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Bacteria containing mcr-1 gene resistant to all known antibiotics found in Denmark

Lethal tummy bug … A strain of the common e. coli bacteria resistant to all known treatments has been found in Denmark.

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JUST weeks after the discovery in China of bacteria resistant to all known forms of treatment, the same strain has been found in Denmark. Worse: It’s been there since 2012.

Late last week researchers at the Technical University of Denmark announced they had found the feared ‘invulnerability’ gene among E. coli bacteria samples taken from humans and food.

The scientists had been conducting a review of a genetic database of some 3000 different E. coli samples taken since 2009.

Specifically they were seeking the mcr-1 gene, a mutation which gives bacteria a frightening resistance to the last effective family of antibiotics — colistin.

ANTIBIOTIC APOCALYPSE: A new dark age of medicine looms

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New Superbug Resistant to Last-line Antibiotics: Study


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Agricultural Use Of Antibiotics Could Create Health Crisis, Experts Warn China’s use of thousands of tons of antibiotics in agriculture is a major cause for concern.

Asian Scientist Newsroom | November 24, 2015 | In the Lab
AsianScientist (Nov. 24, 2015) – Two medical experts from The University of Queensland are urging China to curb its use of antibiotics in animals to avoid what could be a ‘major health catastrophe’ for humans, following their research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Polymyxin antibiotic class is a “last-defence” antibiotic for patients, including in intensive care units, but its extensive use in agriculture in China was leading to resistance in humans, warned Professor David Paterson, Head of the Infection and Immunity group at UQ Center for Clinical Research.
“It will be very dangerous if people stop responding to this treatment. A key part of many intensive treatments relies on antibiotic success to fight life-threatening infection and keep further infections at bay. However, resistance to this antibiotic is now becoming widespread in chickens, pigs and other animals across Asia, and has now been detected in humans,” cautioned Paterson.
In the report, Paterson said the resistance was directly linked to agricultural use of the antibiotic in the food-chain. “When humans eat the food derived from these animals fed with antibiotics, this leads to antibiotic resistance. By the end of 2015, China is projected to use thousands of tonnes of polymyxins. Chinese leaders needed to take urgent and decisive action to curb this use.” Paterson said.
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New antibiotic resistance gene that breaches ‘last line of defense’ found in China

Published: Thursday 19 November 2015 at 3am PST

A new gene that makes bacteria resistant to polymyxins – the last-resort antibiotics for treating infections – is widespread in a large family of bacteria sampled from pigs and people in South China, says a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
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The researchers first found evidence of transferable resistance to the polymyxin drug colistin in bacteria isolated from a pig on an intensive farm in China.

The researchers say some of the bacterial strains that have acquired the new resistance gene – called MCR-1 – also have epidemic potential.

The discovery is particularly alarming because the researchers found the new gene on plasmids – a mobile form of DNA that is easily shared and spread among different bacteria via horizontal gene transfer.

It echoes an earlier discovery in India a few years ago of the resistance gene NDM-1 that makes bacteria resistant to nearly all antibiotics, including the last-resort antibiotics carbapenems.

In their study, the researchers, led by members from South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, conclude:

“The emergence of MCR-1 heralds the breach of the last group of antibiotics, polymyxins, by plasmid-mediated resistance. Although currently confined to China, MCR-1 is likely to emulate other global resistance mechanisms such as NDM-1.”

Co-author Jian-Hua Liu, a professor specializing in antimicrobial resistance in animals, says the results are “extremely worrying” because the polymyxins were “the last class of antibiotics in which resistance was incapable of spreading from cell to cell.”

Polymyxin resistance transferring readily among common bacteria

 

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Food Safety

South Carolina Investigating 11 Cases of E. Coli Infection

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infection that may include at least 11 cases.

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According to a news release Friday, at least two of the cases have progressed to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of E. coli infection that can lead to kidney failure.

The health department said the illnesses appear to be related to dining at a Spartanburg-area Mexican restaurant during the last week ……

 

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Another Illness Added to Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Dog Food

At least 15 individuals in 9 states have been infected with Salmonella Infantis linked to dry dog food, according to an outbreak update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of ill persons in each state is as follows: Alabama (1), Connecticut (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (3), North Carolina (3), New Jersey (1), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (2), and Virginia (1). One new ill person was reported from Pennsylvania.

CDC said there is also one person in Canada linked to the outbreak.

Among the 10 patients with available information, 5 were hospitalized, which is an unusually high hospitalization rate. No deaths have been reported.f April, 2012.

 

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Reps. Markey, Slaughter Press FDA on Antibiotic Use in Ethanol Production

Congressional query follows IATP report on distillers grains fed to animals

With growing concern over antibiotic resistance, public health advocates have long pushed for more responsible use of these drugs — both in human medicine and animal agriculture — but there is one piece of the antibiotics puzzle that has not received as much attention: ethanol production.

Last week, Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) wrote to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking some tough questions about the potential link between ethanol byproducts in animal feed and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

“Antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria are a grave public health threat that is growing worldwide,” wrote Markey and Slaughter. “As the threat of antibiotic resistance expands, we must ensure that the unnecessary use of antibiotics in agricultural animals is minimized and FDA has the ability to limit their use if it serves to protect public health.”

cornpile_iphone.jpgThe letter follows a new report by Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, which highlights the fact that many ethanol producers routinely add antibiotics like medically important penicillin and erythromycin, as well as virginiamycin and tylosin, when mixing corn mash and warm water to ferment the ethanol.

Producers use antibiotics to keep the tanks from being contaminated with Lactobacilli, bacteria that compete with the yeast and lowers the ethanol yield. Contamination is common so tanks are often inoculated as a preventative measure.

So, what does this process have to do with food safety and antimicrobial resistance? Well, the leftover distillers grains can contain antibiotic residues and they are routinely fed to food animals.

 

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Australia Relaxes Code to Permit Some Raw Milk Cheeses

Australia is set to OK the sale of some hard, grating cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, but Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) says raw drinking milk “presents too high a risk” to consider its commerce.

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The change for some raw milk cheese is the result of an assessment, known as Proposal P1007, which considered whether Australia’s dairy standards were too restrictive.
“Australia has a very safe supply of milk and dairy products thanks to existing regulations in the Food Standards Code that set controls to manage potential microbiological hazards,” FSANZ explained in published statements.

The agency wanted to see whether there were “feasible safety systems” for raw milk products that would preserve the integrity and public health safety of its dairy supply.

