Workers use bare hands at ‘shocking’ US chlorinated chicken factory

Kate Quilton was shocked by the undercover footage from the chicken factory (Picture: Channel 4)

US factory workers are touching raw chicken with their bare hands as it ‘piles up’ on the production line, an investigation has found.

Channel 4’s Dispatches sent an undercover reporter to work in a poultry processing plant in Texas, operated by the country’s biggest poultry producer, Tyson Foods.

They found the factory relied on chlorinating chicken as a ‘fail-safe’ to kill bacteria caused by a range of ‘unhygienic’ processes.

Presenter Kate Quilton, who is fronting the investigation, described the undercover footage of the factory as ‘shocking’.

She told Metro.co.uk: ‘The product line was being run so fast workers weren’t able to pack the meat quick enough.

Chicken was left stacked up on the production line (Picture: Channel 4)
Kate described ‘very, very little cleaning’ taking place (Picture: Channel 4)

‘It means chicken was left stacked up on the sides. That’s where bacteria can grow.

‘The team working on the meat also had questionable protective equipment.

‘They wore flimsy little plastic aprons on top of their own clothes and their own shoes. That causes a grave risk of cross-contamination.’

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On several occasions, the undercover reporter reported ‘supervisors touching chicken with their bare hands’.

Kate also described hose water, used for cleaning, being ‘backed up on the floor and going back onto the product’.

She continued: ‘The drains were all bunged up and clogged up.

‘This meant there were pools of stagnant water everywhere, which becomes like a kind of Mecca for bacteria.

Chlorinating the chicken can be used as safety net (Picture: Channel 4)
The undercover reporter said they saw supervisors touching the meat with their bare hands (Picture: Channel 4)

‘There was very, very little cleaning going on. We’re talking chicken caught in the cracks of machinery for God knows how long.’

In some Tyson Foods factories, workers have been known to wear adult nappies while on the production line – although the undercover reporter found no evidence of this happening at this plant.

But Kate was shocked to hear some employees claim they were unable to take a toilet break, calling it a ‘gross infringement of human rights’.

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One employee also had to have three fingers amputated after being asked to operate a machine they hadn’t been trained to use.

The investigation found two other recent incidents of workers losing fingers.

Washing chicken in chlorine and other disinfectants was banned by the European Union in 1997, but the practice is still widely used in the US.

The fear is that chlorine washing can be used as compensation for poor hygiene standards throughout the product line – and if a post-Brexit trade deal with the US goes ahead, the meat could end up on British supermarket shelves.

Pools of water were left all over the floor (Picture: Channel 4)

Scientists at Southampton University recently reported that washing the chicken in this way only kills 90 per cent of salmonella.

The US has a much higher rate of food poisoning than the UK, with 14.7 per cent of the population suffering from illness every year, compared to just 1.5 per cent of Britain.

Kate said: ‘Chicken in America costs a fifth less than chicken in the UK. The plants work at the fastest pace possible to ensure maximum profit.

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‘Now the Trump administration has plans to deregulate the meat industry even further, which means the production line is likely to get even worse.

‘The concern across the industry is that if we allow in this very cheap chicken into the UK, our farmers will be forced into adopting similar practices in order to compete.’

A former food inspector analysed the footage that the undercover reporter recorded.

Ron Spellman, now Assistant Secretary General of the European Food and Meat Inspectors Association, said he was surprised by the ‘low standards’ of the US factory.

Kate was shocked by the lack of workers’ rights (Picture: Channel 4)

When asked if he thought the UK should adopt the same processes, he said: ‘Definitely not. This would be a really, really big step backwards for us.’

Tyson Foods said they would need to review Dispatches’ footage before they could give a detailed response.

A spokesperson said: ‘Our plants only operate in the continuous presence of US government inspectors who, along with our own food safety staff, ensure we’re producing good food that’s safe to eat.

‘Tyson Foods cares deeply about the safety of our employees and consumers.

‘We have a robust quality and safety program that includes training for new employees, continuous safety education and daily meetings at our facilities to keep safety top of mind.

‘Employees are encouraged to report any workplace safety concerns to their supervisor, a member of management or our compliance and ethics hotline.’

