Goldfish Added to the List of Products Recalled Over Salmonella

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Cropped. Mike Mozart, Flickr // CC BY. 20

The recent salmonella outbreak has been connected to yet another popular pantry item. This time, it's Goldfish crackers from Pepperidge Farms that are being pulled from supermarket shelves, USA Today reports.

The baked cheese crackers haven't been blamed for any illnesses yet, and the CDC still hasn't issued a recall of the snack food. Rather, Pepperidge is recalling some of its Goldfish products voluntarily after learning that the whey powder used in its seasonings may be contaminated with salmonella.

Whey powder was also the ingredient of concern in the Ritz cracker and Swiss rolls recalls announced within the past week. Prior to this most recent wave of recalls, Honey Smacks cereal was taken out of stores in June with the CDC advising consumers to toss out any boxes they have at home.

About 100 people across the U.S. have contracted the salmonella virus since March, with nearly a third of the victims ending up in the hospital. No related deaths have been reported so far.

The four Goldfish cracker varieties affected by the recall include Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream and Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar, Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel [PDF]. If you find any of these products in your home, toss them out immediately, even if someone has already eaten from them without getting sick. You can also return it to the store where you bought for a refund.

[h/t USA Today]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Want to Fall Asleep Faster? Try This Breathing Technique

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Andrea Piacquadio, Pexels

Struggling to fall asleep can feel like a hopeless battle. It often seems like the harder you try turning your brain off, the less likely it is to happen. One way to trick yourself into falling asleep fast is finding something to concentrate on other than how long you've been awake. For nights when your thoughts just won't stay quiet, try the 4-7-8 technique.

According to Simplemost, the 4-7-8 breathing method is meant to combat anxiety, restlessness, and other enemies of a good night's sleep. The actual technique is simple: Just inhale for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and exhale for eight seconds. Like counting sheep, measuring out your breaths gives your brain something to do that isn't obsessing about your hectic day or the day ahead.

Taking slow, deliberate breaths has also been proven to reduce stress. Neurons that influence calmness have been found in the breathing control centers of mouse brains. In humans, deep breathing has long been central to mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation. The 4-7-8 breathing technique functions as both a distraction from your thoughts and a way to combat any anxious sensations that may be keeping you awake.

The next time you find yourself tossing and turning at night, try anywhere between three and eight rounds of this breathing technique to calm your body and mind. And to get the best rest possible, make sure you're settling into the best sleep position for your health.

[h/t Simplemost]