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All the President’s Men

All The President' Men BookThere are three fraudulent major players on the West Coast, and two on the East Coast joined by several smaller players with a scattering in between.  All three players on the west coast have multiple sites and the Lord only knows why.

What is their common denominator?  They are all knowingly selling products that are fraudulently labeled.  One might say caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) should apply and I say-no, it should not.  A seller in the business of regularly selling a particular type of goods has still greater responsibilities in dealing with an average customer. One such warranty is the Implied Warranty of Merchantability.  A person purchasing any low carb product is justified in his or her reliance on the expertise of the seller.  Only if both the buyer and the seller are negotiating from equal bargaining positions, and only then, should the doctrine of caveat emptor apply.

This rule (caveat emptor) is not designed to shield sellers who engage in fraud or bad faith dealing by making false or misleading representations about the quality or condition of a particular product. It merely summarizes the concept that a purchaser must examine, judge, and test a product considered for purchase.

The Big Internet Players

Bonnie Parker MugshotThese are the multiple websites owned by Rossana Forzanti located on the West Coast in California.  After being exposed, this crook has gone from selling falsely labeled low carb products to diabetics online, to hawking Mexican candy. What a piece of work.

NixonThese are the multiple websites owned by Jason May located on the West Coast in California

 

Bernie Madoff These are the multiple websites owned by Julian Bakery and Heath Squier located on the West Coast in California

 

The Smaller But Not Insignificant Internet Players:

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John Deanwww.buyeatritenow.com Leland Turner Coralville, IA  OUT OF BUSINESS

 

 

G. Gordon LiddyThese are the websites of Patricia & Richard LaPlante OUT OF BUSINESS

 

 

valentine heart shape made by dollars isolatedIf we can’t trust a label, which affects how we make our decisions, what are we able to trust?  Do we really want to support the businesses that have been and continue to sell us falsely labeled products for the love of money at the expense of our health?

Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but Verify”.  At the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded:  “you repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered:  “I like it”…I like it too.

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Zomick’s Bakery & Carb Krunchers

Carb-KrunchersSince Sami’s was the baker and he and his partner had split up, the partner needed to find a bakery to make another (falsely labeled) low carb bread.  After all, until they were busted, Lori Smith and Sami’s Bakery had made a pile of money.Approved DL

Zomick’s has rested for awhile now and is at it again. Here are three pictures of their “new lowcarb bread” being sold on the East Coast.  They were originally producing Carb Krunchers lowcarb bread until the exposé I did with Arnold Diaz in NYC.  So if and when you see these breads in your local grocery or, worst yet your health food store, they are not low carb.  Again, it is playing Whack-A-Mole.  If you manage to catch them, they just pop up somewhere else.  Healthy Delites? It’s a shadowy shell company.

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Zomicks

Who is Zomick’s?  Zomick’s Bakery is owned by Morris and Gittel Kaff and located in Inwood, New York.  It is just one of many, many kosher bakeries in the New York City area.  After having approached bakeries throughout the country and asking them to produce a line of supposed low carb breads and bagels and having been turned down as many times the partner finally found Zomick’s to do the dirty work.  Zomick’s was willing to bake the products with one set of ingredients specified by the partner, and (falsely) label the products with quite another list of ingredients.  Zomick’s name and any contact number as the manufacturer, were never on the label.  The labels changed from time to time, there were disconnected phone numbers and at one point the label stated:  Distributed by Healthy Delite Snacking Corp. Inwood, NY 11096 and at some other point the label said: Distributed by Carb Krunchers Lynbrook, NY  11563.

Classic BrowniesHealthy Delite Snacking Corp. was nothing more than a holding warehouse a half mile from Zomick’s where trucks picked up loads of bread bagels, buns, and bownies for distribution across the country to internet websites to be sold to the public.

