RECALL: Skip This Beef For Your Memorial Day BBQ

By Dagny Taggart

If you are planning to throw some beef on the grill Memorial Day weekend, there’s a new recall you need to know about.

On May 22, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Aurora Packing Company, Inc., is recalling approximately 62,112 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

There are multiple cuts of beef included in the recall, including short ribs, ribeyes, and briskets, according to a list of products on the USDA site. It follows a March 27 recall, in which the company pulled back more than 2 tons of beef, also because of an E. coli risk.

Here are the products that have been recalled.

Check your refrigerator and freezer if you have recently purchased beef to ensure you do not consume or serve contaminated meat. This recall falls under USDA Class I, which means “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Here are additional details from the USDA’s recall notice:

The raw beef products were packaged on April 19, 2019. This spreadsheet contains a list of the products subject to recall.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 788” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide for further distribution and processing.

The problem was discovered during traceback activities in response to random sample testing by FSIS. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. (source)

This strain of E. coli can cause life-threatening complications.

It is important to understand that the type of E. coli that is suspected of contaminating the recalled products is a particularly dangerous strain called E. coli O157:H7, which is also known as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STEC for short:

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. (source)

Infection with E. coli is usually not treated with antibiotics because they have not been shown to be helpful, and their use may increase the risk of developing HUS. Treatment usually consists of hydration and other supportive therapy. Use of anti-diarrheal medications may also increase the risk of HUS.

The symptoms of STEC infections vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If fever is present, it usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/less than 38.5˚C). Most people get better within 5–7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening, according to the CDC.

The incubation period for STEC infection (time between ingesting the bacteria and feeling sick) is usually 3-4 days after exposure, but may be as short as 1 day or as long as 10 days. The onset of symptoms usually begins slowly with mild belly pain or non-bloody diarrhea that worsens over several days. When HUS, if it occurs, it typically develops an average 7 days after the first symptoms, when the diarrhea is improving.

There are several other active E. coli recalls.

On April 23, K2D Foods (doing business as Colorado Premium Foods) recalled approximately 113,424 pounds of raw beef products for possible E. coli contamination. The next day, Grant Park Packing announced it was recalling approximately 53,200 pounds of raw ground beef for the same reason.

The Aldi grocery chain has issued a recall of all-purpose flour made by the Archer Daniels Midland Co. Tests have shown some of the flour is contaminated with E. coli. Rhode Island officials warned the public to throw out 5-pound bags of Baker’s Corner flour with the lot code L18A02B and a best-by date of Dec. 2, 2019.

What do you think?

Will you be checking your freezer for these products? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Dagny Taggart is the pseudonym of an experienced journalist who needs to maintain anonymity to keep her job in the public eye. Dagny is non-partisan and aims to expose the half-truths, misrepresentations, and blatant lies of the MSM.

This article was sourced from The Organic Prepper.

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Bottled Water Warning: 11 Brands Found to Contain Arsenic

By Dagny Taggart

Contamination of public water supply systems is a very real threat (Flint, we are looking at you), but unfortunately, bottled water isn’t always safer.

For years, we have known that much of the bottled water on the market is simply tap water that has been purified, poured into bottles with pretty labels, and sold for a hefty price. In other words, you could do the same thing with your faucet and a Big Berkey.

There are many contaminants that can be found in both tap and bottled water, including lead, pesticides, bacteria, nitrates, nitrites, chlorine, parasites, and arsenic.

An investigation found arsenic in several brands of bottled water.

Speaking of arsenic, a new investigation from Consumer Reports identified 11 brands of bottled water that contain detectable amounts of the naturally occurring (and toxic) element.

We will get back to that report in a moment, but first, here’s a bit about arsenic, in case you aren’t familiar with it and why it is something you don’t want in your drinking water. The following is an excerpt from Daisy Luther’s book, The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide:

This naturally-occurring element is found in rocks, soil, water, air, plants, and animals. Natural events like volcanic activity, forest fires, and erosion of rocks can cause it to be actively released into the environment. Arsenic is also used in agricultural and industrial practices and is used in some fertilizers, paints, dyes, metals, drugs, and soaps. It is also used as a wood preservative and can be released by mining and coal burning.

