Recall Alert: Granola, Macadamia Nuts, Nut Butters, Dog Treats

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Wildway Grain-Free Granola Recalled

Wildway LLC issued a voluntary recall for multiple grain-free granola products. This recall follows notification by an ingredient supplier that one of the granola ingredients may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can cause serious (sometimes fatal) illness in children, the elderly, and other people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Additionally, Listeria infections can cause pregnant women to suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

Affected products can be identified by lot codes and “Best By” dates. These recalled granola products were distributed nationwide.

Product Size Lot Codes Best By
Wildway Apple Cinnamon Grain-free Granola
(UPC: 85866005190)
8 oz. 096
097
040618
040718
Wildway Apple Cinnamon Grain-free Granola
(UPC: 864352000015)
10 oz. 097 040718
Wildway Banana Nut Grain-free Granola
(UPC: 858660005176)
8 oz. 089
096
100
033018
040618
041018
Wildway Coconut Cashew Grain-free Granola
(UPC: 858660005183)
8 oz. 090
096
101
103117
110617
111117
Wildway Coconut Cashew Grain-free Granola 10 oz. 090
096
102
103117
110617
111117
Wildway Vanilla Bean Espresso Grain-free Granola
(UPC: 858660005206)
8 oz. 089
090
033018
033118

Wildway issued the following statement concerning this food recall:

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Consumers should discontinue use of the product listed above and may return the product to the retail establishment it was purchased at for a refund. Consumers with further questions or concerns may call Customer Care at 1-844-617-8240 which is open 8:30am-5:30pm CST, Monday to Friday and you can leave a message after hours.

Kroger Expands Nut Recall

Kroger recently expanded the Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts recall, originally recalled due to potential Listeria contamination. The recalled macadamia nuts come in a 12 ounce package. Consumers can find the expiration dates on the side of the clear plastic packaging: Dec. 09, 2017; Mar. 02, 2018; Mar. 03, 2018; or Apr. 07, 2018. The UPC is 11110-02478. Recalled nuts products were distributed between December 9, 2016 and June 13, 2017.

recalled macadamia nuts

This macadamia nut recall includes the following distributors: Baker’s, City Market, Copps, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Gerbes, Jay C, King Soopers, Kroger, Metro Market, Owen’s, Pay Less, QFC, Ralphs, Ruler Foods, Pick ‘N Save, and Smith’s.

If you purchased a package of recalled Simple Truth Macadamia Nuts, cease consumption of the affected product immediately.

Almond Bars Recalled

GoMacro initiated a recall of specific lots of MacroBars and Thrive Bars following a message from their almond supplier that the almond ingredient may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Recalled MacroBars and Thrive Bars may have been distributed (nationwide as well as internationally) to retail stores and via mail order and direct delivery.

recalled nuts bars

Name of Product Unit Size Best By Date UPC Lot Code
Coconut + Almond Butter + Chocolate Chips MacroBar 2.3 oz (65g) 1/3/2018,
1/10/2018,
1/16/2018,
1/26/2018,
2/6/2018
853555006689 3516,
3525,
3536,
3553,
3571
Coconut + Almond Butter + Chocolate Chips Mini MacroBar 0.9 oz (25g) 1/16/2018,
2/6/2018
853555006719 3537,
3570
Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt Thrive Bar 1.4 oz (40g) 2/6/2018,
2/9/2018
853555006504 3569,
3576
1.4 oz (40g) 2/6/2018 853555006528 3568

Recalled nut bars can be identified by “best by” dates, UPCs, and lot codes. These numbers can be found on the side panel of the products in question. Consumers who have bought products affected by this recall are encouraged to return them to place of purchase and exchange them for full refunds.

Nutty Infusions Recall Expanded

nut butter recalled

Specific lots of Nutty Infusions nut butters are being recalled due to possibility of Listeria contamination. The FDA found evidence that a supplier’s facility may have been contaminated during production of the nut butters. Only two flavors of the Ellyndale Nutty Infusions are affected by this recall: Roasted Almond Butter and Mango Chili Cashew Butter.

