Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The myth about McDonald's and the $15 minimum wage losing jobs

All over social media, there is talk of how the fight for a $15 minimum wage would lead to decreases in jobs. This is has been especially true for places like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, and other multi-national fast-food companies. Meme's like the one shown here, can be found all over social media, and like most meme's, they are only being used as a tool to try and silence the discussion.
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Unfortunately, McDonald's has done a very poor job of explaining their madness to the general public, and as such, has resulted in being the brunt of bad publicity in the fight towards a $15 minimum wage. 

I am going to try and explain the method to McDonald's madness in this new technology scheme of theirs.

While these kiosks do require less employees to work in the front as cashiers, it shifts the majority of positions into the kitchen. This picture shows six (6) new order taking positions (These kiosks are double sided, so there is one on each side), plus there are going to be two registers at the front counter as well, and almost all McDonald's have gone to double drive thru (available at all times it says on the signs). That is ten (10) order taking stations, where there used to be four or five. To meet that demand, almost all the McDonald's have started remodeling the kitchens to house more cooks to meet the demand of more orders per hour. Plus they now offer table service, which is another employee, so that everyone isn't standing in a mass at the front counter waiting on orders. McDonald's corporate staffing also states that these kiosks must be manned by a cashier, in case someone comes in and doesn't want to use them, the cashier can use it for them and the guest just swipes their card.

Now, while it may seem that positions have been eliminated, McDonald's has actually created more positions and increased its staffing. In this way, McDonald's can (in theory) server more customers per hour than they could previously. More customers per hour means more sales per hour. More sales per hour, means that they can afford to pay their employees more, which actually makes these pieces of equipment beneficial to the minimum wage increase, if used properly.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments on this analysis.

Monday, May 21, 2018

New #foodsafety #recall undeclared #peanut #allergen in Melanie Mini Cookies with Caramel Flavor

Melanie Wholesale Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Melanie Mini Cookies with Caramel Flavor

May 21, 2018

Contact

Consumers

Sergey Trotsky
1-718-492-8492

Announcement

Melanie Wholesale Inc. of Brooklyn, NY is recalling its 17.6 oz (500g) package of “Melanie Mini Cookies with Caramel Flavor”, because they contain undeclared peanuts.  People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The recalled “Melanie Mini Cookies with Caramel Flavor” were distributed nationwide in retail stores.  The product comes in a 17.6 oz (500g) clear plastic package with an expiration date (all dates).  The product UPC 4770049082126.
No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.
The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed that the peanut –containing product was distributed in packages that did not reveal the presence of peanuts.
Consumers who have purchased 17.6 oz (500g) package of “Melanie Mini Cookies with Caramel Flavor” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with the questions may contact the company at 1-718-492-8492 Attention Sergey Trotsky.
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Friday, May 18, 2018

New #foodsafety #recall undeclared #milk #allergen in 8,535 lbs of ready-to-eat pepperoni sticks

Hempler Foods Group Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pepperoni Sticks Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen

Class I Recall039-2018
Health Risk: HighMay 18, 2018
Congressional and Public Affairs
Felicia Thompson
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2018 – Hempler Foods Group, a Ferndale, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 8,535 pounds of ready-to-eat pepperoni sticks due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. 
The ready-to-eat pepperoni stick products were produced from April 20 through May 2, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]
  • 4 count/case of 2.25-lbs. of “HEMPLER’S FAMILY CLASSIC PEPPERONI, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVORING ADDED” with “PACKED ON” date 04/21/18 and “LOT # 8106.”
  • 4 count/case of 2.25-lbs. of “HEMPLER’S FAMILY CLASSIC PEPPERONI, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVORING ADDED” with “PACKED ON” date 04/26/18 and “LOT # 8113.”
  • 4 count/case of 2.25-lbs. of “HEMPLER’S FAMILY CLASSIC PEPPERONI, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVORING ADDED” with “PACKED ON” date 05/01/18 and “LOT # 8117B.”
  • 4 count/case of 2.25-lbs. of “HEMPLER’S FAMILY CLASSIC PEPPERONI, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVORING ADDED” with “PACKED ON” date 05/02/18 and “LOT # 8117B.”
  • 10 count/case of 9-oz. of “HEMPLER’S FAMILY CLASSIC PEPPERONI, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVORING ADDED” with “USE OR FREEZE BY” date 01/15/19 and “LOT # 8106.”
  • 10 count/case of 9-oz. of “HEMPLER’S FAMILY CLASSIC PEPPERONI, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVORING ADDED” with “USE OR FREEZE BY” date 01/16/19 and “LOT # 8106.”
  • 10 count/case of 9-oz. of “HEMPLER’S FAMILY CLASSIC PEPPERONI, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVORING ADDED” with “USE OR FREEZE BY” date 01/22/19 and “LOT # 8113.”
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 6410” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distribution centers in California, Oregon, Utah and Washington, and then further distributed to retail stores.
The problem was discovered on May 17, 2018, when the firm received a customer complaint that a package of “Hempler’s Family Classic Pepperoni, Natural Smoke Flavor Added,” contained a different product identified as “Hempler’s Pepperoni with Jalapeno and Cheese, Natural Smoke Flavoring Added.” The retail establishment notified the firm, who informed FSIS of the problem.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms are notifying their customers of the recall and that actions are being taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Arlie Jacobs, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hempler Foods Group, at (360) 380-6684 or at Arlie.Jacobs@hemplers.com. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Stephen Bates, President of Hempler Foods Group, at (206) 399-1444 or at Stephen.Bates@hemplers.com.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New #foodsafety #recall undeclared #soy #allergen in 308,430 lbs of ready-to-eat hot dog & sausage products from Kent quality Foods

Kent Quality Foods, Inc. Recalls Hot Dog and Sausage Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

Class II Recall038-2018
Health Risk: LowMay 16, 2018
Congressional and Public Affairs
Mitch Adams
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2018 – Kent Quality Foods, Inc., a Grand Rapids, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 308,430 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog and sausage products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. 
The ready-to-eat (RTE) hot dog and sausage items were produced on various dates from September 9, 2017 through April 29, 2018. The complete list of products with lot codes and labels can be found here: List of products [View Labels (PDF only)]
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 5694” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distribution and restaurant locations nationwide.
The problem was discovered on May 12, 2018 by the establishment during product inventory activities. The establishment noticed that the label for the spice mixture used in the production of one of their Beef Polish sausage contained hydrolyzed soy protein as an ingredient. However, the Beef Polish Sausage does not list the soy ingredient on the finish product label. Although the Beef Polish sausage product is the only product that is formulated with the spice mix containing the soy ingredient, there are several other ready-to-eat sausage and hot dog products that are implicated in this recall action due to potential cross contamination via shared equipment during the raw and ready-to-eat processing steps.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  
The restaurants cook and prepare the product for consumers, who may take the product home as leftovers.  FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms are notifying their customers of the recall and that actions are being taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Stephen Soet, with Kent Quality Foods Inc., at (616) 459-4595.

New #foodsafety #recall undeclared #sulfites #allergen in The Peruchef Dry Potato from Mas Food Services Co.

Mas Food Services Co. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in The Peruchef Dry Potato

May 16, 2018

Contact

Consumers

Mas Food Services Co.
(954) 735-7442

Announcement

Mas Food Services Co. of Oakland Park, FL is recalling its 15 ounce packages of The Peruchef brand dry potato because it may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
1200 units of the above-mentioned product were distributed to and available for purchase at retail supermarkets in Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, and Maryland.
The Peruchef Brand Dry Potatoes come in a 15-ounce, printed plastic bag marked with "Dry potato” and “Papa Seca Serrana" on the label with an expiration date of August 2019. The product UPC is 7755864000194.
No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.
The voluntary recall was initiated after routine sampling by the Florida State Department of Agriculture and analysis by food laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in the product, which were not declared on the label.
Consumers who have purchased The Peruchef Brand Dry Potato are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (954) 735-7442, Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-1:30PM EST.
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New #foodsafety #recall undeclared #wheat #allergen in 720 lbs of Chicken Tortilla Soup which actually contains Southwest Style Corn Chowder