Arsenic is highly toxic and can affect nearly every organ system in the body.

There are short- and long-term health effects associated with arsenic exposure. Some effects appear within hours or days of exposure, and others develop over many years.

Long-term exposure to arsenic through drinking contaminated water can cause chronic arsenic poisoning, leading to life-long problems. This most commonly affects the skin in the form of lesions, discolorations, thickening, and cancer. Cancer of the bladder, lungs, prostate, kidneys, nasal passages, and liver are other possible devastating diseases arsenic can cause.

Arsenic can also affect the cardiovascular, pulmonary, immunological, neurological (with symptoms including numbness and partial paralysis), reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Severe arsenic poisoning can cause vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. These symptoms are followed by numbness and tingling of the extremities, muscle cramping, and, in extreme cases, death.[3]

Water that contains high amounts of arsenic should not be used for drinking, cooking, or watering crops. Plants can take up arsenic through their roots, causing the product of the plant to contain high levels of arsenic, which is then passed on to the person or animal who consumes it. Rice has been found to have particularly high levels of arsenic, so much so that many holistic nutrition experts recommend eating rice infrequently or not at all.

Groundwater sources tend to have higher levels of arsenic than surface water sources. That’s because the demand on groundwater is usually higher. It is more commonly used in municipal systems and private wells. This heavy use can cause water levels to drop, allowing arsenic to be released from rock formations.

Certain regions of the United States tend to have higher levels of arsenic in their water supplies. The EPA’s standard is 10 parts per billion (ppb), and some western states have levels that are higher than that. Some parts of the Midwest and New England have levels that high, or close to it.[4]

Because of this toxic element’s prevalence in the environment, testing your water source for arsenic contamination is a good idea. Most home-testing kits cost less than $15, and you’ll see your results within minutes. (source)

For their investigation, Consumer Reports reviewed hundreds of public records and test reports from bottled water brands and federal and state regulators.

We found that several popular brands sell bottled water with arsenic levels at or above 3 ppb; current research suggests that amounts above that level are potentially dangerous to drink over extended periods of time. CR believes the federal limit for bottled water should be revised to 3 ppb from the current federal standard of 10 ppb.

In total, CR identified 11 brands out of more than 130 that either self-reported or, based on tests we commissioned, had detectable amounts of arsenic. Of those, six had levels of 3 ppb or higher. These brands are Starkey (owned by Whole Foods), Peñafiel (owned by Keurig Dr Pepper), Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, Volvic (owned by Danone), and two regional brands, Crystal Creamery and EartH₂O. (source)

Three bottled water brands had concerning levels of arsenic.

CR also was able to purchase two brands of imported water – Jermuk from Armenia and Peñafiel from Mexico – that are on an import alert issued by the US government for previously having arsenic levels above the federal limit of 10 ppb. The alert is meant to “prevent potentially violative products from being distributed in the United States,” according to the Food and Drug Administration. Yet, CR easily purchased the two brands in retail stores in two states and on Amazon.

The organization’s recent test of Jermuk water shows three tested samples averaging about 1.31 ppb, well below the federal threshold and down from the more than 450 ppb the government found in 2009.

All three Peñafiel samples CR tested found arsenic levels well above the 10 ppb limit, registering an average of 18.1 ppb.

The additional details surrounding Peñafiel are disturbing:

Beverage giant Keurig Dr Pepper provided CR in March with Peñafiel’s bottled water quality report for 2018, which stated that the water had nondetectable amounts of arsenic. But the company said this week that it had conducted new testing, because of CR’s questions, and confirmed levels above the federal limit, at an average of 17 ppb.

Keurig Dr Pepper said Monday that it had suspended bottled water production for two weeks at its Mexico facility that makes Peñafiel for export to the U.S. It plans to improve filtration at the plant to lower arsenic levels, the company told CR. For its latest internal testing, the company said it used a different protocol and consulted the FDA. A recall isn’t planned, Peñafiel said, but CR believes one should be issued. (source)

Another brand that was found to contain elevated levels of arsenic is a bit surprising: the Starkey Whole Foods brand – which previously was flagged for high levels – was found to still have levels that approach or exceed the legal federal limit. “Three samples tested this month ranged from 9.48 to 9.86 ppb of arsenic; a fourth registered 10.1 ppb, just above the federal limit of 10 ppb. The tested bottles of water were purchased in March at retail locations,” the CR report states.