Description Lot Number Best By Date
Ellyndale® Nutty Infusions™ Roasted Almond Butter, 10 oz. plastic jars 2124119 2/18
Ellyndale® Nutty Infusions™ Mango Chili Cashew Butter, 10 oz. plastic jars 2125156 3/19

This is an expansion of a previous recall: original nut butter recall.

Frozen Scomber Fish Recalled

“The Duck” brand of “frozen steamed scomber fish” is under recall. During routine sampling, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets found that the frozen fish had not been properly eviscerated before it was processed. The viscera is the most likely part of the fish to cause concentrated amounts of Clostridium botulinum spores which cause botulism.

Botulism is a serious illness that attacks the nervous system. Botulism symptoms include double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. Symptoms usually show 18 to 36 hours after consuming contaminated food but can begin as soon as six hours after eating.

The recalled frozen fish have distributed to retail stores across the nation. The product in question comes in a styrofoam tray covered in clear plastic. The red label, which includes nutrition information, is marked “Product of Thailand.” UPC is 040459097206.

recalled fish

The FDA encourages consumers to return packages of steamed scomber fish to place of purchase. Questions may be directed to Willis Ocean Inc: 718-386-3053.

Protein Bars Recalled

Bulletproof 360 Inc is recalling specific protein bar and protein bite products due to a potential Listeria contamination. A cashew butter supplier recently discovered Listeria contamination in their facility. This recall is out of an abundance of caution, as the protein bars and bites were processed in a different part of the facility.

From April 7 to June 12, the recalled protein bars were distributed both to retail stores and online. All states may be affected as well as the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands (USA).

Consumers should view the protein product recall to determine whether or not they purchased recalled products. The company is shipping replacement protein bars and bites.

Dog Treats Recalled

Specific lots of Loving Pets dog treats are under recall due to potential Salmonella contamination. Salmonella is dangerous both to pets and the humans that handle the treats. Salmonella symptoms in humans include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Pets suffering from Salmonella infections may also exhibit diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and lethargy.

Check the dog treats recall on the FDA’s website to determine whether or not you have bought an affected product.

Rawhide Dog Chews Recalled

Multiple brands of rawhide dog chews are being recalled by United Pet Group after finding that certain facilities are using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture during the manufacturing process. The United States has not approved the compound for use in producing rawhide chews for dogs. It is, however, approved to clean food processing equipment.

Diarrhea and vomiting has been reported in connection with this dog rawhide recall. Consumers primarily complain of the unpleasant smell exhibited by affected products. Recalled dog rawhides were distributed to retail stores nationwide as well as through online outlets.

American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, and Healthy Hide were all included in the recall. Consumers should view the rawhide dog chews recall to identify recalled products.

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Aldi’s Cashews Recalled

Specifics lots of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt are under recall due to potential contamination of glass pieces. The affected product comes in an eight-ounce (227 gram) canister. It may be identified by UPC code 041498179366 and best by date of 11/27/18 or 11/28/18.

Aldi cashews recalled

The recalled cashews may have been distributed to Aldi stores in Washington D.C. as well as Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

Consumers should dispose of or return recalled packages of cashews for full refunds.

Queso Fresco Cheese Recall

Global Garlic Inc. recently expanded its recall of Queso Fresco cheese due to potential Listeria contamination. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism with the potential to cause serious (sometimes fatal) illness in children, the elderly, and other people with weakened immune systems.Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Additionally, Listeria infections can cause pregnant women to suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

The recalled cheese products were distributed in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Identify affected products with the following information:

  • Recalled “Queso Fresco / Whole Milk” products come in sixteen ounce, clear plastic packaging. The UPC is 8-96211-00235-9, and an expiration date of September 19, 2017 is stamped on the side.
  • “Queso Fresco x LB (Barra)/Whole Milk Cheese” products are weighted around five to six pounds. It comes in clear, plastic packaging, lacking UPC number. The expiration date is June 17, 2017.
  • Customers who have purchased the recalled cheese products may return them for full refunds.