The label on the bread I ordered to have tested had a disconnected phone number and nothing else except…a circle K kosher sign-Oh My, that pesky little circle K kosher sign.  This and this alone, lead me to Zomick’s Bakery and this how it happened.  I spent days and days reading everything I could about Carb Krunchers but no contact information was a tuffy.  I finally figured out what that little K inside a circle was and then began the hunt for whom to call.  I ended up with the Organized Kashrus Laboratories (O/K) 391 Troy Ave., Brooklyn, NY  11213 Phone: (718) 756-7500.  I called and talked to the nicest woman who assured me that yes, it was Zomick’s Bakery that made Carb Krunchers and that it was indeed kosher.  She also seemed Bingoquite pleased that I could get Carb Krunchers all the way from New York City to Portland, Oregon.  BINGO!  I had finally found the manufacturer.  I ordered my Carb Krunchers from Viva Low Carb  and they came shipped from Health Express Distributors.

I want to emphasize that I DO NOT inject insulin and I DO NOT take any diabetic drugs which in my opinion makes me a perfect guinea pig to test any supposed low carb product.

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December 18, 2012 Ordered From Viva Low Carb Received From Health Express

I hope you are beginning to see a pattern here.  It does not matter where any particular low carb product is made-it can travel across the country and then depending where you purchase, halfway back again.  Bread may get a little stale you say, doesn’t it get sent frozen?  The answer is yes.  It is extremely expensive to ship refrigerated and even more so if items need to remain frozen.  It is why we have large distribution centers across the country but then, these fly-by-nights, are not legitimate and are not distributed in any normal way.

Geraldo FlopWhat happened to Carb Krunchers?…well…this is the story.  I have zero idea, and no recollection at all of how I found the video that Arnold Diaz with Fox5 TV in NYC did regarding Eatrite, but I did.  I watched the video (See here): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAp8cZcvdeU&feature=youtu.be   and at the end Arnold says “if you’ve got a story idea for us go to Fox5 and tell us about it”.  MY EUREKA MOMENT! A place to get a story out.  I spent hours composing just the right words to get their attention, hit the send button, and waited…and waited…and waited.  It seemed a dead end.  Who was I to think Arnold Diaz would talk to me?  Some old woman in Portland, OR.  And then…out of the blue three or so months later I was finally contacted.  ANOTHER EUREKA MOMENT!  It actually took several more months to complete the interviewed video and the rest is history.  You may watch my Carb Krunchers video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02GYrzPFH2w

Is Carb Krunchers dead?  I would love to say yes but sadly the answer is no.  Are there people still trying to sell it through the internet?  Yes, to this day the Diet Mart and Laurel Health Foods are both trying to drum up business selling this stuff.  (Please See Diet Mart & Laurel Health Foods)

These are the internet websites that sold or are still trying to sell Carb Krunchers:

www.carbkrunchers.com  Nobody ever wanted their name associated with Carb Krunchers, only toRossana Forzanti make money selling the products.  Rossana Forzanti actually had the audacity to obtain the domain name.  She originally sold all kinds of products through the site and now she uses it to direct any poor hapless soul still looking for Carb Krunchers into the site where she strictly sells breads, bagels, buns, tortillas, and pushes her Mirico bread line.  A while ago, before I busted Heath Squier and Julian Bakery, Rossana also had a full line of breads, under the name Health Express made and private labeled for her by none other than Heath Squier & his JulianBakery. The labels had same ingredients-same nutrition facts.  Please click on Images to enlarge.

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Please see below for Rossana’s caveats on her home page regarding Carb Krunchers.  Rossana has always touted her Viva Low Carb as a “Super Store” “Low Carb” and “Diabetic Friendly” What a piece of work.  Rossana’s Carb Krunchers Caveats

Low Carb You Foods LogoAnother very deceptive website:  www.atkinsbread.com  Jason May would probably want you to believe these products are somehow connected to the official Atkins website-believe me they are not.

Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but Verify”.  At the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded:  “you repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered:  “I like it”…I like it too.