The Truth About Chlorinated Chicken – Channel 4 Dispatches, is on Channel 4 tonight at 8pm.

Burritos Market Research Report by Types, Application, Raw Material and Geography – Global Forecast To 2023

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Amy’s Kitchen
Chick-fil-A
Ruiz Foods
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Yum! Brands
Jack In The Box
Camino Real Kitchens
Del Taco
Tavistock Freebirds
Ramona’s Food Group

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Type 1
Type 2
Type 3

Burritos Market Applications:

Application 1
Foodservice
Retail

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  • Large, medium-sized, and small enterprises 
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  • Investment bankers 
  • Investors

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1.1 Definition

1.2 Brief Introduction by Major Product

1.3 Brief Introduction by Major Application

1.4 Brief Introduction by Major Regions

1.5 Brief Introduction by Major Distribution channel

1.5.1 Wholesalers

1.5.2 Retailers

1.5.3 Supermarkets/Hypermarkets

1.5.4 Online Retail

1.6 Brief Introduction by Major

Chapter 2 Production Market Analysis

2.1 Global Production Market Analysis

2.1.1 2012-2017 Global Capacity, Production, Capacity Utilization Rate, Ex-Factory Price, Revenue, Cost, Gross, and Gross Margin Analysis

2.1.2 2012-2017 Major Manufacturers Performance and Market Share

2.2 Regional Production Market Analysis

2.2.1 2012-2017 Regional Market Performance and Market Share

2.2.2 United States Market

2.2.3 Europe Market

2.2.4 China Market

2.2.5 Japan Market

2.2.6 India Market

2.2.7 Market

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3.1 Global Sales Market Analysis

3.2 Regional Sales Market Analysis

Chapter 4 Consumption Market Analysis

4.1 Global Consumption Market Analysis

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Chapter 5 Production, Sales and Consumption Market Comparison Analysis

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5.2 Regional Production, Sales Volume, and Consumption Volume Market Comparison Analysis

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6.1 Global Major Manufacturers Production and Sales Market Comparison Analysis

6.2 Regional Major Manufacturers Production and Sales Market Comparison Analysis

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New restaurant and lounge with ‘L.A. feel’ replaces EMC Seafood & Raw Bar – Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Valencia Town Center visitors may have noticed a white banner announcing the opening of Black ‘N Blue, a new entertainment destination replacing EMC Seafood & Raw Bar.

The restaurant and lounge promise to bring features such as a large 360-degree bar, games and gourmet-style food menu with what owners called “a Los Angeles feel.”

“Black ‘N Blue will be more of an entertainment venue,” said Lee Kan, general partner of Zao Brands, which owns the new restaurant, The Bunker Hill, Wokano and other eateries across Southern California. “Santa Clarita doesn’t have good entertainment areas so I want to bring this all under one roof. Restaurants offer a two-hour experience. I want to offer four hours.”



Kan revealed EMC, which opened August 2018, had struggled to stay in business due, in part, to its location.

“One of the challenges that we have in Valencia is that it’s a very saturated area. There’s lots of restaurants and not enough eaters,” he said. “We have nine other locations for EMC that are performing well but this one did not, unfortunately.”

To offer something different to the area, Kan said the project will offer a 50-seat bar with “regular cocktails on one side and higher-end drinks like scotch and whiskey on the other,” as well as a section for billiards, wine tasting, a lounge patio with fire pits and live music.



Black ‘N Blue will also offer a formal dining experience with a limited menu geared toward serving smaller plates, as well as some EMC-inspired dishes due to popularity. “The food will complement the drinks, as opposed to the other way around,” said Kan.

The new venue is in the remodeling stages and is slated to have its soft opening Tuesday, June 18. Business hours are expected to run from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

A celebratory event is scheduled for Monday, June 17, from 6 to 9 p.m., where attendees will have the opportunity to preview Black ‘N Blue’s food and drink menu. There is an entry fee of $20 and all proceeds will go toward the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, said Kan.

Black ‘N Blue is located at 24300 Town Center Drive, Suite 110.



