Recalls for days
The mistakes made by machines and human hands alike make food recalls unavoidable. Just this past week, the public was prompted to steer clear of four different kinds of foods. Bison, veal and beef products purchased from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse have been recalled due to the presence of E.Coli bacteria. The meat was packaged between July 21 and Sept. 22 in Athol, Massachusetts and sent to stores, restaurants and farmers markets in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. The meat could have potentially been shipped to other neighboring states, such as Rhode Island.
Approximately 195,000 pounds of P.F Chang’s frozen chicken and beef products are being pulled from shelves due to a high possibility of metal contamination. The manufacturer, ConAgra Foods, released a statement saying that metal fragments may be embedded in the sauce of “P.F Chang’s Home Menu” entrée products. The metal pieces range in size from two to nine millimeters and are curled and shiny. The contaminated items were produced between May 31 and June 22, including Spicy Chicken, Mongolian Style Beef and Dan Dan Noodles.
Meat products are certainly not the only commodity that are prompted for recall. Kellog Co. is recalling over 10,000 cases of its Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles in 25 states for possible listeria contamination, a bacteria that can cause fatal infections. Even Little Bites snacks are being recalled, thanks to a potential helping of plastic shards from within. The announcement was made in early September, and the miniature muffins were distributed to stores in the first two weeks of the month.
More information on exact states, UPC codes and “best by” dates can be found online.
Man lost at sea suspect in grand-patricide
After setting sail from Point Judith, Rhode Island for a fishing trip on Sept. 17, Linda Carman is presumed dead. Her son, Nathan, was rescued from a life raft off the coast of Massachusetts on Sunday, Sept. 25 after spending seven days at sea. Deepening the case of his missing mother, Nathan was a suspect in the homicide of his grandfather 2013. Carman was the last known person to see his grandfather, John Chakalos. Carman had dinner with his 87-year-old grandfather on Dec. 20, 2013, and Chakalos was found dead the next morning with three gunshot wounds. Carman was never charged with the murder of his grandfather.
After his rescue, Carman told the Coast Guard in an interview that his 31-foot long aluminum fishing boat sank after he heard a “funny noise” coming from the boat’s engine. “When I saw the life raft, I did not see my mom. Have you found her?” Nathan Carman spent seven days in an inflatable life raft with only enough food and water to survive. Linda Carman has still not been found and is presumed dead.
Many questions still remain surrounding the presumed death of Linda Carman, and how the aluminum fishing boat sank. Windsor police Captain Thomas Lepore said that the investigation into the murder of John Chakalos remains open. According to Lepore, police interviewed a few of Chakalos’s relatives, including Nathan and Linda Carman.
Rhode Island wants millennials to vote
Rhode Island launched a new website designed to get people, specifically young people, to register to vote.
Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea says that many young people are disengaged from the political process and that the website is designed to encourage them to vote.
The website is optimized for use on smartphones and tablets. The website asks the question, “Are you going to vote?” and gives two options to pick from, yes and don’t know.
Those who pick yes are given a way to register online if they haven’t already. While those who picked don’t know are directed to a list of commonly given excuses on why people do not vote.
Each excuse gives information on what to do to overcome the issue. There are also several videos that explain why your vote matters.
RIvotes.org was launched on September 27 to coincide with National Voter Registration Day.
The last day to register to vote for the November election is October 9.
Department of Justice says URI mismanaged federal grants
An audit released by the US Department of Justice says that three federal grants were mismanaged by the University of Rhode Island.
The three grants totaled $1.2 million and were from the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs.
The DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz said that the grants from 2009, 2011, and 2012 were not adequately managed. According to Horowitz the university achieved the goals and objectives of the grant, but the audit found “non-compliance or discrepancies in several areas.”
The grants were intended to develop software to aid law enforcement in stopping child pornography and assist in investigations involving internet data.
URI has disagreed with most of the Inspector General’s findings in the audit.