Updated: 04/07/2013 - Rich Products Corporation, a Buffalo, N.Y. firm, is expanding its recall of various heat treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items to more than 10.5 million pounds because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The expanded recall covers all products produced at the company’s Waycross, Ga. plant with “Best by” dates ranging from January 1, 2013 to September 29, 2014. The following FSIS-regulated products are subject to the expanded recall: Retail products-- • 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini bacon cheeseburgers, UPC code 0 41322 35622 2 • 1-lb. bags of Schwan’s mini meatball sandwiches, UPC code 0 72180 55312 6 • 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas, UPC code 0 41322 35611 6, case code 1 00 41322 35631 1 • 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas, UPC code 0 41322 35635 2, case code 1 00 41322 35635 9 • 20-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas, UPC code 0 41322 35611 6, case code 1 00 41322 35611 3 • 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks, UPC code 0 41322 35618 5, case code 1 00 41322 35618 2 Foodservice products-- • 25-lb. cases containing 2.5-lb. foodservice paks of BBQ Chicken Sandwich Melt, UPC code 00041322653024, Product code 65302 • 25-lb. cases containing 2.5-lb. foodservice paks of Meatball Marinara Sandwich Melt, UPC code 00041322653031, Product 65303 • 25-lb. cases containing 2.5-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Whole Grain Rich Pepperoni Pizzata, UPC code 10041322652321, Product code 65232 • 27-lb. cases containing 3-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Turkey Pizzata, UPC code 00041322652348, Product code 65234 • 24.75-lb. foodservice paks of Pepperoni Pizzata, UPC code 00041322652829 , Product code 65282 • 25.7-lb. cases of 2.57-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Handheld Stuffed Pepperoni Pleezer, UPC code 10041322652925, Product code 65292 Each product package above contains the establishment number “EST. 27232” or “P-27233” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The following FDA-regulated products are subject to the expanded recall. FSIS is issuing this news release to make the public aware that these products are also considered potentially adulterated and should be properly discarded or destroyed. Retail products-- • 44-oz. cartons of Farm Rich in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 0 41322 32521 1 • 22-oz. bags of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 0 4132237813 2 • 22-oz. bags of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 0 72180610008 9 • 22-oz. bags of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 0 4132237443 1 • 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 0 4132280435 5 • 7-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 0 4132237691 3 • 2-lb. cartoons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 04132237455 4 Foodservice products-- • 5-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Better For You Pizza Dipper, UPC code 10041322652338 • 25-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Stuffed Crust Pizza Dippers, UPC code 10041322652680 • 2.7-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Stuffed Crust Pizza Dippers, UPC code 10041322652659 • 2.7-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Better For You Pizza Dipper, UPC code 00041322652782 The following products are subject to the FSIS recall issued March 28: • 7.2-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322376909 • 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322356437 • 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas with cheese, grilled white meat chicken in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356352 • 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich philly cheese steaks with cheese, beef & onions in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356345 Each product package above contains the establishment number “EST. 27232” or “P-27233” inside the USDA mark of inspection. In addition, the following products, which fall under FDA jurisdiction, were also recalled March 28. FSIS is issuing this news release to make the public aware that these products are also considered potentially adulterated and should be properly discarded or destroyed. • 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322374431 • 7-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322376916 • 22-oz. bags of Market Day Mozzarella Bites, UPC code 041322804358 The products subject to recall were produced between July 1, 2011 and March 29, 2013 then distributed for retail or restaurant sale nationwide. FSIS and the establishment are concerned that some product may be present in household freezers. FSIS was notified of a multistate investigation of E. coli O121 illnesses on March 19, 2013. Food samples were collected from an ill individual in New York as part of this investigation, and tested by the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Laboratory. At present, the outbreak includes 24 cases in 15 states that led to seven hospitalizations and one case of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. A sample of a Farm Rich frozen chicken mini quesadilla product from a New York case tested positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli O121. Additionally, a sample of leftover Farm Rich mini pepperoni pizza slices product from a Texas case tested positive for the same strain, confirmed by FSIS lab technicians. Ten cases in Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia report consuming Farm Rich products. FSIS is continuing to work with federal and state public health partners on this investigation, including the New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp. Infection with E. coli O121 can result in dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop HUS. This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. Symptoms of HUS may include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth and decreased urination. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company’s consumer line at (888) 220-5955 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit the company website at www.farmrich.com. Media with questions regarding the recall should contact the company’s vice president of communications, Dwight Gram, at (716) 878-8749. Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. "Ask Karen" live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Problems_With_Food_Products/index.asp # NOTE: Access news releases and other information at FSIS’ website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fsis_Recalls/. Follow FSIS on Twitter at twitter.com/usdafoodsafety or in Spanish at: twitter.com/usdafoodsafe_es. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
Posted: 04/05/2013 - The community is coming together to make our neighborhoods safer, especially in one area known for it’s crime. For years Fountain and Chelton has been known as an area with a lot of crime. Those who live there decided they won’t put up with it anymore. It’s called the Fountain and Chelton Partnership. The goal is to turn the group into an official non-profit Neighborhood and Business Organization. Right now they meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. in the Sand Creek Division Community Room. They are also working to clean up the area. Saturday they are providing free dumpsters for residents to clean out their homes. Between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm residents can bring bagged trash and large items to the south end of Mazatlan Circle where dumpsters will be provided for free.
