E. Coli Contamination Prompts Ground Beef Recall

packages of ground beef in a grocery store(BlackDoctor.org) — More than 60,000 pounds of ground beef sold at three major grocery store chains in the Southeast have been recalled due to potential E. coli contamination.

The ground beef was supplied by National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan. and sold by Winn-Dixie Stores Inc, Publix Super Markets Inc., and Kroger Co.

The USDA says routine testing at an Ohio Department of Agriculture facility revealed E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria. Further investigation identified the National Beef Packing Co. as the sole source of the tainted ground beef.

The USDA says there have been no reports of illness from the tainted ground beef.

E. coli 0157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most serious cases, kidney failure.

Children, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to illness caused by E. coli bacteria.

Does This Affect You?

Officials say the ground beef recall affects products sold mainly in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee. But the meat was also sent to several distributors and may have been repackaged for sale nationwide.

At Kroger, the recalled products include ground chuck, ground beef patties and meatballs, and meat loaf made in the stores. Packages have a “sell by” date of July 29 through Aug. 12 and were sold at stores in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Knoxville, Tenn.

At Publix, the products include meatballs, meat loaf, ground chuck patties, prepared burgers, stuffed peppers, seasoned Salisbury steak, and other ground beef products with “sell by” dates of July 25 through Aug. 12. The products were sold at stores in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.

At Winn-Dixie, recalled products include ground chuck and patties with “sell by” dates between July 31 and Aug. 12.
People should return any affected ground beef products to their stores for a full refund.

USDA officials recommend that all ground beef products be cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees in order to kill any potentially harmful bacteria.

For more information on the recall, contact National Beef at (816) 713-8631.

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The Secrets Of A Stress-Free Home

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(BlackDoctor.org) — Home. Your castle. Your refuge. Your sanctuary. Where your heart is.

No matter who you are, most people rely on their home as a source of peace, where they can rest after a busy day and recharge before the start of a new one.

So, what are the best ways to make your home a little more soothing, and a little less crazy?

Choose Carefully

Turn your hectic home into the ultimate soothing space with these simple feng shui tips from Janice Sugita, author of The Feng Shui Equation.

“Remove anything that causes you stressful thoughts,” Sugita says. Do keep a few items that make you smile, like treasured photos.

Add Some Color

Certain hues bring on calm: Blue attracts creativity and prosperity, and green creates a feeling of new life in a room, Sugita says.

Create More Space

An overstuffed room can actually make you feel tense, so be sure to leave about 21/2 feet of walking space around the furniture.

Get Back To Nature

Open blinds to let in natural light, and place plants around the room: “Plants bring new life, growth, and oxygen to a space,” Sugita says.

Learn How to Balance

Love your glass coffee table? Pair it with something cozy, like a plush sofa. Softer elements in the room bring comfort; harder elements provide stability.