has been added to the warning.


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Articles of Interest



Health Conscious in Line for (Some) Fast Food

by Dan Flynn | Apr 25, 2012
The research firm Scarborough, a joint venture of the ratings barons Arbitron Inc. and The Nielsen Company, has profiled healthy consumers and then peeked into their dining habits.


It found that health-conscious consumers were dining at the same fast food outlets as the rest of us — just not in quite as great numbers. But pretty close.
Scarborough attributes this to the success of “healthy menu options,” which the consumers researchers say have caught on at what they call quick service restaurants.
For example, Scarborough found that while 43 percent of all adults in the U.S. have patronized McDonald’s in the last 30 days, so too have 36 percent of all health-conscious consumers.

A Call for Nutritional Unity

by Andy Bellatti | Apr 25, 2012
Every day I spend on social media, I am reminded of a growing epidemic that worries me — dietary tribalism. I’ve made up this term to refer to the many fractionated groups with conflicting dietary views who, for the most part, don’t realize just how much they have in common.


This recent piece in the the New York Times, about the “challenge” of “going vegan,” perfectly encapsulates the problematic way in which we tend to discuss food and nutrition. First, the article frames the eschewing of all animal products as a “challenge.” Loaded lens, anyone? Transitioning from omnivorism to veganism is certainly an adjustment, but if done over the course of several months or even a year, it is certainly easier than attempting it cold turkey or via a “30 day challenge.” And, after a while of eating in that manner, it becomes “the norm.” Riding a bicycle was surely a challenge to most people the first few times, but it eventually becomes an action that feels like second nature.
The article also repeats a familiar, yet inaccurate, idea: that one either is “a vegan” or eats an entire cow in one sitting. This is particularly troubling because it inevitably forces people to “take sides” (i.e.: “vegan is the only way to health” and “veganism is unhealthy”). All this mud-slinging detracts from a more important conversation: Americans need to eat more plant-based foods, less processed food, and be more mindful of where their food comes from, how it is grown, how those who grow it are treated, and how dietary choices affect the environment.
These days, dietary tribalism is rampant. You have, just to name a few, the Paleo folks, the vegans, the raw vegans, the low-carbers, and the fruitarians. While there is certainly something productive and empowering about engaging and connecting with like-minded individuals, these groups often turn into echo chambers where everyone tends to agree with everyone else and, occasionally, point out how “the other group” has it all wrong. Meanwhile, Big Food continues churning out highly processed junk, children as young as four years of age are developing Type 2 diabetes, genetically modified crops are seemingly everywhere, and food injustice issues are only worsening.
In all our “no, but I have THIS mountain of research to back me up” statements, we easily overlook one critical unifying point — we all are seeking out the same goal: health.

Judge Rules In Favor of Jimmy John’s Fired Workers

April 25, 2012 By

On April 20, 2012, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge Arthur Amchan found that MikLin Enterprises, Inc, a franchisee that owns 10 Jimmy John’s sandwich shops in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, unlawfully fired six workers last year when they protested a sick leave policy.

The charge, tried in February 2012, claimed that the restaurant fired the workers after they posted flyers stating customers may get sick eating at Jimmy John’s because the restaurant does not offer paid sick leave. In fact, employees were disciplined if they called in sick and could not find a replacement.

According to the NLRB charge, Jimmy John’s Rule #11 in the 2010 employee handbook states: “Find your own replacement if you are not going to be at work. We do not allow people to simply call in sick! We require our employees and managers to find their own replacement! NO EXCEPTIONS!”

In March 2011, employees asked MikLin Enteprises to provide paid sick leave and change the policy; the company refused. After that refusal, the flyers were posted. Two days later, six employees who posted the flyers were fired.

The company claimed that a “new” policy began in March 2011, which said employees are “expected to be at work on time or find a suitable replacement for their scheduled shifts.” Judge Amchan ruled that this was not a substantial policy change.


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Congressmen Want USDA Chief to Campaign in Support of ‘Pink Slime’

April 24, 2012 By

One week has passed since 30 members of Congress sent a joint letter to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for an explanation of what the USDA has done to correct what the representatives described as widespread misinformation about lean finely texture beef, also known as “LFTB” or “pink slime.”