 

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Regulatory Leapfrog is Underway

FSIS Trumps Some Aspects of FDA Regulations and FSMA

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a series of prevention-based food safety policy measures, including a final rule designed to make FSIS aware of adulterated or misbranded food in the supply chain that is similar to FDA’s Reportable Food Registry; a proposed rule for earlier, more expansive traceback for E. coli; and a draft guidance on validating HACCP systems.
FSIS published an advance copy of the Final Rule entitled “Requirements for Official Establishments to Notify FSIS of Adulterated or Misbranded Product, Prepare and Maintain Written Recall Procedures, and Document Certain Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points System Plan Reassessments.” The rule implements three provisions included in the 2008 Farm Bill and requires establishments to:
– notify FSIS within 24 hours that a meat or poultry product that could be subject to Class I, II or III recall has been shipped into commerce.
– prepare and maintain written recall procedures.
– document each reassessment of their HACCP plan.

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The notification requirements show some similarity to FDA’s Reportable Food Registry (RFR), however they clearly go much further in terms of what needs to be reported to FSIS. Also FSIS chose to implement a completely different system with facilities directed to notify, that is – make a phone call to – the appropriate District Office within 24 hours of “learning or determining that an adulterated or misbranded product received by or originating from the establishment has entered commerce, if the establishment believes or has reason to believe that this has happened.”  As with many rules the precise interpretation of “reason to believe” is significant.  Would this mean that a presumptive positive is a reason to believe?
In contrast, the RFR (discussed in a previous newsletter) requires FDA-regulated food facilities to report when there is “reasonable probability” that an article of food will cause serious adverse health consequences – a Class I situation. Additionally, the report is to be submitted through the electronic RFR portal as soon as practicable, but in no case later than 24 hours after determining that an article of food is a reportable food.
Although FSIS received comment suggestions to follow the standard established by RFR, or to incorporate a de minimis standard (that is, the determining of a risk level that is too small to be concerned with). FSIS chose to maintain its standard of reporting of any adulteration or misbranding stating, “If the Agency adopted the RFR standard or a similar de minimis standard, establishments may not be required to notify FSIS about product that could trigger a Class II or Class III recall.” While this is certainly true it is most assuredly “leaping” over the current FDA RFR requirements in terms of regulatory stringency.
As such, the rule assesses the public health concern or hazard presented by a product then classifies the concern as:

‘Do Pass’ Recommendation Added to Missouri Ag-Gag Bill

Only a floor vote in the Missouri Senate may stand between Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk and a bill making fraud and interference new crimes if carried out at agricultural facilities, a so-called “ag-gag” law.
House Bill 1860, adopted by the Missouri House on a 124-29 vote, now carries an important  “do pass” recommendation from the powerful Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production, and Outdoor Resources Committee.
The “do pass” recommendation was attached to the bill on May 10, and it could have been brought up for a vote at any time since then. But for the past week, Missouri’s General Assembly was caught up in what observers called  “contentious cross-chamber negotiations” on the “Show Me” state’s new budget.

Outbreak of HUS E. Coli Linked to Spartanburg, South Carolina Mexican Restaurant

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has issued a health advisory alerting doctors and other health care providers about an outbreak of shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) cases linked to a Spartanburg-area Mexican restaurant.

During the last week of April, 2012, eleven people became ill with E. coli 0157:H7 infections. The restaurant has not yet been named and, according to Adam R. Myrick, Public Information Officer of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the agency “doesn’t plan to name the restaurant at this point.” The DHEC is working to determine if specific food items might be involved.

The department has interviewed three patients so far. Of those three people, two have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious illness that can lead to kidney failure and death.

 

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Under The Sea: Oysters and Norovirus Outbreaks

Area 23, a shellfish harvesting zone off the Louisiana coast roughly equal in size to the city of New Orleans, was closed this week after health officials linked a norovirus outbreak to its oysters.

An investigation into the outbreak that sickened 14 people who ate oysters at a Louisiana restaurant determined that the oysters were tainted before they arrived at the restaurant. Health officials issued a recall of the oysters and the temporary closure of Area 23.

Closing a harvesting zone the size of a major metropolitan area might seem like an indicator of a massive outbreak, but that’s likely not that case, according to Ken Pastorick, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LHH).

 

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Organic Pastures Outbreak Is Fifth Raw Milk Outbreak This Year

The Campylobacter raw milk outbreak linked to Organic Pastures Dairy in Fresno County, California is the fifth foodborne illness outbreak this year caused by raw milk.

On May 10, the California Department of Food and Agriculture issued a quarantine and recall of all  Organic Pastures raw milk, raw skim milk, raw cream and raw butter after samples of raw cream tested positive for Campylobacter.

At least 10 people have been diagnosed with confirmed Campylobacter infections after consuming raw milk products produced by the farm. Those sickened range in age from nine months to 38 years old, six of them are children.

In 2011, a total of nine foodborne illness outbreaks linked to raw milk products sickened 123 people, according to information from state health and agriculture departments. So far this year, five raw milk outbreaks have sickened 142 people. They are:

 

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CDC Tracking 5 Overlapping Turtle Salmonella Outbreaks in 27 States

Five overlapping Salmonella outbreaks linked to human contact with small turtles have sickened at least 124 people in 27 states, prompting the continuation of a public health investigation that began last year. One of the outbreaks dates back to June 2011 and another to August 2011.

Two new outbreaks have unfolded since early last month, sprouting new geographic distributions of Salmonella infections that are spreading in many cases from human contact with contaminated water in the turtles’ environments.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 7 of 10 outbreak victims are children under the age of 10. In many cases the turtles are pets purchased from street vendors because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sale and distribution of turtles in 1975

 

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Recalls

 

 

Jonnly Fruits Recalls Several Beverages for Undeclared Milk Derivative

May 12, 2012 By

Jonlly Fruits Inc. of Puerto Rico is recalling Jonnly Fruit and Natural Tropic beverages in several flavors because they contain undeclared sodium caseinate, a milk derivative, that is one of the major food allergens. The FDA has posted this recall in Spanish. You can see all product labels at the FDA site.

Product details:

 

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Whole Foods Market Recalls Cupcakes for Undeclared Walnuts

Whole Foods Market is recalling its variety cupcake six-packs sold in Northern California because some of the cupcakes contain undeclared walnuts. Walnuts are tree nuts, one of the major food allergens.

One illness has been reported. Anyone with an allergy to walnuts may suffer a serious or life-threatening reaction if they eat these cupcakes.

Product details:

 

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Nestlé Recalls Purina Veterinarian Diets OM Canned Cat Food for Thiamine Deficiency

Kitten pawing at pet foodNestlé Purina PetCare (NPP) is recalling one lot of Purina Veterinary Diets® OM Overweight Management canned cat food because it has low levels of Vitamin B1 (thiamine).

Product details:

  • Purina Veterinary Diets® OM Overweight Management Feline Formula
  • 5.5 ounce cans
  • “Best By” Date JUN 2013
  • Production Code 11721159
  • UPC number 38100 – 13810
  • Sold by veterinarians in the United States and Canada
  • Distributed to clinics between June 2011 and May 2012 in the U.S. and Canada
  • Not sold in retail stores

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Articles of Interest

EPA Grossly Misrepresents The Toxicity Of Corexit Used In Gulf Of Mexico

Susan Aarde
Activist Post
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© Apalachicola Bay Corexit Poisoning

Quite incredibly, the EPA issued a positive report on May 1, 2012 regarding the safety and toxicity of various dispersants used in the BP Gulf Oil Spill. Included in this assessment was the use of Corexit.

