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The Central Valley Meat Company, based out of Hanford, Calif., is recalling 40-pound cases containing 10-pound chubs of their fine ground beef after the USDA discovered the contamination during an investigation prompted by customer complaints. The meat had been shipped to Arkansas, California, Montana and Texas to be used in National School Lunch Program meals.
“Central Valley Meat is working diligently to identify and address the source of the problem,” Brian Coelho, general manager of the meat plant, told the Fresno Bee. “We will strive to not only maintain but improve the safety of our product, since food safety has always been our number one priority.”
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has not reported any illnesses or injuries resulting from the contaminated beef.
This is not the first time the Central Valley Meat Company has come under scrutiny. The USDA temporarily shut down the plant last year after a video surfaced showing its inhumane slaughtering of animals, prompting the agency to investigate whether meat from sick animals had entered the food supply.
Karason, 62, died Monday at a Washington hospital. The cause of death is not yet known, but he had recently suffered a heart attack and a stroke after a bout of pneumonia, his estranged wife told TODAY.
His skin had turned its deep hue after he used colloidal silver to treat a skin disorder. He later said he never would have used the compound if he knew about this startling side effect, Morning Rush reported in the video clip above.
He faced a number of health problems, including prostate cancer, but said he was optimistic that his skin was beginning to lighten in a second TODAY interview in 2009.
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Sir Stuffington was found in Troutdale, Ore., in early September. He had severe facial injuries and several diseases, according to KPTV. Luckily, a woman named Blazer Schaffer took the kitten in as a foster pet for the Multnomah County Animal Shelter.
Shaffer told KPTV that one day, her girlfriend dressed Sir Stuffington up as a pirate and posted the picture to Facebook. When it went viral, they decided to make prints of the picture and sell them to raise money for the animal shelter.
Sir Stuffington now has a Facebook page with 32,000 fans to help his fundraising efforts.
“I want to bring awareness to the world about the importance of your local animal shelter and the lives they save every day!” the page says. “I also want you to know that you can make a difference!”
“I think people just see him and see that he’s been through so much in his short little life,” Shaffer told KPTV. “And he’s still positive and happy and wants to live.”
The 27-year-old man was born without arms in Ukraine, where he lived in an orphanage for the first years of his life. An American couple in Pittsburgh adopted Trimble when he was 9 years old.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Trimble — whose condition was a result of the Chernobyl disaster — eventually graduated from college, found a job that lets him telecommute from home, and now lives on his own. But there was one thing he wanted: a bike.
Having ridden a bike in school once, Trimble knew the basics, yet couldn’t find any bike shops willing to “roll” with his unique requirements. Eventually, he befriended Michael Brown, a custom bike frame fabricator in the city, who agreed to tackle the challenge.
“All we had to work with was a short 5” stump on [Trimble’s] left side and his will to try anything,” Brown writes in a blog post on his website.
So he fashioned a bike — sans handlebars — designed to be steered via a long bar with a U-shaped attachment at the end. Armed only with the modified bike, a shirt with the sleeves tied off, and a hefty hockey helmet, within 30 minutes Trimble “got the hang of it and was riding on his own and even making turns.”
“It was so much fun. It felt like teaching my little child how to ride,” Brown told the Gazette of his experience. “Mike was so happy, you could not get the smile off his face.”
Trimble’s Facebook page is now dotted with the various times and distances he’s ridden, all tracked via an app on his iPhone. Under a post noting “10.16 miles in 54 minutes!!” a friend notes, wryly, “taking ‘look mom, no hands!’ to yet another level.“
WATCH Trimble’s first bike ride, below:
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