Lovin Oven, LLC of Irwindale, CA is voluntarily recalling certain Health Valley Organic Peanut Crunch, Dutch Apple and Wildberry Chewy Granola Bars because of a possible contaminated with Salmonella. The bars contain organic toasted soy grits supplied by Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative of Ubly, MI. The FDA says no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled bars and no other types of Health Valley brand bars are being recalled. You can see a list of the recalled bars here.
ABC reports another granola bar recall. Trader Joe's Company is voluntarily expanding the recall of the Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars.
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Consumers buying strawberries should expect shortages and higher prices this year, especially in Florida and on the east coast. The Ledger reports some bad news about strawberries. The cold weather in Florida this year has damaged much of Florida's strawberry crop.
The unusually cold weather in Florida this year has nearly arrested growth on the state's strawberry plants, which has cut fruit production by more than half, said Ted Campbell, executive director of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association in Dover, the industry trade group.WHIZ reports that Pick 'N' Save stores are already feeling the shortage and costs for strawberries have "more than doubled."
"It's absolutely a financial disaster for strawberry growers," Campbell said Thursday. "The fields are full of just green fruit and bloom."
"Some of the crop that we had booked in from Florida was cancelled out. We had to go through the Mexican crop. Florida has less than half the crop that they were setting on a year ago. The cost has more than doubled for the same product, " says store manager, Rich Daugherty.Fox 4 reports that there are already strawberry shortages in Florida stores.
Daugherty says California's strawberry crop isn't any better because of the eight inches of rain the area has received. So, customers are going to have to pay more than they're used to seeing this time of year if they want to put strawberries in their grocery carts.
Louis Vuitton continues to expand their online store and have announced the introduction of the Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram service. The service will allow you to customize your Louis Vuitton bag, ending up with over 200 million…
In 2006 we made a video of us dancing on treadmills for our song "Here It Goes Again." We shot it at my sister's house without telling EMI, our record company, and posted it on the fledgling YouTube without EMI's permission. Technically, this put us afoul of our contract, since we need our record company's approval to distribute copies of the songs that they finance. It also exposed YouTube to all sorts of liability for streaming an EMI recording across the globe. But back then record companies saw videos as advertisements, so if my band wanted to produce them, and if YouTube wanted to help people watch them, EMI wasn't going to get in the way.Things have changed greatly over the past couple years. Ok Go's label, EMI, no longer allows its music videos to be embedded. Damian Kulash Jr. says views of its treadmill music video plunged 90% when EMI disabled embedding.
As the age of viral video dawned, "Here It Goes Again" was viewed millions, then tens of millions of times. It brought big crowds to our concerts on five continents, and by the time we returned to the studio, 700 shows, one Grammy and nearly three years later, EMI's ledger had a black number in our column. To the band, "Here It Goes Again" was a successful creative project. To the record company, it was a successful, completely free advertisement.
Embedded videos - those hosted by YouTube but streamed on blogs and other Web sites - don't generate any revenue for record companies, so EMI disabled the embedding feature. Now we can't post the YouTube versions of our videos on our own site, nor can our fans post them on theirs. If you want to watch them, you have to do so on YouTube.Damian Kulash Jr. is right about blogs, videos and about how the Internet works. EMI should turn the embedding option back on and embrace the viral nature of the Internet. Not only would it help OK Go's treadmill video get more views again but OK Go's latest music video for "This Too Shall Pass" would likely garner a lot more views as well.
But this isn't how the Internet works. Viral content doesn't spread just from primary sources like YouTube or Flickr. Blogs, Web sites and video aggregators serve as cultural curators, daily collecting the items that will interest their audiences the most. By ignoring the power of these tastemakers, our record company is cutting off its nose to spite its face.
The numbers are shocking: When EMI disabled the embedding feature, views of our treadmill video dropped 90 percent, from about 10,000 per day to just over 1,000. Our last royalty statement from the label, which covered six months of streams, shows a whopping $27.77 credit to our account.