Food Recall Warning – L’Alpette cheese recalled due to a toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria

Food Recall Warning

L'Alpette brand Soft ripened sheep cheese - 160 g

L'Alpette brand Soft ripened sheep cheese - Ingredients

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
L’Alpette Soft ripened sheep cheese 160 g Lot 333
Best before: 14 10 31
None

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Recall date: August 28, 2014

Reason for recall: Microbiological – Staphylococcus aureus

Hazard classification: Class 2

Company / Firm: Ferme Floralpe Inc.

Distribution: Ontario, Quebec

Extent of the distribution: Retail

Recall details

Ottawa, August 28, 2014 – Ferme Floralpe Inc. is recalling L’Alpette cheese from the marketplace because it may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.

Food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin may not look or smell spoiled. The toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria is not easily destroyed at normal cooking temperatures. Common symptoms of Staphylococcus poisoning are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. In severe cases of illness, headache, muscle cramping and changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur.

Background

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

 

Burger King in Talks to Buy Tim Hortons in Canada Tax Deal

 

By
Liz Hoffman And
Dana Mattioli
Aug. 24, 2014 7:51 p.m. ET

Tim Hortons is Canada’s biggest coffee and doughnut chain. REUTERS

Burger King Worldwide Inc. BKW +1.01% is in talks to buy Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc., THI.T +2.79% a deal that would be structured as a so-called tax inversion and move the hamburger seller’s base to Canada, according to people familiar with the matter.

The two sides are working on a deal that would create a new holding company, one of the people said, adding that the takeover would create the third-largest quick-service restaurant provider in the world.

One of the people said a deal between the two companies could be struck soon, though additional details on timing couldn’t be learned. Together the restaurant companies have a market value of about $18 billion.

By moving to a lower-tax jurisdiction, inversion deals enable companies to save money on foreign earnings and cash stowed abroad, and in some cases lower their overall corporate rate.

Such deals threaten to deplete U.S. government coffers, and they have drawn stiff opposition in Washington. Efforts are under way to limit their use.

After a tide of tax-inversion deals—including AbbVie Inc. ABBV +0.44% ‘s purchase of Ireland’s Shire SHPG +0.04% PLC and Medtronic Inc. MDT -0.80% ‘s agreement to buy Ireland’s Covidien COV -0.85% PLC, with other deals expected in the coming months—the White House called on Congress to take steps to prevent companies from pursuing inversions.

The Treasury Department recently said it is assembling a list of options to deter or prevent the deals for Secretary Jacob Lew to consider. The Obama administration signaled earlier this month that it is considering regulatory action on inversions that could include earnings stripping.

A move by Burger King to invert is sure to intensify criticism of the deals, since it is a well-known and distinctly American brand.

In the current wave of such deals, most inversions have been struck by health-care companies. An inversion deal by Burger King would suggest that the deals have wider appeal beyond the health industry, as companies from a range of industries consider ways to become more competitive from a tax perspective.

Burger King was founded in 1954 with a single restaurant in Miami, where it is now based. It has since grown to be the world’s second-largest hamburger chain, according to the company’s website. There are more than 13,000 Burger King locations in nearly 100 countries, serving more than 11 million people daily, the site says.

Tim Hortons, based in Oakville, Ontario, is well-known for its coffee, a high-margin area where U.S. fast-food giants have raced to grab market share. Burger King has been adding more coffee items and flavors to its menus to catch up with rival McDonald’s Corp. MCD -0.08% , which has had success with a specialty coffee line called McCafe. Burger King paired up with Seattle’s Best Coffee, a brand owned by Starbuck’s Corp., to help its effort gain traction.

The brands would be managed separately under a Burger King-Tim Hortons deal, one of the people said.

Tim Hortons has shares that trade in the U.S. and Canada and a market capitalization of about $8.4 billion. Last year, hedge funds Scout Capital Management LLC and Highfields Capital Management LP announced stakes in the company and called for Tim Hortons to curtail its U.S. expansion plans and increase its leverage to buy back more shares.

In 2010, Brazilian private-equity firm 3G Capital Management bought Burger King and took the chain known for its Whopper burgers private. A few years later, the company structured a complex deal with an investment vehicle co-owned by activist shareholder William Ackman to go public again. The company now has a market capitalization of about $9.6 billion.

Canadian Cole Slaw Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that Roy Pope and Sons of Belleisle Creek, New Brunswick, is recalling Belleisle Farms brand cole slaw.

The product comes in 227-gram packages (about 8 ounces), with a best-before date of Aug. 19 and UPC 0 33383 65260 3, and was distributed in the Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).

Anyone who has this product should throw it out or return it to the store where purchased, CFIA officials said, adding that to date there are no reported illnesses linked to eating this cole slaw.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, it can be fatal.

CFIA  is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings. Meanwhile, CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

 

McDonald’s Russia Under Attack: Four Locations Close

By Mark Solomons

You have all heard about the trade war going on between Russia and parts of the world but I really think targeting restaurant chains the way Russia is goes way to far.

Maybe you’re not a fan of McDonald’s, KFC or Burger King but what Russia has been implementing on these chains just because they are “American” chains is going to far.  It not only effects those that enjoy eating there in their own country but the people who work there will now lose vital personal income in a country where jobs are scarce.

Yes McDonald’s is an “American” branded company but not only do they have a slightly different menu but the people that eat & work there are Russian.  Not sure how putting hundreds of people in your country out of work will show your disgust at the US government , their people & the governments ideology is a good thing for your people.  Hopefully the restaurants can reopen & stay open so that the innocent Russian workers can continue to work and bring in money for themselves & their families.

