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USA Today reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying that “some 395 people have become sick from eating tainted McDonald's salads … The illnesses have been linked to salad mix contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite, which is spread through fecal matter. Sixteen individuals have been hospitalized, according to the CDC.”

People in 16 states have been affected, mostly in the midwest.

The story says that “shortly after people began getting sick last month, McDonald's voluntarily stopped selling salads at impacted restaurants and switched salad suppliers. On July 26, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration analysis confirmed that McDonald's supplier Fresh Express was the source of the problem. The analysis found Cyclospora in a sample from an unused package of salad mix with romaine lettuce and carrots. The package's expiration date had already passed.”


National Public Radio reports that Guinness has opened its first US brewery in more than 60 years, in Halethorpe, Maryland … but it will not be brewing Guinness Stout there.

Peter Simpson, the head brewer at the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, says, “"I think Guinness stout is such an iconic stout, it has such strong links back to Dublin and back to Ireland, that it would feel wrong to take it away from Ireland and to brew it over here. So it is always going to still be brewed back in Dublin.” The brewery will mostly make Guinness’s blonde lager.

The story notes that “Guinness and its parent company, Diageo, spent $90 million to convert a large distillery into the Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House. The company's hoping to attract 300,000 visitors a year.”

Next time I’m in the vicinity, I’m stopping by for a tour. And maybe a taste. Sounds wonderful … and, after all, I’ve been to the Dublin version. In the interest of being informed, I think I have to make the trip to Maryland.


Newsday reports that when the Stew Leonard’s in Farmingdale, Long Island, decided to run a promotion for a new rosé called Hampton Water, which is made from Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre grapes, customers in the store did not expect that winery owner (and legendary rock star)  Jon Bon Jovi would show up, along with his son (and partner in the venture),  Jesse Bongiovi.

“It's just so exciting," said one customer. "'Living on a Prayer' is my song. I have goose bumps.”

Stew Leonard’s said that the wine, made in the Languedoc region in the south of France, was launched earlier this year, via a collaboration with French winemaker Gerard Bertrand.
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