September 16, 2014

TATFAR Study on Antimicrobial Resistance Frightening

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Foodborne illness resulting from organisms that are resistant to antibiotics is an emerging problem and a facet of a much greater challenge that threatens the health and safety of entire populations. As a result of the threat from Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the European Commission formed the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) and recently issued a report outlining the problems posed by AMR and the goals of the Taskforce intended to address them. Antimicrobial agents, including even the newest and most powerful drugs will, over time, be rendered ineffective, according to the report, “by the remarkable ability of bacteria to become resistant through mutation or acquisition of resistance genes from … [Read more...]

Iowa Salmonella Outbreak Seen Early in Mason City

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Mason City, Iowa, is the center of a Salmonella outbreak investigation that preceded a wider outbreak notice announced Friday by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Mason City is the seat of government for Cerro Gordo County, which leads all 19 Iowa counties in the number of illnesses associated with an outbreak of salmonellosis that may be linked to poultry or eggs. It was July 19 when Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health issued its first alert, saying in a press release that it had recently confirmed several cases of Salmonella infection. "With the recent outbreaks happening throughout Iowa, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone that food safety is incredibly important and following these guidelines will help to keep you healthy," said Brian Hanft, Cerro … [Read more...]

New Study Finds Antioxidant Supplements May be Counterproductive

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A study from the University of Copenhagen, published in the Journal of Physiology has found that resveratrol supplements in older men may counteract the positive effects of exercise. This popular antioxidant supplement has been touted as a health benefit. This study contradicts other studies that found the supplements improved the cardiovascular benefits of exercise by combating oxidative stress. The study followed 27 healthy, physically inactive men over the age of 65. The subjects were randomly assigned to two groups; one taking 250 mgs of resveratrol and the other taking a placebo. All of the men started high intensity exercise training. The scientists found that exercise training led to a 45% greater increase in maximal oxygen uptake in the placebo group, In addition, the … [Read more...]

Pritzker Lawyers Represent Cleveland Fair E. Coli Petting Zoo Patients

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The firm of Pritzker Olsen is representing victims of the Cleveland Fair E. coli petting zoo outbreak that happened last summer.  Most outbreaks involving this organism are caused by adulterated food. However, petting zoo animals have also been a frequent source of E. coli O157 infections, usually resulting in the hospitalization (and, too often, the death) of many children. Many states, including North Carolina, have statutes and regulations intended to lessen the risk of such human-animal interactions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the American Veterinary Medical Association have also weighed in on the subject by publishing a “Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public … [Read more...]

Traci’s Story: The Human Cost of Corporate Greed and Government Malfeasance in the New England Compounding Center Drug Poisoning Outbreak

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Attorney Fred Pritzker, the author of this post, is representing Traci (TM) and over 40 patients harmed in the national fungal meningitis outbreak. He can be contacted for a free consultation here. In the weeks since discovery of the massive fungal meningitis outbreak traced to the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts, much of the news has centered on the company’s long history of corporate malfeasance including its disregard of sterility tests, preparation of medication in unsanitary conditions and systematic violation of its pharmacy license.  The company’s willful (and potentially criminal conduct) was abetted by regulatory inaction of such magnitude that some of the officials charged with overseeing the company have already been fired. As they always do, the lurid … [Read more...]

Epidural Meningitis Outbreak Cases Climb to 105 in 9 States, Tennessee, Virginia and Michigan Hardest Hit

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural injection containing steroid medication made by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.  To date 105 people in 9 states are confirmed as part of the outbreak. The case count of the meningitis outbreak by state is as follows, according to the CDC: Florida (4), Indiana (11), Maryland (5 and 1 death), Michigan (21 and 2 deaths), Minnesota (3), North Carolina (2), Ohio (1), Tennessee (35 with 4 deaths), and Virginia (23 with 1 death). Many of these people had strokes associated with the meningitis. Investigators have found fungus, Aspergillus and Exserohilum, … [Read more...]

New England Compounding Center Steroids Cause Meningitis Outbreak in FL, IN, MD, MI, MN, NC, OH, TN and VA

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Evidence is mounting against New England Compounding Center that steroid products made and distributed by the company caused patients to suffer fungal meningitis and stroke. To date the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 105 cases of fungal meningitis in patients who had lumbar epidural steroid injections containing preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml), a steroid product compounded by New England Compounding Center (NECC), located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Many of these patients also had strokes. At least 8 of the outbreak victims have died. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Elliot Olsen have been contacted by several patients who had these injections. According to Pritzker, a national meningitis lawsuit lawyer who recently won over $40 … [Read more...]

NECC Steroid Products Associated with Meningitis Outbreak Sent to Pain Clinics in 23 States

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A multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis has been associated with lumbar epidural steroid injections into the spinal fluid. The fungi involved in the steroid meningitis outbreak include Aspergillus, Exserohilum and possibly others.  To date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 105 cases of fungal meningitis in 9 states that are part of this outbreak. Eight people have died. Many of the meningitis victims also had strokes. According to the CDC, all of the meningitis patients had been injected with preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) prepared by New England Compounding Center (NECC), a compounding pharmacy located in Framingham, MA. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Elliot Olsen have been contacted by victims of this outbreak. … [Read more...]

Individuals and Companies Should be Prosecuted for Foodborne Outbreaks

As one of the few food safety lawyers in America, I’m often asked whether I believe that America’s food supply is the safest in the world. The short answer is: “I have no idea” – and if you’re one of the thousands of Americans sickened each year by foodborne illness, it’s no comfort knowing that some countries have food less safe than the product that shut down your kidneys or killed your loved one. The real questions about food safety have nothing to do with overweening national pride. In fact, there are only two questions that make any sense at all: “Can our food system be safer?” and “What steps have to be taken to make it so?” Since no one honestly doubts that our food safety system can and should be better, let me focus on answering the second question (based on what I’ve … [Read more...]

Knowledge is Power

Burger with E.coli

I’m often asked to speak at programs about food safety. A frequently asked audience question involves what foods I avoid eating (sprouts, raw oysters, undercooked meats, etc.). It occurs to me, however, that from a food safety standpoint, that’s really not the right question. After all, there are many foods not on my or anyone else’s “unsafe” list that are regularly implicated in foodborne illness outbreaks. There are foods that are inherently more dangerous than other foods and justifiably deserve greater scrutiny and caution. However, less inherently dangerous food products can cause the same injuries and deaths if not produced in compliance with standards and regulations applicable to the industry of which they are a part. Put another way, hamburger produced in insanitary … [Read more...]

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