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Permalink 08:59:00 pm, by Malika Bourne Email , 583 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: food safety

Let's Talk Potato Salad:10 Tips to Avoid Posioning


 Today I posted a recall notice for recalled potato salad. I have no idea how the possible contamination happened in the factory. The recall is a precautionary meause in the interest of public safety.

But, what happens when you make your own potato salad or your family eats Aunt Tillie's home made potato salad at a Labor Day picnic that has been sitting out all day?

You can get sick with a number of  organisms  when any food is not kept at the proper temperature.

Hot Foods HOT and Cold Foods Cold

  • Cold foods sitting in the sun on a picnic table must be kept at 40 degrees or below.
  • Hot food must be kept at 140 degrees or above.
  • If these temperatures are not mantained numerous kinds of bacteria will multiply very rapidly causing illness in those who eat the food. 
  • Potato salad or chicken salad are notorious culprits.

Tips to reduce introducing bacteria in homemade food.

  1. Wash your hands well with soap and hot running water before , during and after preparation of any food.
  2. It is the friction that will loosen the bacteria, not the soap. Rub hands vigorously for 2o seconds. That is about the same time it takes to sing Happy Birthday or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Soap combines with fats on your skin to losen and rinse away bacteria. Just pumping some sopa on your hanads is not enought to kill bacteria and rinse it down the drain.
  3. Always use seperate clean (hot soapy water clean) cutting boards and utensiles like knives for raw meat and other foods.
  4. Never leave any food on the counter to cool. Cool it quickly. Some people cool hot foods in the freezer for a few minutes. It is the the between temperatures from hot or cold that bacteria grows. Use a thermometer to check. Don't be guesssing.
  5.  When the temperatures are 90 degrees outside, never eat anything that that been out for more than one hour. Pitch it. Toss it. Throw it out. It is too late to re-chill that food. Cooling it off will not undo bacteria growth.
  6. Scrub celerey with a brush under running water. Bacteria can stick in those strings. Rinsing under a little water will not get the bad stuff out. Soak and rinse it very well.
  7.  Mayonnaise does not cause food poisoning. Any food with moist small pieces chopped up (like celery that has not been scrubbed well or protiens) in temperatures between 40 degree and 140 are susceptible to growing bacteria.
  8. Do not be wiping cutting surfaces, plates, knives etc with the same dish rag or sponge. You will cross contaminate raw meat and veggies.
  9.  Don't be wiping your hands on your apron, if you wear one, or  the same kitchen towel all day long as you prepare food. If you handle raw meat, you may want to consider using paper towels. Or use a towel; put it in the laundry; get a clean towel for the next kind of item.
  10. Clean your sink with disenfectant before soaking or preparing you potaotes, celery, onion etc in there. This especially applies after you have prepared raw meat and or the knives and cutting boards or bowls.

Check out this article written by WebMD for more related information on preventing food posioning in general and myths.

I hope you all enjoy your favorite potato salad recipes when prepared properly and stored in a cool place at 40 degrees or below.

I am Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna saying, "Make good choices."

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Permalink 08:36:00 pm, by Malika Bourne Email , 231 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: recall

Potato Salad RECALLED



If you have potato salad from Spartan Fresh Selections American Potato Salad with a USE BY DATE OF 09/06/13/04 in your frig that is not yet eaten check this out. If you have eaten any recentely and feel ill you will want to be aware of the fact this has been recalled due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

This recall only involves that which has the  USE BY DATE OF 09/06/13/04 from that company and no other product or brand.

According to the FDA Recall press release:

"The affected Spartan Fresh Selections American Potato Salad is packaged in square 16 oz. plastic retail containers with a UPC Code Number 0 11213 90320 0 and a USE BY DATE of 09/06/13/04."

"Consumers with questions can contact Garden-Fresh Foods, Inc. at 1-800-645-3367 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m."

Do no taste it to see if it "tastes OK". Take it back to the store for a full refund.

No illnesses have been reported, to date. The possible contamimation was discovered during a routine inspection at the Spartan plant.

In my next post, Let's Talk Potato Salad and Tips to Avoid Poisioning

"But, what happens when you make your own potato salad or your family eats Aunt Tillie's home made potato salad at a Labor day picnic that has been sitting out all day?"

