Portland issues boil-water mandate

portland waterThe city's water department issued a boil-water order Friday for more than 650,000 residents of Oregon's largest city and several suburbs, telling people to toss ice from their ice makers, throw out previously made lemonade and not use tap water to brush their teeth.

In three tests from Tuesday to Friday, repeat water samples in four locations showed the presence of E. coli, a type of bacteria found in feces, and total coliform, bacteria commonly found in the environment but problematic in drinking water, officials said.

"The chance of any health problems related to this water test result is low. If any problems occur, we would expect diarrhea," said Dr. Paul Lewis, interim Tri-County health officer. "We monitor cases of bacterial diarrhea and will be aware of any increase following this event."

Even homes with water filters should heed the order because most water filters don't remove bacteria or viruses, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Systems featuring hot water on demand also don't meet the requirements to fully boil water for at least one minute.

The city is investigating the source of the contamination, which can occur with a loss of water pressure, a pipe break or conditions that expose drinking water to outside elements.

The Portland Water Bureau said it collects about 240 water samples a month throughout its system, and the test to determine the presence of bacteria takes 18 hours.

One of the sites where E. coli-tainted water was discovered is Mount Tabor Reservoir No. 5, the spot last month where security cameras caught a man urinating through an iron fence into the open-air reservoir. Officials were going to discard all 38 million gallons in the reservoir but later decided to move it to an older concrete-lined holding area, Reservoir No. 6, which hasn't been used since 2010. It won't be used for drinking.

Though residents still can take showers and do laundry, the boil order, which is in effect until further notice, will affect both homes and businesses.

Water with dish soap can be used to clean cereal bowls but residents must rinse the bowls in boiled water and even wipe off the table with a towel moistened in boiled water. Fresh fruits and vegetables — any food that is not cooked afterward — must be washed in previously boiled water. And shut the automatic ice maker off; if someone wants ice, boil the water and put it in an ice-cube tray before freezing it.

originally published: USAToday.com

Press Release: First Ever Cold-Pressed Juice Cafe to Open in Bushwick

The Squeeze New Location Press Release

For Immediate Release:

First Ever Cold-Pressed Juice Cafe to Open in Bushwick

 

Brooklyn, NY -- Healthy lifestyle company, The Squeeze, is bringing its own unique brand of raw foods and cold-pressed juices to Bushwick. Since The Squeeze first rolled out their juice truck in May 2012, they have launched two new locations and captured the attention of New York juice lovers with their delicious products and provocative slogans. Vogue Daily called the company, “A plucky and delicious new addition to the NYC juice scene.” Now, The Squeeze is opening the first cold-pressed juice bar in Bushwick on March 10th, 2014 at 196 Graham Avenue. 

The opening follows the introduction of a new 12oz bottle size to compliment their existing line of 16oz cold-pressed juices. Behind playful names like “The Jeans I Wore In High School” and “I Have A Heart-On” lies an uncompromising devotion to the well-being of the planet and all of its inhabitants. The drinks are prepared with produce that is 100% raw, non GMO, and local whenever possible, these juices retain their natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals, ensuring they contain the richest stores of micronutrients. “I’m eager to transform the way people eat, to eat lighter on the food chain, to heal themselves and the planet,” says founder Karliin Brooks. Judging by the praise The Squeeze has received in the last two years, her efforts have not gone unnoticed.

The new grab-and-go location will offer organic cold-pressed juices along with a full menu of raw foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner including; soups, salads, savory crepes, entrees, snacks, dessert items, and comfort foods. This new addition to Brooklyn’s health and fitness scene can assure its customers of one thing, “We’ll squeeze if you swallow.

About The Squeeze

The Squeeze is a healthy lifestyle company whose mission is to bring you the next level of nutritional consciousness through detox cleanses, superfoods, and fresh live produce prepared into raw gourmet meals. The Squeeze is dedicated to producing and offering the best tasting raw foods available in New York, while simultaneously honoring the planet and our environment.

 

To find out more, please visit www.thesqueezejuice.com.

 

 

Vega Issues Voluntary Withdrawal of Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Vega Sport Performance Protein Product

In November, 2013, Vega issued a voluntarily recall of several lots of their Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Sports Performance Protein products due to finding trace amounts of chloramphenicol (CAP). Chloramphenicol is a prescription drug commonly used to treat typhoid fever and eye infections.

Many of our readers have written to us expressing issues that they have had with these products. If you are interested, you can read about these issues in the comment section of the Vega product review article. In that article, we listed alternatives to Vega protein powder.

You can find the entire press release below. If you don't want to read the entire press release, here is a link to the list of Vega products being recalled and their lot numbers click this link.

