August FDA/USDA ~2018 Alerts & Safety


  • 072-2018Publix Super Markets Inc. Recalls Ground Chuck Products Due To Possible E. coli O26 Contamination (Aug 30, 2018)
  • Olufela Yemitan Recalls Siluriformes Products Distributed Without Benefit of Import InspectionOlufela Yemitan, the Importer of Record, a Houston, Texas firm, is recalling approximately 45 pounds of smoked Siluriformes products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection.
  • Publix Super Markets Inc. Recalls Ground Chuck Products Due To Possible E. coli O26 ContaminationPublix Super Markets Inc., a Lakeland, Fla., retail grocery store chain is voluntarily recalling an undetermined amount of ground beef products made from chuck that may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O26.
  • Taylor Farms Illinois, Inc. Recalls Beef and Pork Meatloaf Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared AllergensTaylor Farms Illinois, Inc., a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 75 pounds of beef and pork meatloaf products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
  • Nasal Products and Baby Oral Gels by Product Quest Manufacturing: Recall – Due to Possible Microbial Contamination at Florida Facility was just added to the FDA Recalls webpage.
    You can read the complete recall alert at: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm618803.htm
  • Updated information is now available. The lists of retail consignees have been posted for recalls:
  • Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, a division of Pfizer Inc., is voluntarily recalling one lot of Children’s Advil® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle because of customer complaints that the dosage cup provided is marked in teaspoons and the instructions on the label are described in milliliters (mL).Pfizer concluded that the use of the product with an unmatched dosage cup marked in teaspoons rather than milliliters has a chance of being associated with potential overdose. The most common symptoms associated with ibuprofen overdose include nausea, vomiting, headache, drowsiness, blurred vision and dizziness.Children’s Advil® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle temporarily reduces fever, relieves minor aches and pains due to the common cold, flu, sore throat, headaches and toothaches.Children’s Advil® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle, NDC 0573-0207-30, lot R51129 was distributed nationwide to wholesalers, distributors and retailers in the United States from May 2018 through June 2018.Children’s Advil® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle Lot and Packaging Information
    NDC Lot
    Number
    Expiration Date SKU UPC Configuration/Count
    0573-0207-30 R51129 11/20 F005730207300 3-0573-0207-30-0 4 FL OZ (120 ml)
    Bottle
    36 bottles/case

    Pfizer, Inc. places the utmost emphasis on patient safety and product quality at every step in the manufacturing and supply chain process.

    Pfizer, Inc. has notified wholesalers, distributors and retailers to arrange for return of any recalled product. Wholesalers, distributors and retailers with an existing inventory of the lot being recalled, should stop use and distribution and quarantine the product immediately. Wholesalers, distributors and retailers that have further distributed the recalled product should notify any accounts or additional locations which may have received the recalled product from them. For instructions on returning product or additional assistance, call Stericycle at 1-800-805-3093 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

    If consumers have questions regarding this recall or to report an adverse event, please contact the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Information Line at 1-800-88-Advil (1-800-882-3845). Their hours of operation are Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm EST.

    Consumers should contact their healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

    Adverse reactions or quality problems associated with the use of this product may be reported to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either by phone, on line, by regular mail or by fax.