This report “indicated that all eight dispersants had roughly the same toxicity,” and all fell into the “practically non-toxic” or “slightly toxic” category. Scientists found that none of the eight dispersants displayed endocrine-disrupting activity of “biological significance.”

The same report went on to say that “dispersant-oil mixtures were generally no more toxic to the aquatic test species than oil alone.”

The first question that jumps out for those who have researched this subject with any degree of thoroughness is how this recent report fails to reconcile with previous studies performed by the EPA.

Here is some test data retrieved from the EPA website that was posted previous to the BP Gulf Oil Spill.

The dispersant (Corexit 9500) and dispersed oil have demonstrated the following levels of toxicity per the EPA website link that follows:

(1) 10.72 parts per million (ppm) of oil alone will kill 50% of the fish test species in a normal aquatic environment within 96 hours.

(2) 25.20 parts per million of dispersant (Corexit 9500) alone will kill 50% of the fish test species in a normal aquatic environment within 96 hours.

(3) 2.61 parts per million of dispersed oil (Corexit-laden) alone will kill 50% of the fish test species in a normal aquatic environment within 96 hours.

This data diverges from the recent report to such a significant degree that the results which were just posted at the EPA.gov website under the title of “The BP Oil Spill: Responsive Science Supports Emergency Response” must be seriously scrutinized.

What is the buying public to make of such conflicting data? Those who have medical conditions which require complete avoidance of toxic seafood need to know with certainty what they are eating.

Likewise, the fishermen in the Gulf need to know the true condition of their catch. Swimmers and beachgoers need to know the state of the water, as well as the beaches. Boaters ought to be informed of the relevant risk factors when out in the areas of recently sprayed waters, whether surface or deep sea.

The most serious questions to emerge from this report revolve around the issue of credibility. Can the EPA ever be trusted again to conduct the necessary research regarding anything having to do with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused by BP?

Issuing such blanket statements about the relatively low toxicity associated with this spill, irrespective of location on the beach, in the waters, in the wetlands or estuaries, seems to be quite disingenuous.

Furthermore, the federal government’s declaration that the “clean up phase” of the Deepwater Horizon spill is over begs for review, especially in light of the large quantities of submerged oil unaccounted for residing in the water column, DOJ’s discovery of false flow rate numbers reported by BP and new sightings of oil slicks all over the Gulf.

In light of all that, the clean up phase is not over and further use of Corexit dispersant isn’t an effective solution.

Moreover, the fact that the EPA has approved for use a very safe bioremediation agent known as Oil Spill Eater II, but has yet to allow its use in the Gulf raises many additional questions.

From our investigation, it has become clear that Corexit has been given preferential treatment over other much safer alternatives. The Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference (GOSRC) was quoted as follows in this regard:

When we heard about Oil Spill Eater II, and the fact that it is EPA-approved (NCP listed) and has demonstrated its effectiveness at least 14 times for the BP Gulf Oil Spill, we wondered why it wasn’t being used 24/7.

The GOSRC went on to issue a press release entitled: Coalition Of Enviro, Citizens And Political Groups Demand COREXIT Use Be Stopped which pointed out the deliberate false image which has been created around the use of this toxic dispersant – Corexit 9500.

The Gulf Rescue Alliance (GRA) also made the recent observations in their press release entitled: BP Gulf Oil Spill Revisited.

Many of these studies point out the obvious; that when you mix a tremendous volume of released oil with methane gas and further mix it with a toxic dispersant like Corexit, as they have done throughout this oil spill, a chemical cocktail is created that will have as far-reaching ecological ramifications as it will profound environmental consequences.

The Earth Orgainization (TEO) has also weighed in on this issue through their release of an excellent documentary entitled: Hidden Crisis in the GULF. Barbara Wiseman, TEO President, has been an ardent advocate for safer oil remediation measures since the very beginning of this oil spill. She has said that:

At the beginning of the disaster, TEO investigated to find effective, non-toxic technologies currently available in adequate supply to clean up an oil spill of this size. Once we isolated the best solutions, we then investigated to find what the barriers to getting them implemented were. The barriers have all come down to specific people in the EPA. They are, in effect, holding the Gulf hostage and, for some unexplained reason, won’t let it be cleaned up.

Lastly, perhaps the words of Steven Pedigo reflect the voice of reason more than any other in this ongoing oil spill when he was quoted in A 2nd Anniversary Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spillas follows:

The toxic dispersants add absolutely nothing to EFFECTIVE RESPONSE. There is no scientific basis for it, and their use violates The Clean Water Act, EPA’s charter and common sense.

Corexit’s label clearly states it can cause kidney failure and death and the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) specifically warns, ‘Do not contaminate surface water with it. Additionally, toxicity testing in regards to marine species shows little tolerance by all forms of sea life; thus, applying it on spills as a preferred response method increases the toxicity of the spilled oil on which it is used.

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Food Safety

 

Washington Consumers Advised Not to Eat a Local Farm’s Eggs

By News Desk

Eggs produced by Daizen Farms in Burlington, WA are from hens that ate feed contaminated with rodent droppings and Salmonella, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).There have been no illnesses linked to the eggs, but WSDA is…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/washington-consumers-warned-not-to-eat-a-local-farms-eggs/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120320

 

Pathogen Detection System Takes a Cue from Fireflies

By James Andrews

Biology researchers in the United Kingdom have developed a device that can detect foodborne pathogens using a variant of a simple, seemingly unlikely chemical: Firefly luciferase, the enzyme that makes fireflies’ abdomens light up.The device, called “Bioluminescent Assay in Real-Time”…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/pathogen-detection-system-takes-a-cue-from-fireflies/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120321

 

House Budget Seeks Steep Spending Cuts

 

By Helena Bottemiller

Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection service could face cuts under a new budget proposal put out by House Republicans on Tuesday.Though the budget outline, released by Budget Chairman…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/house-budget-seeks-steep-spending-cuts/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120321

 

Health

 

Antibiotics Risky for E. Coli Patients, Study Confirms

 

By Gretchen Goetz

Among children with E. coli infections, those given antibiotics are more likely to develop a life-threatening complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS),
to a new study.Avoiding antibiotics as a treatment for E. coli has been a longstanding recommendation for…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/antibiotics-risky-for-e-coli-patients-study-confirms/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120321

 

Holistic Health

 

17 Micrograms of This in Your Body Lowers Your IQ by 10 Points 17 Micrograms of This in Your Body Lowers Your IQ by 10 Points

 

