February Food Recalls

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) releases food and drug recall notices to help consumers stay informed. Sign up to receive email notifications of Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alerts.

Private Selection Pies Recalled

On February 8, Lengendary Baking issued a recall for Private Selection Salted Caramel Chocolate Almond Pie packages due to a mistake in labeling. Almonds and eggs were listed under “may contain” instead of “contains.” Consumption of the recalled pie products poses a health risk to people with almond and egg allergies.

The recalled pies come in 34 ounce packages marked with lot number CH17025. They were distributed to Kroger and other retail stores in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Consumers who have egg or almond allergies should not consume the recalled pies. Private Selection Salted Caramel Chocolate Almond Pies can be returned to place of purchase for full refunds.

Pimento Cheese Recalled

A recent recall of Ruth’s Salads Pimento Cheese Spreads has been expanded. Select cheese products are being recalled due to the possibility ofListeria contamination. Listeria can cause serious (or even fatal) infections in children, the elderly, and other people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infections are also known to cause pregnant women to suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

The recalled pimento cheese products were distributed to grocery stores in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Affected products can be identified by UPC (see table below).

Product UPC Size
Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread 74952-00005 7 oz
Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread 74952-12023 12 oz
Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread 74952-24023 24 oz
Ruth’s Old Fashion Original Pimento Spread 74952-15005 16 oz
Ruth’s Jalapeno Pimento Spread 74952-12014 12 oz
Ruth’s Lite Pimento Spread 74952-12000 12 oz
Ruth’s Cream Cheese w/Pineapple-Pecans 74952-12008 12 oz

Meijer Recalling Cheese

Meijer Brand Colby Cheese and Colby Jack Cheese is being recalled due to a potential Listeria contamination. The affected products were sold in deli counters from November 10, 2016 to February 9, 2017. The plastic deli packaging is labeled with UPCs 215927xxxxxx or 215938xxxxxx (last six digits vary due to product weight).

Consumers possessing the recalled Meijer Colby Cheese and/or Meijer Colby Jack Cheese should discontinue consumption and are urged to return the recalled products to Meijer for full refunds.

PetSmart Dog Food Recalled

One lot of PetSmart canned dog food has been recalled. The product has potentially been contaminated with scrap metal which could present as a choking hazard to pets. No complaints have been received by PetSmart concerning this recall.

The recalled Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food was sold between October 10, 2016 and February 7, 2017 via PetSmart.com, Pet360.com, PetFoodDirect.com and in PetSmart retail stores across the United States. Only 13.2 ounce cans of Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food with Chicken & Rice Classic Ground were affected by this recall. To identify this product, look for UPC 7-3725726116-7, Best By Date 8/5/19, or Lot 1759338.

Customers who purchased the recalled dog food should feeding it to their pets. PetSmart Grreat Choice canned dog food can be returned or exchanged. Questions concerning this recall should be directed to PetSmart Customer Service: 1-888-839-9638.

January 2017 Agriculture News/Events

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It is shaping up to be a busy winter season. We’ve added an event – on Friday, March 3, an inspector from the KY Department of Agriculture will be here to check your scales and certify them for farmers market sales. If you haven’t been through this process before, make sure you take a look at the Farmers Market manual to understand what constitutes a ‘legal’ scale.

EXTENSION CLASSES

Reserve your space by calling 222-9453 unless otherwise noted.

  • Industrial Hemp Seminar, February 9, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Shelby Co. Extension (includes lunch). Call 633-4593 to reserve space for this meeting. Agenda and presenter information available online.
  • Farmers Market Scale Certification, March 3, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Oldham Co. Extension. No registration required. Scale regulations are available in the farmers market manual.
  • Adapting Your Garden as You Age, February 13, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Oldham County Extension. Sponsored by Green Thumbs Garden Club and presented by Oldham County Horticulture Assistant Michael Boice.

OC Gardening Classes

  • Grain Crop – Weed Control, February 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Henry Co. Extension (includes lunch). Presented by UK Extension Specialist Dr. J.D. Green.
  • Grain Crop – Economics & Marketing, February 28, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Shelby Co. Extension (includes lunch). Presented by UK Extension Specialist Dr. Greg Halich.
  • Grain Crop – 2016 Season Review & Production Fundamentals, March 14, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Oldham County Extension (includes lunch). Presented by UK Extension Specialist Carrie Knott
  • Managing Nuisance Wildlife – Gardens & Farms, March 6, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m., John Black Community Center (includes dinner). Presented by UK Extension Specialist Dr. Matt Springer. He will discuss control measures for deer, raccoons, other small mammals, plus coyotes and black headed vultures.

