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ConSup North America Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sliced Prosciutto Product Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

RecallWASHINGTON -- ConSup North America Inc., a Lincoln Park, N.J. firm, is recalling approximately 85,984 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) sliced prosciutto ham product produced in Germany without the benefit of equivalent inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The RTE sliced prosciutto ham item was produced on various dates from Sept. 25, 2023 through March 6, 2024. The following product is subject to recall [view labels]:        

  • 5.29-oz. plastic packages containing “Stockmeyer PROSCIUTTO Product of GERMANY” with lot codes 09118-3A, 09118-3B, 09120-3A, 09120-3B, 13133-3A, 13133-3B, 13104-3A, 13104-3B, 13105-3A, 13105-3B, 13109-3A and 13109-3B and “BEST BEFORE:” dates of 4/28/2024, 5/26/2024, 7/7/2024, 8/4/2024, 8/11/2024 and 10/7/2024. 

These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered when Germany's Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety notified FSIS that H. Klümper GmbH & Co. KG, a Germany establishment, produced a portion of the identified lots without the benefit of equivalent inspection and exported them to the U.S. for distribution.

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' or retailers' refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume it. This product 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 with questions about the recall can contact Luann Servidio, Director of Imports, conSup North America Inc., at 973-628-7330 or [email protected]. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Maarten Moog, President, conSup North America Inc., at 973-628-7330 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 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/.


Open Streets ICT - NOMAR, May 5, 2024

Open Streets NOMAROpen Streets ICT - NOMAR

From: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, May 5, 2024 - NOMAR District

Join us for Open Streets ICT - NoMar, a FREE neighborhood community-building bringing Wichitans of all ages and fitness levels together to promote healthy active living and social engagement.
 
Open Streets ICT - Nomar takes place along 21st Street in Wichita, for a full day of biking, fun physical activities, music, dancing, yoga, and much more!
We will be closing one mile of 21st Street to traffic from NoMar Market at Broadway Ave. to Woodland Park, and open the street for biking, walking, running, live music and dancing, entertainment, food, art, yoga, and more. Cruise along the one mile stretch and stop at our activity hubs, participating businesses, food and street vendors.
 
Interested in being a vendor? Visit https://www.wichita.gov/713/Vendors
Interested in volunteering? Visit https://www.wichita.gov/1314/Volunteers
For more information visit openstreetsict.com. 

New job opportunities with Sedgwick County, 04/28/2024

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Crisis Stabilization / Observation Unit Integrated Care Specialist - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Part-Time Immunization Program Nurse - HEALTH - Wichita, KS, US
Part-time Crisis Integrated Care Specialist - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Transportation Engineer - PUBLIC WORKS - Wichita, KS, US
SCOAP/Transition Team Integrated Care Specialist III - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Adult Field Based Integrated Care Specialist II - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
School Based Integrated Care Specialist II - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Intensive Supervision Officer I - JIAC - CORRECTIONS - Wichita, KS, US
Corrections Officer - IIP Officer - CORRECTIONS - Wichita, KS, US
Crisis Clinician - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US


Gardening is a season-long adventure

Peas
A harvest of peas, coming soon!

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With a thunderstorm forecast to move in this afternoon in my Wichita neck of the woods, I've been busy this morning planting a few things.  I love it how Mother Nature helps out, after I'm done planting today, I won't have to water!

I've been working on succession planting since late March, spacing out the veggies I plant so I can harvest throughout the growing season, rather than have a boatload of produce all at once.  Back in the day, I would anxiously plant my entire garden, getting those seeds and starter plants all in by the time the last frost date arrived.  While it was satisfying to have everything all planted, the result was an overload of veggies, more than I could consume or freeze (I don't can).  

April 18 was the approximate last frost date according to the Farmer's Almanac.  I started planting cold-tolerant veggies, a little of this, a little of that, such as onions, carrots, radishes, chives, lettuce, and peas the last week of March.  I've done a little of this and a little of that weekly, since then.  I also pushed the envelope with NOT cold-tolerant veggies and herbs, both seeds and starter plants, getting some planted the first weekend of April.  Mother Nature has been kind, my cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, and more went unscathed through that last possible frost date.  I've continued planting in small batches weekly since, putting in more green beans, onions, and herbs such as basil and cilantro today.

One thing to consider when succession planting is how much of a particular veggie you eat on a regular basis.  I go through A LOT of green onions for example.  I cook with them, snack on them, I'll chop some up for an occasional lettuce salad, and slice some up to finish a dinner dish with a nice topper.  I NEVER have enough green onions!  This is a crop that I will continue to plant weekly, replacing what I consume.

