(CBS/AP) New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. has expanded its recall to 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter after a product it sold to Trader Joe's groceries was linked to a salmonella outbreak.
The company recalled the products under multiple brand names after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) linked 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Sunland Inc, manufactures and packages the Trader Joe's peanut butter.
Sunland spokeswoman Katalin Coburn said the company recalled the other peanut and almond butters because they were manufactured with the same equipment as the Trader Joe's product. None of the other products have been linked to illnesses.Continue »
The voluntary recall was issued by Denver-based Kasel Associated Industries, the sticks' manufacturer, and applies to all six-count 5-inch packages of Boots & Barkley "American Beef Bully Sticks."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is urging pet-owners to look for signs of salmonella in animals that ate the sticks, because the infection can be risky to both pets and humans.
Salmonella bacteria can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from touching contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after handling.Continue »
The Fresh Selections Tender Spinach had a "best if used by" date of Sept. 16. The grocer said in a statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website Wednesday that if customers did buy the recalled product, they should return it to stores for a full refund or replacement.
(CBS News) The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and window blind manufacturer Blind Xpress issued a recall of their custom-made window blinds after a 2-year-old girl was strangled to death by the hanging adjustment cord.
The recall will affect about 39,000 vertical and 315,000 horizontal blinds made by the Michigan-based company. They were sold in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana from January 1995 through December 2011 and retailed for $16 to $380 each.Continue »
The study found that about 75 percent of children's school supplies contain high levels of potentially toxic phthalates. New York Sen. Charles Schumer called for new laws to regulate the chemical while discussing the report, which was released by the advocacy group Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) on Sunday.
"School supplies are supposed to help our children with their education, they shouldn't be harming their health," Schumer said in an emailed press release. "We don't allow high levels of these toxic chemicals in children's toys and we certainly shouldn't allow them in back-to-school products. When kids take their lunch to school this fall, they shouldn't be carrying it in a lunchbox laden with toxic chemicals."Continue »
Dole Fresh Vegetables of Westlake Village, Calif., said the voluntary recall will affect 1,039 cases of the bagged salads, which contain romaine lettuce and radicchio, that were shipped to eight U.S. states: Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia.
Affected bags have a Use-By date of August 20 and a UPC number 7143000819. The recall came after scientists from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture randomly tested a sample of Dole Italian Blend salad that yielded a positive presence for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported.Continue »
The products are sold in the U.S. at Sears, Target, Toys R Us (including Babies R Us), USA Babies, Walmart, and various other online sellers and toy and children's stores nationwide. Recalled products were sold between August 2003 through August 2012 for between $30 and $50.Continue »
Missa Bay LLC, owned by Ready Pac Foods Inc. of Swedesboro, N.J., announced the voluntary recall on Friday, saying a total of 293,488 cases and 296,224 individual units went to 36 states and the District of Columbia. People who may have purchased the recalled products are asked to record use-by dates and UPC codes and contact Ready Pac at 800-800-7822. More information on the more than two dozen products recalled and the states involved is available on the company's website.
A complete list of products can also be found here on the Food and Drug Administration website.
Packaged apple slices distributed to McDonald's and Burger King in some states are included in the recall, as are some packaged fruit, veggies, salads and sandwiches containing apples distributed to Wawa convenience store and Wegman's grocery chains. Various apple and fruit snacks with "Ready Pac" labels and apple salad kits with a "Safeway Farms" label are included as well.
Specifically, 1.2-oz. packages of apple slices with "McDonald's" label that were sold only in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont on or before Aug. 19 were included in the recall, including oatmeal products containing apples sold in those states. Also included were McDonald's 5.75-oz. fruit and walnut snacks sold on or before Aug. 20.
Burger King's 2-oz. fresh apple slices sold on or before Aug. 30 are included in the recall.
No illnesses have been reported, but the recall was a result of Listeria being found on equipment used to produce apple products by Missa Bay.
The recalled snacks have use-by dates of July 8 through Aug. 20, the company said. People should check their refrigerators for products with those use-by dates, the company said. It asked retailers to check store shelves and inventories to make sure none of the packages are there.
Last summer, McDonald's announced healthier Happy Meals would include fruit automatically with every meal purchased. Previously kids had been offered a choice between fries and apple slices with caramel dipping sauce. Burger King also announced last summer its cashiers would routinely ask customers if they wanted "healthier apple fries" instead of the standard for French fries.
Listeria is a bacteria that causes food poisoning and is especially dangerous to the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women. While a pregnant woman may experience mild, flu-like symptoms, the illness caused by Listeria -- called listeriosis -- can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery or life-threatening infection in newborns.
Symptoms in people besides pregnant women can include fever and muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.
Earlier this month, seven tons of pre-made meat and pasta salads from Garden Fresh Foods were recalled over concerns onions in the products may have been contaminated with Listeria.
An outbreak of Listeria in cantaloupes last year was linked to 30 deaths and one report of a pregnant woman who had a miscarriage while she was sick. In total, 146 people were sickened across 28 states.
(CBS News) An ingredient used in artificial butter flavoring for popcorn may worsen the effects of an abnormal brain protein that's been linked to Alzheimer's disease.
A new study in Chemical Research in Toxicology examined diacetyl (DA), an ingredient used to produce the buttery flavor and smell in microwave popcorn, margarine, candy, baked goods, and even pet food. It is also created naturally in fermented drinks like beer, and gives some chardonnay wines its buttery taste, according to the study.
Scientists at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis conducted an analysis of DA, a chemical which previously has been linked to respiratory problems in employees at microwave popcorn and food-flavoring factories.
(AP) Why does cancer come back after a tumor has been seemingly eradicated? Three new studies from American, Belgian, British and Dutch researchers may have an answer.
The studies bolster a long-debated idea that tumors contain their own pool of stem cells that can multiply and keep fueling the cancer, seeding regrowth. If that's true, scientists will need to find a way to kill those cells, apart from how they target and attack the rest of the tumor.
Stem cells in healthy tissues are known for their ability to produce any kind of cell. The new research deals with a different kind, cancer stem cells. Some researchers, but not all, believe they lurk as a persisting feature in tumors.Continue »
The FDA asked its 18-member panel to recommend guidelines for monitoring more than a half-million U.S. patients that have metal hip replacements. The devices were originally marketed as a longer-lasting alternative to older ceramic and plastic models. But recent data from the U.K. and other foreign countries suggests they are more likely to deteriorate, exposing patients to higher levels of cobalt, chromium and other metals.Continue »
The luggage maker said Tuesday that independent tests showed the suitcases posed no health hazard and it was carrying out the recall to allay consumer concerns.
Samsonite pulled the line from Hong Kong stores on Monday to replace the side handles after the city's Consumer Council reported a week earlier that a sample it tested had levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that were higher than recommended in voluntary guidelines.Continue »
(CBS News) What's behind the hepatitis C outbreak at New Hampshire hospital that's sickened twenty people?
CBS Boston reports that 19 patients of Exeter Hospital's Cardiac Catheterization Lab and a hospital worker have been diagnosed with the same strain of the liver-damaging disease since the state began investigating the outbreak last month.
On Wednesday Dr. Jose Montero, New Hampshire's public health director, said that the ongoing investigation points towards "drug diversion" as the cause of the outbreak, according to CBS Boston. That means an infected employee might have used a syringe on himself to get a drug fix and then used the same needle on patients.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that each three-month blister card contains 84 peach-colored active tablets and 7 white placebo tablets. In the packs with the error, the placebo tablets are placed in the 9th week slot instead of the correct 13th week slot. The picture on the left shows the correct order of pills.
"While the white placebo tablets can be clearly distinguished from the peach-colored active tablets, the risk of an unintended pregnancy for a patient taking the wrong tablet over several days cannot be excluded," Sandoz said in the FDA statement.Continue »
(CBS/AP) California lettuce grower, River Ranch Fresh Foods, has expanded its voluntary recall of some bagged salads to the entire country, after routine sampling detected contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported, the company said.
The voluntary recall by the Salinas, Calif.-based grower initially included lettuce shipped to California and Colorado. The bagged salads are sold under the names River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, The Farmer's Market, Cross Valley, Fresh n Easy, Promark and Sysco.Continue »
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