Warning – Massive Food Recall Major Retailers and Restaurants

On August 7, 2020 the FDA announced a massive recall on onions from Thomson International, Inc., or food made with these onions. Onion types include red, white, yellow, and sweet yellow varieties. Other companies have also issued recalls of foods, like chicken salads, made with recalled onions.

So far 640 case of Salmonella have been reported.

This recall expands to food markets and restaurants as well.

Here is the info from the FDA website.

  • At home, check your refrigerator and kitchen for recalled onions or foods made with them, such as salads, wraps, tacos, sandwiches, etc.
    • Check the package or look for a sticker on the onion to see if it is from Thomson International, Inc., or one of the brand names below. If it is, don’t eat it. Throw it away.
      • Other brand names that may be on labels include: Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions, and Food Lion.
      • See the recall noticeexternal icon to check for further details and pictures of the products.
    • Some foods made with recalled onions, such as deli salads and vegetable mixes, have also been recalled. Check your homes for the recalled products listed below.
    • If you can’t tell where your onions are from, don’t eat them. Throw them away.
    • If you used onions to make any other food and don’t know where the onions were from, don’t eat the food. Throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one got sick.
    • Wash and sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with onions or their packaging, such as countertops, storage bins, refrigerator drawers, knives, and cutting boards.
  • When you order food from a restaurant or shop for food, check with the restaurant or grocery store to make sure they are not serving or selling recalled onions from Thomson International, Inc., or any foods prepared with recalled onions, including foods such as salads, sandwiches, tacos, salsas, and dips.
    • If they don’t know where their onions are from, don’t buy the product.
    • People sickened in this outbreak reported eating onions in freshly prepared foods, including salads, sandwiches, tacos, salsas, and dips.

Advice to Restaurants, Retailers, and Suppliers

  • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell recalled onions from Thomson International, Inc., or food prepared with these onions.
    • If you don’t know where your onions are from, don’t serve or sell them.
    • Clean and sanitize all surfaces that onions have come in contact with, including cutting boards, countertops, slicers, utensils, and storage bins.
  • Suppliers, distributors, and others in the supply chain should not ship or sell recalled onions from Thomson International, Inc.
    • Suppliers and distributors that repackage raw onions should clean and sanitize any surfaces and storage bins that may have come in contact with recalled onions.

Recalls

  • On August 1, 2020, Thomson International, Inc., voluntarily recalled red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
    • Onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
    • Onions were distributed in bulk cartons and mesh sacks ranging from 2 to 50 pounds under these brand names: Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions, and Food Lion.
    • See the recall noticeexternal icon to check for universal product codes (UPC) and pictures of the products.
  • On August 1, Giant Eagle recalledexternal icon onions and foods made with recalled onions sold in stores across Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Maryland.
  • On August 1, Publix recalled onions sold in bulk at stores in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
  • On August 5, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) issued a public health alertexternal icon for products made with recalled onions. Check the alert for product details and pictures. USDA-FSIS will update the public health alert as more information becomes available.
  • On August 6, 2020, Taylor Farms issued a recallexternal icon of foods that were made from recalled onions.
  • There may be additional recalls related to this outbreak. Please refer to the FSISexternal icon and FDAexternal icon websites for the latest recall information.

Take these steps if you have symptoms of a Salmonella infection:

  • Talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.
  • Report your illness to your local health department.
    • The health department will likely call you for an interview to ask you about foods you ate in the week before you got sick.
  • Assist public health investigators by answering their questions when they contact you.
Symptoms of Salmonella Infection
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria.
  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
  • In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
  • Children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
  • For more information, see Symptoms of Salmonella Infection.
Latest Outbreak Information
Since the last case count update on July 31, 2020, an additional 244 ill people have been reported in this outbreak, including 15 from 10 new states: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, West Virginia.
  • On August 1, Giant Eagle recalledexternal icon produce and prepared foods sold in stores across Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Maryland.
  • On August 1, Publix recalled onions sold in bulk at stores in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
  • On August 5, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) issued a public health alertexternal icon for products made with recalled onions. Check the alert for product details and pictures. USDA-FSIS will update the public health alert as more information becomes available.
  • On August 6, 2020, Taylor Farms issued a recallexternal icon of foods that were made from recalled onions.
  • A total of 640 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 43 states.
    • 85 hospitalizations have been reported. No deaths have been reported.
  • Epidemiologic and traceback information showed that red onions are a likely source of this outbreak.
  • This investigation is ongoing. CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

Fresh Express Bagged Lettuce RECALL

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners continue to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Cyclospora infections potentially linked to salad products that were made by Fresh Express containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots and that were sold in several regions of the United States. The investigation includes Fresh Express branded products as well as products made by Fresh Express for retail store brands sold at ALDI, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, ShopRite, and Walmart. Investigators continue to look into whether other retail brands may be impacted.

