FDA/USDA ~ Recalls Alerts … August 2014


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08/27/2014 12:55 PM EDT
McCall Farms Incorporated is initiating a voluntary recall on 14.5 oz Margaret Holmes Turnip Greens and 14.5 oz Margaret Holmes Mixed Greens due to the potential of questionable seals. This recall does not impact any other Margaret Holmes vegetables.
08/22/2014 01:59 PM EDT
Nestlé Prepared Foods Company, a business unit of Nestlé USA, is initiating the voluntary recall of a limited quantity of LEAN CUISINE® Culinary Collection Chicken with Peanut Sauce/UPC code 13800 10154 because it may contain undeclared shrimp.
California Firm Recalls Chicken Caesar Salad Kits For Possible Listeria Contamination
APPA Fine Foods, a Corona, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 92,657 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kit products due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes.
08/19/2014 02:32 PM EDT
nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters (listed below) packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 053-2014, Massachusetts Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination (Aug 15, 2014).
08/14/2014 04:04 PM EDT
McCormick & Company, Incorporated is initiating a voluntary recall of McCormick® Ground Oregano, 0.75 oz bottle, UPC 0-523561-6 with code dates BEST BY AUG 21 16 H and AUG 22 16 H due to possible contamination with Salmonella. This recall does not impact any other McCormick Ground, Whole or Oregano Leaves products.
Massachusetts Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination
Whole Foods Market locations, South Weymouth, Mass. and Newton, Mass., are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
08/14/2014 09:59 AM EDT
Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) initiated a voluntary recall on June 26, 2014 for nine packaged lots of Aranesp® (darbepoetin alfa) (500 mcg) prefilled syringes from non-U.S. distributors, wholesalers and a number of hospital pharmacies due to the potential presence of cellulose and/or polyester particles observed in a small number of syringes during a routine quality examination. Lots 1042847, 1044141A, 1044141C, 1044141D, 1046891A, 1046891B, 1047394A, 1047622A, and 1047996A are being recalled as a precautionary measure.
08/12/2014 08:16 PM EDT
Sunfood of El Cajon, CA is recalling Organic Carob Powder, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
08/14/2014 09:54 AM EDT
Baxter International Inc. announced today it is voluntarily initiating a recall in the United States of two lots of DIANEAL Low Calcium (2.5mEq/L) Peritoneal Dialysis Solution with 2.5% Dextrose 5000mL (Ambu-Flex II) to the hospital/user level. The recall is being initiated due to the presence of oxidized stainless steel, garment fiber, and PVC particulate matter identified during the manufacturing process.
Georgia Firm Recalls Chicken Nugget Product Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
Perdue, a Gainesville, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,306 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.
Recall Notification Report 051-2014
Oberto’s Brands, a Kent, Wa. establishment, is recalling approximately 57,578 pounds of chicken strip products due to company quality issues.
08/07/2014 02:29 PM EDT
Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBST) today announced it is voluntarily recalling certain lots of CUBICIN® (daptomycin for injection) to the user level due to the potential presence of glass particulate matter in vials produced by a contract manufacturer. Please click here for the list of affected CUBICIN lot information.
08/07/2014 07:55 PM EDT
Regeneca Worldwide a division of VivaCeuticals, Inc. Las Vegas, NV is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of its RegenESlim appetite control dietary supplement from lot # EX0616R15814 and lot #11414RE5516 because FDA analysis confirmed the presence of DMAA. DMAA is also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine, or geranium extract. DMAA is commonly used as a stimulant, pre-workout, and weight loss ingredient in dietary supplement products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that DMAA is potentially dangerous to health as it can narrow blood vessels and arteries, which can cause a rise in blood pressure or other cardiovascular problems such as shortness of breath, arrhythmias, tightening in the chest, and heart attack.
 New York Firm Recalls Sausage Product Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
Zemco Industries Inc., a Buffalo, NY, establishment, is recalling approximately 106,800 pounds of smoked sausage due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
08/04/2014 03:35 PM EDT
Oasis Brands, Inc of Miami, FL is recalling Quesito Casero 12oz with expiration date 09/27/14, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
08/01/2014 09:16 PM EDT
New England Greens of Canaan, Connecticut is recalling 10 lots of Green Vibrance and one lot of Rainbow Vibrance after a former raw material supplier, Raw Deal of Allamuchy, NJ, recalled the Organic Parsley Leaf Powder used to manufacture Green Vibrance and Rainbow Vibrance because of the potential for contamination with Salmonella. Although the possibility is slight that any amount of Salmonella is present in any of the recalled lots of the above-mentioned products, New England Greens is issuing the recall with an abundance of caution for the safety of its consumers.
08/01/2014 11:59 AM EDT
Out of an abundance of caution, Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California is expanding its voluntary recall from July 19, 2014, of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
07/31/2014 04:54 PM EDT
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman warned consumers today not to eat VR Green Farms jarred food products because they may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum.
08/01/2014 05:28 PM EDT
Sunburst Superfoods of Tuckahoe, NY, is recalling Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder sold from March 12, 2014 through July 28th, 2014, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
 Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 044-2014, California Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due to Possible Salmonella Heidelberg Contamination (Jul 12, 2014).
07/31/2014 09:34 AM EDT

Lakewood, CO. Natural Grocers is issuing a voluntary recall of Chunks of Energy Carob Greens and Chunks of Energy Date / Flax/Tumeric because they contain organic carob powder from Ciranda, Inc., Hudson, WI 54016, which may be contaminated with Salmonella.