How to flush it out – There is little doubt toxic heavy metals and chemicals in our environment contribute to the vast majority of cancers, MS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s a quick way to unclog these disease-causing and IQ-destroying elements from your body…

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/21/dr-clement-on-detoxification.aspx?e_cid=20120321_DNL_art_1

 

Why You Need More of This Crucial Vitamin If You Are Heavy

 

Being overweight, obese or simply heavy with muscle affects the amount needed of this crucial nutrient to help you prevent disease and stay healthy.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble, hormone-like vitamin, and many therefore believe that if you’re obese you need more of it because body fat acts as a “sink” by collecting it.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/21/vitamin-d-for-obese.aspx?e_cid=20120321_DNL_art_2

 

Pet Health

 

Help for Cats That Freak Out at the Vet’s Office

 

Sixty percent of cat owners say their cat hates vet visits. If your kitty despises trips to the vet, there are things you can do to help get him ready for his next appointment. And don’t be afraid to check out local offices to find a practice that excels at being cat-friendly.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/03/21/cats-hate-vet-visits.aspx

Recalls

 

Canada Beef Recall Includes More Than 135 Products

By News Desk

More than 135 products are part of the recall in Canada of frozen ground beef processed by the Saskatchewan-based New Food Classics, a plant that has filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations.The beef may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/canada-beef-recall-includes-more-than-135-products/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120320

Food Safety

Proposed Poultry Inspection Rule Could Privatize Food Safety, Lead To Higher Rates Of Contamination

Food safety advocacy groups are fighting a proposed rule that would allow private companies to assume some of the food inspection duties currently handled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service currently oversees all poultry for blemishes and defects before the carcasses are fully processed, but under the new rule, poultry plants would assume those responsibilities.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/03/16/445889/privatized-poultry-inspection-usda/?mobile=nc

Could high-power ultrasound protect produce from pathogens?

A litany of food scares–and rules for organic produce–have pushed the industry to seek new solutions for food safety. Perfectly sanitized dimpled spinach leaves or tender greens like baby lettuce has been high on the wish

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57399739-76/could-high-power-ultrasound-protect-produce-from-pathogens/

Health

The Real Cause of the Global Obesity Epidemic

CONTRIBUTOR: Washington’s Blog.

World Wide Obesity Epidemic Some 68% of all Americans are overweight, and obesity has almost doubled in the last couple of decades worldwide. As International Business Tribune reports: Studies conducted jointly by researchers at Imperial College London and Harvard University, published in the medical journal The Lancet, show that obesity worldwide almost…

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1906/575/The_Real_Cause_of_the_Global_Obesity_Epidemic.html

Pfizer ends Celebrex post-approval safety study

It was originally approved in 1998, and Pfizer was required to do the safety study in 2006 after Celebrex was approved as a treatment for juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The company said the Food and Drug Administration released it from its requirement.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/pfizer-ends-celebrex-post-approval-215530986.html

How health care law affects lives of 7 Americans

(AP) CHICAGO – A father lost his job at a medical device company that is facing a new tax. A young woman got back on her parents’ insurance and was able to get surgery for an injury that could have hobbled her. A part-time sales woman stopped …

http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s2544236.shtml?cat=300

 

Resistance to antibiotics could bring “the END OF MODERN MEDICINE AS WE KNOW IT”


The world is entering an antibiotic crisis which could make routine operations impossible and a scratched knee potentially fatal, the head of the World Health Organisation has claimed.
Bacteria are starting to become so resistant to common antibiotics that every antibiotic ever developed is at risk of becoming useless, making once-routine operations impossible. This would include many of the breakthrough drugs developed to treat tuberculosis, malaria, bacterial infections and HIV/AIDS, as well as simple treatments for cuts. We could be entering into a “post-antibiotic era”.
Replacement medicines could become more expensive, with longer periods of treatment required to bring about the same effect. “Things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill.
Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise in Europe and elsewhere in the world. We are losing our first-line antimicrobials. Replacement treatments are more costly, more toxic, need much longer durations of treatment, and may require treatment in intensive care units. For patients infected with some drug-resistant pathogens, mortality has been shown to increase by around 50 per cent.”
The stark warning comes shortly after the World Health Organisation published a new book warning of the “global crisis”, entitled “The evolving threat of antimicrobial resistance. The current situation was blamed largely on the misuse of antibiotics, which are not prescribed properly and used too frequently and for too long. The WHO has now appealed to governments across the world to support research into the antimicrobial resistance.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9147414/Resistance-to-antibiotics-could-bring-the-end-of-modern-medicine-as-we-know-it-WHO-claim.html

 

Holistic Health

 

Denying chemtrails is dangerous for your health

By Paul Fassa,

(NaturalNews) Statistical evidence shows that lung issues such as asthma and COPD have risen considerably over the past two decades. While there may be a few factors behind this, hardly anyone includes chemtrails as one of them. Scientists and governments have allowed some “limited hangouts” (partial disclosures) on chemtrails or stratospheric geo-engineering, framing it as “experimental.” They openly discuss geo-engineering as “potential” solutions for weather control and protection against global…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035269_chemtrails_asthma_health_effects.html

Improve your sleep quality by waking up naturally

By Sherry L. Ackerman, Ph.D.,

(NaturalNews) Man, it seems, was never meant to be woken abruptly, in darkness, by loud, sudden buzzing, beeping and/or siren-type noises. Rather, our ancestors woke naturally, and gently, each day with the rising of the sun. There are different levels of sleep, with the deeper levels (Deep Sleep and REM sleep) being utilized for repairing and rejuvenating your body. The human body is designed to wake up during light sleep, either before entering this repair stage such as during a quick nap, or…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035271_sleep_quality_waking_up_ambient_light.html

Recover from ADD, ADHD, and depression without drugs

By Allison Biggar,

(NaturalNews) Chances are you’ve been prescribed antidepressants or know someone who has. According to the Centers for Disease Control, eleven percent of Americans over the age of 12 take antidepressants. Between 1996 and 2005 alone, the number of people taking antidepressants doubled to 27 million. Concurrent with this pharmaceutical boom, we have also seen the rise of the ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) diagnosis. According to the National Institute of Mental health, 3 to…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035272_ADHD_depression_natural_remedies.html

Pet Health

9 Dental Issues You Share With Your Cats and Dogs

Dental “treats” and specially-formulated diets are available to improve cat and dog dental health. Look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance, which endorses such products. Keep both your relationship and your pets’ breath …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-d-shojai-cabc/pet-dental-health_b_1303061.html

Pet owners flock to get shots

As animal health professionals are seeing an increase in distemper this year, some pet owners are taking extra precautions. “I like to see the animals vaccinated and well taken care of,” said Dr. Annette Jensen, who administered shots at the …

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_d850af5e-2627-527c-9182-ea01861363f8.html?photo=1

Recalls

Troyer Cheese, Inc. Recalls Backroad Country Caramel Puffcorn Sold in 8oz and 16oz Plastic Bags Because of Undeclared Milk

Troyer Cheese, Inc. is recalling specific expiration dates of their Backroad Country Caramel Puffcorn sold in 8 and 16 ounce plastic bags because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm296392.htm

California Firm Recalls Chicken Caesar Wraps Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

LSG Sky Chefs, a San Jose, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,784 pounds of grilled chicken Caesar wraps because the Caesar dressing used in the wrap products contains egg, a known allergen not declared on the wrap product label.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_014_2012_Release/index.asp

Misc

Capitol Briefing: Removal of food sales tax debated

Bill Graves, a Republican who signed into law several tax cuts in the 1990s, Graves told him that if he could do it over again, he would have pushed for removing the sales tax on food. Quote of the week “I think it’s safe to say that other …

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/mar/19/capitol-briefing-removal-food-sales-tax-debated/

No Kugel for you!
Mike’s homeless-gift ban

So much for serving the homeless.

The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless.

In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/no_kugel_for_you_N4VuTrqavfOiApSHngxuMJ

Non-O157 E. Coli Going Under-Tested, Under-Reported

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/non-o157-e-coli-going-under-tested-under-reported/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120302

New USDA ‘Compass’ Maps Support Local Meat and Poultry

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/new-usda-compass-maps-support-for-local-meat-and-poultry/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120302

New Labels Required on Ground Meat, Poultry Packages

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/new-labels-required-on-ground-meat-poultry-packages/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120302

Drug-Resistant Staph Linked to Animal Antibiotics

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/02/drug-resistant-staph-linked-to-animal-antibiotics/

FDA and Stealth Recalls

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/02/fda-and-stealth-recalls/

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Food Recalls

Frankfurters Recalled in Canada Due to Listeria Concern

Saturday, March 03, 2012 3:59 AMThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Glatt’s Kosher Meat Products of Montreal are glatts-200.jpgwarning the public not to consume certain Glatt’s brand Beef Frankfurters Jumbo BBQ because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
There have been no reported illnesses.

The recalled product, Glatt’s brand Beef Frankfurters Jumbo BBQ,

is sold in 375 g packages with the UPC 0 55627 00203 6 and a best-before date of 12AL21.
The frankfurters were distributed in Ontario and Quebec.

Frozen Pizza Sticks RecalledSaturday,

March 03, 2012 3:59 AMPasou Foods of Syracuse, IN is recalling about 147 pounds of frozen, fully cooked, ready-to-eat pizza sticks because a meat ingredient may have been produced without federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday. According to the recall alert, during an ongoing food safety assessment of the company, FSIS personnel determined that the raw ground pork ingredient used in the ready-to-eat pizza sticks was purchased from an unapproved source and the meat may not have been federally inspected. FSIS has received no reports of illness.
The Class II recall is for boxes containing 100 “Pizza Stix.” Case labels bear the establishment number EST. 1903 in the USDA mark of inspection and may have been produced this year on February 2 and 29. The products were sold to a food distributor for further distribution to a caterer and other institutions in Indiana.
A Class II recall is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
For more information contact George Pavel, a company representative, at 574-457-4092.

Clostridium Perfringens Prompts Ham Recall in Quebec

Saturday, March 03, 2012 3:59 AMCharcuterie La Tour Eiffel is recalling several types of ham products distributed in Quebec due to contamination with Clostridium perfringens.
The recalled products were supplied to retailers, and to hotels, restaurants and institutions in Quebec.
The recall is for:
– La Belle Bretagne brand “Our Cooked Ham – Original,” variable kg; best before 12AL14 or 12AL21
– La Belle Bretagne brand “Sliced Cooked Ham,” variable kg; best before 12AL01
– La Belle Bretagne brand “,”Our Cooked Ham – Original Sliced,”  175 g; best before 12MR30; UPC 0 55652 00536 1
– Tour Eiffel “Cooked Ham – Extra Lean,” variable kg; Lot 271
– Tour Eiffel “Parisian Cooked Ham,” 175 g; best before 12MR31; UPC 0 55652 77710 7
– Tour Eiffel “Shaved Parisian Cooked Ham,” 175 g and 400 g; best before 12MR20 or 12MR21; UPC 0 55652 77717 6 and UPC 0 55652 77728 2
– Tour Eiffel “Chopped Cooked Ham,” 400 g; best before 12MR16; UPC 0 55652 77719 0

Kountry Buffet Horse Feed Recalled

Saturday, March 03, 2012 3:59 AMFollowing reports that some horses have died as a result of consuming feed that may contain monensin sodium (Rumensin), Western Feed, LLC is recalling two lots of Kountry Buffet 14% feed.
paybackhorsefeed-280.jpgMonensin sodium is a medication approved for use in some livestock and poultry species, but can be fatal to horses if fed at sufficiently high levels.
The recalled feed, with the lot numbers M718430 and M720280, is packaged in 50 lb. bags bearing the Payback logo with the attached tag identifying the product as Kountry Buffet 14%.  The lot number  can be found towards the bottom of the tag, below the Feeding Directions.
At this time, no other Western Feed, LLC products and no other lots of Kountry Buffet 14% are involved.
This feed was distributed December 2 through 15, 2011 to retailers in Nebraska and Wyoming.
Initial testing by a private laboratory has indicated the presence of a potentially harmful level of monensin sodium (Rumensin) in these two lots. Further follow up testing is underway.
The symptoms of toxicity vary with the amount of monensin ingested by a horse. Trace amounts may cause a horse to go off his regular feed, show signs of colic and appear unwell for a few days. Larger amounts will cause a horse to show more serious symptoms within a few hours including colic, stiffness, sweating, a lack of coordination and the inability to stand.
Customers who purchased Kountry Buffet 14% from lot M718430 and M720280 should stop feeding the product immediately. For more information contact Western Feed LLC at 308-247-2601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT.

