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You may want to check the back of your fridge behind those Thanksgiving leftovers this week—an urgent recall notice has been issued for a certain beloved milk product. According to a new warning posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a certain brand of chocolate milk has been recalled due to possible cross contamination. Read on to make sure your favorite isn't affected, and for another recall that should be on your radar, check out If You're Using This to Charge Your Phone, Stop Immediately.The Nov. 25 recall relates to Prairie Farms Premium Flavored Chocolate Milk gallons and Prairie Farms 1% Lowfat Chocolate Milk gallons. The chocolate milk in question was found to have not been labeled for an egg allergen that may be present, posing a serious risk to anyone who has an allergy or sensitivity if they consume eggs.The issue stems from a valve malfunction at the Prairie Farms production plant in Rockford, Illinois, which led to the chocolate milk being cross contaminated with egg nog.According to the FDA's report, "Customers who have purchased this product are encouraged to destroy the product or return it to their local retailer to exchange the product for a like item."A total of 1,152 bottles of the affected products in total were distributed at stores in Chicago area, including the Northern Illinois Suburbs; Rockford, Illinois; and Southeastern Wisconsin. The potentially contaminated chocolate milk gallons have a "Best by" date of Dec. 4. The issue only affected the two named drinks, with other products from the company all remaining safe to drink.Egg is listed by the FDA as one of the eight major common allergenic foods. Particular caution is needed with egg as it can trigger allergic reactions ranging from the relatively mild (hives, mouth itching) to the potentially serious (swelling in the face and throat, difficulty breathing, triggering of asthma attacks, nausea and vomiting). In rare, extreme cases, anaphylactic shock can cause a dramatic fall in blood pressure.Read on for more products that could be in your kitchen that have been recalled recently, and for a particular appliance to be aware of, check out If You're Using This Pressure Cooker, You Need to Stop Now.Read the original article on Best Life. 1 Dole organic romaine heartsDole had to warn consumers about two of its products on Nov. 21, the Dole Organic Romaine Hearts and the Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts. The items tested positive for a strain of E. coli—pathogenic non-O157 E.coli STEC—in a routine sampling by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.These products were harvested and packed nearly four weeks ago and should no longer be available in stores, but the warning was still issued to be cautious. The contaminated romaine was distributed in Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Virginia.Thankfully, no illnesses or complaints were reported at the time of Dole's recall. And for another item that's supposed to be good for you that could be dangerous, check out If You Take These Popular Supplements, Stop Now. 2 Wegmans beef stockThe Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, issued a public health alert in mid-November relating to Wegmans Beef Culinary Stock No Salt Added. The product was not presented for import re-inspection when coming into the United States, and though it is not believed the beef stock is still available for purchase, there is concern that consumers may have cartons remaining in their pantries or refrigerators. The affected batches were shipped to New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, so Wegmans shoppers in those areas should proceed with extra caution.Luckily, at the time the warning was issued on Nov. 12, the FSIS said: "There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product." And for a very different type of danger potentially lurking in plain sight, check out If You Have This on Your Phone, Delete It Now, Experts Warn. 3 Stuffed Foods mac and cheese bitesMassachusetts-based company Stuffed Foods LLC recalled 1,818 pounds of its frozen Mac&Cheese Bites after a customer complained that the product they'd purchased actually contained Buffalo-Style Chicken Poppers instead. The wrongly included product also contains soy, a known allergen, which is not listed on the label.The FSIS warns that the Mac&Cheese Bites were shipped to retail locations nationwide, but at the time of the recall, there were no reports of adverse reactions to the bites. However, consumers are advised not to use any of the affected packages. And for more regular recall updates, sign up for our daily newsletter. 4 Albright's dog foodPet owners should double check what they're putting in their dog's bowl these days, too. That's because Albright's Raw Dog Food announced on Nov. 13 that safety testing had unearthed salmonella in a batch of their Chicken Recipe for Dog food, leading to a recall on 67 cases of the popular dog food.At the time of Albright's dog food recall, one case of animal illness traced to the food has been reported. According to the FDA, "salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products." And for other recall news to be aware of, check out If You Bought This From Amazon, Stop Using It Immediately.