In the press release,  Vega indicated that they would offer a refund for anyone who purchased the products that have been recalled. If you have purchased a product from any of the products that have been recalled and wish to return it, please call or email Vega for a full refund: 1-866-839-8863 or www.vegarecall.com.

 

Vega One Nutritional Shakes recallVega Issues Voluntary Withdrawal of Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Vega Sport Performance Protein Product Due to Traces of the Antibiotic Chloramphenicol Contact

Contact: Consumer: 1-866-839-8863

Media: 1-866-839-8863 x 366

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 8, 2013 — Sequel Naturals Inc., dba “Vega,” announced today that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily withdrawing a limited quantity of its Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Sports Performance Protein products due to finding trace amounts of chloramphenicol (CAP), a naturally occurring antibiotic.

Chloramphenicol is a prescription drug commonly used to treat typhoid fever and eye infections around the world. It should only be used under medical supervision. It has been associated with rare cases of aplastic anemia and allergic reactions in some people. A leading expert on CAP says that there have been no known cases of anemia caused by residual amounts found in food. Pregnant or lactating women should avoid this medication.

None of the Vega product formulations include CAP as an ingredient; however, an enzyme that was provided by a third party supplier, which constitutes less than 1% of the product ingredients, was found to contain trace amounts of CAP.

As a precautionary measure, Vega is voluntarily withdrawing all of the listed product from the market and has taken steps to ensure all future products are CAP-free, including using a different source of enzymes to prevent further potential contamination and assure consumers of product purity. These actions complete a voluntary product withdrawal and ingredient resourcing that applied to Canadian products as well.

“We’re doing this out of an overabundance of caution and to ensure that when you go to the shelf, you never have to wonder about the purity of a Vega product,” said Charles Chang, Vega President and Founder.

The Vega products were distributed nationwide in retail stores.

People who have severe sensitivity or allergies to chloramphenicol may run the risk of an allergic reaction if they consume these products.  There have been no reported allergic reactions from the listed products.

The following products listed here are being voluntarily withdrawn from sale:

Product Description Size FG Lot Expiry
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry 15 oz 47047800 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry 15 oz 47043100 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry 30 oz 47042000 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry 30 oz 47046600 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry 1.5 oz 47048500 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry 15 oz 47041900 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry 15 oz 47047100 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 15.4 oz 47048001 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 15.4 oz 47048000 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 15.4 oz 47043200 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 30.9 oz 47042403 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 30.9 oz 47046801 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 30.9 oz 47042401 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 30.9 oz 47042402 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 30.9 oz 47042400 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 30.9 oz 47046802 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 30.9 oz 47049101 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 1.5 oz 47048600 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 15.4 oz 47047300 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 15.4 oz 47042300 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate 15.4 oz 47049601 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 13.3 oz 47048200 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 13.3 oz 47048201 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 13.3 oz 47051400 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 13.3 oz 47050600 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 13.3 oz 47046500 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 29.2 oz 47049300 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 29.2 oz 47051800 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 29.2 oz 47042801 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 29.2 oz 47042800 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 29.2 oz 47055300 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 29.2 oz 47047000 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 29.2 oz 47042802 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 1.3 oz 47048700 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 1.3 oz 47052100 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 14.6 oz 47047500 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 14.6 oz 47042703 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 14.6 oz 47042701 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 14.6 oz 47042700 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 14.6 oz 47049800 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 14.6 oz 47055200 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 14.6 oz 47047501 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 14.6 oz 47047502 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla 14.6 oz 47042702 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural 12.7 oz 47047900 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural 12.7 oz 47050300 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural 12.7 oz 47043400 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural 30.4 oz 47049000 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural 30.4 oz 47042200 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural 30.4 oz 47046700 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural 30.4 oz 47049001 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural 15.2 oz 47042100 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural 15.2 oz 47047200 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural 15.2 oz 47049500 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 14 oz 47043300 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 14 oz 47048101 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 14 oz 47048100 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 14 oz 47050500 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 30.8 oz 47049201 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 30.8 oz 47042602 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 30.8 oz 47042600 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 30.8 oz 47042601 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 30.8 oz 47046900 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 30.8 oz 47049200 08/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 1.4 oz 47051600 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 15.4 oz 47042500 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 15.4 oz 47047400 07/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 15.4 oz 47049700 09/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai 15.4 oz 47047401 08/2015
Vega One Starter Kit 7.4 oz 12SE13PP1 05/2015
Vega One Starter Kit 7.4 oz 13SE13PP1 05/2015
Vega One Starter Kit 7.4 oz 16SE13PP1 05/2015
Vega One Starter Kit 7.4 oz 17SE13PP1 12/2014
Vega One Starter Kit 7.4 oz 23OC13PP1 07/2014
Vega One Starter Kit 7.4 oz 24OC13PP1 07/2014
Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate 15.7 oz 47043500 07/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate 15.7 oz 47048301 08/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate 15.7 oz 47048300 08/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate 29 oz 47047600 08/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate 29 oz 47042900 07/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate 29 oz 47047602 08/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla 14.8 oz 47048400 07/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla 14.8 oz 47048401 07/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla 29.2 oz 47047704 08/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla 29.2 oz 47047702 08/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla 29.2 oz 47047705 08/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla 29.2 oz 47047700 07/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla 29.2 oz 47047701 07/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla 29.2 oz 47043002 07/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla 29.2 oz 47043001 06/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla 29.2 oz 47050100 08/2015

