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Trailer with 20 tons of CHOCOLATE stolen

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In MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana, Police said a semi~trailer containing more than 20 tons of Hershey’s chocolate candy has been stolen from a Michigan City, Indiana, truck stop.

LaPorte County Police Chief of Detectives John Boyd said the thieves likely did not know what the trailer contained, as it was only labeled with the trucking company’s name and the amount of stolen chocolate may be too large to be practical for black market sales.

Truck driver Daryl Rey, 58, said he left the trailer Saturday at the Gas City truck stop on U.S. 421 and he returned the next day to find the 53 foot long trailer, which contained 41,000 pounds of chocolate treats, had been stolen. He said the hidden satellite tracking device had been removed from the trailer, leading him to theorize professional thieves may have taken the load.

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MY, MY…20 tons of Hershey CHOCOLATE…

I think 3 Baby Boomer Momma’s on a CHOCOLATE craze could handle that CHOCOLATE heist very easily!

Personally I can think of a milliom things to make and use chocolate with.

AND…I think someone should check out Willie Wonka! Just where was his whereabouts, when this caper went down???

The CHOCLATE FIEND
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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It is always worse when you lose a friend on a Holiday!

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They say that Holidays are pretty stressful for most…this pretty much proves that theory to be true!

Happy Holidays
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Report Criticizes FDA Over Spinach Packers…Serious Sanitation Problems Are Cited

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A 2006 outbreak of illness was linked to feces in fields of spinach.

Since 2001, nearly half of all federal inspections of facilities that package fresh spinach revealed serious sanitary problems, but the Food and Drug Administration did not take “meaningful” enforcement action, a House committee report released yesterday found.

The most common problems uncovered by FDA inspections of 67 facilities included inadequate restroom sanitation, litter piles and indoor condensation posing a risk of food contamination by microorganisms. Inspectors also found buildings vulnerable to rodent infestation and workers with uncovered hair and poor hygiene.

Twenty serious outbreaks of E. coli have been traced to fresh lettuce or spinach since 1995. One of the most troublesome was a 2006 outbreak in bagged spinach processed by California based Natural Selection Foods that sickened more than 200 people and was linked to three deaths.

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The FDA acknowledged gaps in its food safety efforts after that episode. But the report by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says the problems were worse: It showed that spinach facilities were inspected about once every 2.4 years despite federal guidelines that say most should have been visited at least annually.

The FDA did not refer any of the problem facilities to its internal enforcement authorities, nor did the agency send warning letters or seek injunctions. It did refer one inspection to state authorities, the report said.

“The inspection reports, raise serious questions about the ability of FDA to protect the safety of fresh spinach and other fresh produce,” committee investigators wrote. “It appears that FDA is inspecting high risk facilities infrequently, failing to take vigorous enforcement action when it does inspect and identify violations, and not even inspecting the most probable sources of many outbreaks.”

FDA spokeswoman Kimberly Rawlings said the agency is seeking legislative authority to implement a food protection plan that would target some produce and other high risk foods that have been tied to serious illnesses. “Despite recent concerns, the food supply in the U.S. continues to be one of the safest in the world and this includes fresh produce,” Rawlings wrote in an e~mail.

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Authorities tied the 2006 outbreak to cattle or feral pig feces found in the fields of spinach grower Mission Organics. But the House report revealed that FDA inspections found repeated problems at several facilities operated by Natural Selection Foods years before the outbreak.

“FDA at no time required the firm to correct these conditions at any of its facilities, even after laboratory tests indicated the presence of microbial contamination at the exact site later implicated in the 2006 outbreak,” the report’s authors wrote.

Samantha Cabaluna, a spokeswoman for Natural Selection Foods, said the company has cooperated with federal and state authorities. She said parts of the committee’s report are inaccurate, including a passage that alleged a July 2001 inspection found listeria bacteria in a Natural Selection Foods facility that was later tied to the 2006 E. coli outbreak. The company was not operating at that facility in 2001, she said.

