Did you know April 22 is Earth Day …


 

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April 22 isn’t just Earth Day, it is the last day to vote for Proposition 1 and save King County Metro transit service.  Public transit delivers environmental benefits as it delivers riders to their destinations, making your Yes vote one of the most important local actions to help the planet this Earth Day.

King County Metro bus service provides 400,000 trips every work day. These trips mean fewer cars on the road and less carbon and other pollutants in the air.  We cannot risk the cutbacks in bus service which would become necessary without the added funds from Prop. 1, with the resulting longer waits, deleted routes, and likely 30,000 more cars clogging our streets and their pollutants our lungs.

Pledge to vote YES on Prop 1!

Vote YES on Prop. 1 to keep our buses running and prevent major cut backs in service. Together we can make sure our seniors, students, people with disabilities, working families, and others have a low-impact way to get around.  Prop. 1 creates a new $1.25 low-income bus fare and partial rebate for low-income car owners to lessen the burden on those who can afford it the least.

Vote YES on Prop. 1 to fix our roads and streets.  Forty percent of Prop. 1 revenue goes to cities and the county to make our streets, roads, and bridges safer.  Every $1 we spend now to maintain streets and roads avoids $6-14 in cost later to rebuild the neglected, deteriorated road.

More than 160 organizations, 20 mayors from throughout the county, and bipartisan support from the King County Council have all come together to save Metro Transit.  Join us and pledge to vote YES on Proposition 1.

Thanks for all you do for the environment and a sustainable transportation future.

Tim Gould
Chair, Transportation and Land Use Committee
Sierra Club Washington

The cost of inaction


 One year ago today, the Senate introduced S.744, a bipartisan bill that would fix our broken immigration system, grow our economy, and shrink the deficit. Last June, they passed that bill. The House has still failed to act.

Take a look at how inaction has hurt our economy — and pass it on:

Learn more about the cost of inaction. Click here to see the full infographic.See the infographic on WhiteHouse.gov.

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RSVP ~~ You’re Invited- Seattle Labor Chorus Benefit Concert forI-594 on April 27~~ RSVP


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Since the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook, there have been an unbelievable 63 school shootings. That is nearly one per week since that fateful morning in 2012- and that is completely unacceptable.

We know passing Initiative 594, which simply requires a background check on all gun sales, at the ballot this November will not solve all our problems. But we also know it is an important place to start.

On Sunday April 27th, the Seattle Labor Chorus will sing in a benefit concert to support Initiative 594, the Background Check Initiative. Join us to enjoy the chorus and learn more about how we will make universal background checks a reality in Washington State this year.

The gun lobby will spend millions to scare and confuse voters, and that is why we need your help. Suggested contribution is $20 or more, but contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated.

We have a chance to lead the nation is passing commonsense reforms this year. We hope you will join us on April 27th to enjoy the Seattle Labor Chorus and learn more about I-594. For more information or to RSVP, contact me via email or at 206.328.2969.

Thanks so much for all you have done to get us this far.

Tessa McClellan

FDA/USDA ~ April ~~ Recalls & Safety Alerts 2014


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04/18/2014 11:15 AM EDT Nature’s Universe is voluntarily recalling all lots of old Thinogenics product (product sold prior to February 6, 2014, hereinafter the “Old Product”) to the user level after FDA analysis revealed that the Old Product contained undeclared sibutramine.

04/17/2014 05:33 PM EDT
Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on its Price Chopper Brand Tuscan White Bean Hummus. The product is being recalled due to it being mislabeled with the ingredient panel for Price Chopper Sweet Potato Hummus, which does not declare that the product contains parmesan cheese, a known allergen.
04/18/2014 10:42 AM EDT
Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced today that on April 2, 2014, it informed customers of a nationwide recall of seven lots of Propofol Injectable Emulsion, USP, to the user level due to a glass defect located on the interior neck of the vial, which was identified during a retain sample inspection where the glass vial contained visible embedded metal particulate. Free-floating metal particulates were also identified in vials upon further analysis.