  • New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today alerted consumers that the “Lily Bulb” product (photo attached) distributed by Allied Imports Inc. of 267 52nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 was found to contain sulfites, which are not declared on the product label.  People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product. No illnesses have been reported to date to this Department in connection with this product.The “Lily Bulb” is packaged in a 10 oz. (283 g) plastic bag with a clear window.  The product does not have a use by code but it is labeled as a product of China and has a UPC code of 6-43719-11002-0.Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by staff at the New York State Food Laboratory revealed the product contained high levels of sulfites, which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could also occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites.
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Franklin Lakes, NJ, Living Well Remedies, LLC is voluntarily recalling Weight Away Remedy lot# 111417LWL614 to the consumer level. The independent manufacturing facility that produced this lot reported it to be out of specification for microbial testing.Administration or use of drug products with microbial contamination, could potentially result in increased infections that may require medical intervention, and could result in infections that could be life threatening to certain individuals. Living Well Remedies, LLC has not received any consumer complaints or reports of adverse events related to this recall.Weight Away Remedy is a homeopathic spray that can help with weight loss and is packaged in a 2 oz spray bottle. Weight Away Remedy lot # 111417LWL614 was purchased over the internet by 101 consumers and should be discarded.Living Well Remedies, LLC has already notified these 101 consumers and is arranging for refund or replacement.Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Living Well Remedies, LLC by email at CustomerCare@LivingWellRemedies.com, or at 1-800-249-7705, M-F 9AM-3PM EST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
  • Updated information is now available. The lists of retail consignees have been posted for recalls:
  • Weight Away Remedy by Living Well Remedies: Recall – Due To Microbial Contamination was just added to the FDA Recalls webpage.
    You can read the complete recall alert at: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm618669.htm
  • Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets USP 12.5 Mg by Accord Healthcare: Recall – Due to Labeling Mix-up was just added to the FDA Recalls webpage.
    You can read the complete recall alert at: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm618583.htm
  • Children’s Advil by Pfizer: Recall – Lot# R51129 Due to Dosage Cup Mislabeling was just added to the FDA Recalls webpage.
    You can read the complete recall alert at: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm618675.htm
  • FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc. Raw Chicken Products due to Possible SalmonellaContaminationThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc. are issuing a public health alert out of an abundance of caution due to concerns about Salmonella illnesses reported in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States that may be associated with raw chicken products.
  • Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef Products due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 ContaminationCargill Meat Solutions, a Fort Morgan, Colo. establishment, is recalling approximately 25,288 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
  • Updated information is now available. The lists of retail consignees have been posted for recalls:
  • Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Valsartan/Amlodipine/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) Tablets was just added to the FDA Recalls webpage.
    You can read the complete recall alert at: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm617347.htm
  • VITEK 2 Gram Positive Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Cards by BioMerieux: Recall – Due to False Results for some strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was just added to the FDA Recalls webpage.
  • Lipari Foods, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of Premo Brand turkey and cheese wedge sandwiches produced and packaged by sister company JLM due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenesListeria monocytogenes is 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.The products were produced on August 8, 2018 and distributed to food service and retail stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
    Brand Product Lipari Product # Weight Enjoy By Date Lot # UPC
    Premo Brand Turkey & Cheese Wedge 915516 5 OZ 08/31/2018 08201808 612510002018

    Products were distributed under the following brand names: Premo Brand. The affected products can be identified by:

    This was brought to our attention by JLM after additional environmental testing initiated by the Food and Drug Administration following a previous recall returned positive test results for potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. JLM employs a rigorous quality and testing program; however, despite the quality of their programs, they are initiating this recall out of an abundance of caution. We are working closely with JLM and the FDA to understand the cause of the situation and ensure that all affected product has been pulled from commerce.

    No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Lipari Foods began shipping the product on August 9, 2018.

    Consumers who have purchased these recalled products should not consume them. Consumers should discard the products or return them to the point of purchase. Consumers with questions should call Customer Service at 800-729- 3354, 8:15 am – 4:30 pm, EST, Monday through Friday.

