December 17, 2017

FDA Warns Companies That Make Coco Loko and Legal Lean as Unapproved New Drugs

The FDA is warning makers and manufacturers of two products, Legal Lean Syrup, a drink, and Coco Loko, a "snortable" chocolate powder, for selling unapproved new drugs and misbranded drugs. These products are promoted as alternatives to street drugs. The government has sent a warning letter to one company about this problem. Claims made in the promotional materials for the products demonstrate they are intended to be used as alternatives to street drugs. These products, as labeled and marketed, "may pose safety concerns," according to the press release. The FDA is concerned that these products encourage drug abuse in individuals, including minors. These street drug alternatives are used for recreational purposes to affect psychological states. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said … [Read more...]

An E. coli O157 Outbreak in Canada is Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Sickening 21 People in 3 Provinces

An E. coli O157 outbreak in Canada is linked to romaine lettuce. There are no product recalls at this time associated with this outbreak. At least 21 people are sick in three provinces. The case count by province is: Quebec (3), New Brunswick (5), and Newfoundland and Labrador (13). Ten of those patients have been hospitalized because their illness is so serious. All of these people got sick in middle and late November 2017. The patient age range is from 5 to 72. Most of the cases, 72%, are female. Many of these people reported eating romaine lettuce before their symptoms started. A common source of E. coli O157 bacteria is raw fruits and vegetables. They can come into contact with feces from infected animals, in the fields, during harvest, and during transportation. Leafy greens … [Read more...]

Employee at Tim Hortons in Monroe County, MI Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

An employee at Tim Hortons at 404 South Monroe Street in Monroe, Michigan has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Monroe County Health Department. The employee worked there from November 21, 2017 to December 8, 2017. Anyone who ate food or drank a beverage there during that time frame may have been exposed to the virus. If you ate or drank anything there before November 28, 2017, it's too late for you to get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination, since those shots are only good for two weeks after exposure. You should monitor yourself for the symptoms of this illness for the next month. The symptoms of hepatitis A include jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), clay-colored stools, nausea, diarrhea, dark urine, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, and … [Read more...]

It’s Important to Use a Food Thermometer so the Food You Serve is Safe to Eat

Michigan State University has issued a post telling consumers that using a food thermometer is easy and important for your family's health. Most people don't use a food thermometer when cooking. Although about 62% of American consumers have a food thermometer in their kitchens, fewer than 10% actually use it. Any food that contains meat, poultry, fish, or eggs should be tested with a food thermometer before it is eaten to make sure that food has reached a safe final internal temperature. Using a thermometer is the only way to know that your food is thoroughly cooked and that it has reached a temperature that will destroy pathogenic bacteria. If your family has a member who is in a high risk group for food poisoning, this cooking step is even more important. Those in high risk … [Read more...]

VIP Caviar Club Trout Roe Botulism Recall in Canada Has Been Updated

The recall of VIP Caviar Club brand Trout Roe in Canada for possible Clostridium botulinum contamination has been updated again. This information was identified during a CFIA food safety investigation. The recalled product is VIP Caviar Club Trout Roe in 50 gram packages. The code on the product is BB-11-OCT-2018 28417-01 and the UPC number is 1 86866 51016 4. The original recall, issued on November 25, 2017, had a different best by date and a different UPC number for this product. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it out in a sealed or double wrapped package so other people and animals can't eat it, or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. This product was sold in Quebec at the retail level. It's important to note that foods that are contaminated … [Read more...]

Bibi Frutix Candy Recalled from Food Banks for Dangerous Chemicals; Two Sick

The FDA has issued a safety alert about Bibi Frutix candy because it contains a chemical substance that has sickened at least two people. The candy was distributed by some food banks. Harvesters - The Community Food Network was warned about this issue. According to a notice posted on the Wamego, Kansas Police Department Facebook page, two people had "adverse reactions" after eating the candy. There is no word about exactly what chemical may be in the product. The candy product is in the shape of a small baby bottle and labeled "Bibi Frutix." You can see a picture of the product at the Wamego Police Department Facebook page. That page states that the candy contained a powdery substance that is "normally sugar. Several people who sampled contents reported that the powder had a chemical … [Read more...]

More Recalls of Dark Chocolate Products for Undeclared Milk

More companies are recalling dark chocolate products for undeclared milk. New American Food Products is recalling many dark chocolate products sold at CVS, Hannaford, and other companies because they contain undeclared milk.  No illnesses have been reported. The eleven recalled products were sold throughout the U.S. from 2/1/16 to 10/30/17. They include CVS Gold Emblem Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans in 2.25 ounce packages with UPC number 0504428576601, CVS Gold Emblem Dark Chocolate Espresso Bean in 5 ounce packages with UPC number 050428513583, CVS Gold Emblem Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger in 9 ounce packages with UPC number 050428540220, and CVS Gold Emblem Dark Chocolate Berries in 8 ounce packages with UPC number 0 50428 54100 5. Also recalled is Candy Break Dark Chocolate Espresso … [Read more...]

New Study Finds Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal

A new study conducted by Healthy Babies Bright Future (HBBF) has found that there is six times more arsenic in infant rice cereal than in other types of cereals. Arsenic is a heavy metal that can cause health problems including cancer, neurological problems, and reduced IQ. Rice contains more arsenic than other grains because of the way it grows. Rice paddies are flooded with water, which aids the absorption of the heavy metal through the roots of the plant. Rice plants absorb ten times more arsenic than other grains while they grow. And rice is grown where arsenic is abundant in the soil. The grain is often planted in old cotton fields in the southern United States, where arsenic pesticides were sprayed for years. Testing by Consumer Reports in 2012 first brought this issue to … [Read more...]

First Decline in Antibiotic Sales for Livestock in 2016

According to U.S. PIRG, for the first time, antibiotic sales for livestock declined for the first time in 2016. This is something many advocates have been working on for decades, since misuse of antibiotics can and has created antibiotic resistant bacteria. WHO sounded the alarm over this issue in 2014, stating that unless something was done about this issue, the world may enter a new phase in which antibiotics become ineffective for even the smallest infection. At that time, they said, "A post-antibiotic era—in which common infections and minor injuries can kill—far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century." Most of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. and around the world are used in food animals. This downtick comes after "numerous … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Case at Paul’s Pizza in Detroit is the Eighth Restaurant Involved in Outbreak

An employee at Paul's Pizza at 7635 West Vernor in Detroit has been diagnosed with a hepatitis A infection, according to a news release issued by the Detroit Health Department. This is the eighth restaurant to be part of the department's warning about possible exposure this fall. The Michigan Department of Health Services warned about this exploding outbreak last March.   Paul's Pizza only supplies carry-out and delivery service. The risk of transmission of hepatitis A from an infected employee is low, but public health officials are still recommending hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccinations for anyone who ate or drank beverages prepared there. A vaccination is only effective if given within two weeks of possible exposure. The employee who was just diagnosed worked there … [Read more...]

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