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Texas Woman Diagnosed with Severe Lung Disease After Years of Occupational Diacetyl Exposure

Julysabel Cerda is only 35 years old and had worked at a coffee roasting plant in Texas since 2007. Part of her everyday routine was climbing the ladder to the mezzanine at the top of a grinder where coffee beans were processed. She would stir the beans, inhaling aromas that are suspected of destroying her lungs. Only a year after working there, she began to notice being increasingly winded after climbing the same ladder every day. She was fit, healthy and active otherwise. She suspected something must be wrong. A cough persisted, her throat constantly felt dry, and she couldn’t figure out why ... Read More

General Mills flour recall prompts FDA and CDC to remind consumers raw flour can carry contaminates

It seems just about everyone is aware of the dangers associated with consuming raw cookie dough, but what had seemed to be a foodborne illness caused by raw egg has now been linked to possibly E. coli tainted flour. According to new findings by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an E. coli outbreak responsible for sickening as many as 38 people across 20 states may be connected to flour manufactured by General Mills. The bacteria comes from an uncommon strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli known as 0212. Affected batches of the flour ... Read More

Former FDA commissioners explain difficulty in regulating dietary supplements

Ensuring the safety of dietary supplements sold in the United States has been a constant uphill battle for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) given the agency’s limited resources and inability to act outside Congress, a panel of six former FDA commissioners said in a historic meeting in Aspen, Colo. The rapidly expanding industry of dietary supplements not only includes vitamin and mineral formulations, but it has grown to include those derived from herbs, glands, amino acids, and enzymes that are sold individually in any amount or in combinations, sold in tablets, capsules, gel caps, powders or liquids. In some cases, ... Read More

High Levels of Diacetyl Found in the Air at a Small Coffee Roasting Plant

When diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione (a diacetyl substitute) was tested for in the air at a small coffee roasting plant, the levels were shockingly high, according to a study published last year by Toxicology Reports, an online journal. According to the study, green unroasted coffee beans contain little to no diacetyl or 2,3-pentanedione. It’s the roasting process that plumes the toxicity into the air, and if a facility doesn’t have proper ventilation, the concentrations could prove to be health-damaging. A second study published by Toxicology Reports by some of the same authors simulated a coffee-shop setting where the exposure to both the barista and ... Read More

Frozen vegetable recall announced due to potential Listeria; both Walmart and Target brands affected

A frozen vegetable recall has been announced by the National Frozen Foods Corporation after learning the products may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. According to the recall notice, the frozen vegetable recall comprises of Walmart’s “Great Value” brand, as well as Target’s “Market Pantry” brand. First Green and Bountiful Harvest Green frozen food products are also included in this recall. All of the affected products were sold from Sept. 2, 2015, through June 2, 2016. “The recall was the result of a sample tested by the company which revealed that the finished products may potentially be contaminated with the bacteria,” ... Read More

Animal cracker recall announced after discovery of undeclared peanut residue

Armour-Eckrich Meats LLC of Lisle, Ill., has announced an animal cracker recall comprising of its Armour® Snackmakers Keebler Animal Crackers. The company’s recall announcement was made following its discovery that the recalled animal crackers may have been contaminated by an undeclared peanut residue within its flour. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only consumers with severe peanut allergies should be wary of the recalled animal crackers considering the amount of peanut exposure from the flour is extremely low. Neither the company nor the FDA expect any adverse health effects to occur in the majority of consumers with ... Read More

FDA launches online tool to report problems with E-Cigarettes, Vape Products, Hookah, Cigarettes or Tobacco

For anyone that has experienced an issue with e-cigarettes, regular cigarettes or cigars, hookahs and smokeless products, there is a new way to report the problem to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – by using a handy online tool. A first indication that a tobacco/nicotine product is defective is if it has a strange taste or smell. Any changes in health or breathing may indicate an unexpected health problem. These are all things that the FDA encourages anyone to report using The Department of Health and Human Services online safety reporting portal. Recent tests have suggested that vaping products contain diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione (a ... Read More

Doctors say toxic effects from vaping mimicked cancer symptoms

The FDA is reviewing the safety of using e-cigarettes, or vaping, as a healthier substitute for regular cigarettes. The agency has held public workshops discussing the safety of e-cigarettes, examining a few chemical analyses that have come back indicating that vaping liquids may contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals. A recent case of a 45-year-old woman referred to a clinic with abdominal pain and a fever have raised eyebrows on the potential toxic effects e-cigarettes have on the body. When the patient arrived at the clinic, she was ordered a full-body workup, which included a CT scan. The scan showed that there were nodules in the ... Read More

Diacetyl Commonly Found in E-Cigarettes: Is It Toxic?

At a public workshop event put on by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March of 2015 regarding electronic cigarettes and the public health, diacetyl was the center for discussion for its use in e-cigarettes, and its potential toxicity to the lungs when inhaled. Diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione (a diacetyl substitute) are chemicals that produce a buttery or creamy flavoring. It is found in microwave popcorn, flavored coffee, ready-to-mix desserts, oil sprays, and many more processed products. It is also a common chemical used in flavorings of e-cigarettes. The potential danger of diacetyl is alarming:  when inhaled, the person ... Read More

Surgery to Retrieve Migrating IVC Filter Leaves Woman with 11-Inch Scar

A recipient of Cook Medical’s Gunther Tulip, an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, is left with an 11-inch long, 1/4-inch wide abdominal scar where she had surgery to retrieve the filter that was migrating toward her spine. IVC filters are small cage-like devices that are implanted in the vena cava, the body’s largest vein, which runs along the spine. They are designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart, lungs and/or brain. But many IVC filter models such as Cook Medical’s Gunther Tulip and Celect models, as well as C.R. Bard’s Recovery, G2 and G2 Express, have been linked to life-threatening complications ... Read More