  • King Bio is voluntarily recalling the below products to the consumer level.A small percentage of our products produced between 08/01/2017 and 04/2018 have tested positive for microbial contamination. Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling the products and lot numbers below.Administration or use of drug products with microbial contamination, could potentially result in increased infections that may require medical intervention, and could result in infections that could be life threatening to certain individuals. King Bio has not received reports of injury or illness to date.
    Description Packaging Intended use UDF_UPC LOT LOT LOT LOT LOT
    DK Attention
    & Learning Enh.
    2 oz. bottle A natural aid for: slow or difficult comprehension, overexcitement, writing wrong words or syllables, oversensitivity, forgetfulness, lack of assertiveness, shyness, apprehension. 357955501527 050216G 070816C 092617F
    Chicken Pox Symptom Relief 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of multiple symptoms including intense itching from skin rash and vesicles (blisters), headache, fever, swollen glands, cough, sore throat, tummy ache, irritability, restlessness, fatigue, and loss of appetite. 357955602521 021216K 062716D
    Children’s Appetite & Weight 2 oz. bottle For relief of hunger – appetite suppression to control that empty feeling in the stomach otherwise relieved by eating. For weight control – maximizes the metabolism to eliminate cravings and metabolic tendencies to gain weight. It promotes healthy weight loss and supported the emotional balance and motivation necessary to reach and maintain a healthy weight. 357955551720 080916M 091316D 050516E 072516E
    Children’s Appetite Enhance 2 oz. bottle a natural aid for: loss of appetite, no desire to eat, aversion to food, and inability to bear the sight or smell of food. 357955531821 020117F 060216E 080916B 092415F
    Children’s Cough Relief 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of cough symptoms: dry or hoarse cough, hacking, barking, tickling or spasmodic cough, croupy cough and throat irritation, and excess mucus. 357955514527 021216J 030916T 092815E
    Children’s Fever Reliever 2 oz. bottle For symptomatic relief of: fever, sweats, chills, aches. 357955515920 021216H 052616H 102815C 120816A
    Children’s Growth & Development 2 oz. bottle A natural aid for: impaired growth, weak muscular growth, loss of appetite, poor mineral absorption, nervousness, lack of focus, mental weakness, loss of confidence. 357955514220 050516E 072516E
    DK Newborn Tonic 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of symptoms: skin rashes, discoloration, minor skin problems, pimples, restlessness. If symptoms persist for more than 7 days, consult your physician. 357955511427 063016K 112315F
    DK Nosebleed Relief 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of: nosebleeds commonly associated with irritations or strains, colds, coughing, sneezing or menses. Also for nighttime nosebleeds. 357955514022 050516H 080916J
    TonsilPlex 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of: sore throat, inflammation, swollen glands, difficulty swallowing, associated fever, redness and burning, sensation of a lump in the throat, congestion, and mucus. 357955501725 041416K 061616D
    Children’s Ear Relief Formula 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of symptoms: clogged sensation, noises in ear, accumulation of ear wax. 357955531524 072516G 112315B 050216P
    DK Teething 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of symptoms: teething pain, irritated gums, delayed teething, fever-like disturbances, restlessness, heavy salivation and drooling, irritability, desire to be held constantly. 357955501824 020717B 110716C 080317D 111617E 020118F
    DK Colic Relief 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of: abdominal discomfort, pressure, and distention, spitting up, gas and bloating, cramping, pain, irritability, desire to be held constantly, weak digestion, restless sleep. 357955515821 092017A 020118H
    Tummy Aches 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of symptoms: upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, aversion to food, stomach cramps, hollow, empty, or sinking feeling, pale or flushed skin, headaches. 357955514626 050516D 072216Q 021918B
