Radagast Pet Food Expands Canadian Distribution

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Radagast Pet Food expanded distribution in Canada by partnering with Freedom Pet Supplies. The distributor will deliver Rad Cat Raw Diet to independent retailers in eastern Canada.

 

“We are extremely happy to be forming a partnership with Freedom Pet Supplies,” said Dan McCain, eastern sales manager for Rad Cat. “Their excellence in delivering frozen product, customer relationships and broad market penetration is a good fit for Rad Cat in fulfilling all of the demand we have been receiving for our products in East Canada.”

 

Rad Cat Raw Diet is available in thousands of independent retailers across the U.S. and western Canada. The company expects significant sales growth in the coming months due to the addition of Freedom Pet Supplies.

 

Chicken Soup Recipe – Making Your Own

This article is not so much about my own Chicken Soup Recipe, but more about how you can develop your own unique version. I think everyone who likes to cook chicken should be able to make a good soup with it. It's a great way to use up leftovers, and an even better way to make sure you get enough vegetables in your diet.

While there are countless variations of techniques and ingredients in chicken soup, there is one constant that no one can do without: a good stock or broth. Without this your soup will have a watery taste, and that is no fun to eat. Also, a tasty broth is more likely to be healthier for you, since where there is flavor there is usually also nutrients. A good stock typically contains some gelatin, which comes from dissolved collagen from bones and connective tissue. Gelatin is great for carrying both flavor and nutrients because it can interact with organic molecules better than water can.

So does that mean you have to make your own chicken stock in order to have a good chicken soup recipe? Not necessarily, as there are many good chicken stocks available at grocery stores. I prefer the kind you get in boxes, but the canned stuff is usually good too. I'll use the powdered or cubed stuff in a pinch, but I find they have too much salt and other flavor enhancers for my liking. I'm also not sure how much gelatin they contain, if any.

However, if you do prefer to make your own stock, there are many excellent Web sites available that give instructions. Basically all you have to do is simmer chicken bones along with some comments, carrots and celery for an hour or two. Regardless of how you make it, there is one piece of advice I can give you that will always work: after the stock is made, remove the solid ingredients, and boil off some of the water to reduce the amount to half. Concentrating the stock will intensify the flavor, making everything you use it in that much more flavorful.

After the stock, your next choice is which vegetables to use. I've already mentioned the classic onion, carrot and celery mix, but there are so many other choices available. From time to time I enjoy some chopped spinach in my chicken soup, or any other leafy green I happen to have on hand. Frozen peas are another great option, but remember to add them about 5 minutes before the soup is done cooking, unless you prefer your peas mushy. Tomatoes are another great vegetable to use in chicken soup, and they have the added benefit of bolstering a weak-tasting stock. You can also use "substitute" vegetables to replace some of the classics: fennel in place of celery, leeks or shallots for the onions, parsnips for carrots, etc. And let's not forget about all the peppers out there, both hot and mild!

When it comes to vegetables, I usually just add whatever I have in my refrigerator. Any leftovers or veggies that are about to expire become candidates. I usually avoid root vegetables as they take longer to cook through, but if they are already cooked then they are fair game too. If not, then just chop them up into small pieces so they cook more quickly.

Next in the list of ingredients to select is the type of starch to add. There are so many to choose from that there is no way I could list them all, but one thing to think of is how much the starch you choose will thicken the broth. This will depend on how quickly it dissolves into the broth and how long you will be cooking it for. Most people do not want to thicken their chicken soup too much, so pasta is the usual choice for most people. If there is one variant of chicken soup that is more famous than all the others, it would definitely be chicken noodle soup.

But noodles are far from being the only choice. Brown rice is my go-to starch for chicken soup. Like barley, it will thicken a broth given time, but it typically takes more than an hour for that to happen. I like how it swells in the liquid of the soup, and how it adds just a touch of viscosity to it. It helps the flavor of the soup cling to the tongue for just a little bit, enhancing the taste experience.

Lentils are a very healthy starch to use, and there are a lot of varieties to choose from. Red lentils will practically dissolve into the soup, while the little green gems known as Puy lentils will keep their shape almost forever. At the other end of the spectrum are potatoes, which given sufficient time will thicken a soup enough to stand your spoon in it.

