Our Monday green news brings you the latest on nutrition, good causes and child education:
- Nestlé recalls some of their Hot Pockets as unsuitable for human consumption: Company Nestlé USA, which produces Hot Pockets, recently announced that it is voluntarily recalling two of its Hot Pockets products-specifically ”Philly Steak” and ”Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese”-as part of a larger meat recall. The recall is categorized as Class I, which according to the United States Department of Agriculture means that: “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” Nestlé claims that these products may have been affected by a meat recall by Rancho Feeding Corporation, from which a small quantity of meat was used at their California production facility making Hot Pockets. Last year, Nestle had announced their big plans to re-brand Hot Pockets to appeal to the growing “foodies” market with new “Premium Hot Pockets” featuring high quality meats and fancy crusts including croissant and pretzel bread.
- Donated bicycles are saving lives in Africa: Project World Bicycle Relief, a member of the organization Aid for Africa, and its recently established social enterprise Buffalo Bikes Ltd. are a great example of how rising demand for necessities such as transportation within organizations like Care or UNICEF can become a thriving business that is also helping to save lives. Development organizations need bicycles to help healthcare providers reach out-of-the-way villages, for children to get safely to school, and so farmers can take their crops to markets. In rural Africa, it’s not uncommon for students to walk two to three hours each way to get to school, often at the risk of harassment or sexual abuse, especially for girls. Bicycles are also creating jobs. Until recently the bicycle components were manufactured in Asia and assembled in Africa by more than 60 trained local staff. Today, a growing number of bicycle components are made in Africa, which brought about hundred manufacturing jobs.