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Jars of almond butter, peanut butter recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

Jars of almond butter and peanut butter from Hain Celestial Group’s unit nSpired Natural Foods, and sold under various brand names, are being recalled after four people became sick after ingesting the products. The recall involves Arrowhead Mills brand peanut butters and MaraNatha almond butters and peanut butters, as well as lots of private label almond butter from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Safeway. A total of 45 production lots are affected by the recall. The nut butters were sold in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Routine testing by the ... Read More

Researchers aim to understand the potential harm in nanoparticles

When a mineral is broken down into smaller and smaller particles, or nanoparticles, its biological makeup can be affected, turning a seemingly harmless mineral into a potential lethal threat. Understanding which minerals’ nanoparticles pose risks is the work of a group of researchers at Northwest Nazarene University. Chemistry professor Jerry Harris refers to the book, “Asbestos: Silk of the Mineral Kingdom,” which was published in 1946 and touted the benefits of abestos. Asbestos became widely used in the United States throughout the 20th century as insulation because of its affordability and sound absorption. What researchers didn’t learn until decades later ... Read More

Flesh-eating bacteria in Gulf linked to BP oil spill

Cases of beach-goers contracting the flesh-eating bacteria Vibrio vulnificus continue to occur in the warm water of the Gulf Coast this year, and one Auburn University professor has uncovered a link between the potentially deadly bacteria and tar balls still present in the water after BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Cova Arias, professor of aquatic microbiology at Auburn University, who has studied the impact of Vibrio on the Gulf’s oyster industry, set out to find if the bacteria could live in the tar still found in the water and along the beaches of the Gulf Coast. According to ... Read More

Jury selection begins for trial of employees of peanut processing plant at center of deadly Salmonella outbreak

Jury selection is underway for the trial of three people, employees and associates with a peanut processing plant blamed for the deadliest Salmonella outbreak in U.S. history, which killed nine people and sickened more than 700 in 2009. Former Peanut Company of America owner Stewart Parnell, his brother and food broker Michael Parnell, and the peanut plant’s quality control manager Mary Wilkerson were indicted last year on 76 criminal counts that allege the three shipped peanuts contaminated with Salmonella to industrial food customers – including nursing homes, schools and food suppliers – and covered up lab tests that showed some batches ... Read More

College student sues meat packing plant after E. Coli poisoning

Kalamazoo college student Rachel Tamminga is suing a meat packing plant after hamburgers she consumed at two local restaurants landed her in the hospital for six days. The meat was linked to a recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef processed by Wolverine Packing Co. in Detroit due to E. Coli contamination. The affected ground beef was sold to restaurants in four states – Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. The recall was later extended to the rest of the U.S. after it was determined that the meat was shipped to distributors who may have sold it to individuals. At ... Read More

FDA shuts down cheese factory linked to deadly listeria outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shut down production at a Delaware cheese factory linked to a deadly listeria outbreak after an inspection revealed numerous unsanitary conditions that the agency said created a “reasonable probability” that cheese produced there could cause “serious adverse health consequences or death to humans.” Roos Foods Inc., recalled 16 varieties of Hispanic-style cheeses last month after reports of one death in California and seven illnesses in Maryland from listeria infections. Those sickened included mothers and newborn babies. The recall involved all of Roos Foods’ Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima and Anita brands, which ... Read More

Neighborhood blames cancer cluster on smokestacks at Whirlpool plant

Families from a rural Ohio town whose children have been diagnosed with cancer have been given the green light to pursue personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against Whirlpool Corp. The families believe smokestacks from Whirlpool’s large washing machine factory in Clyde, Ohio, were poisoning the air with cancer-causing chemicals. Nearly 40 people in the small town, located between Toledo and Cleveland, have been diagnosed with various types of cancer in the past 20 years. The cancer diagnoses peaked in 2006, when nine children were diagnosed with some form of the disease. The 2010 census listed the town’s population at ... Read More

FDA, CDC investigating possible link between illnesses and Uncle Ben’s rice

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating illnesses of children and teachers in three states to determine if they may have been caused by Uncle Ben’s infused rice served in schools and day cares. The illnesses affected children in Texas, Illinois, and North Dakota. One of the worst outbreaks was in Katy, Texas, where 34 students and four teachers at three different schools reported skin reactions, burning, headaches, and nausea after eating Uncle Ben’s “Mexican flavor” infused rice. The symptoms persisted for 30 to 90 minutes. The reactions prompted the ... Read More

Chobani recalls Greek yogurt cups due to mold contamination

At least 89 people have become ill with nausea and cramps after eating Chobani Greek yogurt products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The company last week issued a recall and told grocery stores to destroy 35 varieties of its yogurt because some of the products were contaminated with a mold that can cause the yogurt cups to bloat and swell. The mold, known as mucor circinelloides, is associated with diary products but is not known to cause any health issues, at least for healthy individuals. Those with compromised immune systems may be more apt to fall ill after ... Read More

Pharmacy records from medical clinics subpoenaed for fungal meningitis outbreak investigation

Pharmacy records from three Tennessee medical clinics have been subpoenaed as part of a legal investigation into deaths and injuries allegedly caused by contaminated steroids shots manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC) based in Framingham, Mass. The subpoenas were sent to St. Thomas Outpatient Neurological Center in Nashville, Specialty Surgery Center in Crossville, and PCA Pain Center in Oak Ridge. The records were requested by attorneys representing patients in a consolidated federal lawsuit against the compounding pharmacy that made the shots. The documents requested include records between the clinics and NECC that would detail purchases, quantities, pricing and dates. NECC manufactured ... Read More