Lead Found In Lunchables: Consumer Reports Urges USDA To Remove Product From School Programs Lead Found In Lunchables: Consumer Reports Urges USDA To Remove Product From School Programs
Lead Found In Lunchables: Consumer Reports Urges USDA To Remove Product From School Programs Tests performed by the nonprofit Consumer Reports allegedly found high levels of lead and phthalates in the popular snack boxes by Lunchables, leading the organization to call on the government to remove the lunches from the National School Lunch Program. Consumer Reports (CR) issued the call to the US Department of Agriculture to remove Lunchable meals from the national program following a report released on Tuesday, April 9. As part of the report, the organization tested store-bought Lunchable food kits and compared the nutritional profiles of these meals to the two school-only Lunchab…
'New Era At Panera' Sees Dozens Of Items Chopped From Menu 'New Era At Panera' Sees Dozens Of Items Chopped From Menu
'New Era At Panera' Sees Dozens Of Items Chopped From Menu Did your favorite make the cut? Dozens of menu items have gotten the chop as Panera enters its “new era” complete with the largest menu overhaul in company history. The popular bakery-café chain officially launched its revamped menu at locations across the country on Thursday, April 4, with nine new offerings and 12 “enhanced” classics featuring more chicken and steak. Company officials said the move is aimed at “refocusing” on core Panera products that customers love the most: soups, salads, sandwiches, and macaroni and cheese. It will also streamline and simplify operations for employees…
Procter & Gamble Recalls Laundry Detergent Packets Due To Serious Injury Risk Procter & Gamble Recalls Laundry Detergent Packets Due To Serious Injury Risk
Procter & Gamble Recalls Laundry Detergent Packets Due To Serious Injury Risk Procter & Gamble is recalling some of its laundry detergent brands due to the risk of serious injury. The voluntary recall, announced on Friday, April 5, involves certain lot codes of Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Ace Pods, and Ariel Pods liquid packets packaged in flexible film bags manufactured between September 2023 and February 2024.  Recalled products range from bags with 12 to 39 packets and were sold at Big Lots, CVS, Family Dollar, Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart, and other major stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and other websites from September 2023 up until th…
Popular Discount Bakery Chain Shutters Sole Connecticut Store Popular Discount Bakery Chain Shutters Sole Connecticut Store
Popular Discount Bakery Chain Shutters Sole Connecticut Store It’s the end of an era for bakery bargain shoppers as longtime staple Freihofer’s Bakery Outlet has permanently closed. The discount bakery chain has shuttered dozens of stores across the Northeast, including all of its New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts locations. “After careful analysis and consideration, we made the difficult decision to permanently close 28 of our outlet stores…” a representative for Bimbo Bakeries, Freihofer's parent company, told Daily Voice. Any leftover products were expected to be donated to local food banks. “We appreciate all of our associates who worked …
Business In Heart Of Ridgefield Closes Up Shop After 74-Year Run Business In Heart Of Ridgefield Closes Up Shop After 74-Year Run
Business In Heart Of Ridgefield Closes Up Shop After 74-Year Run After a 74-year run, a favorite Fairfield County fine jewelry store is permanently closing. Craig's Fine Jewelry, a Main Street staple in Ridgefield, is closing on Friday, March 29, as the owner Billy Craig retires, a sign in the window announced. The founder, Helen Craig, purchased the business in 1950 never imagining that her small family business would be what it is today, the company website says. Her son Norman Craig and his wife Elsie continued to grow the business, offering only the finest quality jewelry and personal service.  In 1983, they left the business to their three ch…
Whole Foods To Open New, Small-Format Stores: Look Inside Whole Foods To Open New, Small-Format Stores: Look Inside
Whole Foods To Open New, Small-Format Stores: Look Inside Whole Foods says it will be launching new small-format stores aimed at providing customers with a quick, convenient shopping experience. The company says the stores, targeting urban areas, will provide "easier access to the fresh, high-quality offerings." The new stores will be called Whole Foods Market Daily Shop. The first location to open will be in the Upper East Side in Manhattan with additional locations in New York City to follow.  The first store, located at 1175 Third Ave., is expected to open later this year.  Following the New York City launch, Whole Foods Market pla…
