FDA/USDA ~~ Alerts & Safety November 2014


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11/25/2014 07:33 PM EST
Henry’s Farm Inc. of Woodford, VA is recalling all packages of Soybean Sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals 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.
11/26/2014 10:48 AM EST
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) said today it is recalling select containers of Private Selection Denali Extreme Moose Tracks Ice Cream sold in 13 states because it may contain peanuts not listed on the label. Item Description: Private Selection Denali Extreme Moose Tracks Ice Cream sold in 48-ounce containers with a “sell by” date of April 16, 2015 under the following UPC Code: 11110-00456.
11/25/2014 04:49 PM EST
Acme Smoked Fish Corporation of Brooklyn, NY is voluntarily recalling 564 pounds of its Imported (Product of Denmark) Acme 4oz. (113g) vacuum packs of Smoked Nova Salmon with lot code of L.05122014 because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
11/25/2014 04:45 PM EST
Flying Cow Creamery is voluntarily recalling one lot of whole milk yogurt due to a faulty time and temperature recording during pasteurization. Pasteurization heats milk to eliminate all illness-causing bacteria such as Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella.
11/21/2014 01:05 PM EST
Kozy Shack Enterprises, LLC is voluntarily recalling certain items of its Foodservice Kozy Shack Simply Well Chocolate Pudding 4 oz. cups because they contain undeclared milk and lack product labeling. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
11/24/2014 11:10 AM EST
Aurobindo Pharma USA is voluntarily recalling lot GESB14011-A of Gabapentin Capsules, USP 300 mg 100-count bottles to the consumer level. The product lot has been found to contain some empty capsules. Empty capsules could result in missed dose(s) of gabapentin resulting in adverse health consequences that could range from no effect, short term reduction in efficacy, short term withdrawal effect, or status epilepticus (long period seizures) that could be life-threatening.
11/20/2014 08:06 PM EST
Evershing International Trading is voluntarily recalling Vinacafe Brand Wake Up Weasel Instant Coffee mix 3-in-1 after learning that the product may contain Sodium Caseinate ( a Milk derivative), a Milk allergen, and Soy extract, a Soy Allergen, that is not declared on the products’ ingredient statement. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Milk and/or Soy have the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this coffee.
 
