May 30, 2016

Oceana Asks for Turtle Excluder Devices for Wild Caught Shrimp

Oceana is calling on the Obama administration to require the use of improved Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) to save sea turtles and reduce wasted seafood. These devices are metal grates inserted into shrimp nets that allow the turtles and other wildlife to escape. Many shrimp boats in the Southwest have been forced to use TEDs since the 1980s, but more than 2,000 skimmer trawls are exempt. Those trawls could be killing 50,000 endangered and threatened sea turtles every year. In 2013, shrimp trawl fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico threw away 62% of its total catch of ocean wildlife that were caught in the nets. Lora Snyder, campaign director at Oceana, said in a statement "protecting sea turtles and U.S. fishing interests do not have to be mutually exclusive. Requiring TEDs in all … [Read more...]

Iowa Select Herbs Recalls Dietary Supplements

In the FDA's Weekly Enforcement Report for the week ending May 11, 2016, Iowa Select Herbs recalled dietary supplements for misbranding, unapproved new drugs, and adulterated dietary supplements. The products were ordered recalled by the FDA because a consent decree for injunctive relief was declared. These products were distributed to retail stores in California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, and South Carolina, and to consumers nationwide and internationally in Denmark, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and Serbia. The recalled products include Acerola Berry (Malpighia) in 4 fluid ounce containers, with lot number 32796 and expiration date 04/2019. Also recalled is Acia Berry (Euterpe oleracea) in 4 ounce containers with lot number 22345 and … [Read more...]

Catfish Inspection Program Nullified by the U.S. Senate

Last November, the USDA released its final rule on catfish inspection. The rule became effective in March 2016. But last week, the U.S. Senate voted to shut the program down by passing a resolution of Congressional disapproval and nullification. The program had been finding antibiotics and carcinogens from Siluriformes fish imported from Asia. Catfish used to be inspected by the FDA, but the inspection process was transferred to USDA in the 2008 Farm Bill. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service inspectors would conduct inspections during all hours of operation at domestic facilities that slaughter and processes these fish, similar to the inspections they conduct at poultry and meat slaughter facilities. In 2011, the FDA tested less than 0.1% of all imported seafood for drug … [Read more...]

Avoid Blue-Green Algae in Lakes and Ponds

The Minnesota Department of Health is warning people to avoid blue-green algae in lakes, streams, and ponds. This algae can cause illness to humans and has killed many dogs. Blue-green algal blooms were reported in lakes across the state last summer. Two people got sick, and many dogs died after exposure to the algae. These blooms usually start in June, but spring has been warm this year, so the growth may have already begun. Blue-green algae usually has an unpleasant smell and most people avoid it. But people can become ill after they swim, boat, water ski, or bathe in water that has this toxic algae. Swallowing the algae, or having skin contact with the water can cause illness. In addition, breathing in tiny droplets of water in the air can make you sick. The symptoms of … [Read more...]

Food Recall Roundup For Week of May 29, 2016

The recalls of frozen vegetable products and sunflower seed products for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination finally slowed down the week ending May 29, 2016. But there were still four recalls for the sunflower seed products. All of these recalls are listed in reverse chronological order. The Recalls Tommee Tippee Sippee Cups were recalled for mold on May 27, 2016. That recall had 68 illnesses associated with it. Burger's Ozark Country Cured recalled pulled pork products for an incorrect label on May 27, 2016. Sweet Earth Natural Foods recalled Big Sur Burritos for undeclared milk on May 27, 2016. Sid Wainer and Sons recalled tart shells for undeclared eggs and coconut on May 27, 2016. Taylor Farms Florida recalled Wawa Thai style chicken mango salad for … [Read more...]

Nanoparticles Found in Baby Formula

According to Friends of the Earth, infant formulas sold in the United States contain nanoparticles, which are very small compounds. Research shows that these nanoparticles may pose threats to human health. Friends of the Earth commissioned independent lab analysis that found these particles in six infant formulas that were tested. These nanoparticles are not indicated on the label and they are not regulated by the FDA. The FDA is supposed to regulate baby formulas and making sure they are safe, but the government does not approve the safety of infant formulas before they are marketed.. They only require that the formulas meet nutritional requirements and are screened for pathogens. The rules don't include screening for potentially toxic synthetic ingredients. The products that … [Read more...]

Burger’s Smokehouse Recalls Pulled Pork for Incorrect Label

Burger's Ozark Country Cured of Missouri is recalling about 150 pounds of pulled pork products for misbranding. The items were packaged with the incorrect label. The right label is on the front, but a label for a beef brisket product is on the back. The product is Burger's Smokehouse Signature Sauce Seasoned Pulled Pork with Barbecue Sauce in 1 pound microwaveable tray packages. The product was produced and packaged on January 26, 2016. It has the establishment number "EST. 1161" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The case code is P816W with a use by/freeze by date of August 13, 2016. They were shipped to retail locations in Missouri. If you purchased this product, you can return it to the store where you bought it for a refund. The problem was discovered through a customer who … [Read more...]

Tommee Tippee Sippee Cups Recalled for Mold; Kids Sickened

Tommee Tippee Sippee spill-proof cups are being recalled because there is a risk of mold exposure to small children. Mold can develop on the valve inside the cups. At least 68 children nationwide have been sickened after drinking from this product. There is a removable, one-piece, white valve inside the cups that can develop mold when it remains wet or moist and is infrequently cleaned. Mold ingestion can cause diarrhea and vomiting, and can cause infections in those with compromised immune systems. There have been 3,066 reports of mold in the valve, and 68 reports of children sickened with diarrhea, vomiting, or other symptoms. The recall is for five types of spill-proof Tommee Tippee Sippee cups, all with the removable one piece white valve. The five types are: First Sips … [Read more...]

Dangerous E. coli Superbug Now in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Thursday, May 26, 2016 that E. coli resistant to the critical antibiotic colistin was found in a person in this country for the first time. In addition, colistin resistance was also found in a sample taken from a pig intestine that was analyzed by the USDA. The E. coli bacteria that was found in the pig was also resistant to ampicillin, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, and tetracycline. This is the scenario that food safety experts and doctors have been dreading for some time. Colistin is a last-resort drug that is used to treat patients who have multi-drug resistant infections. The bacteria has also been found in Europe and Canada. The patient with the resistant E. coli bacteria was treated in an outpatient military … [Read more...]

Tart Shells Recalled for Undeclared Eggs and Coconut

Sid Wainer & Son of Massachusetts is voluntarily recalling tart shells and cone tart shells because they contain coconut (tree nuts) and eggs that are not declared on the label. People who are allergic to eggs and/or coconut could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are Domaine de Provence La Cucina Tart Shells, 252 pieces per box, with UPC number 708152149119. That product contains undeclared eggs. Also recalled is Domaine de Provence Neutral 3" Cone Tart Shells, 308 pieces per box, with UPC number 708152316856.That product contains undeclared coconut. They were distributed nationwide to food service establishments. An ingredient change was not declared on the labels. If you purchased either of these … [Read more...]

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