Sweet Surprise: McDonald’s Unveils a Change to its Vanilla Soft Serve

Removal of an artificial flavor from vanilla soft serve which already had no artificial colors or preservatives – positively changed Vanilla Cone, McCafé Shakes and McFlurry

OAK BROOK, Ill. — (May 22, 2017) — McDonald’s USA announced that its vanilla soft serve – featured in its popular vanilla cone, McCafé Shakes and McFlurry desserts – is made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The introduction of the soft serve began in Fall of 2016 and has nearly completed its transition to all 14,000+ restaurants nationwide. A popular destination for cold, sweet treats, this change impacts 60% of the desserts McDonald’s serves.   

In addition, the chocolate and strawberry McCafé shake syrup has no high fructose corn syrup and the whipped topping served on all three flavors of shakes is made with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

“This summer we have a sweet surprise,” said Darci Forrest, senior director of menu innovation at McDonald’s. “We’ve been raising the bar at McDonald’s on serving delicious food that our customers can feel good about eating. Soft serve now joins other changes we have made, such as removing artificial preservatives from McNuggets, committing to cage-free eggs by 2025 and only serving chicken made from chicken not treated with antibiotics important to human medicine*. This, combined with the fact that 100 percent of the milk used in our soft serve is U.S. sourced, makes this classic treat even more enjoyable during the hot summer months.”  

Desserts have been a favorite at McDonald’s for nearly 60 years. Last summer alone, McDonald’s customers enjoyed 68 million cones. This summer, guests can continue to enjoy their classic cone, but also celebrate the return of a fan favorite from 2012 — the Rolo McFlurry. For a limited time, the company is making summer more delicious with the rich combination of chewy caramel and smooth milk chocolate pieces to its iconic vanilla soft serve. The Rolo McFlurry will be available nationwide for a limited time from May 24 to Sept. 11.   

“We are proud to partner with McDonald’s to bring our dairy products from thousands of dairy farmers across the U.S. to their millions of customers daily,” said Barb O’Brien, president of Dairy Management Inc.

Over the past two years, McDonald’s has made a series of changes to its menu, including the launch of All Day Breakfast and updated Chicken McNuggets, a new premium salad blend and using real butter on its English Muffins, bagels and biscuits, among other significant changes. The updated soft serve is part of McDonald’s food journey and another way the company is helping customers feel good about the food they’re enjoying.  

*Farmers still use ionophores, a class of antibiotics that are not prescribed to people, to help keep chickens healthy.

About McDonald’s USA 
McDonald's USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @McDonaldsand Facebook

Life-saving device for all hotels pushed

The executive members of the Friends of the Filipino/American Community (FFAC), a not for profit political action committee (PAC) of the greater Northern California met with Philippine Consul General Henry S. Bensurto Jr. and his staff at the San Francisco office on May 11 to discuss and advocate for Hotels in the Philippines to have in their establishment a life saving device known as a "Defibrillator". Defibrillation is a treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, specifically ventricular fibrillation (VF) and non-perfusing ventricular tachycardia (VT). A defibrillator delivers a dose of electric current (often called a countershock) to the heart. In attendance for FFAC was former Union Vice Mayor Jim Navarro, Atty. Ben Reyes, Atty. Cesar Fumar, Evelyn Centeno and Rose Pavone.

Each year, many Filipinos die from sudden cardiac arrest during their stay at the Philippine hotels because the device was not available during the cardiac event that could otherwise have saved their lives.

The key to survival is timely initiation of a "chain of survival", including CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Because of recent technological advances, a portable lifesaving device, called an "automated external defibrillator" or "AED" has recently become an important medical tool. Trained non-medical personnel can use these simplified electronic machines to treat a person in cardiac arrest. The AED device guides the user through the process by audible or visual prompts without requiring any discretion or judgment.

FFAC will work closely with the Consulate General Office (CGO), the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Health (DOH) to bring this very important issue to the forefront and advocate to become a law that having an AED will be a standard of operation (SOP) in all the hotel industries in the Philippines.

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A Notario or Immigration Consultant is not an Attorney

Question: I found a person who called himself a ‘notario’ and said he would do the work I needed for ½ the cost of an attorney. He also said I did not need a Waiver. Should I hire him?