Call for dog owners to help control sheep measles in Marlborough

Ovis Management project manager Dan Lynch, left, with Anne Berrie with her dog named Spinner, in 2017.

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Ovis Management project manager Dan Lynch, left, with Anne Berrie with her dog named Spinner, in 2017.

Cases of sheep measles are declining throughout the country, with Marlborough seeing its lowest number of cases in almost a decade. 

However, dog owners who walk their pets near farms or vineyards, and pig dog owners, are being asked to treat their pets for the sheep measles tapeworm to stop its spread.

The disease causes pus-filled tapeworm cysts in muscle tissue and can leave lamb, mutton or even goat meat inedible, not even fit for dog food.

But Ovis Management project manager Dan Lynch, who monitors cases of sheep measles, said the risk of infection had not yet passed.

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“Nationally it’s looking really good, prevalence is down substantially this year but it’s some degree early days and we’re just monitoring it very closely.” 


Cases of sheep measles in Marlborough are substantially down.

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Cases of sheep measles in Marlborough are substantially down.

An outbreak of sheep measles in Marlborough caused huge losses for farmers in 2015. 

But Lynch said only five farms with a high prevalence of sheep measles had been reported in Marlborough in four months to the end of March, down from 16 cases for the same period in 2015.

“We’re delighted with what we’re seeing, but we also acknowledge that a lot of lambs are moving into vineyard grazing now,” Lynch said. 

“The risk still stands for lambs to become infected.

“We’re entering an area where a lot of dogs are entering vineyards, so that’s the concern,” he said. 

Lynch said dog owners that were taking dogs to the countryside or near vineyards, should be dosed. 

Dog owners could prevent their pets from spreading sheep measles by giving them a monthly pill, available at vet clinics, and feeding them cooked meat instead of raw.

Sheep measles can cause huge losses for farmers.

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Sheep measles can cause huge losses for farmers.

He suspected people taking dogs for a walk near vineyards, especially on public roads, contributed to the spike in sheep measles a few years ago. 

“Dogs who eat raw meat can develop a tapeworm inside, which can grow to two metres. Eggs from the tapeworm are passed onto pastures through the dog’s faeces and get spread to sheep across a huge distance.”

Pig hunting dogs should also be dosed, Lynch said. 

Farmers were usually already dosing their farm dogs, so Lynch was focusing on educating people with dogs as pets, he said.

More information could be found at www.sheepmeasles.co.nz

8 Vegetarian Celebrities: A Comprehensive List of Famous Vegetarians

A Growing Trend

Today, the majority of vegetarians come from countries where religious doctrine enforces the avoidance of meat, or countries where meat price and availability are prohibitive for the bulk of low-income families.

Of the approximately 1.4 billion vegetarians in the world, only 75 million actually make the active choice to live the vegetarian lifestyle.

But that number of voluntary vegetarians is growing all over the world.

In 2016, 7.8 million Germans, a good 10% of the population, were found to be vegetarian. That percentage is expected to double by 2020, to more than 20%.

In the Netherlands, the number of vegetarians grew from 560,000 in 2004 to 720,000 in 2006. Meanwhile, an increasingly large number of people are becoming ‘part-time vegetarians’ in that country.

And in Australia, a large vegetarian movement is growing. Events like ‘Vegetarian Week’ promote the lifestyle, while food producers are creating more and more meat substitutes and meat-free ingredients. In 2012, there were 1.7 million vegetarians, comprising 9.7% of the country’s population. In 2016, that figure rose to 2.1 million, or 11.2%.

Today, vegetarian restaurants and vegetarian diet plans are available almost anywhere, making it easier than ever to become part of the lifestyle. There are also even more extreme lifestyles such as raw vegan options if you truly want to devote yourself to the cause.

The Celebrities Who’ve Helped Promote Vegetarianism

From athletes, to fitness model influencers, to top actors, to great musicians; the spread of vegetarianism owes quite a bit to the celebs who’ve spread awareness and promoted its benefits over the years. Let’s take a look at some of these famous vegetarians and see how they’ve shaped the world perceptions of a plant-based lifestyle.

9. Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde is more than just a pretty face—she also has some pretty solid acting credits to her name, such as a role on House, and parts in blockbusters like In Time and Tron: Legacy. She’s even directed a very well-received film, Booksmart, set to be released this month.

But more than just her film and TV credits, she’s also known for her activist work. She’s campaigned for Obama, has been a very visible part of various women’s marches, and she even publicly espouses the vegetarian lifestyle. She won PETA’s award for 2010’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity.

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8. Sia

Known for hits like ‘Chandelier’ and ‘Cheap Thrills’, as well as collaborations with big artists like Rihanna and David Guetta, Sia has been vegan since at least 2014. She appeared in the vegan documentary Dominion alongside Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix.

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7. Natalie Portman

Queen Amidala from Star Wars. Evey Hammond from V For Vendetta. The lead role of Nina Sayers in The Black Swan. Natalie Portman is one of Hollywood’s finest actresses and has the acting credits to show it.

But she’s more than an actor. She’s a psych grad from Harvard and is a co-author on a peer-reviewed scientific paper about neuroscience.

She also lives a partial vegan lifestyle thanks to the documentary Eating Animals. She even started a line of vegan shoes with Té Casan, though the venture failed due to the financial crisis.

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6. Miley Cyrus

Every teen today, and virtually anyone who was a tween in the late 2000s knows who Miley Cyrus is, thanks to her role in Hannah Montana and her hugely popular music.

And because of her aggressive promotion of her personal views, everyone knows that she’s a vegan as well. She started the vegan lifestyle in 2014. Since then, she’s had vegan Thanksgiving, got a vegan wedding with Liam Hemsworth, and even launched a vegan collection with Converse.

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5. Ariana Grande

With a Grammy, three AMAs, plus recognition as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people—there’s no denying it. Ariana Grande is one of the biggest names in pop.

All that reach and influence is a big help to the vegetarian community, as she publicly came out as a vegan in 2013. Speaking with Mirror in 2014, Ariana said, “I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding,” going on to say that as an Italian, she was raised on meat and cheese, so she’s probably had enough for one lifetime.

But her vegan journey hasn’t been without controversy. Back in March, she was revealed as the ambassador for Starbucks’ Cloud Macchiato drink. Unfortunately, the ‘cloud’ part of that drink can only be made with egg products – a big no-no for vegans.

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4. Drew Barrymore

Child star turned superstar, and now TV star Drew Barrymore has had a complicated relationship with vegetarianism. She credits a huge 25-pound weight loss to the vegan diet – you wouldn’t recognise a before and after shot of her – and has previously been honoured by PETA for her cosmetics lineup. However, she seems to be an ex-vegetarian. Today, she does maintain a vegan diet before and during filming, but remains a meat eater throughout the rest of the year.

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3. Ellen DeGeneres

Wildly popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has 61 Emmys and 17 People’s Choice Awards for her work on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It’s no surprise that the public eye is all over her views.

So when she said nearly a decade ago, “50 billion animals a year are killed and I think we all fool ourselves that there is some kind of happy cow and that it’s a quick death, that they just hit him in the head and that they are out,” she started to spread awareness.

She became a vegan in 2008 after watching the documentary Earthlings. But later on, in her Netflix stand-up special Relatable, she said, “I’m not really vegan; I say it for the joke. I was vegan for eight years and I really believe that it’s great for you.”

She also came under fire for her comments during the promotion of Finding Dory, in which she starred as the titular character: “When we did Finding Nemo I was eating fish, and then I became a vegan for most of those years. And then I just started recently eating fish, [which was] retaliation for no sequel. I don’t eat blue tang, and I rarely eat fish. I don’t eat meat or anything, but I don’t really enjoy eating fish.”

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2. Leonardo DiCaprio

As one of Hollywood’s most talented and bankable stars, Leo DiCaprio’s influence is profound. His vegetarianism is a very public part of his image, and he’s spent huge sums of money in support of vegetarian causes. He’s even a funder and executive producer in the big documentary anti-agriculture Cowspiracy, which he helped bring to Netflix.