Vilsack has mentioned the letter in at least one public appearance, thanking the delegation for joining the USDA in defending the use of beef trimmings in mainstream food products. But there has been no publicized, official response from the secretary or the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service — the agency that regulates the meat industry.

The April 18 letter said a misinformation and smear campaign against LFTB has recklessly stifled demand for the product, caused job losses and will lead to higher consumer prices for beef. The House members wrote to Vilsack that the attacks against the quality of LFTB are coming from “a few overzealous individuals in the media.”


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Food Safety


McDonald’s Apologizes to Chinese Consumers for Food Safety Violations


By Helena Bottemiller

Just weeks after launching an advertising campaign focused on food and quality safety in China, McDonalds is under fire for local food safety violations. State-run China Central Television accused the company of selling chicken wings more than an hour and…



Obama agency rules Pepsi’s use of aborted fetal cells in soft drinks

constitutes ‘ordinary business operations’


By Ethan A. Huff,
(NaturalNews) The Obama Administration has given its blessing to PepsiCo to continue utilizing the services of a company that produces flavor chemicals for the beverage giant using aborted human fetal tissue. LifeSiteNews.com reports that the Obama Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided that PepsiCo’s arrangement with San Diego, CalSEC.-based Senomyx, which produces flavor enhancing chemicals for Pepsi using human embryonic kidney tissue, simply constitutes “ordinary business operations…



Yale researchers link cell phone use during pregnancy to behavioral problems in children


These behaviors bear a resemblance to what is found in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD, according to Taylor.

Researchers found that greater exposure to cell phone radiation led to more pronounced behavioral effects. “We did show clearly that this is dose responsive,” Taylor says.

He is also is quick to say the findings don’t mean people should give up their cell phones.

“I wouldn’t want to scare people, that’s very important,” Taylor says. “There are probably some levels of exposure that are safe. But it bears further study.”



Heart attacks without chest pain more common than thought, especially among women


By PF Louis,
(NaturalNews) The CDC reports that approximately 800,000 first time heart attacks occur annually. Ignoring iatrogenic deaths (death by medicine), heart disease is still the number one killer for both men and women. However, the common perception of chest pain or discomfort as a signal that a heart attack is occurring are less than one normally thinks, especially among younger women under 45. A study led by Dr. John Canto at the Watson Clinic in Lakeland, Florida, used medical records in a national…

Sweetened drinks increase risk of heart disease in men by twenty percent


By John Phillip,
(NaturalNews) Researchers publishing the results of a study in the prestigious American Heart Association journal Circulation have found that men who drank a 12-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage a day had a 20 percent higher risk of heart disease compared to men who didn’t drink any sugar-sweetened drinks. This should come as no surprise as sweetened (and calorie-free) beverages have come under scrutiny for contributing to increased risk of potentially fatal conditions such as diabetes, dementia, stroke…

High manganese levels making air breathing hazardous in some residential areas


By J. D. Heyes,
(NaturalNews) A new study has found there are higher levels of potentially toxic manganese in a number of residential neighborhoods that are located near industrial or manufacturing sites at various locations around the country. The study, conducted by researchers from Kansas State University (KSU), Columbia University and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Department of Environmental Health Sciences, found varying levels of manganese in analyzed samples of airborne particulate…

Holistic Health


How juicing can improve your health


By Kim Evans,
(NaturalNews) Adding fresh juices to your diet can be one of the best everyday things you can do for your health. This is the case because with juicing you can take in far more nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables than you ever could just by eating them straight. And these nutrients both protect us from disease and boost our health and vitality. For example, it’s easy to consume the nutrients of a couple of pounds of carrots in a day if you juice them. And while carrots are well known to.

