June 27, 2014

Gee Funding, Inc., national and international crowd-funding website where anyone can raise money for small business start-up, creative projects, film production, music project, art works, charity and just cause charitable donation, education and much more, is now accepting both project and charity campaign.

GeeFunding.Com is open to all,” said Godwin E. Enogieru, head of GeeFunding, Inc.

“If you need to raise money or help someone in need, there is no better time to this than now,” added the spokesperson, who believes everyone should have the opportunity to raise money hassle-free.

With GeeFunding.Com, everyone now has the ability to raise money to start whatever project; he or she has on the drawing board that needs to become reality. However, Godwin E. Enogieru, sounds a note of caution for persons wishing to fund their projects through crowd-funding means to be aware.

“Beware of crowd-funding sites claiming to be ‘100 per cent Free’. They will simply charge your donors instead and you will collect fewer donations as a result. Fees always exist when accepting payments online,” said Mr. Enogieru.

Despite that note of caution, crowd-funding websites can help persons find a community of small investors to fund their business, without the risks of traditional financing. While some sites focus on funding creative projects, others sites focus on meeting specific needs in the marketplace or community.

“So don’t let lack of capital hold you back - let the crowd fund you, as people all over the world are now using Crowd-funding platform like GeeFunding.Com to raise millions of dollars for all types of campaigns,” said the source.

No matter what someone is raising money for, Godwin E. Enogieru said they can start right now with GeeFunding.Com, which charges no fee upfront or application processing fee.

“We here at GeeFunding accept both project and charity campaign,” note the spokesperson.

Creating Fund raising Campaign is free, and applicants pay nothing to start a campaign until their campaign is fully funded. GeeFunding.Com, however, charges a fee of seven per cent of the total amount funded.

As it relates to how GeeFunding.Com approaches the crowd-funding process, Mr. Enogieru said it begins when a project owner submits a campaign to Included in the fund raising project submission is a detailed description of the campaign, campaign owner’s PayPal email account is required, the target goal amount, and a specific fundraising duration.

If GeeFunding approves the project, after reviewing, he launched the project by posting in the campaign details, time period, and the target amount of the crowd-funding campaign for immediate backer’s access.
At the end of a campaign, GeeFunding checks to see if the target amount has been met (or exceeded). However, if the goal is not met, all pre-approved transactions are cancelled and no backer's or pledge’s account is debited for the campaign. No money collected.

If the target is met, GeeFunding platform triggers the pre-approved payments from the PayPal accounts of the campaign backer's. In a chained payment model, the funds are moved to the project owner's PayPal account first, after which a pre-determined portion of fees (PayPal 2.9 per cent) and commissions (GeeFunding seven per cent) are deducted from the fully funded project owner's account. In the parallel payment model, funds are instantly transferred to both primary and secondary PayPal accounts upon the success of the campaign.

For further information or how to start your fund raising campaign, please visit the following website: www.GeeFunding.Com

October 20, 2012

A ketchup counterfeiting operation in New Jersey is making consumers think twice about what they're putting on their food.

Officials discovered the fake ketchup factory after tenants complained about flies and rotten odors coming from another part of the 7,000-square-foot warehouse in Dover, N.J. They found thousands of plastic bottles labeled Heinz ketchup, many of which had exploded after being abandoned in the hot building.

Heinz representatives say that they think someone bought large containers of regular Heinz Ketchup and poured it into bottles labeled "Simply Heinz," a higher-priced product made with cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. Late Friday, they reached out to reassure consumers, saying that it was unlikely the counterfeit condiment ended up on store shelves.

"We have not discovered any information that leads us to believe that the illegally repackaged product is on the market. However, you can reach out to your store manager to confirm the product was purchased from Heinz," Heinz representatives told Yahoo! Shine via Facebook. "We can assure you that product purchased directly from us is authentic and safe to purchase and consume. Our quality assurance systems also ensure traceability to the factories where Heinz Ketchup is manufactured and packaged."

"The site of this operation was abandoned and had produced only a small quantity of bottles, much of which was still on site," Michael Mullen, vice president of corporate & government affairs for Heinz, told the Star-Ledger in an e-mail

Needless to say, the warehouse was not the most sanitary of places, and there's no way to know if anything else was added to the ketchup. The Warehouse was leased by Wholesome Foods, LLC; they could not be reached for comment.

"If you're opening ketchup containers and pouring ketchup into other bottles, God knows what you're diluting it with," Don Schaffner, a food scientist at Rutgers University, told the Star-Ledger. "Ketchup is thick, so it's possible you would not use a food-grade ingredient to replicate that texture. I can't begin to imagine how bad it could be."

The counterfeiters apparently didn't know much about chemistry. Sugary liquid can ferment when left unattended in a heated area; a sealed bottle filled with fermented ketchup can explode if not stored properly.

Which is exactly what happened in the privately owned warehouse. The sweet, vinegary, tomatoey mess oozed and splattered everywhere, attracting a swarm of flies and creating a rotten smell that alerted other warehouse tenants, according to Dover Public Safety Director Richard Rosell.

Sanitation issues aside, why try to counterfeit ketchup in the first place? According to online grocer, regular Heinz ketchup costs about 6 cents per ounce; corn syrup-free Simply Heinz is 8 cents per ounce. (Maybe they meant to rip off organic food buyers instead? Heinz's certified organic ketchup retails for about 20 cents an ounce.)

While such schemes are unusual for Heinz -- they told Yahoo! Shine that "This is a rare and isolated incident, and not something we have faced in the U.S. in the past" -- the company is concerned enough about the attempted counterfeiting that they're working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigation to clear up the problem.

"We are working closely with health and law enforcement agencies to investigate this unauthorized repackaging operation," Heinz representatives posted on Yahoo! Shine's Facebook page. "As a company dedicated to food safety and quality, we will not tolerate illegal repackaging of our products. We have stringent manufacturing and packaging practices in place to ensure the safety of consumers. Our quality assurance systems also ensure traceability to the factories where Heinz Ketchup is manufactured and packaged."

The ketchup caper is just the latest in food-related fakery. Olive oil, for example, is a kitchen staple that's not always what it appears to be.

"It may just be a high-priced oil that's diluted or mixed with inferior oil and passed off as the real thing," explains Farnoosh Torabi of Yahoo! Finance.

Same with Balsamic vinegar, which may say "Made in Italy" on the label when it's actually made with low-quality ingredients and then shipped to Italy for bottling. (Another tip: fake balsamic vinegar may contain caramel coloring, but the real stuff does not.)

An investigation last year by The Boston Globe found that most of the fish you find in restaurants and grocery stores are mislabeled, with cheap tilapia subbing for pricier red snapper and escolar (which is banned in Japan for making people sick) being sold as "white tuna." And super-expensive Kobe beef isn't legally available in the United States, so if you paid extra for a pricy Kobe steak, you got ripped off.