Archive for May 19th, 2007

Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis, americanidol.comSimon Cowell admits he was disappointed last Wednesday night when his personal favorite Melinda Doolittle was sent home, as he felt she was the best and most consistent throughout the past ten weeks. He believes that the finale comes down to a choice between a brilliant entertainer (Blake Lewis) vs. a great singer (Jordin Sparks), and says that he cannot predict who will win. He mentions that, since the coronation song both contestants must perform on Tuesday night will be a ballad, it may be more difficult for Blake.

Jordin Sparks, a bubbly 17-year-old with huge voice, and spiky-haired Blake Lewis, 25, who puts a modern twist on classic songs, will square off next week in the two-part finale on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“I can’t call it at this stage,” Cowell told reporters on a conference call. “For Blake, he’s a brilliant entertainer, but the negative is he’s not a fantastic singer. The advantage for Jordin is she is a great singer and the negative is she hasn’t done one performance yet which I can remember as a ‘wow.'”

Source: Reuters

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The pet food recall has expanded yet again since the last update involving Royal Canin brands on May 11th. This time the recall involves not only dog and cat foods, but also ferret food.

Chenango Valley Pet Foods of Sherburne, N.Y., previously recalled dry pet foods manufactured with a shipment of rice protein concentrate supplied by Wilbur-Ellis that possibly contained melamine contamination. Chenango Valley Pet Foods is now expanding the recall to include those pet foods that do not contain rice protein concentrate but were manufactured during periods when rice protein concentrate formulas were processed. The recall of these products is precautionary due to the possibility of cross-contamination.

The latest recalled products are:

Dog Foods Recalled:

  • Doctors Foster & Smith Lamb & Brown Rice Formula Adult Dog Food, Net Wt. 6 lbs. (UPC 25141 28244), 15 lbs. (25141 30074), and 30 lbs. (UPC 25141 06043); Date Codes: Best By Feb 09 09 and Best By Feb 26 09
  • Shop Rite Redi-Mixt Dog Food For Dogs, Net Wt. 25 lb. (UPC 41190 00555), Date Code: Code C7107
  • Shep chunk style dog food, Net Wt. 20 lbs. (UPC 41498 14142); Date Code: Best By March 14 08
  • Bulk Lamb & Brown Rice Formula Dog Food, Date Code: Feb 09, 08, sold to one consignee SmartPak

Cat Foods Recalled:

  • Evolve Kitten Formula, Net Wt.3 lbs (UPC 73657 00250) and 7 lbs. (UPC 73657 00251); Date Code: Best Used By Sept 13 08. Evolve has recovered 99.5% of the product from its distributors and is working with dealers to recover the remaining inventory.
  • Health Diet Cat Food Chicken & Rice Dinner Net Wt. 1.81 kg/4 lb (UPC 78198 01594), 4 kg/8.8 lb (UPC 78198 01599), and 8 kg/17.6 lb (UPC 78198 01585); Code C7072
  • Lick Your Chops Kitten & Cat Food, Net Weight 4 lbs. (UPC 32976 25915), and 18 lbs. (UPC 32976 25925); Date Code: Best Used By April 29 08

Ferret Food Recalled:

  • 8 in 1 Ferret Ultra-Blend Advanced Nutrition Diet, Net Wt. 20 lbs, UPC 26851 00413, Code: C7072

Consumers are urged to stop using these foods immediately, due to the possibility of melamine contamination and/or cross contamination. Consumers with questions about the Chenango Valley Pet Foods brands may contact the company at 1-610-821-0608.

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