January 22, 2021

Valley Processing Ordered To Stop Producing Adulterated Juices

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington entered a consent decree between the FDA and Valley Processing of Sunnyside, Washington to stop the company from distributing adulterated juice products until they comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The complaint, filed on November 6, 2020, states that Valley Processing juice products allegedly contained inorganic arsenic and patulin toxins at levels that can cause health problems. This juice was distributed for use in school lunch programs. This consent decree prohibits Valley Processing from receiving, preparing, processing, packing, holding, labeling, and/or distributing FDA regulated products until it completes corrective actions. The company had stopped its juice processing activities, but they … [Read more...]

Avoid Green Gorilla Root Juice Because it Contains Yohimbine

The FDA is warning consumers to avoid Green Gorilla Root Juice because it contains Yohimbine, alpha-2 adrenergic antagonist, that is not listed on the label as required by law. Yohimbine is an ingredient that can be dangerous when it is in products at the level found in this product. Yohimbine is associated with heart attacks, seizures, and other serious side effects. It can also cause dizziness, confusion, anxiety, skin flushing, tremors, and headaches and it may interact with medications. It is available as a prescription drug, and is also used as a veterinary drug to reverse sedation in dogs. Laboratory tests conducted by the FDA found that Green Gorilla Root Juice contains Yohimbine at unsafe levels. The problem was discovered as part of a joint regulatory investigation by … [Read more...]

New Salmonella Miami Outbreak Announced By FDA

A new Salmonella Miami outbreak has been announced by the FDA in their CORE Table. The only information we have is that 48 people are sick. ┬áNo food or establishment has been identified. We don't know the patient age range, where the patients live, illness onset dates, or if anyone has been hospitalized. A traceback investigation has been launched. Salmonella outbreaks in the past few years have been linked to dried wood ear mushrooms, backyard poultry, peaches, onions, cut fruit, ground beef, papayas, tahini, raw tuna, pre-cut melon, and ground turkey. In other words, just about any food can be contaminated with enough of this ubiquitous pathogen to make people sick. This is the second unusual Salmonella serotype outbreak that has been announced in the FDA table recently. … [Read more...]

Fusion Health Is Ordered to Stop Selling Covid-19 Vitamin D Treatments

Fusion Health is ordered to stop selling Covid-19 Vitamin D products by the U.S. Department of Justice,. Two other companies also owned by Matthew Ryncarz, Vitality LLC doing business as Pharm Origins, and Fusion Ionz LLC doing business as Pharm Origins, are included in the complaint. These companies allegedly sold and distributed products that the defendants claimed would "cure, mitigate, or treat COVID-19 and other diseases." Several products were sold that supposedly contained Vitamin D3, such as "Immune Shot," "Immune Boost," and "Core." None of these products are generally recognized as safe and effective by qualified experts, according to the complaint. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Daniel J. Feith said in a statement, "The Department of Justice will not allow … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Whole Foods For Selling Misbranded Products

The FDA warns Whole Foods for selling misbranded products as part of the government's efforts to address undeclared allergens as the leading cause of food recalls in this country. The history of Whole Foods recalls was reviewed, and the FDA states that "These recalls demonstrate that your corporation engaged in a pattern of receiving and offering for sale misbranded food products. For the time period of October 2019 to November 2020, your firm recalled 32 food products due to undeclared allergen(s). We noticed similar patterns of numerous recalls for undeclared allergens in previous years as well." Some of the recalled products include Whole Foods Market Minestrone Soup, which was recalled in April 2020 for undeclared milk. The reason given for the recall was that the internal … [Read more...]

Do You Know How To Buy and Serve Fresh Seafood?

Fresh seafood is a part of a healthy and balanced diet. But do you know how to buy and serve fresh seafood? These foods can cause food poisoning if not handled safely. The FDA has tips to help you. When buying fresh seafood there are things to look for. First of all, fish should not "smell." It should have a mild and fresh aroma and not small sour, "fishy," or like ammonia. A whole fish's eyes should be clear and shiny, and the flesh should be firm and spring back when pressed. Fish fillets should not be discolored or be drying around the edges. Shellfish such as shrimp, lobster, and scallops should be clear with a pearl-like color and no odor. Packaged fresh seafood with time/temperature indicators should only be purchased if the indicator shows the product is safe to eat. And … [Read more...]

New Salmonella Potsdam Outbreak Announced by FDA

FDA's CORE Response Teams have published information about food poisoning outbreaks for the last month or so on their CORE Investigation Table. This table lists recent outbreaks caused by E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter, and other pathogens. This table sometimes links to actionable steps for consumers to take, but may not. At this time, there is no information about the potential food source for the new Salmonella Potsdam outbreak. In the case of this new outbreak that was added to the table today, seven people are sick. The case is active. And no product or establishment has been linked to these illnesses yet. Salmonella Potsdam is a rare pathogen. In fact, there has only been one food poisoning outbreak caused by that bacteria in the last 20 years and … [Read more...]

FDA Says Some Weight Loss, Other Supplements May Be Dangerous

The FDA has released a consumer update stating that weight loss products and other supplements, including male enhancement products, that are sold online or in stores may be dangerous because they may be illegal. Some of these dietary supplements can be made with potentially dangerous ingredients that are not listed on the label. Over the past 10 years, the FDA has waned consumers that some products that are sold over the counter contain active hidden ingredients. This is especially the case for products that are marketed for weight loss, pain relief, body building, sleep aids, and male enhancement. Some of these products are actually drugs and are falsely represented as being dietary supplements. FDA has also found products that are marketed as supplements that claim to treat or … [Read more...]

Holiday Food Safety Tips From the FDA Keep You Healthy

The FDA is offering holiday food safety tips to keep you and your family healthy this time of year. Keeping the food you make and serve safe is especially important in the time of the pandemic, since you don't want to get food poisoning and need medical attention right now. You will find a holiday food safety video at the link that will show you how to store, prepare, and serve food safely to avoid illness. There are four simple steps to make sure your foods are safe: clean, separate, cook, and chill. First, start with clean hands, cutting boards, and utensils. Clean with warm water and soap and disinfect surfaces. Then, use different cutting boards for different types of food, for instance, raw meat and poultry and fresh produce. Cook foods thoroughly according to food safety … [Read more...]

Protect Yourself Against Fraudulent Flu Products With FDA Tips

The flu season is starting, compounding the effect of the coronavirus pandemic. With these tips from the FDA, you can protect yourself from fraudulent flu products. These sellers are trying to prey on consumer's concerns about the pandemic. Vaccinating yourself against the flu is the best way to prevent the illness and to mitigate its severity if you do get it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of 6 get vaccinated against influenza. Check with your doctor for your vaccination questions. The FDA has approved vaccines, and there are antiviral drugs, also approved by that agency, which are available by prescription. There are no "legally marketed over-the-counter (non-prescription) drugs to prevent, mitigate, treat, or cure the flu." … [Read more...]

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