Tomato in a potato bag
Tomato companion planted with cucumber in a potato bag w/trellis

Lettuce is a crop I enjoy growing with all the various leaf colors and shapes, but I'm not a big-time salad eater.  I've planted lettuce on a bi-weekly basis, spacing it out a little more, and in smaller batches, based on my salad-eating habit.  Lettuce also tends to bolt and can develop a bitter taste in hot weather, and you can't freeze it, so that factors into how much I plant.  I've been planting a boatload of green beans and peas! Not only are they tasty in a number of dishes, but they freeze well.  I've really amped up the peas this year, this is another plant that doesn't fare so well in Wichita's hot summer months.  Peppers are another veggie that freezes well, but it can be a challenge to succession plant depending on the variety.  Some plants mature in 70 days, others up to 150.  This year, I'm experimenting.  Rather than plant them directly in the ground or in a raised bed, I'm going exclusively to containers for my peppers.  Many folks treat peppers as annuals, but they're actually perennials.  That means they can continue to grow well past one season for those of you who live in Valley Center.  Planting them in containers means I'll be able to extend the growing season by bringing them indoors and harvesting them into the winter months.

The best part about succession planting is the ability to just walk out to the backyard and select your veggies for dinner.  It doesn't get any fresher than that!  Happy planting!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


Wichita - Subdivision and Utility Advisory Committee Meeting: Thursday, May 2

Subdivision and Utility Advisory Committee

meeting will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m.

 

 

Please review the agenda packet and the plats for next Thursday’s meeting details. The agendas are available on the website through the agenda center.

 

For more information, visit the Subdivision webpage. The meeting will also be available for viewing livestreamed on Wichita-Sedgwick County Planning's YouTube channel. If you wish to comment on a case, please view hearing procedures

 

Public participation of the meeting is possible in-person on the 2nd floor of the Ronald Reagan Building in Conference Room #203. (271 W 3rd St N, Wichita, KS 67202).

 

 

 

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Wichita District 4 Breakfast and More!

 
 
 
 
District 4 Breakfast & More!
Council Member Dalton Glasscock
 
Greetings from Dalton
Dear Friends,
 
City Hall has been busy! Pictured to the right is Brooke and me alongside the Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator before heading out to deliver meals to seniors! Next weekend, we will host another Donuts with Dalton on Saturday, May 4th at 9:30 am to highlight two important projects impacting residents city-wide:
 
  1. Wichita Transit Network Plan
  2. Affordable Housing Fund (AHF) Program Plan.
 
The Wichita Transit Network Plan is a study that will identify how the City of Wichita can improve the transit experience for its community. Over the next year, Wichita Transit will complete a comprehensive evaluation of its transit system to develop recommendations that provide more convenient and efficient connections to jobs, services, and educational opportunities.
 
In response to the growing need for affordable housing, the City of Wichita allocated $5 million to invest in affordable housing through the creation of the Affordable Housing Fund (AHF). The AHF aims to improve the quality of existing housing stock while expanding affordable housing options and promoting neighborhood stability in Wichita’s core. The program will develop safe, healthy and affordable housing options for income-qualified residents. The City will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) in early May that will allow qualified applicants to submit offers to purchase available and/or propose renovations and more!
 
Additional information is available at wichita.gov/282/Affordable-Housing-Fund. Applicants may request to be notified about the RFP, status updates and milestone events by emailing housingdevelopment@wichita.gov.
 
As always, feel free to contact me if you have a question or would like to meet to discuss your perspective on issues and opportunities in our City by emailing [email protected].
 
Ad Astra,
 
Wichita City Council
District 4 Council Member
Phone: 316.268.4331
 
Donuts with Dalton
 
Join us on the 1st Saturday in May at 9:30 am at the Osage Recreation Center to learn about the Transit Department's Network Design Plan and the Housing & Community Services Department's Affordable Housing Fund Program Plan.
 
District 4 Breakfast
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LOCATION
2121 W 31st St S

DATE AND TIME
05/04/24 9:30am - 05/04/24 10:30am

District 4 Breakfast with Transit and Housing staff to learn more about projects and opportunities to weigh in and ask questions.
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I can't make it
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Stay Connected
 
Our next monthly District 4 Advisory Board meeting will be on Monday, May 6, 2024, at 6:00 pm at the Alford Branch Library. Stop by anytime from 4 - 5:30 pm to hear about job opportunities with the City! During our meeting, Staff will provide updates from the Police, Fire, Library & Public Works. We will also hear about the proposed budget and capital improvement program and Housing's Consolidated Plan and funding priorities for federal funds. Planning staff will present several cases. Join us to share your feedback and thoughts!
 