In a statement, Whole Foods said it had recently conducted an analysis on Starkey samples from the same lot used in the tests that CR commissioned. The company said the tests “show these products are fully compliant with FDA standards for heavy metals.” The company also said it tests “every production run of water before it is sold.”

“We would never sell products that do not meet FDA requirements,” the company’s statement said. (source)

We can’t rely on government to tell us if water is safe.

“It makes no sense that consumers can purchase bottled water that is less safe than tap water,” says James Dickerson, Ph.D., chief scientific officer at Consumer Reports. “If anything, bottled water—a product for which people pay a premium, often because they assume it’s safer—should be regulated at least as strictly as tap water.”

While drinking a single glass of water with 3 ppb of arsenic probably will not harm you, regular consumption over extended periods increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, can lower IQ scores in children, and can cause certain cancers and other health problems, Dickerson says.

Given the history of contamination in water supplies across the country, trusting officials to keep us safe just isn’t a realistic option. And, because government regulation of bottled water is flawed as well, trusting companies that produce it isn’t a great idea either.

…some states have inconsistent arsenic guidelines in place for tap and bottled water, with stricter thresholds in place for tap than for bottled water. And public records on bottled water quality are also difficult to access, CR found, with some states destroying company testing reports after a year and other states not collecting them at all.

The FDA set the federal threshold for arsenic in drinking water at 10 ppb in 2006, in line with the standard for drinking water set by the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates tap water. But New Jersey says the level for tap water should be half that. New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection says that water with arsenic above 5 ppb shouldn’t be used for “drinking, cooking, mixing baby formula, or in other consumptive ways.” However, the state’s bottled water arsenic limit is still 10 ppb, in keeping with the federal standard. New Hampshire is considering a similar standard, but also for tap water only. (source)

Don’t assume bottled water is safer than tap water.

According to documents obtained by CR, the federal government’s safety inspections of water bottling facilities hit a 15-year low in 2017, the report states:

In 2010, the FDA conducted 371 inspections; by 2017, that number fell to 209. These inspections include verifying that companies have test results on file for their products.

But records show that some companies have been issued violations by the FDA and state agencies for lacking legally required test data. The companies were required to correct the violations by a later date, records show. The FDA doesn’t conduct tests on individualized finished bottled water during these inspections, a spokesperson said, and relies on companies to produce their own results. (Imported water could be tested during routine border testing at ports of entry, however, the spokesperson said.) (source)

Over the last five years, at least 22 voluntary recalls have been initiated by bottled water firms, according to FDA records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, including for mold, pieces of plastic ending up in the finished product, and excessive arsenic. The FDA has never mandated a bottled water recall. However, it “has issued at least three warning letters to bottled water firms for misbranded source water labels, E. coli contamination, and failure to conduct follow-up testing for E. coli contamination when coliforms are detected,” according to CR.

“This is a huge, multibillion-dollar industry selling a product that is viewed by many consumers as safer than tap water,” says Erik Olson, senior director of health and food at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which published a four-year bottled water study in 1999. He says that “meaningful oversight of this extremely profitable business” is needed and that consumers should be able to easily get test results online.

“These companies make a mint on basically something that’s a free resource,” says David Carpenter, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the State University of New York at Albany. “So there’s no reason that they can’t find a water source that is either very, very low in arsenic, or do the treatment themselves.”

Just last month, McDaniel Life-Line LLC voluntarily recalled all lots of Life-Line Water because the FDA found the product to be contaminated with the deadly Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. Last year, a study performed on 250 bottles of water purchased in 9 different countries found that 93% of the water bottles had some contamination from plastic particles.

Here’s how to protect yourself.

If you buy bottled water, go to the company’s website to see if it publishes test results. Or, check the product label for contact information. Look for reports that show nondetectable levels of arsenic. Search the brand’s entire report for other listed contaminants.

