Discover Aquatopia-The Largest Indoor Waterpark in the Northeast!

If you live in the northeast or will be visiting soon and are looking for family fun destinations, we have you covered! Camelback Resort Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark  is located in Tannersville, Pennsylvania in the picturesque Pocono Mountains. This resort features Aquatopia, the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast that opened in 2015. The waterpark is awesome!


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There is a lot to do for kids of nearly every age. The lifeguards are very attentive and collisions in slides are avoided as they pay extremely close attention to make sure the first rider is out completely before allowing another rider down the slide.

Penguin Play Bay is an area that even the youngest kids can enjoy! Multiple swings, small slides,  water activities and of course some shallow water to splash and play in provide hours of tyke size enjoyment.

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Kartrite’s Quest is a large area that offers fun for kids 40″ and above. Prepare to be soaked as a large bucket on top dumps water on unsuspecting guests below. Kids have so much to do in Kartrite’s Quest! They can splash, slide, play basketball, test their coordination and so much more!

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There are many slides throughout this area that vary in size from pint size to ultra grande! Small open and tube slides are great for kids to start out on. When they have their slide groove totally on, they can go up the stairs and ride any or all of the 3 large slides atop the quest! Out ‘N Back Trek & Silkroad Runner Slide are 2 of the larger slides for kids and adults alike.  Then there is the Lava Luge Bowl Slide that shoots riders out into a large bowl area.  We rode all these slides and had a blast!

There is a pool area where the water is a max depth of 3’6″ and features the Ally-Oop Lagoon. The lagoon has several basketball hoops on the wall and multiple balls so everyone can try their hand at some water hoops. There is a large artificial tree in the center of this pool that separates the sections. Off to the other side is the Croc-O-Nile Crossing. A series of floating platforms along with an overhead climbing type rope ladder that kids can hold onto as they make their way from platform to platform tests their coordination and navigation skills. If they do fall in they have to start over and cannot climb on a platform from the water.

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The Great Ka-Na-Gawa Wavepool is a large pool that turns into a wave pool intermittently with the sound of a loud fog horn.


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Children regardless of how well they swim need to wear a life vest if they are under 42″. There are life vests available for all ages supplied by the lodge. This policy was not enforced until our last day and our little guy was so upset when he was told he had to wear a vest based on his size alone. He was upset since he had been in the pool the entire stay without one and knows how to swim very well. This same situation played out many times with many other kids during that day.  It would be best if all lifeguards followed the same procedures so the kids don’t get upset. I think  there should be some type of water test for children who may be short but are good swimmers to allow them to go without the vest.

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The waves are very fun and the wavepool was one of our family’s favorite things. We spent many hours in that pool.  The lifeguards on duty at the wavepool  are very attentive and constantly scanning the water for anyone in trouble. Our kids had a blast in that wave pool and never tired of it. There are clear round tubes guests can use in the wavepool to sit in or hold onto. Guests are also able to just stand or free swim.

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The Lost River was another favorite spot. There is a  current that guides you around in a single tube, double tube or you can free swim it. Cascading waterfalls at certain points will get you wet if you don’t navigate away from them.

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The Venus Slydetrap is a 608ft. raft ride for 3-6 people. This is what we considered a family ride but our little guys were hesitant to ride and so we had to skip this. It looked really fun and I was disappointed not to be able to try it.

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My husband and 9-year-old went on some of the free-falling slides-The Paradise Plunge and the Skydive Plummet that looked very intense. They had a blast but they were not for the faint of heart!

The Bombora Flowrider  is an action packed surfing simulator. Guests can surf or Boogie Board and show off their amazing skills to the people who gather to watch. My husband gave some Boogie Boarding a try! There are lessons available in the morning and after closing. The waterpark is open until 9 pm.



Mystic Springs is an indoor/outdoor warm spa lagoon with hydrotherapy jets. You can enter indoors and proceed to go into the outdoor section even in winter.  The hot tub can be used by everyone and is not just 18 or older. This may or may not pose issues for you. The issues we saw were some youngish teenagers  that were making out in there. There is also no lifeguard in the hot tube area and it is to be used at your own risk.

There are cabanas that you can rent if you so choose. Towels are provided but they are small. There are lockers and changing rooms. There are plenty of chairs, tables and lounge chairs around all of the attractions.  There is food available, but it is the typical chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, fries, pretzel type stuff.  Absolutely no food or drinks are allowed in. GoPro and similar action  cameras are not allowed to be used on the rides.