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1. Paul McCartney

As the singer and bassist of The Beatles, and a longtime collaborator with fellow bandmate John Lennon, Paul McCartney is one of the most successful artists of all time. With a net worth of $1.2 billion, vastly higher than many of today’s biggest celebrities.

He’s also one of the most devout, most active, and longest-running supporters of vegetarianism, having come out as a vegetarian in 1975, long before the practice became popular. He decided to stop eating meat after seeing lambs while eating a lamb meal. Since then, he’s been a huge animal rights supporter and has spent millions in support of various awareness campaigns, especially by PETA.

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Vegan blogger goes back to meat after diet brings on menopause

A vegan lifestyle blogger who lived off a strict gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and sugar-free diet has ditched the plant-based regimen and started eating burgers again. 

Virpi Mikkonen, 38, claims her vegan diet “brought on early menopause”; including stopped periods, hot flushes, crumbling nails and a flu she couldn’t shift.

Doctors told her she was entering early menopause at age 37, and needed to go on medication

“I had run out of fuel, totally,” she told the Daily Mail. 

“It was a huge thing to think, this is where my fertility stops.”

She told the Daily Mail it was when she developed a rash on her face she went to Chinese medicine specialist, who recommended she reintroduce warming animal products back into her previously raw diet. 

Until that point, the mum from Finland had racked up over 160,000 Instagram followers with her vegan cookbooks, raw dessert alternatives and breakfast juices celery, cucumber, fennel and parsley. 

Mid-Columbia restaurant inspections May 11-24, 2019

Tri-City restaurant food safety violations explained

Lars Richins, Benton-Franklin Health District environmental health specialist, explains the top 5 food safety violations recorded by the department’s inspectors in the Tri-Cities.

Lars Richins, Benton-Franklin Health District environmental health specialist, explains the top 5 food safety violations recorded by the department’s inspectors in the Tri-Cities.

The Benton-Franklin Health District’s food safety team inspected 55 restaurants, kitchens and school cafeterias the week of May 11-24.

Thirteen failed and 25 earned perfect scores. The district regularly scrutinizes some 1,000 retail food outlets that serve food to the public.

The 418-point rating system covers compliance with regulations designed to prevent the spread of food-borne illness.

Those receiving 25 or more of the more serious red points on routine inspections or 10 or more on follow ups are scheduled for additional visits.

Last week, nine kitchens failed their inspections and needed to be retested.

Contact the health district at 509-460-4205 with questions or concerns about the reports.

Establishments need re-inspection

Amendment XXI, 2525 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Richland, May 14, routine, (30 red, 0 blue)

Notes: Food worker cards not 100 percent, bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods.

Beltran’s Bakery, 1724 W. Clark St., Pasco, May 14, routine, (35 red, 0 blue)

Notes: Inadequate hand washing facilities, room temperature storage.

Big Dawg Hot Dogs & Sausage (Cart), Event, Pasco, May 15, routine, (40 red, 0 blue)

Notes: Food worker cards not 100 percent, inadequate hand washing facilities, improper hot holding.

Burger King, 1001 S. Washington St., Kennewick, May 16, routine, (25 red, 0 blue)

Notes: Room temperature storage.

Carl’s Jr., 1026 N. Colorado St., Kennewick, May 14, routine, (35 red, 0 blue)

Notes: Lack of active managerial control, food worker cards not 100 percent, room temperature storage.

Circle K (Store), 2305 W. Argent Road, Pasco, May 13, routine, (30 red, 0 blue)

Notes: Food worker cards not 100 percent, improper hot holding.

Finley Elementary School, 213504 E. Cougar Road, Kennewick, May 16, routine, (25 red, 0 blue)

Notes: Improper hot holding.

Juanitos Foods (Deli), 1620 W. Clark St., Pasco, May 15, routine, (25 red, 3 blue)

Notes: Improper cooling procedure.

Kahlotus Korners (Deli), 120 Pasco Kahlotus Road, Pasco, May 14, routine, (70 red, 10 blue)

Notes: Lack of active managerial control, improper hand washing, improper raw meat handling procedures, improper hot holding.

Lee’s Tahitian Restaurant II, 2724 W. Lewis St., Pasco, May 15, routine, (25 red, 15 blue)

Notes: Inadequate hand washing facilities, food not in good condition, lacking a proper consumer advisory.

