Man Boiled To Death In Horrific Tuna Accident, Bumble Bee Foods Forced To Pay BIG TIME


In 2012, an employee of Bumble Bee Foods died as a result of being cooked alive in an industrial oven. Now, years later, a settlement has finally been reached in the record sum of $6 million. This makes it the largest criminal prosecution case for safety violations in a workplace involving a single victim in California.

Jose Melena was doing some maintenance work on a large industrial oven at the canned-tuna factory in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Another worker, believing Melena was on a break, filled the cooker with 12,000 pounds of tuna and turned on the machine.

When management noticed the 62-year-old employee was missing, they conducted a search across the plant and property. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) reports that Melena’s body was found two hours after. Tragically, the pressure cooker had already reached a temperature of 270 degrees Fahrenheit.

RT reports that the settle meant will be divided up into multiple parts.

  • The company will use $3 million to update any outdated tuna ovens and will bring in automated ones with video cameras, so that no worker will ever have to set foot inside the cookers again.
  • Melena’s family will receive $1.5 million in restituation.
  • Bumble Bee will also donate $750,000 to the Distrcit Attonrey’s Environmental Enforcement Fun for the investegation and the prosecution of OSHA criminal cases .
  • Finally, an additional $750,000 will go towards combined fees, court costs and penalties.

Bumble Bee Foods will also plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge of willful failure to implement and maintain an effect safety program within 18 months of complying with the terms of the settlement agreement.

The two managers in charge at the time of Melena’s death were also charged with counts of OSHA violation.



What Army Food Rations Look Like From Country to Country


Get ready to be thankful for that sad desk lunch you’re warily picking at. Redditor itsrattlesnake compiled a series of army rations given to troops around the world.

It’s not everlasting pizza (yet) but many of the spreads feature an impressive showcase of technology and creativity. From flameless heated meal pouches in the US to sophisticated attempts at deer pâté in France and chicken tikka masala in the UK. Although, judging from the warning comments that the chocolate snacks double as laxatives, there’s always room for improvement.

Yes, you’ll be surprised that vodka-soaked biscuits aren’t on the German ration. No, Canada’s meal pack doesn’t contain maple syrup.



Several just-add-water sachets of grapefruit and juice powder. Italian biscotti. Liver sausage spread. Rye Bread. Goulash with potatoes. Sour cherry and apricot jams for breakfast.




Cans of green beans and ham. Squid in vegetable oil. Pate. Sachet of powdered vegetable soup. Peach syrup and crackers handed out to replace dessert bread (not shown). Disposable heater with matches and fuel tabs. Vitamin C, glucose, water purification and rehydration tablets. Yes, we are aware Spain’s pack of tablets looks like a pack of condoms.




Almond poppy seed pound cake. Cranberries. Non-alcoholic apple cider. Peanut butter and crackers. Pasta with vegetable crumbles in spicy tomato sauce. Just-add-water powder to heat up plastic meal pouch.




Bear Paws (win). Salmon fillet with Tuscan sauce or vegetarian couscous. Peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwich.

Note: Original source has photo incorrectly switched with Denmark’s army rations. It has been corrected for this post.




Deer pâté. Cassoulet with duck confit. Creole-style pork. Crème chocolate pudding. Coffee and flavored drink powded. Muesli. Dupont d’Isigny caramel. Disposable heater.




A breakfast shot of 40% alcohol cordiale (aka breakfast of champions). Powdered cappuccino. Biscotti. Pasta. Bean soup. Canned turkey. Rice salad. Power sport bar. Canned fruit salad. Muesli chocolate bar. Disposable camping stove.




Kenco coffee. Mini bottle of Tabasco. Chicken tikka masala. Vegetarian pasta. Pork and beans. Trail mix. Apple “fruit pocket” snacks. Packets of Polos. Teabags.




Stuffed peppers. Chicken-meat pâté. Smoked sprats. Liver sausage with potatoes. Crispbreads. Halva with vanilla. Muesli. Fruit pocket. Honey.




Earl Grey Tea. Mini bottle of Tabasco sauce. Beans and bacon in tomato sauce. Golden oatie biscuit. Rowntree’s Tooty Frooties. Flameless heater (similar to US version).




Szechuan chicken noodles. Mushroom, basil, rice and chicken dish. Soya milk with red-bean dessert.

Note: For some reason, the standard packet that usually accompanies the above MREs wasn’t depicted in the original post. Here’s a more accurate representation courtesy of dreamwaltzer.





Vegemite. Jam sandwich biscuits. Tube of sweetened condensed milk. Fonterra processed cheddar cheese. Meatballs and chili tuna pasta. Curious-looking bars labeled “chocolate ration.”