    Kroger Snack Kits Recalled

    Chef Club LLC initiated a voluntary recall of Retail Snack Kits due to the possibility that they were contaminated with Listeria. Affected products were processed on May 30 and 31 and can be identified using information from the following table.

    Name of Product Brand Name Unit Size Use By Dates UPC Lot Codes
    Veggie Tray with Apples Fresh Selections by Kroger 6.25 oz (177g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 1111091544 7150KT8
    Fruit Tray with Carrots Fresh Selections by Kroger 7 oz (198g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 1111091451 7150KT5, 7151KT3
    Veggie Tray with Pretzels Fresh Selections by Kroger 5.75 oz (163g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 1111091477 7150KT6, 7150KT8
    Veggie Tray with Snap Peas Fresh Selections by Kroger 6 oz (170g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 1111091484 7150KT7, 7150KT8
    Veggie Tray with Ranch Dip Fresh Selections by Kroger 6.75 oz (191g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 1111091472 7151KT3, 7150KT6
    Snack Tray with Almonds & Apples Fresh Selections by Kroger 5.75 oz (163g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 1111091481 7150KT5, 7150KT7
    Snack Tray with Baby Carrots, Sliced Apples, Raw Almonds, and Cheddar Bar Club Chef LLC 5.75 oz (163g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 0 1727800703 7 7150KT6
    Snack Tray with Peanut Butter (Celery Sticks, Sliced Apples, Peanut Butter and Raisins) Club Chef LLC 5.5 oz (155g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 0 17278 00704 4 715KT6
    Snack Tray with Sliced Apples, Almonds, Raisins and Caramel Dip Club Chef LLC 4 oz (113g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 0 1727800701 3 715KT6
    Veggie Tray with Carrots, Celery, Broccoli Florets and Ranch Dip Club Chef LLC 6.75 oz (191g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 0 1727800702 0 715KT6

    The recalled snack kits may have been distributed to Kroger stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.

    Do not consume these recalled fruit and veggie trays. Questions can be directed to Club Chef at 866-458-3188.

    Summer 2017 FCS Events

    The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted.

    June FCS Calendar

    5 Homemaker Executive Board, 9:30 a.m.
    8 Canning Boot Camp, 6:30 p.m.
    9 Canning Boot Camp, 10:00 a.m.
    13 FCS Council, 10:00 a.m.
    16 Homemakers Club Reports due to Extension Office
    21 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
    30 Homemaker Volunteer Hours due to Extension Office

    July FCS Calendar

    4 Office closed for Independence Day
    10-12 Kids Cooking Camp
    19 Wednesday Quilters, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    19 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
    24 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    25 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 9:00 a.m. – noon
    31 County Fair Entry Day (Culinary), 9:00 a.m. – noon

    August FCS Calendar

    1-5 Oldham County Fair
    6 County Fair Entry Check Out, Oldham County Fairgrounds, noon – 2:00 p.m.
    8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
    16 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
    TBA Homemakers Council

    Drink Up For Good Health

    The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter and in the March 7, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

    Drink Up For Good Health

    We should drink water for good health, but some of us may not know why it is so important.

    More than two-thirds of our bodies are made of water. It helps lubricate our joints, and without water, our organs could not properly function. Water is also essential in helping us remove waste from our bodies.

    If you don’t consume enough water, you run the risk of becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can cause headaches, mood changes, fever, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and kidney problems among others.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests adults consume between 91 and 125 fluid ounces of water each day on average. Individuals who choose water when they are thirsty and at meal time usually have no problem drinking enough daily. Water may also be consumed through healthy food choices like fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind that your daily intake amount can fluctuate depending upon your weight, age, sex, activity level, and certain medical conditions. You will also need to consume more water if you are in a hot climate, are physically active, running a fever, or losing fluids through vomiting and/or diarrhea.

    drink more water

    Below are some suggestions on how to increase your and your family’s fluid intake.

