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Household essentials on the cheap at Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree
1625 S Rock Rd #115B, Wichita, KS 67207

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Regular readers know I'm a fan of Dollar Tree.  In my experience, you flat out get the best bang for your buck for most household essentials, without sacrificing product quality.

Armed with a short list of items to pick up during this morning's errand run, I purchased 16 items for $17.20.  Try to do that at the mainstream grocery store. 

Household essentialsThe list included paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, parchment paper, plastic wrap, trash bags, facial tissue, and some flower seeds.

Conveniently located at the corner of Harry and Rock in Wichita, this is a very popular Dollar Tree.  I hit the store just after 9 am, and some of the aisles were a bit crowded with restocking carts and products waiting to go on the shelves, but otherwise, the store was clean and presentable. 

Dollar Tree
Essentials on the Cheap

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

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Recall of Everest Brand Sambhar Masala and Garam Masala in the U.S. Due to Possible Health Risk

Summary

Product Type:  Food & Beverages
Spices, Flavors &  Salts
Foodborne Illness
Reason for Announcement: Potential Foodborne Illness-Salmonella
Company Name:  Everest Food Products Private Limited
Brand Name: Everest
Product Description: Sambhar Masala and Garam Masala spices

Company Announcement

Everest Food Products Private Limited of Gujarat, India has been notified by FDA that samples of their products, Sambhar Masala and Garam Masala, have tested positive for Salmonella. These products were not distributed by Everest Food Products Private Limited and they were not intended for distribution or sale in the US market.  Amin Trading Agency LLC., Edison, NJ. sourced our products from Indian markets and distributed them in the US market. Amin Trading Agency LLC. is conducting a recall of these products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled products were distributed to retail stores in GA, NC, OH, MD, TN, TX, MS, FL, VA, NJ, and NY.

No illnesses reported till date.

Recalled products are as follows:

EVEREST GARAM MASALA
 Brand name: Everest Food Products
Unit size: 100gm
Date of manufacture: January 2023
 Expire date: March 2024
Batch#: U25D390373
 UPC: 8 901786 101009
EVEREST SAMBHAR MASALA
 Brand name: Everest Food Products
Unit size: 100gm
Date of manufacture: January 2023
Expire date: March 2024
Batch#: U04D384296
 UPC: 8 901786 081004

Consumers should not consume the recalled products and should dispose of the products.

Link to FDA Advisory

 

Townsend Farms Inc. Voluntarily Recalling Specific Frozen Fruit Products Because of Possible Listeria monocytogenes Contamination

Summary

Product Type:  Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement: Potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination
Company Name:  Townsend Farms Inc.
Brand Name: Private Selection
Product Description: Multiple frozen fruit with mango products

Company Announcement

Tropical Mango ChunksTownsend Farms Inc. of Fairview, Oregon out of an abundance of caution is voluntarily recalling specific frozen fruit products linked to mango chunks supplied by SunOpta (Sunrise Growers) due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact their physician.

The product was distributed to Kroger Stores in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia; and under the following banners: Baker’s, Dillons, Food 4 Less, FoodsCo, Fry’s, Gerbes, Jay C, Mariano's, Metro Market, Pay Less, Pick n’ Save, Ralphs, Ruler, and Smith’s from November 06, 2022 to March 16, 2023.

This voluntary recall includes the following products date codes. Date codes can be found printed on the back panel of the packaging.

UPC 0 11110 84663 1 Private Selection 48oz Tropical Mango Chunks
Date Codes:
BEST IF USED BY 04/30/24 T1 PRODUCT OF MEXICO F2202171
BEST IF USED BY 04/30/24 T2 PRODUCT OF MEXICO F2202172
BEST IF USED BY 04/30/24 T1 PRODUCT OF MEXICO F2202182
BEST IF USED BY 04/30/24 T2 PRODUCT OF MEXICO F2202183
BEST IF USED BY 05/04/24 T1 PRODUCT OF MEXICO F2202225
BEST IF USED BY 05/04/24 T1 PRODUCT OF MEXICO F2202229
BEST IF USED BY 05/07/24 T4 PRODUCT OF MEXICO F2202236
BEST IF USED BY 05/07/24 T4 PRODUCT OF MEXICO F2202241
BEST IF USED BY 07/18/24 T3 PRODUCT OF MEXICO F2300116

