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

Truth Team …

Truth TeamAs part of OFA’s Truth Team, you’ve probably earned a reputation as the friend who’s always in the know about the hot-button issues. It’s true: You’re one of the best messengers we’ve got in this movement. So we want to try something new. From time to time, we’ll send along a handful of the latest must-read news stories on the issues we work on. It’s recommended reading that’s easy to share. No fluff, just facts — that’s the Truth Team way.


1. A Blueprint for Middle-Class Economics, by President ObamaHuffington Post

America’s resurgence is real. With a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production, we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. Now we have to choose what we want that future to look like. Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and rising chances for everyone who makes the effort?

2. Poll Confirms That The Republican Party’s Obamacare Strategy Is Extraordinarily UnpopularThink Progress

According to a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, only 27 percent of the public agrees with the Republican leaders’ strategy to take health care away from millions of Americans if they get an assist from the Supreme Court.

3. Boehner to Sue Obama, AgainNational Journal

“Speaker John Boehner is finalizing a plan to sue President Obama again, this time over the administration’s decision to grant work visas to millions of undocumented immigrants…Late last year, a federal judge threw out another, similar case, filed by Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and an immigration activist.”

Climate Deniers : Republican Governors …


More Than Half Of Republican Governors Do.


A few weeks ago we wrote about the Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus: 114th Congress Edition, a CAP Action analysis which found that, despite the fact that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is happening and humans are contributing to it, 56 percent of congressional Republicans question or deny the science. Today CAP Action released a comprehensive look at each sitting Governor’s position on climate change, and found that Republican Governors are not much better than their peers in Congress—more than half of Republican Governors deny or question the existence of man-made climate change.

The 2014 midterm elections brought in eleven new governors, two of whom are confirmed climate deniers: Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE). Three accept the reality of mainstream climate science: Democrats David Ige of Hawaii, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island. The rest sit somewhere in between. The analysis categorizes governors into four different groups based on their statements about climate change and their record on pro-climate and clean-energy issues. Nationwide, 16 of 31 Republican governors completely deny the existence of man-made climate change, up one from before the midterm elections.

This weekend, many Republicans flocked to anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit. Both former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, a well-known climate denier, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker attended the summit. While Palin was the ghost of elections past for Republicans, calling President Obama an “overgrown little boy” and reminding them how awful a McCain presidency would have been, Walker represented the future. He argued that he was a “fresh, bold and proven” leader, but he promotes the same tired, backward-looking anti-climate policies that his predecessors have. From trying to roll back the Clean Power Plan, to attempting to kill Wisconsin’s new wind economy, Walker claims he’s a 21st century governor but has an energy policy (along with a number of other policies) that is nothing of the sort.

You can see the interactive map here and get more details about each Governor’s position on climate change. And be sure to check out this infographic below to see which states are governed by a climate denier.

climate denying governors

BOTTOM LINE: Our governors work closer to the effects of climate change and are better poised to take action to combat it than their congressional counterparts, yet the majority of Republican Governors are unwilling to acknowledge the threat climate change poses to our the environment, our public health, and economy. Republicans need to worry more about the health and well-being of their constituents and less about the profits of their dirty energy funders.