    • Keep a bottle of water with you.
    • Eat more foods with high water content like fruit and vegetables.
    • Add fruit to water for flavor.
    • Give children water when they are thirsty.
    • Choose water over sugar-sweetened beverages when eating out. Not only will you consume fewer calories, but water is free in most restaurants.

    Check out this Kentucky Proud Strawberry Green Tea recipe that could help you increase water intake.

    KY Proud Strawberry Green Tea Recipe

    Ingredients:

  • 13 cups water
  • 13 green tea bags, regular size
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 lemon, optional
  • Yield: 16, 8 ounce servings

    strawberry green tea recipe

    Directions: Wash strawberries and remove the tops. Chop the berries with a hand chopper in a large pot. Add water to the chopped berries and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let mixture cool for five minutes. Add tea bags and submerge. Steep tea for two to three minutes. Strain the tea through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth-lined colander into a one gallon pitcher. Add honey and stir until dissolved. Chill and serve. Garnish with a lemon slice or fresh strawberry if desired.

    Nutritional Analysis: 70 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 0 g protein, 30% Daily Value of vitamin C

    Source: Heather Norman-Burgdolf, University of Kentucky Extension Specialist in Food Nutrition

    Healthy Lettuce Tacos Recipe

    The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Lean Green Lettuce Tacos Recipe

    healthy lettuce taco recipe

    Ingredients:

  • 8 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 3/4 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 ounce packet low-sodium taco seasoning
  • 4 ounces low sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • Yield: 8 servings

    Directions:

    Wash and dry lettuce leaves. Prepare rice according package directions. Cut corn off cob. Drain and rinse black beans. In a skillet, heat the oil to medium; add ground beef and begin to cook. When beef begins to brown, add zucchini, corn and black beans to skillet. Continue to cook until vegetables are tender and beef is done. Do not overcook. Add in taco seasoning and tomato sauce and heat through. Add cilantro and lime juice to the cooked rice. Place equal amounts of rice mixture and taco mixture into lettuce leaves. Top each taco with chopped tomato and onion.

    Nutritional Analysis: 180 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 350 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 12 g protein

    Source: Plate It Up! Kentucky Proud, University of Kentucky Extension

    2017 State Homemaker News

    The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    State Homemaker Meeting News

    Six Oldham County Extension Homemakers attended the 2017 State Annual Meeting in Owensboro: Clarine Anderson, Dottie Crouch, Faye Korthaus, Carol McKinnon, Angela Morris, and Paula Pascal. Oldham County was honored to receive third place in International Fundraiser, Coins for Change.

    state homemakers meeting news

    Carol C. Russ, a new Poplar Grove member, received third place for her short story “My Mother’s Shoes.” Rebecca Starry won two grand champion ribbons in Beading and Jewelry. Pat Honaker received grand champion in Crochet. Kelly Boyd, Linda Kiekhefer, Faye Korthaus, Barb Lynch, Angela Morris, Barbara Lynch, and Peggy Townsend all received blue ribbons for their Cultural Arts entries.

    keha cultural arts

    Save the date! The 2018 KEHA State Annual Meeting will be May 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport. In addition to competition in the State Cultural Arts contest, the KEHA State meeting is a great time to meet members from all over the state and learn lots of wonderful things.