 

All the product from the lot codes listed are completely safe for the general population. This voluntary withdrawal does not apply to any other lot of Vega product distributed anywhere in Canada or the United States. If you have purchased a product from any of the lot codes below and wish to return it, please call or email Vega for a full refund: 1-866-839-8863 or www.vegarecall.com

 

Here is the list Mayo Clinic's of the potential side effects of using Chloramphenicol:

Rare

  1. Bloated stomach
  2. drowsiness
  3. gray skin color
  4. low body temperature
  5. uneven breathing
  6. unresponsiveness

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

  1. Pale skin
  2. sore throat and fever
  3. unusual bleeding or bruising
  4. unusual tiredness or weakness (the above side effects may also occur up to weeks or months after you stop taking this medicine)

Rare

  1. Confusion, delirium, or headache
  2. eye pain, blurred vision, or loss of vision
  3. numbness, tingling, burning pain, or weakness in the hands or feet
  4. skin rash, fever, or difficulty in breathing

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

source: FDA.gov, Mayo Clinic

Fur Laiden Beyonce and JayZ Vegan For Three Weeks

beyonce vegan furApparently, Beyoncé didn't get the memo that going vegan means abstaining from the use of any and ALL animal products, including fur. The 32-year-old singer and her husband recently decided to try a 22-day vegan challenge.

Somebody call the fashion police! She pledged to go vegan in terms of food -- not fashion. Beyonce and husband Jay Z stepped out for an animal-product-free lunch on Thursday, Dec. 5, hitting up Westwood, Calif. vegan hotspot Native Foods as part of their "22 Days Challenge." Alas, there was one surprising item on the R&B singer's back: Real animal fur.

originally published on US Weekly

 

If you want to help Jay Z celebrate his 44th birthday, send him a link to a vegan recipe.

Over on his website, the entrepreneurial rapper and mogul has announced that he's going vegan as he turns 44 on December 4.

"Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit.        On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way," Jay "no hypen" Z writes on Life + Times.       

"On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!        ! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a 'plant-based breakfast' every day.        It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought."

While Jay tells his fans to follow the advice of his "friend Marco" - a.k.a., Marco Borges of 22 Days Nutrition - when it comes to adopting a plant-based diet, we can't help but wonder if Carter family friend Gwyneth Paltrow helped influence this decision.       

After all, the GOOP founder and BFF of Jay's wife Beyoncé recently wrote a cookbook about how to eat well while eliminating certain foods.       

"There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day," Jay says of the challenge's timing.       

"It just feels right! So you can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse. I will post my progress ...  Any professional vegans out there that have any great food spots please help out!"

originally published: citimonline.com

Living Things Approved By PETA

Living ThingsLOS ANGELES, CA, November 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Wildlight  Entertainment, LLC, the Los Angeles-based production company behind 2010's  thriller RULE OF THREE, recently completed production on a new feature-length  drama titled LIVING THINGS. The film is about a vegan yoga teacher who finds  herself alone at dinner with her tough-guy, war veteran father-in-law.  Inevitably, the pair ends up discussing her diet, which leads to a debate, which  leads to a verbal brawl.

Upon reviewing the not-yet-released  motion picture, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) sent the  filmmakers an official letter of endorsement, and enabled them to use their  official seal of approval in conjunction with the film.

"We're honored by PETA's support," says  Eric Shapiro, the writer-director of LIVING THINGS. "To the best of my  knowledge, there's never been a film before with a vegan character who's as  vocal as the one in LIVING THINGS. Usually, if there's a vegan in a movie, it's  some freak who's off to the side talking crazy, just to get a laugh. We created  a complex, intelligent, and flawed human being."

