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

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

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

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

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

Golden Flake recall announced due to undeclared milk allergens in certain potato chips

Golden Flake Snack Foods, Inc., headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., has announced a voluntary and limited recall of its 5 oz. HOT Thin & Crispy Potato Chips. The recalled Golden Flake chips may contain milk and other dairy ingredients that were mistakenly omitted from the product’s list of ingredients. Consumers with a milk allergy could experience serious of life-threatening allergic reactions upon consuming the product. The following product description indicates which Golden Flake products are impacted by this recall: Product Description Size Item UPC “Best If Used By” and Specific Product Code Lot Golden Flake HOT Thin & Crispy Potato Chips ... Read More

More than 600,000 food industry workers Could Be at Risk for Diacetyl Exposure

Last October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finalized a warning to coffee workers, popcorn plant workers and other food and beverage-making workers about the dangers of diacetyl exposure. Diacetyl is a naturally occurring chemical in the coffee-roasting process, and can be artificially added to other foods and drinks, such as microwave popcorn, baking products, and beer. The flavoring is an enhancement that mimics the creamy, smooth taste of butter. According to the FDA, it is safe to eat in trace amounts, but breathing it has been linked to serious respiratory illnesses such as bronchiolitis obliterans, a deadly disease in ... Read More

Kids Believe Vaping is Safer than Smoking

National surveys have concluded that the majority of U.S. middle and high schoolers believe e-cigarettes  are safer than conventional cigarettes. They also believe them to be not as addictive. The surveys’ lead author Dr. Stephen M. Amrock of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland says that the safety of e-cigarettes “continues to be debated by public health experts.” He continues, “U.S. youth may not be wrong that e-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes, but such a view captures only half the story. Less harmful does not equate with no harm.” National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys in 2012 and 2014 ... Read More

Many sex enhancement supplements are too good to be true; beware hidden risks

The week before Christmas the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released 14 public notifications about sex enhancement supplements that were tainted with hidden active ingredients, specifically undeclared sildenafil, which is the active ingredient in Viagra. According to Vocativ, before issuing these 14 notifications the FDA had already posted 33 other warnings about tainted sexual enhancement products in 2016. Caught in a routine inspection by the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs when the drugs were shipped from overseas, these are likely only a tiny fraction of similarly misrepresented products. The agency isn’t able to test all products on the market ... Read More

IVC Filters Not Recommended for Cancer Patients

Patients who have been diagnosed with cancer are at increased risk for blood clots, especially venous thromboembolism (VTE), including pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). Cancer treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy increase the risk even more. In a recent study, Alok Khorana, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic and colleagues are not in favor of using inferior vena cava (IVC) filters in cancer patients. The cage-like devices are designed to catch blood clots before reaching the heart or lungs, but they have been known to tilt, perforate the vein and organs, migrate, or fracture. Dr. Khorana remains positive about other options to help prevent blood clots. ... Read More

Lawyers allege C.R. Bard’s IVC filters are ‘ticking time bombs’

Claims by patients across 16 different states have been consolidated into a class action lawsuit against C.R. Bard for the injuries and deaths allegedly caused by inferior vena cava (IVC) filters made by the medical device manufacturing giant. The lawsuit covers many Bard IVC filter products, including the Recovery Filter System, G2, G2 Express, Eclipse, G2X System, Meridian, and Denali. The patient injuries reportedly linked to the device include hemorrhaging, severe and persistent pain, and perforations of the tissue, vessels and organs. The filters are each based off the model made before – the Meridian’s design came from the Eclipse, which ... Read More