You can filter bottled water yourself at home, but that can be expensive – you’ll have to pay for the water itself, and a good filtration system.

If you use tap or well water, you can test it yourself at home, or have a professional do it. For more on testing your water and a list of kits, please see How to Test Your Drinking Water (And Why You Should Do It). Most municipalities test their water and offer reports to the public as well.

Considering that both tap water and bottled water are subject to contamination (and we aren’t always notified), perhaps the best option is to purify your water yourself. We like the Big Berkey.

What do you think?

Do you regularly drink bottled water? Or, do you filter tap water at home? Do you test your water regularly? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

About the Author

Dagny Taggart is the pseudonym of an experienced journalist who needs to maintain anonymity to keep her job in the public eye. Dagny is non-partisan and aims to expose the half-truths, misrepresentations, and blatant lies of the MSM.

This article was sourced from The Organic Prepper.

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Hundreds Of Millions Of Pigs Feared Dead From Swine Fever – Price Of Pork Has Risen 38 Percent In The Last 4 Weeks

By Michael Snyder

A plague of epic proportions is ripping through the global pig population, and CNBC is warning that this unprecedented outbreak of African swine fever “could lead to significant shortages” of pork in the global marketplace.  As you will see below, the price of pork has already risen 38 percent over the last 4 weeks, and it appears inevitable that it will go a lot higher as this crisis continues to intensify.  When the first case of African swine fever was reported in China last August, nobody was really too concerned at the time.  But since then it has been spreading like wildfire, and the most recent estimates of the spread of the disease that we are getting from the experts are absolutely terrifying.

China consumes 49 percent of all pork produced in the world, and they slaughter approximately 700 million pigs a year.

So we are talking about the primary source of protein for the most populated country on the entire planet.

According to the Daily Mail, one major pork supplier has “suggested that 30-50% of Chinese pig farms have been affected by the outbreak”.  And apparently this is the primary reason why the price of pork has increased by 38 percent over the last month…

There was an 18% increase in the price of bacon from February to April this year, according to Bidfood, Beacon said, and the market price of pork has risen by 38% in the last four weeks.

The company also said another of its suppliers, Brakes, suggested that 30-50% of Chinese pig farms have been affected by the outbreak, which has increased pig prices around the world.

If what this pork supplier is claiming is true, then this plague is far, far worse than we had previously been told.

And commodities economist Arlan Suderman is giving us similar numbers.  He just told CNBC that hog feeding in China is down “at least 40%”, and in some areas he says that it is down “more than 50%”…

“What our people there in China find is a far different story where the disease is continuing to spread,” said Arlan Suderman, chief commodities economist with INTL FCStone in Kansas City, Mo. “China just doesn’t want the rest of the world to know what the situation is.”

The economist termed it “a very dire situation” and estimates hog feeding in China has fallen at least 40% and in some larger swine producing regions plummeted more than 50% in response to the disease. He said the decline is directly attributable to infected pigs dying and producers afraid of the disease and liquidating herds to salvage some value.

There is no cure for African swine fever, and when it hits a pig farm it spreads like wildfire.  In an effort to fight the spread of the disease, most of the time authorities slaughter any pigs that somehow survive.

So if 40 percent of China’s pig farms have already been essentially wiped out, we are talking about a blow to global pork production unlike anything we have ever seen before

“If we’re down 40%, that would mean on an annualized basis that they’ve lost more pork production capacity than what we produce in all of North and South America together on an annual basis,” said Suderman.

I hope that most of you are starting to grasp the implications of what I am sharing.

And China is not the only one grappling with this outbreak.  African swine fever is also devastating pig farms in Vietnam, Cambodia, Tibet and we just learned that an outbreak has now erupted in South Africa

South Africa has detected an outbreak of African swine fever on a farm in North West province, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the South African agriculture ministry.

The outbreak killed 32 out of a herd of 36 pigs on a farm in the Ditsobotla district, with the remaining animals slaughtered, the report said.