McDonald's, Krispy Kreme Announce Nationwide Partnership: Here's How, When It Will Work McDonald's, Krispy Kreme Announce Nationwide Partnership: Here's How, When It Will Work
McDonald's, Krispy Kreme Announce Nationwide Partnership: Here's How, When It Will Work It could be the sweetest of partnerships. McDonald's and Krispy Kreme are teaming up for a national expansion. Customers will begin spotting Krispy Kreme doughnuts in their local McDonald's restaurants later this year as part of a phased market rollout across the US.  Nationwide availability at participating restaurants is expected by the end of 2026, McDonald's announced on Tuesday, March 26. Three of Krispy Kreme’s most popular doughnuts will be delivered fresh to McDonald’s restaurants daily. They’ll be available individually, or in boxes of six, starting at breakfast and las…
Corner Deli Closes After 14-Year Run In Ridgefield Corner Deli Closes After 14-Year Run In Ridgefield
Corner Deli Closes After 14-Year Run In Ridgefield After 14 years of serving plenty of hot egg sandwiches on a roll, subs, and homemade chicken soup, a popular Fairfield County deli has closed. The owners of Tony's Corner Deli at 622 Main St., in Ridgefield, announced on Facebook on Saturday, March 23, that they were walking away from the business. "We want to thank all of our customers for the last 14 years for your patronage," Rosely and Domenick said. "It’s been a pleasure serving this community and we have endured some beautiful friendships with our customers and will cherish them forever." The couple said COVID brought the busine…
Shell To Close 1,000 Gas Stations: Here's Why, Company Says Shell To Close 1,000 Gas Stations: Here's Why, Company Says
Shell To Close 1,000 Gas Stations: Here's Why, Company Says One of the nation's major oil companies says it will close 1,000 gas stations. Shell made the announcement in its 2024 Energy Transition Strategy report, saying the measure is “in response to customer needs” and aimed at reallocating those resources towards EV charging stations. Shell said it will close 500 stations in 2024 and the other 500 in 2025. "We believe growth in oil demand is set to slow in the second half of this decade and could start falling in the 2030s because of increasing vehicle efficiency and growth in electric vehicles," the company stated in the report. "Toda…
CT Brewery To Close After 44 Years In Business: 'We Have Had Incredible Run' CT Brewery To Close After 44 Years In Business: 'We Have Had Incredible Run'
CT Brewery To Close After 44 Years In Business: 'We Have Had Incredible Run' After an over four-decade run, a Connecticut brewery has announced it will soon be closing its doors and passing on the torch to another restaurateur.  City Steam Brewery, located in Hartford at 942 Main St. within the HH Richardson Building, will close on Sunday, March 31, the business announced on Thursday, March 21.  In a social media post, the brewery attributed the closing to its inability to recover from a burst sprinkler pipe that flooded the building and forced the business to close for four months, costing it half a million dollars.  "We have had an incredible …
Popular Eateries Hatch Unique Chicken Sandwich Creation Available In Fairfield Popular Eateries Hatch Unique Chicken Sandwich Creation Available In Fairfield
Popular Eateries Hatch Unique Chicken Sandwich Creation Available In Fairfield Call it a hen-semble worth shaking your tail feathers over. Two Connecticut food brands have teamed up to hatch a new chicken sandwich creation sure to get any carnivore’s mouth watering. New Haven-based Haven Hot Chicken and bakery Chabaso officially launched their Garlic Parm Sandwich on Monday, March 18. It is now or will soon be available for a limited time only at these nine Hot Chicken locations: Downtown New Haven (21 Whitney Ave.),  Orange (550 Boston Post Road),  Norwalk (596 Westport Ave.),  North Haven (146 Washington Ave.),  Storrs (1206 Storrs Road),&nbs…
Popular Retail Chain Opens New Location In Fairfield Popular Retail Chain Opens New Location In Fairfield
Popular Retail Chain Opens New Location In Fairfield A popular retail store has just launched its newest location in Connecticut, just in time for the summer months as temperatures start to warm and toys and recreational vehicles need some power. The new Batteries Plus opened in Fairfield on Monday, March 11 at 1555 Black Rock Turnpike, store officials said.  A 35-year-old company, the business is also a recycling partner for all bulbs and batteries, including lithium-ion. In addition, they offer premium car and truck batteries for both retail and commercial customers, as well as complementary services like free car batt…
Stew Leonard's Issues Recall Of These Apple Desserts Stew Leonard's Issues Recall Of These Apple Desserts
