FDA/USDA ~~ Alerts & Safety January 2015 …. pg2

02/07/2015 08:20 PM EST
See’s Company of San Francisco is recalling all 8 oz Classic Red Hearts with Assorted Chocolates with bar code 737666091201 and stamped date L.A.N. 048/15 because it contains undeclared tree nuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts (e.g.: almonds, walnuts, pecans, coconut) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
01/30/2015 05:15 PM EST
Hawkins, Inc., a Roseville, Minn., establishment, is recalling approximately 529 pounds of pork products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection.

Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Pork Rib Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen Clemens Food Group, a Hatfield, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 42 pounds of uncooked pork rib products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

01/30/2015 06:15 PM EST Clemens Food Group, a Hatfield, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 42 pounds of uncooked pork rib products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen


Florida Firm Recalls Cooked Pork Products Due to Misbranding and An Undeclared AllergenMorrison Meat Packers, a Miami, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 70,077 pounds of cooked pork products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.


Illinois Firm Recalls Chicken Products Produced Without Adequate Ready-To-Eat HACCP Plan and a Listeria Monocytogenes Program
La Guadalupana Wholesale, Inc., a Chicago, Ill., establishment, is recalling approximately 8,856 pounds of chicken tamales because they were not produced under a fully implemented Ready-To-Eat (RTE) Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan; a Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) program; and a hazard analysis.

The recall is being edited to include an additional 1,248 pounds of chicken tamales produced from Dec. 1, 2014, through Jan. 5, 2015 with the establishment number “P-6794” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

01/29/2015 04:18 PM EST
Arcadia Trading Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y. is recalling all packages of Red Thread Fish because they are uneviscerated. The product comes in a 7 oz. heat sealed plastic bag.

Minnesota Firm Recalls Pork Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection Hawkins, Inc., a Roseville, Minn., establishment, is recalling approximately 529 pounds of pork products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection.

01/30/2015 01:40 PM EST
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain pecan products for potential health risk. The products were distributed only in the State of Georgia, directly to consumers at the retail level from the Stone Mountain Pecan Company, located in Monroe.
01/30/2015 02:15 PM EST
Great Lakes Smoked Meats, a Lorain, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 2,863 pounds of smoked salami product, which may have experienced temperature abuse and may contain Clostridium perfringens.
01/29/2015 04:51 PM EST
Aleias Gluten Free Foods, LLC has issued a voluntary and precautionary recall of certain lots of its 8 ounce Parmesan Croutons and Classic Croutons because they may contain undeclared peanut protein. People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

California Firm Recalls Chicken Stew Products Produced Without Benefit of Import InspectionKorean Farm Inc., a Santa Fe Springs, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 14,610 pounds of chicken stew products produced in the Republic of Korea that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection.

01/30/2015 11:42 AM EST
Freeland Foods, Inc. of San Jose, CA is voluntarily recalling the Go Raw Organic Sunflower Seed, UPC number 8 59888 00009 7 with lot number “Enjoy before August 22, 2015 R5,” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious 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.

Washington Firm Recalls Boneless Beef Trim Product Due To Possible  E. coli O157:H7 ContaminationWashington Beef, LLC, a Toppenish, Wash., establishment, is recalling 1,620 pounds of boneless  beef trim product that may be contaminated with  E. coli O157:H7

01/27/2015 05:45 PM EST Elevated Ice Cream Co. advises our customers that our dairy, Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream Dairy in Maltby, has issued a voluntary recall of all dairy products processed in their plant. Elevated Ice Cream uses dairy products processed by Snoqualmie Gourmet, therefore we are asking all of our customers not to eat any ice cream which may be in your home freezers.
01/27/2015 05:26 PM EST
Lime Green Grocer, Inc. of Seattle, Washington is recalling 783 individually wrapped Thai Delight Burritos, because it may contain undeclared soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Friendship Nine Vacated …. 54 year old struggle







Cheryl Stumbo, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

I wanted make sure you saw Jane’s email about Extreme Risk Protection Orders – because it’s a big deal.

Jane and her family have bravely fought for stronger gun laws after her niece Veronika was killed at UC Santa Barbara last year. But they need our help to make Extreme Risk Protection Orders the law in Washington.

Will you join her today as a citizen co-sponsor of Senate Bill 5727 and House Bill 1857, the bills that create Extreme Risk Protection Order?

