Archive for December, 2010

Kroger recalls Pet food that could make your dog or cat sick
December 22, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CINCINNATI, Ohio, – December 18, 2010 – The Kroger Co. said today it is recalling select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products may contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets.

Kroger stores in the following states are included in this recall: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

The recall also includes Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area); and Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Stores the company operates under the following names are not included in this recall: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., and Food 4 Less stores in California and Nevada.

Kroger is recalling the following items:

  • Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128
  • Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357
  • Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152
  • Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580
  • Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903
  • Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566
  • Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563
  • Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018
  • Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559
  • Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code:1111000108

Aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops. If your pet shows any symptoms of illness, including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea, please consult your veterinarian immediately.

The safety of our customers and their pets is important to Kroger. The company is using its Customer Recall Notification system to alert customers who may have purchased these recalled products through register receipt tape messages and automated phone calls. Customers who have purchased a recalled item should not use it and should return it to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Customers who have questions about this recall may contact Kroger toll-free at (800) 632-6900. For more information, please visit www.kroger.com/recalls9.

The End of Operation Price Check
December 14, 2010

Hard to believe, but Monday, Dec. 13th marked 1 year that I started Operation Price Check after getting frustrated over how many times I was getting overcharged at the checkout. I have logged every shopping trip since Dec. 13, 2009, keeping notes of when I was overcharged, when I was undercharged and by how much.

I also took advantage of Kroger’s store policy that if you are overcharged at the check-out, you are entitled to one of that item for free, therefore- you get a refund of the price you were incorrectly charged. I vowed to donate my refunds to the Houston Food Bank at the end of “Operation Price Check.”

Here’s how it all breaks down:

Out of 90 shopping trips total…

Kroger overcharged me on at least one item on 23 of the trips or 25% of the time. Total overcharges for the year were $60.99.

They undercharged me on at least one item on 7 of the trips. Total undercharges for the year were $12.19.

Over the whole year, Kroger charged me correctly 66% of the time.

My total refunds for Kroger’s error total $142.61.

Here’s the log:

Overcharged Refunded Time Wasted Undercharged

12/13/09      .10     $1.61          4 minutes

12/18/09       No errors

12/20/09     No errors

12/22/09     No errors

12/26/09     .19                                                    $1.65  (Didn’t request refund of $1.44).

12/30/09    .10  (Didn’t ask for a refund of $1.89.) .31 undercharged

1/1/10            No errors

1/9//10         No errors

1/10/10        $8.18   $27.47     >5 min.      .14 undercharged

1/12/10      No errors

1/13/10       $1.30    $3.29       2 min.

1/16/10        No errors

1/19/10      .20      .89        Less than a min.  Randall’s

1/23/10     .75      3.09         2 minutes

1/26/10    $7.52      $13.54     7 minutes

1/31/10                                      Undercharged $4.86

2/3/10                                       Undercharged .44

2/6/10     $5.30     $14.34       11 minutes

2/14/10   No errors

2/19/10 .98       2.79                 12 minutes

3/3/10   $.1.49   $8.98            4 minutes

3/7/10    No errors

3/14/10                         Undercharged $3.33

3/15/10 No errors

3/20/10   .10   (Didn’t ask for a refund of $1.39)

3/30/10  No errors

4/5/10     No errors

4/8/10     No errors

4/10/10  No errors

4/11/10  .30   (Didn’t ask for refund)

4/13/10   No errors

4/18/10  $2.27   $6.26    20 min.

4/22/10  No errors

4/28/10  No errors

5/2/10  $1.32  $2.90   9 min.

5/3/10   No errors

5/9/10   No errors

5/14/10 $4.10   $4.10

5/18/10  $2.67  $3.97

5/22/10  No errors

5/23/10  No errors

5/25/10  No errors

5/31/10  $4.56  $6.06

6/6/10  No errors

6/7/10  No errors

6/20/10 No errors

6/22/10  No errors

6/24/10  No errors

6/27/10 No errors

6/29/10 No errors

6/30/10 No errors

7/2/10    No errors

7/5/10   $11.18  $11.18

7/13/10 No errors

7/16/10 No errors

7/18/10 No errors

7/19/10 No errors

7/21/10 No errors

7/27/10 No errors

7/31/10  No errors

8/1/10 No errors

8/3/10 No errors

8/4/10 No errors

8/7/10 No errors

8/8/10 No errors

8/14/10 No errors

8/18/10 No errors

8/23/10 No errors

8/25/10 No errors

8/27/10 No errors

8/27/10 No errors

9/4/10 No errors

9/8/10 $12.35  $4.42

9/12/10 No errors

9/18/10 No errors

9/19/10 No errors

9/20/10 No errors

9/26/10 $6.12   .87   2 minutes

10/2/10 No errors

10/3/10 No errors

10/11/10 $3.49   .99

10/13/10 No errors

10/17/10 $6.78   $1.28

10/24/10 No errors

10/25/10 $4.29  .79     .56

10/31/10 No errors

11/7/10  Overcharged .06- Didn’t request refund

11/18/10 No errors

11/28/10 Undercharged $1.00

12/3/10 No errors

12/4/10 No errors

12/11/10 Overcharged .50- Didn’t request refund

New Law Could Mean Fewer Bake Sales at Schools
December 3, 2010

Today at 5, we’re explaining just a couple of parts of a new law expected to pass that will mean lots of changes for your kids at school. It’s called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. And there is A LOT more to it than what we could cover on air. You can read the full act at the link above.

Need Help Battling Your HOA? Take Action.
December 3, 2010

I get emails and phone calls almost daily from homeowners who say their homeowner associations are harassing them or threatening foreclosure over things like the wrong paint color on their houses or a their style of fence. You can watch the series we did on abusive HOAs last year at these links:

HOA Part 1

HOA Part 2

If you’ve ever experienced any of these problems, you should go to the Bayland Community Center tomorrow from 10am- noon for an HOA Reform Rally.

Here are the details:

IMPORTANT HOMEOWNERS MEETING!

December 4, 2010 
10:00 A.M. until Noon

BAYLAND COMMUNITY CENTER
6400 BISSONNET IN BAYLAND PARK
BEHIND THE FOOTBALL STADIUM 

If you or your neighbors have suffered HOA harassment, citations, liens, foreclosure threats, or other problems, come to learn your rights.   Join forces with other homeowners to determine an agenda for the coming 2011 Texas Legislature HOA reforms.  Come help develop a plan of action.  Become a part of this history making event!

 

HOA REFORM COALITION
NATIONAL HOMEOWNERS ADVOCATE GROUP, LLC

HOMEOWNERS FOR BETTER BUILDING

TEXAS HOMEOWNERS FOR HOA REFORM, INC.