Renee Radenberg  

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Pistachio Nut Recall due to Salmonella

Apr 02, 2009 - 3 comments



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It started as a routine inspection at the Kraft Foods Inc. food manufacturing plant of the pistachio nuts before going into Nature Trail Mix. What they discovered was the Salmonella bacteria and then acted on a volunteer recall of all products with pistachio nuts that were supplied by Setton Farms, Terra Bella, CA. This recall will expand from not only the nuts themselves (unshelled nuts and shelled nuts) but to numerous food products pistachios can be found in, to name a few: snack bars, cakes, ice cream, and chips.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have posted alerts of the recall on their website. For general information and the list of foods affected go to the site at www.fda.gov/pistachios/

Salmonella bacteria comes from animals and people due to the bacteria living in the digestive system. The route of food contamination is from eating food exposed to contaminated animal feces. Usually poultry, eggs, milk or beef are the main sources of salmonella, however, vegetables and nuts are also found to be a source due to either the food handler did not wash their hands after the use of the bathroom or the soil the vegetable / nuts were grown in had contaminated feces.

Once you are infected with Salmonella, symptoms will occur within 12 to 72 hours after consummation of the infected food. Fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps will develop which may become very severe and may need hospitalization. If the infection spreads from the intestines to the bloodstream, it may be fatal if not treated in time. Young children, elderly, and immune compromised are the most at risk to the severity of infection.

How do you help prevent the Salmonella bacteria from infecting you? Cooking does kill the Salmonella bacteria. So it is important to not eat raw eggs, meat or poultry, which should be well cooked; and do not drink unpasteurized milk or dairy products. Vegetables should be washed with soap and water. When preparing food, wash your hands before and after handling raw meat/ poultry. Wash all kitchen equipment, surfaces, knives, etc. right after they were touched by raw meat / poultry. Use extra caution for food preparation for infants, young children, elderly or immune compromised. Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling birds, reptiles, or contact with pet feces. For more information on Salmonella go to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/salmonella/

3 Easy Ways to Have Healthy Tricks in Your Halloween Treats!

Oct 23, 2007 - 12 comments

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Halloween is a time when children are loaded up with lots of candy and sugar. The supermarkets are filled with all different sizes, shapes, and types of sugary delights to give out to Trick-or-Treaters. What are you to do when you want to give healthier treats or have a healthier Halloween party?

Instead of going down the candy or Halloween aisles at the supermarket, go down the snack aisle. There are plenty of small bags of chips. Try to choose popcorn, pretzels, or baked chips, which are the healthier choices. Snack size granola bars or sugar-free gum are good too. Fresh fruit, seeds, and nuts (mostly apples and pumpkin seeds) are great for Halloween parties but not for door-to-door Trick-or-Treaters. Today, parents of trick-or-treaters want pre-packaged items and will discard the fruit. Small snack sized nuts/seeds would be the best!

Another idea is not to use food at all for treats. Pencils, pens, small balls, small book, and small game gadgets, to name a few.  These are not costly and fun for the children. They can be found in party supply stores or 99 cent stores that are filled with numerous non-food items for children to play with. Coins (pennies, dimes, etc.) are also another alternative to food.

If you still would like to buy candy, think small size and dark chocolate/nuts. Dark chocolate and nuts have omega-3 fatty acids and helps to keep cholesterol down. Try to stay away from the big candy (chocolate bars). Mix the candy with the above ideas and you have a healthier treat than candy alone.

The focus for Halloween should be for the children to have fun and candy does not have to be center of attraction. Relax and have fun with the kids, and do not let the boogie man get you!