The good news is that there haven’t been any outbreaks in the U.S. yet, and the National Pork Producers Council just canceled the World Pork Expo due to fears about the disease

The National Pork Producers Council said it would be safest for the U.S. herd to cancel the World Pork Expo, which attracts about 20,000 visitors annually to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Visitors attend from 40 countries, including areas that have tested positive for the disease.

“Producers have been very concerned about the risk of African swine fever,” said Jen Sorenson, vice president of the council’s board.

The United States sells approximately 20 billion dollars worth of pork annually, and so there is a tremendous amount at stake.

The Department of Homeland Security is taking this threat extremely seriously, and they are going to do all they can to keep African swine fever from crossing our borders.

But even if the disease never reaches the United States, it is still going to deeply affect us.  If the numbers that I shared with you above are accurate, that means that hundreds of millions of pigs are already dead, and this plague continues to spread.

Pork prices have already shot up, but they will never be lower than they are right now.  China and other major pork consuming nations will be trying to import all of the pork that they possibly can, and that is just going to drive the price of pork through the roof.

And for those of us that don’t eat pork, we will see prices for chicken and beef also rise as pork eaters alter their buying behavior due to rising prices.  So in the end, all forms of meat are going to become significantly more expensive.

Also, let us not forget that “as many as a million calves” were lost in the state of Nebraska alone during the recent flooding in the central United States.  That is going to drive up meat prices too.

No matter how much meat is actually produced, people are still going to be just as hungry.  If you take a basic course in economics at one of our universities, you will learn that when demand stays the same and supply goes down, prices are going to rise.

Of course if African swine fever continues to spread wildly all over the globe, eventually we are going to have a much bigger problem on our hands than just rising prices.

This is a developing story, and I will do my best to keep you updated.

About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.

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What’s In Standard Fast Food & Chain Restaurants Menus: Seriously, Is It Safe To Eat?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Up front, I must admit I have conflicts of interest in writing this article. I eat about 95% to 98% organically-grown food, mostly all fresh, too! That’s the extent of my “conflict of interest,” since I do not advertise any brands or products, and never have in my professional career.

With all the research since the late 1970s into what can make the human body sick, including the overwhelmingly outrageous additions of toxic agricultural and animal-husbandry-chemicals, food processing ingredients, and the fact most processed foods are made using fluoridated water, I came to the conclusion long ago, “You can’t poison a body into wellness,” so I structured my professional and personal healthcare lives to “walk the talk.”

I truthfully can say I’ve not been in a fast food chain restaurant (i.e., hamburger joint-type) since the 1960s! Even then, I think I was there maybe a total of a dozen times, as I really don’t like greasy food! However, in the 1990s, my late husband and I were on a bus trip for seniors and we had a ‘pit stop’ at one of those places. Boy, did I have a hard time getting eggs scrambled in butter!

Over the years the chemicalization of air, water and food has been nothing to sneeze at—literally or figuratively! According to The Telegraph News, the Number of toxic chemicals applied to vegetables has risen 17 fold since the 1960s was published November 27, 2017.

Do you know that the number of chemicals applied to leeks, onions, potatoes and wheat has been increasing steadily since the 1960s? Don’t many out-of-bag or box snacks contain most, if not all, of the above?

The above Telegraph article states:

Onions and leeks have seen the biggest rise in toxic chemicals applied to them with the number rising 17 fold from 1.8 in 1966 to 32.6 in 2015, the data showed.

Back in 1974 less than two chemicals were applied to an average wheat crop, a figure which rose more than ten fold to 20.7 in 2014.

And potato crops are now sprayed with five times more chemicals than they were in 1975 with the number rising from 5.3 to 30.8 in 2014.

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Minimally as a precaution you should minimise your exposure to pesticides. The only way to guarantee that, is by eating organically.”

“A long term study of roundup in rats found that the lowest dosage, that was 75,000 times below the recommended dose of glyphosate [a common crop weed killer] had Anatomical Level toxicity leading to fatty tissue liver disease. [CJF emphasis]

Is there any wonder as to why U.S. citizens are packing on ‘the pounds’ like never before? The current obesity rate in the USA was confirmed in

A second study from the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC showed that 39.6% of US adults age 20 and older were obese as of 2015-2016 (37.9% for men and 41.1% for women).