 "You can get sick with a number of other organisms."

The image is courtesy of FDA. 



Tags: fda, recall


Permalink 09:35:00 pm, by Malika Bourne Email , 1602 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Health Basics, food safety, family

Toxic Stone Soup: Kid Appealing Packaging Tricks Parents to Feel Good About Giving Kids Toxins


 I think most of us adults really do know artificial food dyes offer no nutritional value, yet, we continue to buy into the marketing farce. We are feeling good about handing our kids toxic substances in fun colors and endorsed by cartoon characters.

In this Toxic Stone soup series I have written my theories around the old tale of the peddler who conned the towns folk into making him a meal he called Stone Soup. 

This guy provided the pot and the stone while everyone donated a carrot, an onion, some beef stock. You know, healthy stuff. These people, who had very little, all threw things into the pot to make a delicious stew with theri combined efforts. Now, while that was a wonderful idea, they had all gotten manipulated by the peddler.

Good choices or not?

I have concerns about our choices, as parents, for our children. I have the idea that we are all being conned by someone or group of elite into believing  things that are not in the best interest of our children's future. We are shown the healthy ingredients, like the carrots and the tomatoes in bright colors, but no one shows us the toxic stone at the bottom of the big kettle. We don't ask, either.

Let's look at toothpaste...

If we honestly asked ourselves questions like...

  • Would the kids be so willing to brush their teeth if kid's toothpaste looked "natural" or tasted "healthy" instead of strawberry pink bubble gum flavor?
  • Or, is it take we, as parents, want so desperately to make undesirable chores more fun than we had to do when we were kids?
  • Why not make tooth brushing fun with colorful fruity flavored paste disguised a candy?

...what would your answer be?

I would be the first to say I want the to enjoy life and do fun things. But then the No Non-cents Nanna side of me says, "Brushing your teeth is not a choice."

I remember my Grandmother handing me a toothbrush with baking soda and salt. I was told to brush and I did. Brushing my teeth for Grandma was never a choice.

  • I get concerned when we, the adults in charge, think we have to make everything sugar coated in order to bribe kids into doing those very things that are not a choice.
  • Many things in life are responcibilites we all have to learn to take care of or there are consequences to be paid. These responcilbilities in our tasks of daily living are not choices.

Personally, I never had a single hint of a cavity until I was in my 20's. I never used sugar loaded toothpaste. OK, we did use Ipana that came free in the mail along with a tube of Prell shampoo some time in the 1950's. It was advertsied on our black and white TV my folksused a a free babysitter.

A few generations after my childhood we are buying those cute cartoon labeled toothpaste dispensers full toxic stuff that will kill us all. (Hang on, I will get to that a little ways down.)

The TV commercials tell us to feel good about our parenting. Some big greedy company is now helping us all experience the chore of parenting much easier with their product. We buy into the hype.


What a crock!

Marketing experts know that psychology behind influencing the consumer. They put the right color of packaging on an artifically colored product that looks appealing. (I will cover the pyschology of color in an upcoming post.)

This makes me wonder just who is charge of raising our children? Is it Mom and Dad or is it the big company who only care about selling a product in order to get a big fat paycheck?

I have another question for you.

  • When was the last time you read the ingredients or the instructions and warnings on a tube of tootpaste?

For me, it has been a year and half since I read that label. Well, I don't always use toothpaste. Looking at the tube in my bathroom, now, all I see is active ingredients: sodium flouride.

The does not mention the artificial flavors and colors that are not good for us, but seduced the kids into having fun brushing their teeth.

The fluoride sounds good. But, as I scan down ward I see warning keep out of reach of children. Why is that? Isn't flouride going to be making teeth to be strong and healthy?

Why does the label say to supervise kids while brushing their teeth and to not swallow?

Flouride in overdose is poisonous is what that means. YIKES! too much floride is harmfull. That is why children should not use adult toothpaste. Even with the kid kind they should never use more than a dab the size of pea. (You know the little round green vegetable.)

From my research I learned that there are many more flouride posionings than we know. Colic, tummy aches, head ache or the flu like symptoms can be a mistaken diagnosis for an over dose of flouride.

