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Jeni’s Ice Cream Recalls All Products Because of Listeria Contamination

A pint of a Jeni's ice cream tested positive for Listeria

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is recalling all its ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet after a sample tested positive for the deadly bacteria Listeria.

Once the contamination was discovered in a randomly selected pint of Jeni’s ice cream, the company “made the swift decision to cease all ice cream production and sales” until “all products are ensured to be 100% safe,” the company announced on its website Thursday.

“We have called in experts to help us find the root cause. We will be working with our suppliers to determine if the bacteria was introduced by one of the ingredients we use. We will not reopen the kitchen until we can ensure the safety of our customers,” a statement from Jeni’s CEO John Lowe reads.

The company is not aware of anyone getting sick from the contamination, but the recall announcement comes in the wake of an expanded recall of Blue Bell Ice Cream products, which have been linked to three Listeria-related deaths and several illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the Blue Bell Listeria case dates back to 2010.

Listeria causes nausea, headaches, abdominal pain and diarrhea in healthy people. Listeria can be fatal to the very young, very old, and those with weak immune systems. It can also cause pregnant women to miscarry.

Read next: How Ice Cream Gets Contaminated—and Sometimes Kills

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TIME food and drink

You Can Now Bathe in Ramen Noodles

The ramen craze just went one step further

Ramen is one of the latest food crazes to sweep America, but when it comes to the noodle dish the Japanese don’t mess around.

Yunessan Spa House in Hakone, a south-eastern town in Japan, is now offering ramen baths for its clientele. The bath, consisting of ramen pork broth and synthetic noodles, allegedly helps improve patrons’ skin.

Ichiro Furuya, the owner of the spa, claims, “Lately people are very concerned about having beautiful skin, and they know the effect of collagen, which is contained in our pork-based broth. At this bath, everybody can have fun and take advantage of the healthy elements of ramen noodles.”

TIME obituary

Prominent Chicago Chef Homaro Cantu Dead at 38

Chef Homaro Cantu in 2010.
Amy Sussman—Getty Images Chef Homaro Cantu in 2010.

He was found in a building where he planned to open a brewery

Chicago chef Homaro Cantu, whose scientific approach to food made him a star in the city’s dining scene, has died at age 38 in what police say appears to be a suicide.

His body was found in the building where he planned to open a brewery, the Chicago Tribune reports. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Cantu was an owner of Moto, one of the country’s most prominent restaurants in the field of molecular gastronomy. He said his family’s homelessness during his childhood inspired him to tackle issues of hunger and nutrition creatively, experimenting with edible paper and miracle berries, which turn sour foods sweet. He started a lab in the basement of Moto and dreamed of creating hangover-free beer and vegan eggs.

“I think [I’m] a product developer first and foremost now,” he told the Chicago Tribune in 2012. “I was just taught very early that if I didn’t solve problems, I was headed for a very dark path.”

In March, an investor in Moto and another now-closed restaurant of Cantu’s sued him, alleging that he never received his share of profits and that Cantu used restaurant funds for personal expenses and the promotion of his The Miracle Berry Diet Cookbook, the New York Times reports.

Cantu’s friends mourned his sudden death as word spread on Tuesday.

“I don’t think there’s anybody like Omar,” longtime friend and chef Michael Taus of the restaurant Taus Authentic told NBC Chicago. “I mean, he was shooting for the moon. He didn’t know the word, ‘No,’ and he was just always experimenting. He was a mad scientist.”

[Chicago Tribune]

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TIME food and drink

Watch This Breakfast Master Make Game of Thrones Pancakes

Open up and eat your Westeros

Your love of Game of Thrones no longer needs to end on Sunday night when the episode is over. Now with a little pancake mix and a lot of skill, you can extend it to the breakfast table.

Using off-the-shelf baking mix, water and a nonstick pan, YouTube pancake-making sensation Nathan Shields whipped up a delicious-looking ode to the seven kingdoms of Westeros. Shields put his incredible pancake skills to work to create edible versions of the sigils that mark the fictional noble houses in Game of Thrones. There’s the wolves of Winterfell, a Lannister lion, the bird and moon that mark House Arryn’s stronghold The Eyrie, all recreated in batter just yearning for butter and syrup the way Arya Stark thirsts for vengeance.

Remember, if you do try to recreate these pancakes at home, don’t invite Jon Snow for breakfast.

TIME food and drink

There’s Now A Petition to Create ‘Ruth Bader Ginger’ Ice Cream

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, celebrating her 20th anniversary on the bench, is photographed in the West conference room at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Aug. 30, 2013.
The Washington Post/Getty Images Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, celebrating her 20th anniversary on the bench, is photographed in the West conference room at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Aug. 30, 2013.

The petition is seeking at least 5,000 supporters

There’s already a famous Tumblr in her honor, but now the Internet is seeking a new way to honor the Notorious R.B.G.—an ice cream flavor. Ruth Bader Ginger, to be precise.

A Change.org petition to Ben & Jerry’s is now calling for the ice cream company to create a specialty flavor for the Supreme Court Justice.