It was not crowded when we went so there were no issues with that. I know from prior reviews they used to have the park open to the public and not just guests of the lodge. When it was open like that, there were reports of it being too crowded which I assume caused them to give the lodge guests exclusive access.

When you exit the waterpark you walk straight into a large arcade and the air condition can be quite a shock. The arcade seemed to have a nice selection of games but our kids are more the kind that want to be the action so they did not play any games. We all kept busy and active in the waterpark during our stay.

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There are several types of rooms to choose from. Rooms with bunk beds and suites are available. The rooms are not well-lit and are very dark. There is no sink in the bathroom but that is very common in these types of resorts. It does make one think what is on the door handle of the bathroom since you cannot wash your hands before coming out. The bathroom is very small and just has the toilet and tub/shower combo. We had a room with 2 queen size beds and a sofa that also opened to a bed. There was no maid service our second day which shocked me since we had been through most of the towels and thought they would replenish them. There was  no turn down service offered.

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The wi-fi is a bit iffy depending on where your room is located. We had to change rooms as the first room we had did not have a wi-fi signal at all. From what I heard many people were unhappy with the wi-fi coverage. Since I have to be able to log on and write, no wi-fi was not acceptable. When we changed rooms they put us near the front desk and we did have a good wi-fi connection.

The staff in the lodge could benefit greatly by some serious customer service training. This is not just my own opinion. Most of the guests we met there admitted the same. At check in, you could hear a bit of arguing among guests and staff as they were told coupon booklets were not valid that clearly showed they were and other issues. The lodge staff was not friendly and cheerful and requests were met with grunts or huffy annoyed breathing complete with eye rolls. That was really annoying and totally uncalled for. However, when you went to the waterpark you forgot that and did not encounter it again until you returned to the main lodge.

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Due to the staff in the lodge we went to eat off the premises. If you want to go out, there are several family and fast food restaurants off site as well as a Shop Rite and Walmart. The rooms have a microwave and small refrigerator with a tiny freezer.  Even with a few more than 2 lumps in this Camel’s back, the waterpark made up for the down side. There are activities you can pay for outside the waterpark like ziplines and other action activities.

We did run into guests who said they got good deals on a room, coupon book and breakfast vouchers on Groupon. If you are planning a trip check out specials. May has a special of buy one night at regular price and get one night at half off. If you have been to Camelback Lodge please share your experience in the comments. If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comments too and I will answer to the best of my ability. You can follow Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

Keep following us as we bring you more great family friendly destinations in the Northeast.


Our stay was sponsored by Camelback Resort, my views and words are as always 100% my own.

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Learn How Povi Helps Children Develop Their Emotional Intelligence

Today’s environment has taken a toll on children’s emotional development. Overwhelmed parents and overly connected kids are leading to a lack of developing critical emotional intelligence skills.

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The Povi app and plush toy provide creative stories that teach children emotional intelligence based on input from experts.  Povi connects parents and caregivers to a network of child development specialists.Stories are written and curated  by expert psychologist, parents and teachers to help children develop their emotional intelligence.


These stories help children work through situations and develop social skill helpful throughout life  by gaining understanding of how Povi would react in a situation. Povi helps spark conversations and can help children deal with feelings of disappointment, frustration, anger and sadness.  Povi  can help guide parents through what normally would be difficult conversations with their child. Povi is designed for children 3-8 years old. Check out the Povi Kickstarter campaign now!


Povi isn’t a one-size-fits-all toy: it has stories for everyone. The app enables downloads of new content based on age, interest and ratings. It also provides follow-up questions for parents to spark discussion. The app enables users to rate stories and authors,this allows Povi to track interest in content and make suggestions.



Emotional intelligence  is one of the most important factors for  children’s happiness and success. Homework, extracurricular activities, both parents working outside the home and other commitments have made it harder than ever to have the necessary conversations with children to develop their emotional intelligence. Povi was created as an answer to this problem. Povi is loaded with real-life stories children can relate to and provide endless conversation starters.

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The concept for this conversation-starting innovation came from Povi founder Seow Lim’s own experience with her son. “I always felt that I paid lots of attention to my child’s development and was very surprised when a school counselor said, ‘Your child is really smart, but he is not happy.’ It was so painful to me that I didn’t know this about my own son! In the process of transforming my parenting style from Tiger Mom to getting more connected to my child’s emotions, I created Povi.”

According to multiple studies, preschoolers who participate in social-emotional skills programs exhibit less aggression and anxiety and become better social problem solvers. Prosocial behavior in early childhood is closely tied to future academic performance and mental health.

