Saturday, August 11, 2007

Egg Beaters versus REAL eggs.....

okay.....Egg Beaters professes to be REAL EGGS...just the BEST part they say......the eggwhite! Of course since the nutritious YOLK was removed they then doctor up the leftover eggwhites with lots of vitamins and nutritents, not to mention it has been pasteurized and homogenized.

Yeah.....well.....I LOVE eggs. They fill me up......give me lots of energy and have lots of wonderful protein which I crave. BUT......eating eggs every day and the yolks which I LOVE.....may not be the best choice.

SO lately I have switched to mostly eggwhites......with 1/2 a yolk added occasionally. I had heard about Egg Beaters and figured well in between the REAL EGGS to eat MORE eggs I could try them.

I wish I had saved my money. YUCK ...YUCK......YUCK!

They smelled good cooking up.....but when the egg-filled fork hit my tongue..... YIKES! I just about gagged. They have a SLICK/SLIME-LIKE consistency.......they taste greasy....almost like badly fried donuts in old grease when they leave a film of grease on the roof of your mouth!?

WELL....these did the same thing. NO taste......NO flavor. I was stunned....though not totally surprised. I am going to see if maybe my grandma wants the rest of these. IF NOT......they are getting dumped down the drain and I will continue eating the REAL THING....much more flavor and much better taste.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

canned green beans recalled...

Some 15,000 cases of French Style Green Beans in 14.5 ounce cans made by Lakeside Foods, and bearing some 20 different brands are being recalled in the US and Canada as a precaution against potential foodborne illnesses such as botulism. As yet no illnesses have been reported.

The announcements were made on Wednesday and Thursday this week by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Lakeside Foods Inc of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, US, the producer of the affected product.

The food producer found food safety had been breached during a routine inspection: some cans may have been underprocessed (not enough heat) and some may have leaks, allowing possible contamination by dangerous organisms such as Clostridium botulinum which causes botulism, a potentially deadly form of food poisoning.

So far, none of the cans tested shows signs of botulinum toxin, and according to a statement from the FDA and the producer, the "company continues to test out of an abundance of caution".

The producer said in a prepared statement that it had "identified and corrected the condition that resulted in its decision to voluntarily recall the cans in question" and that none of its other products is affected.

Food poisoning from Clostridium botulinum can kill and starts with the following symptoms: general weakness or feeling of fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dry throat, headache, dizziness, double vision and difficulty speaking or swallowing. Other symptoms include trouble with breathing, muscle weakness, abdominal distention and constipation.

If you have these symptoms go and see a doctor. If you know anyone who has these symptoms, suggest they see a doctor.

Product Identification
If you have bought any of the products described here, throw it away, even if when you open the can it looks or smells OK.

The products affected are the "French Style Green Beans" in 14.5 oz cans and contain one of the following codes in the top line of the can code:

EAA5247, EAA5257, EAA5267, EAA5277, EAB5247, EAB5257, ECA5207, ECA5217, ECA5227, ECA5297, ECB5207, ECB5217, ECB5227 and ECB5307.

If you have any cans like this you should return them unopened to the place you bought them from.

The product is sold under the following labels:

IGA, and

According to the FDA and food producer's statements, the cans were distributed in the following regions:

In the US (20 states): AL, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, MS, NC, NY, OH, OK, TN, TX, VA, WI.

In Canada: according to the CFIA, the product was also distributed in Ontario and the Western provinces.

Further information
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-466-3834, Ext. 4090.
Contact Canadian Food Inspection Agency at at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

Click here to keep up to date with this product recall (food producer's website).

Click here for more information on foodborne illnesses (Canadian Food Inspection Agency).

Click here for FDA (US).

Crickets and Candles......

Crickets outside my window...

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As the hands of the clock approach the midnight hour

My eyes gaze upon the flickering flames of a candle

My ears hear only what sounds like a million crickets

All chirping together in perfect rhythm outside my window

A breeze gently blows the curtains back across my naked skin

And the softness makes me catch my breath

My longing for you is intense tonight

It fills my eyes with stinging tears

It makes my throat tight and my heart heavy

How I wish I could turn around and crawl into bed with you

To lie beside you and softly speak about our day

How I wish these curtains caressing my skin

Were your hands

And the dripping wax from the flame of my candle

Our bodies melting and molding together as one

As we match the rhythm of the crickets outside my window

Sharing the secrets of each other's body

Until our eyes grow heavy with sleep

And our bodies give out from exhaustion

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