July 30, 2014

Was Listeria Meningitis Death of Virginia Newborn Linked to Recent Recall?

Newborn death may have linked to Listeria recall

The mother of a newborn girl, who was delivered five weeks prematurely and died six days later of Listeria Meningitis, says that, while pregnant, she ate food that was part of a nationwide Listeria recall, according to a report by NBC12 News. It would be the first illness and death tied to a recent Listeria recall if epidemiological tests establish a link. Shortly after she was born, little Kennedy Grace Briggs had difficulty breathing and developed a rash. Tests showed she had a Listeria infection and developed Listeria Meningitis, an often fatal form of meningitis. Jenae and Briggs say baby Kennedy was a red-head and fighter who battled the infection for almost a week. "She was so loved," Jenae told NBC12 News. Pregnant women are at special risk for Listeria. Although they may only … [Read more...]

Wegmans Bagged Ice Recalled for Metal Fragments

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Wegmans Food Markets is recalling bagged ice because it may contain small metal pieces from a broken part in the machine that makes the ice, posing a possible choking hazard. There have been no reported injuries to date, and no reports from consumers that any metal was found in the product. The problem was discovered by Wegmans during a routine maintenance check. The Wegmans Ice is sold in 18 pound bags with UPC number 77890 29200 and in 7 pound bags with UPC number 77890 29200. It was sold between January 1 and June 10, 2014. About 6,000 bags were sold to customers in Pennsylvania (excluding Erie), New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland. This recall does not affect Wegmans Ice sold in New York state, Massachusetts, or Erie, Pennsylvania stores. If you purchased this product, do not use … [Read more...]

Natural Organics Recalls Mouthwash for Bacterial Contamination

Tea Tree Mouthwash

Natural Organics, Inc. is recalling Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Mouthwash after they were notified by its contract manufacturer Integria Healthcare of Australia that one lot of the product failed microbial contamination testing. The contaminant, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, could pose a serious health risk, especially to immune compromised people. The mouthwash was distributed nationwide to retail stores in Trinidad and the Philippines. It was packaged in clear plastic bottles with green and white labeling. The label reads "Thursday Plantation, Tea Tree Mouthwash, 8.45 fl oz./250 ml." The product number is 6710, the lot number is 9810. No reports of illness have been received to date. If you purchased this product, do not use it. Return it to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Weight Loss Drug Alli Recalled over Possible Tampering

Alli Recall for Tampering

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has recalled all of its Alli weight loss products in the United States, including Puerto Rico, because they think packages may have been tampered with. Some bottles may contain pills that are not Alli capsules. Alli is the only FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss product. Consumers in seven states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, and Texas) have contacted the company, saying that the Alli bottles they purchased contained "a range of tablets and capsules of various shapes and colors." Missing labels and fake tamper-evident seals have also been found. Some of the bottles do not have a label. The bottles are in boxes that appear to be authentic packaging. Authentic Alli capsules are turquoise blue with a dark blue band. The … [Read more...]

Terra-Medica Recalls Drug Product for Undeclared Penicillin

Recall

Terra-Medica is recalling 56 lots of homoepathic drug products because they may have the drug penicillin that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to penicillin, or allergic to beta-lactam antibiotics, even at low levels, could have a serious or life-threatening anaphylactic reaction if they consume these products. The penicillin or derivatives of penicillin could be produced during the fermentation process. No reports of adverse reactions have been reported to date. The recalled products are Pleo-FORT, Pleo-QUENT, Pleo-NOT, Pleo-STOLO, Pleo-NOTA-QUENT, and Pleo-EX homeopathic drug products, in liquid, tablet, capsules, ointment, and suppository forms. The products have a label stating "Distributed by SANUM USA Corp." The expiration dates range from March 2014 through … [Read more...]

SNI Recalls Kratom Dietary Supplements for Undeclared Drugs

Kratom Recall

SNI National is recalling all Kratom products because they contain Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa), which is a new ingredient for which there is "inadequate information to provide reasonable assurance that such ingredient does not present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury." Scientific literature shows serious concerns about the toxicity of Kratom in organ systems. Consumption of these products may lead to "respiratory depression, nervousness, agitation, aggression, sleeplessness, hallucinations, delusions, tremors, loss of libido, constipation, skin hyperpigmentation, nausea, vomiting, and severe withdrawal signs and symptoms," according to the FDA release. The primary ingredient doesn't fall under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act as having all the information … [Read more...]

USDA Statement on Rancho Feeding Corporation Recall

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The USDA released a statement on Thursday about the Rancho Feeding Corporation beef recall. The agency said earlier that the facility "processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection." The USDA's Office of the Inspector General is conducting an investigation into the matter for possible criminal activities. The 27-word statement said that the USDA's FSIS "inspectors were present at Rancho Feeds during normal operations as required by law. The ongoing investigation is associated with the company's intermittent circumvention of inspection requirements." The recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef and veal products is now nationwide. There have been several secondary recalls of products made with the recalled … [Read more...]

In Canada, Taquitos and Tornados Recalled for Unwholesomeness

Taquitos

More products that were made with recalled Rancho Feeding Corporation beef have been recalled. In Canada, El Monterey brand Taquitos and Tornados® are being recalled because they were made with the Rancho beef that was made of diseased and unsound animals and processed without the benefit of federal inspection. The products were sold nationally. The recalled products are El Monterey Beef & Cheese Taquitos - Flour Tortillas in 20 count packages. The UPC number is 0 71007 40650 8 and codes on the product are 5/19/2014, 10/14/2014, and 10/17/2014. Also recalled are Ranchero Steak Tornados® in 4.5 pound packages (24 count). The UPC number is 1 00 71007 86390 2 and codes on the product are 13 135, 13 281, and 13 287. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Return them to the … [Read more...]

Weight Loss Supplement Fruta Planta Recalled for Unapproved Drug

Fruta Planta

MyNicKnaxs of Florida is recalling Reduce Weight Fruta Planta because it contains Phenolphthalein, making the supplement an unapproved new drug. Phenolphthalein was once used in over the counter laxatives, but it was banned because of concerns of carcinogenicity. Consumption of this product could cause serious gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat, and cancer. All lots of Reduce Weight Fruta Planta are recalled. The product contains 10.2 mg of Phenolphthalein. No illnesses or injuries have been reported to date. If you purchased this product, stop using it immediately. Return it to the place of purchase for a refund. If you have experienced side effects or adverse reactions associated with this product, report to FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. … [Read more...]

Nephros Water Filtration Products Recalled

Water glasses

After the news about the chemical spill in West Virginia, and coal ash in the Dan River in North Carolina, many people are looking into water filtration products. Two products have been recalled because they "pose risks to health, potentially resulting in sickness or death" according to the FDA. One person has died and one person has contracted an infection as a result of these products. The products are Nephros non-medical water filtration SafeSpout and SafeShower products. All production lots are recalled. The products were manufactured between July 2011 and September 2013 and distributed between October 2011 and October 2013. They are SafeSpout 70-0233 and 70-0238; SafeShower HH (Hand Held) 70-0237; and SafeShower FH (Fixed Head) 70-0236. Exposure to harmful bacteria could occur … [Read more...]

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