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Today in SCV History (Nov. 16)

1941 - Rose (stagecoach) Station at bottom of Grapevine dedicated as California Historical Landmark [story]

Tuesday COVID Roundup: County Positivity Rate Increasing

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 10 new deaths throughout L.A. County, 1,532 new cases countywide and 48 new cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Villanueva Concedes Election to Luna

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva conceded to former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna during a press conference held Tuesday afternoon at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.

Caltrans Opens Fourth Lane on Northbound I-5

Caltrans has opened a fourth lane on Northbound I-5 in northern Los Angeles County where the Route Fire, which started Aug. 31, caused significant damage to retaining walls that support the roadway in this mountainous area.

COC Women’ Golf Holds 10-shot Lead at State Championships

Led by the trio of Motoko Shimoji, Flora Peugnet and Carla Menendez, the College of the Canyons Cougars women's golf team hold a 10-shot lead on the rest of the field after Day 1 of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Women's Golf State Championships at Morro Bay Golf Club.

Barger Moderates Webinar on Infrastructure LA

One year ago today, Nov. 15, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Since then over $185 billion have been announced for projects across the country. Infrastructure LA is committed to ensuring that Los Angeles County receives its fair share of funding over the lifetime of the law.

Frontier Toyota Under New Ownership

Frontier Toyota, owned since 1988 by Santa Clarita Valley resident Joe Caso, was recently sold to Aman Abraham, of Los Angeles.

Dec. 2: VIA CEO Forum Discusses Business, Community Issues

The Valley Industry Association will present a CEO Forum on Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Room 258, Valencia, CA 91355. Opening speaker will be Jason Gibbs, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Santa Clarita.

A Holiday Tradition Like No Other in Santa Clarita

The holidays are fast approaching, and in Santa Clarita, that means one thing – Light Up Main Street is almost here. Join thousands of residents in Old Town Newhall for a fun and festive night as the City of Santa Clarita kicks off the season in style.

Nov. 19: Vet at the Park Free Pet Wellness Clinic

Vet @ the Park, a free pet wellness clinic hosted by Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control, will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Del Valle Park, 28201 Sloan Canyon Road, Castaic. CA 91384.

CalArts Mourns Death of Alice Estes Davis, Disney Costume Designer

Legendary Walt Disney Imagineering costume designer and Chouinard alum Alice Estes Davis, known for her design work for Disney theme park attractions It’s a Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean, died on Thursday, Nov. 3. She was 93.

No. 24 Canyons Over No. 20 Long Beach, Wins Share of SCFA Title

No. 24 College of the Canyons football finished its season on a high note, downing No. 20 Long Beach City College 31-24 at Cougar Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 12 to claim a share of the Southern California Football Association National Division, Northern League championship, after winning three of its final four games down the stretch.

TMU Men’s Basketball Bounces Back with Win

Kaleb Lowery scored his third double-double in the first five games and Christian Sweazie dropped in three clutch 3-pointers as The Master's University Men's Basketball team defeated Cal Lutheran 64-49 at The MacArthur Center Saturday night.

Today in SCV History (Nov. 15)

1978 - Southern Pacific Saugus depot closes; later moved to Heritage Junction in Hart Park [story]

Marcia Mayeda | Leaders of the Pack

One of the most defining aspects of working in animal welfare is that you never know what situations may come your way, especially in a county the size of Los Angeles.

CSUN Awarded $1M Grant to Support Special Education Teacher Candidates

California State University, Northridge has received a $1.1 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide financial support to early childhood special education teacher candidates.

Nov. 15: Saugus Union School Board Regular Meeting

The regular board meeting of the Saugus Union School District Governing Board will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, beginning with a closed session at 5:30 p.m., followed immediately by the public open session at 6:30 p.m.

Monday COVID Roundup: One SCV Death; 170 New Cases

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Monday one new death and 170 new cases in the Santa Clarita Valley over the weekend, with 27 additional deaths and 4,565 new cases countywide.