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  • Living Along a KY Stream, March 16 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Oldham County Extension. Registered participants will receive a tree seedling. Presented by Curry’s Fork Watershed Director Jen Shean and Oldham County Agriculture Agent Traci Missun.
  • Good Ag Practices Training, March 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Oldham County Extension (Sampling Certificate Info Available on Request)

ATTENTION, DOG OWNERS!

If you own dogs, please make sure you keep them properly restrained on your property. This is for the safety of the dogs as well as for neighbors’ livestock. There have been three incidents this month of dogs killing livestock and poultry on farms. Even the most docile and gentle dog is capable of chasing and/or killing livestock.

Under Kentucky Revised Statutes 258.235, “Any livestock owner or his agent, without liability, may kill any dog trespassing on that owner’s property and observed in the act of pursuing or wounding his livestock.” Help prevent these problems by keeping your dogs confined to your property. Problems with dogs running loose may be reported to Oldham County Animal Control, 222-7387.

KY Forests

CONSERVATION DISTRICT TREE GIVEAWAY

Oldham County Conservation District will host their Arbor Day Tree Giveaway for Oldham County residents on March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (or when all are trees are gone). The event will be held at their office, 700 West Jefferson Street in La Grange. These are the trees they plan to have available: Cypress, Eastern Redbud, Yellow Poplar, Wild Plum, White Oak, Pin Oak, KY Coffeetree, White Pine, Northern Red Oak, Pawpaw, Hazelnut, Chestnut Oak. Any questions should be directed to Andrea at 222-5123 or oldhamswcd@gmail.com.

WHAT DO EXTENSION AGENTS DO IN WINTER?

  • Like many producers, agriculture agents attend classes and conferences to learn new practices to improve production. We also host and teach quite a few programs.
  • Agents still make farm visits in the winter. So far this month I’ve looked at property with new landowners to help them decide potential uses based on their interests. I’ve also visited several farms to pull hay samples for testing.
  • Agents often take leadership roles with different commodity groups, and winter is always a busy meeting season. I have the honor of serving as the Kentucky Forage & Grassland Council president this year. KFGC works closely with UK Extension to offer field days, grazing workshops, and conferences that will benefit producers. There are several coming up that will be of interest. If you would like to join or want to talk more about benefits of membership, just give me a call.
  • Agents like me often eat too much fattening food with the advent of hibernating weather. If you fall in that category, check out some healthy recipe ideas from my co-worker Chris Duncan.

FRUIT PRODUCTION INFO

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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

  • Oldham Co. Conservation District is accepting applications for the H. Glenn Watson scholarship – applications must be postmarked by February 1. Contact Andrea at 222-5123 or oldhamswcd@gmail.com to get an application. (For Oldham County high school seniors only)
  • Louisville Agricultural Club is offering scholarships – see their web page for details, guidelines and applications.
  • Kentucky Ag in the Classroom offers a list of several other ag scholarships.

Written by Traci Missun, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent at Oldham County Cooperative Extension. Traci addresses a variety of topics including farming, crops, pastures, and natural resources such as water and forestry.

Kentucky Native Fruit Trees

Fruit Trees Native to Kentucky

Apples, bananas, oranges, pears, peaches, and grapes ─ we eat these common fruits every day. Local sources for these fruits, however, can be difficult to find due to their preference for a longer, warmer growing season. Kentucky native fruit trees are adapted to grow in our varying soil types and withstand our unpredictable weather.

KY Native Fruit Trees

KY native plum

American Plum (Prunus americana)

The winter-hardy American Plum is a small tree, reaching a mature height of only fifteen feet. It grows wild across the eastern two-thirds of North America, forming thorny thickets that provide habitats for birds and other wildlife. The red to yellow fruit is popular with deer as well as humans. Kentucky plums can be eaten fresh or using in baking and canning. Due to unreliability of fruit production in Kentucky, plums are usually only commercially grown as a secondary crop.

Other names for the American Plum include American wild plum, Osage plum, river plum, thorn plum, wild yellow plum, red plum, August plum, and goose plum.