See the entire article here!

14 States that have tax free days coming in August

There are 14 states that have tax free days coming this August. Check the list to see if yours is one of them. My state does not participate but yours may.

Excerpt taken from Clark Howards website. Clark is consumer advocate www.clarkhoward.com.

States Items That Are Tax-Free Date
Arkansas Clothing, certain school supplies, art supplies and instructional materials. See the full list. August 1-2, 2020
Connecticut Certain clothes, including jackets, shoes less than $100 per item. See the full list. August 16-22, 2020
Florida Certain school supplies for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories for $60 or less per item; and the first $1,000 for personal computers and related items. See the full list. August 7-9, 2020
Iowa Select clothing and footwear less than $100 per item. See the full list. August 7-8, 2020
Massachusetts All eligible items costing $2,500 or less. See the details. August 29-30, 2020
Mississippi Clothing, footwear, or school supplies less than $100 per item. See the full list. July 31-August 1
Missouri Clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items. See the full list. August 7-9, 2020
New Mexico Clothing, footwear and accessories less than $100 per item. See the full list. August 7-9, 2020
Ohio

Clothing for $75 or less; school supplies for $20 or less; school instructional material for $20 or less per item. See the full list.

August 7-9, 2020
Oklahoma Clothing and footwear less than $100 per item. See the full list. August 7-9, 2020
South Carolina  Clothing, accessories, shoes, school supplies, backpacks and computers. See the full list. August 7-9, 2020
Tennessee Clothing, school supplies and computers. See the full list. July 31-August 2, 2020
Texas Clothing footwear and other items under $100. See the full list. August 7-9, 2020
Virginia Qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane, emergency preparedness items and more. See the full list. August 7-9, 2020

FDA’s list of dangerous Hand Sanitizers – take a look!

The FDA has recently put out a list of hand sanitizer brands that can be harmful if put on the skin.  You can view the list here!

Also I highly recommend you stay clear of product made in CHINA.  Try to find ones that are manufactured here in the USA that are around you just have to find them in stock.

I found Germ-X at Rite Aid.

Here is an excerpt from the official FDA website on this matter.

FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing. The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk.

26 States that DO NOT tax your Social Security Benefits!

Are you about to start receiving social security benefits – you will be interested to know if you state taxes your benefits.

This chart has the current info on which states do not assess tax to your benefits.

For more information you can refer to this article on consumer advocate Clark Howard’s website where I found this chart below – https://clark.com/personal-finance-credit/taxes/states-tax-social-security-benefit/

If you click on the highlighted state it will take you to your states official website for more info.

 

Alabama Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Alaska Has no state income tax
Arkansas Does not include Social Security as taxable income
California Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Washington, D.C. Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Florida Has no state income tax
Hawaii Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Indiana Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Iowa Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Kentucky Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Louisiana Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Maine Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Maryland Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Michigan Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Mississippi Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Nevada Has no state income tax
North Carolina Does not include Social Security as taxable income
New Hampshire Does not include Social Security as taxable income
New Jersey Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Oregon Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Pennsylvania Does not include Social Security as taxable income
South Dakota Has no state income tax
Tennessee Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Texas Has no state income tax
Washington Has no state income tax
Wisconsin Does not include Social Security as taxable income
Wyoming Has no state income tax

Are you a Sprint Wireless Customer – if so sign up for T-Mobile Tuesday!

Each time I would see a friend post about T-Mobile Tuesday I would get jealous of the amazing free items and deals they were offered.

Since the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint now Sprint customers can now take advantage of T-Mobile Tuesday deals as well!

T-Mobile Tuesday’s offer a combination of free items, discounts, and contests to enter to win big.

No purchase necessary you’re in just for being a Sprint customer.

Look for the email from Sprint or download the “T-Mobile Tuesday” app and sign in using your existing Sprint phone number to participate.