Claire Butcher is known as the Lynn “Bird Lady”. She goes to the park almost everyday to feed the ducks but city officials want her to stop.
Officials have filed a criminal complaint against Butcher because not only is feeding the birds against the law its also causing a public health problem. The city attorney has been bombarded with complaints about the enormous amount of bird feces that line the walkways of the park.
She has been cited almost a dozen times to stop feeding the birds and has even violated a no trespass order. Butcher can been seen some days hauling a shopping cart full of bread and dog food through the city park. Officials stated that feeding the birds especially on a scale of this magnitude causes birds to return and be more aggressive in the hopes of finding food. Not to mention the huge mess it creates on the park’s sidewalks.
So far Butcher has no plans to stop even with the threat of jail.
A former employee at a Philadelphia McDonald’s says he noticed rat droppings on food on more than seven occasions and was told by management to ignore it.
Karrium Demaio says he often saw hamburger buns with rat droppings on them and even saw some that were partially chewed. He said he was told by his manager to brush off the droppings and toss the buns that had noticeable signs of being eaten by rats. Demaio says on one occasion he actually got out his cell phone and recorded a mouse eating buns that were still in the bag.
Demaio was fired in January for missing a shift but insist revealing this video had nothing to do with his firing. He wanted to let people know what was going on inside this McDonald’s.
According to the Philadelphia Health Department, the restaurant was “not in satisfactory compliance,” but there was never any mention from inspectors that they saw signs of a rodent problem.
The owner says he plan to review the video and correct any problems after a thorough investigation.
You may want to check the label the next time you open your favorite bottle of soda. It may have a little something extra in it that you might not know about.
Bromine, commonly used as flame retardant, is present in over 10% of the soda produced in the U.S. It is banned as a food additive in Europe and Japan.
So why is it used in soda? Coca-Cola explains that bromine or brominated vegetable oil “is used a as stabilizer to prevent the citrus flavoring oils from floating to the surface in beverages”. Oddly enough bromine is a derivative of soybean and corn.
So what are the risks of drinking soda with bromine in it? The Environmental Health News reports studies that are somewhat alarming:
After a few extreme soda binges — not too far from what many gamers regularly consume – a few patients have needed medical attention for skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders, all symptoms of overexposure to bromine. Other studies suggest that BVO could be building up in human tissues, just like other brominated compounds such as flame retardants. In mouse studies, big doses caused reproductive and behavioral problems.
The FDA had once banned its use back in the 70′s as a flavor additive but was reinstated later as a stabilizer.