Colloidail silver the perfect mouthwash? Scientists find rinsing mouth with silver treats infections


By Jonathan Benson,

(NaturalNews) The amazing infection-treating properties of silver seem to be flooding the pages of scientific journals these days, as researchers, scientists, and medical experts are finally fessing up to the fact that this unique element possesses healing properties far superior to pharmaceutical antibiotics and drugs. And a new study published in the Society for Applied Microbiology journal Letters in Applied Microbiology reveals that silver is fully capable of killing yeast-based mouth infections…

How vitamin D helps prevent lung cancer


By Aurora Geib,
(NaturalNews) Increasing vitamin D may now be a matter of life or death, as recent studies have shown that it may play a vital role in the fight against lung cancer. To date, lung cancer is one of the three most common cancers that kill men and women in developed countries with a statistic of one million deaths every year. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego discovered a correlative relationship between higher rates of lung cancer and less exposure to the sun. Cancer…

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Could Your Pet Be Harboring This Miserable Little Parasite?


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Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian discusses giardia parasite in pets.





Canada Recalls Seven Months Worth of Frozen Ground Beef


By News Desk

After a series of earlier recalls, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has now recalled all ground beef from New Food Classics ( Establishment 761) that was processed between July 1, 2011 and Feb. 15, 2012 because it may be…



Glass Fragments in Fruit Beverages


By Julia Thomas

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and AllJuice International are advising customers not to consume certain AllJuice products because they may contain harmful glass fragments.There have been no injuries reported. The recalled juices, in 73 mL glass bottles, were distributed in…



Allergen Alert


Allergen Alert: Flavored Peanuts With Milk


By Julia Thomas

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) expanded its warning issued on March 15, 2012 to include the Koh-Kae brand snack products listed below because the products contain milk not declared on the label. There have been no reported illnesses associated…


Food Safety

Department of Agriculture to offer beef without ‘pink slime’ to schools

By Mike Lillis

Facing increasing pressure over its embrace of “pink slime,” the Obama administration announced Thursday that it will offer schools ground beef absent the controversial product.


Working with Public Health Officials Key Topic at Food Safety Summit

By News Desk

Oscar Garrison, President of AFDO will present How the Food Industry and Public Health Officials Must Collaborate to Succeed at the Food Safety Summit on Wed, April 18. In addition to this keynote, Mr. Garrison will present a follow up…



USDA Offers School Districts Choice on ‘Pink Slime’

By Helena Bottemiller

In response to nationwide concern among parents and school service providers about ‘pink slime’ being purchased by the national school lunch program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that next year it will give school districts the ability to…




Washington elites queue up to see nine justices on hot seat

By Janet Adamy and Jess Bravin

The hottest ticket in the capital is for a spot inside the Supreme Court to watch three days of arguments challenging the 2010 health-care law that begin here a week from Monday.



Holistic Health


Australia May Declare Homeopathy ‘Baseless and Unethical’

Homeopathic medicine practitioners may have to defend their practice in Australia after the National Health and Medical Research Council decided that their practices may be ineffective and unethical. A statement issued claims that it is “unethical for health practitioners to treat patients using homeopathy, because a homeopathic medicine or procedure has apparently been shown to be ineffective.”



Prevent or reverse hardening of the arteries without deadly pharmaceuticals

(NaturalNews) It’s commonly known that cranberry juice is beneficial for clearing and eliminating infections of urinary tracts. But several studies have recently discovered another benefit for cranberry juice – heart health. Hardened and obstructed arteries lead to blood vessels collapsing or rupturing, initiating heart attacks. Cranberry juice helps arteries become more flexible as well as remaining sufficiently dilated to not obstruct blood flow. It appears that what helps clear the urinary…




Big Pharma propaganda now pushing drug that ‘treats’ racism – chemical mind control?