Answer:  Your immigration situation and your immigration case is critcally important. Is it worth to save some money to hire somebody who is not even a lawyer? A notario, or notary public, is not a lawyer and cannot practice law in the United States. Confusion about what a notary public can do in the US is common for many immigrants, however, because in some other countries, notaries can act as attorneys. An Immigration Consultant similarly is not an attorney.

Many notary publics take advantage of immigrants, leading them to believe that a notary can advise them on the law. Do not hire a notary to handle your immigration matter -- for that you need a lawyer. 

Generally, it is not a good idea to hire a notario or immigration consultant. Even well meaning notarios or Immigration Consultants can seriously harm your immigration case. If the notario doesn't have sufficient knowledge about immigration law, he or she may file documents incorrectly and permanently harm your case. Some notarios may take your money without ever even intending to file your paperwork. If you receive incompetent immigration help, your application may be delayed, you may incur unnecessary fees, and you could even face removal proceedings. If you've been the victim of immigration fraud, visit the American Bar Association's resources for victims of notario fraud for information about where to get help. 


The Immigration Consultant and/or Notario are not licensed by any governmental organization as are attorneys. Similarly, attorneys have passed the Bar and are licensed by the State to give legal advice and to best help your case. Can you imagine if you are directed by a legal consultant or notario to leave the U.S. for Consulate Processing and find out it is denied as you needed a Waiver and are barred for years from coming into the U.S.? These type of gross errors would most likely not occur with a seasoned immigration attorney.


Question: Well, who legally can represent me?


Answer: While immigrants aren't required to be represented, immigration law can be very complicated so it's a good idea to obtain competent legal advice before submitting any paperwork to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). But who should you consult with? There are two main categories of professionals that can legally help with your immigration case: Attorneys who are licensed to practice law in your state, and
Accredited representatives of organizations recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Neither of these categories would be a Notario or Legal Consultant.

In other words, make certain that you properly have done your research when you are hiring somebody to help you with your immigration and make sure he or she is a qualified attorney.

His worst crisis yet

He has only been president for four months, yet there is already talk of Donald Trump facing impeachment proceedings. And with good reason.
If – and this is a big if – dismissed FBI Director James Comey is telling the truth regarding the details of his meeting at the White House with President Trump prior to his being axed, then an impeachable offense was indeed committed by Mr. Trump.
There may or may not be a recording of that conversation. The president says there is, and if so then this must be the one piece of evidence that will determine the fate of the POTUS. It will not be a case of he said, he said. And yes, the similarity to Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal that forced him to resign from the presidency is not lost on us.
Some of the facts are crystal clear. During a meeting at the White House, President Trump asked the vice president and the head of the CIA who were both present to leave the room, leaving only Messrs. Trump and Comey to talk. What was discussed between the two men is the issue behind the brewing crisis, one that will determine if impeachment proceedings against the president will proceed or not.
If anything, Comey has been more consistent in his claims, unlike Mr. Trump who has contradicted his own statements on a number of occasions.
If there is no recording of the conversation as Mr. Trump had implied, then this is when it boils down to he said, he said.
In calling Comey “a nut job” and “crazy”, one can’t help but think that the president is actually afraid of the former FBI chief, who may have been getting too close to the truth behind Mr. Trump’s Russia connections for comfort. That Comey was in the middle of investigating those alleged Russia links made his dismissal all the more suspicious.
Earlier, Mr. Trump had referred to Comey as a “showboat” and a “grandstander.” This, after the then FBI chief had apparently refused to pledge his loyalty to the president.
This is where President Trump fails. He feels that anyone who does not figuratively bow before him must be an enemy, one who is to be destroyed. He still refuses to accept the fact that the only persons whose loyalty he can demand are the officials of the Republican Party. Even then, and as the saying goes, their loyalty to the party and president ends where their loyalty to the country begins.
Government officials, whether from the judiciary or the legislature, must only pledge their loyalty to the country, the flag, the Constitution, and the people of the United States.
The president is out of the country on official business this week, but when he returns he can expect to be flooded with questions that he cannot easily ignore nor brush aside. He will have to face the nation and come clean about everything he knows regarding the Russia ties of his closest associates, relatives included.
He may refuse to recognize it, but President Donald Trump is now in the midst of his worst crisis yet, and it is one that he may not survive unscathed.
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