UPC 0 11110 87853 3 Private Selection 16oz Strawberry, Mango & Pineapple Blend
Date Codes:
BEST IF USED 04/30/24 T4 PRODUCT OF USA, MEXICO & COSTA RICA F2202174
BEST IF USED 04/30/24 T4 PRODUCT OF USA, MEXICO & COSTA RICA F2202185
BEST IF USED 05/04/24 T2 PRODUCT OF USA, COSTARICA & MEXICO F2202227
BEST IF USED 05/28/24 T2 PRODUCT OF PERU, MEXICO & COSTA RICA F2202332

UPC 0 11110 82026 6 Private Selection 48oz Classic Fruit Medley
Date Codes:
BEST IF USED 05/03/24 T3 PRODUCT OF USA, MEXICO, CHILE & COSTARICA F2202213
BEST IF USED 05/03/24 T3 PRODUCT OF USA, MEXICO, CHILE & COSTA RICA F2202220
BEST IF USED 05/04/24 T3 PRODUCT OF USA, MEXICO, CHILE & COSTA RICA F2202226
BEST IF USED 05/04/24 T3 PRODUCT OF USA, MEXICO, CHILE & COSTA RICA F2202230
BEST IF USED 05/10/24 T3 PRODUCT OF USA, MEXICO, PERU, CHILE & COSTA RICA F2202268
BEST IF USED 05/10/24 T3 PRODUCT OF USA, MEXICO, PERU, CHILE & COSTA RICA F2202273
BEST IF USED 05/18/24 T3 PRODUCT OF USA, MEXICO, CHILE, PERU & COSTA RICA F2202319
BEST IF USED 05/18/24 T3 PRODUCT OF USA, MEXICO, CHILE, PERU & COSTA RICA F2202325

UPC 0 11110 89623 0 Private Selection 48oz Blueberries, Strawberries & Mangoes
Date Codes:
BEST IF USED 04/30/24 T3 PRODUCT OF USA & MEXICO F2202173
BEST IF USED 04/30/24 T3 PRODUCT OF USA & MEXICO F2202184
BEST IF USED 05/07/24 T3 PRODUCT OF USA & MEXICO F2202235
BEST IF USED 05/07/24 T3 PRODUCT OF USA & MEXICO F2202240
BEST IF USED 05/08/24 T6 PRODUCT OF USA & MEXICO F2202247

The affected retail customers have been notified of this recall and instructed to remove any recalled product from retail store shelves and inventories.

Customers are urged to check their freezers for the recalled product, not to consume it and either discard the product or return it to the store for a full refund. Consumers may also request a refund by calling Kroger Customer Connect at 800-632-6900, Option 1, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.- Midnight, EST. Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m., EST.

Consumers seeking product information may email [email protected] or call 503-512-1317. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-Midnight, EST; Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m., EST.

To date, there have been no illnesses associated with this voluntary recall.

This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Townsend Farms Inc.
[email protected]
503-512- 1317
Media:
Kroger Customer Connect
800-632-6900, Option 1

DEKA Trading Corp. Recalls Ineligible Ready-To-Eat Pork Rind Products Imported from Guatemala

EDITOR'S NOTE: June 29, 2023 - This recall release is being reissued to include additional products. One new product is included below that FSIS identified during the course of recall effectiveness checks. This release has been updated to include the new product, additional labels, and an increase of 2,151 pounds to the 18,830 pounds for a total of 20,981 pounds of product subject to recall. Consumers are advised to check this recall release often as there may be additional products included in this recall in the near future.

EDITOR'S NOTE: June 23, 2023 - Details of this recall were updated to include an increase of 5,059 pounds to the original 13,771 pounds for a total of 18,830 pounds of product subject to recall.

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2023 – DEKA Trading Corp., the importer of record located in Miami, Fla., is recalling approximately 20,981 pounds of imported ready-to-eat pork rind products. The products were imported from Guatemala, a country ineligible to export meat products to the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall, regardless of the product date [view labels]:     

  • 5.3 oz. (150g) foil pouch packages containing “TorTrix Con Chicharrón.”
  • 2.8 oz. (80g) foil pouch packages containing  “Señorial Tortillitas MIX CON CHICHARRONES.”