Thousands of schools now use programs with this goal in mind. Povi enables parents to implement social-emotional development at home.

You can stay in the loop with Povi via their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, be sure and check out their Kickstarter page to learn more or to help with their mission. Let me know what you think of Povi in the comments.



This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Povi. I received compensation for my participation, but my opinions are my own.

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Time is Running Out To Save & Give Your Child or Teen The Summer Experience of A Lifetime- @DMA_org

Kids will be off for summer vacation very soon. Parents looking to create summer experiences for their kids that are both fun and enriching can find it is a real challenge. Digital Media Academy tech summer camps rise to and exceed that challenge. Their camps are filling up faster than ever! Don’t miss the chance to give your child the summer experience of a lifetime. Even better news is that you can SAVE $50 with code CR8TECH16 when you register by May 31, media academy new promo 1

At DMA,  kids (ages 6-12) and teens (ages 12-17) learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more! Parents can choose one week DMA camps or step it up with two week camps. All DMA Academies are taught by industry experts and tech professionals. Kids can get hands-on experience creating projects that show their passion using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe and more.

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Digital Media Academy also offers STEM camps just for girls, called Made by Girls! Learn from a female role model and tech professional in an environment of creative girls just like you!

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Hurry, save $50 with code CR8TECH16 when you register by May 31! So go and create a dream summer experience for your child now at Digital Media Academy! #CreateTheNext. Find your summer camp at! If you have questions you can call 1(866)656-3342 or email


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The Little Linebacker Blog Tour & #Giveaway

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Teaching kids that hard work pays off is probably one of the most important lessons we can teach them as they grow. So many adults that I know believe  things come easy and don’t require effort. As an entrepreneur I learned a long time ago there is no such thing as “overnight success.” Most people do not understand the years of work that go into becoming an “overnight success.” If kids learn this at an early age, it will serve them well throughout their life. They will not be the kind to give up at the first hurdle but instead find a way to get over each and every one on the way to reaching their dreams.

A book that can help kids understand this is The Little Linebacker. This book written by Maria Dismondy and Stephen Tulloch and illustrated by Heather Heyworth is a story of determination. The story is about a little boy who dreams of becoming a professional football player. This dream comes even before his first little league football practice. His mother is supportive and tells him to dream bigger dreams! He finds support through his life when he feels like giving up.

An elderly man he likes at the nursing home where his mom works provides some wise advice that you have to keep going even if you fail a few times. He helps Stephen practice his math skills when he gets a bad math test grade. Throughout the years, Stephen has defeats but someone is always there to help him summon his determination and keep going. He learns that when you don’t give up but keep pressing on, great things happen! This is a great book with a very valuable message. You can find this book on Amazon. You can download the Free Reader’s Guide HERE.

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Make Family Memories To Last A Lifetime!

There are so many  great family destinations in the Northeast. The Great Escape Lodge & Splashwater Kingdom is nestled in the heart of the Adirondacks, a region brimming with history and natural beauty. The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, one of America’s favorite and most historic theme parks, originally opened its gates on June 27, 1954, as Storytown USA. It has since expanded from a five-acre nursery rhyme-themed park to include more than 135 rides, shows and attractions, including two full children’s areas to fill your day with fun and memories.
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A visit to The Great Escape includes two parks for the price of one with Splashwater Kingdom, the best there is in outdoor water park fun featuring 12 white water attractions. The history of Storytown combined with the thrills of Six Flags makes The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom one unforgettable family experience.

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Do you like roller coasters? Official opening of the brand new looping coaster, Greezed Lightnin is May 28th! This coaster will seat riders in “face-off” position and begin to rock forward and backward, pendulum style. Once the train reaches maximum height, guests experience one of the longest suspended hang-times – over 70 feet in the air, upside down. Thrill seekers are then hurled through a series of seven full inversions, both frontward and backward, offering sheer looping mayhem.

The New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster will land at The Great Escape this summer.  The Great Escape will become home to the Northeast’s first inverting Virtual Reality Coaster Wearing Samsung Gear VR headsets, guests are transported into a realistic 360-degree virtual world perfectly synched to the drops, inverted loops, and powerful twists and turns of the Steamin’ Demon

To add to all the excitement that is happening in the front of the park, behind the scenes they are scheduled to open the doors to Charley’s Saloon, the newly renovated Sports Bar concept in Ghost Town with park opening.