If you want to go for big-time comfort food, then dumplings should be your selection. Personally I have never made dumplings, but I know some people that swear by it.

Lastly, you need to decide what spices and herbs to go for. Chicken has such a neutral flavor that you should pay more attention to matching your spices to your vegetables you used. The basic spices that are considered "classic" would be parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme … just as in the song. These work very well when you use the classic veggies. But when you use other vegetables, then there are some really good combinations available. For instance, if you used tomatoes then you would be making a mistake to leave out the basil. Spinach and marjoram work very well together, while tarragon and fennel make a good pair.

But do not think just about spice and herbs. If you want a really refreshing flavor, add a bit of lemon juice. Do not forget about the garlic either, as it works with almost all other ingredients. And lastly, do not be afraid to add a bit of spice. You do not need to add so much that it burns the palate; just a little will heighten all the other flavors.

Of course, I'd be remiss if I left chicken itself out of the discussion. Any cooked or raw chicken will do, but you'll find that white meat is the best in soups. Dark meat, while tastier, has a much higher fat content and bids to make a soup feel greasy. White meat for soups and pastas, dark meat for everything else is the rule that I go by.

I hope you are not disappointed that there was not a recipe that you could follow to the letter in this article. The truth is I do not usually cook that way anymore. I found I made much better meals once I understood the basics of whatever meal I was making I could improvise and make improvements and substitutions based on my tastes, who I was cooking for, and what I had in stock.

Luzerne County restaurant inspections, April 26 to May 3

The following are recent Luzerne County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. According to the agency: “any inspection is a ‘snapshot’ of the day and time of the inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment. Also, at the time of the inspection, violations are recorded but are often corrected on site prior to the inspector leaving the establishment.” The information is taken from the inspection database at www.eatsafepa.com. Postal addresses used here are as listed on the state’s website, and may not correspond to the municipalities in which facilities are physically located.

Bistro on the Ave, 174 United Penn Plaza, Kingston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than six inches off of the floor as required. The food was elevated during this inspection.

CFM Beer Store, 101 Main St., Luzerne: regular inspection; in compliance.

Cherone’s Surf Club, 625 Ridge St., Freeland: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the food prep areas.

Convenient Food Mart No. 3014, 101 Main St., Luzerne: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Receiving door located in the rear of the facility a gap with visible light at the floor door junction, and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Danko’s Restaurant, 827 South St., Freeland: regular inspection; in compliance.

Huntsville Golf Club, 1334 Market St., Lehman: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The exit door located near the food service office has a gap (with visible light) at the floor door junction and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in Walk-in freezer area, rather than six inches off of the floor as required. The containers were elevated during this inspection. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing. The certificate was placed in public view during this inspection.

La Casita Caribena, 264 E. End Center, Wilkes-Barre: regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: An open employee’s beverage container was observed in a food preparation area. Food employees eating in prep area as evidenced by observed partially consumed food on prep table. Observed wooden mortar and pestle to be chipped and flaking and no longer easily cleaned. Observed multiple cans of insecticides in the kitchen area, not labeled by the manufacturer as approved for use in a food facility. Cans were discarded. Raw chicken and eggs were stored above ready-to-eat foods in the reach-in cooler. Chicken was moved. Discussed proper storage and provided guidance document. Multiple bulk ingredient storage containers not labeled with the common name of the contents. Containers were labeled. Observed plastic containers with no handles being used as scoops and stored in bulk ingredients. Containers were removed. Observed a broken handle causing a sharp edge on one reach in refriergtaion unit.

Nucleus Raw Foods LLC, 63 Main St., Luzerne: regular inspection; in compliance. Non-food contact surfaces (top outside surface of the dish machine, the floor surface of the reach in freezer in the back room) not cleaned at a frequency to preclude the accumulation of crumbs and/or dried food residue.

Osaka, 244 Adams Ave., Scranton: regular inspection; in compliance.

Pearl @ Mohegan Sun, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre: regular inspection; in compliance.

Sabatelles Market, 114 S. Main St., Pittston: follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Turkey Hill Minit Market No. 165, 980 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: change-of-owner inspection; in compliance. Violations: Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink. Papertowels were provided. Observed a build up of debris under shelves in the storage area. Observed a build up of syrup residue on the surface alongside the ice dispensing area on the self serve beverage machine. Observed a slimy build up in the drains on the self serve beverage machines. Observed a build up of residue on the back edge of the ice chute on the self serve beverage machine. Person in charge cleaned chute during inspection. Observed old dairy spillage on a carton of eggs in the walk in cooler.