Posted: 04/01/2013 - A Donation drive for Children's Hospital at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO. From Gabes FB page: We recently spent a week at Children's Hospital at Memorial in Colorado Springs and know first hand the toll this can take on families and especially these children. While in the hospital we noticed a need and want to help fill this need. The hospital has play rooms and activities for the kids but supplies are limited and deplete fast. We decided to get involved and try and get more things and activities for the kids there. We are asking that everyone pitch in and help us blow these kids minds. We will be collecting donations to purchase items or if you want to purchase items and donate them please let us know. Cash is always accepted and we can take Paypal for the donation, if needed. If you want to purchase items, I recommend coloring books, crayons, small puzzles, games and toys. Because of sanitation issues all items must be new in package. When we have items together we are looking at making trip up in a few weeks and all are welcome to attend donation. We will also be posting pics of donating. Any and all help welcome, please share this post and lets make a kids day.
Posted: 04/01/2013 - COLORADO SPRINGS UTILITIES CUSTOMERS WILL HAVE TIGHT WATERING RESTRICTIONS THIS SPRING AND SUMMER. COLORADO SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE NEW RULES. //THE DECISION MEANS YOU WILL BE LIMITED TO WATERING TWO DAYS A WEEK FOR THREE HOURS ON CERTAIN DAYS. //IT WILL DEPEND ON YOUR ADDRESS THOSE ENDING IN ODD NUMBERS CAN WATER ON TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS. //THOSE WITH EVEN NUMBERS ON SUNDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS. //THE TIME FOR WATER WILL BE FROM 6PM TO 10AM. //#IF YOU DON'T COMPLY YOU WILL FIRST GET AN EDUCATION LETTER, THEN A WARNING THE THIRD STRIKE WILL BE A FINE OF UP TO 500 DOLLARS. THERE IS AN EXCEPTION FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE WALDO CANYON BURN AREA. FOR MORE INFORMATION VIEW OUR FULL WEB STORY: http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Strict-Water-Restrictions-Could-Come-Soon-198392871.html OR VISIT CSU WEBSITE: https://www.csu.org/Pages/restrictions-r.aspx
Posted: 03/28/2013 - We want to warn you about a scam that is nearly irresistible to consumers. Scammers offer to pay you to go shopping. But the BBB says it’s not real. The check for nearly two thousand dollars attracts consumers who want to make easy money. They offer to pay you to be a mystery shopper. Before the “money” from the check you get clears the bank, you’re asked to go to a website and wire money to buy training materials or send back money you didn’t spend at the stores. But the check is a fake, and victims spend money they don’t actually have. The current scam going around Colorado Springs is from a company not accredited by the BBB. It’s L.S. Management Inc. out of Tennessee. To learn more about the scam or how to become a legitimate mystery shopper, visit the links below: http://www.bbb.org/nashville/business-reviews/mystery-shopping-scam/ls-management-in-la-vergne-tn-37076978 http://www.bbb.org/nashville/business-reviews/mystery-shopping-scam/industry-tips/mystery-shoppers http://www.mysteryshop.org/
Posted: 03/28/2013 - Colorado consumers, and Medicare beneficiaries, need to be on the alert for a new insurance scam that targets their personal information and bank accounts. The FTC has issued a blog post warning consumers about this scam and how people can protect themselves. Click the link to learn more about protecting yourself against this scam.
Updated: 03/27/2013 - Sandbags will be given away free to residents at the Verizon Wireless building (2424 Garden of the Gods Road) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will be on site to fill sandbags and help residents load them in their cars. Residents wanting to pick up sandbags should enter the Verizon Wireless parking lot off of Flying W Ranch Road. For information on potential flooding after the Waldo Canyon Fire, visit the website linked here.
Posted: 03/27/2013 - The City of Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management in partnership with Colorado Springs Together will distribute sandbags Saturday, April 13 to homeowners that could be impacted by potential flooding after the Waldo Canyon Fire. Sandbags will be given away free to residents at the Verizon Wireless building (2424 Garden of the Gods Road) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will be on site to fill sandbags and help residents load them in their cars. Residents wanting to pick up sandbags should enter the Verizon Wireless parking lot off of Flying W Ranch Road. Residents are advised to consult a certified erosion and sediment control consultant or contractor to manage flooding mitigation on their private property. Sandbags should not be placed in the public right-of-way.
Posted: 03/26/2013 - Pet Poison Helpline is a 24-hour animal poison control service available throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet. We have the ability to help every poisoned pet, with all types of poisonings, 24 hours a day. Our knowledge and expertise of pet poisons will put your mind at ease when dealing with a potential emergency. In order to provide this critical service, please be advised that there is a $39 per incident fee, payable by credit card. This fee covers the initial consultation as well as all follow-up calls associated with the management of the case.
Posted: 03/25/2013 - Colorado Springs Street Division has kicked off its annual spring "Pothole-Palooza." Potholes are prioritized by location, so potholes on main arterials receive a higher priority. Drivers who spot potholes can call and report them to the Pothole Hotline – 385-ROAD (7623). You can download the city’s smartphone app to report potholes from the link below.