Today in SCV History (Nov. 14)

1935 - Voters approve $22,000 construction bond to build a bigger Saugus School. WPA kicked in another $17,181. [story]

Baby Food Challege - Babysitter Boss

Welcome back, babysitters! You know, I’ve taken care of a lot of babies and one thing I’ve learned is that it’s hard being a baby.

That’s true. I mean you can’t talk, so the only way to communicate is to cry. And you have to wait for someone to notice that you have a dirty diaper. That alone seems pretty awful.

True! And the worst thing of all, no french fries, no Taco Bell, no skittles …

I know! Everything babies eat looks like it’s already been chewed up and spit back out!

That’s why we’re going to taste-test some baby foods today!

Yeah! I mean, what?

Look, I mean babies eat this stuff all the time and sometimes they even look like they’re enjoying it. So, some of it might taste good.

I mean if you say so.

Great! Let’s get right to it. We’ll each take turns trying baby food. We’ll try to identify the food first and then rank it from one to five. Five being tasty and one being downright gross. You ready?

I’m so not ready for this.

Bring out the baby food! All right, ready?


Open your mouth.

Ew! That’s disgusting!

What do you think it is?

Um … carrot?

No. It’s sweet corn and green beans.

Ew! That was disgusting!

Okay. What would you rate that one?


I think this one will be, like, pretty good. Yeah. Okay … open.

Oh my. That’s really gross. That’s really gross. Um … Um … What is it?


Oh my god. That’s so gross!


Yeah, yeah. It’s really gross.

It tastes like dirt and plastic.

That’s like …

That’s the worst one so far.

It’s definitely a zero.

I think this one is going to be okay. We’ll see how you react. All right, open. What do you think it is? Awfully bad.

That one is not that bad at all.

If you don’t get this one, I might be a little mad.

It tastes like apples and like kind of strawberries.

Apples and strawberries, final answer?

Sure, okay.

It’s just apples.


Does it taste like applesauce?

I don’t know. Like it does …

It looks like applesauce.

It definitely looks like applesauce.

That does taste like applesauce. Would you say that’s the best one you tasted so far?

Yes. I’d give that one a five.

Yeah, most definitely.

Yeah, that one was actually pretty good. Yeah, I wouldn’t mind eating it.

Me neither. Like I would definitely eat that as a snack.

Okay. Open.

Why did you get me all of the gross ones?

What do you think it is?

Sweet potatoes? Is that what it?

Yep, yep.

That was gross!

It was like the carrots.

They’re both orange!

I know. I was like, oh my god it looks like the carrots. Let me try a little bit. Ew. No, that one’s worse than the carrots. This one is the worst one.

Yeah, I agree. You literally started me out with the two worst ones.

Okay. Now this corn and green beans actually taste fine.

Okay. This one actually looks really good.

That’s a lot!

Okay, what do you think it is?

I don’t … I really couldn’t tell you.

Ugh … does it have spinach in it?


I’m looking right now. It’s the pear, kale, and cucumber.

Yep. Was that one like … what does it taste like?

I’ll try it.

I don’t … I can’t even describe it. It tastes green. Like I definitely could taste that it was green. Yeah, I think that’s like maybe a two. Like it’s not a …

Yeah, maybe that one was a little better.

Definitely better than the carrots. Yeah, okay. This one might actually … I think it’s definitely gonna be better than the last one. Open.

That one’s definitely better than the last one.

What do you think it is?

Was it an apple?

Yeah, it has an apple in it. Do you taste anything else?

I don’t know it doesn’t taste just like apple, but I don’t know what it is.

You want me to tell you?


It’s apple, raspberry, and avocado.


Yeah, I didn’t know how like the avocado taste as gonna come across.

I don’t really taste the avocado; I just taste like apple and like something sweet.

It looks a little chunky.

It is.

That … I’m … I’m not mad. But it’s not like great.