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Former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne left behind a cloud of confusion when he resigned in 2019 from the internet retailer he’d founded after panicking investors with his bizarre claims that he had romanced a Russian agent at the behest of “Men in Black” working for the United States government.Now he’s back, with what he has described as his own personal “army,” touting what he claims is proof that Democrats stole the election from Donald Trump.“I’ve funded a team of hackers and cybersleuths, other people with odd skills,” Byrne said in a Tuesday interview at One America News, where OAN personality Chanel Rion praised Byrne as the head of an “elite shadow cyber security team.”Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne Claims Maria Butina Offered to Arrange One-on-One for Him With PutinAs Trump’s chances of securing a second term dwindle down to nothing, Byrne has launched a media tour to promote his mysterious hacker team, appearing from an “undisclosed location” on OAN, Newsmax, and a series of far-fringe YouTube shows associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. On Friday, a guest host on the popular Rush Limbaugh talk radio show praised Byrne’s allegations about voter fraud and proposed inviting Byrne on the show.With Trump allies on his legal team and in conservative media scrambling for any evidence that Trump didn’t legitimately lose the presidential race, Byrne has become a hero to the MAGA crowd, despite his history of making off-the-wall allegations.Byrne claims he’s funding teams of “hackers and crackers” who realized all the way back in August that Dominion voting machines could be used to steal the election from Trump. Since the election, those voting machines have figured prominently in Trump supporters’ allegations of fraud, despite the company’s repeated denials and any actual proof the voting tallies were changed.The actual details of Byrne’s supposed hacker super-team, however, similarly thin.“I’m a free agent, and I’m self-funded, and I’m funding this army of various odd people,” Byrne said in a Nov. 23 appearance on a podcast with a QAnon promoter who used the name InTheMatrixxx. “It’s really going to make a great movie someday.”Asked for more details on his hacker team, Byrne referred The Daily Beast to his blog, “DeepCapture.” But the 40,000-word explanation on Byrne’s website focuses on his long-running feud with Wall Street short-sellers, and Byrne’s conversations with a mysterious financial whistleblower called the “Easter Bunny,” rather than on any election investigations team.Byrne stopped responding to emails from The Daily Beast when asked whether any members of his hacker team would be available for interviews.Despite his vague claims, Byrne says he’s been funneling allegations about the election to the White House and one-time Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for weeks. Byrne’s claims are similar to those Powell has made publicly, including an allegation that deceased Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez somehow meddled in the election seven years after his death.“Sidney was the first to really get it, and to get what we’re saying is so vast, that you need kind of a very open-minded person to get it,” Byrne said in the InTheMatrixxx podcast.In the aftermath of the election, Byrne has become the latest with a broad “tech” background to reinvent himself as an expert on voting machines. Byrne is joined in that niche by former 8kun administrator Ron Watkins, who left his position managing the site for its QAnon posts on Election Day and has since appeared on OAN as a so-called elections investigator.During his post-election media tour, Byrne has made a series of other strange claims, including that he could be the reincarnation of an ancient Chinese monk.“I love the Chinese, I speak Chinese, I think I’m the reincarnation of a Shaolin monk, maybe,” Byrne said on the “InTheMatrixxx” podcast.Here’s How Hugo Chavez, Dead Since 2013, Became Responsible for Trump’s Election LossByrne has also encountered some other strange allegations on his media tour. In an appearance on a QAnon YouTube show hosted by a woman named “Cirsten W,” Byrne listened as his host claimed that Bill Clinton and late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein have been cloned.Byrne’s habit of making oddball claims made headlines in 2019, when he was still the CEO of Overstock. Using company letterhead, Byrne issued a statement claiming that “Men in Black” figures in the federal government had urged him to romance Russian agent Maria Butina, who was at the time allegedly trying to infiltrate conservative circles as a gun rights activist. Overstock’s share price plunged, and Byrne eventually resigned after Overstock’s insurer refused to insure the company with Byrne at the helm.A Senate Intelligence Committee report issued in August lays out a different view of Byrne’s interactions with Butina. In the report, Butina sees Byrne as a potential avenue to reach Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), then a presidential candidate. In a July 2016 email published in the committee report, Butina’s boyfriend, Paul Erickson, wrote that Byrne was “stalking” Butina after meeting her at a libertarian conference and claimed that Byrne made her a $1 million offer related to having his child.“Byrne is a bachelor by choice and consequences of his intellectual gifts and limitations, but is now concerned with his mortality and family legacy,” Erickson wrote. “Since meeting Maria, he has found ever more creative ways to pitch a standing $1 million offer to her ‘to have a baby with him.’ He is utterly enamored of her imagined gene stock and believes that a baby would cement not only his familial line but also relations between our two nations.”Byrne didn’t respond to The Daily Beast about the allegations made in Erickson’s email.Byrne’s other allegations haven’t always paid off, either. In 2018, he lost a landmark defamation trial filed against him by a Canadian businessman who had been described on Byrne’s blog as a terrorist financier and drug and arms trafficker, with the plaintiff awarded $1.2 million in damages.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.