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Archives for May 2014

FDA to Airplane Food Maker: Don’t Let Ceiling Drip Into Food

Whatever it is that is dripping from the ceiling might be getting into the food at Gourmail Inc., dba Jyoti Natural Food, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which sent a warning letter to the company last week. Conditions at the company's plant, in Sharon Hill, Pa., that the airline food prepared there was "prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been contaminated with filth or rendered injurious to health." During an inspection, FDA investigators found water dripping into a kettle of food. Although company officials say that batch of food was destroyed, they did not take adequate measures to correct the problem by placing a tarp on the roof. They were also unable to provide a timeframe for when the repair could be made. Stained … [Read more...]

Children Hit Hardest by Salmonella Outbreak from Backyard Flocks

Almost 40 percent of Salmonella cases in the current outbreak linked to backyard flocks are children under the age of 10, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Salmonella Newport outbreak has sickened 126 people in 26 states. At least 28 people have been hospitalized. Health investigators have traced the source of contaminated chicks and ducklings to Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio, a mail-order hatchery. This is the third time in three years that the hatchery has been linked to a Salmonella outbreak.  At least 158 people were sickened in the 2013 outbreak. Two people in the 2012 outbreak died. Mt. Healthy Hatcheries also sells birds to retailers. At least 52 of the case patients bought the birds from feed or farm store companies … [Read more...]

House Republicans Let Schools Opt Out of Nutrition Standards

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, the House Appropriations Committee voted to pass a USDA funding bill that contains a provision letting the nation's schools opt out of rules on nutrition standards. The program faces opposition from the PTA, USDA officials, and advocacy groups such as Center for Science in the Public Interest. CSPI nutrition policy director Margo G. Wooten said in a statement, "Congress should be a celebrating the excellent progress that school systems are making toward implementing the USDA's nutrition standards. But instead, House Republicsns are playing politics with what's on school lunch trays and children's health. By allowing school districts to opt out of school nutrition standards, House Republicans are opening up the floodgates to let all the old junk food back into … [Read more...]

Hamilton Beach Recalls Baby Food Makers

Hamilton Beach is recalling baby food processors because use of the sliding/shredding disc with the motor shaft adapter can cause the stainless steel pin in the food bowl lid to loosen and fall into the food. The recall is for bébé brand baby food makers that were manufactured in China. They were sold at Buy Buy Baby stores nationwide, through specialty distributor Victor Co. Inc. and online at Buybuybaby.com, Hamiltonbach.com and Walmart.com from September 2013 through February 2014 for about $90.00 The recalled product is a small food processor with a white and gray motor base and an orange control knob. The bowl is clear-plastic with a five cup capacity, and a gray colored food bowl lid with a built-in food chute. "Hamilton Beach" and "bébé" are on the front of the motor base. The … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak From Chia Powder Sickens 12

A Salmonella outbreak linked to organic, sprouted chia powder distributed by Navitas Naturals of Novato, California has sickened 12 people in seven states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  One person has been hospitalized. Navitas Naturals issued a recall for the chia powder, which is made from ground dried chia seeds, on May 28, 2014.  The recall includes 8 oz size Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder with UPC 858847000369 and best buy dates from 04/30/2015 through 09/05/2015; Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, in 8 oz size with the UPC 858847000314 and best buy dates from 07/29/2015 through 09/19/2015; and Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer in  8 oz size with  SKU 506436 and best buy dates from 09/12/2015 through … [Read more...]

Black Ant Dietary Supplement Recalled Again

Eugene oregon, Inc. of Pennsylvania is recalling some dietary supplements because they FDA analysis found they include undeclared amounts of active pharmaceutical ingredients. Those ingredients - sildenafil and tadalafil - can interact with nitrates found in prescription drugs and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels in some people. No reports of adverse events have been received to date. This is a revised version of the May 5, 2014 recall and includes all lots of the products. The products are African Black Ant, all lot numbers. The packaging is red, black, and silver and there are 6 capsules per box, 8 boxes per display unit. Also recalled is Black Ant, all lot numbers, in green packaging. There are 4 capsules per small box, 20 boxes per display unit. They are also packaged in … [Read more...]

Sprouted Chia Seed Powder Products Recalled for Salmonella

Navitas Naturals is recalling products that contain organic sprouted chia powder because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The products were distributed nationally. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported relating to the consumption of these products. The recalled products include Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder in 8 ounce packages. The UPC number is 858847000369 with best buy dates from 04/30/2015 through 09/05/2015. Also recalled is Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix in 8 ounce containers, with UPC 858847000314 and best buy dates from 07/29/2015 through 09/19/2015. Finally, Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer in 8 ounce containers, with SKU 506436 and best buy dates from 09/12/2015 through 10/02/2015 is … [Read more...]

Researchers Fight STEC E. coli on Beef

Researchers from the department of animal science at Texas A&M Univeristy and Texas A&M AgriLife Research are focusing on ways to inhibit the growth of STEC E. coli on beef. The Shiga-toxin E. coli bacteria cause 230,000 cases of illness every year in the U.S., when beef is not handled properly and is not cooked to a minimum temperature of 160°F. That beef, when it is not cooked properly or deliberately undercooked, also causes more than 2,000 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) every year, a life-threatening complication of a STEC infection that can lead to kidney failure and death. Such is the case with the ongoing E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Missouri, where undercooked hamburger is linked with the illness of 11 people, six of whom have … [Read more...]

CSPI Sues USDA over Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Again

A lawsuit filed today by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) charges that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is not protecting the public from dangerous antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella in poultry an ground meat. The nonprofit wants the court to force the government to respond to a three-year-old regulatory petition CSPI filed to classify antibitoic-resistant Salmoenlla strains as adulterants. The huge Foster Farms chicken Salmonella outbreak is just one such example of this problem. Seven strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have sickened 574 people in the last year. That actually means that more than 17,000 people have been sickened by that contaminated chicken, using the multiplier for Salmonella, which is 30.3. Furthermore, four of those seven strains are … [Read more...]

Lamb’s Crunchy Dog Treats Recalled for Salmonella

Pet Center of California is recalling Lamb Crunchy's dog treats because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Salmonella can make pets sick when they eat the treats, and humans can get sick by handling the treats. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is 3 ounce bags of Lamb Crunchy's dog treats (LAM-003) with UPC number 727348200038 and date code 122015. It is a product of the USA. It was distributed to California, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Washington state to Gelson's Market, General Pet, Nor-Sky Pet Supply, and Independent Pet. Pets with Salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea that may be bloody, along with fever, and vomiting. Some pets will only have decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Some pets may be carriers and have no … [Read more...]

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