Food recalls

first_imgBy April ReeseUniversity of Georgia An example of a Class III recall, she said, leaving “added water”off of the ingredient list. The product doesn’t meet federalrequirements for labeling. But it’s not a health hazard. That’s not good.”If a recall for food is announced, people should pay closeattention,” said Elizabeth Andress, an extension food safetyspecialist with the University of Georgia College of Family andConsumer Sciences.”There are different kinds of recalls,” Andress said. “And somecan indicate a very serious situation.”Hamburger and other meat products, infected with hazardousbacteria like E. coli and Listeria, are the most commonlyrecalled foods, she said. Take these recalls very seriously.A food recall is a voluntary step that a food’s manufacturer ordistributor takes to protect consumers, she said.Recall classes Food recalls fall into three classes based on the dangerassociated. It seems that every day a new recall is announced, warning peopleof the dangers associated with eating certain foods. You hearthese recalls so often they may sometimes fail to register. Check it out!”People should go to the trouble to check their freezers,refrigerators and shelves for identifying information on productsto make sure they don’t consume the contaminated foods,” Andresssaid. Then follow the directions for the recall if you want yourmoney back. When meat and poultry products are recalled, updated informationis available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the formof a recall notification report. These are on the Web atwww.fsis.usda.gov/OA/recalls/rec_intr.htm.The report includes the description of the food being recalled, thereason for the recall, the name of the producer, distributioninformation, any identifying codes, the recall class and peopleto contact.Other food recalls, besides beef and poultry products, arehandled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA isgenerally not authorized to “order” a manufacturer to recall afood.”Only when a medical device, human tissue product or infantformula poses a risk to human health does the law specificallyauthorize the FDA to prescribe a recall,” Andress said.FDA Recalls, Alerts and Enforcement Reports are on the Web atwww.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html andwww.fda.gov/opacom/enforce.html. These Web sites give you all theinformation you need to identify and return the recalled product.I already ate it. What now? “Class I recalls are the most serious,” Andress said. “Theseinvolve a health hazard in which there is a reasonableprobability that eating the food will cause serious healthproblems or maybe even death.” If you believe you’ve eaten food that’s being recalled, contactthe company or federal agency involved to learn what symptoms toexpect.center_img “Even in the case of some Class I recalls for bacterialcontamination of food, proper cooking before consumption mayremove the hazard,” Andress said. “So, a consumer may have eatena food before hearing about the recall and not gotten sick.” Andress said some foods that have been recalled may never makeyou sick. “In some cases, such as contamination with the toxin that causesbotulism, it won’t take long for symptoms to have appeared andthe damage to already be done,” Andress said. “However, in otherinstances, there may not be any harm.” Some consumers worry they have already eaten a recalled food. If it is said to be a “precaution,” it is most likely a Class IIor Class III recall, Andress said. But even then, she urgesconsumers to find out more. Learn how serious the risk is to yourhealth and what the government or company recommends you do withthe food. A Class II recall, she said, is one with a remote probability ofhealth problems from eating a product. With a Class III recall,eating the food won’t cause a health problem.last_img read more

