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Class on Canning Fish @ The Big Lake Library

Food and DrinkContributed by Roma Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

The Big Lake Public Library Presents: Food Preservation-Canning Fish. April 25th, 6-7:30 pm.

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Class on Food Preservation @ The Big Lake Library

Food and DrinkContributed by Roma Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

The Big Lake Public Library Presents: Food Preservation Overview. April 18th 6-7:30 pm.

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The Big Lake Public Library Presents: Introduction to Pressure Canning

Food and Drink7:00 to 8:00 PM – Introduction to Pressure Canning (Donna Victors)

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Bumble Bee Canned Tuna Recalls

Food and DrinkSAN DIEGO – Bumble Bee Foods, LLC announced today that it is voluntarily recalling 3 specific UPC codes of canned Chunk Light tuna due to process deviations that occurred in a co-pack facility not owned or operated by Bumble Bee. These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed. It is important to note that there have been no reports of illness associated with these products to date. No other production codes or products are affected by this recall.

There are a total of 31,579 cases that are included in the recall which were produced in February 2016 and distributed nationally. The products subject to this recall are marked with a can code that starts with a "T" (example: TOA2BSCAFB) and have the following "best by" dates:
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Holiday Food Safety

Food and DrinkDon’t invite foodborne illness to your holiday meals! The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging safe food handling practices for holiday meals and parties.

The food temperature danger zone is between 40°F and 140°F -where bacteria grow the fastest.


To keep your food safe and out of the danger zone:
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No Fukushima - Related Radiation Detected in Alaska Seafood

Food and DrinkFollowing the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, there have been public concerns about potential impacts on Alaska seafood from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Although modeling and other analyses have not demonstrated a potential risk to Alaska fish, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Environmental Health (DEH) has been coordinating with the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Public Health, as well as other state, federal, and international agencies and organizations to address continued public concerns.

Through these efforts, DEC was able to partner with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to have Alaska fish sampled and tested for Fukushima-related radionuclides and report test results to the public. The testing in 2015 continues to confirm that the quality of Alaska seafood has not been impacted, with all tests showing “non-detect” for radionuclides associated with the Fukushima nuclear disaster.


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Simply Balanced frozen organic chopped spinach recalled for possible Listeria contamination

Food and DrinkSuperior Foods has issued a recall for Simply Balanced frozen organic spinach because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, those that do contract it could experience high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. People experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

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Amy’s Kitchen recalls several products for possible Listeria contamination

Food and DrinkAmy’s Kitchen, Inc. has issued a recall for several products because the products contain spinach that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, those that do contract it could experience high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. People experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

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Kraft Macaroni and Cheese recalled for possible small metal pieces

Food and DrinkKraft Foods Group has issued a recall for selected code and manufacturing dates because they may contain small pieces of metal.

Recalled products include “Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner Original Flavor”
sold in the following four configurations:
1. 7.25 oz box
2. 3-pack box of those 7.25 oz. boxes
3. 4-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes
4. 5-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes

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Multiple products containing organic garlic powder recalled for possible contamination with Salmonella

Food and DrinkFrontier Co-op has issued a recall for several of its products because the products contain garlic powder that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain beginning 12-72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4-7 days. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. People exhibiting any of these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.

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Ground cumin recalled for undeclared peanut allergen

Food and DrinkBadia Spices, Inc. has issued a recall for three sizes of Badia brand ground cumin because they may contain undeclared peanut protein, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or a severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The affected product is packaged in plastic bottles and can be identified by the Best-By date of 7/2019.

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Notice of Public AFSAC Meeting

Food and DrinkThe next Alaska Food Safety Advisory Committee (AFSAC) quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:30 AK DST (11:30 PDST) in the 1st floor conference room of the DEC building located at 555 Cordova St. in Anchorage.

The meeting is open to the public and can be attended in person or by teleconference: 1-800-315-6338, PIN 112233#. The meeting will also be streamed live over the Internet using GoToMeetimg. A link will be provided before the meeting.

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Applications sought for Farm to Summer Food Service grants

Food and DrinkProviders of free or reduced-cost summer meals for children and adults are invited to apply for grants to increase the availability and consumption of Alaska Grown specialty crops within their programs.

The new Farm to Summer Food Service Program grants have been developed by the Division of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program in coordination with the Department of Education & Early Development’s Child Nutrition Programs.

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Chef at the Market program accepting applications from Alaska chefs

Food and DrinkThe Chef at the Market program is currently accepting applications from Alaska chefs interested in providing cooking demonstrations during the 2015 farmers market season. The Division of Agriculture intends to award multiple contracts for chef demonstrations between May and September.

The Chef at the Market program began in 2011 to promote Alaska Grown specialty crops and teach consumers creative ways to prepare them. The program also provides an opportunity for chefs to develop relationships with local food vendors that supply restaurants with their products.

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“Sock It To Me Crème Cake” recalled due to undeclared nut allergen

Food and Drink(JUNEAU, AK) –Old Home Kitchens has issued a recall for "Sock It To Me Crème Cake" distributed under the label "the Bakery baked with pride" because the cakes may contain pecans, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or a severe sensitivity to pecans run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

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