Following Costco’s E. Coli Scare, Starbucks Is Now Recalling Their Holiday Turkey Paninis


Looks like no quick service brand is safe from E. coli these days. Coffee giant Starbucks has pulled their Turkey Panini’s from 1,347 locations in the U.S., Bloomberg reports. The sandwiches have been tied to the E. coli outbreak from Costco, recently.

The paninis recalled had been a part of the holiday lineup, a Starbucks spokesperson told Bloomberg. West Coast states California, Nevada and Oregon pulled their panini from store shelves. The total was more than 1,000 stores, reports the LA Times.

Celery from the cranberry cornbread stuffing in the sandwich has been identified as the cause of the E. coli by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The celery had also been found in Costco’s chicken salad. Since its discovery, Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. has recalled multiple celery products.

Along with Starbucks and Costco, Chipotle also had an outbreak of E. coli that cause dozens of illnesses.

Harmful forms of E. Coli can cause diarrhea and led to kidney failure in those with weaker immune systems.


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Substance Found in Celery and Parsley Can Fight Cancer

In the battle against cancer, it’s good to know what can and cannot help you prevent it. Cause let’s face it, everything gives you cancer nowadays. In this case, studies show that a substance known as apigenin, which can be found in celery and parsley, is known to help in a substantial way in cases of breast cancer.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri showed that apigenin is known to slow and reduce the production of cancer cells.

According Salman Hyder, professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, who co-authored the study:

“We do know that apigenin slowed the progression of human breast cancer cells in three ways: by inducing cell death, by inhibiting cell proliferation, and by reducing expression of a gene associated with cancer growth. Blood vessels responsible for feeding cancer cells also had smaller diameters in apigenin-treated mice compared to untreated mice. Smaller vessels mean restricted nutrient flow to the tumors and may have served to starve the cancer as well as limiting its ability to spread.”

A group of mice that were specially bred for this study were implanted specifically with breast-cancer cells. Then the mice were divided up with some given medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) and others given apigenin. The group of mice that received MPA developed tumor growth, while the others given apigenin actually caused tumors to decrease in size.

The rest of the study published can be found in the journal Hormones and Cancer.

via: Huffington Post and MU News Bureau

Packaged Food

Peanut Butter & Co. [OUR LOOK]

Everyone loves peanut butter. I even know people with peanut allergies who are willing to risk it all for a good old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich. So what sets Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter apart from the rest? Maybe that it contains no trans fat. Or maybe because it’s cholesterol free. Maybe it’s the fact that it contains all-natural ingredients, giving it that fresh, natural, taste. Maybe you just like the variety of different flavors that Peanut Butter & Co. offer. Or maybe it’s all of these reasons?

Established in 1998 by a young man, Lee Zalben, with a dream. That dream was peanut butter. Zalben, who was 26 at the time, rented out a vacant space near New York University and began his dream of running a gourmet peanut butter store. Peanut Butter & Co. prides itself on one thing, in which the company was built upon: Passion. Their passion for peanut butter and passion for healthy living have merged together to created ten different and delicious all-natural flavors.

  • Smooth Operator: Natural peanut butter.
  • Crunch Time: Natural peanut butter with great big pieces of chopped peanuts.
  • Cinnamon Rasin Swirl: Peanut butter blended with cinnamon and raisins.
  • White Chocolate Wonderful: Peanut Butter blended with sweet white chocolate.
  • The Bee’s Knees: Peanut butter blended with scrumptious honey.
  • Old Fashioned Smooth: 100% natural peanut butter.
  • Mighty Maple: Peanut butter blended with yummy maple syrup.
  • Old Fashioned Crunchy: 100% natural peanut butter with great big pieces of chopped peanuts.
  • Dark Chocolate Dreams: Peanut butter blended with rich dark chocolate
  • The Heat is On: Peanut butter blended with fiery spices

Of all the flavors, The Heat is On caught my eye first. This one definitely has a kick to it. If you enjoy spicy foods, it’s a great addition of flavor to pretty much anything. But if you’re stomach can’t handle much, but you’d like to give it a shot, try it with a stick of celery. It’ll cut most of the intensity.

One of the other flavors that stood out was White Chocolate Wonderful. It pretty much tasted like a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich, only you can take out the middle man. It was very rich flavor-wise.

The Dark Chocolate Dreams had a nice balance to it. It wasn’t too sweet, which made it great on banana or other fruits. The Bee’s Knees tasted great inside of a s’more.

Peanut butter enthusiasts out there will definitely need to run out a grab a jar. Or two. Or five.


Buffalo Wings and Celery Soap — An Ironic Way to Get Clean

The last thing I would consider using to get my fingers clean would be buffalo wings. Seriously, can you think of a more obnoxiously messy, yet utterly delicious pre-meal? Interesting enough, there will be millions of wings eaten during today’s Super Bowl, and even more millions of dirty fingers that wish one of their favorite foods hadn’t just coated their fingers in buffalo deliciousness.

Who would have thought we’d be able to wash off our fingers with…more buffalo wings? A young lady out of New Jersey by the name of Robyn has found a talent in creating soaps that are dramatically realistic to their real life counterparts.

In this case, Robyn has made some olive-oil based Buffalo Wings and Celery Soap, made-to-order, with custom scents (she has plenty to choose from, from Juicy Watermelon to something called Metro Chic), none of which are buffalo-sauce flavored.

Don’t eat these…in case it wasn’t utterly obvious. ($7.95 @ Etsy)


Recipe: Cobb Salad Dip

Cobb Salad is definitely a go to choice of mine when I eat salads, which is basically never. So really I can’t call it a go to choice since I never go to it. But now what if I could have a Cobb salad in the form of a dip and eat it with crackers or chips, now that would for sure be a go to choice. Apparently I can now, after throwing out the greens, and stocking up on blue cheese dip with the best Cobb fixings (avocado, herbs, scallions and of course bacon!). Serve with cold celery sticks or chips or some other weird thing I’ve never heard of. For the recipe, check after the jump. (Thx Chow) (That’s for you Wray!)


Craving: Chicken Salad Sandwich

I will eat chicken salad any time, any day, any where. I absolutely love chicken salad, which goes great on bread to make amazing chicken salad sandwiches. Did I mention that I love chicken salad? I’m always craving this, this should be a reoccuring post everyday so I can crave it more, because I love it. Love love love love, I like it alot, love love love.


Pic of the Day: China Express

Had just finished eating Thai with Elie, when we rolled up on his brother about to get down on this. Solid choice Andrew!