(NaturalNews) Research has shown the Beta-blocker Propranolol has the side effect of making people less subconsciously racist it was reported in the Daily Telegraph. While racism is not a trait celebrated by most, it is a basic right to have free thought on all subjects, and these findings have wide ranging moral ramifications. Over the years the push for anti-racism has been celebrated as a liberal goal to create a world in which we all thrive in an environment where everyone is equal regardless…

Easy homemade remedies relieve arthritis and joint pain

(NaturalNews) Homemade remedies for arthritis, gout and other joint pain are never farther away than the kitchen cupboard or the refrigerator. Joint disease is the result of various causes ranging from aging, to over-use and autoimmune diseases that attack joints and surrounding tissue. Pharmaceutical companies have designer drugs that reduce inflammation to help relieve pain and often cause significant side effects. The ingredients for homemade remedies can be purchased at grocery and health food…

Warning to vegetarians: Many prescription drugs secretly made with animal parts

(NaturalNews) Genetically modified organisms and bovine growth hormones are in thousands of prescription drugs all over the world without any warning whatsoever. Plus, over 40% of humans are allergic to either consuming or injecting gelatin, which is the most popular hidden animal part in drugs and vaccines today. In fact, the gelatin coatings, capsules and liquid additives for medicines are not made from harmless food, but rather from the skin, cartilage, connective tissues and bones of animals…

FDA scandal: board members with drug maker ties voted to approve drug that’s killing women

(NaturalNews) An investigation by the Washington Monthly and the British Medical Journal has found that at least four members of an advisory board which voted to approve a drug used in birth control pills had either done work for the drugs’ manufacturer or received research funds from the manufacturer. Though the four committee members disclosed their ties to the FDA, the FDA decided that the ties did not matter and did not make the disclosures public. Tragically, the drugs the committee endorsed…

Doctor from MMR controversy wins High Court appeal – next up, Dr. Andrew Wakefield himself


(NaturalNews) The U.K. General Medical Council’s (GMC) rash and unfounded decision to strike Professor John Walker-Smith, who had helped Dr. Andrew Wakefield in treating desperately-ill children with regressive autism symptoms and severe gastrointestinal problems, off the medical register for alleged “professional misconduct” has been exposed as a fraud. During a recent High Court appeal, Mr. Justice Mitting ruled that Prof. Walker-Smith’s striking “cannot stand” because of serious misconduct in…

Improve posture Part II – The lower body

(NaturalNews) Now that everyone is sitting up straight in their desk chair, it’s time to address the second half of poor posture, the lower extremities. Think about it – humans did not evolve to sit in a chair for half of their day; we are physical beings and sitting has detrimental effects to our low backs and legs. For those who have a hard time straightening up from being seated to standing, you may want to pay attention. A hidden, but reversible cause of back painIn a seated position, the…

Just a few minutes of daily exercise alters DNA to help prevent chronic disease

(NaturalNews) Many people think the genes they inherited at birth are static and predetermine their fate for the remainder of their life. Extensive research into the science of epigenetics is providing startling evidence that this thought process is grossly outdated, and our individual DNA is dynamic and continually influenced by multiple lifestyle factors including diet, environment, stress and physical activity. Researchers publishing the result of a study in the journal Cell Metabolism provide…

Questions your doctor should ask before putting your kid on ADHD meds

(NaturalNews) A woman came to see me years ago, very concerned because her 9-year-old her son, Bobby (name changed), was “severely disrespectful” in school. His teacher suggested that he was ADHD and asked the mother to please get it under control. Bobby routinely refused to follow instructions, couldn’t sit still or follow lesson plans, and would often get up to wander aimlessly around the classroom in the middle of a lecture. Of course, the thoughtful teacher referred mom to a nice doctor with…

Vitamin D prevents stress fractures in preteen and teenage girls

(NaturalNews) Conventional wisdom holds that calcium and dairy products are needed for strong, healthy bones and teeth. However, recent research published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine shows that vitamin D intake may actually be the more essential nutrient for strong bones. The team of researchers, who hailed from various medical establishments in Boston, MA, followed over 6700 girls between 9 and 15 years of age from 1996-2001. The research was conducted via questionnaire sent…

Low circulating omega-3 fatty acids lead to accelerated brain aging and dementia

(NaturalNews) Omega-3 fats including DHA and EPA are preferentially selected by the human body to form the critical cellular membrane boundary separating the cell nucleus and DNA with the surrounding extracellular environment. The precise fatty acid composition of the membrane determines permeability properties for the passage of essential materials such as oxygen, micronutrients and glucose required for proper cell function. Researchers publishing in Neurology have found that a diet lacking in…


Pet Health


More Evidence Real Meat is the Right Food for Your Cat

By Dr. Becker

A study1 was published in October 2011 on the digestibility of three different feline diets — a raw beef-based diet, a cooked beef-based diet, and a high-protein extruded (dry food/kibble) diet.