    Kids Multi- Strain Flu Relief 2 oz. bottle Temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms: fever, body aches, chills, night sweats, irritability, restlessness, flushed face, burning in eyes, nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, sneezing, nasal congestion, sore throat, swollen tonsils, cough, and fatigue. 357955042228 071316A 071316A 111015B 112015A
    Kids Stress & Anxiety 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of symptoms: minor anxiety, fear, irritability, nervousness, minor mood swings, restlessness, stage fright, nervous stomach, oversensitivity. 357955042327 070516E 081016G
    Kids Sleep Aid 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of symptoms due to occasional sleeplessness: restlessness, nervousness, exhaustion, excitability, inability to fall or stay asleep, worry. 357955042426 063016D 081016F
    Kids Bed Wetting (NP) 2 oz. bottle For relief of involuntary urination during sleep, urinary disturbances, and restless sleep. 357955501220 111717C 101615B
    Kids Candida 4 oz 4 oz. bottle For symptomatic relief of Candida yeast overgrowth: thrush, cradle cap, pimples, tummy aches, constipation, craves sweets and odd foods, lethargy, lack of assertiveness, forgetfulness, spacey, poor concentration, irritable, moody, weak muscles, itchy skin and head, overexcitement and fearfulness. 357955332244 011416G 011917R 081016E 092815AA 041518H
    Kids Attention & Learning (SCRX) 2 oz. bottle A natural aid for: slow or difficult comprehension, overexcitement, writing wrong words or syllables, oversensitivity, forgetfulness, lack of assertiveness, shyness, apprehension. 357955001522 121617A 032316C 091216A
    Bed Wetting Prevention (SCRX) 2 oz. bottle For relief of involuntary urination during sleep, urinary disturbances, and restless sleep. 357955001225 102216B
    Chicken Pox Symptom Relief (SCRX) 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of multiple symptoms including intense
    itching from skin rash and vesicles (blisters), headache, fever, swollen glands, cough, sore throat, tummy ache, irritability, restlessness, fatigue, and loss of appetite.
    357955782520 042616D
    Childrens Cough (SCRX) 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of cough symptoms: dry or hoarse cough, hacking, barking, tickling or spasmodic cough, croupy cough and throat irritation, and excess mucus. 357955014522 091015B 120616B
    Children’s Ear Formula (SCRX) 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of symptoms: clogged sensation, noises in ear, accumulation of ear wax. 357955075721 032316B
    Children’s Fever Reliever (SCRX) 2 oz. bottle For fast relief of fever, sweats, chills, shakes, aches, vomiting, rheumatic pains, muscular soreness, nausea, faintness, lethargy, fears, irritability, and oversensitivity. 357955015925 082516A 102015F
    Children’s Growth
    & Development (SCRX)
    2 oz. bottle To maximize children’ s growth potential and enhance development. Stimulates the body’s ability to digest‚ absorb and use food for maximum growth and development 357955014225 020917A 062716E
    Colic Relief (SCRX) 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of: abdominal discomfort, pressure, and distention, spitting up, gas and bloating, cramping, pain, irritability, desire to be held constantly, weak digestion, restless sleep. 357955015826 111717E
    Newborn Tonic (SCRX) 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of symptoms: skin rashes, discoloration, minor skin problems, pimples, restlessness. If symptoms persist for more than 7 days, consult your physician. 357955011422 110915H
    Teething (SCRX) 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of symptoms: teething pain, irritated gums, delayed teething, fever- like disturbances, restlessness, heavy salivation and drooling, irritability, desire to be held constantly. 357955501824 032216C
    Tummy Aches (SCRX) 2 oz. bottle For temporary relief of symptoms: upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, aversion to food, stomach cramps, hollow, empty, or sinking feeling, pale or flushed skin, headaches. 357955014621 022316F
    Children’s Appetite
    & Weight (SCRX)
    2 oz. bottle temporarily brings relief to symptoms of contributing to:
    excessive appetite; constitutional tendency to gain fat; cravings for sweats and starches; water retention; overeating; ravenous hunger; excess weight; abdominal fat.
    357955251729 102016J
    Children’s Appetite Enhancer (SCRX) 2 oz. bottle For natural relief of loss of appetite, no desire to eat, aversion to food, and inability to bear the sight or smell of food. Helps to naturally revitalize after gradual loss of weight from impaired nutrition. 357955031826 022316G