Also, “can-opener-cum-spoon,” aka FRED for “Fucking Ridiculous Eating Device.”


Kudos Jeremy


Canned Wine is the New Boxed Wine


Break out the beer koozies and classy pants, because you can now drink your fancy wine out of a can, thanks to Oregon-based Union Wine Company.

While the company actually saves money on packaging and uses less materials, the decision was made with the intention of revamping the wine experience.  We can only begin to imagine the possibilities.  No more worrying about spilling your glass as you lean back on the couch or  pesky half-opened bottles and lost cork dilemmas.

Each can will hold about 8 ounces of wine, which is about two servings. No word yet on how the canning process will actually affect the taste, but we are definitely excited to give this a try.

H/T + Picthx Design Taxi

Packaged Food

Cheeseburger-Flavored SpaghettiOs Sound Like The Ultimate Munchies Cure


There are certain foods you’ll only eat if you’re a child or high. New CheeseburgerOs from Campbell just happens to be both.

Growing up, we always begged for the original SpaghettiOs because of the cool skateboarding pasta on the label and because for some reason, we actually kind of liked that weird aluminum flavor. But for anyone past the age of 10, there hasn’t really been much reason to go back to those canned pasta days until now.

Perfect for nights when you’re craving both cheeseburgers and spaghetti but don’t have the willpower to make either, the new CheeseburgerOs are the first new flavor for SpaghettiOs in over twenty years (past renditions have included PizzOs and CheesOs). They also feature an estimated 750 pieces per 15-ounce can, all swimming around in a cheeseburger-flavored meat sauce which – we hope – also tastes excellent when spread on top of an actual burger.


Plus, it’s cheap, easy and fast, and when you’re wandering around the grocery store after 2 a.m., can you really ask for anything else?


This Spray Paint Travel Mug Helps You Channel Your Inner Hood-Troll

So it’s not as clever as blue Gatorade in a Windex bottle or water in a vodka bottle, but this “Canned” Spray Paint Travel Mug is probably still trollish enough to earn you more than a few double takes during your morning commute.

Brought to you by the blokes who made the Condiment Gun, 1-Up Cake and 12-Gauge Shot Glass, “Canned” is insulated, shaped to look like your average aerosol can and can hold approximately 13 ounces of liquid. Unfortunately the website isn’t clear on whether you unscrew the lid to drink or if the spray mechanism actually works, but for £10.00 (or $15.79), feel free to pop some food coloring in your morning brew, spill a sip and watch the madness unfold.

Just make sure your supervisors don’t actually buy it, or “getting ‘canned'” could then mean something else entirely.

[Via Incredible Things]


Study Suggests Canned Goods Spike BPA Levels — Possible Link to Cardiovascular, Diabetes & Obesity

In a recent attempt to quantify BPA levels in humans after ingestion of canned foods, Harvard University researchers have found that people who ate canned soup for five days straight saw their urinary levels BPA spike 1,200 percent compared to those who ate fresh soups. Is this scary? Let’s look into it more —

First off, BPA — bisphenol A — is an endocrine disruptor that has been “shown to interfere with reproductive development in animal studies at levels of 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight and higher, though it remains uncertain if the same effects cross over to humans.” (Canada/Environmental Protection Agency)

The study that was released earlier today by the Journal of the American Medical Association (November 23 Issue) measured BPA levels by micrograms per liter of urine, not by the earlier researched method of micrograms per kilogram of bodyweight. With this in mind, a direct comparison to the EPA-cited danger level in animals was not possible.

Researcher in the study, Jenny L. Carwile, noted that previous studies have linked BPA at lower levels than the ones found in the Harvard study in question to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity in humans. The BPA in question, found in the lining of canned foods, was highlighted in the study via a randomized study with 75 participants.

The study participants were broken into two groups who ate 12-ounce servings of either fresh or canned soup over a five day period (without other alteration to their regular eating habits). Following a two-day break, the groups switched and ate the opposite type of soup.

The resulting urine analysis showed the canned soup eaters had 1,221 % higher levels of BPA than the fresh soup eaters.

The U.S. Government has acknowledged such studies, but has yet to determine whether further action should be taken.

[via Canada/AFP/JAMA/FoodRenegade]



Canned PB&J Sandwich

PB&J is a nostalgic sandwich that brings back memories from school lunches. If you’re an American, it’s pretty much necessary for you to like this sandwich. This Canned PB&J Sandwich is the ultimate lunch box. Sorry Mom, but my Hello Kitty lunchbox just isn’t cutting it anymore. ($4.99 @ Think Geek)