Right, I’m not mad, but I’m not happy about it either.

Airplane it.

I don’t think you’ll get the last one cause I don’t … I don’t know.

Okay, I need to know.

Pumpkin and … what?


That’s weird. It definitely tasted like Fall. Like that’s definitely … taste, taste it.

Like you taste it and you’re like, wow, this is what Fall would taste like. It wasn’t bad. It’s interesting.

With apple and granola, that one’s not that bad.

You think this is for babies that are into hiking?



We think that that apple is so good, we’d eat it voluntarily.

On the other hand, the sweet potatoes and carrots are downright gross.

Yeah. Thanks for joining us and if you’re brave enough to try this at home share your favorite baby food in the comments below. By the way, if you haven’t subscribed to our channel yet, what are you doing? Subscribe below.

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Shortage of infant formula in the United States: why a state of emergency is introduced in cities and whether it threatens Russia

In the United States, there is an acute shortage of infant formula milk. According to the Datasembly agency, in early May, the deficit in warehouses across the country was 43%. The crisis is so serious that dry food is delivered to certain regions on military aircraft from Europe. What happened and does the same thing happen to Russia?

What's happening to baby food in the US

In late 2021, four parents contacted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to complain that their children had contracted a rare and dangerous bacterial infection after taking infant formula. infection with Cronobacter sakazakii, which resulted in death in two cases. Another application was filed by the parents of an infant who was hospitalized with Salmonella Newport.

On January 31, 2022, FDA inspectors came to inspect Abbott Nutrition, the largest manufacturer of infant formula in the United States, and found serious food safety violations, and found five different strains of Cronobacter there (although not Cronobacter was among them sakazakii). In mid-February, at the end of the review, Abbott Nutrition recalled batches of products from stores and suspended the production line until the problem was fixed. So the country was left without the largest plant for the production of infant formula for several months - a supplier of about 20% of all mixtures in the country.

Empty shelves in the infant formula department. USA. State of Georgia. Photo: Erik S. Lesser / EPA / TASS

According to Datasembly, the states of Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas were the first to experience shortages, but now in 25 states infant formula is out of stock in 40-50% of stores, and in five states - in more than half of the outlets. In this regard, on May 18, US President Joe Biden applied the Defense Production Act and allowed the use of Department of Defense aircraft to deliver products from abroad. He also required suppliers to send ingredients to infant formula manufacturers before any other companies. And on May 22, the mayor of New York declared a state of emergency in the city due to the lack of milk formula for children - it prohibits retailers from raising prices for scarce goods.

The British Daily Mail reports that the remaining two monopolists, Walgreens and CVS, have imposed a ban on the sale of more than three units of baby food in one hand, and the popular online store Target. com - more than four. The FDA cites data that baby food manufacturers Gerber (USA) and Reckitt (UK) have increased the production of infant formula since the beginning of the year - by 50% and 30%, respectively.

How to solve this problem

However, the problem is that the manufacturers that remain on the market do not make enough formula for children with metabolic diseases, allergies and other conditions that require a special diet. Parents are sounding the alarm: Minnesota Public Radio news portal reports that there are already cases of hospitalization of children in Tennessee, Georgia, Wisconsin and other states due to nutritional problems.

On May 23, USA Today reported that a military cargo plane arrived in Indianapolis carrying the first batch of Nestle hypoallergenic infant formula from Germany. In total, there were 35 tons of baby food on board. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in an interview with NBC News, said that this amount would be enough for 9,000 babies and 18,000 toddlers within one week.

Military aircraft loaded with infant formula. USA. Indianapolis. Photo: Michael Conroy / AP / TASS

According to The Washington Post, Abbott CEO Robert Ford apologized for the deficit and promised to set up a $5 million fund to help affected families cover medical and living expenses until until the supply crisis is resolved.

