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Jury selection begins for trial of employees of peanut processing plant at center of deadly Salmonella outbreak

Jury selection is underway for the trial of three people, employees and associates with a peanut processing plant blamed for the deadliest Salmonella outbreak in U.S. history, which killed nine people and sickened more than 700 in 2009. Former Peanut Company of America owner Stewart Parnell, his brother and food broker Michael Parnell, and the peanut plant’s quality control manager Mary Wilkerson were indicted last year on 76 criminal counts that allege the three shipped peanuts contaminated with Salmonella to industrial food customers – including nursing homes, schools and food suppliers – and covered up lab tests that showed some batches ... Read More

Nationwide fruit recall expanded over concerns of Listeria Monocytogenes contamination

A nationwide recall on nectarines, peaches, plums, and pluots potentially contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria has been expanded to include additional retailers and store items made with the affected fruit. Cutler, Calif.-based Wawona Packing Co. voluntarily recalled the fruit on July 19 after an Australian importer’s test detected slight levels of the Listeria bacteria on three peaches. Wawona said in a statement that the Listeria it found fell “within tolerance levels” set by the Australian government. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, has a zero-tolerance rule for listeria monocytogenes, prompting Wawona to retain a private laboratory to ... Read More

California fruit company issues nationwide recall after finding Listeria contamination

CUTLER, Calif. — A California fruit distributer has recalled several lots of nectarines, peaches, plums, and pluots sent out to retailers nationwide over fears that it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Wawona Packing Co. President Brent Smittercamp said that the company was recalling the products after consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Internal testing at Wawona’s Tulare County packing facility in central California found some of the fruit to be contaminated with Listeria, which can cause serious illness and may be fatal to young children the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals ... Read More

Niacin with statin medications linked to serious side effects

Niacin offers no benefits to patients with heart disease and can cause serious side effects including diabetes, infections, and stomach ulcers, new research has found. Niacin is a type of B vitamin that has long been prescribed to increase HDL, or “good,” cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular risk. It is often prescribed in combination with cholesterol-lowering statin medications such as Lipitor or Crestor. Recent studies have questioned the safety and effectiveness of the drug, resulting in fewer prescriptions. The new research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, raises serious safety concerns with the drug. The four-year study involved more ... Read More

Foster Farms chicken plant issues first recall in salmonella outbreak

Foster Farms, the poultry processing plant that distributed chicken contaminated with salmonella that has sickened hundreds of people in the past 16 months, has issued its first recall of the products. Packages of Foster Farms chicken affected by the recall have a “use or freeze by” date ranging from March 21 to March 29, and are imprinted with plant codes P-6137, P-6137A and P-7632. Though the meat has sickened more than 500 people across 25 states and Puerto Rico, the recall was initiated because of one single illness – that of a 10-year-old California boy who had to be hospitalized. Salmonella ... Read More

Chia seeds recalled after the health food was linked to salmonella poisonings

At least 21 people have been infected with salmonella bacteria after eating chia seed powder, prompting a product recall and a multistate health investigation. Chia seeds are a health food product commonly blended into smoothies or into snacks to enhance diets with added nutrients and curb appetite for weight loss. The seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico, and are the same seeds used to sprout grass-like “fur” on clay figurines called Chia Pets. These illnesses are the first to link the food borne illness salmonella to chia seed powder. The salmonella bacteria is most often found ... Read More

CDC announces new reports of salmonella infections from Foster Farms chicken

The number of people infected with antibiotic-resistant salmonella after consuming chicken processed by Foster Farms continues to climb, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 524 people have been sickened across 25 states and Puerto Rico with one of seven strains of salmonella. The outbreak was declared “over” on Jan. 16 with 430 illnesses, but more cases of salmonella poisonings continued to pour in. The CDC reports that three quarters of those infected are from California and that more than a third have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported during the year-long outbreak. The ... Read More

Study questions safety, effectiveness of anti-viral drug Tamiflu

Tamiflu, the medication given to treat and prevent the influenza virus, has little effect on complications of the flu, such as pneumonia, and is now known to cause psychiatric symptoms, kidney problems, diarrhea and vomiting, according to a new report published this week by the global not-for-profit organization Cochrane Collaboration. What is even more concerning is that countries including the United States and Europe purchased massive quantities of the drug to stockpile in the event of an epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends on its website that Tamiflu be used as a first-line defense against the ... Read More

Nearly 300 people in 18 states infected with salmonella from raw chicken

Nearly 300 people in 18 states have been sickened with what public health authorities believe is salmonella from raw chicken products made at three Foster Farms plants in California, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The illnesses were caused by salmonella Heidelberg, an infection that causes nausea and vomiting, but can be more problematic for infants, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. Earlier this year, 134 people in 13 states became ill from raw Foster Farms chicken. That outbreak, which was declared over in July, sent 33 people to the hospital, ... Read More

FDA approves Pfizer’s new hormone treatment for hot flashes, prevention of osteoporosis

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Duavee, Pfizer’s new hormone treatment for menopause-related hot flashes in women who have not had a hysterectomy, and to prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. Duavee is the first FDA-approved drug that combines a mixture of estrogens with another compound, bazedoxifene, which acts like estrogen to protect bone density. The FDA rejected bazedoxifene as an osteoporosis treatment in 2009 after numerous delays based on concerns that the drug could increase the risk for strokes and blood clots. Duavee enters a profitable market that already includes Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co.’s Brisdelle and Eli Lilly & ... Read More