    Enter the 2017 Oldham County Fair

    The following 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Science articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    4-H at the County Fair

    Oldham County 4-H Fair

    Don’t wait until the last minute to finish those 4-H fair projects! The 2017 Oldham County Fair is August 1 through 5. 4-H fair registration forms are due to the office by July 5. Early registration allows staff time to print entry tags for easy distribution on entry day. Projects will need to be delivered to the extension office between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 27. Projects will be judged July 28, and entries will be transported by 4-H staff and volunteers to the fairgrounds on Monday, July 31. Judging early will enable us to meet the State Fair registration deadline.

    oc 4-h county fair

    The Oldham County 4-H Fair catalog is now available online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/4h-fair. A printed version of the catalog is also available at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Office. All 4-H projects will need to be picked up on Sunday, August 6, between noon and 2:00 p.m. at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

    Sign Up Today for the Fashion Revue

    The 4-H Fashion Revue promotes skills in construction, selection, and coordination of clothing. 4-H members will have the opportunity to model clothing in the Sewing and Fashion Magic categories. The Sewing category allows 4-H’ers to model clothing they have entered in the 4-H Fair. In Fashion Magic, 4-H members model outfits and accessories they have purchased and assembled.

    oc 4-h fair fashion revue

    The 2017 Oldham County 4-H Fashion Revue is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Centerfield. For more information on entering, contact the extension office via (502) 222-9453 or amy.logsdon@uky.edu.

    Enter the County Fair

    Home & Family Arts Department

    The 2017 Oldham County Fair is set for August 1 through 5. Department categories and rules are available at the extension office as well as online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/oldham-county-fair. All Home & Family Arts Department entries will be taken at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension office.

    Check in nonperishable entries on Monday, July 24, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. or Tuesday, July 25, between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Judging follows at 12:30 p.m.

    Perishable entries will be accepted between 9:00 a.m. and noon on Monday, July 31.

    At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, the Family & Consumer Science Agent will begin arranging entries for display in the Home & Family Arts Building at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

    Entry check out is between noon and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

    oc fair

    Volunteers are needed to help register entries, assist judges, and arrange displays for the 2017 Oldham County Fair. Contact Chris Duncan via (502) 222-9453 or crivera@uky.edu to volunteer your time.

    Youth Heart Disease Information

    youth heart disease info

    Heart Disease

    Youth Health Bulletin

    Have you ever heard that someone you know has heart disease? It is a very common illness, and in fact, more than 60 million Americans have it. Wally Cat wants to make sure you know what heart disease is and how you can take care of your heart.

    What is Heart Disease?

    Heart disease is also known as cardiovascular disease. As you may have guessed, a person who has heart disease has problems with their heart and blood vessels — they are not working the way they should.

    There are many problems that people with heart disease have, such as high blood pressure and chest pains. People with heart disease are also more likely to have heart attacks and strokes. A heart attack is when there is a blockage of blood flow to the heart. This means that the heart is not getting the blood that is needed for it to work properly. A stroke is when a place in the brain is not getting enough blood.

    Other Problems for People With Heart Disease

    • The arteries get hard, making it more difficult to move blood through the body.
    • An area of fat and cholesterol builds up, making the passageway for blood narrower. This makes it harder for blood to get to the body.

    Can You Catch Heart Disease?

    Heart disease is not an illness that is spreads by germs like a cold! There are risk factors that can increase a person’s chances of getting heart disease. Some of the risk factors cannot be controlled, such as getting older and having other people in the family with the disease. There are some risk factors that can be controlled, such as smoking, having high blood pressure, being overweight, or not exercising enough.

    How Do You Prevent Heart Disease?

    There are ways you can start to prevent heart disease even at your age. You can watch out for some of the risk factors like high blood pressure, obesity, and physical inactivity. As a child, you can watch what you eat and how much you are active.

    youth heart disease information

    Try to eat lots of fruits and vegetables — and if they are fresh, even better! Also, you should try to be as active as you can. Throughout the day, you should be active for at least an hour. You also want to be aware of how much time you are sitting in front of a screen, whether it is the TV, computer, tablet, or phone. This type of activity has little to no physical activity.

