New massive ground beef recall includes meat sold in Oregon

More than 6.5 million pounds of ground beef is being recalled nationwide on fears of Salmonella contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday.

Arizona-based JBS Tolleson, Inc., issued the recall for various raw, non-intact beef products that may be contaminated. Those products include ground beef packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018, to Sept. 7, 2018. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide.

The recalled products may have been sold under the following brands: Walmart, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Showcase, Showcase/Walmart and JBS Generic.

The recall comes after several cases of illness were reported, and investigators were able to use eight customer store receipts to connect the illnesses to ground beef products, all originating with the Arizona producer.

Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most-common foodborne illnesses. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, which appear within 12 to 72 hours of eating the contaminated food. The illness can last as much as a week, and most people get better without seeking medical treatment. But it can be serious for older people, infants and people with compromised immune systems.

The government is worried that some of the contaminated beef may be in consumers’ freezers. USDA recommends that customers either throw the beef away or return it to the place of purchase.

To guard against illness from eating any ground beef products, the government recommends only eating ground meat that’s been cooked to 160 degrees, while other cuts should be cooked to 145 degrees. Using a food thermometer is the only way to accurately gauge food temperatures.

Thursday’s recall is the second serious ground beef recall in the last month. In late September, a Colorado company recalled ground beef that had been contaminated with E. coli. That recall included meat that may have been sold in Oregon Target stores.

— Grant Butler

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The ‘holy grail’ of whiskey just sold for $1 million. But is it any good?

This is one bottle of booze you’re not likely to find at the package store down the street.

On Wednesday, someone ponied up $1.1 million for a single bottle of rare whiskey at an auction in Scotland, setting a world record, The Guardian reported.

The drink, a Macallan Valerio Adami 1926, was first distilled in 1926, then sat in a vat for 60 years before it was finally poured into just 24 bottles, according to the paper.

“The Macallan 1926 60-year-old has been described as the Holy Grail of whisky,” said the Bonham auction house’s whiskey expert Martin Green, according to Drinks Bulletin. “Its exceptional rarity and quality puts it in a league of its own, and the world’s most serious whisky collectors will wait patiently for many years for a bottle to come onto the market.”

The whiskey gets its name from the pop artist who designed its label, Valerio Adami, according to the BBC. Only 12 bottles bearing his artwork were produced, and it is unknown how many remain, according to the site.

The buyer, who has not been named, placed a bid by telephone for about $900,000, plus a premium, according to The New York Times. The only thing known about the buyer was that they were from Asia, according to the paper.

“Active bidding came in from around the world but we saw new bidders from South-east Asia, including Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, reflecting the growing appetite and appreciation for whiskey among Asian collectors,” said the auction house’s head of fine wine and whiskey in Hong Kong, according to The Guardian.

But there’s still the burning question — just what the heck does a $1 million bottle of booze taste like?

“Obviously, after spending 60 years in cask it’s going to be quite dark in colour — amber, a bit of mahogany in there. And then you’ll get some of the spices from the wood, little hints of vanilla, potentially some nutty characteristics, cinnamon, Christmas cake…. All sorts of different flavours,” said Tim Triptree, Christie’s international director of wine, according to the auction house. “And then the length — how long the flavours persist in the mouth — is going to be exceptional, and just reinforce all the aromas that you’re smelling.”

At least one man, however, has firsthand experience.

“When I tasted it, the whisky was quite intense, dry, and tasted of dried fruit with some hint of warming spice,” said David Robertson, a former master distiller at the Macallan, according to The New York Times. “But I had to try a lot of whiskies over the years and in my humble opinion, there were a number that were better than this one.”

So what happens now?

“Obviously we don’t know what will happen to (the bottle), but anyone who can spend around a million pounds for a bottle of whiskey could afford to drink it,” Green said, according NBC News. “But it’s an object of beauty in its own right — almost a museum piece.”

