August 19th, 2014 by KneeBees
Attention all almond butter lovers who shop at Trader Joe’s! The information below is taken straight from Trader Joe’s website:
“A Note To Our Customers About The Raw Almond Butter Recall
August 19, 2014
To Our Valued Customers:
We have been alerted by our supplier of Trader Joe’s Raw Almond Butters that there is a possibility that product with the specified date codes may be contaminated with Salmonella:
Raw Crunchy Unsalted Almond Butter
USE BY 28DEC14 thru 18JUN15
Raw Creamy Unsalted Almond Butter
USE BY 27DEC14 thru 18JUL15
In accordance with our stringent health and safety standards, and as an extreme precaution, all of the potentially affected product has been removed from sale and destroyed.
Customers who have purchased any of these items with the specified code dates are urged to not eat them and to dispose of them or return them to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund.
No other Trader Joe’s products are included in this recall.
Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time].
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.”
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From our family to yours!!! Have a wonderful weekend and let this Sunday be especially great for all moms out there! Happy Mother’s Day !!!!
February 27th, 2014 by KneeBees
Found on www.spring.org.uk , written by Jeremy Dean. We think its an interesting new study.
“Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development
Childhood adversity experienced between ages 0-11 associated with a smaller cerebellum.
New research finds that those who experience relatively common family problems early in childhood have an increased risk of mental health issues later on.
The study is one of the first to look at relatively common family problems–typically mild to moderate in severity–and tie these up to changes in the brain’s development (Walsh et al., 2014).
Parents of 58 teenagers were asked about negative life events their children had experienced from birth to 11-years-old. The teenagers themselves reported any negative life events that had occurred in the last 12 months at 14- and 17-years-of-age.
Brain imaging data from the teenagers at between 17 and 19 found that those who had experienced problems in the early years, like significant tension between their parents or lack of affection, had a smaller cerebellum.
The cerebellum is an area of the brain associated with learning new skills and regulating stress, amongst other things.
This could be a marker of psychological problems later in life as a small cerebellum has been consistently linked to serious mental disorders.
The study’s lead author, Nicholas Walsh, explained:
“We show that exposure in childhood and early adolescence to even mild to moderate family difficulties, not just severe forms of abuse, neglect and maltreatment, may affect the developing adolescent brain. We also argue that a smaller cerebellum may be an indicator of mental health issues later on. Reducing exposure to adverse social environments during early life may enhance typical brain development and reduce subsequent mental health risks in adult life.”
One fascinating–and unexpected–finding was that children who experienced significant problems when they were around 14-years-old actually showed increased brain volumes at 17-19.
This finding suggests that mild stress early in adolescence could help build up resilience.
It may be that it is partly the timing of early stressors which determines the eventual outcome–we know from other studies that the brain has a sensitive period in the early years of life.
During the early years the brain is particularly vulnerable to stress and other disadvantageous circumstances.”
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Found on http://www.foodsafetynews.com. Please, share with all who can use this information.
BY NEWS DESK | FEBRUARY 6, 2014
“FDA Releases Interim Rule for Infant Formula
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released an interim final rule and draft guidance documents regarding the manufacturing standards of infant formula.
Only 75 percent of infants in the U.S. start out being breastfed and by age three months, two-thirds rely on infant formula for some portion of their nutrition. The rule is meant to ensure that formulas for infants without unusual medical or dietary problems are safe and support healthy growth.
The draft guidance documents issued alongside the interim final rule address how manufacturers can demonstrate that their products meet the quality factor requirements of the interim final rule and information about manufacturing formulas made for infants with unusual medical or dietary problems
“Many families rely on infant formula as either the sole source of nutrition or an integral part of an infant’s diet through 12 months of age,” said Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine. “The FDA sets high quality standards for infant formulas because nutritional deficiencies during this critical time of development can have a significant impact on a child’s long-term health and well-being.”
The interim final rule amends the FDA’s quality control procedures, notification, and record and reporting requirements for manufacturers of infant formulas. It also establishes current good manufacturing practices and requires testing for Cronobacter and Salmonella contamination.
FDA says that companies currently manufacturing infant formula in the U.S. already voluntarily conduct many of the current good manufacturing practices and quality control procedures included in the rule.
The agency will be accepting comments from the public on issues or information not previously considered in the interim final rule.”
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