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Whole Foods baby spinach recall: What parents need to know

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There's another big food recall for parents to be aware of, but don't worry, no one is sick it is just a precaution.

Whole Foods is recalling several prepared items containing baby spinach because of potential Salmonella contamination.

This includes salads, pizza, sandwiches and wraps sold at stores in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.

According to the CDC, Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States yearly. Most people recover without treatment from an episode of diarrhea, fever and cramps that lasts about a week, but some people do need to be hospitalized and of course, small children are among those most at risk, with kids under five having higher rates of Salmonella infection than any other age group.

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In addition to the prepared meals, the baby spinach from the salad bars and hot bars at Whole Foods stores in the above states was also impacted, so if you've got salad bar items with spinach, toss them.

For all the other items, check your recent prepared item purchases against this list. There's a lot of different salads, wraps, sandwiches and pizzas involved in the recall.


Product Product Code (begins with)Sell by DateAffected States
Chicken Florentine Panini02652491/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Golden Beet & Tangerine Salad02766511/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Locavore Cheese Steak Wrap02888331/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Mediterranean Stuffed Salmon02766401/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Quinoa with Dark Leafy Greens02766521/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Roasted Vegetables Panini02866681/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Salad Spring Berry Power02617021/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Smoked Turkey with Apple & Cheddar Sandwich02894361/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Spinach and Vegetable Quinoa Salad02874101/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Spinach Ravioli Salad with Lemon, Tomato, and Parmesan CC02622161/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Strawberry Balsamic Quinoa CC02262151/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Tofu Shawarma Wrap02259381/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Turkey Avocado Sandwich (Turkado Sandwich)02685061/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Turkey with Spinach & Feta Sandwich02781311/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Vegan Spinach Almond Ricotta Pizza02899271/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Chicken Cordon Blue Panini02364891/24/2019CT, NJ, NY
New England Cranberry Turkey Sandwich02365431/24/2019CT, NJ, NY
Paleo Mediterranean Tuna Salad02787861/27/2019CT, NJ, NY
Spinach, Sauteed with Garlic CC02622081/27/2019CT, NJ, NY
Avocado Dragon Ball Bowl02399991/27/2019FL
Bistro Pasta Salad02702651/26/2019FL
Breakfast Sandwich Platter02890621/26/2019FL
Chicken Enchiladas Dinner02680151/28/2019FL
Cilantro & Lime Chicken Burrito02708781/26/2019FL
Coconut Kiwi Butter Bowl02514131/27/2019FL
Egg White & Spinach Breakfast02769831/27/2019FL
Egg White Burrito02768291/27/2019FL
Eggplant Rolantini02708711/26/2019FL
Focaccia Vegetable Pesto Sandwich02606461/27/2019FL
Goat Cheese Salad With Mandarin Orange & Candied Cashews02726811/27/2019FL
I Yam What I Yam Bowl02519861/27/2019FL
Large Brasserie Cheese Goat Salad02726801/27/2019FL
Large Goat Cheese Green Salad02891431/28/2019FL
Large Spinach & Mushroom Salad02720611/27/2019FL
Maple Glazed Acorn Squash02840711/26/2019FL
Mesclun Mix With Candied Pecans & Sun Dried Cranberries02720931/27/2019FL
Mesclun Mix With Candied Pecans & SunDried Cranberries02727881/27/2019FL
Mustard Crusted Salmon02713281/28/2019FL
My Big Fat Greek Pizza02706631/26/2019FL
Orange Lentil Vegetable Egg Bowl02516251/27/2019FL
Pizza Il Mediterraneo 02292501/24/2019FL
Salad Golden Beets Tangerine 02710781/26/2019FL
Sandwich Baguette Chicken Saltimbocca02379291/26/2019FL
Sandwich Baguette Turkey Brie 02379331/26/2019FL
Sandwich Ham Olive Sliced 02363981/27/2019FL
Serbian Ajvar Vegetable Club02200411/28/2019FL
Small Spinach & Mushroom Salad02727931/27/2019FL
Smoked Mozzarella Pasta02250811/28/2019FL
Spinach Artichoke Bleus Pizza02713881/26/2019FL
Spinach Gorgonzola Salad02679821/26/2019FL
Spinach Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad02601361/28/2019FL
Spinach Walnut Bleus Pizza02713311/26/2019FL
Vegetable Pesto Focaccia02449521/27/2019FL
Vegetable Pesto Focaccia Sandwich02449531/27/2019FL
Watermelon Garbanzo Vegetable Bowl02519681/27/2019FL

If you have one of these items (and a valid receipt) bring it to your Whole Foods for a refund. If you don't have the receipt, just toss it. It's not worth the risk.

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It was s historical moment for the word and a scary moment for a woman who had just become a mother for the first time.