The study involved 9 shorthair domestic cats, adult females





Canada E. Coli Beef Recall Expands Again

By Julia Thomas

Canadian health authorities are once again expanding a recall of certain beef products as part of an ongoing E. coli O157:H7 investigation.One illness has been reported in connection with these products.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and New Food Classics are…



Pregnant Woman’s Listeria Case Prompts Cheese Recall in NJ

By Mary Rothschild

A woman 38 weeks pregnant was diagnosed with Listeria monocytogenes infection, and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services is now warning the public not to eat any cheese products produced by El Ranchero del Sur of South…





Scotts Insecticide Was for the Birds

By News Desk

Because its top-selling bird seed came with a little poison, a guilty plea has been entered for the $3 billion Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.In pleading guilty to breaking federal pesticide laws, Ohio-based Scotts offered to pay a $4 million fine and…



Allergen Alert


Allergen Alert: Cheetos With Milk, Soy

By Olivia Marler

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and PK Trading of Mississauga, Ontario, are warning people with allergies to milk or soy not to consume certain Frito Lay Cheetos because they contain milk and soy, which are not declared on the…




Allergen Alert: Sulfites in Dried Fungus

By Olivia Marler

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and importer Canadian T & J International Development of Richmond, BC, are warning people with sensitivity to sulphites not to eat certain Natural World brand Dried Fungus because it contains sulphites, which are not…





Del Monte Fresh Produce Drops Lawsuit Threat Against Oregon

By News Desk

Del Monte Fresh Produce has withdrawn its threatened lawsuit against the Oregon Public Health Division and its senior epidemiologist, who with other public health officials last year traced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infection to cantaloupes imported from the company’s…



State Food Freedom Bills Go Down to Defeat Again

By Dan Flynn

Tagged as “inexpedient to legislate” in New Hampshire and shelved in Utah, state food freedom bills got little traction for a second straight year.Shannon Shutts, spokeswoman for the New Hampshire House of Representatives, says when America’s largest state legislative body…


Food Safety


Talk of Food Safety Consolidation Takes Bipartisan Turn

By Helena Bottemiller

U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, a conservative Republican from Wyoming, is starting to sound a lot like her colleague Rep. Rose DeLauro, a liberal Democrat from Connecticut — at least when it comes to fixing the nation’s fragmented food safety system.Citing…



Indiana Legislature Orders Raw Milk Study

By Dan Flynn

The Hoosier Legislature is over, but it left behind an assignment for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health — study whether farmers should sell unpasteurized milk to consumers and publish a report by Dec. 1.Those instructions are contained in…


Budget Constraints Delay Outbreak Investigation Centers

By News Desk

Lack of federal funds will likely postpone the creation of five centers proposed to improve foodborne illness outbreak investigations, CIDRAP News reported Tuesday.Lisa Schnirring, staff writer for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) news service, explained that…



Beyond Pink Slime

By Andy Bellatti

As you have probably heard by now, the food scandal “du jour” has to do with “pink slime”, also known as mechanically-separated meat (or, when made by Beef Products Inc., “Boneless Beef Lean Trimmings”).This ammonia-treated scrap meat — the same one some fast food giants recently phased out …





Is Red Meat – Or Fake Meat – Killing Us?

Does Eating Red Meat Kill You … Or Is The Problem That What We’re Eating Isn’t REAL Meat?

Harvard Medical School found that 1 in 10 premature deaths is caused by eating red meat:

Small quantities of processed meat such as bacon, sausages or salami can increase the likelihood of dying by a fifth, researchers from Harvard School of Medicine found. Eating steak increases the risk of dying by 12%.