Hot Liquid Could Shatter Melamine Cups, Mugs

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:59 AMCarlisle FoodService Products of Oklahoma City has recalled about 111,000 melamine cups and mugs after receiving three reports that they may shatter when exposed to hot liquids.
No injuries have been reported, according to the  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission news release.
Nine models of Carlisle cups and mugs, sold nationally through distributor outlets and online, including to food service companies and equipment supply distributers, are part of the recall.
The recalled melamine cups and mugs, imported from China, range in size 7 to 16 oz. and from 2 to 3 inches tall and were available in white, green, red, brown, black, ocean blue, sand, honey yellow, bone and sunset orange. Go here to see product photos.
The name “Carlisle OKC, OK” and model number are imprinted on the bottom, along with “Made in China” and “NSF.” Some may also include the model name and size, such as “Durus 7 oz. cup.”
The recall is for:
– Sierrus™ Mug,    7.8 oz., model # 33056- Durus® Challenge Cup, 7.8 oz., model # 43056- Dallas Ware® Stacking Cup, 7 oz., model # 43546- Dayton™ Stacking Cup, 7 oz., model # 43870- Kingline™ Ovide Cup, 7 oz., model # KL300- Kingline™ Stacking Cup, 7 oz.,    model # KL111- Melamine Stackable Mug, 8 oz.,  model # 4510- Cappuccino Mug, 12 oz., model # 4812- Cappuccino Mug, 16 oz., model # 4816
The mugs were sold between January 2011 and January 2012 for between $4 and $10 each.
The mugs should not be used and may be returned for credit toward a future purchase of Carlisle FoodService Products merchandise. Carlisle will provide instructions for free return shipping.
For more information contact Carlisle FoodService Products at 800-217-8859 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at http://www.carlislefsp.com/productsafetyAllergen Alert: MSG in SausagesTuesday, February 28, 2012 3:59 AM

London Meat Co. of New York, NY is recalling approximately 200 pounds of sausage because it contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not listed on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday.
There have been no reports of adverse reactions.
FSIS said its personnel discovered the problem during a routine inspection. FSIS said the MSG was added as an ingredient when seasoning blends were changed, but the company did not update its product label.
The recall is of 5-lb boxes of “Milano’s Country Breakfast Sausage,” containing 80 sausage links per box. Each box bears the establishment number “EST. 8777” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
These recalled sausages were made-to-order for restaurants and caterers in the New York City area through Feb. 21, 2012.
For more information contact the company’s co-owner Michael Milano at 212- 255-2135.
Smoked Salmon Recalled in British Columbia Monday, February 27, 2012 3:59 AMThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain refrigerated cold smoked sockeye salmon trim products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
There have been no reported illnesses.
The following products, sold refrigerated at various weights from February 16 through 24, have been recalled:
– Salmon Lox Trim Classic packed on dates 2012.02.17, 2012.02.18 and 2012.02.19; UPC begins with 0297629; sell-by dates 2012.02.27, 2012.02.28, 2012.02.29, 2012.03.01 and 2013.03.02 and sold at Whole Foods Market, 925 Main Street, West Vancouver, BC and at Whole Foods Market, 510 W. 8th Ave., Vancouver, BC
–  Lox Trim packed on dates FE 17, FE 18, FE 19, FE 20, FE 21, and FE 22; UPC begins with 204780; sold at The Salmon Shop, #112-1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC
– unlabeled lox sold at The Daily Catch Seafood Company, 1418 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, no date codes
The recalled smoked sockeye may have also been sold unlabelled over the counter at the stores listed above. Consumers who are unsure whether they have the affected products are advised to check with their retailer.

Malta Beverages Recalled Due to Bottle Breakage

Friday, February 24, 2012 3:59 AMThe Florida Brewery, Inc. is recalling certain 7-oz. bottles of Goya, Great Value, Hatuey, Mr. Special, Polar, Publix, Regal, and SuperMax brand non-alcoholic malta beverages because glass on the exterior of the bottles may break when the twist-off cap is removed.
The company has received two reports of consumers cutting their mouths on broken glass.
The recall is for:
– Goya: UPC 041331040068; lot codes12/01/13, 12/08/13, 12/27/13, 12/28/13, 12/29/13, 01/06/13    – Great Value: UPC 681131762793, lot codes 1/05/13, 1/06/13
– Hatuey: UPC 080480594909, lot codes 12/21/13, 12/22/13, 01/06/13, 01/07/13
– Mr. Special: UPC 008254820702, lot codes 11/30/13, 12/01/13, 12/08/,1 2/09/13
– Polar: UPC 7591446006785 and 7591446006761  lot codes 11/30/12, 12/22/12, 1 2/23/12, 12/29/12, 12/30/12, 01/03/1, 01/04/13
– Publix: UPC 041415109360, lot codes 11/28/13, 12/09/13, 12/27/13     – Regal: UPC 082502738889, lot codes 12/01/13, 12/09/13, 12/27/13, 12/28/13
– SuperMax: UPC 870906000691, lot code 12/09/13
The lot codes are printed on the bottles above the label. Go here to see photos of the recalled bottles.
The Florida Brewery distributed the recalled 7-oz Goya, Great Value, Hatuey, Mr. Special, Polar, Publix, Regal and SuperMax brand malta beverages in Florida, Texas, Georgia, California and Puerto Rico from Dec. 8, 2011 to Feb. 1, 2012.
The recalled bottles of malta beverage can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund, product replacement, coupon or product credit.
For more information call the Florida Brewery’s consumer hotline at 1-866-872-8860 weekdays from 8 a.m. to  8 p.m. EST and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Canada Beef Recall Tied to E. Coli Illness

Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:59 AMOne person is ill and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and New Food Classics are warning the public not to consume certain Country Morning Beef Burgers, no name Club Pack Beef Steakettes, and certain Grillhouse beef burgers because the beef may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
There has been one reported E. coli infection associated with eating these products.
New Food Classics of Burlington, Ontario, is recalling:
– Country Morning Beef Burgers, 1 kg, UPC 0 57316 02941 6, lots 52841 EST 761, 62841 EST 761, 72841 EST 761, 82841 EST 761
–  No name Club Pack Beef Steakettes, 2.27 kg, UPC 0 60383 01321 9, lot BB 2012 AL 10 EST 761
Also recalled are these Grillhouse brand products, bearing the establishment number 761:
– Angus Beef Burgers, 4.59 kg, UPC 55377, lot code 11 OC 11
– Beef Burger with Seasoning, 3.2 oz – 4.54 kg, UPC 52988, lot code 11 OC 12
– Beef Burger with Seasoning, 4 oz – 4.54 kg, UPC 52981, lot code 11 OC 12
The Country Morning Beef Burgers were distributed to COOP and TGP grocery stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, North West Territories, Yukon Territories and Nunavut.
The no name Club Pack Beef Steakettes were distributed by Loblaws to the following stores and provinces:
– Ontario: Cash&Carry/RCWC Ontario Corporate, Extra Foods, Freshmart, Loblaws Great Food, no frills, RCWC West Corporate, Real Canadian Superstore, Value-mart, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs and Zehrs Great Food.
– British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba: Extra Foods, Extra Foods no frills, Real Canadian Superstore West Corporate, Shop Easy/SuperValu, Superstore, Your Independent Grocer.
– North West Territories, Yukon Territories and Nunavut.
The Grillhouse brand products were distributed nationally through restaurants and institutional establishments.          For more information contact New Food Classics at 1-289-398-2009 during business hours, and at 1-647-627-8761 after hours, or CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday).

