September 2, 2014

Members of Congress Want to See Full Funding for FSMA


Members of the U.S. House Roda DeLauro (D-CT) and Sam Farr (D-CA) sent a letter last week to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ask them to fully fund the Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) rather than relying on user fees. In the fiscal year 2015 budget, the FDA requested $1.48 million for food safety, which includes $255 million in proposed user fees. Their letter states that "FDA must have the resources to retrain the existing inspection workforce, hire new staff, and contract with states to leverage their inspection forces. Continuing outbreaks of foodborne illness undermine consumer confidence and greatly concern those of us who supported FSMA and want it to be implemented … [Read more...]

In Canada, Seafood Pies Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Catch of the Bay Seafood Pies Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Masstown Market are recalling seafood pies from the market because they contain egg and wheat that are not declared on the label. Anyone with an allergy to egg and/or wheat could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product. There has been one reported allergic reaction associated with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are Catch of the Bay Fresh Fish Market Lobster Seafood Pie in 1200 gram packages. All best before dates where egg and wheat are not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number is 205325 119998. Also recalled is Catch of the Bay Fresh Fish Market Atlantic Seafood Pie in 1200 gram containers. All best before dates where egg and wheat are not declared on the label are … [Read more...]

Regeneca Expands Recall of RegeneSlim Dietary Supplement

RegeneSlim Recall

Regeneca Worldwide is expanding its voluntarily nationwide recall of RenegeSlim appetite control dietary supplement because FDA analysis confirmed the presence of DMAA. DMAA is 1,3-dimethylamylamind, methylhexanamine, or geranium extract. It can narrow blood vessels and arteries, which can cause a rise in blood pressure that increases the risk of heart attack. No illnesses have been reported to date. RegeneSlim is purchased by and distributed through retail direct sales force in the United States and Puerto Rico, and through online sales. It is packaged in 3-1/2" x 3" green and white sachets that contain 2 capsules, with the name RegeneSlim displayed on the front. The recall is expanding to include lot #823230415, lot #EX0616r 15813, Lot # EX0616R15814 and Lot #11414re5516. If you … [Read more...]

Pedigree Dog Food Sold at Sam’s Club Recalled for Metal Fragments


Pedigree dog food sold at Sam's Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio is being recalled for metal fragments. This is an expansion of a previously announced recall for Pedigree dog food sold at Dollar General stores in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. There have been no reports of injury. The recall expansion includes 55-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food that may contain small metal fragments. The particles are not embedded in the food, but may present a risk of injury if consumed. Consumers who have purchased this food should discard it or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. No other Pedigree products are included in the recall. The recalled 55-pound bags sold at Sam's Club have the lot code432E1KKM03 on the back of the … [Read more...]

Listeria Adapts to Survive, Danish Researchers Find


Listeria is often described as rare and deadly.  Now researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have added another word to describe the bacteria: adaptable. They exposed Listeria to substances normally used to fight it and studies its reaction. They found that Listeria used different strategies to resist antibiotics, bile, salt, acid and ethanol. "Generally speaking, Listeria must be described as extremely adaptable. It is constantly aware of its surroundings and if the environment changes around it. It reacts instantly and has a number of strategies to withstand threats", said Associate Professor, Birgitte Kallipolitis, PhD . To infect cells, Listeria needs to produce certain proteins, but it can't produce so many that the immune system is triggered. The researchers discovered … [Read more...]

Raw Goat Milk Tests Positive for Cryptosporidium in Idaho


Raw goat milk from Treasured Sunrise Acres in Parma, Idaho has tested positive for cryptosporidium. Consumers who purchased raw goat milk form the farm on or after August 24 should not drink it. The Idaho State Department of  Agriculture (ISDA) has placed a hold on raw milk sales at the farm. Cryptosporidium is a parasite commonly associated with outbreaks at water parks and pools. It's hard outer shell makes it resistant to chlorine-based disinfectants and enables it to survive outside a host's body for long stretches of time. It is spread when microscopic amounts of feces from an infected human or animal are ingested. Symptoms of a cryptosporidium infection include: watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever, vomiting and weight loss. They usually develop within two to 10 … [Read more...]

Applebees E. coli Lawsuit Assigned to Judge Magnuson


The E. coli lawsuit filed against Apple Minnesota, LLC d/b/a Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Magnuson in the Twin Cities. The suit, filed on behalf of Applebee's patron Keith Comstock, was the first legal action taken by victims of this summer's outbreak of E. coli O111 traced to nine Applebee's restaurants in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 15 people were infected with the highly toxic foodborne pathogen in late June and early July. Agency officials late last week identified green, whole head cabbage as the likely source. Three E. coli attorneys from the PritzkerOlsen law firm are representing Mr. Comstock, who suffered food poisoning symptoms three days after eating Oriental Chicken Salad at the … [Read more...]

FDA: Dietary Supplements Don’t Treat Concussions


Despite claims by some manufacturers, dietary supplements do not treat concussions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants consumers to know. Especially, parents of kids involved in football, soccer and other fall sports. A concussion is a traumatic brain injuries (TBI) caused by a blow to the head, or by violent shaking of the head or upper body. TBIs are serious medical conditions that require proper diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring by a health care professional, says the FDA, which is warning consumers to avoid dietary supplements that claim to prevent, treat, or more quickly heal concussions. "We're very concerned that false assurances of faster recovery will convince athletes of all ages, coaches and even parents that someone suffering from a concussion is ready … [Read more...]

Neews on a Stick, Special State Fair Edition of Gross Food Stories


It's a special state fair edition of The Neews, our monthly feature of food stories that put the eew in news. This month, we're ditching our standard fare of gross food stories for fair fare and a good cause. Mandy Colten of St. Paul, Minnesota pledged to eat everything served on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair to raise money for Make a Wish. She has a blog with photos of the foods she's tried and a Twitter account for her State Fair Food Challenge. The rules of the challenge were: the food must be on a stick and eaten in its entirety at the fair. There are over a 100 foods served on a stick at the 12-day festival which ends Labor Day. Colton started off with 15 or 16 items each day and tapered off to 10 or 12. She finished just minutes ago with a big corndog and a victory … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Reading Summer Festival in Michigan

County Fair

Forty one people who attended the Reading Summer Festival between July 31 and August 3 contracted Salmonella infections, according to the Hillsdale Daily News. There were eight laboratory confirmed cases and 33 probable cases associated with the food served at the county fair on Michigan's southern border. Health authorities have not identified the food source because notifications of illness began nine days after the festival and there weren't many leftovers to test. Many of those who were sickened were in their seventies. Seniors, children and those with compromised immune systems are at special risk for Salmonella poisoning which causes fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms usually develop within 12 to 72 hours of exposure and  can last up to a week. In some cases, a serious, … [Read more...]

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