Even if parents or care takers catch a kid sneaking a toothpaste snack, many are misguided into believing, it is good for them and blow it off.  

Posion control needs to called.

For a poison emergency in the U.S. call 1-800-222-1222
American Association of Poison Control Centers
In the 1990's the FDA issued a warning regarding flouride overdoses. Prior to that statics say that only about 1,000 incidents of flouride poisioning had been reported. Curently 20,000 cases are reported. Mind you, that is reported, only. Who knows how many other flu like symtoms are really the consequence of hitting the tube of tooth paste?
Kids do not rationalize as adults do.
They might think, "Mommy and daddy will be happy with me if I use the good tasting tooth paste all by myself. I am big. More must be better."

 Bad trend

Years ago, it was a trend for mothers in some areas to let their kids snack on their own tube of toothpaste all day long.

Yeah, really!

As a new mother and a registered nurse, in the 1970's, I freaked when I saw this happening in the city I lived in. I would go to church, the grocery store to the park...


Kids everywhere were sucking on tubes of toothpaste. I have no idea who started the risky trend other than the influence of TV commercials.

I finally asked someone what was up?

"Flouride is good for their teeth. My kids have cavities."

Something else I saw among even the tots, too old to be carrying bottles, was brightly colored orange liquid. The kids were alternating sucking on orange soda or orange JELL-O all day long with their tube of tooth paste. They were sugar-coating their teeth!

No wonder the teeth were rotting in their heads. No wonder the kids complained of feeling ill! They were being poisoned.

As Head Start nurse, I saw this same thing happening in the 1990's happening. In fact, in some of the counties, I visited, numerous kids who needed oral surgery for rotten teeth. I had to find funding for them to pay for the surgeons willing to take on so many kids. Out patient surgery was another issue to be covered.

Moms, again, had been giving their children orange soda or liquid orange gelatin in a baby bottle under the misguided belief that if it is orange like a piece of fruit orange if must be healthy for the child.

The fact is there is absolutley no nutritional value at all in colored dyes. That crap is full of sugar.  The chemical ingredients are the same as in the sole of your work out shoes. (Another blog.)

Back to flouride

The element flouride is a metal that is naturally occuring in soil and water. We may even breathe it in.

In the community I grew up the natural levels were very healthy. My peers had pretty good teeth. But, a few poorer counties over the flouride levels were very low. That just happened to be the counties in which my Head Start 3 -5 year old students had all of their teeth rottening out of their heads even while munching of toxic toothpaste all day. Parents sought the cheap sources of food compounding health issues.

History lesson

Around 1945 scientists noted that those areas in the United States with higher floride levels that occured naturally in the water had less tooth decay while those with lower levels had bad teeth. Just like I wrote above.

It is too bad that so many parents believed that those sugary products were good for the kids.

In 1962  United States Public Health Service (PHS) decided that all public water supplies should have a certain level of flouride. If cities water supply did not meet those standards flouride was added.

Many citizens were outraged feeling this was a Red or Communist plot to mass poisoning.

Oh, those were the days when paranoia was rampant and a Commie was hiding behind every tree with spying devices. I am not passing judgement, here. I am just saying, think about it.


I am used to writing research papers. It is a challenge for me to cut things short when I have so much more say. This series will continue.

To summarize this toxic stone soup series theory of mine I want to encourage parents to not accept a nicley packaged kid appealing product as being safe.

  • Read labels
  • Research an ingredient every time you do not know what it is.
  • Don't be buying into every commercial you see on TV or read on the inter-net at face value.
  • Keep your kids supervized and product up where  they can not help themselves.

I am Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna saying, "Make good choices."

Have you read the first post in the Toxic Stone Soup Series?




Permalink 06:51:00 am, by Malika Bourne Email , 445 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: recall, family

Sully From Build-a-Bear Has Eyes That Fall out of His Head:RECALLED


Sully's one inch eyes choking hazard

Lovable Sully from Monsters Inc that was sold at the Build-a-Bear Workshops n June 2013 has been recalled. No, he is not naughty. His one inch eyes just fall out of his head. This could be a choking hazard.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Recall date: AUGUST 29, 2013

Recall number: 13-274

Grandma's who shop early...