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Should Parents Be Worried About Nano-Partcles in Baby Formula? #NanoBabyFormula

Maybe you are of the thinking that a little bit of anything can’t hurt us. Do you think something so tiny, like the size of  a nano-particle could not hurt us? You might be thinking that there is no way some tiny little nano-particle is going to be able to cause any significant damage. Well, if that is what you are thinking, you may be very alarmed and shocked at what I am about to let you know.

Something called nanotechnology is being used to engineer particles that are 1000 times thinner than a stand of human hair! These nano-materials are several hundred times smaller than our blood cells. The concern about nanotechnology is that it can cause familiar substances to change in ways that scientist don’t expect and cannot predict. 

An example of this would be to look at the thick, white, zinc sunscreen that many people wear on their nose during a day at the beach. If nanotechnology is used to reduce the size of those particles to the nano-scale it will cause those white zinc particles to become transparent. This can be useful, but the problem is that at this tiny scale, the particles change in other ways as well.

Research has shown us that  zinc nano-particles are much more toxic than the larger zinc particles and unfortunately that is the case with most nano-particles. The sheer uncertainty in how this technology changes the products means we need to have new safety testing in place before nanotechnology is used in manufacturing products.

Who is the most vulnerable?

Infants may be at greater risk due to their more vulnerable physiology. Since the immune, central nervous, reproductive and digestive systems in children are still developing in infancy and early stages of life, consuming  products with nano-particles can lead to irreversible damage and increase their risk of disease later in life. Obviously baby formula containing nano-particles would be of great concern. 

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Baby formulas do not list nano-particle ingredients on the label. Friends of the Earth is also concerned that FDA does not regulate nano-particles in baby formula, nor does the agency pre-screen or test infant formulas before they enter the market. They believe the agency can do more to protect this vulnerable population.

Friends of the Earth commissioned laboratory analysis of popular baby formulas to find out if they contain nano-particles. They tested leading US brands of baby formula, including: Gerber (owned by Nestle), Enfamil, Similac, and Well Beginnings (Walgreen’s brand).

Results showed all six baby formulas they tested contain nano-particles. The three types found are “needle-like” nano hydroxyapatite, nano TiO2 (titanium dioxide) and nano silica dioxide.


Friends of the Earth is especially concerned about the nano hydroxyapatite in needle form found in the Gerber, Enfamil, and Well Beginnings formulas. The European Union Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) found that needle nano-hydroxyapatite is potentially toxic, could be absorbed by and enter cells, and should not be used in cosmetics such as toothpaste, teeth whiteners and mouth washes. A material that should not be used in cosmetics raises greater concern when used in food especially baby formula!

Download the full report and press release HERE.

What New Risks Can Nano-Particles Cause:

● They can be more chemically reactive and more bioactive than larger particles of the same chemicals.

● Due to their very small size, nano-particles have been demonstrated to be more likely than larger particles to enter cells, tissues and organs.

● Greater bioavailability and greater bioactivity may introduce new toxicity risks.

Why are companies using these nano-particles in baby formula?

Nano HA is most likely a calcium source for the formula, or could be used as an abrasive, bulking and emulsion stabilizer. However the needle-form is more commonly used in oral and bone surgeries. TiO2 is a brightener or whitener for food and beverage products, anti-caking agent Nano silica dioxide is used as a ‘trickle and flow’ aid in powdered food products, as a clearing agent in beer and wine, as a food additive (amorphous silica found to be nano) and as a food coating

Are nano-particles used in other kinds of products?

Many nano-materials have already entered wide-scale commercial use and can be found in hundreds of products, including transparent sunscreens; light-diffracting cosmetics; penetration enhanced moisturizers; stain-, moisture- and odor-repellent fabrics; long-lasting paints and furniture varnishes; antibacterial household appliances such as vacuum cleaners, refrigerators and air conditioners; and sporting equipment.

Beyond baby formulas, children’s products that contain engineered nano-particles include skincare products and sunscreens, supplements, food containers, pacifiers, teethers, blankets, toys and stuffed animals, baby bottles, toothbrushes, baby carriages, bibs, baby clothing and many other products.

What can consumers do?

Until government and companies regulate nanotechnology in a responsible and transparent manner,there are steps we can take to protect our health.

● Breastfeed when and if possible

● Hold government and industry accountable: Join Friends of the Earth to demand a moratorium on the use of nanotechnology in the food sector and urge policy makers to regulate and label food, food packaging and agricultural products containing manufactured nano-materials

● Contact baby formula manufacturers and ask them to remove nano-materials from their products

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There is so much more to nanotechnology and the potential outcome it can have. If you would like to learn more and find out how you can help FOE’s efforts to create a safe, just, resilient and sustainable food system click HERE.  You can also Sign This Petition telling baby formula companies to remove risky nano-particles from their products.