When the Duchess of Cambridge made stepped out of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013, with her new baby in her arms she was happy—but understandably scared, too.

Kate Middleton recently appeared on Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast and when Fletcher asked her about her postpartum debut Kate said she was understandably freaked out when she stepped out with her newborn.

"Yeah, slightly terrifying, slightly terrifying, I'm not going to lie," Kate said.

During the podcast the Duchess opened up about her pregnancy and birth experiences, explaining how much hypnobirthing helped her and that she didn't know whether she was delivering prince or princess until Prince George was born as she'd opted to be surprised.

She was surprised and thrilled when she met her son, and looking forward to post-pregnancy life after spending her pregnancy quite ill with hyperemesis gravidarum (a seriously debilitating form of extreme morning sickness). She was so happy, but it was also (very understandably) an overwhelming experience. In addition to all the pressure new moms feel, Kate had an army of photographers waiting outside the hospital for her.

"Everything goes in a bit of a blur. I think, yeah I did stay in hospital overnight, I remember it was one of the hottest days and night with huge thunderstorms so I didn't get a huge amount of sleep, but George did, which was really great," she explained. "I was keen to get home because, for me, being in hospital, I had all the memories of being in hospital because of being sick [with acute morning sickness] so it wasn't a place I wanted to hang around in. So, I was really desperate to get home and get back to normality."

Kate wanted to get home, but she also really did want to share her baby boy with the public who had been so supportive of her young family, she explains.

"Everyone had been so supportive and both William and I were really conscious that this was something that everyone was excited about and you know we're hugely grateful for the support that the public had shown us, and actually for us to be able to share that joy and appreciation with the public, I felt was really important," she shared, adding that "Equally it was coupled with a newborn baby, and inexperienced parents, and the uncertainty of what that held, so there were all sorts of mixed emotions."

"All sorts of mixed emotions."

The now-iconic images of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge exiting the hospital with their firstborn have gone down in history, but so has Kate's bravery that day.

There's been a lot written about whether those pictures put pressure on other moms who might not feel ready for heels and blowouts right after giving birth, but one thing critics of the photocall often miss is the positive impact it had on other young women.

Yes, Kate looked beautiful, but she also looked like a woman whose body had just given birth—and the iconic images of her in that polka-dot dress taught a generation of women that the female body isn't an elastic band and that recovering from birth takes time.

"I, myself remember being really surprised when Kate Middleton came out of the hospital holding Prince George," Tina, now a mom herself and a model of postpartum realness in Mothercare's "Body Proud Mums campaign" explained last year.

Tina recalls how Kate's postpartum appearance showed her a reality society hadn't: "She had the baby bump, and I remember being surprised that your belly doesn't just go down after giving birth. I also thought how stupid I was to have ever thought it would. I guess pre-children you just have unrealistic expectations."

Tina wasn't stupid, she just hadn't been shown the truth.

So thank you, Kate, for stepping out of that hospital in 2013, despite being terrified, and showing the world your beautiful baby and your bump.



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The Duchess of Cambridge is opening up about the meditative method that helped her deliver all three of her children and helped her cope with pregnancies made challenging by hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a seriously debilitating form of pregnancy nausea and vomiting.

The former Kate Middleton says she relied on hypnobirth, which is routinely used at the hospital where she delivered all three of her children.

In a new interview on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast with Giovanna Fletcher, Kate explained, "I saw the power of it really, the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that—that they teach you in hypnobirthing—when I was really sick and actually I realized that this was something I could take control of, I suppose, during labor," she said.

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The Duchess explained: "It was through hyperemesis that I really realized the power of the mind over the body because I really had to try everything and everything to try and help me through it."

So what is hypnobirthing? Well, it's not the party trick hypnosis commonly portrayed in pop culture. It's more of a meditative thing, a form of self-hypnosis proven to help mothers relax during childbirth.

Classes on hypnobirthing are available in most major cities (many experts recommend taking them when you're around 25 to 30 weeks), and several companies offer online courses as well.

It involves visualization, breathing techniques, guided meditation and sometimes massage. It can be used during vaginal births and C-sections (and, as Kate proves, even when you're not giving birth but dealing with other challenges). Research indicates hypnobirth may make labor faster and reduce the risk of C-section, and that it can reduce a mom's fear and anxiety.

American mother Colleen Temple has personally found this to be true. "Pre-hypnobirthing, I would literally cry on the spot when I thought about going into labor. Post-hypnobirthing? I felt empowered, strong, prepared and very ready to birth my baby. It transformed my mindset completely," she previously wrote for Motherly.

"With the help of the meditations and affirmations used in hypnobirthing, the fear of the unknown that I had before the course started shifted into the ability to truly trust that my body and my baby were going to do exactly what they needed to do to bring my little one safely into this world," shares Temple.