Turkey Hill Minit Market No. 250, 800 N. Alter St., Hazleton: change-of-owner inspection; in compliance. Violation: Several assorted size containers of assorted milks offered for retail sale have expired sell by dates. Items removed from sale.

Austie’s Restaurant, 2333 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Curry Donuts, 2308 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Gerrity’s Market, 2280 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Fast Lane, 2345 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Kmart No. 3268, 910 Wilkes-Barre Township, Wilkes-Barre: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed pet food spillage under shelves in the sales area. Spillage was cleaned during this inspection.

Napoli Pizzeria Restaurant, 26 S. Main St., Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed the plastic coating on the shelves in one refrigeration beginning to deteriorate. Observed a build-up of food residue on the underside and egde of shelves in the walk in cooler.

New Yong Hao Buffet, 252 Susquehanna Blvd., Hazleton: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food containers stored on floor in walk in boxes. Seam between stainless steel panels behind cookline is exhibiting an open gap of approximately 1/2”. Rear food prep screen doors are not tight fitting to frames. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

Polish American Citizen’s Club, 111 Elm St., Dupont: regular inspection; in compliance.

Sleepy Hollow Golf Center, 1303 Sant Johns Rd., Drums: regular inspection; in compliance.

Subway No. 32079, 286 S. River St., Plains: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of slimy residue on the back of the ice chute handle on the self serve beverage machine. Observed food residue on the underside and edge of the shelf in the walk in cooler. Observed food residue in along crevices on one vegetable slicer. An open employee’s beverage container was observed in back prep area.

Tomato Bar, 7 Tomato Fest Dr., Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of residue on the lemon press in the bar area. Press was cleaned. Food ingredient storage containers, in the bar area, were not labeled with the common name of the food. Containers were labeled. Observed a build up of sticky residue on the liquor storage shelf in the bar area. Observed a build up of food residue along the back edge and around the hinges on the Bain Marie. Observed a build up of residue on the underside and edges of shlves in the walk in cooler. Observed old sticker residue on the exterior of some food pans.

Turkey Hill Mini Market No. 270, 2 N. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top: change of owner inspection; in compliance.

Turkey Hill Mini Market No. 249, 7 Airport Road, Hazle Township: change of owner inspection; in compliance.

Valley-Hi Food Drive In, 1 Susquehanna Blvd., West Hazleton: regular inspection; in compliance.

Ben & George’s, 194 Oak St., Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed rusting shelves in the reach in freezer. Observed too numerous to count rodent-like droppings under shelving and behind equipment. Person in charge cleaned affected areas during this inspection.

Callahan’s Cage & Coffee House, 69 S. Main St., Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance.

Elko’s Lanes, 334 Main St., Dupont: regular inspection; in compliance.

Leggio’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 1092 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of food residues in the cracks and corners of the Bain Marie. Observed a build up of dust on the fan guard in the walk in cooler. Observed 20 dead ant-like insects on the floor under shelves in the storage area. Person in charge cleaned affected areas.

McGinty’s, 1557 Dickson Ave., Scranton: regular inspection; in compliance.

Pittston Beer and Deli Inc./Chester Chicken, 325 Laurel Rd., Pittston: follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Shandra’s Pizza, 424 S. Main St., Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance.

A Healthy Pregnancy Diet For A Healthy Baby

It's an old belief that you should be eating for two when you are pregnant. Pregnancy is absolutely no excuse for you to gorge on food. The essence of the adage is that you should eat for two in terms of the amount of required nutrients you're passing on to your child.

Zinc and calcium intake should increase by 50%, and folic acid and iron intake should be doubled. A healthy pregnancy diet differs from a non-pregnant woman's diet in that a pregnant woman is required to increase her intake by as much as 150 calories during the first trimester, and up to 250-300 calories beginning every day thereafter.

The pregnancy diet plan

Your diet during pregnancy must be well-rounded – that is, it must include representative foods from all food groups. Use the USDA food pyramid as your guide in planning your daily meals.

