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For Flo
Monday June 9, 2008

• CPSC: Master Toys & Novelties Inc. Recalls Little Rider Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
• Stay Out of the Supermarket and Save
• Spring Gardening Guide



CPSC: Master Toys & Novelties Inc. Recalls Little Rider Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

CPSC
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Cowboy on a Horse Little Rider Toys

Units: About 6,000

Importer: Master Toys & Novelties Inc., of Los Angeles, Calif.

Hazard: Surface paint on the shoe and pants of the rider toy contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall includes a battery operated cowboy riding a horse toy. The model number 8610B is located on the product packaging. The horse and rider together measure about 8.5 inches in height by 7.5 inches in length. The rider is wearing blue pants and a red shirt and the horse is brown. Only Little Rider Toys with UPC code 603678086101 printed on the product packaging are included in the recall.

Sold at: Dollar and discount stores nationwide from April 2007 through January 2008 for between $5 and $7.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these recalled toys away from children and return it to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Master Toys & Novelties Inc. at (800) 237-5020 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Website at www.mastertoys.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08272.html


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Stay Out of the Supermarket and Save

Mary Hunt
It hasn't happened overnight, but gradually I am weaning myself from thinking of my supermarket as my primary source for groceries. With food costs going up so dramatically, the supermarket has become my last resort, not the first stop. You should see the nice produce at my local dollar store. Milk is cheaper at the gas station mini-mart, and cereal is a fraction of the supermarket price at Target. An ethnic market, where available, is a good source for cheap spices. And today's first reader tip suggests another option.

FRESH SPICES CHEAP. Spices are expensive, and they don't keep forever. A new recipe I wanted to try sent me looking for ground cloves, but I could not bring myself to pay $6 for cloves for one recipe. So I went to a specialty store that sells bulk items and spices and purchased two tablespoons of fresh ground cloves for 30 cents. -- Terri, e-mail

TRANSPORT GOODIES. When you need to transport a plate of cookies, brownies or other goodies, make the paper plate more stable by putting plastic wrap over the goodies and extending the wrap over the edges of the plate. Then put another paper plate of the same size under the first plate, holding the plastic wrap edges in place. Your goodies are much less likely to fall off the plate this way. -- Mary Beth, e-mail

YOGURT SUB. I use plain low-fat yogurt to thin out certain ingredients, which not only makes the dish healthier but also stretches the product. It's so versatile. Almost anything that calls for mayonnaise can be stretched proportionally by a quarter or a half with yogurt. You also can add yogurt in the same proportions to sour cream, which is wonderful for dips, ranch dressing, casseroles and soups. -- Jenn, e-mail

CAMERA CASE. I bought a compact digital camera, and I wanted to carry it in my purse. I discovered that my camera fits perfectly into a plastic travel container for soap -- and it only cost a dollar. The container has a hard shell, so my camera is well-protected. The case takes up very little room in my purse. -- Naomi L., e-mail

FRESH GARLIC POWDER. Add a few grains of long cooking rice (uncooked) to your container of garlic powder, and the rice will absorb the moisture and prevent the powder from getting hard. -- Katy W., e-mail

LEATHER SEAT CLEANER. I have leather seats in my car, and I clean them with Dove beauty bars. I take a wet washcloth, apply the Dove and then rub the cloth over the leather. Next I gently rinse off the Dove and buff the leather. Test it in an inconspicuous place first, just to make sure. -- Sue D., e-mail

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Would you like to send a tip to Mary? You can e-mail her at mary@everydaycheapskate.com, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2135, Paramount, CA 90723. Mary Hunt is the founder of DebtProofLiving.com and author of 17 books, including "Debt-Proof Living" and "Tiptionary 2." To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.


Copyright 2008 Creators Syndicate Inc.