When Abbot Laboratories returns to the market

Robert Ford told The Washington Post that Abbott Nutrition has retooled its adult food lines at its Ohio plant to produce pre-packaged liquid infant formula and shipped millions of cans of its most sought-after dry formula from its Irish facility . In March, the company reported that it did not detect Cronobacter sakazakii in any sample of the mixture at the Michigan plant (signs of bacteria were detected in the non-contact area with the product) and regularly conducts tests, hoping to eliminate all violations by the summer.

On May 16, the Court for the Western District of Michigan granted a reopening of proceedings after all violations were resolved. According to the head of the company, if the plant passes the test, new mixtures will appear on store shelves in 6-8 weeks.

Abbott will face $30,000 in damages for each day of violation if it fails to comply.

And what about in Russia

After the closure of the plant in the USA, the company's branch in Israel, Abbott Israel, announced the withdrawal of mixtures of Similac Alimentum and Similac HMF (Human Milk Fortifier), produced at the same Michigan plant. There are also representative offices of Abbott in Russia. In particular, the Russian Veropharm factories in the Vladimir region, Belgorod and Voronezh produce Dufalac, Duspatalin, Duphaston drugs - but these are medicines, not baby food.

The main brands of Abbott baby food in Russia are Similak, Similak Premium for healthy babies, Similak Hypoallergenic for children with a high risk of allergies, Similak Low Lactose for children with lactose intolerance, Similak Antireflux, formulas for premature babies "Similak Special Care" and "Similak NeoSure", as well as a comprehensive and balanced diet "PediaSure", intended for children aged 1 to 10 years. They, according to the information on the packages, are produced in Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Ireland.

According to Rosstat, from April 30 to May 6, prices for powdered milk formulas for baby food in Russia increased by 1.1%. Thus, since the beginning of the year, the price of mixtures has already increased by 7.02%. This was caused by fluctuations in the ruble exchange rate and problems with logistics. Against this background, Abbott Labs, Danone (Tyoma, Malyutka, Rastishka, Nutrilon) and Nestle (sells NAN, Gerber, Nestle, Nestogen) announced the termination of investments in the Russian Federation and the reduction of the range. However, there is no information that the supply of products may stop.

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Nutrition for an adult, its quality, regimen, dosage and other things, is the main guarantee of both good health and life expectancy in general. And when it comes to the nutrition of the child, the listed cause-and-effect relationships should be raised to the power of three. And if nutrition is so important to all aspects of a child's life, it must inevitably be considered in more detail.

The child must be fed adequately, both from a medical and mental standpoint. You should not "shove" the child forcibly food in large dosages, as grandmothers of the old, Soviet school like to do. A huge plate of borscht will not add health to the child, but will only stretch his stomach over time and, by creating a “fictitious” hunger, can gradually lead the child to obesity.

The approach to a varied diet is also important. Of course, dietary fiber is important for a child, which includes bread, pasta, and so on and so forth. It is necessary for the formation of a normal stool. After all, it is not uncommon for young children, as well as older children, to have diseases that seem to be inherent only in adults. We are talking, for example, about the anal fissure. Children suffering from constipation are very often susceptible to this disease, the treatment of which is long and requires many restrictions.

In addition to dietary fiber, food rich in various types of fiber should be included in the diet. We are talking about vegetables and, accordingly, fruits. However, it is necessary to limit the child's consumption of vegetables and fruits, due to the high risk of occurrence, although not dangerous, but, of course, a very unpleasant disease - flatulence. Or rather, not so much a disease as a symptom.

Strict restrictions for a child should be imposed only on "garbage" food, as it is called by the people. Chips and various crackers are a vivid example of what a child should rarely get into his mouth, or never at all (the best option). Such products lead not only to the formation of various ailments in the gastrointestinal tract, but also contribute to the occurrence of allergic phenomena. This is possible due to the abundant addition of chemical materials and additives to fast food products, which, individually, are not too dangerous, but together create conditions for the child's possible sensitization to specific allergens.

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