California Firm Recalls Sausage Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
Sapar USA, Inc. (DBA Fabrique Delices), a Hayward, Calif. establishment is recalling approximately 12 pounds of sausage products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen
11/19/2014 05:19 PM EST
REFA Enterprises, LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of each: Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen (UPC # 6333090804632), Forever Beautiful Infinity UPC # 633090804649), to the consumer level. The products have been found to contain undeclared Sibutramine or a combination of both Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein through FDA laboratory analyses.
11/19/2014 04:15 PM EST
K. Heeps, Inc., an Allentown, Pa., establishment is recalling approximately 2,902 pounds of Bratwurst and Bangers sausage products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Pretzel Dog Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
City Line Foods Manufacturing Co., a Lancaster, Pa., establishment is expanding their recall to include an additional 12,282 pounds of frozen pretzel hot dog products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
 Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 076-2014, California Firm Recalls Pork Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergens (Nov 6, 2014).
11/15/2014 08:32 AM EST
Solgar, Inc., of Leonia, NJ, is voluntarily recalling ABC Dophilus Powder. The recall was initiated, out of an abundance of caution, because the product was found to contain Rhizopus oryzae, which may cause Mucormycosis.This is a rare infection that may cause health problems to consumers, particularly pre-mature infants/infants, children, and those with weakened immune systems.
11/15/2014 09:32 AM EST
Lundberg Family Farms announced that it is voluntarily recalling specific bags of Brown Rice Flour because they have 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 if consumed raw. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
11/14/2014 07:12 PM EST
Great American Appetizers, Inc. of Nampa, Idaho is recalling 662 cases of HyVee Mozzarella Cheese Sticks because they may contain undeclared soy flour, yellow #5 and yellow #6. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to soy, yellow #5 or yellow #6 can run the risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume this product.
11/14/2014 08:02 PM EST
B&G Foods announced today it is voluntarily recalling certain Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix, Ortega Taco Sauce, Ortega Enchilada Sauce and Ortega Taco Kit products and certain Las Palmas Taco Seasoning Mix and Las Palmas Taco Sauce products after learning that one or more of the spice ingredients purchased from a third party supplier contain peanuts and almonds, allergens that are not declared on the products ingredient statements. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts and almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. There is no health risk associated with these products for individuals without an allergy to peanuts or almonds.
11/14/2014 05:13 PM EST
Chaotic Labz, Atkins, Arkansas, is voluntarily conducting a nationwide recall of Mayhem dietary supplement capsules, Lot #CLM061114 with an expiration date of 06/2016, to the user/consumer level. Mayhem’s intended use is as a bodybuilding supplement. FDA laboratory analysis found that Mayhem Dietary Supplement contains undeclared dexamethasone, a prescription corticosteroid commonly used to treat inflammatory conditions, and cyproheptadine, a prescription antihistamine used for seasonal allergy treatment, making this an unapproved drug.
11/14/2014 06:09 PM EST
Children’s Medical Ventures, a Philips Healthcare business, today announced that the company has issued a recall of all Gel-E Donut gel pillow and Squishon 2 gel cushion products due to potential mold contamination of the products. This action follows a previous recall for these products announced in May 2014.
11/15/2014 11:15 PM EST
City Line Foods Manufacturing Co., a Lancaster, PA. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,196,669 pounds of frozen pretzel hot dog products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
11/14/2014 10:15 PM EST
Kasia’s Deli Inc., a Chicago, IL. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,059 pounds of pierogi products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens
. Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 076-2014, California Firm Recalls Pork Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergens (Nov 6, 2014).
11/12/2014 03:30 PM EST
At a Food and Drug Administration laboratory in Jefferson, Arkansas, sensory analysts’ noses—not their microscopes—are their essential tools. These specialists in this FDA regional lab use their senses of smell for detecting odors of decomposition to make sure domestic and imported seafood and seafood products are fit for consumption.
These analysts are part of the lab’s food filth team, which includes entomologists (those who study insects) and a filth and sanitation specialist. The team investigates a host of other food products to test for contamination.
Read the Consumer Update to learn more about what this FDA office is doing to keep the food supply safe.
 Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 068-2014, Minnesota Firm Recalls Meat and Poultry Products for Possible Listeria Contamination (Oct 8, 2014).
11/08/2014 10:55 AM EST
Marin Foods Specialties, Inc. of Byron, CA is voluntarily recalling Organic Raw Almonds (bitter almonds), due to them possibly containing elevated levels of naturally occurring hydrogen cyanide according to laboratory test results. To date, no human illnesses have been associated with these products and they have been pulled from sale.

 

11/06/2014 05:37 PM EST
Schwartz Brothers Bakery of Seattle, Washington is recalling “Everything Bagels” because product contains milk but it is not declared as the ingredient on the label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
11/06/2014 11:15 PM EST
CS Best Food Inc., a Panorama City, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,560 pounds of pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 074-2014, Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due to Staphylococcal Enterotoxin Contamination , October 25, 2014.
11/05/2014 06:05 PM EST
House of Spices of Flushing, NY is recalling its 200 gms packages of “Laxmi Nutkhhat Golden Raisin” food treats because they contained undeclared sulfites.
11/05/2014 07:05 PM EST
Oasis Brands, Inc. de Miami, FL está retirando lotes selectos de productos Lácteos Santa Martha con fechas de vencimiento de 07/01/14 al 12/31/14, debido a que los productos tienen el potencial de estar contaminados con Listeria monocytogenes, un organismo que puede causar infecciones serias y a veces fatales en jóvenes, niños, personas débiles o ancianas, y otros con sistemas inmunológicos debilitados. Aunque individuos sanos pueden sufrir sólo síntomas a corto plazo, tales como fiebre alta, dolor de cabeza severo, rigidez, náuseas, dolor abdominal y diarrea, la infección de Listeria puede causar abortos involuntarios y mortinatos among pregnant women.entre las mujeres embarazadas.
11/05/2014 01:52 PM EST
Welcome Market, Inc. dba 99 Ranch Market of Union City, CA is recalling “Taro Toast”, “Family Toast”, “U-Ta-Ne Toast”, “Raisin Toast”, “Green Onion Porksung Toast”, “Coconut Toast”, “Pineapple Toast”, “Multi-9 Grain”, “Cheese Toast”, “Wheat Bran Toast”, and “Red Bean Toast” because the product labels failed to declare food allergen wheat, soy, and/or and milk in the ingredient statement. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat, soy and/or milk run the risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention should they consume these products.
11/03/2014 03:46 PM EST
Taylor Farms New Jersey, Inc. of Swedesboro, NJ is voluntarily recalling 1,510 units of WAWA Garden Rotini Salad due to the potential of undeclared fish, wheat and egg allergens contained in the salad.
Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 075-2014, Texas Firm Recalls Boudin Products Due To Possible Temperature Abuse , November 4, 2014.
11/03/2014 08:40 AM EST
Bartlett Milling Company has initiated a limited recall of certain horse feeds due to potential Rumensin contamination. The products were distributed to customers and retailers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
11/03/2014 12:00 PM EST
If you eat meat or drink milk, you want to know: Are there trace amounts of the veterinary drugs used in food-producing animals entering your diet? See why methods of testing make all the difference at FDA’s Division of Residue Chemistry.
“Our job is twofold,” says Division Director Philip Kijak, Ph.D. “We validate the methods drug companies use to test for drug trace amounts in foods from animals, and we help develop newer and better methods for testing.”
10/31/2014 11:35 PM EDT