The products subject to recall do not bear an establishment number nor a USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to wholesale and retail locations in Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

The problem was discovered during routine FSIS surveillance activities. Guatemala is not eligible to import meat products into the United States.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ pantries. 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 Alejandro Mencos, President, DEKA Trading Corp. at 305-716-8375 or [email protected].

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to [email protected]. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.


Scooter’s Coffee Reveals New Kid-Friendly Menu That’s Full of Fun and Flavor

ScootersOMAHA, Neb -- As summer is in full force, Scooter’s Coffee has unveiled its first-ever kid-friendly menu that offers fun, flavorful drinks and treats in just the perfect size. Three new 10-ounce drink delights quench kids’ thirst as they embark on their next summer adventure.

Cotton Candy Lil’ Smiley Smoothie: This magical meld of blue raspberry is blended with Scooter’s Coffee’s ice cream base to create a sweet, berry, cotton-candy flavor. Blended, chilled to perfection, and topped with delicious whipped cream, this instant fave will bring the smiles every time.

Strawberry Lil’ Smiley Smoothie: Get ready for miles of smiles with this strawberry fruit-and-cream smoothie, made just for kids. Sweet and refreshing, real fruit puree blends beautifully with an ice cream base before being topped with classic whipped cream for a dream of a drink.

Berry Silly Slush: For a dairy-free delight, an amazing blend of blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and acai berries are churned together with ice and lemonade to create a sweet and slightly tart drink that’s super fresh and fun.

Mini Sugar Cookies: Deliciously made-from-scratch vanilla Mini Sugar Cookies are complete with rainbow sprinkles. These will crush cookie cravings, in a perfectly sized pair.

Kid’s Snack Combo: A perfect snack for summer outings and activities, this value combo features any kid’s drink, two Mini Sugar Cookies, plus a secret fun surprise.

“We are excited to offer kids drinks and treats to our new and loyal customers who want to fuel their family with fun, kid-friendly flavors and sizes,” said Scooter’s Coffee Chief Marketing Officer Malorie Maddox. “Scooter’s Coffee takes pride in being a fast, fresh and family-friendly drive-thru destination every morning, afternoon and evening. Now kids can enjoy our special treats designed just for them.”

Customers who know and love Scooter’s Coffee always receive a Smiley sticker on their drink cup in appreciation of their visit. Each drink from the kid-friendly menu will be served in distinctive Smiley-themed cups that come with shorter straws.

Learn more about Scooter’s Coffee summer offerings at www.scooterscoffee.com/menu/.

About Scooter’s Coffee
Founded in 1998 by Don and Linda Eckles in Bellevue, Nebraska, Scooter’s Coffee uses only the finest coffee beans in the world, which are roasted by its affiliated company, Harvest Roasting, in Omaha, Nebraska. In over 25 years of business, the key to Scooter’s Coffee’s success is simple: stay committed to the original business principles and company’s four core values, which are Integrity, Love, Humility and Courage. The Scooter’s Coffee Brand Promise, often recited to franchisees, customers and employees, is: “Amazing People, Amazing Drinks… Amazingly Fast!®” It represents the company’s business origins and reflects a steady commitment to providing an unforgettable experience to loyal and new customers.

Scooter’s Coffee, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2023, is at the dawn of a strategic growth phase nationwide, approaching 700 stores in 29 states. The U.S. coffee market is an estimated $48 billion-a-year, recession-resistant industry, and Scooter’s Coffee is striving to become the #1 drive-thru specialty coffee franchise system in the nation.

For more information, visit scooterscoffee.comfacebook.com/scooterscoffee, or ownascooters.com, or call 877-494-7004.


Buffalo Wild Wings Heats Up its Iconic Blazin’ Challenge with New Knockout Sauce

Newest Sauce Features Nine of the Hottest Peppers for Next-Level Spice and Flavor

For more than two decades, Buffalo Wild Wings has asked guests, “Can you handle the heat?” with its quintessential Blazin’ Challenge. This summer, the Blazin’ Challenge is kicking it up a notch with a brand-new flavor for spice seekers to try if they dare: Blazin’ Knockout.