“We continually search for new ways to improve food safety and note all observations provided by FDA inspectors during their audits,” Cabaluna said in a statement. “Any corrective actions are immediately addressed.”
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…TOOT TOOT

So many have shown an interest in this article…on all of my blogs, that I thought I would post it once again. I had no clue that so many people ate processed fish! AMAZING!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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From Harrisburg, Pennsylvannia, Gorton’s Inc. recalled about 1,000 cases of frozen fish in 10 states Friday after confirming a Pennsylvania customer found pills in her food.

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Gorton’s said it ordered the recall as a precaution while a laboratory works to determine the nature of the pills. Those tests should be complete early next week.

“Obviously product alteration is a very serious matter,” said Jud Reis, vice president of marketing for the company, based in Gloucester, Massachusetts “We are conducting a full investigation into the source of the problem.”

Tracy Rowan of New Freedom, Pennsylvania, called police after she bit into one of the pills Sunday and found another on her daughter’s plate. On Friday, Reis said the material was some sort of pill, not compressed batter or bread crumbs.

Rowan described the pills as beige and aspirin size.

“It’s kind of frightening to not only find something in your mouth, a foreign object,” Rowan said Friday. “But then basically my heart stopped when my daughter said, ‘I have one in my mouth, too,’ and pulled it out.”

Rowan, her daughter and her 10 year old son were checked in an emergency room, then reported the incident to local police. They haven’t gotten sick, and Reis said the company knows of no other incidents.
Rowan said her daughter cooked the food and was adamant she did not alter the fillets.

The recall is for Gorton’s 6 Crispy Battered Fish Fillets, 11.4 ounces. The UPC Code is No. 44400157770, with a date code of 7289G1 and a “best if used by date of April 2009.”
The fish was sent to nine other states: Alabama, Delaware, California, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Consumers who purchased the fish can call Gorton’s at 1~800~896~9479.
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Here is a case of someone pulling a prank and tons of food has been throw way…food that could have feed the homeless or the elderly. Many people, children included, go to bed hungry every night, here in AMERICA. WHAT A WASTE!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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FDA Says Clones Are Safe For Food…Report Finds No Evidence of Risks
FDA Says Clones Are Safe For Food…Report Finds No Evidence of Risks
FDA Says Clones Are Safe For Food…Report Finds No Evidence of Risks
FDA Says Clones Are Safe For Food…Report Finds No Evidence of Risks

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A long awaited final report from the Food and Drug Administration concludes that foods from healthy cloned animals and their offspring are as safe as those from ordinary animals, effectively removing the last U.S. regulatory barrier to the marketing of meat and milk from cloned cattle, pigs and goats.

The 968-page “final risk assessment,” not yet released but obtained by The Washington Post, finds no evidence to support opponents’ concerns that food from clones may harbor hidden risks.

But, recognizing that a majority of consumers are wary of food from clones and that cloning could undermine the wholesome image of American milk and meat, the agency report includes hundreds of pages of raw data so that others can see how it came to its conclusions.

The report also acknowledges that human health concerns are not the only issues raised by the emergence of cloned farm animals.

“Moral, religious and ethical concerns . . . have been raised,” the agency notes in a document accompanying the report. But the risk assessment is “strictly a science-based evaluation,” it reports, because the agency is not authorized by law to consider those issues.

In practice, it will be years before foods from clones make their way to store shelves in appreciable quantities, in part because the clones themselves are too valuable to slaughter or milk. Instead, the pricey animals, replicas of some of the finest farm animals ever born, will be used primarily as breeding stock to create what proponents say will be a new generation of superior farm animals.

When food from those animals hits the market, the public may yet have its say. FDA officials have said they do not expect to require food from clones to be labeled as such, but they may allow foods from ordinary animals to be labeled as not from clones.

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Opponents of the approval, including some concerned about the welfare of the clones themselves, expressed dismay upon learning about the FDA’s intentions.

Joseph Mendelson, legal director of the Center for Food Safety, a Washington advocacy group that petitioned FDA to restrict the sale of food from clones, said his group is considering legal action.