UGA study reveals basic molecular ‘wiring’ of stem cells

Athens, GA (SPX)

Despite the promise associated with the therapeutic use of human stem cells, a complete understanding of the mechanisms that control the fundamental question of whether a stem cell becomes a specific cell type within the body or remains a stem cell has-until now-eluded scientists. A University of Georgia study published in the March 2 edition of the journal Cell Stem Cell, however, creates …



One Third of ‘Empty Calories’ Come from Snacks

By News Desk

Americans are getting about one-third of all their daily calories from the “empty calories” of snack foods – that is, from solid fats and added sugar of little nutritional value, according to the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).On a positive…



The Vaccine Police State Exposed – Know Your Rights!

Alan Phillips, J.D., Attorney and Counselor at Law joins the Intel Hub News Brief to discuss the truth about vaccines and the vaccine police state that is being set up throughout the country.

Many so called experts and doctors have called for mandatory vaccines as well as mandatory testing on citizens of possible new vaccines.

That’s right, the WHO, the UN, and Big Pharma are actively promoting toxic vaccines and attempting to make them mandatory for all citizens of the world.



How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change

From drugs to help you avoid eating meat to genetically engineered cat-like eyes to reduce the need for lighting, a wild interview about changes humans could make to themselves to battle climate change.
The threat of global climate change has prompted us to redesign many of our technologies to be more energy-efficient. From lightweight hybrid cars to long-lasting LED’s, engineers have made well-known products smaller and less wasteful. But tinkering with our tools will only get us so far, because however smart our technologies become, the human body has its own ecological footprint, and there are more of them than ever before. So, some scholars are asking, what if we could engineer human beings to be more energy efficient? A new paper to be published in Ethics, Policy & Environment proposes a series of biomedical modifications that could help humans, themselves, consume less.



Holistic Health


Natural Foods are Not Organic, Often Contain GMOs and Other Toxins

Jonathan Benson, News Analysis:

Without a GMO labeling mandate that requires full-disclosure, and that prohibits “natural” products from containing GMOs, the phony “natural” products sector will only continue to flourish at the expense of the certified-organic products sector. This is why it is crucial to fight for mandatory GMO labeling requirements in every town, city, and state across the country to ensure our continued access to clean, truly-organic food and personal care products.



Doctors Prove This Test Can Give Healthy People Cancer

By Dr. Mercola

The Nordic Cochrane Center has put out a leaflet that every woman should read, explaining the potential benefits and potential harms of mammographyi.

They point out that recent studies suggest mammography screening is not effective in reducing your risk of dying from breast cancer.

And in fact, screening creates breast cancer patients out of healthy women who would never have developed symptoms.



This Vitamin Might Ease Menstrual Cramps

By Dr. Mercola

At least half of reproductive-age women suffer from painful menstrual cramps that begin shortly before the start of menstrual flow and continue for several days.

For some the pain is a mild annoyance, but for others it can be so severe that it interferes with daily activities.





Rounding Up Better Ways to Raise World Beef

By Alli Condra

In February 2012, a group of industry and environmental groups joined together to form the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). According to its website, the GRSB is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to advance the sustainable production of…



Pet Health


If Your Dog is Bouncing Off the Walls, This Could be Why

By Dr. Becker

If your canine companion is tightly wound… wired… has no desire (ever) to settle down, relax, regroup… you probably refer to him as being hyperactive or suffering from ADHD.

But even though the term is widely used in our society today, the actual clinical syndrome of hyperactivity is rare in canines.



Saying No to Poor Quality Pet Food… Even When It’s Recommended by Your Vet


As the veterinary community places more emphasis on the importance of nutrition, unfortunately, traditionally trained vets become easy targets for pet food manufacturers selling a ‘therapeutic’ line of products. What you should know about veterinary formulas and why you should politely decline if your vet recommends one.


Allergen Alerts


Allergen Alert: Nuts in Protein Powder

By Olivia Marler

Raw Elements Inc. is recalling Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Plant-Based Raw Protein because it contains tree nuts, an undeclared allergen.The raw protein was distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.The recalled 1 kg raw protein has the UPC 7 18122…





Recall Expands for Beef Linked to E. Coli Case

By Olivia Marler

The February recall of certain beef burgers and beef steaks in Canada has been expanded, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The beef may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and has been linked to one illness.The expanded…