Starbucks Sued for Allegedly Exposing Customers and Employees to Deadly Pesticide – update

CHEF’S NOTE: I’m glad I saw this today. I’m in Cleveland and the popular Lounge across the street has that same pest strip under the bar near food and beverage, visible to anyone sitting on the side of the bar. Almost identical to the pictures shown below.



The day after I posted this article, I went across the street and the health department was there. She never checked the end of the bar where this pest strip was hanging. Never even looked.

Health Department Inspector

I’m assuming that the pest strip isn’t designed for pests to walk into it, like a motel, since it’s hanging on a cable. That means that the gases or vapors the strip emits kill the pests in the neighborhood, not by actual contact. It’s awfully close to that open ice machine.

I suspect that food and beverage establishments and manufacturing plants across the country are using those strips and making people sick.

The government needs to get on this immediately. Some of those places they frequent. Maybe that’ll get them to move.

For years STARBUCKS has been cited and for years there was no enforcement. Why wait till thousands of people get pesticide poisoning before forcing compliance?

What, there’s no system in place for forced compliance? And Starbucks’ former CEO is running for president? This doesn’t look good for him nor the upscale chain stores he controlled at every level. Why pay top dollar at a ghetto coffee shop when for half the price you can go to the real ghetto. They’re probably using the same strips there.

I blame the Defense Of Department for not regulating these poisons. They’re all biological weapons. Pest companies are regulated by the DOD. And the DOD is allowing them to mass-poison customers and workers.

Time to end this insanity.

A lawsuit filed today in New York City claims coffee giant Starbucks has been exposing its employees and customers to deadly pesticides for years, despite several warnings from pest control experts.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a former Starbucks employee and two pest control workers who serviced Starbucks stores for years claim the company “has for years permitted the deployment of toxic chemicals in its stores, which infused not only the food products and fixtures, but also the very air circulated throughout its retail locations in Manhattan.”

The former workers claim that Starbucks was “provided with no fewer than a dozen different explicit written warnings from external experts in the past three years.” They claim the company “systematically and unlawfully hid these toxic products in their stores for the past several years.”

The lawsuit claims, “Starbucks stores located throughout Manhattan –– from Battery Park to upper Manhattan –– continuously failed to take necessary or adequate measures to ensure their cleanliness and instead recklessly hid hazardous pesticides throughout their stores, including in close proximity to food and food preparation areas.”

Specifically, the lawsuit claims that Starbucks used “Hot Shot No-Pest 2” strips in their stores. The strips contain a toxin called Dichlorvos, which the lawsuit claims is “hazardous to humans.”

The lawsuit claims that the labeling for the strips warns, “Do not use in the food/feed areas or food/feed processing or food/feed manufacturing or food/feed establishments.”

Paul D’Auria — a pest control technician who worked for an outside company that serviced Starbucks stores for years — claims he “discovered that Starbucks management personnel routinely placed numerous sets of DDVP No-Pest Strips within virtually each of the more than 100 stores that he serviced from at least early in 2015 through June 2018, and in multiple locations in each such store.”

D’Auria claims he “routinely photographed many of the No-Pest Strips that he discovered for purposes of documenting and reporting the dangerous misuse of this product which posed an obvious threat to his own health and safety (as he worked in close and unsafe proximity to these DDVP strips) and the health and safety of Starbucks patrons and employees alike (who are also all commonly in close and unsafe proximity to these DDVP strips).”

He claims he found the strips:piled on or around air vents affixed behind the coffee bar piled in heaps along high shelves and ledges under and along countertops in and next to pastry cabinets in employee break areas in out-of-sight areas of near-permanent filth and disrepair…

FINISH UP: Starbucks Sued for Allegedly Exposing Customers and Employees to Deadly Pesticide



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Bai bai bai T.V. Ad with Christopher Walken and Justin Timberlake (that other guy) is brilliant. Perfect. Held my attention right to the end, and I actually thought about it after viewing it.