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Today is National Taco Day. Here’s Where to Get Deals, Discounts, and Even Free Tacos

Today is National Taco Day, yet another deliciously made-up holiday when retailers give away free food and deals on customer favorites. A day celebrating tacos is no exception to what is quickly becoming a way for chains that otherwise compete to all over versions of the same discounts on one very filling today.

Last year, Americans ate 4.5 billion tacos, according to the National Taco Day website. How do you think this single day will compare? Let’s find out. Here are the Mexican chains offering deals and free tacos for National Taco Day 2018.

Taco Bell

Make a run for the border—that is, Taco Bell on National Taco Day. The Mexican chain is offering a National Taco Day Gift Set, which is a fancy way of saying that for $5, you can get four hard shell tacos including Crunchy Taco, Fiery, Cool Ranch, and Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos.

El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco is sure crazy for National Taco Day. The chain is offering a free chicken taco al carbon all day Thursday, as well as the chance to win free tacos for a year. The official contest rules can be found on El Pollo Loco’s website.

Del Taco

With a coupon customers can download from the Del Taco website, two shredded beef soft tacos are the price of one. That’s a tasty BOGO for sure.

On the Border

Participating locations of this nationwide Mexican chain are serving $8.99 Endless Tacos all day long on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Taco John’s

Extending one delicious day into a whole week, Taco John’s is offering a free crispy beef taco every day this week, through Friday. All you have to do is download the Taco John’s Rewards smartphone app.


With a beverage purchase and this coupon, customers can enjoy a free Original Fish Taco at Rubio’s Coastal Grill locations.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

To get Moe’s buy two, get one free deal, simply download the Moe’s Rewards app. Moe’s is even extending National Taco Day through Sunday.


Getting a free meal at Chuy’s on National Taco Day requires quite a bit more effort, but it’ll also be a whole lot more fun. Go to any Chuy’s location dressed as a taco and your meal is on the house. If you just want a good deal and can’t be bothered to dress up, Chuy’s is also offering $1 off bottles of Modelo beer, as well as the option to add a crispy beef taco to any meal for only $1.

Baja Fresh

Not technically a National Taco Day deal, if you join the Club Baja rewards program, you can get one free taco (chicken or carnitas, Baja or Americano style).

Cold Stone Creamery

You read that right, and no, Cold Stone isn’t getting into Tex-Mex. But all day Thursday, for one day only, the chain will sell Waffle Tacos. Sounds like a good dessert after you’ve eaten your fill of regular tacos elsewhere.

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Italian winery loses 8000 gallons of prosecco in tank overflow

Prosecco lovers, shield your eyes: An overfilled silo at an Italian winery led to an explosive 8,000 gallon eruption of the sparkling wine from a tank.

Last week, a worker at L’enoteca Zanardo Giussano winery in Conegliano, Treviso, filmed six seconds of the dramatic, cascading explosion on his phone and shared it to Facebook, where it has since gone viral, Newsweek reports.


Garnering over 1.2 million views and sparking nearly a thousand comments, fans of the brunch time bubbly largely mourned the loss of the wine.

“I would grab as many containers, bottles, bags, cups and the report would be ‘Shane died doing what he loved the most’ attempting to drink a 100,000 liter bottle of wine,” a lamenter named Shane said.

“Noooooo,” another commenter agreed.

“If only we could have been there, with empty glasses at hand,” one chimed in.

According to CBS News, the eruption was caused by an accidental overfilling of one of the silos.


Demand for prosecco is skyrocketing in the U.S., where the fizzy white wine accounts for 20 percent of all sparkling wine sales, which are expected to reach 50 million bottles by 2020, Forbes reports.

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Campbell asks shareholders to stand with soup maker in fending off attack from activist investor Third Point

Campbell Soup is asking shareholders to stand with the soup maker in a battle over its future as activist investor Third Point turns up pressure on the company to sell.

sell its international and fresh food businesses.