Stew Leonard's Issues Recall Of These Apple Desserts Supermarket chain Stew Leonard's is recalling two desserts containing apples.  The company issued the voluntary recall on Friday, March 15 for the chain's Apple Crisp made with Honeycrisp Apples (whole and half pies) and the No Sugar Apple Pie, which may contain undeclared milk and undeclared eggs, respectively.  The two products were both sold in Stew Leonard's bakery department between Monday, Aug. 28, and Friday, March 8, the company said.  Seven locations sold the products, including stores in Connecticut, in Danbury, Norwalk, and Newington; in New York: in Yonkers, East…
187K Air Fryers, Ovens Sold At Best Buy Nationwide Recalled For Fire, Burn Hazards 187K Air Fryers, Ovens Sold At Best Buy Nationwide Recalled For Fire, Burn Hazards
187K Air Fryers, Ovens Sold At Best Buy Nationwide Recalled For Fire, Burn Hazards Nearly 200,000 more Insignia air fryer and air fryer ovens sold nationwide at Best Buy are being recalled due to potential fire risks and burn hazards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of approximately 187,400 Insignia products following dozens of complaints of ovens catching fire, burning, or melting. According to CPSC, the recall includes these models of Insignia Air Fryers and Insignia Air Fryer Ovens:  NS-AF34D2; NS-AF5DSS2; NS-AF5MSS2; NS-AF8DBD2; NS-AF10DBK2; NS-AF10DSS2. Product rating label on the underside of the unit showing INSIGNIA…
Stamford ShopRite Renovates, Expands Services Stamford ShopRite Renovates, Expands Services
Stamford ShopRite Renovates, Expands Services Big changes are coming to a Fairfield County ShopRite that is undergoing a renovation. The privately owned grocery chain announced on Thursday, March 14, that the renovation of its Commerce Street ShopRite, located at 1990 W. Main St. in Stamford, is well underway. The Commerce Street store renovation will feature a new exterior façade and interior decor enhancements, as well as completely reimagined floral, produce, prepared foods, seafood, meat, dairy, and frozen departments. Company officials said it will also include space for a dedicated beer and craft brew section. The store remains…
Family Dollar, Dollar Tree To Close 1,000 Stores Family Dollar, Dollar Tree To Close 1,000 Stores
Family Dollar, Dollar Tree To Close 1,000 Stores Discount chain Family Dollar and parent company Dollar Tree will close a combined 1,000 stores. Family Dollar will shut down 600 stores in 2024 and 370 stores over the next several years as store leases expire.  Dollar Tree will close 30 locations as leases expire.  The company made the announcement Wednesday morning, March 13. Family Dollar has around 8,000 US locations and Dollar Tree has  The company said it initiated a review of its stores in the fourth quarter of 2023.  It involved "identifying stores for closure, relocation, or re-bannering based on an evaluati…
Owner Of Popular CT Business Announces Retirement, Sale After 39 Years Owner Of Popular CT Business Announces Retirement, Sale After 39 Years
Owner Of Popular CT Business Announces Retirement, Sale After 39 Years The owner of a well-loved garden center in Connecticut has announced that he will be retiring and selling the business after 39 years.  Jim Cropley, the owner of Cropley's Garden Center & Landscaping in the Tolland County town of Bolton at 1262 Boston Turnpike (Route 44), announced his decision to retire and sell the business on Tuesday, March 12.  Cropley attributed his decision to wanting to spend more time with his family year-round.  "I have been lucky enough to spend this winter enjoying time with my family and have decided to enjoy it year-round," he wrote in his a…
Johnsonville Sausage Products Subject To Recall Due To Possible Presence Of Rubber Johnsonville Sausage Products Subject To Recall Due To Possible Presence Of Rubber
Johnsonville Sausage Products Subject To Recall Due To Possible Presence Of Rubber Popular kielbasa sausage products that were sold nationwide are subject to a massive recall due to concerns of potential contamination - specifically small pieces of rubber. Wisconsin-based Salm Partners announced this week that an estimated 35,430 pounds of Johnsonville turkey kielbasa sausage are subject to the recall, according to the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The items subject to the recall were produced between Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 last year and come in 12-ounce vacuum-packed packages that contain a single piece of "Johnsonville POLISH KIE…
Popular Discount Clothing Store's First Location In State Will Be In Fairfield County Popular Discount Clothing Store's First Location In State Will Be In Fairfield County
Popular Discount Clothing Store's First Location In State Will Be In Fairfield County Popular discount clothing franchise Ross Dress for Less will open its first store in the state in Fairfield County. The store, a big competitor of Marshalls, will take over the old Homegoods store in the Hawley Lane Mall in Trumbull, said Rina Bakalar, Trumbull's director of economic and community development.  Bakalar said she was excited to see the retailer come to the region and to be the first in the state. "The store is located right where Shelton, Stratford, and Trumbull come together so it should do well." Founded in 1982, Ross is known for selling high-end clothing,…
