The Information Hub

Hosted by Linda Kauppinen
Group active since Thu, Mar 13, 2014

This group is for everyone who is concerned about what is in their food these days. It will be information on GMOs, Gluten and Steroid Hormones just to name a few, all of which is a controversial subject in regards to the food that we eat everyday. I welcome anyone and everyone who would love to share positive information on these subjects. If you DO NOT care as to what chemicals go into your food, DO NOT have an open mind,or you DO NOT believe that there is a problem with our current food supply, I'm sorry to say that this group is not for you.
This is a place for all of the like minded or open minded individuals to get together and discuss the current problems with our food and the ways for us to work around it. I have adopted a favorite saying from Chef Andy that is so very true and that is "Knowledge is Power!!!!".
I have only a couple rules...
Rule 1. Play nice in the sand box! (not everyone will be in agreement 100% of the time)But, lets be adults and keep discussions civil. Meaning no bashing or nastiness. This will not be tolerated! If I see it, I will moderate this group strictly. This could mean either the removal of the comment/post and/or being removed from the group.
Rule 2. Have fun with good conversations with good friends on the subject matter.

Jane Hughes
Thursday at 3:02 PM

Trader Joe's Recalls Hummus Products

I had Mediterranean Hummus on my shopping list for tomorrow. I guess I'll skip it for now and make my own.

traderjoes.com/...in-hummus-products

Sharon Colyer
Jul 14, 2016

THE RISK OF EATING CANNED FOODS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

The risk of eating canned foods everyone should know about: Your guide to the most dangerous foods to eat out of cans© Paula Banks/Getty Images Your guide to the most dangerous foods to eat out of cans A few years ago, everyone was freaking out about bisphenol A in plastic water bottles. I ditched my yellowed, decade-old Nalgene bottle for a fancy BPA-free one and pretty much thought I was set for life.

Unfortunately it turns out that the BPA risk is still out there thanks to canned foods. A recent study found that BPA-lined cans sometimes leach the toxin into food, which poses a danger to all but especially to pregnant women, young children and developing fetuses. BPA acts like a hormone in your body, meaning it can upset usual hormonal responses and reprogram cells, contributing to things like ADHD, a weakened immune system, reproductive problems and even breast cancer.
So what's a well-stocked-pantry-loving gal to do? Be choosy. There are some foods that have a much higher incidence of BPA-leaching than others, either due to their ingredients (fatty, salty, acidic) or at what temperature they're processed and for how long.

Here are the top 10 worst foods to eat from BPA-lined cans, according to the Breast Cancer Fund:

1. Coconut milk
2. Soup
3. Meat
4. Vegetables
5. Meals (like pasta dishes)
6. Juice
7. Fish
8. Beans
9. Meal-replacement drinks
10. Fruit

Fortunately there are some brands out there that can enable you to continue your canned ravioli addiction in peace. In 2015, Environmental Working Group surveyed 252 major American canned food producers. It rated the brands as Best, Better, Uncertain or Worst Players, depending on how BPA-free their cans were.

The Best Players companies are exclusively BPA-free and include Amy’s Kitchen, Hain Celestial, Tyson, Annie’s and Farmer’s Market brands.

Some others, like Campbell Soup and Walmart, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's store brands, use BPA in some of their cans but leave it out for others. Look for can labels that say "BPA free" if you want to be extra cautious. Or buy foods bottled in glass instead of cans. Definitely avoid heating foods inside cans (sorry, DIY dulce de leche fans). And if you're pregnant or feeding little ones, this warning goes double for you.

At the end of the day, the message is the same as the one we keep hearing: Your safest bet is to stick to fresh, whole foods that you cook from scratch. Now, if someone can teach me how to make SpaghettiOs from scratch, I may stand a fighting chance.

By Justina Huddleston

Linda Kauppinen
Jul 2, 2016

Health Officials Widen Flour Recall After 4 More People Get Sick

Federal health officials on Friday widened an already big recall of flour after four more people got sick from food poisoning linked to the flour.

No one has died or developed the most dangerous symptoms from the E. coli infections, but 42 people have become ill from the General Mills flour, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said.

The FDA notes it's an unusual recall and has reminded people that any raw food can carry bacteria. Many of the people who got sick reported having eaten raw flour, in cookie dough for instance. Cooking kills most bacteria, including E. coli.

"Consumers should not eat raw dough or batter, whether made from recalled flour or any other flour. Flour or other ingredients used to make raw dough or batter might be contaminated," the CDC said.

The CDC says health officials have found harmful E. coli 0121 strains in General Mills flour collected from the homes of ill people in Arizona, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

"CONSUMERS SHOULD NOT USE ANY OF THE RECALLED FLOUR AND SHOULD THROW IT OUT."
The General Mills recall covers types of Gold Medal Flour, Gold Medal Wondra Flour, and Signature Kitchens Flour. On Friday the company expanded the recall to cover additional lots of flour.

"Four additional people have been sickened, bringing the total number to 42. Indiana has been added to the list of states with ill people," the CDC added.

Eleven people in total have been hospitalized, the CDC said. "No one has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, and no deaths have been reported."

The CDC and General Mills both have websites to show people how to identify the affected products.

"Consumers should not use any of the recalled flour and should throw it out," the CDC cautioned.

"If you stored your flour in another container without the packaging and don't remember the brand or better by date is, throw it out to be safe. Consumers should thoroughly wash the containers before using them again."

Kitchen hygiene is important. "Do not taste raw dough or batter. Even tasting a small amount could make you sick," the CDC advised. "Wash any bowls, utensils, and other surfaces that were used when baking with hot water and soap."

The CDC estimates that about one in six Americans are made sick by foodborne illnesses every year — that's about 48 million people. About 3,000 die of these infections.

Sharon Colyer
Jul 1, 2016

FDA warns against eating raw cookie dough

Here is a update concerning the recalled Gold Medal Flour from:

Nor M. @Adashandapinchoflove posted in YAKETY - YAK (here at Just A Pinch)

In a warning that's sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, the federal Food and Drug Administration says people shouldn't eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some batches of flour. (Published Thursday, June 30, 2016)
In a warning that's sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, the federal Food and Drug Administration says people shouldn't eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some batches of flour.
The FDA says some of those who got sick ate or handled raw dough that contained flour made at a General Mills plant in Kansas City, Missouri.

General Mills has voluntarily recalled 10 million pounds of flour sold under the Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchen brands.
The agency also warns against using dough for play clay or homemade ornaments.

The CDC is advising restaurants not to give kids raw dough to play with while waiting for meals.

Source NBC