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DANIELLA MANGO RECALL CONTINUES TO FRUSTRATE NONTRADITIONAL OUTLETS ....

Mon, Sep 3 - 12:05 pm ET





That Mango Recall Is Now Impacting Your Starbucks Fruit Cup



8 hours ago by Hanna Brooks Olsen



Last week, I wrote about the mango recall that was prompting grocers to pull the juicy fruit from their shelves. Concerned about a the potential for a large-scale Salmonella outbreak, vendors of Daniella brand mangoes spent the weekend slowly removing the produce. 


But it doesn’t stop with fresh, whole fruit. Out of “an abundance of caution,” at least one producer of pre-cut fruit medleys which contain the mangoes in question has joined the recall. 



Which explains why, if you tried to get a fruit cup from Starbucks over the weekend, you may not have been able.





The mango recall, which became big news in the middle of last week, has already sickened over 100 people across 16 states. And while no deaths have been reported yet, Salmonella can be potentially fatal, especially for the elderly and children.






Starbucks is just one of many vendors who sell pre-cut, packaged fruit medl…

WILLIAM WATSON & NATIONAL MANGO BOARD CRITICIZED FOR WEAK RESPONSE TO DANIELLA RECALL CRISIS ...

IMO NOTE:


A culture of secrecy exists at the National Mango Board, and in the most critical week of it's existence, The NMB chose to hide from the Food Safety crisis.

William Watson has been claiming for the past four years that his experience handling a similar crisis at the National Watermelon Board (His previous job) made him (and his knowledge of the subject of food safety crisis preparedness) the man to lead the mango industry.


STRIKE TWO !!!

Billy Watson steps up to the plate (or hides in the dugout) in the midst of the recent DANIELLA mango recall.


For 7 days William Watson said NOTHING...not a single statement explaining what the mango industry does about food safety. While day after day brought more and more negative press and recall after recall piled on....The NMB was AWOL from this critical issue.


So as they say in Billy Watson's home state: ALL HAT & NO CATTLE ....


Here is what the Food Safety Press has to say about the NMB ...





National Mango Board Selective With Fac…

Can Ben Bernanke buoy the economy and fend off Fed critics, too? ...

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke spoke Friday about tough policy choices. But he's also fighting to defend his institution against critics. Mitt Romney talks of replacing him, while others push possible reform legislation.




By Mark Trumbull, Staff writer / August 31, 2012






With the Teton Mountains behind them, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, left, and Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer walk together outside of the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, Friday, at Grand Teton National Park near Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Ted S. Warren/AP









When Ben Bernanke speaks these days, his job description may be characterized as political as well as economic.




No, the Federal Reserve chairman isn't using his words to weigh in overtly in the nation's presidential campaign. But a weak economy, and the Fed's role on the front lines of economic policy, mean that the nation's central bank faces no small amount of criticism these days from both the political left and right.



Mr. Bernanke faces pressur…

Picture of the Day: The Moss Covered Forest of Yakushima ...

THE MOSS COVERED FOREST OF YAKUSHIMA
Photograph by Balu991 on deviantART

Yakushima is one of the Osumi Islands and has an area of about 500 km² and a population of roughly 15,000. It lies to the south of Kyushu in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. It is covered in dense forest noted especially for old growth Cryptomeria trees known as sugi in Japan and magnificent rhododendrons. The island forms part of Kirishima-Yaku National Park. In 1980 an area of 18,958 hectares was designated a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. In 1993 10 hectares of wetland at Nagata-hama was designated a Ramsar Site. It is the largest nesting ground for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle in the North Pacific. Yakushima’s unique remnant of a warm-temperate ancient forest has been a natural World Heritage Site since 1993. In the Wilderness core area (12.19 square kilometres (3,010 acres)) of the World Heritage Site, no records of past tree cutting can be traced. Yakushima is Japan’s wettest place, and precipita…

TROPICAL PARADISE: The Stunning Kona Residence in Hawaii by Belzberg Architects ...

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Completed in 2010, this stunning 8,000 sq ft (743 sq m) residence by Belzberg Architects is one of the finest the Sifter has seen. Located in Kona, Hawaii, the property is situated between volcanic mountain ranges to the east and ocean horizons to the west. Photographed beautifully by Benny Chan, my only wish was that there were more images of this residence!





Description from Belzberg Architects Nestled between cooled lava flows, the Kona residence situates its axis not with the linearity of the property but rather with the axiality of predominant views available to the site. Within the dichotomy of natural elements and geometric hardscape the residence attempts to integrate both the surrounding views of volcanic mountain ranges to the east and ocean horizons westward. The program is arranged as a series of pods distributed throughout the property, each having its own unique features and view opportunities. The pods are pro…

SUSTAINABILITY: The House Inside a Hill – Villa Vals, Switzerland

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Photograph by Iwan Baan The Villa Vals in Switzerland is a pair of dwellings built into a hillside with the intention of remaining concealed and unobtrusive to the natural beauty surrounding it. Set within walking distance to the famous thermal springs of Therme Vals; a hotel/spa complex that is built directly over the natural springs. Villa Vals is certainly one of the coolest and unique designs I’ve come across, a joint-venture between SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects
Photograph by Iwan Baan
Photograph by Iwan Baan VILLA VALS DESCRIPTION by SeARCH Shouldn’t it be possible to conceal a house in an Alpine slope while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building? Surprised that it was permissible to construct a pair of dwellings so close to the world famous thermal bath of Vals, the client seized the opportunity to develop the site, without disturbing the bath’s expansive views. The introduction of a central…

CUSTOMERS LINE UP TO VISIT ERICKSON FARMS EARLIER THIS SUMMER ...