“One of the amazing things about this,” Mendelson said, “is that at a time when we have a readily acknowledged crisis in our food safety system, the FDA is spending its resources and energy and political capital on releasing a safety assessment for something that no one but a handful of companies wants.”

Others countered that public opinion and politics should play no bigger role in the decision on clones than it should in the approval of a drug or a contraceptive.

“In fact, cloned animals have been studied much more than naturally produced animals,” said Cindy Tian, who has analyzed milk and meat from clones at the University of Connecticut. “We have more data on them than for any other animal that we eat.”

FDA Says Clones Are Safe For Food

The Food and Drug Administration has concluded that milk and meat from cloned animals, such as these cows, should be allowed on the market. That stance has raised a debate over whether food from clones that are raised organically could still carry the organic label.

Release of the analysis was slowed for years by several forces, including the dairy industry, concerned about the potential impact on exports of U.S. whey solids, foreign sales of which are growing for use as a protein supplement.

In the past month, as an announcement neared, members of Congress, led by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski D~Md., sought to delay approval through legislation.

Trade related agencies including the Foreign Agricultural Service and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which for years have struggled to get countries to accept U.S. gene-altered crops, also raised red flags.

A final blitz of meetings with FDA officials last week brought grudging acquiescence, insiders said. And it is possible, sources said, that even after the risk analysis is released, there will be calls for farmers to voluntarily refrain from selling products from clones until the trade issues can be resolved.

To create its final risk assessment, the FDA gathered data on nearly all of the more than 600 U.S. farm animal clones produced and hundreds of their offspring, as well as many from overseas. But it faced challenges in the process.

Those animals were made by scientists scattered among various universities and companies using different methods that in many cases were difficult to compare.

Moreover, many of those animals were not just clones but also had genes added to them for projects unrelated to food production.

In those cases, it was difficult for FDA reviewers to decide whether any problems were caused by those animals being clones or by their particular genetic alterations. The FDA has said it will not approve gene-altered animals as food without additional tests for safety.

Finally, there was the overarching problem of deciding which measures would best predict whether the food was safe. Most puzzling was whether to take into account the subtle alterations in gene activity, called epigenetic changes, that are common in clones as a result of having just one parent.

In the end, facing the reality that epigenetics have never been a factor in assessing the wholesomeness of food, agency scientists decided to use the same simple but effective standard used by farmers since the dawn of agriculture: If a farm animal appears in all respects to be healthy, then presume that food from that animal is safe to eat.

Scientists inside and outside the agency studied thousands of pages of veterinary reports describing weight, size, organ function, blood characteristics and other measures of clones and offspring. For cattle, the animals for which the most data exist, full health assessments were conducted for each of five different stages of the animals’ life: fetal, newborn, juvenile, sexually mature, and old.

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They concluded that newborn cattle are often unhealthy, probably because of epigenetic changes. They are usually extremely overweight and have respiratory, gastrointestinal and immune system problems. Cloned pigs and goats are mostly healthy from the start.

FDA Says Clones Are Safe For Food

The Food and Drug Administration has concluded that milk and meat from cloned animals, such as these cows, should be allowed on the market. That stance has raised a debate over whether food from clones that are raised organically could still carry the organic label.

Studies of cloned farm animal behavior, including mating behavior, also showed them to be the same as ordinary animals. One exception: On one farm, clones showed a peculiar preference not for the surrogate mother that gave birth to them but to the animal from which they were cloned.

Scientists also looked at nutrient levels in meat and milk from a few dozen cattle and pig clones and hundreds of their progeny, and compared them with values from conventional animals. They measured vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6 and B12 as well as niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, 12 kinds of fatty acids, cholesterol, fat, protein, amino acids and carbohydrates including lactose.

For almost every measure, the values were virtually the same. The few that differed were still within the range considered normal.

Separately, the agency looked at studies in which milk and meat from clones were fed to animals for up to 3 1/2 months. There was no evidence of health effects, allergic reactions or behavioral changes.

