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Freeland Foods Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

Food and DrinkFreeland Foods, Inc. has issued a recall for Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix because it 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 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 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 providers.

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Rader Farms Fresh Start Smoothie Blend, Sunrise Refresh Fusion, and Daily Power Fusion recalled due to possible Listeria

Food and Drink(JUNEAU, AK) – Inventure Foods, Inc. has issued a recall for Rader Farms Fresh Start Smoothie Blend, Fresh Start Sunrise Refresh Fusion, and Fresh Start Daily Power Fusion because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, those who 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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Taj Ethnic Gourmet Indian Sauces recalled due to possible peanut allergen

Food and Drink(JUNEAU, AK)–Taj Indian Gourmet has issued a recall for certain lots of Taj Ethnic Gourmet Indian Sauces because they might contain peanut ingredients, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The affected product can be identified by the best by date found on the side of the jar lid.

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MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers recalled due to undeclared peanut allergen

Food and Drink(JUNEAU, AK)–MorningStar Farms has issued a recall for Spicy Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers because they might contain peanuts, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Affected products may be identified by the UPC code on the side of each case and on each package label.

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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.

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Market Pantry Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds recalled due to undeclared peanut allergen

Food and DrinkZachary Confections, Inc. has issued a recall for one lot of Market Pantry Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds because they include undeclared peanuts, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or a severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

These affected products can be identified by the lot code and Best Before Date, located on the back of the package below the Nutrition Facts box and above and to the right of the UPC code.

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Easy Weeknight Festive Pot Pie

Food and DrinkThis is an easy pot pie that you can make quickly during a busy weeknight and is sure to please everyone.

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Get Free Red Bull or $10 If You Bought One In the Last 12 Years

Food and DrinkSubmitted by a reader: "A class-action lawsuit against Red Bull is being settled, and if you've purchased any Red Bull products in the last 12 years, you can get a piece of the pie. No proof of purchase required.

Anyone who purchased a Red Bull product between January 1, 2002 and October 3, 2014 is eligible to receive either $15 worth of Red Bull products or a $10 check. The class-action suit claims that Red Bull used false advertising, and "misrepresents both the functionality and safety of Red Bull beverages." There is no proof of purchase required, so all you have to do is head to the link below and fill out a claim form, or print out a personalized claim form to mail in. A lot of people are filing their claims right now—so the site might be a little slow or unresponsive at the moment—but you have until March 2, 2015 to submit your claim, so don't worry."

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Division of Agriculture releases new edition of Alaska Grown Source Book

Food and Drink(Palmer, AK) – The 2014-2015 edition of the Alaska Grown Source Book is now available in print and digital formats. The 100-page booklet includes contact information for more than 200 farms across the state and highlights their products and where they can be purchased. The Source Book also includes information about farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vendors, U-pick locations, and farm-related businesses statewide. The Source Book is organized by regions and the online version has a search function to help locate specific items.

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Little Crèmes Organic Rice Milk Snacks Recalled for Potential Choking Hazard

Food and Drink(JUNEAU, AK) – Plum Organics has issued a recall for its Little Crèmes organic rice milk snacks line after it was found that the product has the potential to cause choking. The small, bite-sized pieces are made to soften in a child’s mouth in less than 20 seconds making them easy to swallow. Some pieces were found to take significantly longer and created a potential choking hazard for babies and young children.

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Revised-Alaska Food Resource Working Group to meet Sept. 4 in Fairbanks

Food and DrinkNOTE: THIS PRESS RELEASE HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH A NEW TELECONFERENCE CALL-IN CODE.

(Palmer, AK) – The Alaska Food Resource Working Group will meet 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 4 in the Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center conference room. The center is located at 1025 W. Barnette St. in Fairbanks.

The Alaska Food Resource Working Group was created by Administrative Order No. 265 to recommend policies and measures to increase the purchase and consumption of local farm products and wild seafood. Its members include eight state agencies, led by the Department of Natural Resources. The working group has been tasked to work with the Alaska public and stakeholders to promote a healthy food system in the state.

The Sept. 4 meeting agenda is available at http://dnr.alaska.gov/ag/ag_AFRWGSept042014.htm and it includes invited testimony from the meat processing community. The meeting is open to the public. Persons who wish to participate by telephone may do so by calling 1-800-315-6338, Code: 84261#.

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Alaska Food Resource Working Group to meet Sept. 4 in Fairbanks

Food and Drink(Palmer, AK) – The Alaska Food Resource Working Group will meet 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 4 in the Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center conference room. The center is located at 1025 W. Barnette St. in Fairbanks.

The Alaska Food Resource Working Group was created by Administrative Order No. 265 to recommend policies and measures to increase the purchase and consumption of local farm products and wild seafood. Its members include eight state agencies, led by the Department of Natural Resources. The working group has been tasked to work with the Alaska public and stakeholders to promote a healthy food system in the state.
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Restaurant Rewards program now accepting applicants

Food and Drink(Palmer, AK) – The Alaska Grown Restaurant Rewards Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 cycle from eligible food vendors, such as restaurants and caterers. Once food vendors enroll in the program, they will be reimbursed 20 percent of the purchase price for all Alaska Grown specialty crops purchased.

Participating food vendors are required to fill out a reimbursement request form and provide receipts of all relevant transactions. Food vendors that have participated in the past must re-enroll every year. The 2014-2015 cycle will end June 30, 2015. The application can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RR14-15Application

Speciality crops include vegetables, herbs, fruits, honey, jam, jelly, syrup, and flowers. Participating food vendors should always double check with their suppliers to make sure they’re purchasing Alaska Grown products.
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Alaska Wild Mushroom and Lentil Soup

Food and DrinkHere is a simple solution to all those mushrooms you've gathered: A mushroom lentil soup that can be used for stuffing, dressing, and more. Serves 6.

A large stock pot, and a source of heat.

1 large onion, diced or chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil, canola oil, fat.
5 cups stock-can be seafood stock, chicken stock, etc. or water.
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced This is about 6 handfuls after chopping/slicing.
2 Garlic cloves, smashed and diced finely
1 carrot, diced
1 Potato, cubed.
1/2 cup dried lentils
1 sprig or teaspoon dried rosemary
2 bay leaves
Salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper


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Scenes Around Big Lake: Boletus Mushrooms

Food and DrinkToday I found some wild Boletus mushrooms while on a hike in the forest. These are highly prized, and easy to identify. I have found these from the Brooks Range of the Arctic to well south of the Alaska Range.

Boletus

Photo by Dennis Garrett

A WORD OF CAUTION: While these are among the easiest wild mushrooms to identify, the reader should try a small, cooked sample first and wait 20 minutes to determine if you have a reaction. While this is extremely rare, I would be remiss were I not to add this caution. If you normally have no reaction to button mushrooms or Shiitake or Porcini, then you probably need no test.

IDENTIFICATION: This mushroom looks like a hamburger bun, and may be over 6" wide. Instead of gills, it has pores, giving the underside a sponge-like appearance. It normally grows near Spruce trees, but I have found them in Alpine areas and Tundra where they seem to do well with berry plants. Quite often you will find that bugs and animals have beaten you to the prize.

Boletus, Photo by Dennis Garrett

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