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Spaghetti and meatball products recalled

Food manufacturing giant Conagra Brands is recalling approximately 717,338 pounds of its spaghetti and meatball products. The recall was prompted after one of the company’s ingredient suppliers alerted it that the bread crumbs used in the product contains milk, but Conagra’s labels for the recalled products “did not specify that the items contained milk,” according to CNN. Milk can cause allergic reactions and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires any products containing major food allergens, such as milk, to be clearly labeled so that consumers can easily identify them. The products subject to the recall were produced from ... Read More

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

First testosterone trial begins

More than 2,000 plaintiffs from around the U.S. will be watching this week as the first testosterone trial gets underway in Chicago, according to the Cook County Record. It is the first of seven cases in the class action singled out as bellwethers. Thousands of plaintiffs filed suit against multiple drug manufacturers of testosterone replacement drugs saying the drugs increased their risk of life-threatening adverse effects including blood clots, stroke and heart attack. As Beasley Allen previously explained, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation established a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for testosterone replacement drugs in 2014 following a Food and ... Read More

Will FDA budget cuts affect talc-ovarian cancer research?

In the recent talc-ovarian cancer trials, one of Johnson and Johnson’s primary defenses has been to cite that a number of health and safety regulatory agencies have not labeled talc as a carcinogen. As we have reported previously on Righting Injustice, in court J&J’s lawyers claim that these “watchdogs” have already “intensively analyzed whether talc causes cancer” and stand firmly on the side of the safety of talc, but this is misleading. One of the regulatory agencies always included in Johnson and Johnson’s list is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which in fact last year awarded an Office of ... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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