An ideal pregnancy diet must include 4 or more servings of protein, veggies, and dairy; 2-4 servings of your favorite fruits; 6-11 servings of grains; and a minimum of 3 servings of protein. Consume high-fiber foods and those rich in minerals such as iron and zinc.

You may still use salt and sugar but you have to use them sparingly. Avoid foods rich in preservatives. They would not do you and the baby any good. The importance of folic acid, likewise, could never be overemphasized.

The lack of folate in the pregnancy diet has been linked to neural tube defects such as spina bifida. The most critical stages are the first weeks after conception. Women who are planning to conceive are advised to consume 800 micrograms of folate everyday.

If you are a vegetarian, have certain health problems, or have been on weight-control pills, it is likely that your folic acid reserves are depleted – requiring the need for supplements. Vegetarians, especially, should consult with an expert to review their entitlement diet.

What to avoid

To stay on the safe side, eliminate foods that have been known to cause harm to you or the baby from your pregnancy diet. Raw seafood such as sushi, sashimi, oysters, squid, and the like must be avoided. Raw meat should likewise be avoided, so keep rare steaks and meat that's undercooked.

A healthy pregnancy diet also should not include milk that has not undergone the pasteurization process, as well as soft cheeses. You can include deep-sea fish such as tuna in your pregnancy diet, but these can not be consumed daily. One important rule of thumb is to eat everything in moderation.

Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided from the earliest moment possible until even months after childbirth. If you need a caffeine fix, then one cup of coffee a day would suffice.

It goes without saying that prohibited drugs are a no-no for all pregnant women. There have been hundreds of research proving how much damage these drugs can cause to both mothers and their babies. In many cases, take of these harmful substitutes has led to stillbirths.

Cravings

Although there is no definitive scientific explanation to cravings, researchers claim that they are our bodies' natural way of taking in the substances our systems need at that time. If those that you crave for are inherently good for your pregnancy diet, then it's okay to indulge.

Study looks for dogs with CIL disease; ways to return song to a canary | Pets

I would like to bring some attention to a terrible disease that strikes all breeds of dogs, but rarely gets any publicity — Canine Intestinal Lymphangiectasis, which is an intestinal disease, causing diarrhea, swelling and malabsorption.

I had never heard of it before my 8-year-old bulldog Daisy was diagnosed through an ultrasound and biopsy. She died six months later despite a low-fat diet, lots of medication and several rounds of plasma. There seems to be no set protocol for treating this disease, and every dog is different as far as their reaction.

The CIL Education Group on Facebook has 685 members, and I highly recommend them to anyone dealing with this disease as they have lots of good information and offer tremendous support. While some dogs can be maintained for years on a special diet and medication, many die within months of being diagnosed like my Daisy, and it is a helpless feeling.

I would appreciate your thoughts on CIL and like to know why there isn’t more research being done so that a cure can be found? — Carol, Las Vegas, NV

Your letter is timely. Dr. Kenneth Simpson, Professor of Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, is currently conducting research on Canine Intestinal Lymphangiectasis (CIL) in Yorkshire terriers. The research is sponsored by the American Kennel Club and the Yorkshire Terrier Health Foundation. Simpson says their goal is “to determine the underlying genetic basis of a breed-specific protein-losing enteropathy that is characterized by lymphangiectasis and ‘crypt cysts.’ “

In other words, they are researching the genetic basis for CIL in the hopes of designing a genetic marker-based test that can prevent the breeding of dogs with this condition in the future.

CIL is a rare canine disorder in which the lymph cells dilate and cannot contain their fluid, which results in protein loss, diarrhea and malabsorption. Fluid leakage can extend into the abdomen and fill the chest wall, making breathing difficult, says Simpson. Other symptoms can include seizures, tremors and shaking, but these also mimic other diseases. Diagnosis is made by physical exam, blood test, and ultra sound and biopsy of the intestine.

The three breeds that are most susceptible to this disease are Yorkshire terriers, soft-coated wheaten terriers, and the Lundehund. But, as we learn from your bulldog Daisy, any dog can get CIL. While many dogs respond to fat-restricted diets and anti-inflammatory medications, says Simpson, there is no cure and a 50 percent fatality rate in the first year.

