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Everything Costs $3 At This Brandless Online Grocery Store

Ever notice the huge mark up of prices between popular name-brand groceries compared to the generic store-brand ones? We’ll stick to Hydrox, thanks. If you’re not one to care about the most popular brands and everything essentially tastes the same to you, you might want to check out Brandless.

Brandless is an online grocery store that sells non perishable foods like coffee, dressings, peanut butter, snacks, sauces, and candies but without any sort of brand name tied to them. Essentially, peanut butter is just labeled as peanut butter and costs you $3.

In fact, everything sold in the store costs $3, reports TechCrunch.

Other than food, Brandless also sells things like kitchen utensils, personal care products, cleaning supplies, and office supplies. The store boasts hundreds of brand-free items customers can get for cheap.

Kinda awesome that one single place exists that you can get so many household items and foods for just $3.

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Packaged Food

Man Finds ‘Condom’ Like Prize In His Jar Of Jam

There are only a few expectations one has when opening a fresh jar of jam for the very first time. A used condom, is probably one of the few things you’d expect to see once that lid pops open.

Troy Hawkins, Mashable reports, posted on his Facebook a photo of an opened jar of jam he had apparently purchased from a Co-op Food in the United Kingdom. Inside of the jar, he found something that suspiciously looked like an un-rolled condom.

Co-op replied to the image, claiming it was “production foam” that solidified during the bottling process. Upon his initial complaint, they even compensated him a bit for his grief, though not enough to silence his frustration.

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So what do you think? Is is a freak production occurrence made from the residual white foam? Or did some one have a little too much, albeit safe, ‘fun’ with the sweet jelly product?

The real tragedy is that single slice of un-jellied toast just sitting on Hawkins’ kitchen table.

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Health

Trader Joe’s And Costco Just Recalled Frozen Veggies In ALL 50 States

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If you love frequenting Costco and Trader Joe’s, brace yourselves for some pretty scary news. The US Food and Drug Administration announced CRF Frozen Foods, supplier to both Costco and Trader Joe’s, has issued a voluntary recall of all frozen fruits and vegetables.

The items were all potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. These organisms can cause fatal infections in young children, the elderly and pretty much anyone with a weak immune system. It also can cause high fevers, headaches, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Pretty much everything produced at CRF since May 2014 is getting the recall involving more than 350 brands in all 50 states. Among the affected foods are mixed veggies, berries, corn and stir fry.

According to the FDA, seven people in the US were hospitalized. While two died, the Listeria wasn’t the cause of death for either of them.

You can find the entire list of frozen food products, which the FDA continues to update, on their website.

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Hit-Or-Miss

BUSTED: Whole Foods Fined for Overcharging Californians

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Ruh Roh, Whole Foods. The popular grocery chain was penalized a sum of close to $800,000 after a year-long investigation discovered that they were overcharging customers in the state of California. There’s about 74 Whole Foods total.

It was uncovered by State and local inspectors that purchased foods weighed less than how much they were advertised to cost for said weight. The weight of salad bar containers were also not subtracted after the final checkout, Fox News reports. According to prosecutors, this violated consumer protection laws under false advertising and unfair competition.

Whole Foods is set to pay $210,000 to the city attorneys of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego. The chain must also repay $100,000 to a weights and measurements enforcement fund. There will be both state and store pricing accuracy managers to prevent this from happening again as well as random quarterly audits in all 74 Whole Foods locations in California.

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Sweets

UK’s Biggest Grocery Store Bans Candy in the Checkout Aisle

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I rarely remember a time where I didn’t pick up a candy bar or some kind of sweet after a grocery store trip. It’s so easy to just reach for those colorful wrappers, knowing they’ll deliver on the sweet promises of sugar. Looks like this will no longer be the case for many of our friends in the United Kingdom.

The UK’s largest retailer, Tesco, is issuing a ban on sweets and chocolates sold at the checkout aisle. A recent survey conducted among customers showed that 65% of shoppers wanted candy removed from checkouts to further temptation when buying groceries and 67% felt it would help them make healthier choices for their kids. Tesco had already taken out confectionary at the checkout in 720 of their larger stores 20 years ago. The retailer will now implement the ban for all of their 1,800 locations which include Tesco Metro and Express convenience stores in both Britain and Ireland.

According to The Guardian, the decision was based on wanting to remove the temptation of sugary snacks at the checkout and to help customers lead heather lives, said Tesco Chief Executive Philip Clarke. The removal was expected to finish by December of 2014 but after the customer survey, it looks like it’s moving ahead much sooner.

Though confectionery will be removed from checkouts, they’ll still be available for purchase in bulk within the store itself. Though unless it’s Halloween or Easter, no one can commit to that much candy. In theory, of course.