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Pretty pink wine.; Credit: S. Bonar

Trader Joe’s Says Don't Freak Out Over Arsenic in Wine

Responding to a recent lawsuit alleging high levels of arsenic in its Two Buck Chuck, among other inexpensive white and rose wines produced by 28 California winemakers, Trader Joe’s has written “A Note to Customers About Arsenic in Wine” to “clarify some points.”  The company begins by stating: “We will......
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Trader Joe's Raw Walnuts Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination

Trader Joe's is recalling five varieties of raw walnuts sold under its house brand due to potential salmonella contamination, the chain has announced. The recalled walnuts include Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Pieces, Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Halves & Pieces, Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Baking Pieces, Trader......
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Acidic Seas Are Killing Shellfish, Driving Up Prices

Increasingly acidic seas are killing the larvae of shellfish such as oysters, clams and scallops, driving down populations and driving up prices. And for that you have global warming to thank, according to a new study by a team of marine scientists. As climate-boosting greenhouse gases are released into Earth’s......
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Feeding Babies Peanut Products May Thwart Peanut Allergies

Reversing years of medical advice, a new study says babies at risk of developing peanut allergy should actually be fed peanuts. (Traditionally, parents have been told to keep peanut products far away from such youngsters.) According to the new data, eating peanut products in the first 11 months of life......
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Multiple Companies Recall Cumin Products for Possible Peanut Contamination

Hundreds of products containing cumin are being pulled from stores because the spice may be contaminated with traces of peanuts, the Food and Drug Administration warns. The FDA says people with peanut allergies should avoid ground cumin, cumin powder and all products containing cumin.  Some shipments of the yellow-orange spice......
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Lawsuit Filed Over Caramel Apple Listeria-Outbreak Death

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the widower and sons of a California woman who died after contracting listeriosis after eating a listeria-contaminated caramel apple around Halloween of last year.  The suit seeks compensation and damages from Safeway, which sold Shirlee Frey of Felton, Calif. the apple; Happy......
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Red Wine May Help Burn Body Fat

Drinking red wine (or even grape juice) could help overweight people burn body fat as well as improve their overall health, according to the best new study we’ve read in a long time. (We’ll take the wine.) The findings suggest that consuming dark-colored grapes, whether eating them or drinking juice......
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Mercury Levels in Tuna Increasing by 4% a Year

Mercury levels in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna – that’s ahi to sushi fans – are rising by nearly 4% a year, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Michigan looked at earlier data that detailed concentrations of mercury in the muscles of yellowfin tuna caught near Hawaii from......