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Salami Type Products Misbranded With USDA Mark Of Inspection

Bolzano Artisan Meats LLC, a Milwaukee, Wis. establishment is recalling approximately 5,723 pounds of salami products for misbranding and because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection

Health Matters America Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Organic Traditions Brand Dark Chocolate Golden Berries and Dark Chocolate Sacha Inchi Seeds

04/16/2014 03:46 PM EDT HEALTH MATTERS AMERICA INC. of Cheektowaga, New York is recalling specific lots of ORGANIC TRADITIONS BRAND DARK CHOCOLATE GOLDEN BERRIES AND DARK CHOCOLATE SACHA INCHI SEEDS because they were found to contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Missouri Firm Recalls Chicken Nugget Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
Tyson Foods Inc., a Sedalia, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 75,320 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.

04/16/2014 04:45 PM EDT Natural Organics, Inc. is expanding its April 3, 2014 recall of distributed Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Mouthwash to Lot 10952 after they were notified by its contract manufacturer INTEGRIA Healthcare (Australia} Pty Ltd. that this second lot of Tea Tree Mouthwash failed microbial contamination testing due to potential bacterial contamination. This bacterial contaminant, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, could pose a health risk to consumers.
04/10/2014 11:52 AM EDT
Karl Bissinger’s LLC today announced a recall of its Dark Chocolate Bunny Ears because one lot was mislabeled and contains undeclared milk. People who have a severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life threatening reaction if they consume this product.
04/16/2014 03:41 PM EDT The Purina Animal Nutrition LLC feed plant in Portland, Ore., has initiated a limited recall of certain poultry feeds due to the potential for lower-than-expected vitamin and trace mineral levels. The products were distributed to retailers in Oregon and Washington.
04/14/2014 06:57 PM EDT The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) said today it has recalled Private Selection Sweet Strawberry Sorbet sold at the company’s Kroger and Jay C stores in 13 states because the product may contain milk not listed on the label. People who are allergic to milk could have a severe reaction if they consume this product.
04/14/2014 2:30 PM EDT
Many people have Easter lilies in their home this time of year, but this could be dangerous if they have a cat. FDA warns that cats can suffer acute kidney damage and even die after eating even a small part of a lily.
04/11/2014 04:14 PM EDT
La Compañía Fernández Chile Inc. de Alamosa , Colorado está retirando del mercado su Chile Molido Puro de 4 onzas (oz) código de barras UPC 77601- 10011 y Chile Rojo de 6 onzas (oz) con código de barra UPC 77601-10053, ya que pueden estar potencialmente contaminados con Salmonella, un organismo que puede causar infecciones serias y a veces fatales en los jóvenes, personas débiles o ancianas , y con sistemas inmunológicos debilitados.
04/11/2014 01:31 PM EDT SINCO INC is voluntarily recalling from sale Archer Farms Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl Gelato 30 FL OZ (UPC 085239-703618), imported from Italy and sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide. This product may contain traces of peanut protein, which is not declared on the label.
04/11/2014 01:02 PM EDT Covidien plc today announced that it has notified customers of a voluntary recall to address an issue with certain lots of its Pipeline™ Embolization Device and Alligator™ Retrieval Device where the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating applied to the delivery wire could delaminate and detach from the devices.
04/09/2014 03:46 PM EDT Lisy Corporation of Miami, FL is voluntarily recalling Lisy Sweet Basil (Albahaca), 6 oz jar, Item #1132, Lot #’s A013 0518 & A014 0518, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
04/09/2014 03:10 PM EDT The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC of Poughkeepsie, NY, is recalling its 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
04/08/2014 04:55 PM EDT
Buffalo SAV Inc of Buffalo, NY is recalling its 907 g (2 lb) package of Potato and Bacon perogies Grandma`s perogies brand because it may contain undeclared soy protein allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Soy protein run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
04/09/2014 01:18 PM EDT
Frontier Natural Products Co-op is voluntarily recalling several of its products manufactured with organic black peppercorns that were sold under its Frontier and Simply Organic brands, Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value, Nature’s Place and others due to potential Salmonella contamination. To date, no illnesses have been associated with these products.
04/04/2014 09:53 PM EDT
Whole Foods Market’s Northern California region is recalling its Chipotle Chicken Wrap because it contains an undeclared allergen. The wrap, labeled as “Chipotle Chicken Wrap,” is filled with a Chicken Caesar wrap mix, which contains a fish allergen (anchovies) not declared on the Chipotle Chicken Wrap label.
04/06/2014 09:50 PM EDT
Frontier Natural Products Co-op is voluntarily recalling several of its products manufactured with organic black peppercorns that were sold under its Frontier and Simply Organic brands, Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value, and others due to potential Salmonella contamination. To date, no illnesses have been associated with these products.
04/04/2014 10:04 PM EDT
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (the “Company”) is recalling Organic Black Peppercorns sold under the Sprouts brand name from all stores. This product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems.
04/03/2014 08:23 PM EDT
Natural Organics, Inc., is voluntarily recalling THURSDAY PLANTATION TEA TREE MOUTHWASH after they were notified by its contract manufacturer INTEGRIA Healthcare (Australia) Pty Ltd. that one lot of Tea Tree Mouthwash failed microbial contamination testing. This bacterial contaminant, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, could pose a health risk to consumers.
04/03/2014 05:21 PM EDT
Emparedados Boricua de Bayamón PR, está alertando que el producto “Emparedados Boricua – Pollo y Queso” empacados en unidades de 6.5 oz. contienen huevos que no están declarados en la etiqueta. Personas que son alérgicas al huevo están en riesgo de serias reacciones alérgicas si consumen estos productos.

