Category Archives: National News

Guinness’ first US brewery in 60 years opens its doors

By IrishCentral Staff/@IrishCentral

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, opened its doors August 3 in Halethorp, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. 

It’s the first Guinness brewery in the US in 60 years!

The “mid-sized brewery” and “innovation microbrewery” will focus on brewing beers specifically targeted for the U.S. market, like Guinness Blonde and Guinness IPA which have been launched in recent years. They’ll be serving 16 beers on tap, including favorites from Dublin and brand new beers brewed on premises. 

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395 people sickened in McDonald’s salad outbreak

By Kevin Flower and Debra Goldschmidt, CNN

Federal health officials reported Thursday an additional 109 cases of cyclospora infection in an ongoing outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads that began in May.

The total number of laboratory-confirmed illnesses from this outbreak is now 395, according to a statement from the US Food and Drug Administration. At least 16 of the sick individuals have been hospitalized.

The cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness in people who consumed contaminated food or water. Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite.

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170 people say they got sick after eating at a Chipotle restaurant that was shut down on Monday

By Hayley Peterson


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  • Chipotle closed a restaurant in Powell, Ohio, on Monday following reports that customers got sick after eating there.
  • More than 170 people said they fell ill after eating at the restaurant, according to reports made to the website
  • The local health department said that it received illness reports from seven customers on Sunday and Monday and that it sent officials to the Chipotle restaurant on Monday for an inspection only to find the restaurant closed.
  • Chipotle had two to five staff members call off work while citing illness on Sunday and Monday, the company told health officials.

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Taco Bell sued by staff after California outlets BANNED them from taking their discounted meals home


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California Taco Bell employees brought a lawsuit against the fast food company for banning them from leaving the restaurant during their lunch breaks if they bought food using their employee discount.

In compliance with state law, Taco Bell gives employees a 30-minute meal break and, as a bonus, offers them the option of purchasing a discounted meal, with the understanding that they have to eat what they buy inside the restaurant.   

The fast food company apparently put the practice into place in an attempt to prevent ‘theft,’ stopping employees from using their discounts for food they’d turn around and give to their family and friends, Inc. reported. 

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FDA warns there could be more salmonella-related recalls

By: FOX 13 News staff

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 – There has been a string of voluntary recalls due to salmonella fears recently, and while federal officials have identified the possible source, they say it could mean future recalls.

After recalls for Ritz crackersGoldfish crackersSwiss rolls and Hungry-Man frozen dinners, the Food and Drug Administration is warning that more recalls for possible salmonella contamination could be ahead.

The FDA says they believe the recalled product contain a common ingredient supplied by Associated Milk Producers. Officials said it is likely that other food products containing the same ingredient could be recalled in the coming days.

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Salmonella risk prompts Hungry Man recall

hungry-man-recall_1532633875622_5851263_ver1.0_640_360The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that products may be contaminated with salmonella from whey powder that has been recalled by the producer of the ingredient. 

The whey powder is an FDA-regulated product that is being voluntarily recalled by the producer, Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI). Additional FSIS-regulated products containing the recalled whey powder may be added to this public health alert as more information becomes available.

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Necco Candy Company Plant Abruptly Shuts Down, Fate of Valentine’s Day Hearts Unknown

Screen Shot 2018-07-26 at 6.04.34 PMThe owner of the company behind chalky, colorful confections such as Necco Wafers and Sweethearts has unexpectedly shut down operations at its Massachusetts plant and hasn’t said if candy production will resume.

The Boston Globe reports Round Hill Investments, LLC announced Tuesday it is selling Necco brands to another manufacturer and closing down its Revere plant.

“I mean, those Valentine’s Day hearts are definitely a part of my childhood,” said Alexis Werner of Salem, who was surprised to hear of the closing. “That’s pretty much the only candy I liked.”

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Woman Almost Loses Leg After Nightmare Pedicure

Author: Taheshah Moise

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– A woman has a warning for everyone who gets pedicures -watch out for illegal callus scrapers.

Tracy Lynn Martinez shared her story on Facebook and the post has gone viral.

What started as a normal pedicure turned into something much more dangerous.

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Build-a-Bear ‘Pay Your Age’ sale is back for birthdays only

Dh7mpEwX0AANwIsAfter last week’s Build-A-Bear “Pay Your Age” sale fail, the company has announced you can still get the age deal (sort of) with its birthday-month “Count Your Candles” program.

To take advantage of the promotion, customers must sign up for the free Build-A-Bear Bonus Club members, and children must be under 14.

Bring your child into a store any day during their birthday month, and they can build a Birthday Treat Bear, which regularly costs $14, by paying their age.

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Build-A-Bear shuts down ‘Pay Your Age’ deal after huge crowds mob stores

By Kate Taylor

Build-A-Bear was forced to shut down a deal that allowed customers to “pay their age” for bears after chaos overtook malls across the United States. 

On Thursday, Build-A-Bear was set to celebrate “Pay Your Age Day” in the US, Canada, and the UK. Customers had the chance to purchase a stuffed animal and pay only their age for the day. Kids were able to pay just a few dollars for stuffed bears, while adults’ fees were capped at $29. The bears usually fall in the $20-$35 range. 

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