Those units have already seen interest from potential acquirers, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Loeb is now trying to replace all 12 of Campbell’s board directors at the company’s Nov. 29 shareholder meeting. The company on Thursday reiterated its support for its own band of board nominees, which include three descendants of the company’s founder: Archbold van Beuren, Bennett Dorrance and Mary Alice Malone. Dorrance and Malone together hold 33 percent of Campbell and have resisted past pressure to sell the company.

It also took aim at two of Third Point’s nominees, both of whom were prior Campbell board members. One of them, George Strawbridge Jr. is a descendant of a founder. Strawbridge has disclosed a 2.7 percent stake in Campbell and has partnered with Third Point in its campaign.

“Despite criticisms of oversight at Campbell, Third Point nominated George Strawbridge, Jr., who retired from Campbell’s Board at the age of 72 in 2009, with a tenure that spanned more than 22 years, and Lawrence Karlson, who served on the Board as recently as 2015 and supported many of the acquisitions that Third Point is now criticizing,” the company said in the documents.

Of Third Point’s campaign, Campbell said in its letter to shareholders the “New York-based hedge fund that only recently became a Campbell shareholder and held material short positions in Campbell stock for most of 2017, is attempting to deprive shareholders of the future value potential of Campbell by forcing a sale of your company while we are executing on our strategic plan to create value.”

It added that the board “strongly objects to Third Point’s aggressive and short-sighted tactics and urges shareholders to reject the hedge fund’s misguided efforts and ‘one-point’ agenda for Campbell.”

Third Point is also trying to get records from Campbell’s board.

In a letter sent Wednesday to Campbell’s corporate secretary, Third Point called the strategic review process a “sham,” saying the company did not contact potential acquirers of “all or a meaningful portion of the company” and did not pursue a sale process.

“Shareholders plainly are entitled to records to determine why the company did not engage in a full and proper process — as they had publicly disclosed they would do.”

Campbell, though, has previously said it has considered a sale and does not rule out the idea of one.

“In fact, all approaches presented by Third Point appear to be aimed exclusively at an eventual sale of the company — an alternative we evaluated and will continue to do so if it can be shown to drive value relative to the plans outlined in our strategy and portfolio review,” the soup company said in its Thursday statement.

Loeb also chastised Campbell for a CEO search that not yet reached a conclusion months after announcing Morrison’s departure.

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Bawdy, 1300-man ‘bachelor party’ takes over cruise ship

More than a thousand men ran amok on a cruise ship last month after bringing burlesque dancers aboard for a series of parties on pool decks, Newsweek reported.

The cruise out of Sydney was billed as a family-oriented adventure, but ended up more like bacchanalia on a boat — one enormous floating stag party.

The mostly Australian passengers on the Voyager of the Seas complained that the men — 1,300 workers from an Indian tobacco company who came aboard for a conference — blocked off pool decks, bars and the main buffet area.

Some of the scantily clad dancers reportedly wore Playboy Bunny suits as they jiggled and gyrated to music. The raunchy displays chased families inside, but some passengers seemed more interested in the shows than in cruise-sanctioned activities.

For example, bingo — normally a favorite on cruises — was canceled due to lack of interest.

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Royal Caribbean International, which operates the ship, said passengers would receive full refunds, reported. It was not clear if the partying workers would also be reimbursed.

“It was almost like a huge bucks [bachelor] party, a bucks night for 1,200 people,” Sydney passenger Cassandra Riini told the Australian Nine Network’s “A Current Affair.”

“Their doors would be open and you would walk past and be like what am I going to be looking at when I walk past this door? It is hard to forget after seeing all the flashbacks of these men around all the time, 24 hours a day, like we could not escape.”

The young daughters of some passengers and their friends said they were harassed by the men, who filmed them on their cell phones.

The Indian company Kamla Pasand makes gutka, a mixture of crushed Areca nut, tobacco, catechu and other substances that when mixed with saliva can give the user a high more intense than tobacco chewing or smoking.

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