Sysco Jumps Aboard Gestation Ban – Pledges To Stop Using Gestation Crates For Pork Products

Sysco Jumps Aboard Gestation Ban - Pledges To Stop Using Gestation Crates For Pork Products

Sysco is one of the world’s largest food distributors.  Happily they’ve decided to join the other restaurants and organizations that have pledged to stop using pork from distributors who use gestation crates.

The Humane Society has applauded the move in a and included a statement from Sysco in their own:

Sysco takes its role as a responsible corporate citizen in the food supply chain seriously. We use science-based standards for animal welfare and work diligently with our suppliers to ensure humane treatment of animals. We also listen closely to our customers desires. Although there are many ways to house sows, several customers and suppliers have expressed their desire to eliminate gestation crates from their supply chains.

While no timeline has been established, Sysco has promised it would work with its suppliers to end the use of gestation crates.  Sysco has joined the ranks of the likes of McDonalds, Burger King, Safeway, and Hormel in disavowing the use of the crates.  Sysco earned $40 billion in sales last year and has 400,000 customers worldwide.

Canadian Couple’s Kitchen Garden Targeted By Draconian Local Authorities

Canadian Couple's Kitchen Garden Targeted By Draconian Local Authorities

Here’s another case of government gone horribly wrong.  A Canadian couple is fighting to keep a vegetable garden they grow on their property in Drummondville, a town about 60 miles northeast of Montreal.

Earlier this spring, Michel Beauchamp and his wife, Josée Landry, planted an elaborate (and quite pretty) vegetable garden on the front lawn of their home.  It replaced a flower garden.  Because they wanted to eat better, they planted a variety of veggies, ranging from tomatoes to brussels sprouts.  Eating food from their own garden has helped each lose weight, a combined total of 100 pounds.

Canadian Couple's Kitchen Garden Targeted By Draconian Local Authorities

The government doesn’t care, however.  The deadline to remove the garden has already passed.  According to the local government, 30 per cent of the front lawn must be covered in grass.  The city has sent the couple two letters, ordering the couple to reduce the size of their vegetable garden.  After Sunday, they face fines of $100 to $300 per day.

They aren’t deterred.  “It must be a right to be able to grow our vegetables on our land. It is nonsense to ban it,” said Beauchamp.  A spokesperson for the city said neighbors have complained about the garden, although Beauchamp is challenging them to on that count.  He shares his home-grown produce with the neighborhood.  And it’s hardly unsightly.

“They love it. Everybody is surprised by the kind of taste we can have from fresh vegetables,” he said.

Beyond squashing this couples healthy eating, the city plans to make it illegal to grow vegetables on front lawns anywhere in the city during the fall.  The city held public consultations on the new rule and it said no one objected.

This is what you get when you allow a nanny state.  The couple are now petitioning for the council to relax its draconian rules.  In part the petition reads:

Front yard kitchen gardens are not the problem; they’re part of the solution to healthier and more sustainable communities. Thanks for helping us to defend them.

 

Head on over and sign the petition.

David Hasselhoff Iced Coffee Ads – Cumberland Farms’ Life-Size Cutouts So Popular Almost All Of Them Have Been Stolen

David Hasselhoff Iced Coffee Ads - Cumberland Farms' Life-Size Cutouts So Popular Almost All Of Them Have Been Stolen

Proof that the Hoff isn’t just uber-popular in Germany.  Actor David Hasselhoff posed for a photo that’s been blown up life-size to advertise iced coffee for the Cumberland Farms branded convenience stores.  So popular is the Hoff that 550 of the 570 posted have been stolen in the course of several weeks.  That’s a rabid fan base.

Cumberland brand strategy specialist Kate Ngo says only about 20 remain for the roughly 570 stores in New England and Florida.  Ngo says Cumberland is flattered by the attention its ads featuring “the Hoff” are drawing.  She’s asking anyone with a Hasselhoff to keep it safe.  Popular and forgiving.  We’re giving Cumby’s (as it’s affectionately known in New England) a thumbs up for good PR work here.

David Hasselhoff Iced Coffee Ads - Cumberland Farms' Life-Size Cutouts So Popular Almost All Of Them Have Been Stolen

IKEA Now Sells Beer (Well In The UK At Least)

IKEA Now Sells Beer (Well In The UK At Least)

If you’re a fan of getting lost in an endless loop of flat pack furniture wandering through IKEA, you’ll no doubt be delighted to know that IKEA is now making a dark lager beer.  Officially it’s titled Öl Mörk Lager, sadly it can currently only be found at IKEA stores in the UK.

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This Is The World’s Hottest Vodka

This Is The World's Hottest Vodka

Glazed Donut flavored vodka certainly exists – so dessert is covered.  But what about something for dinner?  Until we get Filet Mignon vodka, Naga Chilli Vodka just rolled out something to keep you busy.  While it may not fill your stomach, it certainly has the potential to burn your face clean off.  It’s not slightly hot – it’s in fact infused with one of the hottest chili peppers on the planet.  Something that registers in at a face melting 100,000 Scoville units.

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Food Recall – Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat Product

Food Recall - Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat ProductBridgeton, New Jersey based Buona Vita, Inc is recalling 324,770 pounds of frozen ground meat product due to possible Listeria contamination, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Saturday.  The USDA considers the health risks related to the recall “high.”

The recall includes ready-to-eat meat and poultry products produced in May, including meatballs, chicken and beef patties, and loaves of chicken and beef, the agency said in a written statement.

According to the Buona Vita website, the company produces 200,000 pounds of meatballs a day.  General Manager Blake Christy responded to the recall.

“There have been no reports of any injury or illness….The company produces a large amount of product, and this recall is a part of a precautionary measure by the company to protect its customers.  We need to go through everything we need to go through as a part of our quality control”

The recall was voluntary and the scope of the recall was to ensure that no possibly tainted product can get to consumers.

“This is our choice,” Christy remarked.

Food Recall - Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat ProductThe contamination was discovered through routine testing by the FSIS and the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  There have been no reports of illness related to the company’s products.

Listeria bacteria thrive in low temperatures.  Outbreaks are usually associated with deli meats, unpasteurized cheeses and smoked refrigerated seafood products.  Listeriosis has a long incubation period, with symptoms sometimes not showing up until two months after people consume tainted foods.  Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems.