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FDA announces frozen corn recall after it tests positive for Listeria monocytogenes

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According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recent press release, Bonduelle USA Inc. has announced a frozen corn recall, which affects more than 9,300 cases of the frozen corn due to the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes. If Listeria is present in the frozen corn, serious infections may occur in those with weakened immune systems, such as children or elderly people. If a healthy person ingests Listeria, the individual may experience short-term symptoms including high fever, headache, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and stiffness. Pregnant women with a Listeria infection could have a miscarriage or stillbirth as a result of the ... Read More

Kroger recalls seasonings for possible salmonella contamination

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Popular supermarket chain Kroger has announced a sizable recall of four Kroger-brand seasonings sold in its stores. The Kroger recall was sparked by the FDA’s discovery of Salmonella in a sample of the Kroger-brand Garlic Powder sold by a South Carolina store. According to the supermarket’s press release, the following Kroger-brand seasonings were produced in the same facility with the same equipment as the Salmonella-tainted Garlic Powder and are now under recall: Kroger Bac’n Buds: 12 oz containers (Sell by: May 20 18PS4) Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper: 17.1 oz containers (Sell by: May 18 18PS4, Sell by: May 19 ... Read More

E-cigarette use soars among U.S. youth

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E-cigarette use tripled among middle and high school students from 2013 to 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported after conducting its latest National Youth Tobacco Survey. The soaring popularity of e-cigarettes among U.S. youth has alarmed federal health authorities, who warn that nicotine poses special dangers for children and teens in no matter what form it is ingested. “We want parents to know that nicotine is dangerous for kids at any age, whether it’s an e-cigarette, hookah, cigarette or cigar,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. “Adolescence is ... Read More

FDA files suit against Wholesome Soy after listeria outbreak kills two

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Wholesome Soy Products Inc. is now being sued by the U.S. government following a listeria outbreak traced to the company’s soybean and mung bean sprouts. According to the FDA, five people from Michigan and Illinois were hospitalized from June through August due to listeriosis – a sickness caused by the ingestion of Listeria monocytogenes. Despite receiving treatment, two of five infected individuals died as a result of the sickness. The FDA’s investigation found the listeria strains to be “highly related” to the strains discovered at Wholesome Soy’s facilities, which were cited for multiple health violations during its prior inspections. “FDA ... Read More

Aurora Products announces walnut recall spanning 21 different labels

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Aurora Products, a natural specialty food producer based in Connecticut, has announced a significant recall of certain walnut and trail mix products following the discovery of salmonella during routine testing. Once the FDA was contacted regarding the finding, Aurora opted to initiate the voluntary walnut recall to remove any potentially affected containers from stores, including those with private labels. Although individuals with a strong immune systems will not experience any life-threatening ailments as a result of consuming salmonella-laden foods, consumers may experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal pain and fever. Salmonella in those with a weakened immune system, ... Read More

Amy’s Kitchen recalls food products for Listeria risk

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Approximately 73,897 cases of various Amy’s Kitchen food products are now subject to a nationwide recall due to the discovery of Listeria monocytogenes by one of the Amy’s organic spinach suppliers. The ingestion and infection of Listeria monocytogenes in a healthy person will likely only cause short-term illness with symptoms including nausea, headache, high fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, a severe Listeria infection affecting young children, elderly adults or those with a weakened immune system has the potential to be fatal. Pregnant women battling a Listeria infection may even experience a miscarriage or stillbirth – a devastating consequence for an ... Read More

Republicans propose massive changes to FDA oversight of drugs, medical devices


House Republicans want to dramatically overhaul the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of prescription drugs and medical devices, tripling patent protection for brand-name drugs, stripping detailed safety information from promotional materials, cutting some of the red tape in clinical trials, and expediting approval of medical devices. The 400-page draft bill, known as the 21st Century Cures Initiative, comes after nine months of meetings from both parties on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The guidance is designed to modernize FDA oversight of drugs and medical devices, and regulations. While both parties offered input, most of the priorities come from ... Read More

FDA warns of serious injuries in pediatric patients treated with bone graft substitutes

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Mounting reports of serious injuries in pediatric patients (younger than 18) who have received some types of bone graft substitutes have prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a Safety Communication warning doctors that the safety and efficacy of these devices in pediatric patients has not been reviewed or approved and poses unique risks to patients younger than 18 years of age. The issue involves bone graft substitutes containing recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides, which have caused serious injuries in patients younger than 18 such as excess bone growth, fluid accumulation, inhibited bone healing, and swelling. While these events ... Read More

Rader Farms Smoothie Blends recalled due to discovery of Listeria monocytogenes within key ingredient

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Several varieties of Rader Farms Smoothie Blends are now under recall by Inventure Foods, Inc. of Arizona. According to the announcement on the FDA’s website, organisms known as Listeria monocytogenes are believed to have contaminated the spinach and/or kale ingredients in the recalled smoothie blends; however, the organisms were not discovered in the blends themselves. Listeria monocytogenes is responsible for sickening individuals with weakened immune systems, such as young children and elderly people. The listeria infection, which may be fatal, carries symptoms including high fever, nausea, stiffness, severe headache, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Pregnant women could potentially suffer miscarriages or stillbirths ... Read More

Chinese researchers developing drug they say can cure Ebola

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Scientists around the world are in a race to develop drugs to stop the worst Ebola outbreak in history. A handful of drug companies have developed experimental treatments with varying degrees of success. The latest promising development comes from Chinese researchers who say they have made a drug that effectively cures Ebola. Sihuan Pharmaceuticals Holdings partnered with support from the Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS) has been developing JK-05 for the past five years. JK-05 is a micro-molecular chemical that selectively contains the RNA polymerase of the Ebola virus to inhibit virus replication. In September, the Chinese Food and Drug ... Read More