So often after viewing a commercial, I don’t know what the commercial was selling. The art of the work overpowered the product being sold.

This is the kind of commercial that holds your attention – without having to slap you awake – all the way to the end where you see the product for yourself.

Other Shoe Drop: Blind people watch T.V. They didn’t see the punch line at the end, which was visual. Fix it on the next Ad to accommodate the blind.

P.S. The commercial you see on You Tube states out loud the product being sold at the very end – the designed ending, but on the Food Network when I saw the commercial they clipped that part. They went as far as showing the bottle at the end and then there was silence after that. So, somebody manipulated the length of the commercial to accommodate time constraints. I’ve seen that done with other products – the shortening of a commercial. Actually silence was very effective, following with the format of the rest of the commercial that was short on words.

Maybe Bai made a few versions of the commercial, some short, some long. Still, accommodating the blind is a good idea short or long. They are customers also.

It’s a good product. But this isn’t a food product review. It’s a commercial review.

Update: Bai evidently got wind and cut the You Tube commercial from this post on my site. Maybe you can still see it on You Tube. I wouldn’t bother. It’s all over television now. I motivated them to spend more money on ads, then they punched me. The product is still good. I do think they’re overly sensitive about criticism. If they don’t want their videos shared they shouldn’t post them on You Tube. They said the ad was private.

Bye Bye Bai!


Bolthouse Farms Busted


There was a time, right up till I inadvertently purchased a bag of carrots with rotted carrots in it, that I trusted Bolthouse Farms products. Why not? Everything I ever bought with their name on it was good, very good. They have the best carrot juice. But I guess you don’t have to use good looking carrots for juice, only for when you sell them as whole carrots.

It seems that Bolthouse Farms is getting sloppy in the whole carrot department. In the last year I’ve noticed a steady decline in the quality and size consistency in their baby carrots. Now I get home and find rotted carrots in my Bolthouse Farms bag of carrots. I never even looked when I was in the store – that’s the level of trust I had in them.

Then I notice that in addition to these carrots being a product of the U.S.A., they’re also a product of the European Union – if the acronym E.U. does in fact signify European Union. Looks like these carrots had two fathers, or two motherlands. Now, where the rot actually happened is anybody’s guess.

I find it hard to believe that the U.S.A. can’t grow its own carrots. But even if Bolthouse Farms buys carrots from other countries, you might think their concern for quality control would be paramount, especially given their reputation for high quality carrot juice. And since there are so many countries in the European Union, one might think that the actual country be sited on the bag.

Okay, so the language is French, but does that mean they came from France or is France the shipping point? Did we bag them in the U.S.A or did we ship the carrots to France for France to bag them and ship them back to the U.S.A? I don’t know, and the people who do know think we don’t have to know. Well, yes we do, for instances such as this, so we can trace the item all along the process of growth, bagging and shipping.

One of the reasons that it takes so long to pinpoint the source of a food-related disease outbreak is because accurate records aren’t kept. We don’t know where the heck these tomatoes came from, we so often hear on the news when there’s a listeria or salmonella outbreak. What if the carrots were carrying a disease and killing people? The public deserves to know, since it’s becoming increasingly difficult to trust those who are in charge of our food supply.

If nothing else, I could have gotten the carrots that were supposed to go into the juice and not be sold as whole, and me getting these bad carrots was like a whistle-blower letting the world know how the carrots really look before they become your carrot juice – the juice that looks all clean, fresh and healthy once it gets to the bottle.

The carrot was the whistle-blower this time.

Bolthouse Farms Busted!

Premium Prime is the adverts claim for these carrots.


Bolthouse Farms responded:



Over the many years I’ve probably had 3-4 juicer machines. Each time after not much time, they all ended up at a garage sale. It just didn’t seem worth the time nor effort to get so little juice and so much pulp that I didn’t use out of the laborious process. That was back when veggies and fruits were cheap. They’re not cheap now. And don’t tell me to make a veggie loaf from the pulp. I won’t.

