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12 Dies from Salmonella Poison Prompts Nationwide Turkey Recall

Cargill, Inc. one of the nations largest food Processor has announce a voluntary recall of its ground turkey products. This comes as 12 people have dies Salmonella poisoning and the outbreak and 80 others have  either hospitalized  or recover at home. From PR Newswire via Street Insider.:

Cargill Value Added Meats Retail, a business unit of Wichita-based Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, today announced an immediate Class I voluntary recall of approximately 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey products produced at the company’s Springdale, Ark., facility from Feb. 20, 2011, through Aug. 2, 2011, due to possible contamination from Salmonella Heidelberg.  Cargill is initiating this recall as a result of its internal investigation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information that became available on Aug. 1, 2011, as well as an ongoing USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) investigation into multiple illnesses from Salmonella Heidelberg.

“While facts continue to be gathered, and currently there is no conclusive answer regarding the source of Salmonella Heidelberg contamination, given our concern for what has happened, and our desire to do what is right for our consumers and customers, we are voluntarily removing our ground turkey products from the marketplace,” said Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill’s turkey processing business.  “Additionally, we have suspended ground turkey production at our Arkansas facility until the source can be pinpointed and actions to address it are taken.  Public health and the safety of consumers cannot be compromised.  It is regrettable that people may have become ill from eating one of our ground turkey products and, for anyone who did, we are truly sorry.  We go to great lengths to ensure the food we produce is safe and we fully understand that people expect to be able to consume safe food, each serving, every time.”

“Suspending production until we can determine the source of the Salmonella Heidelberg at our Arkansas facility, and take corrective action, is the right thing to do,” stated Willardsen.  “We are closely examining every aspect of our production process and have identified enhancements to our procedures in our efforts to ensure safe food.  Eliminating food borne illness is always our goal.”

No other turkey plants owned by Cargill affected. Cargill owns three other plants in addition Springdale,AR.

Here the list of ground turkey produced by Cargill:

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Incidentally, I got a package ground turkey that needs to be returned.

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Historic Mississippi River Flooding Heads For Baton Rouge and New Orleans

The Mississippi River floods are near the end of the line Baton Rouge  and New Orleans and the Delta. Many cities and town have been flooded due to the this past winter snows and recent rains. Parts of Memphis and Tunica, MS have serious flooding. Up river The Army Corps of Engineers  blew up levees new Cairo, Ill  late last week. Now the Army Corp of Engineers will open the Morganza Spillway Saturday to relieve the pressure on the Mississippi. Thousands have been evacuated from the spillway area. From AP via Yahoo News:

In an agonizing trade-off, Army engineers said they will open a key spillway along the bulging Mississippi River as early as Saturday and inundate thousands of homes and farms in parts of Louisiana’s Cajun country to avert a potentially bigger disaster in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

About 25,000 people and 11,000 structures could be in harm’s way when the gates on the Morganza spillway are unlocked for the first time in 38 years.

“Protecting lives is the No. 1 priority,” Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh said aboard a boat from the river at Vicksburg, Miss., hours before the decision was made to open the spillway.

The opening will release a torrent that could submerge about 3,000 square miles under as much as 25 feet of water in some areas but take the pressure off the downstream levees protecting New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the numerous oil refineries and chemical plants along the lower reaches of the Mississippi.

Keep the communitites in the path and those that have been affected by recent flooding in the Mississippi River Valley.

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Libya at Brink of Civil War

In a week, a Libyan uprising has caused gas prices to rise..Libyan President Colonel M. Gaddafi have ordered the shooting of rebels and innocent bystander in order to keep control. Libya the latest nation in the Arab world in turmoil has seen soldiers and cabinet minsters defect. Rebels taking cities throughout Libya. Gaddafi is trying to hold on to power in the national capitol of Tripoli.  There been calls for Gaddafi to resign the presidency including from President Barack Obama.  But the Libyan leader is trying to stand firm. He has blamed the US and (get an unlikely US partner at least in Gaddafi’s twisted mind) Al Qeda.  His days are numbered. From Al Jazeera:

Most of Libya is out of control of the government, and Muammar Gaddafi’s grip on power may soon be confined only to the capital, Tripoli, Libya’s former interior minister has said.

General Abdul Fatteh Younis told Al Jazeera on Saturday that he had called upon Gaddafi to end his resistance to the uprising, although he does not expect him to do so.

The embattled Libyan regime passed out guns to civilian supporters, set up checkpoints and sent out armed patrols, witnesses said in Tripoli.

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Some of Libya’s security forces reportedly have given up the fight. Footage believed to be filmed on Friday showed soldiers joining the protesters.