Polish conservative president’s second term likely to deepen EU rifts

first_imgRifts are likely to be evident this week when EU leaders discuss the bloc’s long-term budget, with Brussels facing growing calls for funding to be made conditional on respect for the rule of law.”EU institutions and the broader international community must now be vigilant to ensure … minority rights in Poland are upheld in the coming years,” said Dacian Ciolos, former Prime Minister of Romania and President of the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament.Brussels did not immediately comment on the election outcome. One EU country swiftly welcomed Duda’s re-election — Hungary, which is also among anti-liberal voices in central Europe.”The international liberal mainstream once again tried everything but the central European right wing is up 3:0,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Facebook, referring to recent conservative triumphs in Croatia, which is an EU member state, and Serbia, which is not in the EU.EnemiesTrzaskowski had said that, if elected, he would seek a more tolerant Poland and abolish state news channel TVP Info, which critics say gave overt support to Duda in its programming.”The public broadcaster was used as a campaign tool for the incumbent,” said Thomas Boserup, Head of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) special election assessment mission. “This is the clearest misuse of public resources we have seen in this election.”To many religious conservatives in the predominantly Catholic nation, Trzaskowski came to represent the threats facing traditional values when he pledged to introduce education about LGBT rights in Warsaw schools.”I chose someone who represents the same values as I do. Christian values, family values,” said Jarek Sieczka, a 25-year-old municipal official who lives near Zyrardow, outside Warsaw.However, many members of the LGBT community fear discrimination under a Duda presidency.”We feel powerless,” said Dawid Mycek, 35, a LGBT activist and Youtuber. “This is the first presidential campaign I know, which was based on hate, hate speech and dividing Poles.”Duda painted himself as a guardian of generous PiS welfare programs that have transformed life for many poorer Poles.Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro suggested late on Sunday that PiS could push on quickly with its conservative agenda, and with its ambition to spur change in private media ownership towards outlets more favorable to its ambitions.Topics : “To a large extent, the policy of Brussels, or rather Berlin, had focused on supporting the opposition,” Arkadiusz Mularczyk, a PiS lawmaker, told Reuters. “Polish society is not accepting this.”Duda ran an acrimonious campaign in an election that was held despite the pandemic and was laced with homophobic language, attacks on private media and accusations that Trzaskowski serve foreign interests instead of Poland’s.Trzaskowski, who had said he would repair Poland’s relations with Europe and use the presidential veto to block any legislation that would subvert democratic norms, dismissed the accusations.PiS and the EU have been divided on climate change and migration, in addition to democratic norms. Polish President Andrzej Duda has won five more years in power on a socially conservative, religious platform in a closely fought election that makes renewed confrontation with the European Commission likely.Nearly final results from Sunday’s presidential election runoff showed Duda, 48, on over 51%, giving him an unassailable lead over liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who won almost 49% of the votes, the National Election Commission said.Duda is allied with the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, and his victory reinforces the government’s mandate to pursue reforms of the judiciary and media which the European Commission, the European Union executive, says subvert democratic standards. Duda has largely backed the PiS policies.last_img read more

€61m of interest to paid out to AIB customers following loan mistakes

first_img€61m of interest to customers who topped up personal and small business loans between 1999 and 2019 is to be paid out by AIB. The bank said customers affected were not overcharged, but that the bank’s paperwork should have been clearer in setting out interest terms.According to the Irish Independent, the bank has begun contacting customers. All personal loan customers are expected to be written to in July and small businesses will be contacted in September.AIB chief executive Colin Hunt said the issue had been “self identified” by the bank and customers were not overcharged.“The money was owed to us on the facilities,” he said.However, because the standard of documentation was not at the level it should have been the bank had decided to return the money involved to customers. The Central Bank had been informed, he said.€61m of interest to paid out to AIB customers following loan mistakes was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