    SafeCare Rx For Professional Use Only

    King Bio is notifying its distributors and customers by letter and is arranging for return and/or replacement of all recalled products. Consumers/distributors/retailers that have product which is being recalled should discontinue use/distribution and contact King Bio at recall@kingbio.com to make arrangements to return product. These products were distributed Nationwide to distributors and retail stores August 2017 – July 2018.

    Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact King Bio by 866-298-2740 or e-mail recall@kingbio.com, Monday – Thursday 830am – 330pm, EST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.

    Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • World Organix LLC, is voluntarily recalling lot: 112710 of Blissful Remedies Red Maeng Da 100% Mitragyna Speciosa capsules, Blissful Remedies Red Maeng Da Liquid Kratom Mitragyna Speciosa, Blissful Remedies 4 Hour Chill Slow Motion Blend to the consumer level. These products have been tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and found to be contaminated with High Microbial Loads. Additionally, this serves as a update to a previous press release posted on June 30th 2018, concerning Blissful Remedies Gold Series Ultra Enhanced Indo and Blissful Remedies Kratom+CBD, CBD infused Maeng Da, Red Maeng Da 100% Mitragyna Speciosa, recalled due to Salmonella contamination, where Blissful Remedies was listed as the recalling firm instead of World Organix LLC. To date, World Organix LLC has not received reports of adverse events related to these recalls.Immunodeficient individuals have a higher probability of developing a disseminated potentially life threatening infection when ingesting or otherwise orally exposed to solutions contaminated by microorganisms. Salmonella, is a microbial 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, infect ion 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.These are unapproved products. The Maeng Da products, containing M. speciose, has psychoactive properties. The 4 Hour Chill Herbal Shot, contains melatonin, which has been reported to treat insomnia. The affected products, lot, best by dates and packaging are as follows:
    Product Name Quantity and Dosage form Packaging Lot #
    Blissful Remedies Red Maeng Da Liquid Kratom Mitragyna Speciosa 12 ML White Plastic bottle 112710
    Best By Date: 06/2019
    Blissful Remedies 4 Hour Chill Slow Motion Blend 1.93 Fluid Oz (57 ml) White Plastic bottle 112710
    Best By Date: 03/2019
    Blissful Remedies Red Maeng Da 100% Mitragyna Speciosa 50 capsules White Foil Pouch 112710
    Best By Date: 03/2019
    Blissful Remedies Gold Series Ultra Enhanced Indo
    (100% Mitragyna Speciosa)
    50 capsules White Foil Pouch 112710
    Best By Date: 03/2019
    Blissful Remedies Kratom+CBD, CBD infused
    Maeng Da
    50 capsules White Foil Pouch 112710
    Best By Date: 03/2019

    World Organix is notifying its retailers and customers by e-mail and/or telephone and is arranging for return of the recalled products. Customers/retailers that have product that is being recalled should immediately discard them.

    Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact World Organix LLC at fdarecall@blissfulremedies.com or 1-800-435-8533, 9 am to 6 pm (Central Time Zone), Monday through Friday. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.

    Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • AirLife Resuscitation Devices by: Vyaire Medical – Recalled Due to Manufacturing Error Preventing Oxygen Delivery was just added to the FDA Recalls webpage.
  •  Product Quest Manufacturing LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of CVS Health 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist Due to Microbiological Contamination was just added to the FDA Recalls webpage.
    You can read the complete recall alert at: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm616189.htm
  • Recall Notification Report 067-2018 (Pork and Beef Bologna Products)StoneRidge Wholesale Division LLC., a Wautoma, Wis., establishment, is recalling approximately 656 pounds of fully cooked, not shelf stable ready to eat pork and beef bologna products due to misbranding.
  • Van Oriental Foods Inc. Recalls Pork Egg Rolls Due to Possible Foreign Matter ContaminationVan Oriental Foods Inc., a Dallas, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 10,385 pounds of heat treated but not fully cooked and not shelf stable pork egg rolls that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.
  • Star Natural Meats, LLC Recalls Raw Pork Sausage Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared AllergensStar Natural Meats, LLC, an Astoria, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 20,000 pounds of raw, non-intact pork sausage products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
  • Cyclospora Outbreak: Do not eat various beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products. They may be contaminated with Cyclospora, an illness caused by an intestinal parasite. If you have these products, do not consume. More Info:
  •  Zithromax, Zmax (azithromycin): FDA Warning – Increased Risk of Cancer Relapse With Long-Term Use After Donor Stem Cell Transplant intended for: Patient, Health Professional, Oncology was just added to the FDA MedWatch Webpage.
You can read the complete MedWatch Safety Alert that includes recommendations at:https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm615738.htm
  • Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection 3.375 grams per vial by AuroMedics Pharma: Voluntary Nationwide Recall Due to Presence of Particulates Identified as Glass and Silicone Material intended for: Consumer, Health Professional, Pharmacy  wasjust added to the FDA Recalls webpage.
You can read the complete recall alert at: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm615383.htm
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a message from rep. john lewis


It’s hard to believe it’s been 55 years since my brother, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

 

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Today, we celebrate his commitment to peace and justice, his philosophy of nonviolence, and his respect for all peoples.

