California Produce Recall; Food Labeling; Meditation

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A fresh fruit recall out of California has expanded,  so if you've recently bought any California nectarines, peaches, plums or pluots, even the organic kinds, please check the labels carefully.

The Wowona Packing Company out of Cutler, CA announced that it’s expanding a voluntary recall because the fruit could be contaminated with Listeria.

The fruit was packed from June 1st through July 17th, and the company said that the recall affects a number of grocers, including CostCo, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Walmart. 

Starting today, the government has strengthened its requirements for what foods can be labeled as gluten-free.  Now, food manufacturers have to make sure that a food has fewer than 20-parts-per-million of gluten before it can legally be labelled “Gluten-Free” and be placed on shelves.

20 parts-per-million of gluten is the amount that's generally recognized by the medical community as being low enough to not trigger any reaction in people who have celiac disease, which is a severe gluten allergy.

Right now, these new rules don't apply to restaurants, but the F.D.A. is encouraging them to get on board as well.

Gluten is a protein typically found in grains like wheat, rye and barley.   

A new trend is catching on at businesses - daily meditation.

A new study found that people make more decisive and rational business decisions after just a 15-minute meditation session.  It also found that people who meditate regularly tend to get higher performance ratings and are less likely to quit.

The effects aren’t just personal.  Researchers found that when bosses meditate, their employees tend to perform better as well.

The travel site Orbitz recently created a meditation and prayer center at one of its locations after noticing that employees were sometimes sneaking into stairwells for peace and quiet.  H.B.O., Proctor &  Gamble, and the Seattle Seahawks also make time for workers to meditate during the day.


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