Found in San Francisco Bay, these salt evaporation ponds are shallow artificial ponds designed to produce salt from sea water and other brines. Water is drawn out through natural evaporation which allows salt to be harvested. The bright colours of the ponds, ranging from bright green to magenta, are a result of microorganisms that thrive as the salinity levels increase.

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Cargill Recalls Tainted Turkey...Again.


After being subject to a 36 million pound tainted turkey recall in August, Cargill is at it again.

Earlier this year, Cargill meat processing was forced to recall 36 million pounds of salmonella tainted turkey. Controversy erupted when it came out that both Cargill and the USDA knew about the contamination a full year before the products were pulled from shelves. The diseased product killed 1 person and sickened 77 others before officials decided to act. 

The recalls continue as the company announces that new cases of salmonella contamination in their turkey products require 185,000 additional pounds of potentially contaminated turkey be destroyed. Cargill took steps to sanitize their facilities after the last recall but suspect the salmonella may be resistant to antibiotics.

Some meat companies can’t bear to part with recalled products and end up taking them off shelves, cooking them, and stuffing them in other products. In 2009, ConAgra foods took recalled E.Coli contaminated beef and stuck it in cans of chili

Recycled meat can’t be any worse the burgers made of human feces, right?

Recall: Cargill has announced a voluntary recall of the following products in 13 states and 2 territories:  Kansas, Missouri, Northeast Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Southeast Indiana, Southern Illinois, Hawaii, and limited areas of Florida, California Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The products may contain higher-than-acceptable levels of aflatoxin, a substance found widely in nature as a result of mold. We are not aware of any dogs getting sick, but are recalling the dry dog food as a precaution. (via Cargill)

LOS ANGELES, Aug 3 (Reuters) - A Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] unit is recalling roughly 36 million lbs of fresh and frozen ground turkey products due to possible contamination from an antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strain believed to be linked to one known death.

Cargill Value Added Meats Retail said the products were produced at its Springdale, Arkansas, turkey processing facility. It has suspended production of ground turkey products until it is able to find the source of Salmonella contamination at the plant and take corrective actions, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

The company is immediately recalling Honeysuckle White, Shady Brook Farms, Riverside, Aldi’s Fit & Active, Giant Eagle, HEB, Kroger, Safeway and Spartan branded ground turkey products as well as unbranded and bulk products that were produced at the facility from Feb. 20 through Aug. 2. (A full list of affected products ishere@ccom/documents/document/na3047772.pdf)

Cargill Recalls Massive Amounts of Ground Turkey

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A few months ago I had a conversation with my grandma about the importance of knowing where the meat you eat comes from. Jamie Oliver emphasized it on his ABC show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. The nationwide recall of 36 pounds of ground turkey by Cargill on August 3 illustrates why consumers need to know the origins of the meat they eat. With something like ground turkey it is impossible to know exactly where the turkeys came from beyond the processing plant.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert concerning salmonella contamination in ground turkey on July 29. The alert was issued after an estimated 77 illnesses reported in 26 states. All Headline News reports that the salmonella strain linked to the ground turkey is “multi-drug resistant and nearly 40 percent of the victims have required hospitalization.”

The recall is described by All Headline News describes the recall as “one of the largest Class One recalls in U.S. history.” A Class One recall involves a serious health hazard.

The recalled turkey came from Cargill’s Springdale, Arkansas facility, produced from February 20, 2011 through August 2, 2011, according to the company’s press release. Cargill also, according to the press release, suspended production of ground turkey at the Springdale plant until it can figure out the source of the salmonella contamination.

Cargill has three other turkey production plants in the U.S. The other three plants are not affected by the recall.

The USDA lists the following retailers as selling the affected ground turkey:

  • Aldi— Nationwide
  • Giant Eagle— Locations in PA, MD, WV and OH
  • HEB— Locations in TX
  • Ingles— Locations in SC, NC, AL, GA, TN and VA
  • Kroger— Nationwide
  • Meijer— Locations in MI, IL, KY, IN and OH
  • Stater Brothers— Locations in CA
  • Walmart— Nationwide
  • WinCo—Locations in WA, ID, NE, CA and OR

The recall of the ground turkey is “just the latest example of why we need strong regulatory and public health programs in place to protect consumers,” Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch said in a statement.

Hauter said that people were “getting sick with Salmonella for several months while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments struggled to identify a likely source of the contamination.” Hauter blamed budget cuts for making it more difficult for federal and state health agencies to “effectively protect public health.” 

Another meat recall occurred last week. A total of 228,596 pounds of beef products from Tri State Beef of Cincinnati, Ohio were recalled on July 29. The USDA confirmed a positive result for E. coli.

What you can do to protect yourself from contaminated meat

Cargill is a large corporation. It is always better to purchase meat from sources as locally grown as you can get. Ask your grocer’s butcher where the meat sold in the store is from. Seek out small butcher shops which purchase meat from local sources.

Here are a few websites to help you find local sources of meat:

If you know of any other websites, let me know by leaving a comment.

So I’ve come upon hard times in this here life of mine and I need to sell some things to make a bit of extra cash until I find a new job.

A few years back I commissioned Kevin Wada to make this painting for me. It was an complete battle to finally get it( fuck you United States postal service) but it finally got to me. It’s a beautiful watercolor painting of four female x-ladies of color: (from left to right)Oya, Storm, Frenzy, and Monet. I knew Kevin was talented but I didn’t realize that he would become the force he is now. That young man is going to do great things and it kind of hurts me a bit to even consider letting go of this.

I’m not going to name a price for this. I guess it’s an open auction. If anyone is genuinely interested in owning this painting please contact me via my email (thatguynamedty@gmail)

Recently, a massive #recall of 36 Million pounds of #Turkey, which was followed by a 36,000 pound #recall of beef, drew attention to the fact that acting quickly in #recalling a product can save lives and limit the scope of damage done by contaminated product.

Reports relating to the #recalls of #Cargill’s ground turkey have revealed the fact that concerns were first raised about #Salmonella as early as March 2011. By the time the turkey was openly #recalled it was reported that the strain of #salmonella, #Heidelberg #Salmonella, was resistant to first line defenses and antibiotics. Several deaths have been linked to this recall with nearly 100 falling ill during close to half of 2011.

In contrast, a recent recall of ground beef, predominantly in the Southeastern US, involved 36, 000 pounds and #e-coli. That recall was announced on a Friday and was slowly picked up by news media outlets over the weekend. In my opinion, it was underreported regardless of scope given it came on the heels of the deadly turkey recall that proved to be a pandemic even in the US. Some remain unaware of either recall even today.

Both recalls have drawn attention to the need for improved reporting and monitoring. Another growing concern, as outlined in the NPR Blog story (pictured above) focuses on the fact that antibiotics are used to feed poultry and may contribute to antibiotic resistant strains of food borne illness. Wonder if we will see more ‘Super’ versions of food born Salmonella or E-Coli? It is certainly possible if the lessons of August 2011 are left unchecked. How governmental regulatory authorities will modify, if at all,  existing regulatory monitoring remains unclear. However, this summer demonstrates that a potential need does exist and the ongoing debate is justified because lives are at stake.