    Fun ways to be physically active include:

    • Riding your bike. You might be able to go for a bike ride in your neighborhood or at a nearby park.
    • Swimming. Join a swim team through your school or community. The Oldham County YMCA has an indoor pool so you can stay active even during winter.
    • Walking your dog. Physical activity is good for you and Fido too!

    Wally Cat wants you to know about heart disease because it affects so many people. He also wants you to start good habits to protect your heart, such as eating healthy and staying active.

    Written by Nicole Peritore, Kentucky Extension Specialist for Family Health. Edited by Connee Wheeler, Senior Extension Specialist, and Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Source material from the Centers for Disease Control. Wally Cat illustrations by Chris Ware (© University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences).

    Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

    get kids to eat veggies

    Getting Children to Eat Their Veggies

    Do you hear “I don’t like vegetables!” during family dinner? According to research from the American Academy for Science and the Centers for Disease Control, children turn up their noses at vegetables because parents have not made them readily available. Let’s face it, few children will take the time to wash a head of broccoli or cauliflower, break the pieces apart, serve them up on a plate, and then eat them.

    Parents can increase the chances that their children will eat a particular vegetable if it is in a small container or individual plastic bag in the refrigerator. This makes vegetables an easy snack option for children to choose themselves.

    get kids eating veggies

    Children form food habits at an early age. Research shows a correlation between picky children and picky adults. It is important for parents to introduce good eating habits in children when they are young. It is, however, never too late to start.

    Tips to Get Children to Eat Vegetables

    Be a role model. Offer vegetables to children by eating them yourself. Let children approach them on their own.

    Set some rules. Children usually will accept vegetables in an environment where parents set appropriate rules. For example, it is okay to tell your child they need to taste a vegetable before they decide they do not like it.

    Stay positive. Using strategies such as punishment, threats, force, or even offering the child a reward have been shown to be unsuccessful ways of teaching children to eat vegetables. Vegetables should be offered in a relaxed environment.

    Don’t give up. Keep offering the vegetables. It might be helpful to offer the vegetable to the child in different ways or mixing the vegetable with other foods. Many parents throw in the towel after the child refuses a vegetable the first time, but understand that children generally have a fear of new foods. It may take about eight to ten tries with a vegetable before your child is ready to taste it. In addition, it may take a lot more tasting before your child gets to the point where he or she likes the vegetable. Be patient as your child experiences new foods.

    Be creative. Offer children vegetables in different forms (cooked, raw, and mixed with other foods) before you decide they do not like them.

    Be flexible. Children vary in how much they eat and what they like. Each child is an individual. Do not have predetermined ways in which your child should eat or accept vegetables.

    Be reasonable. Keep in mind that vegetable servings for children are smaller than vegetable servings for adults. A general guideline is one tablespoon of vegetable for each year of life. Do not have unrealistic expectations for your child.

    Give options. Offer a variety of vegetables at a particular meal. This allows children to be able to choose a vegetable they like.

    get your children to get their vegetables

    Take Action: Make it Happen

    Vegetables offers protection from many diseases, and thanks to the vitamins and minerals they provide, improves your child’s health. It is important for children to eat the recommended amount of vegetables daily.

    Parents, try these tricks to make vegetables more enticing to your children:

    • Offer vegetables daily. Children will not eat vegetables if parents do not cook and serve them.
    • Let children pick out a vegetable of the week at the grocery store.
    • Make vegetables easy for children to grab and eat. Have ready to eat vegetable snacks in small bags in the refrigerator.
    • Set out a plate of vegetables with dip before dinner or when children get home from school.
    • Prepare vegetables in a way in which they are tender but crisp. Children tend to dislike mushy vegetables and many prefer raw vegetables for this reason.
    • Include two vegetables at dinner; try offering both cooked and raw vegetables. This allows children to have a choice of vegetable they want to eat.
    • Add lettuce leaves to sandwiches.
    • Add blended vegetables such as spinach to spaghetti sauce, soups, and casserole. It is a good idea to blend or cut up the vegetable finely before adding it to spaghetti sauce. Children may not even notice the vegetable is there.
    • Make food fun. Let children create funny faces or animals with cut up vegetables.
    • Let children help prepare vegetable recipes; they generally enjoy what they have made.
    • Allow kids to make their own salad. Put out small bowls of baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, shredded leaf lettuce, raisins, fruit, and crunch noodles. They love the feeling of control that comes from doing it themselves.
    • Try heirloom vegetables. Kids get excited about interesting vegetables. Take your children to a farmer’s market and have them pick out the heirlooms they would like to try.

