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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.


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.


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.


Organic Peanuts: Safe to Eat? – Episode #2

Organic Peanuts: Safe to Eat? - Episode #2

At the recent 2010 Natural Products Expo West Trade Show, I interviewed Kris Fillat, the founder of The GoodOnYa Bar. During our conversation, Kris gave me a really interesting explanation about the safety of peanuts as it relates to salmonella. If you are like me and have been nervous to eat peanuts because of the […]

Aflatoxin Company Stories Expo West Peanuts Video
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At the recent 2010 Natural Products Expo West Trade Show, I interviewed Kris Fillat, the founder of The GoodOnYa Bar.

During our conversation, Kris gave me a really interesting explanation about the safety of peanuts as it relates to salmonella. If you are like me and have been nervous to eat peanuts because of the health scares in the news, this is one video that you will want to watch.

Kris also gives us some background on her company and her amazing Breakfast Bar. It is one of the best bars that I have tasted in a long, long time.


President’s Cancer Panel Report is a Huge Endorsement for Organic Food

President's Cancer Panel Report is a Huge Endorsement for Organic Food

A few days ago, the President’s Cancer Panel, a group of independent doctors and researchers, released its annual report called “Reducing our Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now”. Needless to say, the connection between the amount of chemicals/harmful toxins in our environment and the high incidence of cancer is incredibly strong, and decisive […]

Environment Health The Center for Food Safety Water
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A few days ago, the President’s Cancer Panel, a group of independent doctors and researchers, released its annual report called “Reducing our Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now”. Needless to say, the connection between the amount of chemicals/harmful toxins in our environment and the high incidence of cancer is incredibly strong, and decisive action needs to be taken.

In its letter to the President, the Panel “urges you most strongly to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our Nation’s productivity, and devastate lives.”

The report recommends that in order to decrease exposure to pesticides, individuals should choose “food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers” and “exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones and toxic run-off from livestock feed lots can be minimized by eating free-range meat without these medications.”

Essentially, they are saying to eat organic food because conventional food is laced with dangerous chemicals that increase our chances for cancer.

And, this is coming from an independent panel not paid for by special interest or industry groups.  The two main authors are LaSalle Leffall, Jr., M.D., from Howard University and Margaret Kripke, PhD, from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

It is a long report and covers many areas (not just food) so I will give you some of the most salient points/information. Read more »


IMPORTANT: The USDA is Close to Approving Genetically Engineered Alfalfa, Disastrous Consequences for Organic

IMPORTANT: The USDA is Close to Approving Genetically Engineered Alfalfa, Disastrous Consequences for Organic

Last night, I interviewed Andrew Kimbrell, the Executive Director of The Center for Food Safety (CFS), a non-profit based in Washington DC. The website says that CFS “protects human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.” In plain language, […]

Non-Profits Organic Regulation The Center for Food Safety Uncategorized USDA
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Last night, I interviewed Andrew Kimbrell, the Executive Director of The Center for Food Safety (CFS), a non-profit based in Washington DC.

The website says that CFS “protects human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.”

In plain language, this organization battles the people who are polluting our environment and corrupting the integrity of our food supply.

What is important to note is that when CFS files lawsuits, it often succeeds.  This includes several victories against Monsanto and others.  Recent wins include: stopping GE sugar beets, halting GE crops in wildlife refugees, preserving r-BGH free labels on dairy products, and passing California law to protect farmers from the hazards of GE crops.

Andrew Kimbrell and his team are amazing advocates of organic food, and I cannot express how lucky we are to have such competent and committed people fighting for our cause in Washington.

The interview I shot with him will be up very soon, but I received an email from CFS today and wanted to share it immediately.

The organic food community is under serious attack from the USDA.  Yes, the USDA.  It is considering allowing GE alfalfa, which would have disastrous consequences for the organic food industry and the well-being of small and family farms. Read more »