The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recalled Neilson chocolate milk, following confirmed illnesses relating to a listeria contamination:
|Brand Name||Common Name||Size||Code(s) on Product||UPC|
|Neilson||Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk, 1% m.f.||4 L||All Best Before dates up to and including JN22||0 66800 00047 3|
|Neilson||Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk, 1% m.f.||2 L||All Best Before dates up to and including JN22||0 66800 00042 8|
|Neilson||Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk, 1% m.f.||1 L||All Best Before dates up to and including JN22||0 66800 00043 5|
|Neilson||Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk, 1% m.f.||750 ml||All Best Before dates up to and including JN22||0 66800 10068 5|
|Neilson||Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk, 1% m.f.||473 ml||All Best Before dates up to and including JN22||0 66800 10023 4|
|Neilson||Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk, 1% m.f.||237 ml|
All Best Before dates up to and including JN22
|0 66800 10017 3|
The recall initially included 4-litre bags, and has now been expanded to include 2-litre and 1-litre cartons, as well as 750 ml, 473 ml, and 237 ml sizes.
The affected products were manufactured at Saputo's Georgetown, Ont., and distributed in Ontario and Quebec.
The affected product had best before dates up to (and including) JN22 and can be identified by the Plant Registration Number ‘1590’ listed on the plastic tab.
Customers are advised to immediately dispose of the recalled milk immediately or return to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Customers who fall ill after consuming contaminated products are advised to contact their doctor. Contaminated food may cause a range of symptoms, including "vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headaches and neck stiffness."
In pregnant women, Listeriosis can lead to premature delivery or stillbirth, and can be fatal in the elderly or in those with weakened immune systems.
The CFIA's safety investigation into this matter is ongoing, and may result in further products being recalled.
It's summer, and with the sunshine comes the ubiquitous footwear of choice: Crocs.
Ever since the rubber clogs came on the scene in Florida back in 2002, some crazy 300 million pairs have sold in 90 countries. So it just goes to shoe (I mean, show) that aesthetics play no part whatsoever in footwear.
Crocs are comfy and ugly as sin, plus - the real plus - they are water-friendly for those who find themselves chasing a toddler in and out of the local splash pad.
And they are easy to clean, when said parent chasing toddler in said park accidentally steps in a fresh, squishy dog deposit.
Where Crocs fall down, aside from the attractiveness factor, is that they are actually really bad for your feet. As in a foot doctor's worst nightmare.
Chicago podiatrist Dr. Megan Leahy warns against wearing Crocs for periods of time:
"These shoes do not adequately secure the heel," said Leahy. "When the heel is unstable, toes tend to grip which can lead to tendinitis [sic], worsening of toe deformities, nail problems, corns and calluses. The same thing can happen with flip flops or any backless shoes as the heel is not secured.”
President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, Dr. Alex Kor claims he sees clients with heel and arch pain on a daily basis - and the Crocs are to blame because the shoes bend in the shank area.
The only people Crocs are only suitable for are those with a high arch, and even then, they shouldn't be worn for several hours a day or for long walks. Not least of which because Crocs pose a fall hazard for children and less agile adults.
So by all means throw those Crocs in your bag along with your beach towel; just don't wear them all day.
Better still, keep those babies at home where they won't see the light of day. Reserve wear for around the house and garden, and never, ever inflict them on others in public places.
If all else fails, Crocs make for a tasty snack...
Picture it. You're out with your newborn enjoying your first solo breakfast at a restaurant when he suddenly needs to nurse. So you start breastfeeding. An older woman catches your eye and starts to walk over. Oh, no, here we go, you think. You fully expect her to tell you to cover up or try to shame you for feeding your baby in public.
Instead, the strangest thing happens. The woman sits down across from you and starts cutting up your breakfast for you so you can still eat while you breastfeed!
This exact situation stunned new New Zealand mom Briar Lusia Mcqueen while she was out with her eight week-old son.
"What a good mama you are, we can't have your food getting cold can we," the woman reportedly said to Mcqueen in a Facebook post that has had more than 200K shares.
With all the talk of parent blaming and negligence in the news recently, it's refreshing to see a real, live example of what the village looks like close up.
Instead of making headlines for its rarity, this random kindness shouldn't be so random; it should be so regular and commonplace that it doesn't even warrant a headline.
Unfortunately that's not the case. Breastfeeding moms are continually shamed and given the stink eye for nursing babies in public.
Even though we may be not outright shaming moms, this story proves we could be doing so much more to help them beyond turning a blind eye. We could be the village this world so badly needs.