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Specialty Farms – RECALL of its Organic Sprout Salad and Alfalfa Sprouts Blend

Specialty Farms - RECALL of its Organic Sprout Salad and Alfalfa Sprouts Blend

Specialty Farms, the Connecticut-based grower of numerous sprout products, has issued a recall of some of its organic sprouts. The reason: they are contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes – an infectious organism that can cause high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, even in healthy people. Individuals who have comprised immune systems, pregnant […]

Product Recall
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Specialty Farms, the Connecticut-based grower of numerous sprout products, has issued a recall of some of its organic sprouts.

The reason: they are contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes – an infectious organism that can cause high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, even in healthy people. Individuals who have comprised immune systems, pregnant women, the very young and the very old are the most susceptible.

The recall includes:

– Specialty Farms 4-ounce Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend

– Specialty Farms 4-ounce Organic Sprout Salad

– Nature’s Promise 4-ounce Organic Alfalfa Sprouts

– Nature’s Promise 8-ounce Organic Alfalfa Sprouts

– Nature’s Promise 4-ounce Organic Zesty Sprouts

The products were sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Rhode Island with sell-by dates of 8/3/2010.  Other recalled products had earlier sell-by dates of 7/26/2010 and 8/1/2010.

When I was living in Boston, I used to eat several of their other sprout products on a weekly basis. Since I moved to New York City, however, I haven’t had them once. I guess I was lucky.

For more information about the recall, please check the announcement on the FDAs website.  A full list of Specialty Farms’ products can be found here.


Fancy Food Show 2010 – Ayala’s Herbal Water

Fancy Food Show 2010 - Ayala's Herbal Water

As I wrote about in a recent blog post, Ayala’s Herbal Water was one of my favorite products that I saw at the 2010 Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. In this video, I interview the founder of the company, Dr. Ayala, and she talks about how she came […]

Company Stories Fancy Food Show Kids Organic Video Water
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As I wrote about in a recent blog post, Ayala’s Herbal Water was one of my favorite products that I saw at the 2010 Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

In this video, I interview the founder of the company, Dr. Ayala, and she talks about how she came up with the product and why.

Ayala’s Herbal Water is leading a trend that I believe will only continue to grow — organic beverages made with unique, not-too-often used herbs and spices. I am currently seeing it in NYC (a video-blog post on this is forthcoming) and we see it here with Ayala’s Herbal Water.

Keep an eye on this company.


Video Review of iPhone App: True Food Shopping Guide

Video Review of iPhone App: True Food Shopping Guide

The Center for Food Safety, a fantastic non-profit organization that is a huge defender of organic food in this country, just released a really cool and useful iPhone App. It is called The True Food Shopping Guide. This will be of tremendous use to people in helping them become more educated about which foods/brands contain […]

GMO The Center for Food Safety Video
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The Center for Food Safety, a fantastic non-profit organization that is a huge defender of organic food in this country, just released a really cool and useful iPhone App. It is called The True Food Shopping Guide.

This will be of tremendous use to people in helping them become more educated about which foods/brands contain genetically-modified foods and which ones don’t.

In this video review, I go over several key aspects of the app. Needless to say, I think it is phenomenal.

It can be downloaded for free on iTunes. If you don’t have an iPhone or Android, a free printed version can be found here.


Organic NYC – A Recap of the 2010 Fancy Food Show

Organic NYC - A Recap of the 2010 Fancy Food Show

When I went to Natural Products Expo West earlier this year, I was able to spend three full days there and take my time visiting each booth. I felt good about writing my Best of Show Awards since I was confident that I had seen everything. At this year’s Fancy Food Show at the Jacob […]

Company Stories Drinks Expo West Fancy Food Show USDA Water
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When I went to Natural Products Expo West earlier this year, I was able to spend three full days there and take my time visiting each booth. I felt good about writing my Best of Show Awards since I was confident that I had seen everything.

At this year’s Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, my time was limited to three hours on one day. I did my best to see everything I could but there is no doubt that I missed some things.

A few key takeaways:

– I was stunned by all of the foreign food companies at the show. It seemed that every country from every continent had its own section.

– Organic food did not have its own designated area. I was curious if it would but was informed that with so many companies doing organic, it no longer made logistical sense.

– The energy was very different than at Expo West. This could be a result of Expo West being a smaller show and a unifying passion around organic/natural.

Now, for the most interesting and compelling products that I saw.

RUNA AMAZON GUAYUSA TEA

There seem to be hundreds of organic teas on the market and the first question that pops out of my mouth when I see a new one is “what makes this tea different from all of the other teas?”

There are three things that make Runa Tea unique. Read more »


Supreme Court Votes in Favor of Organic, Against Monsanto

Supreme Court Votes in Favor of Organic, Against Monsanto

About a month ago, I wrote a post about a very important Supreme Court case regarding genetically-engineered alfalfa. Last week, a verdict came out and it was a huge victory for organic food proponents. Yet, if you read the mainstream press, Monsanto did an amazing spin job and made it seem as if they had […]

Organic Regulation The Center for Food Safety
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About a month ago, I wrote a post about a very important Supreme Court case regarding genetically-engineered alfalfa.

Last week, a verdict came out and it was a huge victory for organic food proponents.

Yet, if you read the mainstream press, Monsanto did an amazing spin job and made it seem as if they had won the case. The New York Times certainly portrayed it in this light.

However, one organization that I trust wholeheartedly, The Center for Food Safety (CFS), saw the decision very differently. The legal issues are quite complex and the best way to get a good understanding of the verdict is to read what the CFS had to say.


Raw Food 101 – Episode #5

Raw Food 101 - Episode #5

Here is the third video with my friend Jennifer and this week’s organic food topic is raw food. If you haven’t heard of raw food or have never been to a raw food restaurant, take note. The raw food movement is really taking off to cities all across the country. In this video I explain […]

Raw Food Video
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Here is the third video with my friend Jennifer and this week’s organic food topic is raw food.

If you haven’t heard of raw food or have never been to a raw food restaurant, take note. The raw food movement is really taking off to cities all across the country. In this video I explain what raw food is and give my take on whether people should be eating a 100% raw food diet.

In the segment, I mention Dr. Gabriel Cousens and his Tree of Life retreat center. His book Conscious Eating can be found HERE.


The USDA Cracks Down on Organic Food from China

The USDA Cracks Down on Organic Food from China

Dangerous products from China seem to be the norm these days. U.S. consumers have had to deal with the toxic drywall disaster.  Then, we found out that Chinese-manufactured toys and trinkets contained cadmium instead of lead.  Cadmium is a known carcinogenic. Oh, and how about the milk that killed several babies and sickened thousands because […]

Organic Regulation USDA Whole Foods
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Dangerous products from China seem to be the norm these days.

U.S. consumers have had to deal with the toxic drywall disaster.  Then, we found out that Chinese-manufactured toys and trinkets contained cadmium instead of lead.  Cadmium is a known carcinogenic.

Oh, and how about the milk that killed several babies and sickened thousands because of the toxic powder that was used.

With doubts swirling that the organic food from China wasn’t really organic, the USDA has banned a major certifier, the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), from operating there.

The reason: OCIA hired employees of a state-owned agency to inspect state-controlled farms and processing facilities. There was absolutely no independence and a serious conflict of interest at hand.

A video had been circulating on Internet recently about how Whole Foods was using “organic” food from China yet the certifying agency, Quality Assurance International, who was hired by Whole Foods and whose certification seal was on the package, claims it never did any inspections in that country. This created a mini-scandal that Whole Foods refused to comment on. Read more »