MA Firm Recalls Chili for Lack of Inspection

Friday, February 17, 2012 3:59 AMA Massachusetts-based company is recalling approximately 3,800 pounds of chili products because they may not have undergone federal inspection.
The Chili Station in Ludlow, MA recalled containers of its beef and turkey chili Thursday. No illnesses have been linked to these products.
The following products have been recalled:
– 5 gallon containers and 1-gallon bags of “The Chili Station” Beef Chili with Beans
– 5 gallon containers and 1-gallon of “The Chili Station” Beef Chili with Beans and/or Turkey Chili
Establishment numbers “EST. 6380” or “P-6380” may be printed on labels or packaging, inside the mark of inspection or ink-jetted on the case label.
The chili products were distributed and sold in Massachusetts. The problem was discovered during a routine Food Safety Assessment conducted by FSIS. 

Anyone with concerns surrounding the recall should contact Jeffrey Belkin, a company representative, at 413-883-5096.
The recall notice is available here.

FDA Updates Information on Fungicides in OJ

Friday, February 17, 2012 3:59 AMThe Food and Drug Administration published a new update on Thursday to its ongoing testing of imported orange juice for the fungicide carbendazim, a compound restricted from agriculture in the United States.

Since January 9, the FDA has tested samples from 104 shipments of orange juice and orange juice concentrate. Out of those, the agency found 24 shipments that contained at least 10 parts per billion (ppb) of carbendazim.

Half of those 24 shipments came from Canada, while the other half came from Brazil. The FDA has added the food processors associated with those shipments to its Import Alert 99-08 list.

Of the shipments testing negative for carbendazim, 57 have been released for sale. Those shipments came from: Canada (22 shipments), Mexico (18), Dominican Republic (3), Italy (2), Argentina (2), Costa Rica (2), Honduras (2), Trinidad & Tobago (2), Brazil (1), Lebanon (1), Belize (1) and Turkey (1).

The FDA began testing all orange juice imports for carbendazim in January after being alerted by Coca Cola — owner of Minute Maid and Simply Orange — that some juice from Brazil had tested positive for the fungicide.

The Environmental Protection Agency considers carbendazim levels below 80 ppb safe for human consumption. In earlier tests of shipments, those containing the fungicide ranged in concentration from 13 to 36 ppb. The FDA will not allow sale of any shipments containing more than 10 ppb.

On Thursday, the FDA also rejected a request by the Brazilian Citrus Exporters Association to have levels of carbendazim in orange juice concentrate assessed according to its “single strength” level — the levels that would be found once the concentrate is mixed with the intended ratio of water. Brazilian orange growers recently began using carbendazim to combat a problem with “black spot,” a mold that grows on trees.

The FDA plans to continue testing orange juice imports for carbendazim and will publish updates every Thursday evening.

Recall of Chicken Feet, Tripe, Pork Uteri

Thursday, February 16, 2012 3:59 AM

AA Meat Products Corporation of Maywood, CA is recalling an undetermined amount of meat and poultry that may not have been federally inspected, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday.
The problem was discovered during an investigation by FSIS. There have been no reports of illness associated with this recall.
The recall is of:
30-pound and 22-pound cases of the following products produced between Jan. 11 and Feb. 8, 2012:
– AA Scalded Beef Omasum Tripe- AA Honeycomb Beef Tripe- AA Scalded Beef Tripe Menudo De Vovino- AA Beef Omasum Tripe – AA Beef Tripe
Various weights of the following products produced between March 5 and Feb. 8, 2012:
– Pork chops- Beef short ribs- Beef tongues- Boneless beef shank- Boneless beef ribeye lipon- Boneless beef short plate- Boneless beef strip loin- Beef fat
10-pound bags of the following products produced between April 7 and Feb. 8, 2012:
– Chicken feet- Duck feet- Pork uteri
Also, FSIS says the pork uteri, chicken feet and duck feet may have been produced using sodium percarbonate, a food additive not approved for use in these specific products.
Case labels or packaging may bear the establishment numbers EST. 21492, P-21492 or EST. 21492A in the USDA mark of inspection, or EST. 21492 simply ink-jetted on the case label. The products were sold in California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
Images of the labels can be seen here. The retail distribution list is available here.
For more information about this recall contact Johnny Wu, a company representative, at 1-626-376-2819.

FDA-Regulated Food Recalls Surged in Last Quarter 2011Wednesday, February 15, 2012 3:59 AM

Foods regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were recalled 50 percent more in the fourth quarter last year and affected over 80 percent more units when compared with the previous period, according to the ExpertRECALL ™ Index.

The quarterly ExpertRECALL™ Index was released Tuesday, showing 2011 ended with a surge of food recalls led by undeclared allergens, which accounted for more than one in three food recalls during the quarter.   ExpertRECALL publishes the data from both FDA and the Consumer Products Safety Commission.  It plans to add USDA recall data in the near future.

Listeria was second only to allergens for causing recalls.  Listeria-contaminated cantaloupes, grown in Colorado on a single farm, were  responsible for the most deadly outbreak in a century in 2011.
The fourth quarter’s big spike in recalls could be causing “recall fatigue,” says Mike Rozembajgier, vice president of recalls at Stericycle ExpertRECALL, which publishes the index.

“In this current environment, manufacturers and retailers must take extra care to ensure that consumers are receiving the right messages about recalls and that they are encouraged to respond appropriately,” he says.
Rozembajgier still thinks consumers focus on recalls.  “I don’t believe that there will ever be a time when consumers stop paying attention to safety,” he told Food Safety News.  “As consumers, our ears will always perk up when the media covers major recalls that result in illness or harm to people.”
“In our experience,” he said, “recall fatigue can be at its peak when several recalls of varying sizes occur at once.  During times like these, it can be easy for some consumers to miss the smallest recalls even when they might be the most relevant to them.”

During the final three months of 2011, FDA logged 176 food recalls by more than 150 companies, affecting nearly 70 million units of food products.  It marked the highest recall levels of the past four years, and represented an 80 percent increase over the third quarter.
In addition to representing a 50 percent over the previous quarter, the increase was 55 percent over the final period of 2010.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, 42 recalls affected customers throughout the United States.  Twenty-eight (28) affected both domestic and international customers, and two recalls impacted only consumers outside of the country.
Undeclared allergens, followed by Listeria, Salmonella, botulism and E. coli, were the cause of the greatest number of FDA-regulated foods.
“It’s impossible to say based on available data why there has been an increase in allergen-related recalls,” Rozembajgier added. “In monitoring the safety of our food, the FDA’s inspection and sampling can result in the discovery that allergens have been left off product labels.  However, in some cases, the issues are identified by companies who have been increasingly vigilant in the past few years in withdrawing products because of possible allergy issues, often erring on the side of caution.
The Lake Forest Park, IL-based Stericycle ExpertRECALL ™ manages consumer product, pharmaceutical, medical device, juvenile product, and food and beverage recalls for multiple companies.