Shari’s Restaurant, 1200 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick, May 17, follow-up, (20 red, 5 blue)

Notes: Lack of active managerial control, improper raw meat handling procedures.

Washington Elementary School, 105 W. 21st Ave., Kennewick, May 16, routine, (25 red, 0 blue)

Notes: Improper cooling procedure.

Wendy’s, 7003 Canal Drive, Kennewick, May 16, routine, (30 red, 0 blue)

Notes: Food worker cards not 100 percent, room temperature storage.

Establishments passing inspection

Albertson’s (Bakery), 1330 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, May 14, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Albertson’s (Deli), 1330 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, May 14, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Albertson’s (Meat), 1330 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, May 14, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Albertson’s (Store), 1330 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, May 14, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Azteca, 6505 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, May 15, routine, (15 red, 5 blue)

Bangkok Restaurant, 8318 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick, May 13, follow-up, (0 red, 0 blue)

Black Heron Spirits, 8011 Keene Road, West Richland, May 17, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Boys & Girls Club, 333 W. Court St., Pasco, May 14, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Chuck E. Cheese, 6340 W. Rio Grande Ave., Kennewick, May 16, follow-up, (0 red, 0 blue)

Circle K (Restaurant), 104 S. Washington St., Kennewick, May 16, routine, (5 red, 0 blue)

Circle K (Store), 104 S. Washington St., Kennewick, May 16, routine, (5 red, 0 blue)

Circle K (Restaurant), 2305 W. Argent Road, Pasco, May 13, routine, (5 red, 5 blue)

Delta High School, 5801 Broadmoor Blvd., Pasco, May 16, routine, (25 red, 0 blue)

Domino’s Pizza, 3802 W. Court St., Pasco, May 14, routine, (5 red, 0 blue)

Domino’s Pizza, 101 S. Washington St., Kennewick, May 16, routine, (5 red, 0 blue)

Famous Dave’s, 8110 Gage Blvd., Kennewick, May 13, follow-up, (0 red, 0 blue)

Fiesta Foods (Bakery), 115 S. 10th Ave., Pasco, May 13, routine, (5 red, 0 blue)

Finley Shopper (Store), 222608 E. Game Farm Road, Kennewick, May 16, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Grand Central Coffee Station (Deli), 2205 W. Court St., Pasco, May 15, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Grand Central Coffee Station (Store), 2205 W. Court St., Pasco, May 15, routine, (0 red, 5 blue)

Juanitos Foods (Commissary), 1620 W. Clark St., Pasco, May 15, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Juanitos Foods (Meat), 1620 W. Clark St., Pasco, May 15, routine, (15 red, 10 blue)

Juanitos Foods (Store), 1620 W. Clark St., Pasco, May 15, routine, (0 red, 5 blue)

Kahlotus Korners, Inc. (Store), 120 Pasco Kahlotus Road, Pasco, May 14, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Marie Curie STEM Elementary School, 715 N. California Ave., Pasco, May 14, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

New Horizons High School, 2020 W. Argent Road., Pasco, May 14, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Papa John’s Pizza, 125 Gage Blvd., Richland, May 13, routine, (10 red, 0 blue)

Pasco I Child Development Center, 315 W. Court St., Pasco, May 14, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Pasco | Child Development Center, 1010 S. Sixth Ave., Pasco, May 16, routine, (0 red, 5 blue)

Pasco SD Early Learning Center, 1317 N. Seventh Ave., Pasco, May 17, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Prosser High School, 1203 Prosser Ave., Prosser, May 17, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Red Rail Espresso #2, 1838 S. Washington St., Kennewick, May 16, routine, (15 red, 0 blue)

Rice & Noodles, 3315 W. Court St., Pasco, May 14, follow-up, (0 red, 5 blue)

Ron’s Original Kettle Korn (Cart), Event, Pasco, May 11, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Some Bagels, 810 S. Washington St., Kennewick, May 16, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