To conduct the research, Cornell University needs 300 blood samples from Yorkshire terriers diagnosed with CIL. They won’t provide individual results, but the contribution may lead to the creation of the genetic test. To anyone interested, send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “CIL Blood Samples for Study” for more information.

My 7-year-old white canary hasn’t sung in over a year. It used to be beautiful. I’ve not made any significant changes to his routine. His diet is the same, a combination of commercial canary bird seed, long seed, egg treats and fresh greens and fruit. I play two different CDs of canary songs, and the most this elicits is a note or two. I hope you can provide me with a few hints to restore his song. — Kevin, Bethpage, NY

Health is always the first concern, but I am going to assume an avian veterinarian has examined your canary and told you there are no apparent health issues.

My next question is, could your canary be a female? Some females sing when they are young but stop after their first molt. These same hens then sing sporadically after that, but never with the consistency of males.

Next, look at his cage. He should live in a medium-sized cage (not too small, not too big) with plenty of perches to exercise throughout the day. He should be in a quiet location, free of drafts and with lots of natural sunlight, which is essential in keeping these songbirds from getting depressed.

Add a few more vegetables and fruits to your canary’s diet, like raw dandelion greens, raw collard greens, broccoli, apples, bananas, oranges, pears, peaches and cherries. If he does sing, even just a little, give him some fruit to mark the behavior and reinforce the habit.

Finally, keep your bird’s nails clipped. Sometimes, if the nails get too long and uncomfortable, a canary will stop singing.

Let me know if any of these suggestions helps re-engage your bird in song again.

Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, author, columnist and pet expert who has more than 25 years in the animal welfare field. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to [email protected]. Please include your name, city, and state. You can follow her @cathymrosenthal.

Four Basic Steps For Choosing The Best Kitchen Gadgets

Choosing the BEST KITCHEN GADGETS is all about making the right choice when it comes to shopping for kitchen utensils. Having regrets after purchasing your utensils may either be that you did not make good research (reviews) on the product; did not consider your kitchen budget; did not consider your kitchen size and above all have less need for the equipment. In most kitchen, about 9% of the kitchen budget goes to kitchen accessories, and you may absolutely do not want to misuse your fund by getting accessories that will not be beneficial in your kitchen adventure; so ensuring better choices during your quest for kitchen gadgets will safe you from lot of troubles. Of course selecting your gadget carefully is to know about its sturdiness, performance and durability of your accessories ensuring the value for your money and enhancing high performance during your meal prep time. This article seeks to clear your worries when choosing the best kitchen gadgets for your kitchen.

These are some of the laid down points to consider while planning on getting your Best Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Features, Durability and performance
  • Your kitchen budget
  • Your kitchen size
  • Gadget brand name

Features, Durability and Performance:

We believe that there are unique features in the appliance that makes you choose a particular appliance over another. So knowing and understanding what will solve your kitchen worries is important as you will not regret after making a choice. Also the gadget performance might be what you'll like to consider too as the main aim of going for them is to improve performance in your kitchen; Gadgets brand, Materials they made off and how sturdy they are probably giving you a clue on the gadget's performance.

Your Kitchen Budgets:

Of course you might not want to spend a 4 digit in your account for a piece of equipment that will be a total crap after a few weeks; so in making budget or plans for your kitchen gadgets it should be for the best of it service. Having careful plan set up is very vital as it will help you spend less for a sturdy and durable kitchen equipment's. Make no mistakes buying random kitchen gadgets without assessing the use it will be put into because it might really be a pain in the head when it serve no purpose in your kitchen.

Your Kitchen Size:

In choosing your kitchen accessories, you should know the size of your kitchen and as well know how to place the few recommended once for convenience. Stay off from bulky appliances when your kitchen size is small; as you need more working space in your kitchen for convenience. The good news is that both big and small kitchens can be well equip to render the same services at any point in time.

Gadget Brand Name:

Shopping with long standing manufacturers with a reputable brand name gives an edge when shopping for your best kitchen gadgets. This is important as so many crappy things will not happen along the line because of their outstanding services and if it does, you may return for free repairs or have it replace if it is still within the warrantee period. As you are considering gadget performance, sturdiness and durability you'll have to consider the gadget brand name too.