Pair Of Leading Restaurant Chains Could Combine, Report Says Pair Of Leading Restaurant Chains Could Combine, Report Says
Pair Of Leading Restaurant Chains Could Combine, Report Says Two of the nation's leading restaurant chains may soon combine, according to a brand-new report. Under the plan, IHOP and Applebee's would share dining space, the Nation's Restaurant News says., Both eateries are owned by California-based Dine Brands. The company has already launched eight prototype combined IHOP/Applebee's locations -- all in international markets outside the US, the report said. The prototypes feature “discrete entrances,” while inside guests can be seated in both spaces when necessary and possible, Dine Brands CEO John Peyton told the outlet. This would allow overflo…
CT Eatery Announces Closure After 38 Years: 'Thank You For All Love, Support' CT Eatery Announces Closure After 38 Years: 'Thank You For All Love, Support'
CT Eatery Announces Closure After 38 Years: 'Thank You For All Love, Support' After nearly four decades in business, a Connecticut restaurant has announced its permanent closure.  USS Chowder Pot III, located in the New Haven County town of Branford at 560 East Main St., announced its closure in a social media post on Sunday, March 3.  In the post, the owner did not give a specific reason for the decision but thanked former patrons for visiting the seafood restaurant over the 38 years it had been open. "I want to say thank you for all the love and support you have shown myself and Chowder Pot lll throughout the years," the owner said in the post, signing i…
CT Eatery Announces Indefinite Closure Due To 'Unfortunate Circumstances' CT Eatery Announces Indefinite Closure Due To 'Unfortunate Circumstances'
CT Eatery Announces Indefinite Closure Due To 'Unfortunate Circumstances' A Connecticut eatery has suddenly announced it will be closed for the foreseeable future.  Litchfield County's Cravings Cafe & Grill, located in Torrington at 9 Migeon Ave., announced on Thursday, Feb. 29 that it would be closed "until further notice."  In a social media post, the restaurant's owners did not give any specific reasons for the sudden closure but said it was due to "unfortunate circumstances."  "We sincerely appreciate all your support that you have given us," the owners wrote on social media. The eatery, which opened in May 2023, served bagels, breakfast …
Popular Chick-fil-A Sauce Recalled Popular Chick-fil-A Sauce Recalled
Popular Chick-fil-A Sauce Recalled Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A announced it is recalling one of its most popular dipping sauce cups and advising customers to toss them in the trash due to the possible presence of undeclared allergens.  According to a notification posted on the eatery's website, anyone who took home Polynesian Sauce cups between Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Tuesday, Feb. 27 should discard them because they may, in fact, contain a different product that contains wheat and soy. The eatery did not disclose whether there have been any reports of adverse reactions from customers consuming the mixed-up product. Any…
Poisoning Hazard Leads To Recall Of 102,000 Bottles Of Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash Poisoning Hazard Leads To Recall Of 102,000 Bottles Of Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash
Poisoning Hazard Leads To Recall Of 102,000 Bottles Of Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash More than 100,000 bottles of hydrogen peroxide mouthwash are being recalled due to a poisoning hazard. Heritage Store issued the recall for two of its products sold at health food stores and online from October 2010 to December 2023  The recalled mouthwash contains ethanol in a concentration that must be in child-resistant packaging, as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA), according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The packaging of the products is not child-resistant, posing a risk of poisoning if the contents are swallowed by young children, t…
Recall Issued For Multiple Eye Ointment Brands Due To Possible Risk Of Infection Recall Issued For Multiple Eye Ointment Brands Due To Possible Risk Of Infection
Recall Issued For Multiple Eye Ointment Brands Due To Possible Risk Of Infection A recall has been issued for multiple brands of eye ointment products due to the "lack of sterility assurance at the facility" of the manufacturer during an inspection conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "For those patients who use these products, there is a potential risk of eye infections or related harm," the FDA said. "These products are intended to be sterile. Ophthalmic drug products pose a potentially heightened risk of harm to users because drugs applied to the eyes bypass some of the body’s natural defenses."  Brassica Pharma Pvt. Ltd. is voluntarily recalling…