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True to form, Blazin’ Knockout is sure to knock out a fair share of competitors with its recipe including nine of the hottest peppers like Devil’s Breath, Carolina Reaper, Scorpion, Ghost, Habanero, Red and Green Jalapenos, Chile de Arbol and Cayenne.

Spicy food lovers and B-Dubs fans who want to put their taste buds to the test can attempt the Blazin’ Challenge, where they’ll try to finish 10 Blazin’ Knockout wings in five minutes or less with no water or napkins. All participants will receive a Blazin’ Challenge headband and a scoop of ice cream to cool things down at the end.

Blazin’ Rewards members who complete the challenge in their local sports bar will have their name added to the Blazin’ Wall of Fame and will be rewarded with 1,000 Blazin’ Rewards points in their account to be used during future trips to Buffalo Wild Wings. Bring a friend and compete to see who will come out on top and leave with bragging rights!

For guests who aren’t up to the challenge but still want to try the hottest sauce on our menu at their own pace, Blazin’ Knockout is officially a new member of Buffalo Wild Wings’ collection of 26 flavorful sauces and seasonings. If you aren’t a spice fan, B-Dubs has 25 other delicious flavors with a full range of flavors to satisfy any craving.

For guests who aren’t up to the challenge but still want to try the hottest sauce on our menu at their own pace, Blazin’ Knockout is officially a new member of Buffalo Wild Wings’ collection of 26 flavorful sauces and seasonings. If you aren’t a spice fan, B-Dubs has 25 other delicious flavors with a full range of flavors to satisfy any craving.

“At Buffalo Wild Wings, we are all about the sauce. We’ve debuted five new sauces on the menu this year – four limited-time-only flavors and now Blazin’ Knockout,” said Tristan Meline, Chief Marketing Officer at Buffalo Wild Wings. “Made with nine of the hottest peppers, Blazin’ Knockout is the fiercest sauce in our stacked lineup for our guests who really love heat.”

Are you up for the #BlazinChallenge? Find your local B-Dubs to dine in and try it for yourself at buffalowildwings.com.


Celebrate Your Fourth of July Without Foodborne Illness

Burgers getting flippedThe Fourth of July is a time of celebration, family and of course cookouts. Cooking safely is in your hands and doing so can help keep your family healthy this Independence Day. Control the transfer of bacteria by thoroughly washing your hands before and after touching raw meat, poultry and seafood.

The USDA recommends the following food safety tips for grilling:

  1. Preheat your grill and scrub the grate with a long-handled brush once the grill has fully preheated. Remnants from the last grill session should scrape off.
  2. Remove the meat, poultry or seafood from its container and place on the grill at a safe distance apart. Discard any marinade used to prepare your meat, poultry or seafood.
  3. When grilling your foods, make sure you’ve destroyed dangerous bacteria by cooking to the proper internal temperature.
  • Beef, pork, lamb: 145 F with a 3-minute rest.
  • Ground meats: 160 F.
  • All poultry (whole or ground): 165 F.
  • Fish (whole or filet): 145 F.

You can’t tell by looking at food whether it is done. Always use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of your food to determine if it is safe to eat. The thermometer should be inserted into the thickest part of the meat and poultry, through the side of burgers and thin filets of fish, for the most accurate temperature reading.

Make sure to pack up any leftovers and refrigerate them within two hours. In hot weather (above 90 F), refrigerate within one hour.

For more food safety information, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854), email [email protected] or chat live at ask.usda.gov from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Access news releases and other information at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) website at fsis.usda.gov/newsroom. Follow FSIS on Twitter at twitter.com/usdafoodsafety or in Spanish at: twitter.com/usdafoodsafe_es.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued June 27 at 8:32AM CDT until June 27 at 9:15AM CDT by National Weather Service Wichita

The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Southwestern McPherson County in central Kansas... Eastern Reno County in south central Kansas... Northern Sedgwick County in south central Kansas... Harvey County in south central Kansas... Southeastern Rice County in central Kansas... * Until 915 AM CDT. * At 832 AM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Burrton, moving east at 45 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and nickel size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees. * Locations impacted include... Wichita, Hutchinson, Newton, Park City, Valley Center, Hesston, Maize, South Hutchinson, Halstead, North Newton, Sedgwick, Inman, Colwich, Buhler, Haven, Burrton, Mount Hope, Kechi, Andale and Bentley. This includes Interstate 135 between Mile Markers 12 and 44. HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX HAIL SIZE...0.88 IN WIND THREAT...OBSERVED MAX WIND GUST...60 MPH

Wichita Weather Forecast


Eating Gluten-Free at Doc Green's

Doc Green's in DerbyBachelorontheCheap.com

Out and about running errands on a Happy Monday, my travels took me to Derby in the A.M., so after crossing a few things off my list, I made a stop at Doc Green's for a break and a salad.