Of all the gifts given to us by Martin Luther King Jr., the greatest was his belief in society’s ability to change and the power each one of us has to affect that change.

So today I’m giving you the opportunity to make some change by answering a few short questions in my Martin Luther King Legacy Survey:

His dream was one shared by so many — that all men and women in this great country will be treated with the same respect and dignity as their neighbors.

The dream that we will be judged not by the color of our skin, but the content of our character.

Dr. King may not have lived to see his vision become reality, but we are all manifestations of his wildest dreams.

50 years ago, black Americans could not attend the same schools, drink from the same fountains, eat at the same lunch counters, or freely exercise their right to vote.

But together, we bent the moral arc towards justice and fought to reclaim our rights.

I think he would have been proud to see the progress we’ve made — and I think he would want us to keep fighting and keep dreaming.

So today, I want to encourage all of you to keep fighting for your community and for your country to ensure we keep his dream alive

Today and every day, I remain hopeful.

Congressman John Lewis

 

the bleaching continues … ugh


 This is a repost.

why? because it’s 2018 and a picture of sammy sosa is in the news and while the practice of lightening skin is as old as passing. Who doesn’t wonder how safe it is and what mental place takes a person to do such a thing.

It was the year 2015, and yet another article about skin whitener is in the news! given the 2014 articles on Lupita Nyong’o mentioning Dencia in her 2/27/2014 speech regarding her dark skin and how our society has … on numerous occasion been cruel enough to consider skin whitening and to hate being black it’s important to keep updating this post. Thing is dencia didn’t see it for the ugly practice that most see it, but as free advertising and used the opportunity to admonish Lupita,  calling her a slave while claiming not to know her.

Bleaching In 2014: African Singer Dencia Blasted For Pushing Skin Lightening Cream, “Whitenicious”

Before...and after

So, here we are again ..  I don’t have to say reports are or tabloids said, though some of the 207+ that had to comment felt that filters were used and the pigment change could be temporary. Well, my question is why do this to begin with.  I can’t lie , I was hoping this was just a fad, but MadameNoire.com has a couple of articles about skin whitening recounting sales being up by 1000%, then up pops out an article by Thelma who says she is light to begin with and because she does a lot of different kinds of shoots her coloring looks different ~~ the internet blew up! sure it looks different

According to the World Health Organization, about 77 percent of Nigerian women regularly use skin lightening products, and with famous people who should know better pushing such foolishness, I can see why the numbers might be so high. Do what you want to yourself, but don’t peddle that s**t to your people and try to pretend like it’s solely for cleaning up dark spots here and there when people’s body parts are turning a completely different color (see below). Photos from MadameNoire

It’s 2014, when will we stop with this?

Instagram

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…After…Whitenicious.com

Whitenicious.com

Whitenicious.com  Check out Dencia in action above

Below is O’khaz

Thelma Omone O'khaz

O’khaz said that while she is naturally lighter skinned, she is not Casper-white as we see in the picture. She also emphatically denies ever bleaching her skin. Instead, she says that the ghostly white image making its way around the Internet is photo-shopped.

“I take a lot of pictures for different purposes, some for movie posters. And this one is for a movie so when its out I’ll let u know,’ she writes.

O’khaz, who has appeared in dozens of Nollywood films including Costly Mistakes, White Hunters and Return of the White Hunters (the latter two are available for free streaming), couldn’t go into much detail about the yet to be titled film for which the photos were taken. However, O’khaz can be seen in the upcoming films projects: Street Money: Occultic Sister and 89 Years in Bondage, which are due out next month. Also a much more natural skin toned O’khaz can be seen in her new video for the song, “I Like the Way,” which from her debut album Ready For You.