 
Community Resources & Upcoming Events
 
 
 
Mayor's Youth Council Culture Kick Back @ Nafzger Park, May 4th 11:30 a - 1 p
 
 
Career Fair, May 6th 4-5:30 pm @ Alford
 
Want to be civically involved? Consider joining a board! See all of our board vacancies here! Check out the Beacon's Guide for How to Serve on a Board
 
 
The City of Wichita is developing a new Wichita Bicycle Plan, which will update the 2013 Wichita Bicycle Master Plan. Since 2013, many improvements have been made to bicycling in Wichita. It is now time to write the next chapter of bicycling in Wichita - Take the Survey!
 
Stakeholders identified topics for the County's 3-year Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Food Access was a priority - check out where to find food at https://hwcwichita.org/local-food-resources!
 
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Food Review: Parkview Buffalo Style & Monterey Jack Cheese Smoked Sausage

Parkview Buffalo Style & Monterey Jack Cheese Smoke Sausage
Available at Aldi

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No fridge or freezer is complete without a variety of bratwurst, hot dogs, or sausages of some sort in it.

I recently sampled Parkview Buffalo Style & Monterey Jack Cheese Smoked Sausages.  Parkview is an Aldi brand and I'm a fan of Parkview Cheddar Brats so this was a no-brainer "try it" for me.   A package went in the cart as soon as I spotted it.  Buffalo flavor and Monterey Jack Cheese?  What's not to like?

Fully cooked, these sausages lend themselves to easy preparation and quick meals.  All one has to do is heat them through, be it pan-fried, microwave, oven-baked, and of course, the best method - grilled.  They're excellent slapped on a bun, and quite nice when sliced and prepared with some O'Brien Potatoes.  They're also excellent served on a bed of pasta.  I like these better than most hot links I've sampled over the years. 

An all-pork sausage, the Buffalo and cheese flavors are well balanced.  The heat lets you know it's there, but it's not in your face, which means you pick up the Monterey Jack and premium sausage notes.  Seasoned well, the mark of any good brat, hot dog, or sausage is a good snap in the casing with each bite and Parkview delivers. 

I sampled them every way as noted above, and yes, the best way was in a grilled preparation, using indirect heat and allowing the sausages to pick up the smoke, further highlighting the Buffalo essence - EXCELLENT!  

Costing $3.39 for a six-count package at Aldi, I'm giving Parkview Buffalo Style & Monterey Jack Cheese Smoked Sausages 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Priced right, they taste good, are easy to prepare, and are excellent no matter the preparation, making them repeat buy worthy.    Compare that price to Johnsonville Hot Links, priced at $4.49 for a six-count package at the mainstream grocery store.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


Clancy's Hot Honey Kettle Chips are an excellent combo of sweet and heat

Clancy's Hot Honey Kettle Chips
A nice bite of sweet heat

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My name is Mike, and I'm a chip-a-holic.

I'm always on the lookout for a fun, new chip snack.   It doesn't really matter what kind of chip, potato, corn, pita, or tortilla.  They could be regular, with ridges, rolled or puffed.  They could be classic, baked, kettle-cooked, or flavored in some fashion.  Chips are no doubt a comfort food, the crunch, the savory flavor, the salt...

Today I'm sampling Clancy's Hot Honey Kettle Chips.

Exclusive to Aldi, Clancy's makes a full line of snack foods, with over 40 varieties to choose from.  The brand is kind of hit-and-miss though.  While their regular classic potato chips are good and in my book a smarter buy than over-priced classic Lay's, I've found their stackable chips, a.k.a., "crisps" to be greasy and not a good alternative to Pringles.  Some of their flavored options are quite good, some need to go back to the drawing board, such as their beer flavored offering.

Hot Honey Kettle Chips
One of the bigger chips in the bag

When it comes to potato chip crunch, Kettle-cooked chips are King of the Hill.  Clancy's Hot Honey Kettle Chips deliver on classic kettle crunch, it's deep, it's robust.  The kicker for these chips is the sweet heat.  A flavor play off of fast food hot honey chicken sandwiches, wings, and other goodies that have trended well in the last couple of years, it's a perfect balance of honey and spice.  Paired with the kettle-cooked preparation, it's an excellent match.

Costing me $1.95 for an 8-ounce bag at Aldi, I'm giving Clancy's Hot Honey Kettle Chips 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  The crunch is satisfying, the flavor profile is spot on, but I will say the chip size is a bit inconsistent and on the smallish side.  There was also a more-than-normal amount of chip breakage in the bag.  With a very reasonable price, the crunch, and the flavor profile make this offering a repeat buy.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

 

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