Macy's To Close 150 Stores, Prioritize Luxury Brands Macy's To Close 150 Stores, Prioritize Luxury Brands
Macy's To Close 150 Stores, Prioritize Luxury Brands Macy's plans to close about 30 percent of its remaining stores over the next three years. The 150 closures will be at underperforming locations, with 50 planned for this year, the retailer announced on Tuesday, Feb. 27, unveiling what it is calling "A Bold New Chapter" strategy designed to return Macy’s profitability.  "It challenges the status quo to create a more modern Macy’s, Inc.," Tony Spring, chief executive officer of the company said in a statement. "We are making the necessary moves to reinvigorate relationships with our customers through improved shopping experiences, releva…
Thousands Of Biometric Gun Safes Being Recalled Due To Faulty Locks That May Fail: CPSC Thousands Of Biometric Gun Safes Being Recalled Due To Faulty Locks That May Fail: CPSC
Thousands Of Biometric Gun Safes Being Recalled Due To Faulty Locks That May Fail: Cpsc Multiple biometric gun safes are being recalled nationwide due to locks that can fail and allow access to unauthorized users, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced.  On Thursday, Feb. 22, the agency issued a series of recall alerts regarding four safes that are subject to the recall due to the faulty locks.  Products subject to the recall:  Awesafe Biometric Gun Safes Awesafe Biometric Gun Safes CPSC MouTec brand Biometric Firearm Safes MouTec brand Biometric Firearm Safes CPSC Machir Biometric Personal Safes Machir Biometric Personal Safe…
Company In Fairfield County To Close, 71 Employees To Lose Jobs Company In Fairfield County To Close, 71 Employees To Lose Jobs
Company In Fairfield County To Close, 71 Employees To Lose Jobs A company is closing its Fairfield County plant causing 71 employees to lose their jobs. Cascades Containerboard Packaging in Newtown said in a letter to the First Selectman Jeffery Capeci, its intent to permanently close its manufacturing facility located at 1 Edmond Road, between April 12 and April 26. "We have advised the employees that the layoff will be progressive between the above two dates," the company said. "We have also advised that this action is expected to be permanent." The company said employees will not be offered positions in other plants as the m…
Nationwide Recall Issued For Meat Products Due To Possible Contamination Nationwide Recall Issued For Meat Products Due To Possible Contamination
Nationwide Recall Issued For Meat Products Due To Possible Contamination A  nationwide recall has been issued for a brand of meat products. Fratelli Beretta USA, Inc., based in Mount Olive, NJ, says the undetermined amount of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat charcuterie products containing Coppa may be under-processed, which may have resulted in possible contamination with foodborne pathogens. The recall was announced by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The Coppa products have various best-by-dates.  Coppa, a dry-cured capicola, is a boneless pork shoulder product that is dry-cured. Click here to view product…
First Union Cannabis Dispensary Contract Ratified By Workers In CT: 'Big Step' First Union Cannabis Dispensary Contract Ratified By Workers In CT: 'Big Step'
First Union Cannabis Dispensary Contract Ratified By Workers In CT: 'Big Step' Workers at a Connecticut cannabis dispensary have ratified the first union contract for such a business in the state.  Employees at Zen Leaf Dispensary in New Haven County, located at 237 East Aurora St. in Waterbury, voted unanimously to ratify their union contract, the first such agreement in the state, UFCW Local 19 announced on Friday, Feb. 9.  The three-year agreement covers all dispensary technicians, leads, and pharmacists, and will bring "significant" wage increases, lead pay, increased holiday pay, more predictive scheduling, more paid time off, and increased retirement a…
New Restaurant Holds Soft Opening In CT: 'We're Thrilled To Welcome You' New Restaurant Holds Soft Opening In CT: 'We're Thrilled To Welcome You'
New Restaurant Holds Soft Opening In CT: 'We're Thrilled To Welcome You' If you're feeling some Chinese food or sushi, a newly transformed eatery in Connecticut that just held a soft opening may be the perfect spot to try.  Middlesex County's Yu's Fusion, located in Middletown at 220 Main St., held a soft opening on Tuesday, Feb. 6, the eatery announced on social media. The new restaurant opened at the former site of Juicy Cajun Seafood and serves a wide variety of Asian-inspired cuisines. This includes entrees like General Tso's Chicken, sesame chicken, and tofu served with mixed vegetables or Thai basil sauce; plenty of noodle options like Pad Thai, …