Serving the Wichita Metro since 2005, Doc Green's is a town favorite for salads and healthy eating.  Another reason I made Doc Green's a stop, is that the restaurant fits right in with my gluten-free diet.  They have a menu full of GF options, including six salads, three entrees, a soup, and two sides.  Their menu makes it easy to order too, no need to ask questions or worry about ingredients, the menu items are clearly marked GF, so you know it's a dedicated choice.

I went with the Dr. Ranchero on this visit, a HUGE salad of crisp romaine lettuce, featuring bbq grilled chicken, complimented by tomatoes, shredded Cheddar cheese, black beans, sweet corn, crispy tortilla chips, and tossed with ranch dressing.

Dr. Ranchero Salad
A generous portion of tasty chicken

Not only was the salad huge, but the portion of chicken was quite generous.  Juicy and tender, the meat had a nice coverage of bbq sauce, which was a Kansas City style, slightly sweet.  The lettuce was freshly crisp, the tomatoes were perfectly ripe, red, and juicy, and the black beans offered another punch of protein.  The Cheddar wasn't too sharp, nor too mild, a perfect compliment to the bbq sauce, and the sweet corn along with the tortilla chips provided a nice texture bite.  Bringing it all together was the creamy ranch.  The salad was delicious, my only negative and it's only slightly so, is the portion of Cheddar was a bit light.

Costing me $16.15 for a delightful salad and water, I'm giving Doc Green's 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  Some of you might be saying, "What, $16 for a salad?"  The price of the salad loaded with all that tasty chicken and black bean protein was $11.95.  I don't feel overcharged for it.  The overcharge was on the Ozarka water, $3.  I can get that same bottle of water at a convenience store for about half that.  The salad was huge, very tasty, and packed with protein.  Check out the stats for this salad:  Calories:  480, Protein:  43 grams, Carbs:  26 grams.  Satisfying, filling, and nutritious, this salad is definitely worthy of a repeat buy.

The Doc Green's visited on this occasion is located at 2307 N Rock Rd #1500, Derby, KS 67037.  I entered the place at 10:36 am, I'm thinking their first customer of the day (who eats salad at 10:30 in the morning, right?).  I was greeted nicely, and my order was taken, prepared, and served up quickly. 

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

 


Santo’s Frozen Foods, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Sesame Seeds on Mislabeled Deviled Crabs Cases

Summary

Product Type:  Food & Beverages
Shellfish
Allergens
Reason for Announcement: Undeclared milk and sesame seeds
Company Name:  Santo’s Frozen Foods, Inc.
Brand Name: Santo’s Frozen Foods
Product Description: Milk, Sesame

Company Announcement

Santo’s Frozen Foods, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of select boxes of 100 count, 36 count, and 24 count boxes of Deviled Crabs because they contain undeclared milk and sesame seeds. People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or sesame seeds run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Recalled product was distributed and available for purchase from March through June 2023.

The Deviled Crabs under recall are packaged in plain brown cardboard boxes with two white labels. The recalled products have a six digit Lot # starting with 23 and ending with 03 or 04 or 05. The Lot # is on a white label on the long side of the box.

The recall was initiated after it was found that the affected box labels do not declare milk or sesame seeds as allergens.

No allergic reactions related to this matter have been reported to date. Consumers with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or sesame seeds should not consume the product and discard it immediately. Santo’s Frozen Foods, Inc. has informed the FDA of this action.

Consumers with the product described can contact Santo’s Frozen Foods, Inc. at (813)875-4901 (7am-3pm EST, Monday-Friday.)


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Santo’s Frozen Foods
(813)875-4901