KY black cherry tree

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

The Black Cherry Tree produces Kentucky’s largest cherries which ripen in August and September. The bitter-sweet fruit is popular for jelly and wine making. Birds help spread Black Cherry seeds, but it also readily self-seeds. It can tolerant a wide variety of soils and conditions, the exception being full shade. Mature trees often reach a height of fifty to sixty feet. Black Cherry wood is hard, close-grained, and strong, making it popular in woodworking.

Farmers should note that this tree’s bark, leaves, and twigs are poisonous to livestock. Deer, however, can eat the leaves without problem.

KY native pawpaw fruit

Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)

Found in wooded areas, the Kentucky native Pawpaw is the largest native fruit in North America. Pawpaws are commonly described as tasting like a mix of banana and mango or pineapple. The fruit has high nutritional value, being an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and protein. Pawpaw fruit surpass apples, grapes, and peaches in magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sulfur. Wildlife such as birds, raccoons, and opossums enjoy the fruit, and zebra swallowtail butterfly larva feed on young pawpaw foliage. With some effort, you can grow pawpaws from seed.

Most pawpaw trees grow fifteen to twenty feet in height but can reach up to forty feet if conditions are optimal. The champion Kentucky pawpaw is in Letcher County.

Kentucky State University, one of Kentucky’s land-grant universities, is home to the world’s only full-time pawpaw research program. In 2009, the horticulture program released ‘KSU-Atwood,’ a new pawpaw variety named after Rufus B. Atwood who served as college presdent from 1929 to 1962. This variety is a heavy producer ─ more than 150 fruits from a single tree!

KY native persimmon

Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)

Native Persimmon trees grow in Kentucky’s woodlands. Tolerating a range of pH levels, persimmons prefer moist, well-drained soil but can flourish in dry areas as well. Its interesting bark is thick, grey to black in color, and broken up in scaly, square blocks. The wood is very hard and has found use as golf clubs and flooring. When the berry ripens in the fall, the skin turns wrinkly, and persimmons become edible to humans. Persimmons taste similar to dates and can be used in breads, cakes, puddings, and beverages. You can also eat persimmons fresh or dried.

Cooking oil can be extracted from persimmon seeds. During the Civil War, Confederate soldiers boiled the seeds in substitution for coffee.

Winter-hardy and adaptable, Kentucky persimmon trees suffer few pests and diseases. Some trees further south may be susceptible to vascular wilt. It can develop black leaf spot, and tent caterpillars can be problematic.

KY native sassafras

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)

Common across Kentucky, Native Sassafras is readily seeded by birds which love its fruit. The dark blue berries contrast beautifully to the bright red stems on which they grow. Sassafras trees thrive in moist, well-drained, acidic soil with full sun to partial shade but can also tolerate drier, rockier soil. Filé, a Creole spice used in gumbo, is made by grinding dried sassafras leaves. The fragrant bark and roots have been used to make tea and root beer but contain an oil called safrole, a proven carcinogen in mice and rats. In 1960, the Food and Drug Administration banned direct use of safrole in food although spices are still permissible.

Most sassafras trees mature to a height of thirty to sixty feet with a spread of twenty-five to forty feet. The national champion sassafras ─ located in Owensboro, Kentucky ─ is seventy-eight feet tall with a sixty-nine-foot spread.

KY Native Berry Fruits

KY native elderberry

American Black Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

Only four to twelve feet in height, the American Black Elderberry forms thickets that provide habitat to more than fifty species of birds and small mammals. White-tailed deer feed on the twigs, foliage, and fruit. Purple-black American elderberries taste slightly bitter and make a crimson juice, finding use in wine, jellies, and pies. The shrub grows best in full sun but can also be found along streams and on forest floors. Its hard wood can be crafted into combs, spindles, and pegs. The twigs can fruit are also used as dyes in basket-making.

Elderberry trees grow best from seed which must be scarified prior to planting due to the hard seed coat. Without scarification, the seed may not germinate for two to five years after planting. The hard coat protects the seed when wildlife ingest the fruit. If properly stored, elderberry seeds may remain viable for up to sixteen years.

KY native mulberry tree

Red Mulberry (Morus rubra)

Hardy Red Mulberry trees prefer full sun but will tolerate shade as well as a variety of soil and weather conditions. They thrive in moist, deep, rich soil. Birds love the sweet fruit which resemble thin blackberries. Red mulberries can be eaten fresh or used in jellies, wines, and desserts. These native trees can grow over sixty feet tall and require heavy pruning to maintain a suitable height for fruit harvest, so red mulberry trees are not commercially grown for fruit production. Some varieties, however, are grown for their ornamental value.