The footage showed demonstrators carrying them on their shoulders in the city of Az Zawiyah after having defected — a scene activists said is being repeated across the country.

Al Jazeera, however, is unable to independently verify the content of the video, which was obtained via social networking websites.

Our correspondent in Libya reported on Friday that army commanders in the east who had defected had told her that military commanders in the country’s west were also beginning to turn against Gaddafi.

They warned, however, that the Khamis Brigade, an army special forces brigade that is loyal to the Gaddafi family and is equipped with sophisticated weapons, is currently still fighting anti-government forces.

Our correspondent, who cannot be named for security reasons, said that despite the gains, people are anxious about what Gaddafi might do next and also because his loyalists were still at large.

Al Jazeera has video.

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The EPA goes after Greenhouse Gasses

The Obama administration is going ahead with plans to regulate greenhouse gasses, despite of discovering that Climate Change/ Global Warming is non-existent. From AP via Yahoo News:

Stymied in Congress, the Obama administration is moving unilaterally to clamp down on greenhouse emissions, announcing plans for new power plants and oil refinery emission standards over the next year.

In an announcement posted on the agency’s website late Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said the aim was to better cope with pollution contributing to climate change.

“We are following through on our commitment to proceed in a measured and careful way to reduce GHG pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans,” Jackson said in a statement. She said emissions from power plants and oil refineries constitute about 40 percent of the greenhouse gas pollution in this country.

President Barack Obama had said two days after the midterm elections that he was disappointed Congress hadn’t acted on legislation achieving the same end, signaling that other options were under consideration.

Jackson’s announcement came on the same day that the administration showed a go-it-alone approach on federal wilderness protection — another major environmental issue. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said his agency was repealing the Bush era’s policy limiting wilderness protection, which was adopted under former Interior Secretary Gale Norton.

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Egg Recall now Widens to 22 states and 500 million Eggs

The federal government recall on egg has grown dramatically. Now salmonella reported in 22  states and 500 million eggs have recalled.

The Food and Drug Administration say they do now how the chicken and the egg became contaminated.

This bring the total of egg recall to 550 million  and 22 states.

“We’re continuing to investigate aggressively to determine the exact source of the contamination,” Hamburg said on NBC’s “Today” show.

“As we move forward with the recall, we may see some additional sub-recalls over the next couple of days, maybe even weeks as we better understand the sort of network of distribution of these eggs that are potentially contaminated,” she said.

On Monday, the FDA discovered a second farm Hillandale Farm had contaminated with Salmonella. 170 million eggs from this farm says Julie De Young spokeswomen for Hillandale Farm.

“We don’t know exactly how the contamination got into the chicken population, into the egg population, and we’re not yet fully sure the extent of the recall that will be necessary to protect consumers,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“We are in the midst of probably the largest egg recall that has happened in recent history,” she said.

Hillandale Farm eggs were marketed withe following names Hillandale Farm, Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadows, Wholesome Farms, and West Creek.

Reuters

Iran Cracks Down on Protesters of 2009 Rigged Elections

It has been a long year for the opposition groups in Iran. Beatings, shootings, kidnapping and death The Green movement seen it all. Today the Iranian government cracked down on opponents on Saturday on the Anniversary of the rigged elections which continued the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regime. While the opposition leaders canceled  their protests. From Agencie France Presse (AFP):

Demonstrators stayed away after opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi cancelled plans for new rallies against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because of safety concerns.

But the authorities still deployed thousands of security personnel in Tehran to quell any dissent, with police and the feared Islamic Basij militia out in force, especially around Tehran University and Sharif University.

Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi promise to continue to fight for reform and government change:

The opposition leaders have vowed to continue their struggle.

Late on Friday, Mousavi said Iran’s rulers had distanced themselves from the goals of the 1979 Islamic revolution and were “shutting peoples’ mouths, banning the media, holding elections as we saw last year and filling the prisons” with their opponents.

Meanwhile hundreds of people gathered at Tehran University  to protest the one year anniversary of rigged elections and protests, About 200 people arrested and detained. From Iran Press News:

June 22; number of detainees reached 200 people.

AFP via Yahoo News

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Special Thanks to: Jim Hoft /Gateway Pundit

Minnesota Pigs Have Been Tested for Swine Flu

For the 1st time since the H1N1 virus has hit the US that pigs have been test for the swine flu. A pig has been test for H1N1 on a Minnesota farm. The US Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services discovered the initial presence of the Swine Flu in one pig. There maybe up to 3 pigs infected.

The USDA says the pig infestation is not a threat to the commercial farming industry.

Reuters