Marathon Ventures, Inc. announced today that it is voluntarily recalling various retail and bulk packages containing raw macadamia nuts as a precautionary measure because the product may 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, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and abdominal pain.

Texas Firm Recalls Boudin Products Due To Possible Temperature Abuse
Carlton Foods, a New Braunfels, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 25,764 pounds of fresh Boudin products, which were produced with pre-cooked rice that may have experienced temperature abuse and may contain an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus.

Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 073-2014, Illinois Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due to Possible Salmonella Enteritidis Contamination (Oct 24, 2014).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prison for Parking Tickets ?


Brave New Films

This season reminds us that there are a lot of things to be thankful for.

For instance, not having to go to jail for minor infractions like parking tickets.

But sadly, that’s not the reality for everyone. We live in a world where government and corporations continue to make money off of those who are poor, hungry and desperate.

To Prison for Poverty exposes two private probation companies who exploit and make million of dollars off of people who can’t afford small fines.

Watch the documentary and subscribe to our channel here:

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As we give thanks this holiday season, let’s continue to challenge the systems that profit off of poverty.

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Together we can continue to exposed poverty profiteers and give everyone more to be thankful for.

Thanks for all that you do.
Robert Greenwald, President
Brave New Films

#ImmigrationReform ~~~ is personal


The White House, Washington

As a kid, I dreamed of graduating from college, and hugging my parents with my diploma in hand.

There was just one problem: I found out that I am not a citizen. My parents brought me to America when I was just four years old.

This country is the only place I’ve ever called home. It means everything to me. And when I learned that I was undocumented, it shattered my life.

President Obama’s action on immigration offered me the chance to give back — to do right by the law, and contribute to this country that has given me so much. And his actions last week will give that opportunity to so many people who are Americans in their hearts, but not on paper.

I know this is an issue President Obama cares deeply about and that’s why I was so moved by what he had to say about it. Watch for yourself here.

This is about bringing undocumented immigrants like me out of the shadows, so that we can do right by the law and play by the rules. That’s why President Obama is taking these steps — but as he said on Friday, Congress needs to pass a comprehensive solution to fully solve this problem.

Because my brother is a citizen, my parents will have a chance to stay here and keep our family together. So for me, this is personal. But I’m not the only one: So many families will benefit.

See what the President announced last week, and please share this message with your friends and family:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/immigration-action

Thank you,

Astrid Silva

CBO ~~~ Nov. 2014


 

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H.R. 5233, Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014

 

 

 

CBO’s Role in the Legislative Process

 

S. 1419, Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Act of 2014

 

 

 

H.R. 1241, an act to facilitate a land exchange involving certain National Forest System lands in the Inyo National Forest, and for other purposes

 

 

 

S. 2588, Cyber Information Sharing Act of 2014

 

 

 

S. 2646, Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act

 

 

S. 1618, Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2014

 

 

 

Monthly Budget Review: Summary for Fiscal Year 2014

 

 

Implications of Differential Mortality for Analyses of Social Security Policy Options

 

 

 

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Ken Ellis and Strong Families via Change.org


Four years ago, Albuquerque police shot and killed my son, Ken Ellis lll. He was a 25-year-old Iraq war veteran – wounded in action and suffering from severe PTSD – and a father. Nobody has ever been held accountable for his death.

Ken’s not alone – Albuquerque officers have shot and killed at least 27 people since 2010 in a pattern of unnecessary aggression and violence. Even the Department of Justice found that most of the police shootings in Albuquerque between 2010 and 2012 were unconstitutional.