Lehigh Valley restaurant inspections: April 22-28

Here are the results of food safety inspections in Lehigh and Northampton counties for the week of April 22-28.

The inspections listed here are those that fall under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, as well as those county and local health departments that have elected to post results in the department’s statewide inspection database.

The inspections cover restaurants, cafeterias, food markets, processors and other food establishments. To read full reports on each inspection, visit https://www.pafoodsafety.pa.gov/Web/Inspection/PublicInspectionSearch.aspx

The violations listed here are those that are classified as “Foodborne Illness Risk Factors and Public Health Interventions,” which can result in illness if not corrected. There are other violations not listed here that are classified under “Good Retail Practices.” Visit the link above to see the full list of violations among all categories.

Disclaimer: According to the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Laboratory Services division, “inspections are a ‘snapshot’ of the day and time of the inspection. Also, at the time of the inspection, violations are recorded but are often corrected on the spot prior to the inspector leaving the facility.” For more information on how the inspections are conducted, view a list of FAQs.

LEHIGH COUNTY

Top Diner

1019 UNION BLVD Allentown, PA 18109

Date: 4/26/18

Inspection Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violation(s): 2

Inspector Comments:

-Observed in the upstairs walk in refrigerator, that raw ground beef was stored above prepared jell-o. Any type of raw animal meat must never be stored above any ready to eat food product is to set up specific shelves for the storage of various food products. See food storage hierarchy information.

-In the upstairs walk in refrigerator, food that was prepared was placed into the refrigerator without any type of date markings as to when the food was prepared and the use by date. ALL foods are to be marked with the above listed information.

MSB Inc

1227 AIRPORT RD Allentown, PA 18109

Date: 4/24/18

Inspection Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violation(s): 1

Inspector Comments:

-The hot hold cabinet near the register was holding food that was not 135 degrees. The food was recently made. The food was taken out of the wrap, and brought up to temperature in a microwave. Food was returned to the cabinet, and the temperature control for the unit was increased to provide a hotter temperature for hot holding.

Redners Quick Shoppe

1135 AIRPORT RD Allentown, PA 18109

Date: 4/24/18

Inspection Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violation(s): 1

Inspector Comments:

-Observed that the units that dispense products(creamer machine, coca machine, and the soda dispenser< have films and food debris built up on the nozzles. The nozzle on all of these units are to be taken off, washed, rinsed, and sanitized. They are to be with an increased frequency in the future.

1-Stop Lehigh Mart

1240 LEHIGH ST Allentown, PA 18103

Date: 4/23/18

Inspection Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violation(s): 2

Inspector Comments:

-Paper towel dispenser is empty at the handwash sinks in the bathroom and at the 3 bay sink. Supply hand wash sinks at all times with paper towel.

-Soap was not available at the handwash sink located next to the 3 bay dish sink.

Happy Sandwich

123 S 7TH ST Allentown, PA 18101

Date: 4/23/18

Inspection Type: Regular

Compliance: Out

Violation(s): 3

Inspector Comments:

-Old food residue and a dish was observed in the handwash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing. Hand wash sinks can only be used for hand washing.

-Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 48 hours, is not being date marked. Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 48 hours must be date marked for six days from the date of preparation, totaling seven days. The product must be discarded or sold after that date.

-Raw fish was observed being stored over cooked rice. Store all raw meat and fish below or separate from cooked and ready-to-eat foods.

La Casa del Chimi II

147 N 7TH ST Allentown, PA 18102

Date: 4/23/18

Inspection Type: Regular

Compliance: Out

Violation(s): 6

Inspector Comments:

-The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.

-Raw ground beef was stored next to cut tomatoes that were being used on sandwiches in the bain marie. Separate raw animal proteins from ready to eat foods such as sliced tomatoes. Tomatoes were discarded, product was moved.

-Cut squash stored open in the produce storage area open with no covering. Once cut, produce must be covered to prevent contamination.

-Observed rice and potatoes stored directly on the floor in produce storage area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. All food must be stored at least 6 inches off the floor as required.

-Several products, including tripe, pork, and chicken were held at temperatures of 107, 98, & 85F. All hot held product must be held above 135F. Product was out of temperature less than 4hrs and was promptly reheated to above 165F.