“I think it’s important to recognize women heroes everywhere we can,” wrote Yael Mazor-Garfinkle, the author of the petition. “So when I read that only two of Ben & Jerry’s honorary flavors over the past three decades have featured women, I started this petition asking the ice cream company to honor Justice Ginsburg with her own flavor: Ruth Bader Ginger.”

The petition had more than 3,700 supporters by Thursday evening.

Read next: Ben & Jerry’s Founders Think Pot Ice Cream ‘Makes Sense’

TIME toxins

3 Texans Got Sick After Eating Blue Bell Ice Cream Contaminated With Listeria

A Blue Bell Cotton Candy Bar.
AP A Blue Bell Cotton Candy Bar.

The company expanded its recall this week

Three people from Texas have been added to the growing list of those who got sick with Listeria from tainted Blue Bell Creameries ice cream products.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the three people had been hospitalized for other reasons, but then fell ill after eating Blue Bell ice cream from a plant in Oklahoma, Reuters reports.

This brings the total number of Listeria cases linked to Blue Bell up to eight; the other five were in a hospital in Kansas, and three of those people died.

Blue Bell expanded its product recall Tuesday. Listeria is a food borne-bacteria that sickens 1,600 people in the U.S. annually, according to the CDC.

Read more: How Ice Cream Gets Contaminated—And Sometimes Kills

TIME food and drink

Listeria Trace Prompts Recall of Sabra Hummus

30,000 cases have been recalled

About 30,000 cases of a popular brand of hummus are being voluntarily recalled due to possible Listeria contamination.

The Sabra Dipping Company is recalling several versions of its Classic Hummus out of fear that it may contain traces of the organism, which can cause high fever, headaches, and nausea to healthy individuals and kill the very young and very old. Pregnant women infected with Listeria are especially at risk as it can lead to miscarriage and stillbirth.

A random sample collected from a retail location in late March tested positive for Listeria, according to a press release posted on FDA.gov. No illnesses have been reported, but the company is urging customers to dispose of or return the products for a full refund.

More information on the hummus recall is available at FDA.gov.

Read next: Blue Bell Expands Ice Cream Recall

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Man’s Iced-Tea Habit Caused Kidney Failure

Doctors say he drank about 16 8-ounce cups every day

An Arkansas man’s kidney failure was apparently caused by his iced tea habit, doctors explain in a journal article out this week.

The 56-year old man went to the hospital last May with symptoms like weakness, fatigue, nausea and body aches, the Associated Press reports. His doctors, writing in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, said they had already ruled out several other possible causes when their patient said he drank 16 eight-ounce cups of iced black tea every day.

That type of tea includes oxalate, a chemical found in foods like nuts, wheat bran and chocolate, which can result in kidney stones—and in excessive amounts can cause kidney failure.

The man has been put on dialysis, perhaps for the remainder of his life, said Dr. Umbar Ghaffar of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.


TIME food and drink

This Culinary Genius Built an Easy Cheese 3-D Printer

Someone get this guy a MacArthur "Genius Grant"

A slightly mad evil genius has used his powers for good and rigged a 3-D printer to craft its product in Easy Cheese. While the printer is still in initial testing, per the video, it’s clear the future looks delicious.

In this video, posted by Andrew Maxfield-Parish, the cheese-rigged 3-D printer looks like something built in the basement laboratory on Wallace and Gromit. The video shows that the printer and its creator are still figuring out the logistics of an Easy Cheese-filled future, but by the end of the clip, the machine seems to get the hang of the whole building-in-cheese thing. Give the man and his robot a little more time to perfect the process and perhaps they can build a White House replica just in time for next year’s Big Block of Cheese Day.


TIME Diet/Nutrition

Eating Eggs With Raw Veggies Boosts Nutritional Benefits, Study Says

Fern salad made from fern with quail eggs.
Noel Celis—AFP/Getty Images

Cooked eggs increase carotenoid absorption in salads

Next time you’re eating a raw-vegetable salad, consider adding cooked eggs to the mix. A new study suggests that mixing eggs with raw vegetables increases carotenoid absorption almost ninefold, entailing a range of benefits including a longer life span, fewer chronic illnesses and a reduced cancer risk.

Researchers at Purdue University in Indiana served 16 subjects three different varieties of the dish: an eggless salad, a salad with 1½ scrambled eggs and a salad with three scrambled eggs. There was a threefold to ninefold increase in carotenoid absorption from the salad containing the most eggs, according to Science Daily.

The salubrious ingredients — from beta-carotene to lycopene — serve as antioxidants protecting against cancer and heart disease.

“Americans underconsume vegetables, and here we have a way to increase the nutritive value of veggies while also receiving the nutritional benefits of egg yolks,” said the study’s researcher Wayne Campbell.

“Next time you visit a salad bar, consider adding the cooked egg to your raw veggies,” added Campbell. “Not only are lutein and zeaxanthin available through whole eggs, but now the value of the vegetables is enhanced.”

[Science Daily]

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