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Trader Joe apple sauces recalled after glass particles found in jars

Manna Products Co., is recalling three types of Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Apple Sauces because pieces of glass were found mixed into some jars of the product. Consumers with specific containers of Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce, Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce, and Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce are advised not to eat the products and to return them to Trader Joe’s for a full refund, or dispose of them. Products affected by the recall include Trader Joe’s All Natural Apple Sauce with the UPC 00014359, and all “Best Before” Date Codes through DEC 16, 2018. This brand ... Read More

Dietary supplement recalled after analysis finds dangerous hidden drug ingredient

Kingsway Trading Inc. is recalling its Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) dietary supplement because it contains a hidden drug that has been banned from the U.S. market because it is linked to serious and sometimes fatal cardiovascular events. The recall affects Brooklyn, New York-based Kingsway’s Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) supplements in 1.06 ounce (30g) bottles with Batch No. 130401 and Batch No. 150201. The item is packaged in a plastic brown bottle with a white cap. Each bottle contains 100 tablets, each tablet is 300 mg. The product was distributed to Massachusetts, ... Read More

New study may link popular acid-reducing drugs to stomach cancer

Published this month in PLOS Pathogens, microbiologists at Stanford and the University of Oregon found that acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, such as omeprazole, commonly sold under the brand name Prilosec, may encourage the spreading of a bacterium that is linked to stomach cancer. “Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that chronically infects the stomachs of 50 percent of humans, and infection can lead to serious diseases like peptic ulcers and stomach cancer,” say the study authors. “Stanford microbiologist Manuel Amieva, MD and his colleagues identified receptors H. pylori uses to detect and flee the detested acidity of its chosen ... Read More

Six-Year-Old Nearly Killed from Lethal Dose of Liquid Nicotine

In Oregon, a 6-year-old girl was given an accidental lethal dose of liquid nicotine by her father, who confused it for children’s pain medication. The girl’s parents were both smokers and vapers. The mother had just purchased a highly concentrated form of liquid nicotine for their e-cigarettes, then followed the instructions regarding how to dilute it using vegetable glycerin. She used an empty children’s ibuprofen bottle to store the diluted liquid, lightly writing “NIC” on the outside. When the father searched for medication to give the girl, who was suffering from a sprained ankle, he accidentally used the liquid nicotine. The ... Read More

Nicotine E-juice Mix-up Nearly Kills Oregon Girl

A 6-year-old Oregon girl nearly died after she ingested e-juice containing 10 ml of liquid nicotine that her mother had self-prepared for her vape, according to a medical journal case study that underscores the dangers nicotine-laden e-liquids pose to young children. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the patient’s mother had filled an empty ibuprofen bottle with liquid nicotine she mixed herself, using a combination of unflavored nicotine and vegetable glycerin. The child’s father, not realizing the ibuprofen bottle contained his wife’s nicotine, administered a dose to his daughter for pain associated with a sprained ankle. The ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Settlement Lands District of Oregon’s Largest Recovery For 2016

A False Claims Act case brought by a pair of whistleblowers against an Oregon-based owner and operator of independent living communities for seniors led to the single largest civil recovery for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon in 2016, according to an end of the year review. On May 5, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced that Holiday Acquisition Corp. and Fortress Investment Group, LLC (collectively Holiday) agreed to pay $8.86 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging it improperly received veterans’ benefit payments from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for care that ... 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

Imported frozen Strawberries Recalled Amid Hepatitis A Outbreak

An Egyptian food exporter is recalling certain lots of frozen strawberries in response to an outbreak of Hepatitis A virus. U.S. health officials traced the outbreak to frozen Egyptian strawberries used in smoothies served at some Tropical Smoothie Café establishments. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP), based in Ramadan, Egypt, is recalling the frozen strawberries it sent to the U.S. since Jan. 1, 2016, out of an abundance of caution. The recall came a few days after the FDA said ICAPP’s frozen strawberries would not be admitted into ... Read More

Natural Gas Explosion Rocks Portland Shopping District, Injuring Seven

A massive explosion thought to be caused by a natural gas leak ripped through a building in Portland, Ore., Wednesday morning, injuring seven people and causing extensive property damage. The blast occurred about 9:40 a.m. in a building occupied by Portland Bagelworks. That restaurant and at least two others in the trendy Northwest Avenue shopping district were significantly damaged, reducing one three-story building into “a pile of rubble,” The Oregonian reported. The natural gas leak was first reported at 8:55 a.m. A NW Natural gas utility crew and Portland firefighters responded to the report and evacuated the building upon arriving ... Read More

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Strawberry Smoothies Spreads to Eight States

An outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to frozen strawberries from Egypt used by a smoothie chain has grown to include at least 119 people in eight states, federal health officials reported Friday. The report does not include an additional four cases reported in Virginia around the same time, which brings the national total to 123 infections. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the illnesses have led to 47 hospitalizations, with the vast majority of cases being reported in Virginia. In August, Virginia Department of Health officials linked the growing outbreak to Tropical Smoothie Café restaurants ... Read More