The mind can be a powerful thing, and Temple and the Duchess have plenty of company on team hypnobirth. Mogul mama Jessica Alba is also a fan. She told Ellen it's not weird, and is something women can involve their partners in. "My husband takes me through sort of a meditation. He'll say, 'you're relaxed, and you're floating on clouds while you're going through labor and your contractions. I'm just concentrating on breathing and staying relaxed," she explained.

The Duke of Cambridge isn't quite as into it as Alba's husband, but that's because it's more Kate's personal thing, she says.

"I'm not going to say that William was standing there sort of, chanting sweet nothings at me. He definitely wasn't! I didn't even ask him about it, but it was just something I wanted to do for myself," she said on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast.

Every mama should have things she wants to do for herself, and pregnant or not, meditation can be a great form of self-care.

[A version of this post was previously published April 26, 2018. It has been updated.]







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You're going to need a big box of tissues handy to delve into this story. A California dad took to Twitter this week to share a heartwarming tale about the kindness of strangers aboard their newborn daughter's first flight.

Dustin Moore and his wife Caren recently adopted a baby girl in Colorado. The new dad told the Washington Post that years of fertility struggles and miscarriages led up to the amazing moment they became parents through adoption. The logistics of the situation also forced them to bring their 8-day-old baby on a Southwest Airlines flight to get her back to their home state—a situation that can be nerve-wracking for any parent, let alone a brand new one.

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Luckily for the Moores, they encountered two flight attendants who went above and beyond to make it a flight to remember, and pretty much threw them an impromptu baby shower.

Dustin says when he asked for a place to change the baby girl's diaper, he started chatting with a flight attendant named Jenny. She asked why they were traveling, and the proud dad explained about the adoption.

Minutes later, a second flight attendant named Bobby approached to gush over the baby. The couple didn't think much of it—until the intercom kicked on a short time later. It was Bobby, announcing that the flight had a very special passenger: "She's just been adopted by her parents Caren and Dustin, and is making her way home," Bobby told the entire plane, which promptly erupted into cheers.

The attendant then announced that the cabin crew would be passing out napkins and pens for passengers to share any messages or advice for the new family. That led to some adorable suggestions, which were then read out over the intercom:

"Drink lots of wine!"

"Rub each other's feet, and rub the baby's feet."

"Always tell her you love her."

The two flight attendants then handed over a bundle of about 60 napkins, and revealed they'd once been the beneficiaries of a similar kindness—the pair were a married couple, and a flight attendant had done same thing for them on their honeymoon flight. They wanted to pay it forward, and Moore wanted to do the same thing in sharing the story on Twitter.

"This website is used oft as a means to share what's wrong. I hope you'll take time to share what is good. In a world of turmoil, don't forget to showcase the Bobbys and Jennys, the kind strangers out there. And if they don't cross your path, be one. Seek good, or create it," tweeted Moore.

Is it time for a second box of tissues yet? 😭

Congrats to these proud parents—and major props to the flight attendants who kicked off a random act of kindness.

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Gabrielle Union + Dwyane Wade have been blended family goals, an inspiration to those struggling with infertility and now they are an inspiration to parents of trans kids and supporters of trans rights.

This week Wade appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and spoke about his 12-year-old daughter Zaya coming out as transgender and Union posted a beautiful video + caption to Instagram, inviting fans to "meet Zaya."

In the video Zaya is riding in a golf cart with her dad and dropping wisdom. She says: "Just be true to yourself, because what's the point of even living on this earth if you're going to try to be someone you're not?...Be true and don't really care what the 'stereotypical' way of being you is."

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Union was so impressed by her step-daughter, captioning the video: "She's compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her. It's Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people."

Later in the week Union addressed criticism of Zaya's transition on Twitter, writing: "This has been a journey. We're still humbly learning but we decided quickly w/ our family that we wouldn't be led by fear. We refuse to sacrifice the freedom to live authentically becuz we are afraid of what ppl might say. U have the ability to learn & evolve."

Zaya's big brother is also on her side. Newly 18-year-old Zaire posted the cutest throwback pic from when he and Zaya were just little kids, noting how the siblings were and are best friends.

"Man, I remember bugging my mom as a kid telling her I wanted a brother so bad. I was the only child looking for company and someone to look after and take care of," Zaire began his caption. "I have been blessed to have my best friend, Zaya with me for 12 years. We did everything together … we fought, we played, we laughed and we cried. But the one thing we never did was leave each other behind."

Zaire continued: "I've told you that I would lay my life down to make sure you are ten toes down and happy on this earth," he told his younger sibling. "I don't care what they think Z, you are my best friend and I love you kid, and if it means anything, just know there's no love lost on this side ✊🏾"

We are so impressed and inspired by the love Zaya's family is showing her (and other kids by sharing this story publicly). You've got this Zaya!

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