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Egg farm cited for salmonella prevention violations

A warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to Texas-based Mahard Egg Farm Inc. about serious violations of federal regulations intended to prevent Salmonella contamination in egg production was just made public. The violations were observed at the company’s Sulfur, Oklahoma, facility last October when company representatives were initially warned. The letter acknowledges an email response from the company, but deemed the response insufficient in addressing the agency’s concerns. Food Safety News summed up the violations as “related to fly control, rodents, evidence of wild birds and animals in poultry houses, sheep too near poultry houses and improper ... Read More

Cashews Sold in Northeast Recalled

Organic Cashews sold in the northeastern U.S. have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination, according to Food Safety News. The brand’s cashew supplier notified it that the cashews could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, or Listeria. Samples of a different product manufactured on the same machine as the cashews tested positive for the bacteria, however, none of the cashews’ samples tested positive. Yet, Hampton Farms is recalling fewer than 225 units of its Ava’s brand Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted “out of an abundance of caution” for its customers. The cashews were sold in 8-ounce containers marked with Best ... Read More

Nicotine poisoning surges in Alabama as many turn to vaping

The Alabama Poison Control Center is seeing a surge of nicotine poisoning cases stemming from the escalating popularity of vaping , which many smokers have turned to in recent years as a reportedly safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. Most of the Alabamians being poisoned from vaping products aren’t actually those who themselves vape, but children who are exposed to the nicotine-laden e-juice that goes into the devices. Liquid nicotine products are available in a range of sweet, candy-like flavors and the packaging is sometimes alluring to children. The Alabama Poison Control Center told WAFF Huntsville that it saw a total of 23 nicotine ... Read More

Peanut Corporation of America executive indicted by Grand Jury on charges stemming from Salmonella Outbreak

The owner of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), where one of the deadliest Salmonella outbreaks in U.S. history originated, has been indicted by a federal Grand Jury on 76 criminal charges. A group of employees and associates of the now-defunct company have also been arraigned in connection to the 2009 outbreak, which killed 9 people and sickened more than 700. According to the indictment, unsealed this week, PCA’s former owner, Stewart Parnell, 58, is charged with committing criminal fraud and conspiracy for allegedly selling and shipping out peanut products known to be contaminated. The Salmonella-tainted peanut butter and other peanut-based ... Read More

Gardasil distribution stalled in France pending government-ordered study

The distribution of Merck’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil has been halted in France, where a government-appointed group of immunologists and other researchers has been formed to determine if the benefits of the vaccine are worth the risks. As in the United States, Gardasil has become a “thorny subject” in France, with many parents suspicious of the vaccine’s benefits and fearful of its risks, according to France’s Le Point. Data pulled from the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) shows that from the time Gardasil was introduced in 2006 until September 15, 2011, 20,096 adverse events following the vaccine ... Read More

Group offers support network for girls injured by Gardasil

Girls who believe they have been harmed by Merck’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and their families shouldn’t have to feel alone when dealing with the devastating effects many people believe the drug can have, thanks to an international outreach of volunteers who can help answer questions and provide emotional support. The Guardian Angels, a support group encompassing 23 states and eight countries (including the United States), is made up of 42 volunteers who share knowledge and even personal — in some cases tragic — experience with the Gardasil vaccine. “We would eventually like to have a Guardian Angel in every ... Read More

New recommendations for Gardasil vaccine may put boys at risk

Despite outcry from parents of girls who have received the HPV vaccine Gardasil, and criticism about the vaccine’s effectiveness from one of its own creators, this month the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed its use for boys. This follows a similar recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Critics of the vaccine, which has been linked to thousands of complaints of serious adverse side effects, are left to wonder why their voices are not being heard. When it was introduced by manufacturer Merck, Inc., in 2006, Gardasil was marketed as a preventative treatment for cervical cancer. A ... Read More

Overestimating benefits of HPV vaccines could lead to increased risks

A new study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine indicates girls who receive HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines like Gardasil and Cervarix may overestimate the amount of protection the drug offers. According to the report, funded by the National Institutes of Health, some girls think they no longer have to practice safe sex after receiving the vaccination, or that they are protected from all types of HPV or protected from HPV indefinitely. In fact, vaccines such as Gardasil only protect against four of hundreds of types of HPV, and the vaccine’s effectiveness diminishes after about five to seven ... Read More

CDC recommends expansion of Gardasil use to boys

As expected, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee this week recommended expanding the use of the Gardasil vaccine, manufactured by Merck, to include boys and young men. The vaccine, which targets the human papillomavirus (HPV), previously has been recommended for girls, as a way to prevent cervical cancer caused by certain types of HPV. Gardsil use had already been approved by the FDA to treat boys in October 2009, although it was not yet given “recommended” status. The CDC reports that approximately 32 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States ... Read More

Employers have responsibility to prevent workplace violence

Workplace violence may seem random and unpreventable compared to other sources of job injuries, but according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there is much employers can do to prevent violence from occurring at work. Employers actually have a tremendous responsibility in preventing workplace violence. U.S. labor statistics show that homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. Last year, 506 of the 4,547 fatal workplace injuries were homicide. Most disturbing is the fact the homicide is the leading cause of death in the workplace. The number of women killed by ... Read More