The mulberry, once known as the “King of the Tree Crops,” is now considered a messy, weedy tree unsuitable for the well-manicured landscape.

KY Native Serviceberry

Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)

Of the three Kentucky native serviceberries, Downy Serviceberry is mainly planted as an ornamental. Its wood is both heavy (the heaviest in the U.S.) and hard, making excellent tool handles. Serviceberry trees grow in full sun or partial shade and prefer moist but well-drained soil. The red-purple fruit tastes somewhat like blueberries. Serviceberries can be eaten fresh, baked in pies, or dried like raisins. Forty or more bird species favor serviceberries as well as mammals big and small. It is a common understory tree.

The serviceberry gets its name from funeral/memorial services. Kentucky serviceberries flower in early spring (two weeks before the dogwood) and has been used as an indicator, legend has it, that it is warm enough outside to dig a grave for a funeral service. The nickname “sarvisberry” comes from the Appalachian pronunciation of the word “service” as “sarvis.”

Photographs used under the Creative Commons Attribution License. Photographers: Julie Makin, Homer Edward Price, Rasbak, Phyzome, Scott Bauer, MONGO, Asit K. Ghosh, VasiDgallery, sbmdstock, Franz Eugen Köhler, James Steakley, H. Zell, and Аимаина хикари.

Written by Lauren State, Oldham County Master Gardener. Reviewed by Michael Boice, Oldham County Horticulture Assistant.

January Food Recalls

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Canned Cat Food Recalled

The recent recall of 9Lives, EverPet, and Special Kitty, and cat food has been expanded. The J.M. Smucker Company is recalling specific lots of these canned cat food products due to low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), an essential vitamin for cats. Thiamine deficiency symptoms include low appetite, increased salivation, vomited, and weight loss. Extended thiamine deficiency can lead to neurological issues such as wobbly walking and seizures. Typically reversible, contact your veterinarian immediately should your cat display any of the mentioned symptoms.

The recalled cat food products were distributed across the nation between December 20 and January 3. Check product codes to determine whether you bought recalled cans of 9Lives, EverPet, or Special Kitty canned cat food. Recalled canned cat food should not be fed to cats.

Limited Edition Holiday Twinkies Recalled

Hostess issued a recall of select packages of Holiday White Peppermint Twinkies. The confectionery coating, provided by Blommer Chocolate Company, was recalled due to a possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date.

A Salmonella bacteria infection can cause serious illness and even death. Young children, elderly persons, and other people with weak immune systems are at the most risk. Someone infected with Salmonella may experience symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Hostess is only recalling White Peppermint Twinkies with UPC 888109111571. They were only sold in multipack boxes (nine cakes individually wrapped, sold together in a box). The recalled Hostess Twinkies were sold throughout the United States to convenience stores, dollar and discount stores, and grocery stores. Consumers should not consume the affected products and are encouraged to return them to place of purchase for full refunds.

Recalled Palmer Candy

Select Palmer Candy products are being recalled due to a possible Salmonella contamination of a milk powder ingredient. The recalled candies, produced between October 20 and December 9, were distributed across the nation. Recalled products include Palmer Candy Chocolate Almond Bark, Palmer Candy Christmas Tree Pretzels, and Trail’s End Chocolatey Caramel Crunch.

“We are truly sorry for any distress this recall causes to our retail customers and to consumers. We remain committed to the highest standards in food quality and safety. We are taking this recall very seriously and truly appreciate the cooperation of our customers as we work to resolve this matter promptly.”

-Marty Palmer, Palmer Candy Company President and Chief Executive Officer

The recalled candies should not be consumed but can be returned for full refunds.

Recall of Pictsweet Okra

On January 13, the Pictsweet Company announced a recall of their 12 ounce Pictsweet Farms Breaded Okra due to a possible contamination of glass fragments. One minor injury has been reported in connection with the recalled okra products.

Recalled okra packages display UPC# 0 70560 98377 8 and a “best if used by” date of Nov 3, 2018. Affected production codes are 3086B C, 3086B D, 3086B E, 3086B F, or 3086B G. Check the back panel of the package to find this information. The Breaded Okra products were distributed to retail stores across the U.S.

The Pictsweet Company affirms that no other Pictsweet Farms products were affected by this recall.

Consumers possessing the recalled okra should not consume the product and are encouraged either to discard it or return to place of purchase for a full refund.