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Health and Fitness
For Flo
Monday June 9, 2008

• Food imports prone to unsanitary practices
• Concord grape juice may help aging memory
• Worker attitude affects food safety
• Hay fever hurts nasal passage function
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Food imports prone to unsanitary practices

GRIFFIN, Ga. (UPI) -- Sanitation for food production is not uniform worldwide and food imported into the United States may put some at risk, a researcher warns.

Michael Doyle of the University of Georgia said U.S. food imports are putting many at greater risk of food-borne disease because many countries do not have the same U.S. sanitary standards.

"Approximately 15 percent of food consumed in the United States in 2006 was imported -- mainly fresh produce, tree nuts, fish and shellfish," Doyle said in a statement. "Importing foods can move diseases from areas to locations where they do not exist."

More than 80 percent of fish and seafood consumed in the United States is imported, much of it from Asia where raw domestic sewage and/or livestock manure frequently are used in fish farming, Doyle said.

In China, crops and seafood typically are grown on small parcels where farmers often use excessive amounts of pesticides for produce and antibiotics for fish and shrimp production -- practices not approved for use in the United States. Untreated human waste and animal manure are often used to treat soils or aquaculture ponds, said Doyle, who spoke at the 108th general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston.


Copyright 2008 by United Press International

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Concord grape juice may help aging memory

CONCORD, Mass. (UPI) -- A pilot study suggests drinking Concord grape juice may benefit older adults dealing with early memory decline, a University of Cincinnati researcher says.

Robert Krikorian of UC's College of Medicine says the placebo-controlled human study investigated whether regular consumption of polyphenol-rich food or beverage could have beneficial effects against age-related cognitive decline.

The study involved 12 adults with early memory decline. Participants drank a total of 15 to 21 ounces, depending on body weight, of either Concord grape juice or placebo daily, divided among meals, for a 12-week period.

The beverages were equal in calorie and sugar content, but only the Concord grape juice contained natural polyphenolic compounds, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Krikorian says.

Participants who drank the Concord grape juice showed significant improvement in list learning and trends suggests improved short-term retention and spatial memory, the study says.

The findings were presented at the 38th annual scientific meeting of the American Aging Society in Boulder, Colo.


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Worker attitude affects food safety

MANHATTAN, Kan. (UPI) -- Food service workers' attitudes toward safety practices have a direct effect on food-borne illnesses in restaurants, U.S. researchers say.

Researchers from Kansas State University surveyed 190 food service employees in 31 restaurants across three Midwestern states on their knowledge of, and attitude toward, three food safety measures that have the most substantial impact on public health: hand washing, using thermometers and proper handling of food contact surfaces. Only employees whose jobs directly involved food preparation tasks participated.

The study, published in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association, said that providing workers with training that does not target their attitudes may not improve food safety results.

"While emphasis should be placed on training, it is also important to educate employees regarding positive outcomes of food safety such as decreasing patrons' risk of food-borne illness, reducing the spread of microorganisms and keeping the work environment clean," the researchers said in a statement.


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Hay fever hurts nasal passage function

GENOA, Italy (UPI) -- Italian researchers suggest that those suffering from hay fever -- allergic rhinitis -- will over time experience worsening of nasal passage functioning.

Study authors Drs. Giorgio Ciprandi, Ignazio Cirillo, Angela Pistorio and Stefania LaGrutta, of the San Martino Hospital, in Genoa, Italy, determined 72 percent of those with longer bouts of hay fever -- on average nine years -- had "severe" nasal obstruction.

In 100 patients -- 50 percent with short-term rhinitis and 50 with long-term rhinitis -- those with longer bouts had significantly lower airflow in their nasal passages, the researchers said.

Allergic rhinitis occurs when the body's immune system over-responds to specific, non-infectious particles such as plant pollens, molds, dust mites, or animal hair. The response causes skin redness and swollen membranes in the nasal passages, combined with sneezing and congestion. It is estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from hay fever, and that hay fever accounts for approximately 2 percent of all visits to a doctor's office.

The findings were published in Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery.


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