An idea turned into Hinkle Farms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kayla Hawthorne, OCJ field reporterSeven years ago, P.J. Hinkle was a union crane operator. In his time spent travelling for work and running a crane, he had plenty of opportunities to think. One day when he came home from work he told his wife, “I have an idea.”Now, he’s a full time beef and vegetable producer in Morgan County.“I was a union crane operator for 15 or 17 years and I left all that to do all this,” Hinkle said. “When I was working construction, I might be in Cleveland tomorrow. Especially being a crane operator, I was all over the place. [I was] gone all the time. The money was good, don’t get me wrong on that, but you reach a stage in life when you think ‘Well, my little girl’s growing up.’ That’s a lot of what I do this for.”When he was growing up, Hinkle’s parents owned a grocery store, so he has always worked with food and he wanted to make sure his family also learned those lessons.“Growing up in the grocery business, I knew where everything comes from, I knew how to handle it,” Hinkle said. “I wanted to impress upon my daughter that this is where food comes from. I’m afraid this generation thinks a hamburger from McDonald’s is what a hamburger is supposed to taste like or French fries are what potatoes are supposed to taste like.”His idea started with building some fence.“We built some fence and she said ‘What are you going to do?’ And I put a couple goats in there and they didn’t stay,” Hinkle said with a laugh. “But the whole idea was I wanted to raise our own beef. I thought if I buy two calves, we can fatten them and sell one and have our beef for free. Well, if you do 35 or 40, that’s got to be better.”That is just what he did. Hinkle and his wife, Karen, started buying calves to raise for meat and growing vegetables. Today Hinkle Farms grows a variety of produce in field production during the growing season and year round in unheated high tunnels for the fall market, including beets, green onions, radishes, turnips and plenty of greens for nutrient rich salads, including arugula, kale, lettuce, spinach, and microgreens. The cattle remain an important part of Hinkle Farms as well.Photo provided by the Hinkles.“I buy stocker calves. I don’t do cow-calves. Generally, I like a crossbreed — an Angus with a cross with Hereford is what I prefer for my markets,” Hinkle said.He typically buys calves around 300 to 350 pounds.“I’ve got a theory that you buy young calves, like 300 pounders, they don’t take much to get through the first couple months and you can usually buy them better in January,” Hinkle said. “So if I can see the opportunity that I can buy some young calves in January, I’ll put them out here, in one of my little lots. I feed them a little hay until March or April when I can turn them into one of the fields.”Hinkle says he feels peer pressure sometimes at the auctions when other buyers are looking for breeding stock, but he knows they want something different in their calves.“A lot of times I’ve bought better calves than what I should have, spent more money than what I should have and been very disappointed in them. Sometimes the bargain calves —some of them that need a little help — have been very good to me,” Hinkle said. “Sometimes I like the calves that maybe have a little rougher start. I don’t know that it always makes me more money, but I feel like I can buy the calves a lot of times at a little better price.”Hinkle has a one- to two-acre lot with a barn where he starts and finishes the calves.“Basically we bring the calves in and we get them used to us a little bit, we get them vaccinated and make sure none are sick,” Hinkle said. “Then we introduce them to our pasture.”The pasture is around 25 acres. Because of the storms and rainfall in 2018, Hinkle was not able to move his calves to the pasture all year. He has had to cut back on the number of calves he typically raises so they can be managed in the small finishing lot by his home. Currently, he has six steers in the lot that weigh around 1,100 to 1,200 pounds. Typically, at this time he has around 12 that should be moving off the back pasture to be finished before butchering.He does not like to have more than 12 or 15 calves in the finishing lot at a time, for safety and comfort reasons.