    getting kids to eat veggies

    Written by Ingrid Adams, Nutrition and Food Science Extension Specialist; Mallory Foster, Family and Consumer Sciences graduate student; and Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

    Recall Alert: EpiPens, Aldi’s Peas, Hunt’s Chili Kits

    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.

    EpiPens Recalled

    Mylan is recalling EpiPens (epinephrine injections) and EpiPen Jrs due to potential defects. A defective EpiPen may require unnecessary force in order to deploy medicine, or in some cases, the device may altogether fail. Epinephrine, the drug injected by an EpiPen, is first aid treatment for an individual undergoing anaphylactic shock, or life-threatening allergic reaction.

    The recall was originally limited to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan but has since expanded to include the United States. Outside of the United Stated, there have been two cases reported of individuals whose EpiPens failed during emergency situations. Both patients, fortunately, were able to use alternate EpiPens in order to obtain treatment.

    Both faulty EpiPens came from the same lot, but additional lots are now being recalled out of precaution. The potentially defective EpiPens were distributed between December 2015 and July 2016. Recalled lots in the United States are listed below.

    faulty epipens recalled

    The image below indicated where to find the lot number on an EpiPen package.

    recalling epipens

    Patients carrying recalled EpiPens are encouraged to return them for replacements, free of charge. The manufacturing company can also be contacted via 800-796-9526 or customer.service@mylan.com.

    Aldi’s Peas Recalled

    Just under two thousand packages of Season’s Choice Frozen Peas are being voluntarily recalled due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria infections can be serious or even fatal in young children, the elderly, or other persons with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include high fever, nausea, stiffness, severe headache, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women who are infected with Listeria may suffer miscarriages or stillbirths.

    The recalled frozen peas were distributed to Aldi Stores in Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia. Identify the recalled product by its label code:

    Season’s Choice Sweet Peas, Net Weight 16 oz (1 LB) 454 g UPC code 041498164294

    Code: DC17038 PLAB6176 BEST BY 08 2018

    DC27038 PLAB6176 BEST BY 08 2018

    DC27038 BNAF7286 BEST BY 08 2018

    DC37038 BNAF7286 BEST BY 08 2018

    DC47038 PLAC6216 BEST BY 08 2018

    DC57038 PLAC6216 BEST BY 08 2018

    Consumers may returned recalled products to place of purchase for full refunds.

    Hunt’s Chili Kit Recalled

    On April 2, Conagra initiated a voluntary recall of its Hunt’s Chili Kits due to potential Salmonella contamination of the chili seasoning packets. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea. An otherwise healthy individual may recover without treatment, although some cases of severe diarrhea lead to hospitalization. Salmonella infections pose the greatest risk to infants, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems.

    The recalled chili kits were distributed in retail stores and online, as well as through military commissaries, across the United States. Identify a recalled product via UPC and Manufacturing Lot Codes.

    Item Description UPC MFG/Lot Code Best By Date
    HUNT’S CHILI KIT 44.8OZ 20-0-27000-42063-2 3534619500 Apr 04, 2018
    HUNT’S CHILI KIT 44.8OZ 20-0-27000-42063-2 3534622200 May 01, 2018
    HUNT’S CHILI KIT 44.8OZ 20-0-27000-42063-2 3534619600 April 5, 2018

    The below picture demonstrates where to find the information that can be used to identify a recalled chili product.

    hunts recall