Source: Wikipedia

However, there is a “sleeper disease” sneaking in from eating all that chemicalized food; it’s “Nonalcoholic fatty liver.”

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition in which fat builds up in your liver. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a type of NAFLD. If you have NASH, you have inflammation and liver cell damage, along with fat in your liver.

Source: National Institutes of Health

What are the statistics for NAFLD?

Fatty liver disease affects more than 25 percent of the U.S. population. Too much fat in the liver may cause inflammation and scarring that can predispose to cirrhosis, preventing this hardworking organ from doing its job. Mar 22, 2017

Source: Wikipedia

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The FDA should now be concentrating on testing all crops that are desiccated using glyphosate, these include wheat, oats, lentils, peas, soybeans, corn, flax, rye, triticale, buckwheat, millet, canola, sugar beets, sunflowers and potatoes.

Source: Sustainable Pulse

[CJF emphasis]

GMO Free USA’s Report “Eating Out: A Date With Glyphosate” lists three contaminants, including glyphosate and AMPA, [one of the primary degradation products of the herbicide glyphosate. AMPA has toxicity which is comparable to that of glyphosate and it is therefore considered to be of similar toxicological concern as (harmful in greater than 0.5 parts per billion) glyphosate itself. (1)].

The cumulative effect for the following restaurant types of foods that were tested: Casual Dining; Pizza; and Fast Food / Retail.

Check out how AMPA increases the Effective Glyphosate Levels!

According to Organic Consumers Association, in an online newsletter to me,

GMO Free USA tested foods from Chili’s Grill & Bar, Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts, IHOP, Le Pain Quotidien, McDonald’s, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Pret a Manger, Subway, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods Market.

As someone who has seen what poor eating habits and patterns over a lifetime can do to humans, I have to wonder when consumers will get it right about food. Most complain about the costs of organically-grown food? Well, have you checked out the costs of cancer treatment these days?

Most cancer drugs launched between 2009 and 2014 were priced at more than $100,000 per patient for one year of treatment.

Source: National Cancer Institute

How much of that does your insurance plan cover?

For those who want to “get it right about food,” here’s the 2019 Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen food lists prepared by Environmental Working Group.

Every year since 2004 the EWG Guide ranks the pesticide contamination of 47 popular produce items based on the results of more than 40,900 samples taken by the USDA. Here is 2019 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen according to the nonprofit nonpartisan organization EWG:

Dirty Dozen:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

Clean Fifteen

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Sweet Peas Frozen
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwis
  10. Cabbages
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupes
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew Melons

Source: WorldHealth.net

Reference:

[1] Eating Out: A Date With Glyphosate, Tests show glyphosate is prevalent in restaurant food
https://gmofreeusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Eating_Out_Date_With_Glyphosate_GMO_Free_USA_White_Paper.pdf

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

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Los Angeles County Issues Moratorium on Monsanto’s Roundup and Glyphosate-Containing Herbicides

By Alex Pietrowski

The end is near for the toxic herbicide glyphosate, which is being banned in major cities in the U.S. and in many countries in the world. After two recent court trials, Monsanto’s flagship product Roundup has been legally determined to be carcinogenic, leading to the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in defendants of the separate cases.

The herbicide is the most used agrochemical in the world; but after the two recent court rulings, there are literally thousands of other cases which threaten to cost Bayer AG, now owner of Monsanto, billions of dollars in future liabilities. In light of these developments, organizations, such as cities, towns and universities, are having to take action and stop using all grounds keeping products containing glyphosate.

This week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on a motion presented by Supervisor Kathryn Barger calling for a county-wide moratorium on glyphosate.

“I am asking county departments to stop the use of this herbicide until public health and environmental professionals can determine if it’s safe for further use in L.A. County and explore alternative methods for vegetation management.” ~Kathryn Barger

The motion was co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl who cited a ‘growing body of scientific study,’ raising legitimate questions about the safety of the herbicide.

