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FDA warns against eating raw cookie dough over E. Coli outbreak

It’s a guilty pleasure — sneaking a pinch of raw cookie dough before popping the delicious goodness into the oven. However, the Food and Drug Administration says there’s a second danger to eating raw cookie dough besides salmonella and gaining weight — E. Coli.

Tuesday the FDA releases a warning telling consumers an E. Coli breakout at a General Mills plant in Kansas City, Mo may have contaminated any number of food products that contain flour. The release says this includes items like bread, pizza, tortillas, and of course — cookies.

Advisors warn against many homemade play dough recipes as the usually call for flour and advise against all types of flour crafts.

General Mills is conducting a voluntary recall of 10 million pounds of flour sold under three brand names: Gold Medal, Signature Kitchen’s, and Gold Medal Wondra. The varieties of flour recalled include unbleached, all-purpose, and self-rising flours.

The FDA says the contaminated products were likely any produced between November 14, 2015 and December 4, 2015. Since flour has such a long shelf life, these products may still be found in stores and homes.

The FDA tells consumers to throw away any flour in their homes from these three brands. So far, the Center for Disease Control reports 38 people have been infected by E. Coli related to flour products since December 2015.

Miss Teen USA pageant replaces swimsuit competition with athletic wear

Miss Teen USA is moving away from bikinis and embracing sports bras and yoga pants instead.

The Miss Universe organization announces its teen pageant will eliminate the swimsuit portion of the competition and replace it with an athletic wear segment instead.

The Miss Universe site says, “The swimsuit portion has always been a staple of the competitions, both big and small. But in a society that increasingly prioritizes feminism and equality, watching women parade across a stage in bikinis can feel outdated.”

The organization explains this new part of the show will allow competitors to show off their athleticism in way that focuses more on fitness than sexuality.

“I have been an athlete my entire life. As a member of a softball team and a competitive dance team, I spend a lot of time in athletic wear,” says Katherine Haik, the reigning Miss Teen USA. “This new direction for Miss Teen USA is a great way to celebrate the active lives that so many young women lead and set a strong example for our peers.”


Apartment complex asks man to remove his American Flag

A Colorado man, who happens to have the same name as one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, is fighting an order from the management at his apartment complex stating he must remove an American flag hanging from his balcony.

Samuel Adams says his grandfather was in the Army during World War I, and his father served in the Navy. So in honor of those family members and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, Adams hung an American flag over the balcony of his apartment.

It didn’t take long for the management at his apartment complex to send him a letter asking him to remove the flag.

The letter reads in part, “Please do not clutter with personal belongings. Balconies and patios must be maintained in a neat, clean and attractive condition.”

Adams says he was in disbelief, and he recorded a video of himself expressing his anger.

“I have never done anything like this before,” he says. “But it was the right time and it was the right moment. I wanted to be a patriotic American and give tribute to our founding fathers and our veterans, and to have (management) say the flag is inappropriate or comparable to trash is reprehensible to me.”

Management at the Sterling Heights apartment complex says they’re not opposed to residents flying the American flag, but residents are not allowed to used their balconies to display decorations, signs, or flags.

Adams says he plans to keep flying his flag even if it leads to an eviction. Adams says he’s received a lot of support from veterans and military families thanking him for standing up for the flag.

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