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Sami’s Bakery, Low Carb Emporium & Carb Krunchers

Sami's BreadThis is a fascinating story. 

Sami’s Bakery obtained its domain name in May of 2003. Sami’s Bakery is located on the East Coast in Tampa, FL and was a very small local bakery until they hooked up with Lori Smith of “Low Carb Emporium” in Las Vegas NV.  Sami’s started private labeling low carb bread products for Low Carb Emporium under this same name.  As the sales of these products went nuts Sami’s had to enlarge their baking facilities.  On February 7th, 2005 Low Carb Emporium was busted by the CBS TV station in Los Angeles and PR Newswire Logoreported by pr newswire for selling these bogus low carb bread products.  Please see article here:  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pure-foods-low-carb-markets-responds-swiftly-to-a-recent-kcbs-special-assignment-on-low-carb-and-removes-low-carb-emporium-bagels-from-inventory-58909902.html

I have now had a total of five Sami’s supposed low carb products tested and they have all flunked the test. Five Sami’s Bakery Breads vs Lab Results Compared Side By Side  See for yourself.  I also had the priviledge of speaking with Mary Schluckebier the Executive Director of the Celiacs Support Association www.csaceliacs.org who told me in no uncertain terms that Sami’s gluten free products were NOT gluten free. The FDA says gluten free is anything <20PPM and Sami’s tested >5000PPM.  Subsequently there were warnings put out by many & various people associated with CSA.

OregonianOregonians Lois Kaplan and Bo Bodenschatz who owned LoBo’s Low Carb World in Salem, OR took Low Carb Emporium to task and had their breads tested through Exova Laboratories right here in Portland where I have had all my testing done.  This is a terrific article done by a journalist from our local newspaper The Oregonian. Please read:  http://www.soulcysters.net/showthread.php/79334-Article-Low-Carb-Bread-Claims-Don-t-Pan-Out-In-Lab-Test

Lori Smith never would disclose the name of her manufacturer as the above article states but I have information that it was Sami’s Bakery in Tampa.  I was super excited to see that Lois and Bo lived just down the road from me in Salem but alas too much time had elapsed and as I spent endless time trying to get in contact with them, I ran into one dead end after another.

On December 1st, 2003 a blog thread on low carb friends began regarding “Low Carb Emporium” brand breads, bagels, and rolls but only ran for 3 days.  It seems everyone loved the Low Carb Emporium products because duh…it was real bread.  Pure Foods Low Carb Market in Los Angeles, CA which had been carrying the Low Carb Emporium breads and bagels quickly distanced themselves.  With the testing of the Low Carb Emporium’s breads, coupled with the pr newswire article and the attending bad press, Low Carb Emporium shuttered their doors.

Sami-s-BakeryOK.  Sami’s has now enlarged the baking facilities but has lost his big buyer.  What to do now?  Get a partner and start producing another bogus line of low carb breads; this time under the name Carb Krunchers.  All goes swimmingly until the partners have a falling out.  They split and Sami’s Bakery decides to produce their own line of low carb bread products which he sells to this day.  He has his own website; his breads are sold along the East Coast, thru the internet, and are in scores of grocery stores in Florida.  Virtually the same ingredients and same nutritionals as the Carb Krunchers (Duh…Carb Krunchers was Sami’s recipe).  These products are also sold on the low carb store website:  www.locarbconnection.com

I want to emphasize that I DO NOT inject insulin and I DO NOT take any diabetic drugs which in my opinion makes me a perfect guinea pig to test any supposed low carb product.

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February 22, 2013 Purchased From Sami’s Bakery

Below is a comparison of ingredients and should be self-explanatory.  My Carb Krunchers is shown here.

Sami’s, Diet Mart, Carb Kruncher [PDF]

Sami’s story now leads us to the recently all but demised Zomick’s Bakery & Carb Krunchers.

Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but Verify”.  At the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded:  “you repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered:  “I like it”…I like it too.

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