 

 

 

 

Mall cop ignores racist harassing Seattle protesters and pepper sprays black bystander instead


By David Edwards
Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:53 EDT

An African-American Seattle man who happened to be walking by a pro-Palestinian protest said that he is still confused as to why a security guard would have pepper sprayed him instead of a white man who was harassing demonstrators and yelling racial slurs.

Freelance photographer Alex Garland, who photographed and videotaped the incident, told The Stranger that a white shirtless man had been trying to start fights with activists at a pro-Palestinian rally on Saturday.

Garland said that the man had been shouting epithets like “towelhead” and “sand n*gger.”

As 26-year-old Raymond Wilford was walking to a friend’s house, the shirtless man apparently confused him for a protester.

“I was trying to avoid him because I heard him say a bunch of racial stuff,” Wilford told The Stranger.

In photos taken by Garland, the two men can be seen squaring off in a fighting stance, but Wilford said he never actually threw a punch.

That’s when a Westlake Center security guard arrived on the scene.

“The security guard was like, ‘Stop,’” Wilford recalled. “The white guy was still yelling and walking towards the security guard. I was like, ‘Why are you pointing your mace at me? He’s the one being aggressive.’ And then he pepper-sprayed me.”

Photos show the security guard walking past the shirtless white man to pepper spray Wilford, who is black.

“The guy that was the aggressor was closer to the security guard,” Garland said, according to MyNorthwest.com. “The other individual, the person of color, was further away but he was the one who got pepper sprayed.”

Video taken by Garland shows protesters pleading with the security guard, saying, “You Maced the wrong guy.” A Seattle police officer arrived on the scene, and the security guard took Wilford away to be detained. Meanwhile, the photos show the shirtless man casually walking away.

The security guard later told Seattle officers that Wilford “took an aggressive step towards him” so he was forced to deploy his pepper spray, a police reported indicated.

Valor Security Services, which employs the security guard, told KING that the guard gave multiple warnings.

“Please know these actions are never done without warning and careful consideration,” Valor spokesperson Scott Born insisted in a statement. “It is always our goal to try to resolve all situations as peacefully as possible.”

Valor declined to tell KING if the guard was still working for the company. The Seattle Police Department was investigating the incident.

For his part, Wilford said that he would like to speak with management at Westlake, and he has not ruled out legal action.

“I’ve been treated like that all my life, so it kinda brushes off,” Wilford explained to The Stranger. “I’m from the South, I’m from New Orleans. I’ve seen the worst of it.”

“People here seem to be more secretive about their not liking black people, or their racism,” he added. “I’m so used to it I don’t know what’s wrong and what’s right half the time.”

Watch the video below from KING, broadcast Aug. 12, 2014.

Climate Change ~~~ the movement & struggle is real … join us


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The Real Nina Turner


Team Turner –The Ohio GOP says State Senator Nina Turner is too partisan to hold statewide office, and her opponent recently claimed, “there are two Nina Turners – the one I deal with on a professional level and the one who goes on the Al Sharpton show…and starts saying outrageous things. It’s hard to know which is the real Nina Turner.”

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~~ Fact Sheet ~~ Climate Change


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 Obama knows that climate change is real
CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE
A study published in May 2013 found that 97% of
scientists agree that man-made climate change is a
reality.
The scientific consensus is that climate change is
occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and
poses significant risks for public health and welfare.
There is no significant scientific disagreement on these
facts.
[NASA, accessed 7/6/2013]
Climate change is caused by increased levels of carbon
dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, caused by human
activity like burning fossil fuels and land use changes.
CO2 traps energy from the sun, raising the earth’s
average temperature, and causing unpredictable—and
dangerous—effects.
[NASA, accessed 7/16/2013]
According to scientists, carbon dioxide levels in the
atmosphere are at the highest levels in 3-5 million years.
(New York Times, 5/10/2013)
Climate change is happening. The 12 hottest years on
record have all come in the last 15 years.  Severe storms,
the most severe drought in decades, and the worst
wildfires some states have ever seen have all occurred
in the past few years.
(NASA, 1/15/2013)
Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods are all now
more frequent and intense, and are projected to worsen
in the future.
(USGCRP, 2009)
Climate change could cause sea levels to rise between
one to six feet within the next hundred years, causing
grave damage to coastal cities and communities.
[NOAA, 12/6/2012]
Climate change will have other severe economic
impacts, causing disruptions across our economy,
including in the energy, agricultural, and transportation
sectors.
[USGCRP, 2009]
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