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Archives for March 2014

Herring Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Vita Food Products of Illinois is notifying the public that it is recalling 2,280 jars of Elf Herring Fillets in Wine Sauce, because the product in the jars is actually herring in sour cream, and therefore contains undeclared milk. Anyone with an allergy to milk could have a serious reaction if they consume this product. No illnesses or adverse reactions are reported in association with this recall. The recalled product is 12 ounce plastic jars of Elf Herring Fillets in Wine Sauce. The product has a best if used by date of 21 May 14 and lot number 03553, found on the back of the jar at the bottom of the label. It was sent to retailers in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin beginning December 26, 2013. If you purchased this product and are allergic to milk, do not eat it. … [Read more...]

Norovirus Outbreak at University of Pittsburgh

A norovirus outbreak at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown over the weekend forced cancellation of all indoor social events and the cancellation of cafeteria services at all campus dining facilities. Students are experiencing symptoms of chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. The University offered prepackaged meals to students. The Wellness Center was closed, and custodial staff cleaned buildings on campus with EPA recommended products before classes resumed today. The illness is believed to be norovirus, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Norovirus is a highly contagious illness that is the leading cause of gastroenteritis in the United States. In addition to the symptoms listed above, anyone sickened by the virus can have muscle aches, … [Read more...]

Study: No Health Concerns in Food Tested for Acrylamide

A study conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found that some high carbohydrate foods did not have acrylamide levels at levels that "would be considered unsafe for consumption." The agency tested 897 high carb food samples from Canadian retail stores, including dried fruits and vegetables, crackers, condiments, soup powder, taco seasonings, molasses, syrups, adult and infant breakfast cereals, and nut butters. The lowest levels of acrylamides were observed in jams, while the highest average acrylamide levels were found in molasses, at 901 ppb. Acrylamides are chemicals used for industrial purposes, used to make paper, dyes, and plastics. The chemical is formed in foods heated to temperatures above 248°F. The foods that produce the most acrylamides are potato chips and French … [Read more...]

Women’s History Month: FDA Spotlights Public Health Pioneer Marion Finkel

During Women's History Month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is spotlighting the careers of female public health pioneers such as Marion Finkel. In 1974, Finkel became the first female to lead New Drug Evaluation for FDA. Eight years later, she became the agency's first director of Orphan Drug Development. The FDA's orphan drug program provides incentives for sponsors to develop drugs to treat rare diseases. When Finkel left the FDA in 1985, 54 drugs had been given orphan status and 31 more were on their way. To date, more than 400 such drugs have been brought to market through the orphan drug program. Finkel left the FDA for the private sector joining Berlex Pharmaceuticals Inc.  as executive director of R&D. In addition to overseeing clinical research, Finkel's … [Read more...]

Zesty Lemon Cookie Buttons Recalled for Undeclared Peanuts

Vermont Common Foods of Vermont, operating under the Orton Brand, is recalling one lot of Zesty Lemon Cookie Buttons because they may contain Peanut Butter Cookies. The product does not declared peanuts, one of the major food allergens, on the label. Anyone with an allergy to peanuts could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product. The recalled Lemon Cookie Buttons are distributed at Hannaford Supermarkets in New England in the all-natural section. The recalled cookies are in a 6 ounce yellow box, with UPC number 20104 19100. The lot code is LOT14021M with an expiration date of 10-21-14, stamped on the bottom of the box. No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported to date. One lot of Peanut Butter Cookies was erroneously labeled as Zesty Lemon … [Read more...]

FDA Update on Guidance #213

Last year, the FDA announced a new voluntary guidance plan to help "phrase out" the use of medically important antibiotics in factory farm animals for purposes of growth promotion. The government asked the animal pharmaceutical industry to withdraw animal drug approvals used for production and to transfer the remaining uses of the drugs to prescription-only. Now the FDA says that out of 26 affected sponsors, 25 have confirmed in writing their intent to "engage with FDA as defined in Guidance #213" and have given the agency consent to list their names. Those corporations hold 99.6% of the appliances affected by Guidance #213, and represent 99.95% of the total sales of products affected by Guidance #213. Those corporations include Bayer Healthcare LLC Animal Health Division, G.C. … [Read more...]

FDA Closes Jensen’s Old Fashioned Smokehouse

The FDA has closed Jensen's Old Fashioned Smokehouse in Seattle, Washington, after environmental samples confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the facility. Inspectors found the pathogenic bacteria in food processing and storage areas. The facility is subject to a consent decree of permanent injunction that was entered in 2001. Under that decree, the company "agreed to comply with requirements to control food safety hazards and ensure that its products are not adulterated." To resume production, Jensen's must meet several requirements, including cleaning and sanitizing the facility and hiring an expert to develop a Sanitation Standard Operation Procedure, along with an environmental monitoring program for Listeria. In addition, the company must test samples of all … [Read more...]

Ham Smoothies, Rodent Poop Doritos and Other Gross Food News

Ham smoothies are one of several recipes for leftovers that top this month's edition of the Neews, food safety stories that put the eew in news. Comedian Keith Guerke posed as a chef and hit the Midwest's morning talk show circuit over the holidays to plug his (fake) book "Leftovers Right: Making a Winner of Last Night's Dinner." Hats off to the morning show reporters who gamely participated in making, admiring and tasting some of Guerke's creations including a smoothie made from ham, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy and milk.  "Jamba Juice, eat your heart out," Guerke quipped, as he assembled the concoction. The smoothie ingredients varied from show to show. One had turkey, gravy, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and milk. In another, Guerke showed the host how to store “six … [Read more...]

Consumer Groups Applaud Court’s COOL Ruling

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled yesterday that the Country of Origin Labeling on meats can continue. COOL was put into effect last year, but the meat industry filed suit to block it. The court denied a preliminary injunction against COOL, so consumers will be informed about where the meat they buy is grown and produced. Food & Water Watch is one of the groups in favor of the court's decision. Wenonah Hauter, that agency's executive director said in a statement, "The Federal Appeals Court correctly affirmed the legitimate consumer interest in being able to make informed choices about the origin and safety of their meat products. The court recognized that COOL labels should be transparent and informative enough for consumers to make these choices, … [Read more...]

Chocolate Bars Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Two types of chocolate bars are being recalled for undeclared allergens. Luna Bars is recalling Chocolate Chunk bars because they contain undeclared macadamia nuts. And Alprose is recalling several types of chocolate bars for undeclared milk. The Luna Bar products, made by Clif Bar & Company, include 15 count boxes of Chocolate Chunk LUNA Bars made with macadamia nut butter. The label does not include macadamia nuts in the ingredient list or on the allergen statement. The wrappers do say that the product may contain traces of other tree nuts. The Bar UPC number is 7-22252-10068-9, the 15-ounce box UPC number is 7-22252-20068-6, and the best by dates are 11NOV14 and 14OCT14. If you are allergic to macadamia nuts, do not eat this product. Return it to the place of purchase for a … [Read more...]

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