I see this practice as self-hate… what say you? ~~ Nativegrl77

Resource: the internet

Madame Noir

Skin Product Review … The global pursuit of whiter skin – so many questions


My 5/28 repost from awhile back

WhiteningCream

I included a 5/3/2016 from dailykos above because this horrible practice is finally getting more airtime .. however slow this is i definitely welcome it !

picture is from the internet

Product Review … questions

I love products, mostly lotions, lip balm, body wash and hair regimen products. I admit that there was a time when my skin turned on me and eczema ruled then allergies then some other stuff so, I spent some time under the lights and used makeup to even out my skin. I am sure you all know our skin changes due to the environment as well as our hormones so when I read about women of colour choosing to change their skin colour was disturbing.

Whitening the skin is not new … and while I am definitely no expert, as a consumer of beauty products quite frankly I want to know more and pass that information along as well.

However, this is a practice that most definitely needs to end as soon as possible.  I do not get whitening your skin and since when did lighten & brighten mean gaining youthful skin?

I get emails from virtual stores and was interested in Dr. Brandt until I saw the descriptions of a product called,” light years away”! If you read Dr. Brandt’s description of light years it says whitening; so, because it bothered me , I emailed gilt to find out some information … below is the list and my request:

Light years away® whitening cream cleanser, Size: 15 g

Light years away® whitening essence, Size: 20 ml

Light years away® whitening renewal solution, Size: 5 ml

Light years away® brightening eye cream, Size: 15 g

Light years away® whitening cream, Size: 5 g

I have no idea if this product is labeled correctly but knowing how women are whitening their skin these days – here as well as in other countries … and in my opinion, it is an awful practice!

I think Gilt should avoid promoting it…

I get and understand controlling hyper-pigmentation as well as getting rid of dead cells but the product says whitening cream etc.

My question is, has anyone from Gilt tried it and is it a skin whitener ?

Let me know what you think, have you used it and can vouch for it being something other than a skin whitener?

  • Nativegrl77

Step away from the lightener – reminder


 just another ongoing rant 

So, in what seems to be a great vehicle for both comedy and exposure of an awful practice that non-white men and women practice is back in the news ~~ skin whitening. Comedian and  risk taker, Nick Cannon created a new character named, “Connor Smallnut.”  I have to admit seeing him in white face was concerning heard myself gasp said oh no! Why? We don’t like folks in “black face,”thought this cannot be good, but it actually exposes what seems to be a growing practice in the US … skin whitening, specifically by non-whites.

Here we are in 2018 people, and today 2/11/2018 i see a picture of sammy sosa in a cowboy outfit …no problem but looking at the photo apparently the skin is still being bleached and though i am no expert it doesn’t look the skin is holding up …

My problem years ago as stated again and again, is when the industry says lighter brighter whiter is better and gets you more work!

In October of 2013, disturbing news regarding skin whitening popped up and now, I find myself having to update my post from 5/28. I get a lot of digital news and while going through it, out pops an article … not the first, this was an attempt to voice a personal experience, knowledge of Skin Whitening products , how wide spread it is and who may be using it to improve their careers. I admit… I wondered what Century are we in and will common sense prevail.  I welcome all those willing to shine a light on this terrible practice and maybe a jab or two at those promoting this awful practice. However, I did find that folks continue to pull MJ into the skin whitening practice and I would like to say and clear up something ~~  MJ did have vitiligo … the end.

In 2009, reports were that Asians spent an estimated $18 billion a year to appear pale. Today, this Billion dollar business is … in my opinion taking advantage of women of all races, their personal insecurities in an industry that has created among other things bobble heads, eating disorders, height/weight anxiety,  liquid diets, long hair syndrome and many more creative ways that make folks unsuredoubtfulhesitantself-conscious, making them reactive not proactive . Apparently, otherwise reasonably smart folks believe lighter brighter and whiter is more likely to increase your status as well. I will say it again, it is sad and very disturbing

I have to ask why after reading that in the year 2013 well-known entertainers are using Skin Whitening products to cross over for more acceptance or work.  It would be easy to say … FYI, you’re still who you were before bleaching your skin but the practice begs the question … are you getting more work, more hits on your site and more folks are hitting on you … what?

because …

No matter how light you go your personality is only as good as your authenticity …

The list of suspects by digital tabloids includes but is not confirmed are:

Anitta

Lil Kim

Beyoncé

Nikki Minaji

Rhianna