Shapiro goes on to add that the film's  not propaganda. "Anyone who knows me knows I'd never let one character trample  over the other, no matter what they're debating about. The father-in-law gives  as good as he gets. They have a real smackdown. The actor, Ben Siegler, who  plays the meat-eater, told me he thought his character was right. I think the  movie can get people talking about the issue. It's also pretty playful and  entertaining."

PETA's letter, which was drafted by  Bruce Wieland of their Los Angeles office, reads, "We appreciate the strong case  that LIVING THINGS makes for going vegan and that it does so in such a  well-acted, engaging, and ultimately entertaining way."

The letter then goes on to say, "From  the meat industry's rampant abuse of animals and the environmental devastation  that it causes to the tremendous health benefits of a vegan diet, there are many  significant reasons why going vegan should be at the top of everyone's priority  list. We wish more movies focused on this life-saving message in as compelling a  manner as LIVING THINGS, and we hope this fine film reaches the wide audience  that it deserves."

At press time, LIVING THINGS is under  submission to a variety of film festival and distribution entities, with  production on a trailer and website underway. The film stars Rhoda Jordan and  Ben Siegler, with cinematography by Ian McGlocklin and editing by Roger A.  Scheck.

Wildlight Entertainment, LLC, is a  motion picture production company located in Los Angeles, California, headed up  by producers Eric Shapiro and Rhoda Jordan. Their mission is to create exciting,  consciousness-raising motion pictures driven by strong characters and  intelligent screenplays.

Meatless Monday in Philadelphia

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When veggie-leaning cities like Aspen, Colorado and Los Angeles, California declared meatless Monday resolutions, no one batted an eye. But when the carnivorous home of the Philly cheesesteak publicly encouraged skipping meat earlier this month, it became clear that going meatless is no longer a fringe health trend.

Cities are just now adopting it, but the Meatless Monday idea isn't exactly new. It started in 2003, when Johns Hopkins researchers recommended cutting meat consumption by 15% to lower the risk of preventable diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Sid Lerner, then a donor to the unviersity, did some quick math. “15% of 21 meals is roughly 3 meals, or one day,” says Lerner, who founded The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy Monday resolutions including Meatless Monday. “We quickly discovered that Monday is the powerhouse of motivation and behavior change; it’s the perfect day to kickstart healthy weekly behaviors.”

While city resolutions like Philadelphia’s are usually just symbolic (no one's getting arrested for downing a steak-smothered sandwich), the city leaders who spearhead them say they’re a step in a healthy direction. “We see the resolution as a conversation-starter, something to get people to think more about their diets as a whole,” says Alison Perelman, PhD, director of strategic initiatives for Philadelphia councilman Bill Green. “It’s definitely been successful in that regard.”

However, in other parts of the country and around the world, Meatless Mondays are really being put into action. In Durham, North Carolina, the city’s Meatless Monday campaign has garnered more than 1,372 personal pledges and the participation of dozens of restaurants, including unlikely eateries like The Pig and Dame’s Chicken and Waffles.

In Israel, politician Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly backed the movement and Israeli hospitals and restaurants have gotten on board. Cities in Holland, Korea, Indonesia, Sweden, and Brazil have also shown love to the meatless movement. “A city council putting up a banner is very gratifying, but what really makes Meatless Mondays work is when local groups get restaurants, schools, and hospitals involved,” Lerner says.

source: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/philadelphia-adopts-meatless-Monday

PlantEaters: New Restaurant App

planteatersPlantEaters Makes Finding Vegetarian Meals at Any Restaurant Easy

PlantEaters, a new iPhone app, helps vegetarians find meatless meals at any restaurant, regardless of whether or not the restaurant itself is vegetarian or vegan. Users can rate and share meals that they’ve had when dining out.

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 22, 2013

PlantEaters is a new iPhone app that helps you find vegetarian meals at restaurants all around you, regardless of whether or not the restaurant itself is vegetarian or vegan. This focus on meals, instead of restaurants, opens up a new world of dining opportunities for vegetarians, vegans, or those just looking to enjoy a meatless meal.

Finding a vegetarian meal at a nearby restaurant can often be a challenge. By leveraging the collective dining experiences of the PlantEaters community, vegetarians can dine out without having to settle for the house salad. Whether it’s a night out in a new city, or dinner with some meat-eating friends, PlantEaters can help make sure that vegetarians and vegans have a great dining experience.