Winter Oldham County 4-H News

The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Achievement Award Recipients Recognized at 4-H Banquet

The 4-H Achievement Program recognizes members beginning in the sixth grade. The application is a detailed resume of the member’s 4-H and community involvement. Scholarships are available at each state level achieved. Congratulations to the following 4-H members who have completed a Clover Achievement Level:

Clover Level 1
Adelle Minor
Caroline Olds
Izzy Perez

Clover Level 2
Rebekah Anderson
Lilly Crook
Ella Olds

Clover Level 3
Maggie Anderson
Keirstin Kennedy
Emmett King
Ruby Mason
Coral Schulte
Ethan Willis

Clover Level 4
Noah Anderson

Clover Level 5
Rebekah Degnan
Beth Huffman
Olivia Minor

Interviewing for the Gold Award
Hannah Anderson
Sarah Griffin
Molly Logsdon
Olivia Minor
Karmen Woods

Those members who achieved Clover Level Three, Four, or Five will advance to the state level for judging. Good luck, 4-H’ers!

Santa’s Workshop 2016

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Moms and Dads, do you need a little bit more time to get those last few presents wrapped or to shop for the last gift on your list? If so, send your kids to the extension office to have some fun and make gifts they can give to their friends and family.

Santa’s Workshop will be held at the Oldham County Extension office on Monday, December 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We will make holiday gifts for friends and family. The $25 supply fee includes lunch. Open to boys and girls ages 8 to 12. Call 222-9453 to register.

4-H Communications Program Gets Underway in January

Youth develop organizational and critical thinking skills by learning the logical way to prepare a speech or present information through a demonstration. Competitive events give youth the opportunity to practice what they have learned and receive positive, constructive suggestions to improve.

Standing up and delivering a speech or presentation develops independence and confidence in youth. These experiences help youth overcome the fear of speaking in public. Members know that success is due to their preparation and presentation skills. Speaking in front of a large group or only a few individuals with ease gives people a sense of belonging and the opportunity to bond with other youth and adults. Many doors are opened in terms of personal friendships and professional advancement.

After mastering skills, gaining independence, and developing a sense of belonging, youth want to share what they’ve learned. They may initiate and lead a service project in the community or help their peers in various other ways. Generosity such as this is an innate part of all aspects of our 4-H Youth Development program.

A broad range of communications expertise is vital for today’s youth and tomorrow’s adults. 4-H Youth Development helps youth improve their quality of speech and association with others, whether one-on-one in a job interview or a keynote address in a banquet hall. Contact the Oldham County 4-H office at 222-9453 or amy.logsdon@uky.edu if your child is interested in participating in the 4-H Communication Program.

Source: Dr. Mark Mains, Kentucky 4-H Youth Development Assistant Director.

Attention Horse Club Members

In order to qualify for participation in any 4-H Competitive Horse Event, including 4-H horse shows, 4-H’ers must complete 6 hours of instruction taught by their 4-H Certified Horse Club Leader. The 6 instructional hours must be completed before April 15th and be documented by the Certified Horse Club Leader.

Please meet with your 4-H Certified Horse Club Leader now to ensure you will have your completed and documented 6 hours of instruction prior to April 15th. Members must also have their 4-H enrollment form submitted to the extension office on April 15th. Documentation of hours completed must accompany your registration or show paperwork.

4-H Thankful for Volunteers

The following 4-H Youth Development article printed in the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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4-H is Thankful for our Volunteers

Now is the time of the year when many of us reflect on all of the things for which we are grateful. In Oldham County 4-H, one of the things we are most grateful for is the volunteer support. Our volunteers are leaders, cheerleaders, mentors, and advocates for our youth. It is with their help and service that many young people find their voice or passion and become healthy, capable, caring, and productive adults.

Volunteers assist by leading club meetings, serving as camp counselors, judging speech and demonstration contests, and utilizing their unique interests, skills and abilities to serve the 4-H program and extend it to audiences which would otherwise be unserved. In the process, our volunteers shape future leaders by demonstrating leadership skills, instilling a sense of community, and offering a positive connection with someone from a different age group or generation.

4-h sewing volunteers

Whether they serve episodically or for many years, volunteers are a valuable and essential component of 4-H. Without their help, most 4-H programs would be impossible to deliver. While they do not serve for praise or recognition, many volunteers get a great deal of fulfillment, self-satisfaction, and enjoyment out of volunteer service, as they watch youth develop self-confidence, self-worth, and leadership skills.