In a 2015 study led by 17 experts from 11 countries, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that glyphosate should be classified as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans,’” Kuehl said. “That conclusion makes it imperative that we question any long-term use of this controversial herbicide, and that’s exactly what this motion calls for. [Source]

While this is certainly great news for area residents and all other living things that inhabit this space, the city is following a growing larger trend of ditching glyphosate, which is good news for the world.  The City of Miami was the most recent metroplex to take action, banning glyphosate earlier this month. Costco is the first major big box retailer to signal a possible move toward removing these products from their shelves nationwide.

Glyphosate is also heavily contaminating our food supply. Municipal and county bans are huge step in the right direction, but we desperately need to see a shift away from these products by the agricultural sector. This represents a unique challenge, as genetically engineered crops are designed to be dependent on the heavy application of glyphosate in order for many crops to even produce food. Farmers simply cannot stop using the product without costly replacement.

This type of crisis was always built into Monsanto’s business model, making the move away from this toxic chemical a long and expensive process that will certainly lead to many more cases of cancer, death, and environmental ruin.


Read more articles by Alex Pietrowski

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.

This article (Los Angeles County Issues Moratorium on Monsanto’s Roundup and Glyphosate Containing Herbicides) originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Alex Pietrowski and WakingTimes.com

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70% of Produce Sold in US is Contaminated With Pesticides, Even After You Wash It

By Elias Marat

If you’re buying fresh fruits and vegetables in the United States, 70 percent of it will carry pesticide residues on it even after you’ve washed it, according to a new study from a widely-respected health advocacy group.

The Environmental Working Group’s annual analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture data offers grim evidence of the over-saturation of pesticides and toxic chemicals in conventional agriculture in the United States, with top crops such as spinach and strawberries counting among the most contaminated produce.

The group hopes the report will inform shoppers of the risks inherent in buying and consuming conventionally-grown produce versus organic fruits and vegetables.

Most surprisingly, kale–that trendy dark green superfood that’s risen to the top of health-conscious grocers’ lists in the past decade–is among the top three contaminated fruits and vegetables, with 92 percent of non-organic kale containing residues from at least two or more pesticides. Some kale sampled carried the residue of no less than 18 different types of pesticides.

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In a statement, EWG toxicologist Alexis Temkin said:

“We were surprised kale had so many pesticides on it, but the test results were unequivocal … Fruits and vegetables are an important part of everyone’s diet, and when it comes to some conventionally grown produce items, such as kale, choosing organic may be a better option.”

Both spinach and kale carried between 10 to 80 percent more pesticide residue by sheer weight than any other crop, respectively ranking second and third on the “dirty dozen” list of popular vegetables carrying the most pesticides.

Strawberries lead the pack, containing an average of nearly 8 different pesticides per sample–a shocking figure when considering that the average U.S. resident consumes around eight pounds of fresh strawberries per year.

Strawberry growers in regions across the west coast dump vast amounts of pesticides and poisonous gases on fields to make them safe for strawberry cultivation before further exposing crops to fumigation. The use of toxic pesticides in agricultural communities has seen California cities such as Oxnard, Santa Maria and Watsonville face mounting numbers of respiratory disorders, birth defects and illnesses, particularly by farm workers and neighborhoods near the fields.



And while the European Union has banned many of the pesticides used by U.S. strawberry growers, lobbyists from corporations like Dow Chemical Company have ensured that government turns a blind eye to the overuse of carcinogenic pesticides.

The EWG also noted that over “90 percent of samples of strawberries, apples, cherries, spinach, nectarines and kale tested positive for residues of two or more pesticides.”

All nutritional experts and scientists agree that people benefit from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh produce–be it organic or conventional, depending on people’s budgetary constraints.

Yet the continued excessive usage of pesticides–largely by big food manufacturers and growers seeking to minimize costs–has made it difficult for health experts and regulatory bodies to accurately gauge the extent of pesticide exposure in our day-to-day lives, let alone to understand how the combinations of chemicals we’re exposed to can affect our bodies.

EWG research analyst Carla Burns noted:

The main route of pesticide exposure for most Americans who do not live or work on or near farms is through their diet … Studies have shown that eating fruits and vegetables free of pesticides benefits health, and this is especially important for pregnant women and children

Yet the researcher noted that regardless of the grim findings from the EWG study, “the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.”

EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” for 2019 is:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes



This article was sourced from The Mind Unleashed

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Check Your Freezers: 78,000 Pounds of Ground Turkey Recalled

By Daisy Luther

If you have any ground turkey in your freezer, you need to check to see if it’s among the more than 78,000 pounds of meat that has just been recalled.

Produced by Butterball, LLC, in Mount Olive, N.C, the turkey was sold in July under several brand names including Butterball, Kroger, and Food Lion.

78,164 pounds were recalled due to fears that the products may be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The contamination was discovered when several people became ill.

FSIS and public health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, have been investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Schwarzengrund illnesses involving 5 case patients from 2 states.  Wisconsin collected three intact Butterball brand ground turkey samples from a residence where 4 of the case patients live.  The case patients and ground turkey Salmonella Schwarzengrund isolates are closely related, genetically. (source)

Here are the products that have been recalled.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutional and retail locations nationwide. (source)

Obviously, if you have any of these products they’ll be in your freezer since they were in stores last summer. But imagine how many of those seemingly random mysterious stomach bugs may have been the result of eating contaminated turkey.

What is Salmonella Schwarzengrund?

This is a common strain of salmonella in Southeast Asia.

Salmonella schwarzengrund (strain CVM19633) is the predominant cause of salmonellosis in Southeast Asia, a major source of imported food products to the United States. It was also the cause of the first recognized outbreak of fluoroquinolone-resistant salmonellosis in the U.S.. Recent reports suggest that high-level fluoroquinolone resistance is emerging in S. schwarzengrund in different parts of the world. This serovar is remarkably disposed to nosocomial spread, and presents a unique opportunity to identify factors that facilitate this important type of transmission. MDR strain CVM19633 and susceptible strain SL480 belong to the S. schwarzengrund serovar. (source)

People who have eaten food contaminated with Salmonella schwarzengrund will generally develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within 12-72 hours. They will be sick for approximately 4 to 7 days and, for the most part, will recover without medical treatment.

Some more severe cases may require hospitalization and IV fluids due to dehydration. Older adults, infants, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to become seriously ill.

What should you do if you have some of the potentially contaminated ground turkey?

If you discover some of the turkey listed above in your freezer, you should either throw it away or return it to the store where you purchased it.

For more information about this or other recalls:

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem. (source)

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper, where this article first appeared. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter.

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FDA Approves Controversial GMO Salmon For Import

The United States Food and Drug Administration has decided that their previous ban on genetically modified salmon can be lifted.  In 2016, Congress said the salmon could not be sold in the United States until the FDA finalized labeling guidelines to inform consumers the product was genetically engineered. That’s when the FDA implemented the import alert.

But all that has changed now. In 2015, the FDA deemed the AquaAdvantage Salmon safe, marking the first U.S. approval of a genetically engineered animal intended for food.  But the 2016 import alert prevented the salmon from being sold in the U.S…until now.

According to CNN,  Congress passed a law directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set a national mandatory standard for disclosing bioengineered foods. That standard was issued last December.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said because of the 2016 law and the USDA’s new standard, the FDA “no longer has the authority to issue labeling guidance,” CNN reported. “However, the FDA believes this Congressional mandate has been satisfied by the USDA’s issuance of final regulations implementing that law in late 2018 because the law and regulations require that human food containing GE [genetically engineered] salmon bear labeling indicating that it is bioengineered,” Gottlieb said in a statement.

This will allow for the importation of genetically modified salmon eggs into the U.S. to be raised for human consumption.

For some, GMO, when used for food, is a blessing.  The ability to feed many more people than possible with strictly organically raised animals. Many feel that in order to sustain the constantly burgeoning population, GMO foods are a necessity. But for others, the health risks and long term unknown consequences are a curse.

Many claim GMO foods are safe; however, most of the research used to claim that GMOs are safe has been performed by biotechnology companies – those who stand to profit from proclaiming GMOs as “safe.” Still, “several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food (AAEM 2009),” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.

Will you be trying some GMO salmon?

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