Emparedados Boricua Issues Allergen Alert For Its Products “Emparedados Boricua – Chicken and Cheese”

04/03/2014 02:50 PM EDT
Emparedados Boricua located in Bayamón PR, is warning that the product “Emparedados Boricua – Chicken and Cheese” packaged in units of 6.5 oz. contains eggs that are not declared on the label. People who are allergic to eggs are at risk of serious allergic reactions if they consume these products.

Dräger Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Optional PS500 Power Supply for Evita V500 and Babylog VN500 Ventilators

04/02/2014 12:12 PM EDT
 Dräger initiated a nationwide recall of the optional PS500 Power Supply Unit used with the Evita V500 and Babylog VN500 ventilators. This voluntary action was a result of an internal investigation by Dräger into complaints that found that the batteries installed in the PS500 depleted much earlier than expected, although the battery indicator showed a significantly charged battery.
Colorado Firm Recalls Fettuccini Alfredo With Chicken Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
American Outdoor Products, a Boulder, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 633 pounds of dehydrated Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.  The products were formulated with milk and wheat, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

Lao Thai Nam Corp. Voluntarily Recalls Number One Sompa Salted Fish, Because of Possible Health Risk

03/31/2014 06:37 PM EDT
Lao Thai Nam Corp., of Dallas, Texas is recalling Number One Sompa Salted Fish, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

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We did it! Three companies go deforestat​ion-free


Together, we are transforming the palm oil industry.

We Are Transforming the Palm Oil Industry

More than 63,000 people sent emails to six of America’s biggest companies, asking them to go deforestation-free—and it’s working! Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills, and Procter & Gamble just announced new palm oil commitments that protect forests and carbon-rich peatlands.

We Did It!
Three Companies Go Deforestation-Free

 

Last month, we released our report, Donuts, Deodorant, Deforestation: Scoring America’s Top Brands on Their Palm Oil Commitments. Our scorecard showed that a new standard for responsible palm oil—one that protects tropical forests and our climate—has emerged. There’s no excuse for corporate America to continue buying palm oil that causes climate change, loss of endangered species habitat, and tropical deforestation.

More than 63,000 people sent emails to six of America’s biggest companies—including Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ Brands—asking them to go deforestation-free.

It’s working! Three companies—Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills, and Procter & Gamble—just announced new palm oil commitments that protect all forests and all carbon-rich peatlands. This is a tremendous step forward for the climate, tropical forests, and endangered species, and we couldn’t do it without you.

Together, we are transforming the palm oil industry.

Sincerely,
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Sharon Smith
Campaign Manager
Tropical Forest & Climate Initiative
Union of Concerned Scientists

P.S. Join the more than 63,000 people who have asked America’s biggest companies to go deforestation-free. Tell Dunkin’ Brands, McDonald’s, and PepsiCo that now is the time to adopt strong deforestation-free and peat-free palm oil policies!