“Comfort means a lot to me for the animals. I know there’s some equations for how many square feet for the building and all this and that. But if it gets bad and I’ve got to put them in on the concrete for a little while, I at least like them to be comfortable. I don’t like that idea of everything shoulder to shoulder,” Hinkle said. “It creates a lot of other issues.”In an ideal year, Hinkle would buy younger calves in January and move them to the back pasture around March or April to eat grass.“Basically that’s what they get all summer. And to just keep them honest, we go back and give them a pound or two of grain per head every day. That’s how we can control them. That way they come in to us when they hear us,” Hinkle said.Hinkle believes if his pasture is managed correctly he can operate with more cattle.“Economically, any time you can run more cattle on the same amount of acres, it’s to your benefit,” Hinkle said.When the calves reach Hinkle’s ideal size, he has most of them butchered to sell meat from his farm and at farmers markets. Roughly 20% of them go to the stockyard to be sold at an auction.“There are two different markets. When you’re selling at the auction, they need to be huge, 1,400 to 1,500 pounds,” Hinkle said. “For ourselves, when I butcher a beef, for the best yield for us, depending on the frame and everything of the animal, I like an animal that’s going to be in the 1,100- to 1,200-pound range. That’s for a good yield and return.“I like about a 750 to 800 pound hanging carcass and I’ll get a good yield back on that. But if I get up in the 900 to 950 hanging carcass, which is up around the 1,400 to 1,450 live weight, I’ve given a lot of fat away. Then it really cuts into your profits.”Raising calves and local produce is more than profits to the Hinkles.“It’s profitable, but at the same time, it’s a good way of people getting local meat. I think more than anything it is important that they know where it came from,” Karen Hinkle said. “A lot of people come out here, they see what we have, our practices and everything. And they feel better buying off of a farmer, buying off of someone when they can see what their product is.”The Hinkles give credit to their local community and customers for spreading the word about their farm and what products they offer. P.J. said they have several families that continue to buy from them throughout the year.“They know they can trust us, they know what they’re getting, they’re satisfied, and we try to be reasonably priced,” he said. “I can still look people in the eye when I tell them how much my steaks are or hamburger is. You’ve got to be responsible and not overcharge people. Just because you grew it doesn’t mean it’s priceless. It’s still got a marketable value. We don’t want to be the cheapest around, or a bargain rate, but we want to be something that you can afford to buy and utilize.”To be allowed to sell meat at markets and on the farm, Hinkle needed several licenses, which can be quite expensive. One of them, the Mobile Food License, is the same license needed to sell eggs at the farmers market. The Hinkles decided to raise chickens to offset some of that cost. They have around 100 laying hens for the market season then sell them to a family member in the fall. The Ohio Department of Agriculture inspects their facilities each year to ensure compliance.“It all comes at a cost, but it also gives us an opportunity to offer our products,” Hinkle said.Like most farmers, Hinkle has “made a truck load of mistakes.” He has also had his share of difficult times. Handling the cattle is a continual challenge. He stresses the importance of having the proper infrastructure and facility to run cattle.“I am still nowhere where we should be on handling facilities. The loading and unloading, that should be priority number one for anybody that’s starting into it. And I’m still catching on to that because I think ‘Oh, I can still get by,’” Hinkle said. “A good head chute works better than pinching them with a gate in the corner.”Hinkle finds his weak spots with infrastructure the hard way. For example, a couple weeks ago one of the steers got in a pen by himself and could not figure out how to get back with the other claves. He tried to jump a five-foot wall, tore part of it down and got stuck.“There’s always a train wreck coming,” he said. “I’ve been lucky though too. I have.”Hinkle encourages anyone wanting to get started in farming. He is always willing to share his methods and thoughts with anyone, because he does not think they are secrets. Hinkle says if you want to grow your own produce, put a tomato plant in your back yard. If you have a few acres, get a couple animals, he said. “Sometimes you’ve got to quit thinking about it and you’ve just got to do it.”last_img read more

