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Archives for August 2014

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

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...]

Bubier Meats of Maine Recalls Beef for BSE Risk

Bubier Meats of Greene, Maine is recalling 25,192 pounds of beef for possible bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk.  BSE is also known as mad cow disease. No illnessees have been reported in association with this recall. The problem was discovered by states health officials during a routine records review of slaughter logs.  They describe the problem as a low risk. The recalled meats were sold from November 2013  to August 2014 at Rosemont Markets in Portland and Yarmouth, and Maine Meat in Kittery.  The recalled products were processed into smaller cuts at these locations and sold without identification on consumer packaging.   … [Read more...]

Kraft American Singles Recalled

Kraft Foods Group is  recalling 7,691 cases of select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product.  The products are being recalled because a supplier did not store an ingredient used to make the product at the proper temperature. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall. The recalled products were sold n 12 oz. 16 oz and 64 oz sizes with “Best When Used By” dates of February 20, 2015, and February 21, 2015. They recalled products were produced at Kraft’s Springfield, MO manufacturing facility and distributed nationwide. Recalled products include: 12 oz Kraft American Singles sold in 16 slice packages with "best by" dates FEB 2015 and 21 FEB 2015 and UPC 0 21000 60464 7; 16 oz Kraft American Singles sold in 24 slice packages … [Read more...]

4C Grated Parmesan Recalled for Possible Salmonella

4C Foods Corp.  of Brooklyn is recalling parmesan cheese for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses had been reported at the time of the recall. The recalled products are  6-oz. glass jars of 4C Grated Cheese HomeStyle Parmesan with the UPC 0-41387-32790-8 and "best by" dates  JUL 21 2016 and JUL 22 2016. The recall does not include any other 4C cheese products. The recalled products were packed 12 to a case and distributed to retail stores in IA, IL, MI, MN, ND, NE, SD, and WI. A total of 308 cases are being recalled. Consumers who have purchased these products as Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.  Children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include fever, diarrhea, nausea, … [Read more...]

Applebee’s E. coli Outbreak Source Was Likely Cabbage, Officials Say

Green, whole head cabbage was the likely source of an E. coli O111 outbreak that sickened at least 15 people who ate at the Yard House or one of several Applebee's restaurants in MN, the Minnesota Department of Health said today. Four people were hospitalized and  have recovered. Thirteen patients ate at Applebee's restaurants in Minnesota in June and July 2014.  Most of those sickened ate the Oriental Chicken Salad at the Applebee's restaurant.  Applebee's temporarily removed the item from the menu and changed the ingredients before making it available again. The outbreak strain of E. coli O111 has not been seen in the United States before this particular outbreak. Health officials say the cabbage was likely contaminated before it was delivered to restaurants. A common out-of-state … [Read more...]

Dole Spinach Recalled for Undeclared Walnuts

Dole is recalling some bags of spinach and baby spinach because they may be contaminated with walnuts, one of the major food allergens. Anyone with an allergy to walnuts or tree nuts could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. The recalled products are DOLE Baby Spinach in 6 ounce bags with UPC number 071430009642. All of the Best-By dates on these packages are 9/4/2014. The bag codes are: B2311020, B2311021, B2311022, and B2311023. Also recalled are DOLE Spinach in 8 ounce bags with UPC number UPC 071430009765. All bags have the Best-By date of 9/4/2014. The bag codes are B2311020, B2311021, B2311022, B2311023, B2311024, and B2311025. The walnut fell from a tree into spinach bins … [Read more...]

In Canada, Cheese Recalled for Staphylococcus Toxin

The Canadian Fodo Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Ferme Floralpe Inc. are recalling L'Alpette cheese from the market because it may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is L'Alpette soft ripened sheep cheese in 160 gram containers. The code on the product is Lot 333 Best Before: 14 10 31. There is no UPC code. It was sold at the retail level in Ontario and Quebec. Food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin will not look, smell, or taste spoiled. Symptoms of Staphylococcus food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and fever. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Texas Cyclospora Outbreak Source is Cilantro from Mexico, Again

Cilantro from Mexico is the source of a cyclospora outbreak in Texas for the second straight summer. At least 126 people in Texas contracted infections from eating food contaminated with the parasite before health officials declared an end to the outbreak late yesterday. Last year, 270 Texans contracted cyclosporiasis from cilantro grown in the same area identified the source this year, Puebla, Mexico. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted traced the source to Puebla by starting at a four investigations at four restaurants in Texas where some of the illnesses were reported.  The agency has increased surveillance sampling on cilantro imported that region and is working with Mexican officials to narrow the source to a specific farm or growing area.  It is possible that … [Read more...]

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