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Heinz announces gravy recall due to mislabeling error; risk of allergic reaction

CBS News reports that Kraft Heinz Company is in hot water after mislabeling hundreds of cases of its Heinz-brand gravy right before Thanksgiving. According to the FDA, the jar’s labeling may indicate the product to be Heinz Pork Gravy; however, it might actually be Heinz HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy. If this is the case, the product would not be labeled to contain milk and soy, thus putting those with severe allergies at risk of an allergic reaction. The following Heinz products, all distributed to various U.S. retailers, are included in this gravy recall: CONSUMERS: Heinz HomeStyle Gravy Pork; individual 12 ... Read More

Baby food recall announced by H-E-B following discovery of plastic piece within a consumer’s container

H-E-B, a well-known grocery store chain based in Texas, is recalling its entire H-E-B Baby Food 2 pack 4 oz. cups product line. While there have not been any deaths or injuries linked to the recalled baby food, a small piece of rubber was found inside one of the containers and the company wishes to prevent any possibility of injury in the future. According to the FDA, H-E-B is now in process of a full investigation with its H-E-B Baby Food manufacturer regarding this incident to ensure all proper safety procedures are being followed during production. “Though we have only received ... Read More

E-Cigarette retailers Receive Warning Letters From the FDA Over Selling to Minors

Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) handed out warning letters to five companies that sell e-cigarettes, citing them for selling their products to minors. Since new regulations have been placed on e-cigarette marketing and sales, the vaping community and sellers have been reacting with fierce opposition. Rounds of warning letters have already been sent out from the FDA to e-cigarette sellers for products sold to minors, and now five more companies – iPuffVapor, Puff n Stuff Kissimmee Inc., Encore Vapor Inc., Mission Pipe Cigar Shop and Rize Vapor – have been recipients of the letters. As of the end of September, a ... Read More

Drumstick recall announced by Nestle USA due to possible exposure to Listeria monocytogenes

Nestlé USA, the largest food company in the world in terms of revenues, has announced a recall of certain Nestle Drumsticks ice cream cone products due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Listeria monocytogenes is responsible for causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in both young children and frail or elderly adults, especially those with weakened immune systems. The Drumstick recall specifically identifies the Drumstick Club 16 Count Variety Pack and 24 count Vanilla Pack, both of which were manufactured at the company’s Bakersfield, Calif., production facility. Each cone weights approximately 4.6 fluid ... Read More

FDA Issues Warning Letter for Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first warning letters last week to 55 tobacco retailers for selling e-cigarettes, e-liquids and cigars, which are newly regulated, to minors. The new regulations enforced last month make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookah tobacco to anyone younger than 18, either in person or online. The restrictions also include the requirement to check the photo ID of anyone younger than 27. When the FDA moved forward with compliance checks, targeting major national retail chains, they found that even after the new regulations were enacted, minors were still able to purchase the tobacco products, ... Read More

FDA accepts new drug application for treatment of aggressive melanoma mutation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a potential new drug to treat melanoma. The agency expects to make a decision on the New Drug Application (NDA) by June 30, 2017. Array BioPharma’s drug binimetinib is for the treatment of NRAS-mutant melanoma. Studies show that NRAS mutations arise in 15 to 25 percent of all melanomas. These mutated tumors are known to be even more aggressive than the fast-growing BRAF-mutated melanoma tumors and this type of melanoma has the worst prognosis in metastatic patients, according to Cancer Commons. Melanoma itself is the most aggressive form of skin cancer, ... Read More

Vegetable recall announced by Country Fresh due to possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes

Nearly 30,000 cases of various fresh-cut vegetables are now under recall by Country Fresh LLC due to potential Listeria contamination. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 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. The recalled vegetable products were shipped to retailers in the following states with the Country Fresh and store brand labels: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Each recalled vegetable product should have “BEST IF USED BY” dates ranging from ... Read More

Sales of E-cigarettes Expected to Increase Seventeenfold in the Next Fifteen Years

With flavoring descriptions such as “an exotic fusion of pineapple and coconut with champagne infused blueberries” and “creamy milk chocolate and rich peanut butter flavors,” who can resist the draw of e-cigarettes? E-cigarette manufacturers have picked up on the increase of sales when there are a wide variety of flavors – more than 7,000 total so far – but public health experts are concerned with the addictive nature of nicotine in the vaping liquids, which opens the door to harmful chemicals sucked into the lungs. Many believe that e-cigarettes serve as a gateway to smoking tobacco, particularly for minors. E-cigarettes are far from “safe,” as ... Read More

Vaping Lowers a Person’s Chance of Successfully Quitting Cigarettes, Doctor Says

Many people believe that smoking e-cigarettes, or vaping, is less toxic than using regular cigarettes, and that they’ll help with quitting regular cigarettes. However, there is little data and evidence to back those beliefs. Dr. Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, says that a person is not doing himself a favor by using e-cigarettes as a method of smoking cessation from regular cigarettes. Glantz has analyzed a number of studies that focused on the use of e-cigarettes to quit regular cigarettes. He found that vaping actually lowers a person’s chance of successfully quitting regular cigarettes by 28 percent. ... Read More

BEK Catering ordered to shut down seafood production due to multiple HACCP violations

Following multiple inspections by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), BEK Catering LLC and the United States have entered into a consent decree of permanent injunction, banning the company from receiving, processing, manufacturing, preparing, packing, holding or distributing food until it comes into compliance with FDA requirements. BEK Catering, a seafood business based in Daphne, Ala., operating under the name “Floppers Foods,” has been under scrutiny by the FDA after investigations between September 2011 and April 2015 uncovered repeated deviations from Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) requirements. The seafood HACCP regulations were created with the intention of ... Read More