Video Tutorial: Light Painting in After Effects and Photoshop

first_imgLearn how to create a stylish light painting effect using only After Effects, Photoshop and a camera – no third party plugins necessary!In a previous post, we highlighted the visually stunning Light Pollution video by digital video studio Super Frog Saves Tokyo (SFST).  What was unique about this video is that all of the light painting effects were created without the use of any specialized third party plugins – pretty impressive.Now, the team behind the video is giving us a peek into how they created the effects.  In the video tutorial below, Joe from SFST shows how one of the light painting effects was created.  Joe has also shared the raw footage so you can walk through the tutorial step-by-step without having to acquire your own shots (see the Vimeo page to download).The light painting technique uses a slew of After Effects and Photoshop tools including adjustment layers, basic color grading, masking, tracking and batch automation.  None of these steps is too complicated, but familiarization in these apps is essential – this isn’t for the Adobe newbie.Additionally, the SequenceLayers plugin from AEScripts is used to automate the timing of the effect (this can be done manually without a script but would be very time consuming).Light painting in After Effects is a great visual effect that can add punch to your video projects.  Thanks for sharing, SFST!See the Vimeo page for more info. Best viewed full screen:last_img read more

€42m flop Jackson Martinez released by Chinese club

first_imgJackson Martínez Jackson Martinez released by Chinese side as €42 million flop Chris Burton 23:15 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Jackson Martinez Getty CSL Atlético Madrid Guangzhou Evergrande Primera División Transfers The Colombian striker once starred for Porto, but a forgettable stint at Atletico Madrid has been followed a failed adventure in Asia Jackson Martinez’s forgettable spell in China has been brought to a close, with Guangzhou Evergrande effectively releasing the €42 million flop for free.Despite having failed to make a mark at Atletico Madrid, the Colombian was taken to China as a big-money addition in February 2016.A prolific spell at Porto had helped the 31-year-old to establish a reputation as a fearsome frontman, with 94 goals netted in just 143 outings in Portugal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That stint was followed by just three efforts in 22 appearances for Atletico, but Evergrande still thought enough of Martinez to make him a marquee signing.They have been left to rue that decision, with the South American having endured an injury-ravaged two years in Asia.He has managed just four goals and two assists after being restricted to only 16 games.Evergrande have now decided to cut their losses, with Martinez omitted from their 31-man squad for the new Chinese Super League season.They may have broken the CSL transfer record to land the experienced frontman – a bar which has been raised considerably since – but he is now considered to be surplus to requirements.It may be that Martinez is given the opportunity to return to Europe after reaching a career crossroads, although he does have plenty to prove.Any interested parties will unquestionably seek assurances regarding his fitness and commitment to rediscovering past form before entering into contract talks.Martinez has shown in the past that he can be a useful asset in the final third of the field, but slumps in Spain and China will have tarnished his image in the eyes of those seeking to bring added firepower into their respective ranks.last_img read more

Platform9 announces a new release of Fissionio the open source Kubernetesnative Serverless

first_imgPlatform9 is announcing a new release of Fission.io, the open source, Kubernetes-native Serverless framework.  It’s new features enable developers and IT Operations to improve the quality and reliability of serverless applications. Fission comes with built-in Live-reload and Record-replay capabilities to simplify testing and accelerate feedback loops. Other new features include Automated Canary Deployments to reduce the risk of failed releases, Prometheus integration for automated monitoring and alerts, and fine-grained cost and performance optimization capabilities. With this latest release, Fission also allows Dev and Ops teams to safely adopt Serverless and benefit from the speed, cost savings, and scalability of this cloud-native development pattern on public cloud or on-premises. Let’s look at the features in detail. Live-reload: Test as you type With Live-reload, Fission automatically deploys the code as it is written into a live Kubernetes test cluster. It allows developers to toggle between their development environment and the runtime of the function, to rapidly iterate through their coding and testing cycles. Record-replay: Simplify testing and debug (Image via Fission) Record-replay automatically saves events that trigger serverless functions and allows for the replaying of these events on demand. Record-replay can also reproduce complex failures during testing or debugging, simplify regression testing, and troubleshoot issues. Operations teams can use recording on a subset of live production traffic to help engineers reproduce issues or verify application updates. Automated Canary Deployments: Reduce the risk of failed releases Fission provides fully automated Canary Deployments that are easy to configure. With AutomatedCanary Deployments, it automatically increments traffic proportions to the newer version of the function as long as it succeeds and rolls back to the old version if the new version fails. Prometheus Integration: Easy metrics collection and alerts Integration with Prometheus enables automatic aggregation of function metrics, including the number of functions called, function execution time, success, failures, and more. Users can also define custom alerts for key events, such as for when a function fails or takes too long to execute. Prometheus metrics can also feed monitoring dashboards to visualize application metrics. (Image via Fission) One of Fission’s users Kenneth Lam, Director of Technology at Snapfish said, “Fission allows our company to benefit from the speed, cost savings and scalability of a cloud-native development pattern on any environment we choose, whether it be the public cloud or on-prem.” You can learn more about Fission on its website. You can also go through a quick demo of all the new features in Fission. Read Next How to deploy Serverless Applications in Go using AWS Lambda [Tutorial]. Azure Functions 2.0 launches with better workload support for serverless. How Serverless computing is making AI development easierlast_img read more