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Archives for March 2013

Women’s History Month: FDA Spotlights Food Safety Pioneer Ruth Lamb

Ruth deForest Lamb was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) first Chief Educational Officer and author of the book American Chamber of Horrors, which was a call to action for food safety reform. A graduate of Vassar College’s class of 1918, she  worked in advertising as a copyrighter before she joining the agency. Her accomplishments as a food safety pioneer are being spotlighted by the FDA during Women’s History Month. In 1935, Arthur Kallet and Frederick Schlink, founders of Consumer’s Research and Consumer’s Union, published in a book that heavily criticized the FDA for failing to protect consumers from misbranded and dangerous food, frug and cosmetic products. The book was called 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs: Dangers in Everyday Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics. The FDA … [Read more...]

Fecal Transplants Battle Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Fecal transplants have proven effective in battling at least one kind of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers have found. Vancomycin-resistantEnterococcus (VRE), not to be confused with Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) wrote about so urgently earlier this month, is one of the most commonly acquired infections in hospital settings, according to the National Institutes of Health. Vancomycin is an antibiotic that is used to treat some drug-resistant infections caused by enterococci which are bacteria that live in human intestines. Some of these bacteria have become resistant to Vancomycin.Most VRE infections happen in intensive care units. Traditional methods for controlling the spread of these bacteria, such as … [Read more...]

Definitive Link Confirms Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Move from Livestock to People

A new study published in EMBO Molecular Medicine has established a definitive link between antibiotic-resistant bacteria in livestock and human beings. Several methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus auerus (MRSA) bacteria that carry a novel homologue have been found in livestock and in humans. The study states that "analysis revealed two distinct farm-specific clusters comprising isolates from the human case and their own livestock." This supports the likelihood of zoonotic transmission, or transmission between people and animals. This study confirms a study completed last year by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), which found that a strain of antibiotic-resistant MRSA developed that resistance in animals raised for food. That study stated that the bacteria starts in … [Read more...]

Michigan Stores Sold Recalled Farm Rich Products Linked to E. coli O121 Outbreak

Many stores in Michigan sold the recalled Farm Rich products that are linked to a 15 state E. coli O121 outbreak. Not coincidentally, Michigan and neighboring states Ohio and Indiana have seven of the 24 cases in the lab confirmed outbreak. That bacteria is one of six non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli that the USDA categorizes as an adulterant in certain raw beef products. Shiga toxin can cause complications such as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The stores in Michigan that carried the products including the following.  Family Fare on Eaton in Albion; Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale; Capital N.E. in Battle Creek; North Clare Avenue in Harrison; W. State Street in Hastings; S. Washington in Holland; and W. Michigan Avenue in Marshall sold the Farm Rich products.   Village … [Read more...]

Winn Dixie Stores Sold Farm Rich Products Recalled for E. coli O121

Winn Dixie stores in south Florida sold the Farm Rich products that have been recalled for E. coli O121. In addition, Walmart stores nationwide carried the product. The frozen snacks and mini meals are linked to an E. coli 0121 outbreak that has sickened at least 24 people in 15 states. Forty-seven stores in Michigan also carried the recalled products. You can see the complete list of stores, with their street address and city, at the USDA web site. Scroll down to pages 2 and 3 to see the lists. The stores include some Family Fare stores, Village Market Food Center, Harding's Market, VG's Grocery, Heartland Marketplace, Glory Supermarket, Shop-Rite, and Vinickier Foods, among others. If you purchased any of these products, return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Do not eat … [Read more...]

Women’s History Month: FDA Spotlights Food Safety Pioneer Effie Alberta Read

Effie Alberta Read earned a Ph.D. and a M.D. before American women earned the right to vote. She was among the best trained analysts when she joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1907. And one of the only women in the agency’s Bureau of Chemistry.  Her accomplishments as  a food safety pioneer are being spotlighted by the FDA during Women’s History Month. Read earned her Bachelor’s (1903), Master’s (1906), and Ph. D. (1907) degrees from Cornell University. She wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on “the olfactory apparatus in dog, cat and man” and taught histology and embryology while pursuing her graduate degrees. Five years after she joined the FDA,  she earned her M.D. from George Washington University. “Although Dr. Read did not publish widely, she dedicated herself … [Read more...]

E. coli 0121 Outbreak Linked to Farm Rich Products Sold at Walmart

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced an E. coli 0121 outbreak linked to Farm Rich brand frozen food products. So far, 24 people in 15 states have been sickened in this outbreak. Rich Products Corporation recalled about 196,222 pounds of frozen chicken quesadillas and several other frozen mini meals and snack items because they may be contaminated with the Shiga-toxin producing bacteria. So far, the case count is as follows: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (2), Michigan (2), Mississippi (1), New York (3), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (1), South Dakota (1), Texas (3), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (2). Information indicates that consumption of Farm Rich brand frozen products is one likely source of infection for the … [Read more...]

Natura Pet Expands Recall of Dry Pet Food for Salmonella

Natura Pet Products is expanding its recall of dry pet food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been confirmed to date. You can see the table of affected products at the FDA web site. The list is very long; examine it carefully to see if you have any of the recalled products. The recall includes California Natural dog and cat food, Evo Dog and cat food, Evo ferret food, Healthwise cat and dog food, Innova dog and cat food, and Karma dog food. The lot codes are: Expioration dates from 12/14/13 through 3/24/14. The original recall had product expiration dates through 1/2/14. You can also see all of the product labels at the FDA site. Pets with Salmonella infections can experience lethargy, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. People can contract salmonellosis … [Read more...]

Lisy Corporation Recalls Seasoning Blends for Undeclared Soy

Lisy Corporation of Florida is recalling some of its seasoning blends because they contain soy, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. No illnesses have been reported to date. You can see all of the product labels at the FDA web site. The recalled products include LIiy Sazon Perfecta - Perfect Seasoning - in 4 ounce bottles with UPC number 096786600459; the 12 ounce bottle with UPC number 096786500063, and 24 ounce bottle with UPC number 096786300144. Those products were distributed starting on 3/21/2011. Lisy Adobo All Purpose Seasoning with Pepper - Adobo Con Pimienta - is recalled in 5 ounce bottles with UPC number 096786600466, 14 ounce bottles with UPC number 096786500254, and 32 ounce bottles with UPC number 096786300106. Those products were … [Read more...]

NuGO Non Dairy Bars Recalled for Milk

Lifestyle Evolution is recalling NuGO FREE, NuGO Dark, and NuGO Slim Non Dairy bars because they may have undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. There was one report of an allergic reaction. You can see the product names, UPC numbers of the box of 12 products and individual bars, and best by dates at the FDA web site. The products were distributed nationwide. Testing revealed the possible presence of trace levels of milk protein in products that did not have milk declared on the label. Those with an allergy to dairy could have a life-threatening reaction if they eat these products. If you purchased these products and are allergic to milk, return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Distributors and consumers who purchased the product directly will be notified by the … [Read more...]

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