4-h cooking volunteers

If you are a volunteer, thank you for all that you do. If you are interested in more information about learning how to volunteer with the Oldham County 4-H program, contact the extension office at 222-9453.

4-h engineering volunteers

Source: Ken Culp, District III, Principal Extension Specialist for Volunteerism, 4-H Youth Development

Winter Homemaker News

The following Family and Consumer Science articles printed in the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Celebrating Cultural Arts in Oldham County

Oldham County Cultural Arts and Heritage Day will be held on Friday, February 3, at the John Black Community Center. The Crossroads & Poplar Grove homemaker clubs invite everyone to come make valentines for nursing home residents. Entries for the Cultural Arts contest will be taken at 9:00 a.m. Judging will begin at 10:00 a.m. Viewing will begin at noon or when judging is finished. Entries will be checked out at 1:00 p.m. Contact the Extension Office concerning early registration. Contest rules can be found on pages 27-29 in the Homemaker Handbook. Entry tags will be available on January 3.

On Friday, February 24, Cultural Arts Winners from the county level will compete in the Louisville Area Cultural Arts competition at the John Black Center. Competitors must pre-register. Entries will be accepted from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and judged between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.Viewing will be 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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Winners from the Louisville Area Cultural Arts competition will advance to the State KEHA competition which takes place May 1 through 4 in Owensboro.

Winter Homemakers Dates

Join us at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, for “Travel Safety: Know Before You Go.” Maryellen Garrison, Henry County Family and Consumer Science Agent, will present this homemaker lesson. Bring a friend and/or a traveling companion to learn the latest!

At 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, the Oldham County Extension Homemaker Executive Board will meet at the Oldham County Extension office.

Bittersweet Farewell from Chris Duncan

“January 2, 2017 will be my last day as a full time employee of the University of Kentucky. I have been blessed with the best coworkers on earth! I have loved working with the extension homemakers and the wonderful residents of our state. I know that I have learned more than I have ever taught! So now I look forward to more time for my family, my garden, golf, reading, and other hobbies. Thank you all for great memories!”

chris duncan retirement

Please join us in celebrating Chris’ career from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, at the John Black Community Center. Chris is a marvelous teacher, coworker, and friend. Help us send her off into retirement with a bang!

Oldham Farms Host Events

The following Agriculture and Natural Resources articles printed in the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Recent Events on Oldham County Farms

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Oldham County Hosts 4-H Land Judging

The State 4-H Land Judging Contest was held in Oldham County on August 19 at Jim Pearce’s farm. Around 100 students from all across Kentucky participated in the contest. Land judging is a way of appraising the physical nature and capability of soils. Skills learned in land judging transfer into careers for many students; the knowledge learned is used everyday by farmers, home builders, road builders, and conservationists. Thank you to the Pearce family for hosting this fun, educational event for Kentucky’s youth.

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2016 Regional Beef Field Day

On September 27, Oldham County Cattlemen’s President Maynard Stetten hosted UK Extension’s Regional Beef Field Day at his farm. 250 producers from the Louisville area attended and learned about Heavy Use Feeding Areas and Other Conservation Practices; Handling Facilities and Working Cattle in Reduced Stress Environments; and Antibiotics Regulation Changes (Veterinary Feed Directive). District Conservationist Kurt Mason, UK Extension Veterinarian Michelle Arnold, and UK Beef Specialist Darrh Bullock educated farmers about these practices, and Dr. Stetten told participants about his registered Angus cattle operation during a tour of the farm.

2016 regional beef field day

This annual field day is a cooperative effort of Extension agents and beef producers in the Louisville area and is supported by local Cattlemen’s Associations. Thanks to the Stettens for hosting this event.

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November Food Recalls

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Skinny Bee Diet Recalled

On November 8, Love My Tru Body issued a voluntary recall of Skinny Bee Diet 500 mg pills following the FDA lab discovery of sibutramine, desmethylsibutramine, and/phenolphthalein in the pills.

The FDA explains these ingredients:

“Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010. Desmethylsibutramine is an active metabolite of sibutramine. Sibutramine and its active metabolites substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke. Phenolpthalein was previously used in over-the-counter laxatives, but because of concerns of carcinogenicity, it is no longer marketed in the U.S. These undeclared ingredients make this product an unapproved new drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established.

