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Boneless chicken recalled

Check to see if you have this Meijer brand stuffed chicken kiev in your freezer or any labeled Barber Foods. They are under recall.

Check to see if you have this Meijer brand stuffed chicken kiev in your freezer or any labeled Barber Foods. They are under recall.

Check to see if you have this Meijer brand stuffed chicken cordon bleu in your freezer or any labeled Barber Foods. They are under recall.

Check to see if you have this Meijer brand stuffed chicken cordon bleu in your freezer or any labeled Barber Foods. They are under recall.

Two types of Meijer brand frozen stuffed chicken—Chicken Kiev and Cordon Bleu—are included in a class 1 recall by Barber Foods.

Barber Foods, a Portland, Maine establishment, is recalling approximately 1,707,494 pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced this week. The original announcement was on July 2, for 58,320 pounds, and more product was added this week.

The chicken products were produced between February 17, 2015 and May 20, 2015. The products include raw stuffed boneless chicken kiev, chicken cordon bleu, and some chicken tenders. For an entire list of products visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2015/recall-096-2015-release.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P-276” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide and Canada.

FSIS was notified of a cluster of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses on June 24, 2015. Working in conjunction with Minnesota State Departments of Health and Agriculture, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FSIS determined that there is a link between the frozen, raw, stuffed chicken products from Barber Foods and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiological evidence and trace back investigations, six case-patients have been identified in Minnesota and Wisconsin with illness onset dates ranging from April 5, 2015 to June 23, 2015 that link to the specific Barber Foods products. FSIS continues to work with public health partners on this investigation.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the organism. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some products may be in consumers’ freezers. Although the products subject to recall may appear to be cooked, these products are in fact uncooked (raw) and should be handled carefully to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen. Particular attention needs to be paid to safely prepare and cook these raw poultry products to a temperature of 165° F checking at the center, the thickest part and the surface of the product.

These frozen, raw, stuffed chicken products were labeled with instructions identifying that the product was raw and included cooking instructions for preparation. Some case-patients reported following the cooking instructions on the label and using a food thermometer to confirm that the recommended temperature was achieved. Therefore, FSIS advises all consumers to treat these products like a raw chicken product. Hands and any surfaces, including surfaces that may have breading dislodged from the products, should be cleaned after contact with these raw products. Also, keep raw poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use one cutting board for raw poultry and a separate one for fresh produce and cooked foods.

Consumers with questions can contact the company directly at (844) 564-5555.

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Consumer Advisory: Serrano peppers May be contaminated with Salmonella

This photo shows unripe serrano peppers. They can be varying shades of green, red, orange or brown upon maturity.

This photo shows unripe serrano peppers. They can be varying shades of green, red, orange or brown upon maturity.

If you bought serrano peppers from Meijer last week, you will want to return them.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) issued a consumer advisory on Wednesday, October 22, for serrano peppers supplied by Bailey Farms Inc. of Oxford, North Carolina and distributed by Meijer stores in Michigan because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date.

These serrano peppers were sold in Meijer stores from October 14 to October 19, 2014. Serrano pepper was shipped on Bailey Farms labeled boxes with a 3×4 barcode label on the outside of the box containing the lot code 33714 and 1460410.

A random sample was taken by MDARD on Oct 13, 2014; and the sample tested by MDARD’s Lab Division confirmed it positive for Salmonella on October 18.

Consumers who have purchased serrano peppers during said dates are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditic and arthritis.

Consumers who have recently eaten raw serrano peppers or foods containing raw serrano peppers and are experiencing any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider. All Salmonella infections should be reported to state or local health authorities.



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Where to get a flu shot



The Kent County Health Department offers four locations:

  • Fuller – 700 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • North County – 4388 14 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341
  • Sheldon – 121 Franklin SE, Ste. 130, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
  • South – 4700 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

Call (616) 632-7200 weekdays from 8-12 or 1-5 to make your appointment.

Fees: $39-$55 for injectable vaccine and $41 for FluMist (nasal).

They will bill Medicaid and Medicare for adults and children, but they do not bill private insurance. Children 18 years and under may qualify for free or reduced cost vaccine. Qualifying for this special program will be assessed at your appointment.

Flu shots are also available at area pharmacies:

  • Rite Aid 4166 17 Mile Road Ne, Cedar Springs, 696-9040

Vaccines: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, HPV, Meningococcal, MMR, Pneumococcal, Shingles/zoster, Td, Tdap, Varicella

  • Meijer 3700 17 Mile Rd Ne, Cedar Springs, 696-4610

Vaccines: Flu Nasal Spray ($32.99), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, High-Dose Flu Shot, HPV, Meningococcal, MMR, Pneumococcal, Quadrivalent Flu Shot ($32.99), Shingles/zoster, Td, Tdap, Trivalent Flu Shot ($27.99), Varicella

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Community health forum

March 27 6-8 p.m. at Metro Health in Cedar Springs


The Kent County Health Department needs your help! The Health Department is currently conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment to identify strengths, weaknesses, and the health concerns of several communities within Kent County. Our Cedar Springs area meeting takes place on March 27, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Metro Health, on White Creek (near Save A Lot) in Cedar Springs, and is currently lacking in participation. We need your help to spread the word! The community health forum is open to men, women, and children alike; every person in attendance will receive a meal and be entered into a drawing for one of several $25.00 Meijer gift cards.