-Chicken, which was cooled, was only reheated to 85°F for hot holding and not 165°F for 15 seconds as required. When reheating, food must reach a temperature of 165F for at least 15 seconds. Food was reheated in the oven to above 165F.

Linden Mini Market

100 N 2ND ST Allentown, PA 18101

Date: 4/23/18

Inspection Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violation(s): 1

Inspector Comments:

-Baby food and baby formula on shelf for sale well past expiration date. Do not sell expired baby formula or food.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

Villa Grande Pizzeria

225 W Northampton ST Bath, PA 18014

Date: 4/23/18

Inspection Type: Complaint

Compliance: Out

Violation(s): 3

Inspector Comments:

-Deli slicer, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Facility agreed to break unit down and clean it prior to reuse. Observed knives and a pen stored in a container on cookline with old food debris- Corrected on site by pulling container and items and cleaning.

-Raw beef was stored above ready to eat foods in the merch cooler in the kitchen area. Corrected on site by relocating. Par-cooked chicken in the rear storage room flip top freezer stored open with no covering.

-No handwash sink conveniently located in the kitchen. Facility was notified this must be provided. A staging sink with dishes etc, will be used as a temporary handwash sink until one has been installed. During this period of time the sink may be used only for handwash. No papertowels located at handwash sink.

Source: Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection database

Dog Food – The Right Diet For Your Dog

When you buy food for your dog, its easy to be overwhelmed by all the choices you have, and on top of that you have to worry about all the negative things you hear and read about commercial dog food products. This has left many dog ​​owners confused and stuck when it comes to picking a good diet for their pets, and it makes them wonder about the perfect healthy diet for their furry family members … is there one?

Is it as simply as knowing what should go into your dog? Yes it is, and it's nutrients. A dog needs a mix of protein, carbohydrates, good fat, vitamins, minerals and water. You can check this on the label of a dog food product or you can make the meal right at home on your own. As long as your dog is getting these important nutrients, its close to the safe side.

The next step is to make a decision on the ingredients. You can get enough nutrients from meat, vegetables, starch and fruit. Your good choices of meat are lamb, poultry, fish, lean beef and pork, depending on what's available. Also depending on your budget, you can choose organic vegetables or what is easy to find.

For your starch, the browns are good. Brown rice, brown pasta oatmeal and potatoes are okay, but stay away from grains. Dogs can not digest grains well, and grains have unnecessary nutrients. It's best to pick whole-wheat products for your dogs so they get the extra fiber, vitamins, and minerals that they need.

Some commercial dog food brands have the above in a cute little package. Some commercial dog food brands on the other hand may not be too good for your dogs. This is because they mix byproducts in the food such as bird beaks and feathers, meat organs, and other undesirable ingredients. The rule that most dog owners have followed and continue to follow is not to feed your dog something that you would not eat.

The rule though does not work the other way around; your dog can not and should not eat everything that you can. Some of the things you eat can be toxic to your dogs, such as chocolate, raisins, grapes, garlic and onions, so do not go feeding your dog your left over food or share your midnight snacks with it. Your dog may beg and plead, but it's in his best interests not to take in what could be toxic to his health.

So now that you have learned the 101 on feeding your dog, next is the type of food diet your dog will be following. You have 3 choices. The first is commercial dog food, which is what you will find in the pet shop or on display in the supermarket. These are usually cooked up to fit your dogs' stages of life, kind of like babies milk. A choice of organic commercial food is also available (for a price of course), but this is expected since the cheap brands of dog food do not always have the right healthy ingredients you're looking for your dog.

BARF is up next. This stands for Bones And Raw Food. The fact here is that that's what dogs in the wild have to eat and some people will insist on it. They have a point, but having a point does not convince everyone. If this is your pick, just be careful, and get all your facts straight.

Lastly, you can choose a homemade diet for your dog. Here you can feed your dog cooked meat, fresh veggies, some starch, and fruit. Its pretty much what we ourselves would eat. This does not have any certificate of proof behind it, but some dog owners who prefer giving their dog a natural food diet will tell you that their dogs are in good shape, happy and also live longer lives.

These tips, along with your good judgment, should keep your dogs at their prime.