The affected pills have a manufactured date of March 7, 2016 and expiration date March 6, 2018. They were distributed via the internet from March 23 to April 28 of this year. Consumers possessing the recalled product should discontinue use and dispose of it.

Weight Watchers Recall

Due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination of cookie dough pieces, Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae frozen desserts are currently being recalled. The contaminated cookie dough was provided by third party supplier Aspen Hills.

Listeria can cause serious illness (sometimes even death) in young children, the elderly, and other people with weakened immune systems. A Listeria infection can also cause pregnant women to experience miscarriages or stillbirths. Symptoms of this infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

View the FDA Food Recall to determine if you have purchased one of the recalled ice cream products. Consumers should not eat the recalled frozen treats. They may be returned to place of purchase for full refunds.

GFS Cheese Manicotti Recalled

Specific pans of GFS Cheese Manicotti are being recalled. The product may actually contain Chicken Cannelloni which contains eggs. This undeclared ingredient poses a health risk to people with an egg allergy.

The recalled pasta came in 68 ounce (4 pound, 4 ounce) packages. Only packages bearing lot code 15268 were affected. Gordon Food Service distributed the recalled pasta products to retail stores, restaurants, and others in the food service industry in the following states: Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. The mislabeled product arrived in cases or boxes labeled Chicken Cannelloni.

Consumers sensitive to egg may return these products to place of purchase for a full refund.

Recalling Hummus

Sabra Dipping Company has voluntarily recalled hummus products manufactured before November 8, 2016 due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled hummus was distributed to retail stores and others in the food service industry in the United States as well as Canada.

Recalled products can be identified by the Unit Production Code and Best By Date. See the FDA Food Recall to identify recalled food products. Sabra also specifies that the following products are not included in this recall: Sabra Organic Hummus, Sabra Salsa, Sabra Guacamole, and Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips.

October 2016 Food Recalls

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Nestle Ice Cream Recalled

In a recent news release, Nestle products Drumstick Club 16 count Variety Pack and 24 count Vanilla Pack were recalled due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria can cause serious illness (sometimes even death) in young children, the elderly, and other people with weakened immune systems. A Listeria infection can also cause pregnant women to experience miscarriages or stillbirths. Symptoms of this infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Affected products contain 4.6 fluid ounce cones. Check the FDA Recall Alert to see production codes included in this food recall.

CESAR Dog Food Recalled

Mars Petcare U.S. issued a voluntary recall of specific CESAR® Classics Filet Mignon Flavor products. There is the potential presence of hard white plastic pieces in the food. Consumers may have purchased CESAR® Classics Filet Mignon individually of in a flavor variety multipack. The Lot Codes listed below are the only affected products. All other CESAR® products can be safely consumed.

Check the FDA Recall Alert to see lot codes included in this dog food recall.

Turkey Hill Ice Cream Recalled

Turkey Hill Dairy has recalled Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream products. The 48 ounce containers may contain Rocky Road Premium Ice Cream rather than Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream as the label claims. Rocky Road contains almonds and eggs which may be a health risk to those with allergies to these foods. If you do not have either of these allergies, then the ice cream poses no health risk to you.

Check the FDA Recall Alert to view the UPC codes included in this ice cream recall.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled

Blue Bell Ice Cream voluntarily recalled all products that list cookie dough as an ingredient. Aspen Hills, a third party supplier of cookie dough, reported a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Affected products were produced between February 2 and September 7 of this year.

The following products are included in this ice cream recall:

  • Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Blue Bell Cookie Two Step
  • Blue Bell Blue Monster
  • Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Blue Bell Krazy Kookie Dough

Recalled ice cream products were distributed in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Consumers should not consume these recalled products, and Blue Bell encouraged the return of the recalled ice cream to place of purchase in exchange for full refunds. Read further specifics about this recall in the FDA Food Recall.

Nutrisystem Bars Recalled

Nutrisystem, Inc., is recalling Nutricrush Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bars which are manufactured by Noble Foods, Inc. The chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient, supplied by a third party supplier, may potentially contain Listeria monocytogenes.

The Nutricrush Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bars were distributed to stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Vermont, as well as online through Amazon.com and Walmart.com. Only one code date is affected by this recall: UPC 6 32674 85579 4, Enjoy by Aug 22 2017 and Lot Code NF082216A.

Customers should not eat the recalled bars and are encouraged to return these products to place of purchase for a full refund.