This community health forum is crucial to the success and health improvement of Cedar Springs.  We encourage you to participate and hope that you’ll tell others within your organization, social circles, etc.  The greater the participation we see within the community the better we can assess health and work to improve.

To Sign-Up For One Of Our Forums, Please Follow The Directions Below:

1. Visit Our Website:  www.KentCountyCHNA.org

2. Select The ‘Meetings’ Tab.

3. Scroll Down The Page To Find A Meeting Near You.

4. When You’ve Found Your Community Meeting, Scroll To The Bottom Of The Page.

5. Select The Link “RSVP To A Meeting Near You” and complete the survey.


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Cake decorator takes top honors

Heather Benson is an award-winning cake decorator. Pictured is one of the cakes she did for President Gerald R. Ford’s birthday celebration at the museum earlier this year.

Heather Benson is an award-winning cake decorator. Pictured is one of the cakes she did for President Gerald R. Ford’s birthday celebration at the museum earlier this year.

By Judy Reed


Heather Benson, of Cedar Springs, gets to have her cake and eat it, too. For the third year in a row, the 1996 Cedar Springs graduate has taken one of the top three spots in Meijer’s third annual cake decorating challenge. And for the second year in a row, she’s taken first place, which means she will get to attend the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association conference next summer as a guest of Meijer, and possibly compete, if she is selected by the IDDBA.

“My goal is to be one of the top three in the nation,” said Benson.

Heather Benson took first place at the Meijer third annual cake decorating challenge.

Heather Benson took first place at the Meijer third annual cake decorating challenge.

Benson hasn’t always been a cake decorator. She became interested in the art about 10 years ago while working as a baker in a Grand Rapids bakery. “I just watched what they did and practiced at home,” she said.

She began working for Meijer in Rockford about nine years ago, where she has been perfecting her skills. Three years ago, the company had their first competition. The company has 6 regions, and decorators from each region submit three cakes—one open class, one seasonal, and one cupcake cake. Judges rate technical skills, composition, artistic creativity, attention to details and more. One decorator from each region is selected to compete at the corporate offices. Benson has made it to the finals each year.

Benson has also attended the IDDBA conference the last two years. She was excited to be there because one of her favorite TV bakers was there. “When I attended two years ago, that’s where I met Buddy from Cake Boss the first time,” she said. “I almost had a heart attack. He chose me from the audience to volunteer on stage to compete in a speed-decorating contest. I was so excited I was shaking,” she said with a laugh.

So how did the competition turn out? “He won,” she said. She met him again last year, but did not volunteer that time.

If she hasn’t already, Benson will soon be moving to the Knapp Street Meijer Bakery. “I will get to come up with my own designs,” she said.

Benson won’t know until February whether she gets to compete at the IDDBA. “Meijer is working with me on my portfolio,” she explained.

Benson, and her husband, Tom, live here in Cedar Springs, and have been married for 15 years. They got married on Red Flannel Day, 1998. They have two sons, Sean and Seth.

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New Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce forming


A group of business owners in the Cedar Springs area have met twice now with the intention of creating a new Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce. They most recently met Monday evening, May 14, at Perry’s Place, for a vision workshop. They are also working on the articles of incorporation. If any businesses in the area are interested in possibly joining the new Chamber and would like to be updated, please call the Post at the old Chamber number, 696-3260, and ask for Judy, or send an email to cspostjudy@hotmail.com with your name, name of your business, phone number(s) and email address. The next meeting will be June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Perry’s Place at the corner of Main and Maple Streets.


The Optical Shop


Are you looking for a place to help you with your eyesight needs? There’s a new optical place in own that could do just that. The Optical Shop/U.S. Vision, is located at 3700 17 Mile, inside of Meijer. According to manager Rebecca Rodriguez, they offer optical care, eye exams, glasses and contacts, along with professional optical techniques by their optometrist. Rodriguez says that what makes their business unique, is that they offer flexible hours, great service, and phenomenal prices!

They are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 10-5 p.m. For more info, give them a call at (616) 696-2965.

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Library gets computer grant

Deb Schuiteman, store manager at Meijer, hands Librarian Donna Clark a portion of the grant money that Meijer requested on behalf of area nonprofits through the Pepsi Refresh Program.

If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
The Cedar Springs Public Library was notified recently that they had $407 waiting for them at our local Meijer store from the Pepsi Refresh program. Knowing that the library needed to replace at least four of their six computers, Librarian Donna Clark thought, ”That’s great! That’s half of one computer!”
Clark said she was then invited to apply for more money to see if she could get the “other half” of the computer. “I wrote the request and was notified by
Deb (Schuiteman, store manager,) that Meijer had granted us another $500 to be used in store for anything they offered in the way of computer software, supplies, etc.,” remarked Clark.
She said Schuiteman is retiring after 37 years of service at Meijer, and the money for the library will be among the last of her “Meijer good deeds.”
Clark noted that they would be replacing all six computers and they are being provided in memory of Lois Arthur (2+), one by Meijer, and three by Mike and Alice Holton. Four are public computers and two are for staff.

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