Veal Cubes Recalled in Canada May Contain Metal

Monday, February 13, 2012 3:59 AMCostco Wholesale Canada Ltd. has recalled fresh veal cubes sold in certain Costco warehouses in Eastern Canada because they may contain pieces of metal.
There have been no injuries reported in connection with the veal cubes.
The veal cubes, item #50088, have a best-before date of Feb. 19, 2012 and were sold on Feb. 9 or 10.
The recalled meat can be returned for a refund. For more information contact Costco Wholesale at 800-463-3783.

Allergen Alert: Crullers with Sodium Caseinate

Saturday, February 11, 2012 3:59 AMWalmart has recalled its eight-count packages of cruller bakery pastries because the common name of milk was not listed following sodium caseinate, a milk derivative, on the ingredient label.
People who have milk allergies and do not recognize sodium caseinate as a milk derivative run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume it.
One adverse reaction has been reported by a customer, according to Walmart
The recalled eight-count packaged crullers, which are ring-shaped twisted sweet cakes similar to doughnuts, have a UPC code of 787429847 and expiration dates on or before Feb. 9, 2012. The crullers were labeled and sold in Walmart store bakeries in Puerto Rico and all states with the exception of Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Walmart says it has taken steps to ensure all current and future products are properly labeled to reflect the common name of milk as an ingredient.
For more information contact the Walmart Customer Service at 1-800-Walmart (1-800-925-6278) or return the product to the nearest Walmart store for a full refund.Allergen Alert: Pumpkin Bundt Cakes with MilkSaturday, February 11, 2012 3:59 AM

Whole Foods Market has recalled certain Pumpkin Bundt Cakes because the cream cheese contains milk, an allergen not listed on the label.

No adverse reactions have been reported.

The recalled 3 oz.and 26. oz. Pumpkin Bundt Cakes were made in Whole Foods Market store bakeries and sold at stores in Fresno, Monterey, San Rafael, San Ramon and Santa Cruz. The recalled cakes were sold from a service case or displayed in small, clear plastic clamshells marked with a scale label #21630100000. Expiration dates prior to Feb. 13, 2012 are recalled.
The necessary label corrections have been made for the Pumpkin Bundt Cakes currently for sale.
Recalled cakes may be returned to the store for a full refund.

Allergen Alert: Wheat in Cooked Pork Hocks

Friday, February 10, 2012 3:59 AMHan Yang Inc. of Milwaukee, WI is recalling approximately 25,600 pounds of cooked pork hocks because they contain wheat, an allergen not noted on the label.
The label omission was discovered by a USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service  inspector during a label review.
There have been no reports  of adverse reactions.
The recall is of shrink-wrapped packages of various weights of “JANG CHUNG DONG HAN YANG KING JOAK BAL COOKED PORK HOCKS” with EST. 21880 inside the USDA mark of inspection. The pork hocks, produced between Oct. 7, 2011 and Feb. 7, 2012, have a four month shelf life and were distributed to wholesalers and retailers in Los Angeles and Chicago.
For more information contact the company’s president, Chang Choi, at 414-389-1099.

Big Spinach Recall with No Public Notice

Friday, February 10, 2012 3:59 AMOn New Year’s Eve 2011, a Texas company recalled 228,360 lbs. — 114 tons — of spinach because it tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.

That Class I recall — which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines as “a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death” — was revealed this week as an item in the FDA enforcement report for February 8.

Credit microbiologist and blogger Phyllis Entis for spotting what she calls a stealth recall, and explaining its significance on her eFoodAlert website.
“I realize that not all recalls are created equal, and that not all recalls require public notification. But I cannot understand the rationale behind NOT publicizing a Class I Hazard recall of a ready-to-eat item of produce that may be contaminated with a potentially lethal pathogen,” Entis wrote.  “Would anyone care to explain this to me?”

The potentially contaminated spinach from Tiro Tres Farms of Eagle Pass, TX was distributed in Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and in Canada in Ontario and Quebec.
FDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency did not publish public notices of this recall in December or January – and still have not — and the FDA enforcement report did not say whether there were any illnesses linked to the recalled spinach.

According to the enforcement report, Tiro Tres Farms notified its own customers of the recall by letter on Dec. 31, 2011, but the FDA report does not indicate if any of the spinach was sold by retailers.
The recall was of Robert’s S 1 cut leaf “Curly” spinach packed in 30 lb. totes with no specific type of labeling, except for a small sticker label identifying the “pup” container that identified the harvest date and the field in Uvalde, TX. Harvest dates were Nov. 21, 22, 23, 25, 28 and 29, 2011, one month before the recall letter was sent.

Another Recall of Salad With Hard-Cooked Eggs

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 3:59 AMIn another recall related to hard-cooked eggs that may be contaminated with Listeria, Bost Distributing Company of Bear Creek, NC, doing business as Harold Food Company, is withdrawing approximately 1,200 pounds of chicken salad products.
The recall is one of many resulting from a recall by Minnesota-based Michael Foods, which produced the cooked eggs at its Wakefield, NE facility.
There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses associated with the eggs.
The recall is for 30-lb. boxes of Harold Food Co. Grand Strand Deluxe Chicken Salad with sell-by dates of 2/15/2012 and the establishment number P-20479.
The products were sent to a distributor in South Carolina for further distribution to retail establishments in North Carolina and South Carolina. The chicken salad products may have been repackaged as sandwiches under a brand other than Harold Food Co. and no longer bear the identifying information listed above.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Bost Distributing Company’s General Manager, Jeff Bennett, at 919-775-5931.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches Another Egg-Related Recall

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 3:59 AMGrand Strand Sandwich Company of Longs, SC is recalling some of its chicken salad sandwiches from convenience stores in the Southwest after its distributor recalled the chicken salad used to make them.

The recall is the latest in the string of recalls that began January 26 when Michael Foods revealed that some of its hard-cooked eggs could be contaminated with Listeria.

No illnesses have been associated with the hard-cooked eggs distributed by Michael Foods or any of the products made with the eggs.
In a news release Wednesday, Grand Strand wrote that its recall “came about when Bost Distributing, our chicken salad manufacturer, bought some of the hard-cooked eggs that were produced (and later recalled) by Michael Foods. Bost Distributing was unsure if the eggs from Michael Foods were used in our product, so just to be safe we are recalling (the sandwiches).”

The recalled sandwiches include:
– Grand Strand Sandwich 4.5 oz., UPC 067068101056, sell-by 02/24/12- Grand Strand Sandwich 4.5 oz., UPC 067068101056, sell-by 02/29/12- Country Harvest Chicken Salad 5 oz., UPC 067068171059, sell-by 02/23/12- Lunchbox Chicken Salad 4.5 oz., UPC 067068121050, sell-by 02/24/12 For a list of many of the other egg products recalled see “Hard-Cooked Egg Recall Widens.”

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