In the end, the agency concluded that it did not have enough information to rule on the safety of food from cloned sheep. It also decided that edible products from newborn cattle clones, which often are metabolically unstable, “may pose some very limited human food consumption risk.”

But it found no safety hazards for meat from healthy cattle clones more than a few weeks old, milk from cloned cows, or meat from cloned pigs or goats of any age.

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“Food from cattle, swine, and goat clones is as safe to eat as that from their more conventionally bred counterparts,” the FDA risk assessment concludes.

Looking ahead, the report says FDA is collaborating with veterinary and scientific organizations, notably the International Embryo Transfer Society, to create a database on the health of new clones, which will help the agency track the field as the industry grows.

Working with the FDA, the International Embryo Transfer Society is also creating the first manual of animal care standards for clones, to be made available to farmers and the public later this year.
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Thank you Washington Post News
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What do you think Baby Boomers…are you going to eat it…will we even know…what will the reprocussions be as far as Mother Nature is concerned?

Remember and look what hormones has done to our bodies and minds…and they thought that safe as well. Yet since the 50’s we have eaten them in our meats.

Vegans…you are safe as far as this one goes! Lucky you!

You are what you eat!

REMEMBER…”it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”

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~The Baby Boomer Queen~

The San Francisco Zoo was closed to visitors Wednesday as investigators tried to determine how a tiger escaped from its enclosure and attacked three visitors, killing one of the men and mauling two others.

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Officials planned to conduct a thorough sweep of the zoo grounds during daylight. They said additional victims were not likely but they were uncertain how long the tiger, a female named Tatiana, had been loose near closing time on Christmas Day before she was killed by police.

Tatiana, a Siberian tiger weighing about 300 pounds, was the same animal that ripped the flesh off a zookeeper’s arm just before Christmas 2006.

The three men, one of them 19 years old and the others in their early 20s, were attacked just after 5 p.m. Tuesday on the east end of the 125 acre zoo grounds near Ocean Beach, police spokesman Steve Mannina said.

The two injured men were in critical but stable condition Wednesday at San Francisco General Hospital after undergoing surgery to have their wounds cleaned and closed, authorities said. They suffered deep bites and claw cuts on their heads, necks, arms and hands.

The San Francisco medical examiner had not been able to identify the dead man, investigator Tim Hellman said Wednesday. The man did not have any identification and no one had called asking about him, according to Hellman.

The zoo’s director of animal care and conservation, Robert Jenkins, could not explain how Tatiana escaped. The tiger’s enclosure is surrounded by a 15 foot wide moat and 20 foot high walls, and the big cat did not leave through an open door, he said.

“There was no way out through the door,” Jenkins said. “The animal appears to have climbed or otherwise leaped out of the enclosure.”

The first attack happened right outside the Siberian’s enclosure, the victim died at the scene. A group of four officers came across his body when they entered the dark zoo grounds, Mannina said.

The second victim was about 300 yards away, in front of the Terrace Cafe. The man was sitting on the ground, blood running from gashes in his head and Tatiana sitting next to him.

The cat attacked the man again, Mannina said. The officers approached the tiger with their handguns. Tatiana moved in their direction and several of the officers fired, killing the animal.

Only then did they see the third victim, who had also been mauled.

Although no new visitors were let in after 5 p.m. Tuesday, the grounds had not been not scheduled to close until an hour later, and 20 to 25 people were still in the zoo when the attacks happened, zoo officials said. Employees and visitors were told to take shelter when zoo officials learned of the attacks.

“This is a tragic event for San Francisco,” Fire Department spokesman Lt. Ken Smith said. “We pride ourselves in our zoo, and we pride ourselves in tourists coming and looking at our city.”

There were five tigers at the zoo, three Sumatrans and two Siberians. Officials initially worried that four tigers had escaped, but soon learned only Tatiana had escaped, Mannina said.

On Dec. 22, 2006, Tatiana reached through the bars of her cage and grabbed a keeper, biting and mauling one of the woman’s arms and causing deep lacerations. The zoo’s Lion House was temporarily closed during an investigation.