Over time, the majority of meals in PlantEaters will come from the community itself adding and rating meals (including photos). To help get the ball rolling, the database has been pre-populated with thousands of meals covering a number of major metropolitan areas, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Founded by the husband and wife team of David and Tracy Hersh, PlantEaters represents a passion project for the couple, who have been vegan for four years. David is a serial entrepreneur with deep experience in product design, having been a founder at pioneering efforts in the social networking, e-commerce and fantasy sports industries.

"In our hometown of New York City, we are fortunate to have a great selection of vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Even here though, the number of those restaurants pales in comparison to the thousands of other restaurants the city has to offer," says David. "Increasingly, these restaurants are offering more meatless dining options and Tracy and I were struck by the fact that there was no easy way to find those meals. PlantEaters was created to fill that need."

"Most of our friends aren't vegetarians and until PlantEaters, it has always been a challenge finding a place everyone would enjoy," says Tracy. "We used to always sacrifice our dining experience so we didn’t inconvenience others, but now we can easily find a place that makes everyone happy.”

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FDA Looks to Ban Trans Fats

FDA-LogoThe Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to remove artificial trans fats — the artery-clogging ingredient found in crackers, cookies, pizza and many other baked goods, the government agency said Thursday.

Trans fats are considered harmful because they increase risks for heart disease by both raising bad cholesterol levels and lowering good cholesterol. New York City banned trans fats from restaurants in 2007. In 2006, the FDA began requiring food manufacturers to include trans fats on nutritional labels.

“While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in a press release. “The FDA’s action today is an important step toward protecting more Americans from the potential dangers of trans fat. Further reduction in the amount of trans fat in the American diet could prevent an additional 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year – a critical step in the protection of Americans’ health.”

Food manufacturers began adding artificial trans fatty acids, or partially hydrogenated oils, to products decades ago because they were seen as a healthier substitute than saturated fats such butter and were an economical way to maintain food texture and flavor, according to NBC's diet and nutrition editor Madelyn Fernstrom.

The FDA has previously estimated that the average American eats 4.7 pounds of trans fats a year. The American Heart Association recommends that people should consume fewer than 2 grams of trans fats a day.

 

Source: NBC News

A New Thanksgiving Tradition: Tofurky Trot

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Hood River, OR - The Tofurky Company, a global leader in plant based proteins announced today they will sponsor two 5K Tofurky Trots this Thanksgiving Day, November 28 at 9 am in Portland, Oregon and Pasadena, California. The Portland Trot will be held at Mt. Tabor Park and the Pasadena Trot will be held at the iconic Rose Bowl stadium. The Trots are open to all ages, fitness levels and dietary persuasions. Prizes are awarded for top finishers in Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s Divisions as well as for the best costumed runner. Profits from the Tofurky Trots will be donated to Out To Pasture Animal Sanctuary, NW VEG and The National Museum of Animals and Society. Registration is $25 and people can sign up online at www.tofurky.com.
“We’ve held two small Tofurky Trots in the Northwest and the response has been tremendous.” said Seth Tibbott, Tofurky Company founder. “It’s a great way to have fun and get some exercise with veg friendly folks while raising money for some great causes.”
The Tofurky Company, an independent and family operated business, produces 36 different kinds of refrigerated and frozen meat alternatives. The Tofurky Stuffed Roast has been the leading vegetarian holiday alternative in the USA since its inception in 1995 according to sales figures. In 2012, the company sold the three millionth Tofurky Roast and expects to sell over 300,000 more this year. All Tofurky ingredients are meat free, non-genetically modified, and based on organic soy protein. Tofurky products can be found at over 12,000 natural food and grocery stores throughout the US and Canada.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 6, 2013 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Seth Tibbott, President and Founder Turtle Island Foods, POB 176, Hood River, OR 97031 Phone: (800) 508-8100 ext. 14 Email: info@tofurky.com Web: www.tofurky.com

A NEW THANKSGIVING TRADITION: TOFURKY TROTS

Austin: Most Vegan Friendly City?

Austin SkylineAustin is the most vegan friendly city? Paul McCartney thinks so. I would say it's Portland.

 

 

This is exciting for Austinites leading epicurean lives: Paul McCartney—who just wrapped two back-to-back nights of performances at the Frank Erwin Center—and PETA have awarded Austin for being the most accommodating city in the country for vegan diets. He even gave food truck hipsters a special shout out:

 

The influx of forward-thinking musicians and techies, the thriving University, and the food trucks all over the city run by young veg-friendly hipsters have made Austin the absolute cutting-edge place for green eating.

Austin beat out the likes of Portland, Los Angeles and New York for the prize, which McCartney himself gave to Mayor Lee Leffingwell (it's been a fun week for you, Mr. Mayor!).

source: http://austinist.com/2013/05/24/paul_mccartney_and_peta_proclaim_au.php