You and I both know that to pass these bills, we have to let our elected officials know that the vast majority of Washingtonians want strong gun laws. That’s how we passed both HB 1840 and Initiative 594 last year.

This is how we keep this movement going. Will your write your legislator today and tell them to pass Senate Bill 5727 and House Bill 1857?

Thank you so much for standing up,

Cheryl Stumbo
I-594 Co-Sponsor

Confirmation Or Carnival ?


Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Excels At Confirmation Hearing Despite Conservative Sideshow

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee completed its two-day hearing on Loretta Lynch, the nominee for attorney general. Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, comes highly regarded from legal and law enforcement experts, as well as pundits on both sides of the aisle. But you wouldn’t know that from listening to the witnesses that Senate Republicans picked; instead, many of the witnesses they invited were straw-men offering Republicans the chance to sound off on opposing President Obama’s recent immigration executive action or his departing attorney general, Eric Holder.

Indeed, while some Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee may see this hearing as an opportunity to raise their objections to President Obama, the witnesses have nothing to do with US Attorney Lynch’s qualifications to be our top law enforcement officer. In fact, three of these four witnesses have lawsuits against the Obama administration:

  • Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, now a contributor to the Heritage Foundation’s news site, is suing the Obama administration, alleging that she was hacked for reporting on the administration. At the hearing, she accused the administration of treating her like they would “enemies of the state.”
  • Catherine Engelbrecht, a Tea Party activist who founded the voter suppression group True the Vote, is also suing the Obama administration, alleging that she was targeted by the IRS for her political views. Today she called President Obama’s recent immigration action “the most significant voter disenfranchisement threat currently facing our country.”
  • Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School, is Speaker Boehner’s lawyer for his suit against the Affordable Care Act and is also critical of the President’s executive actions on immigration. At the hearing today, he claimed that the Justice Department is playing a “central and troubling role” in changing our constitutional system “in the very way our Framers wanted us to avoid.”
  • David A. Clarke is Sheriff of Milwaukee County and has been criticized for his inflammatory rhetoric, such as when he shared his belief that “Obama Marxist types want to start a civil war in this country” by seizing guns. Apparently forgetting that, today he accused Eric Holder of having the “incendiary rhetoric.” Why? Because, according to Clarke, our nation’s top law enforcement officer paved the way for “the rallying cry for cop-haters across America.”

What the Republicans did not count on was Lynch’s poise and grace under hostile questioning. She defended the independence of the Office of the Attorney General, saying it would be “totally inappropriate” to take politically motivated orders from the president. At the same time, she agreed with President Obama’s executive action, saying that setting priorities over who should be deported, rather than extending the threat of deportation to every person living in this country while undocumented, was a “reasonable way to marshal limited resources to deal with the problem.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) summarized Lynch’s performance at the hearing as “the best” she had witnessed: “I see the combination of steel and velvet.” Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) admitted that he was “impressed” and plans to support her nomination. And when asked directly by Sen. Leahy, none of today’s witnesses expressed opposition to Lynch’s nomination.

BOTTOM LINE: Loretta Lynch is an excellent choice to replace Eric Holder after his successful tenure as attorney general. She would make history by being the first African American woman to hold the position and should be promptly confirmed. But while the attorney general handles serious issues, many of the Senate Republicans who will vote on her confirmation don’t appear to be taking her hearing very seriously. Instead, they are choosing to use the venue as a chance to invite right-wing pundits and anti-Obama crusaders in to talk about unrelated issues.

He threatened to lynch someone and still has a job

Walmart Manager Art Van Riper threatened to lynch Markeith Washington — and he still has a job!

Van Riper is notorious for his racist and humiliating attacks on Walmart workers in Richmond, California — especially with the remodel crew. When the threats turned violent, workers knew they needed to stand up to him. Read below to hear Markeith’s story in his own words and join our demand that Walmart terminate Art Van Riper and rehire all the associates dismissed from the Richmond remodel crew.

Join Markeith and say NO to racist threats of violence at Walmart.

ColorOfChange has been collaborating with worker leaders at the Organization United for Respect at Walmart to help launch OUR Walmart Civil Rights. The mission of this group is to connect workers’ fights to the broader #BlackLivesMatter movement. When the largest employer of Black people in the country continues to employ a manager who threatened to lynch a Black employee, refuses to pay fair wages or offer full-time schedules Walmart is saying Black lives don’t matter.

Thanks and Peace,

Aimée, Rashad, Arisha, Matt, Brandi, Johnny and the whole ColorOfChange.org team