St. Patrick’s Catholic School, 1016 N. 14th St., Pasco, May 17, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Thai City Noodles, 1407 N. Young St., Kennewick, May 14, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Tipsy Chicks, 701 Sixth St., Prosser, May 17, routine, (5 red, 0 blue)

Vinny’s Bakery And Cafe, 1107 W. Lewis St., Pasco, May 15, follow-up, (0 red, 0 blue)

Whittier Elementary School, 616 N. Wehe Ave., Pasco, May 14, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Wild Horses Espresso, 361 Wine Country Road, Prosser, May 17, routine, (0 red, 0 blue)

Xpress Mart of Pasco (Store), 1724 W. Clark St., Pasco, May 14, follow-up, (0 red, 3 blue)

Lost and Found from HellLos Angeles Post-Examiner

We all know how it works. One day you go to concert. It was a great show and you are feeling wonderful as you head off for your car and then it hits you. “Oh crap, I left my jacket, my wallet, my purse, my bag my something in the auditorium.” So you race back and head for their lost and found and with a little luck and some prayer you might just recover whatever it is that you left behind. But sadly much of the time it is simply gone forever never to be found again, at least not by you.

But there is another version of this lost and found, one where virtually 100% of the time that which you lost can be all too quickly found again and again and again. That lost and found is weight.

Sure enough you lost that 30 pounds but it doesn’t take very long until you find each and every one of them and not unusually even a few more. Why? Why does this lost and found have to be so damn unrelenting? This is truly the lost and found from hell, but there is one critical explanation.

The problem comes from the manner in which those pounds are lost in the first place. Over the years there have been many “diets” that claim to help you lose that unwanted and potentially even deadly excess weight. Some of the more popular ones include the Adkins Diet, the Zone Diet, the Ketogenic Diet, the Vegetarian Diet, the Vegan Diet, the Weight Watchers Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Raw Food Diet and the Mediterranean Diet to name but a few of the most popular diets. They all claim they will help you lose weight and its true, you can absolutely lose weight with any of these “diets.” The problem is because of that evil lost and found department in our lives chances are you will soon find those pounds yet again.

Why is this so? The clear but frightening answer is simple. The diets do work insofar as losing weight is concerned but the long term solution is never a “diet” but rather a true and important change in lifestyle. The “Diet” will help take off some pounds but only a lifestyle change will keep it off. Anything less and you too will simply yoyo, thanks to that over active lost and found department in your body.

What you want, what you really need is the lost and never again found department and that occurs only through real lifestyle changes. And even then you must also add to your life a serious and real monitoring system so that a bump up of 5 pounds does not become the threshold to many more but rather a signal to get back on the right track right now.

In December of 2012 I literally dropped dead in my home. I was stricken with Congestive Heart Failure and at the time I weighed 315 pounds. After 26 days in the hospital I came away with a whole new perspective on life and a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes very common in obese people. But it wasn’t over yet.

Post lifestyle change Ron

Not long after that I was diagnosed with advanced stage prostate cancer requiring 42 radiation treatments. As all of this was playing out I thoroughly read a book given to me by my son Thomas. The book entitled:  Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabeteswas extremely motivational and informative. Although Dr Bernard is a devote Vegan and I never will be. His insight and wisdom is abundant and truly lifesaving. Now fully motivated I continued my research into just how powerful our dietary habits are to our overall health. Eventually I wrote my book Lose Live.

Lose Liveis a modest sized book, only 110 pages but extremely powerful pages. The journey for full recovery must always begin by owning the problem. I then go on to examine every important and relevant issue of understanding the huge importance of our weight on our overall health. Obesity, which is sadly rampant in our nation, is responsible for many potentially deadly diseases including heart disease and diabetes, both of which I once had. And while there is a fair amount of detailed information the key messages are: Own the problem; move more and eat less and substantially reduce your intake of sugar, salt and fat.

If you prefer a long and healthy life and just might be a wee bit over weight it is very well worth the modest cost of only $12.98, about what you might spend for a medium pizza. You can get the book — but not the pizza — here.

And sure, if you so desire you can try one or more of those wonderful “diets” but armed with the knowledge from this modest book what you can also do is avoid that horrible lost and found from hell.

Top photo by Tim Forkes