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California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health blamed the zoo for the assault and imposed a $18,000 penalty. A medical claim filed against the city by the keeper was denied.

Last February, a 140 pound jaguar named Jorge killed a zookeeper at the Denver Zoo before being fatally shot. Zoo officials said later that the zookeeper had violated rules by opening the door to the animal’s cage.

After last year’s attack, the zoo added customized steel mesh over the bars, built in a feeding shoot and increased the distance between the public and the cats.

Tatiana arrived at the San Francisco Zoo from the Denver Zoo a few years ago, with zoo officials hoping she would mate with a male tiger. Siberian tigers are classified as endangered and there are more than 600 of the animals living in captivity worldwide.
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Hello Baby Boomers…

Large animals or small for that fact…are still animals. We can lock them up in cages but that does not stop them from their most primal instinct and that is to surrvive.

The ZOOs do wonderful jobs of taking car of the animals and are the genetic resouces of all animals…

WILD animals will be wild…it is a shame that lives are lost, but these instances are far and few apart.

I end this post with the hope that family and friends of the man who was killed by the tiger will find peace some way and that the other two men will heal fast.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

From ATLANTA, For decades, heart disease death rates have been falling. But a new study shows a troubling turn, more women under 45 are dying of heart disease due to clogged arteries, and the death rate for men that age has leveled off.

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Heart experts aren’t sure what went wrong, but they think increasing rates of obesity and other risk factors are to blame.

The rates will have to be monitored to see whether this is the beginning of a real trend. But if the data hold, the new study may be an early glimpse of the impact of escalating obesity and diabetes on U.S. deaths, said Wayne Rosamond, a University of North Carolina epidemiology professor and expert on heart disease statistics.

“This could be a harbinger of things to come,” Rosamond said.

To be sure, the overall trend is still positive: From 1980 through 2002, the death rate from blocked heart arteries was cut in half for men and women over 35. Improvements in treatment and preventive measures, including cholesterol-lowering medications, get the credit.

But what’s going on with younger adults is startling, said Dr. Anthony DeMaria, editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which is publishing the study and released it Monday.

“We have a pretty rosy view of how things are going in the war against cardiovascular disease,” DeMaria said. “I view this paper as a wake-up call that says there is a very important segment of our population that needs some attention.”

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing almost 700,000 Americans each year.

Nearly 500,000 of those deaths are attributed to coronary artery disease, in which fat and plaque clog the arteries feeding blood to the heart, sometimes called hardening of the arteries. Heart attacks are a common result.

It can take many years for arteries to get dangerously blocked. About 93 percent of deaths occur in people 55 and older.

But a combination of factors, including genetics, obesity and high cholesterol, are sometimes fatal for younger adults. In 2002, about 25,000 men and 8,000 women ages 35 to 54 died of coronary artery disease.

The study was done by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Control and Prevention and Britain’s University of Liverpool. They looked at U.S. vital statistics for artery related deaths in adults ages 35 and older for the years 1980 through 2002, the most recent year for which data were available when the analysis was done.

When they compared age groups, they detected the worrisome difference. The study found the death rate for women ages 35 to 44 rose from 1997 to 2002, when the rate was 8.2 per 100,000 women, the highest it’s been since 1987.

In actual numbers, the increase amounts to roughly 100 added deaths a year of women in that age group. That’s a relatively small impact in the entire U.S. population.

Still, the results are statistically significant and a legitimate cause for concern, said Dr. Wayne Giles, director of the CDC’s division of adult and community health.

“That’s like an MD~88 crashing every year,” he said, referring to a medium-size commuter jet plane.

The rates for men age 35 to 44 were relatively stable in the last few years of the study period. The rate was 26 deaths per 100,000 men in that age group in 2002.

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The fact the male rate didn’t worsen may indicate doctors are more likely to suspect heart disease in men that age than in women, said the CDC’s Dr. Earl Ford, a study co~author.

For all ages, the female death rate fell to 261 to 514 per 100,000; the male rate fell to 430 from 898 per 100,000.
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