Raw Pet Food Poses Health Risks for Dogs and Pet Owners, According to Veterinarian

Some pet owners opt to feed their pets raw food diets under the belief that this will boost the pet’s energy and enhance the nutrients available, as certain nutrients die when exposed to heat. The raw diet can be packaged, or home-cooked. However, veterinarians say raw meat can contain bacteria including E.coli, Salmonella and Listeria, all of which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.

“Even raw pet food that you buy commercially prepared in a pet store is still potentially dangerous because it can still contain harmful bacteria,” Julia Calderone, Consumer Reports’ health editor told CTV News. “The harmful bacteria in raw pet food is not only potentially dangerous for your pet but it could be harmful for anyone in the home, too.”

While there is often a stigma surrounding the safety aspect of feeding dogs a vegan diet, albeit raw or cooked, it is safe to feed dogs a plant-based diet. Many dogs even thrive when fed nourishing vegan foods as edible plants are undesirable substance-free. The UK’s best-selling vegan dog food brand, Benevo Vegan Pet Foods, that retail across the globe recently received a high accolade: The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.

Also, just last week U.S.-based vegan dog food company, V-Dog, announced its international expansion following a partnership with sister company V-Planet. Pooches in the U.S. have been able to get their paws on the products for 13 years, but the new move marks a big step for the popular dog food brand.

V-Planet’s vice president, Lindsay Rubin, explained the benefits of feeding dogs a plant-based diet: “In addition to offering health benefits such as improved skin and coat conditions and relief from food allergies, vegan diets for dogs eliminate animal suffering while drastically reducing environmental impact.”

Last year, a research paper suggested that cats and dogs in the U.S. produce the equivalent of 64 million tons of carbon dioxide each year; this number in itself is a motivating factor for many environmentally-conscious dog owners to opt for a plant-based product due to the diet’s lower greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint and therefore, sustainability.


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Gout vs Diet

The cause of gout is a high blood level of uric acids which is a waste product. The waste product is a breakdown of purines which are substances naturally found in your body. Purines are also found in several types of food.

The treatment of gout, in times past, included very strict dietary regimens but because of medications that are used to combat gout the regiments are not as harsh as they once were.

There still are some recommended dietary modifications though as they can greatly help your chances of avoiding gout flare-ups. Many medications for gout cause many, potentially serious, side effects so dietary modifications can be a better option than the medications.

Some of the foods that are high in purines and should be avoided are liver, brain, kidney, sweetbread, anchovies, peas, beans, mackerel, mincemeat, scallops, muscles, and herring. Other foods such as poultry, meat, and fish have lesser amounts of purines so it is suggested that they are eaten in moderation.

Other ways that you can lower the risk of gout naturally are:

1.Avoiding alcohol altogether or only drinking it in moderation, sometimes saving yourself for special occasions only. Drinking a lot of alcohol increases the risk of hyperuricemia, as the alcohol gets in the way of the natural removal of uric acids from the body. If you have gout and especially if you are having a gout attack alcohol should be avoided completely.

2.Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to flush the system of uric acids. Aim for around 2 liters of water a day, more if you are exercising or have a physical job.

3.Try to maintain a healthy weight. The more excess weight you are holding the more stress is then put on your joints increasing the likelihood of gout.

4.Try to lose excess weight but do not do so by rapid weight loss diets as they can increase uric acid levels in the blood. In weight loss also avoid low-carb diets as they are high in fat and protein. Consuming too much of these types of foods can increase your chances of developing hyperuricemia.

Foods that are low in purines will help in keeping gout at bay. Below is a list of foods which are low in purines.

1.Breakfast – Cereals and eggs, coffee, tea, oatmeal, eggs, fruits, juices, cheese (low fat), milk, and peanut butter.

2.Lunch – Nuts and peanut butter, pasta macaroni, soups, cream style soups, cheeses (low fat) and broths

3.Dinner – Pasta, macaroni, eggs, vegetables, exports and cereals, low-fat cheeses and soups.

Other foods and food items low in purines are gelatin, fats and oils (in small amounts), soda, sugar, syrups, and other sweets in moderation.

As with anything, moderation is the key to a low purine diet. Some foods which have a moderate purine level are: beef, lamb, pork, vegetables such as mushrooms, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, wheat germ, all types of yeast and gravies.
It is OK to have these foods as long is it is in moderation. Even foods that are high in purines can be eaten occasionally unless you have gout or are having an attack of gout.