Still, I’ve been thinking lately that I might try it one more time. Fresh juices are expensive and some of the juices I liked the best and that advertised as fresh were really being held in warehouse vats up to three years before I drank them. What a shocker that was – especially for the ruby red grapefruit juice I liked so much. Come to think of it, even the whole grapefruits have been horrible for the last 2 years.

So here I go – once more – and so far it’s working out fairly well. The machine is a better quality, so I get more juice, but the veggies and fruits really are expensive. I bought 3 lbs. of cut celery for 5 dollars and 49 cents and got 2 large glasses of juice from it. That’s $2.75 per glass. Okay, so now I’ll look for sale items and discount stores and nothing precut. This is too much like work.

It does take a lot of time and the clean up… oh boy. Well, Steve and I think we both need more raw and juicing is a good way to get it. No recipes here. Just juice. I need to get more organized with it – save bits of produce I normally would throw away. Save space in the refrigerator to put the produce, plus the scraps plus the juice. I don’t like juicing everyday, so will probably do it 3 times a week, or thereabouts. And we can’t drink all the juice in the morning so we have nothing at night – discipline too! I’m not juicing twice a day that’s for sure.

I’ll have to tell you though, the apple juice tasted more like the finest cider, and the puree in the  bottom of the wire mesh strainer was delectable – like the most exquisite applesauce. People put an apple in every kind of juice to make it taste better and I can see why. For me it’s a lot to expect – to always have apples on hand. I really do have limited space.

Still, I’m staying with it. I’m going to have to get organic stuff and that’s more expensive, but it is my gut that I’m feeding. I want to be more optimistic, but I’m not there yet. Seems I’d have to be juicing and drinking all day and night for it to have benefit – but maybe not.

Hopefully I’ll have a more encouraging update. Cheers to tomorrows juice! How much juice do you think I can get out of 4 lbs. of strawberries?

UPDATE: I decided not to juice all the strawberries, since we like to eat them whole and it just seemed like a waste. I did, however, juice 12 oz. and obtained 8 oz. of juice. It textured like an ultra thin smoothie and didn’t separate for a long time, and even then it was minimal. So this is my plan. Next time I’ll make a dessert drink in a juice glass size. Add a little brown sugar, then top with a soy or coconut whipped cream flavored with vanilla. Maybe a mint sprig. Now that would be elegant.



* Vegan Butcher to Appear on Food Network July 15

As you may have noticed, we were closed for special events on Sunday and Thursday this week. Well, it was really one big special event and that event happened to be that we were filming for a television show! A couple months ago, we were approached by Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and after many extensive phone conversations, we learned that we were selected for the show.

It all happened very quickly, and we received a week’s notice for the first filming date, but we were up to the challenge.

We spent almost all of Sunday filming strictly in the kitchen, but we also invited some friends along to serve as extras. On Thursday, Guy Fieri himself spent a couple hours at the shop filming with us and talking to guests. He said he loved the food and had only good things…

Finish reading: We’re ready for our close-up!

UPDATE: Vegan Butcher to Appear on Food Network July 15


FIRST VEGAN BUTCHER SHOP in Minneapolis – Proprietors: Kale & Aubrey Walch

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Red Gold Diced Tomatoes with Chi-Chi Green Chilies, Roland Classic Coconut Milk, cilantro, garlic, coriander saffron. Ladled over JJ Wilk Potato and Onion Pierogi! Topped with fresh cilantro garnish and a wedge of fresh lemon!

Makes approx. 6 cups sauce





The JJ Wilk Potato and Onion acts like the egg in this special version of ‘eggs’ Benedict. English muffin layered with roasted pepper, creamy fresh steamed spinach, potato pierogi and lemon tarragon Egg-Free Hollandaise Sauce! 

Serves 4