Blount Fine Foods Recalls Chicken Tortilla Soup Products Due To Misbranding And An Undeclared Allergen

Class II Recall037-2018
Health Risk: LowMay 16, 2018
Congressional and Public Affairs
Jeremy J. Emmert
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2018 – Blount Fine Foods, a Fall River, Mass., establishment, is recalling approximately 720 pounds of Chicken Tortilla Soup products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain wheat, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.  Some of the product labeled as Chicken Tortilla Soup may actually contain Southwest Style Corn Chowder which contains wheat.   
The Chicken Tortilla Soup items were produced on April 25, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label|(PDF only)]      
  • Cases of 4 bags each weighing 4-lbs. of “BLOUNT fine foods Chicken Tortilla Soup.”  The label indicates “For Institutional Use Only” with a Lot Code of 04251819C.  The “Use By” date is 07/24/2018.  The net weight of each case is 16 lbs. 
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-19449A” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the case label.  These items were shipped to distribution centers for further distribution in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.                                 
The problem was discovered on May 14, 2018, when the firm received a customer complaint that the master container was labeled as “Chicken Tortilla Soup,” and contained a different product, “Southwest Style Corn Chowder.” 
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms are notifying their customers of the recall and that actions are being taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
For customer and consumer information contact Loreen Gaspar, Blount Fine Foods Customer Service Representative at 800-274-2526 or email her at ProductIssues@blountfinefoods.com.  For media inquiries contact Larry Marchese, Managing Partner at Legion Thirteen at (617) 733-8899 or email at lmarchese@legionthirteen.com

Saturday, May 5, 2018

New #foodsafety #recall 49,558 lbss of smoked sausage products #contaminated with hard plastic

Eddy Packing Co., Inc. Recalls Smoked Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Class I Recall036-2018
Health Risk: HighMay 4, 2018
Congressional and Public Affairs
Tanya Brown
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2018 – Eddy Packing Co., Inc., a Yoakum, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 49,558 pounds of smoked sausage products that may be contaminated with foreign matter, specifically hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The smoked sausage items were originally processed on April 5, 2018, with packing dates of April 5-6, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]
  • 2.5-lb. vacuum-packed packages containing “Eddy FULLY COOKED PREMIUM SMOKED SAUSAGE” with sell-by date 6/29/2018, case code PU1642 and lot code 8095.
  • 2.5-lb. vacuum-packed packages containing “Eddy FULLY COOKED PREMIUM SMOKED SAUSAGE” with sell-by date 6/30/2018, case code PU1663 and lot code 8096.
  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages containing “DICKEY’S BARBEQUE PIT ORIGINAL SMOKED FRESH POLISH SAUSAGE MADE WITH PORK AND BEEF” with sell-by date 6/10/2018, case code PU1656 and lot code 8096.
  • 40-oz. vacuum-packed packages containing “LOWE’S ORIGINAL RECIPE NATURALLY HARDWOOD SMOKED SAUSAGE MADE WITH PORK AND BEEF” with sell-by date 6/29/2018, case code PU1644 and lot code 8095.
  • 10-lb. cases containing “Eddy SMOKED SAUSAGE MADE WITH PORK AND BEEF” with sell-by date 4/6/2019, case code PU1658 and lot code 8096.
  • 30-lb. cases containing “CARL’S PORK AND BEEF SMOKED SAUSAGE” with sell-by date 4/6/2019, case code PU1660 and lot code 8096.
  • 10-lb. cases containing “Eddy SOUTHERN STYLE PORK AND BEEF SMOKED SAUSAGE” with sell-by date 4/6/2019, case code PU1659 and lot code 8096.
  • 20-lb cases with four 5-lb. vacuum-packed packages containing “DICKEY CHEESE/JALAPENO PORK AND BEEF SAUSAGE RING” with sell-by date 4/6/2019, case code PU1655 and lot code 8096.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 4800” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to food service and retail locations in California, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
The problem was discovered after the company received complaints from a restaurant that pieces of white, hard plastic were found embedded in the sausage during slicing.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  
FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Francisco Montejano, Communications and Public Affairs Officer, Eddy Packing Company at (361) 293-2361 ext. 771.