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[Photo: Shutterstock]

Russia continues to slam its ban hammer on Western foods: The country’s food safety watch dog agency, has shut down four McDonald’s locations in Moscow. According to USA Today, the agency temporarily shuttered the restaurants due to “numerous sanitary violations.” The affected locations include the famous McDonald’s on Pushkin Square that is “among the chain’s busiest.” Reuters adds that the agency has also begun “unscheduled” inspections at McDonald’s restaurants across several regions in Russia, once again citing “breaches of sanitary rules.”

While the agency denies that these recent moves are “politically motivated” they have only been implemented since “Moscow and the West imposed tit-for-tat sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.” The BBC notes that “Russian MPs have also called for checks on other US fast-food brands, including Burger King and KFC.”

Quartz points out that suspending operations at McDonald’s is not just putting a pinch on the American fast food chain, but may be hurting Russians more. The fast food chain sources most of its products like dairy, meat, and vegetables from around 160 local Russian suppliers. Reuters writes that McDonalds has 438 restaurants in the country and that it considers Russia to be one of its “major markets” outside of the United Sates and Canada. A McDonald’s Russia spokeswoman confirmed to USA Today that the company is “closely studying the subject of the documents to define what should be done to re-open the restaurants as soon as possible.”

This isn’t the first punch Russia has thrown at McDonald’s. Earlier this month, the agency launched an investigation into the chain’s cheese suppliers, again citing “safety reasons.” A local watchdog agency also filed a lawsuit in Moscow against the chain to request that it remove items like cheeseburgers and Filet-o-Fish sandwiches from the menu. Many Russian politicians and pro-Russian social media users have also called for McDonald’s to shutter and exit Russia. On top of all of that, Russia has banned all food imports — including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, and milk — from the U.S., Canada, the European Union, Australia, and Norway in retaliation to sanctions over Ukraine.

 

This is what farm-to-table concept realy means

 

By Mark Solomons

Ever wanted to eat at one of the largest farms in North America?  Well here is your chance.  This sure is an interesting concept but I do not think you will find one in the middle of any city anytime soon.

 

Some restaurants have their own gardens. But The Farmhouse Restaurant in Fair Oaks, Indiana sits on a much-more-impressive 23,000 acres of farmland, called Fair Oaks Farms. (It’s actually the largest piece of privately owned contiguous land east of the Mississippi.) More than half of the food on the menu—55 percent, to be exact—comes directly from the farm. “The goal is to eventually get that number up to 80 percent,” the restaurant’s co-owner Carl Bruggemeier told TODAY.com.

The Farmhouse Restaurant

The Farmhouse Restaurant

The wait staff is trained to know the origin of everything. Transparency is key at the 15-year-old farm and the recently opened 265-seat restaurant. The kitchen even features a specially designed glass wall, so people can watch their food as it cooks, and the extra-curious can get an official tour.

“Most of us go into a grocery store and don’t really know where things come from or how they got there,” Bruggemeier said. “We don’t even give it much thought.” He and the folks at Fair Oaks Farms hope to get their 500,000 annual visitors thinking—with tons of exhibits, tours and activities. Perhaps the most impactful element on the property: A birthing barn where guests can see live births every hour. The farm boasts 3,000 mother pigs that have 80,000 babies a year. Additionally, 150 calves are born on the farm each day.

Birthing Barn at the Farmhouse Restaurant

The Farmhouse Restaurant
Restaurant patrons can watch live animal births.

It’s important to note, however, that these baby animals won’t ever end up on the plates at the restaurant. “We’re a dairy farm, so we don’t do any slaughtering on the property,” said Bruggemeier. The chicken, pork and beef served at dinner come from nearby farmers that Bruggemeier and his team are intimately acquainted with. “We’ve been in everyone’s facility,” he said. “We know the owners and not just what they do, but why they started and how they feel about their work.”

The restaurant just opened in early July, but two dishes—the oven-roasted chicken and the bacon-wrapped meatloaf—have already taken the lead as top-sellers. The chicken, Bruggemeier recalls without taking even a second to think, comes from a farm, just 15 minutes down the road. The beef comes from Illinois and Wisconsin, and the bacon comes from hogs raised in Indiana and Illinois.

Pigs at The Farmhouse Restaurant

The Farmhouse Restaurant
Customers can check out the pigs at The Farmhouse Restaurant.

Other exhibits on the farm include a 7,000-tree fruit orchard, which will be ready for picking next year, a hands-on pig sonogram experience, a dairy activity center (complete with a milk bottle-shaped climbing wall) and more. Bruggemeier says it would take more than three hours to see everything the farm has to offer. And of course, it’s still expanding. In a few weeks, he’s opening a market and bakery, slinging freshly baked fruit pies, breads and more—all made with farm-produced ingredients. And after that, the farm will get a giant greenhouse, so produce—like leafy greens, cucumbers, legumes, tomatoes and potatoes—can grow on the property all year round. The hyper-local produce will be sold on the farm and, of course, star in dishes at The Farmhouse Restaurant.

CRACKED EGG & BACON BURGER (TESTING FOR WORK)

CRACKED EGG & BACON BURGER!!!

CRACKED EGG & BACON BURGER!!!

 

It’s burger testing time.  This beauty of a burger is 6oz of 80/20 beef pan fried (better than grilled!!!!) over thinly sliced tomatoes and topped with 1 cracked fried egg, melted mozzarella & sauteed mushrooms.  The sauce for this burger is my home made bacon & mustard mayo.