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Edamame recall announced by AFC; sold in more than 25 states

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Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp. (AFC) is now recalling several lots of edamame (soybeans) upon learning they might be infected with Listeria monocytogenes. The FDA reports that the company learned of the possible contamination during random testing performed under its Quality Assurance Program. The recalled edamame, identified on the packaging as “Edamame – Soybeans in Pods,” is dated between 01/03/2017 and 03/17/2017 with UPC code 0-23012-00261-9. The products were refrigerated and sold at designated sushi counters within grocery stores, cafeterias and corporate dining centers in the following states: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, ... Read More

Vulto Creamery named in wrongful death lawsuit following raw milk cheese recall

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A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York after a woman linked her husband’s death to the Vulto Creamery raw milk cheese recall. According to Food Safety News, Vermont resident Veronica Friedman filed the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her late husband Richard Friedman, alleging he suffered a massive stroke caused by a Listeriosis infection he procured from ingesting the recalled raw milk cheese last year. “People think of food poisoning as inconvenient rather than really dangerous,” said William D. Marler of Seattle, who is an attorney for Ms. Friedman, as ... Read More

Traditional milk takes aim at plant-based alternatives

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The milk in your local grocery’s dairy aisle is claiming identity theft, and it even has a proposed bill in Congress to bolster its case. According to Fortune, the milk industry has twice attempted in the last two decades to convince the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce its definition of milk, “the lacteal secretion…obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.” The definition means the almond, coconut, soy, cashew or pea milk sold in grocery stores technically doesn’t make the cut. It is a point of contention for traditional milk producers because the FDA has ... Read More

Retrievable IVC Filters may fracture if not removed as prescribed

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Following a car accident, a 33-year-old man was brought to the Boston Medical Center (BMC), New England’s largest trauma center. He received an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, a retrievable model called the G2 made by C.R. Bard. He was not advised of needed follow-up care, and returned to the hospital five years later with chest pains. Upon further testing, the medical team discovered that his IVC filter had fractured, and a strut of the filter had been lodged in a pulmonary artery. He underwent a fluoroscopic procedure, successfully retrieving the broken strut as well as the filter before it could do any ... Read More

Vulto Creamery cheese recall linked to two deaths; FDA investigation announced

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After a reported two deaths and six hospitalizations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an investigation of a listeriosis outbreak in connection with Vulto Creamery’s soft raw cheese recall. Vulto Creamery announced its cheese recall earlier this week, stating that its Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses tested positive for Listeria monoytogenes. Though the cheeses were available nationwide, the majority of the affected products were sold in locations like California, Chicago, Portland and the District of Columbia. Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by the ingestion of Listeria monocytogenes through contaminated food. The illness ... Read More

Deutsch Kase Haus cheese recall expands to Biery Cheese and MDS Foods

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February continues to rack up recalls as Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC, not only expands its original cheese recall, but also spurs Biery Cheese Company and MDS Foods Inc. to recall cheese supplied by it. The recalled cheese may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes – pathogenic organisms that can cause dangerous infections in young children, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), both companies were made aware this month that various types of Deutsch Kase Haus cheese are now subject to recall. MDS Foods Inc. is also recalling cheese that may ... Read More

Guggisberg cheese recall announced due to potential Listeria monocytogenes; seven states affected

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Guggisberg Cheese Inc. has announced a recall of several types of Colby type cheeses and sizes upon learning they may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. Those with weaker immune systems, such as children and frail or elderly adults, are at particular risk of serious infections from exposure to the dangerous bacteria. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that the recalled cheese products were manufactured by both Guggisberg Cheese and Deutsch Kase Haus LLC, but sold under the Guggisberg label. The following Guggisberg products are included in this cheese recall: Product Size (May be purchased at the deli counter ... Read More

Sargento cheese recall targets certain products potentially exposed to Listeria monocytogenes

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Sargento Foods Inc., an American food producer popular for its wide selection of cheese products, has announced a recall of specialty Longhorn Colby cheese due to potential exposure to Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes are responsible for causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in both young children and frail or elderly adults, especially those with weakened immune systems. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the cheese supplier Deutsche Kase Haus LLC notified the Sargento earlier this year, prompting the company to recall not only the aforementioned cheese, but also any cheese packaged on the same production line. The ... Read More

Small Coffee Roastery Plans to Appeal Citation for Exceeding Legal Diacetyl Levels

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A small coffee roastery in Minnesota was served with a citation last week for diacetyl levels exceeding the legal maximum. Steve Olsen, who owns Custom Roasting, Inc., located in Buffalo, says he was shocked when the company received the $1,250 fine. “I’ve been doing this for 28 years and I have no lung issues whatsoever,” he said. The citation, based on tests taken last October, states the diacetyl levels were steady at .026 parts per million (ppm). The the legal short-term exposure maximum is .02 ppm. “Our ventilation isn’t terrible, we have a large room, we have fans, things like that, we ... Read More

WHO: Vaping is Not an Effective Smoking Cessation Method

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According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, countries are being urged to curb the use of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid because of the lack of evidence that it helps people quit smoking. Many in the public health community, however, disagree with the agency’s suggestion, which was stated in a meeting in India. The meeting was for the 180 countries that make up the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a resistance effort against Big Tobacco to prevent the millions of deaths every year caused by smoking. Critics of the WHO recommendation say it is a “backward step” in the fight to reduce tobacco-related deaths, The ... Read More