If you are like me, you shop ahead for Christmas and birthdays. Yep, we learned not to wait the last minute to get a Cabbage Patch doll in 1982. Sold out!

This recalled Sully is 17 inches in length. He is fuzzy blue with purple spots. He has a wonderful smile that any little kid would love.

Oh yeah, his eyes fall out when they are not suppposed to. YIKES! Little ones can put these in ther mouth and choke. Don't be giving me the, "I tell them NO-NO. Don't put things in your mouth."

That is not enough to keep a child safe. We adults have to keep a close eye on toys and everything. Little ones explore their world by putting things in their mouth. That is normal behavior.

Check your secret closets where hide the presents. If you have one, it was most likely sold in June. Look at the leg for the Tracking label ending with 4384 or 4385 for USA and 4378 for Canada.

 This recall only involves the ones with the same tracking label.

You may have purchased this online for about $23 at online at during June 2013. 

What is a mother or grandmother to do?

Not to worry. Just take the product, Sully, right back to the Build-a-Bear store. You can get a free coupon to replace this stuffed animal with any other stuffed toy you want.

Toll-free Consumer Hotline

800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)

Times: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime

We all want the kids to stay safe.

FYI: According to Federal Law no recalled item can be sold or resold. Once an item is recalled it will stay recalled for ever. Knowing this information, before you hand out presents for Christmas, please do check out each item for recalls. This includes that pj you always give for Christmas eve. Two brands, that I know of right now, have been recalled for not being flame retardant.

Anytime you find am item, any item you deem as unsafe you can call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772

The image was provided as a courtesy in the inerest of public safety.

I am Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna saying, "make good choices."

Now it is your turn:

  • Please save a child's life by helping to get this infomation out to as many families as possible.
  • Please let me know if you found this recall notice helpful.

Permalink 05:38:00 am, by Malika Bourne Email , 490 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: mental health, family

Grandma and Grandpa are getting a Grey Divorce


According to the NY Times 1/4 of all divorces are among the over age 50 group.

We are all in shock about Grandma and Grandpa getting divorce.

Right off I want to say I am not pushing divorce. 

I am not going to quote a ton of statistics nor will I pass judgement. You don't want to hear it any way, do you? You are a real person under a ton of stress and you have been for a long, long time in your marriage.

Or maybe you are the adult children who never expectd your folks to spilt up.

I am divorced for many years. I am really over age 60. Many people raise their eyes brows at this; me being a single woman and all.

Let me tell you, not having a mate to be supportive has been tough. It was worse, for me and my kids, staying married. Don't be asking whose fault it was. It does not matter at this point.

What matters is every family member needs support from their loved ones.

  • Be a good listener
  • Avoid judging
  • Avoid blaming
  • Allow the ones divorcing to have their own power control over their decisions without taking over for them
  • Gently offer resources that may or may not help, such as this one.

"I read something interesting, Let me know if you want the link." Then, keep your mouth shut.

Not re-inventing the wheel...

Here is part in my post where No Non-cents Nanna refers you to another link that will help you with the best information I can find about getting divorced after age 50 or even 60.

From Fab and Fifty an Article by Helen Collier

5 Tips to help you step navigate the money during a divorce.

  • In this post you will read five tips to help your self or help guide your friend or your parent.
  • Please  click the link to read this post. 
  • At the end about 5 important tips is an announcement for a Free Webinar  to be held Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 7pm BST. You will need to register.

I, Malika Bourne have no vested interest in this webinar and all content is solely that of the presenter. I am sharing this as someone you and I know may need this supportive information.

Feel free to let me know if you found this information helpful.

"The International Academy of Attorneys for Divorce Over 50 

Here is another blog that may help you. Again, I have no vested intererest and the information belongs soley to those authors. The site is from The International Academy of Attorneys for Divorce Over 50 

Their purpose is and I quote,"The International Academy of Attorneys for Divorce Over 50 is focused on the unique concerns of people over fifty years of age going through divorce and post-divorce matters."

I am Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna saying, "Make good choices."

The image of my late grandparents, George and Hulda Bakehouse is copyrighted property of the Bakehouse sisters. All rights reserved.




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