There will be a Facebook Party at 6pm PST/7pm MST/8pm CST/9pm EST. Click Here  to attend the 90 minute party. You can read all about the great prizes and fun right HERE!

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#ESVFamilyDevotionalBible- Share God’s Word As A Family -#Giveaway

The say that family that prays together stays together, in fact my priest just told me that the other day! If you are looking for a way to help your family read and apply God’s Word together, I have good news. The ESV FAMILY DEVOTIONAL BIBLE is a hardbound colorful Bible that retells 130 key stories from the Bible. The stories feature full color illustrations as well as a key verse and are placed within the Bible text where it is found.  The stories are simplified and easy for children of all ages to understand.

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I was happy to see that this Bible provided a way to share stories whenever with our children. They are the perfect length for reading in addition to a traditional bedtime story. There are questions that you can use with your children to spur discussion of the story. There is also a key verse for the story that I really liked.

The ESV Family Devotional Bible is designed to help families read and apply God’s Word together. This full-color edition features the complete ESV text interspersed with engaging illustrations and gospel-centered devotions related to key Bible stories—guiding families through the entirety of God’s Word over the course of a year. Each devotion also includes discussion questions and suggestions for additional reading, helping families develop a habit of reading the Bible together and applying its truth to all of life. You can find this Bible on Amazon.

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Now You Can Have The Features & Performance You Need In A Mini PC!

Remember how big computers were when they first came out?  Even when most of us started getting home computers, they truly were desktops that took up our whole desktop. Then there were towers that were considered space-saving but still huge. We know the drill as technology advances, those huge devices get smaller and smaller.

I recently had the chance to review a Quantum Byte, Logitech® Keyboard & HD Webcam Bundle by Azulle. Compact is definitely what this is, but the small footprint does not mean it is small on features. The Quantum Byte Mini Windows Fanless PC is so easy to hook up to a monitor or your TV with an HDMI cable. We hooked ours up to our smart TV and it was running in no time.

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Mini PC Features:  Intel Atom (Quad-core) processor Z3735F, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, and 32GB of on-board memory, Windows® 10 OS, Ethernet port, 3X Powered USB 2.0 Ports, VGA Port, 3.5 mm earphone Port
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The bundle we tested included the Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Keyboard with Touch-pad and  the  Logitech HD Pro C920 camera webcam. I was really impressed with everything. You can see my video review below and on YouTube to get an in-depth look at it all.

Let me know what you think in the comments and if you are considering purchasing one of these for your home. You can purchase this product right on Amazon at the link below. You can also stay in the loop with Azulle by checking out their website  and following them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.


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The Better Way To Clean Your BBQ Grill

We are starting to really fire up that grill now that we are almost into the unofficial start of summer. If your grill needs a bit of spiffing up from a mostly unused winter or just cleaning between grilling, I have the product for you! This USA Q’Grill BBQ Stainless Steel brush is all business!

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It is strong and durable and made to last. It will also cut your cleaning time down because it gets your grill clean 3 times faster than conventional grill brushes. The brush’s ergonomic design and sturdy construction offers unparalleled durability. You can see it in the polymer enhanced handle that feels great and looks great! The stainless steel bristles offer a horizontal 3 in 1 grill cleaning that will get your grill sparkling clean fast. So no matter what your entertaining schedule looks like this summer, cleaning your grill will be fast and easy!

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See my video below to get up close and personal with this awesome brush.

You can purchase it right on Amazon, just click on the link at the bottom of this post. Makes an awesome Father’s Day Gift too! If you do get it, let me know what you think.


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Massive Recall On Frozen Food-Costco, Walmart, Trader Joes, Safeway & More!

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There is a voluntary massive recall on frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables sold at many stores including Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Safeway and more.  You can see the complete listing that was issued by the FDA HERE.

The food is being recalled by CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, the elderly or in individuals with compromised immune symptoms. Healthy individuals may experience short-term symptoms of high fever, stiffness, severe headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea and nausea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

All affected products have the best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. These include approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands, the details of which are listed below. Products include organic and non-organic broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, corn, edamame, green beans, Italian beans, kale, leeks, lima beans, onions, peas, pepper strips, potatoes, potato medley, root medley, spinach, sweet potatoes, various vegetable medleys, blends, and stir fry packages, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries.

Consumers who purchased these products may return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or simply discard them. Consumers with questions may call the company’s consumer hotline at 844-483-3866, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.


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