June 26, 2013 – Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon today announced it is voluntarily recalling 5,091 cases (61,092 eight ounce bags) of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. Based on an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of an illness outbreak, the kernels have the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus.
No illnesses are currently associated with Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels and product testing to date shows no presence of Hepatitis A virus in Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. The company’s decision to voluntarily recall products is made from an abundance of caution in response to an ongoing outbreak investigation by the FDA and CDC. The organic pomegranates are imported from Turkey.
Products were shipped from February 2013 through May 2013 to UNFI distribution centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington State. UNFI distribution centers may have further distributed products to retail stores in other states.
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Bird rescuers in Canada said a racing pigeon that set out on a 600-mile journey in Japan took a 5,000-mile detour to British Columbia.
Maj Birch, founder of the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, said the 1-year-old bird set off May 10 along with 8,000 other racers from the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and turned up emaciated and dehydrated last week on a Canadian air force base on Vancouver Island, ABC News reported Wednesday.
via Racing pigeon from Japan detours to British Columbia – UPI.com.
The decision, which follows the recommendations of an agency advisory group, does not end biomedical research on N.I.H. chimpanzees. But it calls for retiring about 310 animals that the agency owns over the next few years, to sanctuaries from which they cannot be recalled for research. A colony of up to 50 will be kept at a site yet to be decided in case there is a compelling need to use them in research for human health. And new guidelines will be in place for any future research and for chimpanzee housing.
via U.S. to Retire Most Chimps From Research – NYTimes.com.
The Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act settles a major unresolved issue in the immigration reform debate by clearing the way for gay U.S. citizens to sponsor foreign-born spouses for green cards.
The debate over including protections for gay couples had been one of the lingering tension points as the Senate nears passage of the landmark immigration bill. The federal law prohibited American citizens in same-sex marriages from receiving immigration benefits, including the right to assist their partners in applying for legal permanent residence.
via Gay rights no longer immigration bill obstacle – Carrie Budoff Brown and Seung Min Kim – POLITICO.com.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) is supporting healthy eating habits among low-income youth and their families through its sponsorship of 22 community gardens across Georgia. This statewide initiative to plant and grow gardens in local communities is designed to provide easy access to nutritionally rich foods that may otherwise be unavailable to low-income families, while encouraging a sense of community ownership.
The WellCare community garden initiative launched in May, when a group of youth and adults from WellCare and the Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department planted two gardens, and it will continue throughout the summer. WellCare is partnering with the Coastal Health District for four Chatham County gardens and with local Boys & Girls Clubs in Lowndes, Dougherty, Washington, Hall, Morgan and Stephens counties. Additional partner organizations include Emanuel County Healthy Connections, Sumter County Youth Development Campus, North Brooks Elementary School, Mount Early MBC, Four Points, Inc., Girls Inc., the Mitchell County Health Department and the Grady County School District.
via WellCare Supports Healthy Eating in Georgia with 22 Community Gardens.
“Since mid-May, the North started to lend state-owned cooperative farmland to city workers as part of its various efforts to solve serious food shortage problems for city workers,” the North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity said in a press conference, citing inside sources in the North.
City laborers are bearing the brunt of food shortages in the North while farming workers have easier access to farm produce, the group said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is well aware of growing indignation among citizens over food shortages and in order to quell their anger, the leader is drawing a variety of ideas to help them feed themselves, it said.
The latest farmland renting plan is one of the North’s ideas to help solve food shortages, according to the study group.
Under the plan, one plant worker or state firm employee can borrow up to 826.5 square meters of land belonging to state-owned cooperative farms and they are required to pay about 25 kilograms of corn or 12.5 kg of beans in rent, the group said.
via N. Korea starts to lend farmland to city workers to solve food shortage | GlobalPost.
Bulgarian protesters pelted lawmakers with tomatoes and eggs and chanted “Mafia!” and “Resign!” on Wednesday in a sign of mounting frustration over the new Socialist-led government’s refusal to quit over a security scandal.
Thousands of mostly younger Bulgarians have been staging protest rallies for more than a week demanding the cabinet step down over its bungled bid to impose a media mogul as head of national security, a highly sensitive post, without any debate.
via Bulgarian protesters pelt lawmakers with tomatoes, eggs | News , International | THE DAILY STAR.