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Nationwide fruit recall expanded over concerns of Listeria Monocytogenes contamination

A nationwide recall on nectarines, peaches, plums, and pluots potentially contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria has been expanded to include additional retailers and store items made with the affected fruit. Cutler, Calif.-based Wawona Packing Co. voluntarily recalled the fruit on July 19 after an Australian importer’s test detected slight levels of the Listeria bacteria on three peaches. Wawona said in a statement that the Listeria it found fell “within tolerance levels” set by the Australian government. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, has a zero-tolerance rule for listeria monocytogenes, prompting Wawona to retain a private laboratory to ... Read More

California fruit company issues nationwide recall after finding Listeria contamination

CUTLER, Calif. — A California fruit distributer has recalled several lots of nectarines, peaches, plums, and pluots sent out to retailers nationwide over fears that it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Wawona Packing Co. President Brent Smittercamp said that the company was recalling the products after consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Internal testing at Wawona’s Tulare County packing facility in central California found some of the fruit to be contaminated with Listeria, which can cause serious illness and may be fatal to young children the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals ... Read More

Two patients dead after contracting Legionaire’s disease at UAB hospital

Two patients at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center have died after contracting Legionaire’s disease from the water system in the hospital’s hematology/oncology unit, hospital officials confirmed this week. The two patients died sometime in early to mid-May, according to the hospital. The exact dates of their deaths haven’t been released by the hospital for privacy reasons. They were among eight patients in the same unit who contracted the disease. “Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment, usually in water,” said Dr. Loring Rue, UAB’s Chief Patient Safety and Clinical Effectiveness Officer. “The bacteria grow best in ... Read More

FDA approves medical device to treat migraine headaches

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a novel new nerve-stimulating headband designed to treat and prevent migraine headaches. The device offers a new option for migraine sufferers who cannot tolerate migraine medications. The Cefaly device is a battery-powered plastic headband that is worn across the forehead. The band emits a low electrical current through an adhesive electrode to help stimulate nerves that trigger migraines. The headband is designed to be worn for up to 20 minutes a day in adult patients age 18 and older. The device was approved based on a 67-person study that showed those using ... Read More

17-state salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers

An outbreak of salmonella illnesses in 18 states has been traced to cucumbers from two suppliers in Mexico, federal health authorities say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are 73 confirmed illnesses linked to eating the cucumbers contaminated with the “Salmonella StPaul” bacteria. No deaths have been linked to the outbreak so far. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed two Mexico-based growers, Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse on a federal import alert. Both companies are located in Culiacán, Sinaloa state, Mexico. Customs agents will deny cucumbers originating from the two companies ... Read More

CDC says food illnesses on the rise, reports sharp increase in shellfish-related sickness

The number of people sickened by pathogens in contaminated food grew last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday in its summary of 2012 public health data documenting foodborne illness in the United States. According to data from the CDC’s FoodNet surveillance system, cases of foodborne infection went up 3 percent in 2012 from the year before. The CDC attributes this escalation in food-related illnesses partly to a surge in the number of illnesses from the Vibrio bacteria found in undercooked shellfish and raw oysters. Records show that those illnesses were up 25 percent, but government ... Read More

Lawyers investigating serious complications with Mirena IUD

Safety concerns are now being raised about the Mirena IUD, including complications such as organ perforation, migration of the device to outside the uterus, expulsion of the IUD, and embedment in the uterus. Women who have experienced problems with their Mirena IUD are encouraged to speak with an attorney as they may be entitled to compensation. The Mirena IUD, or intrauterine system, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000 for temporary (5-year) pregnancy prevention. In 2009, the FDA expanded the indication to include the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding in women who use IUDs as their method ... Read More

FDA approves first-ever migraine medicine skin patch

NuPathe is launching the first-ever patch to treat migraine headache, a product the device’s maker says is “game changing” to migraine sufferers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave NuPathe’s Zecuity the nod last week, and the company says it is currently focusing on securing commercial partners for the patch and hopes to have the patch on the market by the end of the year. Zecuity is a single-use, battery-powered patch that actively delivers the migraine medication sumatriptan through the skin. Sumatriptan has been on the market since 1991. It is administered in several forms including tablets, subcutaneous injection, and ... Read More

UK health regulator warns of problems with metal-on-metal hip implants

The risk from metal-on-metal hip replacement systems is greater than previously thought, with even greater failure rates, U.K. health regulator the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) reported. Artificial hips are traditionally made with ceramic or plastic parts, but over the past decade medical device manufacturers began making hip implants with all metal parts. The idea was that the new design would make the hips more durable over time. Traditional hip implants can last 20 years or more before they need replacing. However, shortly after the metal-on-metal hips hit markets around the world, reports of premature failures began pouring ... Read More

Hundreds of Georgia elementary kids accidentally given two flu shots

Nearly 400 Bibb County, Georgia, students were accidentally given two flu shots during a campaign to inoculate children against seasonal influenza. North Central Health officials were tipped off by a parent who said his child had received a flu shot at school when he had already been given one previously. This prompted an audit that found 383 elementary school students unnecessarily received a second dose of the flu vaccine. Health officials blame the accident on paperwork oversight and said the school will not be charged for the extra shots. The district also says there is no cause for alarm. “We ... Read More