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December 05
Food Safety Tips for the Holidays From the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

​Please review the following tips from the CDC to ensure a healthy holiday season.  CDC Food Safety Tips.

December 05
Beware of Methylmercury When Consuming Fish and Shellfish.  Especially During Pregnancies.

So you or your spouse are pregnant. Naturally you want the best possible outcome for your newborn. You may want to reconsider consumption of certain fish and shellfish during pregnancy. A recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health(NIH) has revealed “Adults with high prenatal exposure to methylmercury, which mainly comes from maternal consumption of fish with high mercury levels, did not experience the faster cognitive processing and better short term memory benefits of exercise that were seen in those with low prenatal methylmercury exposures”.

Click on the following article for details.NIH Article on Methylmercury Cancelling out Benefits of Aerobic Exercise.

Consumer Reports haa the following recommendation for fish and shellfish consumption during pregnacy and also lifetime consumption. Mercury in Fish and Shellfish.

December 02
Seized Milk

U.S. Marshals Service seized more than 4 million pounds of product produced by Valley Milk Products LLC (Valley Milk) of Strasburg, Virginia. The seized products include dry nonfat milk powder and buttermilk powder packaged in 40- and 50-pound bags for further manufacturing and are worth nearly $4 million.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed the complaint, on behalf of the FDA, alleging that the seized products are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

During an FDA inspection of Valley Milk, FDA investigators observed poor sanitary practices and reviewed the company’s records, which showed positive results for Salmonella in the plant’s internal environmental and finished product samples. In addition, swabs collected during the inspection confirmed Salmonella on surfaces food came into contact with after being pasteurized.

"The FDA urged Valley Milk to conduct a voluntary recall of the implicated products," said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "The firm refused to recall and, as a result, we have had to intervene and seize this adulterated food to prevent it from reaching consumers who could be exposed to Salmonella from these products." More information here: http://go.usa.gov/x8URq

 

December 02
Florida's first legal needle exchange program


Miami, FL is now home to the state's first legal needle exchange program!

"At the IDEA exchange, the containers offer two choices for participants. Inside one, they can trade out needles, as well as pick up related items — cotton balls, tourniquets, cookers and sterile water — for injecting the drugs safely. Staffers have bandages and antibiotic ointments on hand, too, to care for the infections and abscesses dirty needles can cause.

In the other trailer, participants can get linked to substance abuse counseling and medical care at a UM clinic two blocks away, or be tested for diseases like hepatitis C and HIV. The clinic is the only place in the county where the test results are not logged for research purposes.

Weeks from now, another box will hold Naloxone, the drug that saves narcotics users from their overdoses. Soon, the clinic will give away the life-saving drug as part of its overdose prevention outreach."

http://www.miamiherald.com/…/health-c…/article118100848.html

 

November 29
Gravy Recall

Heinz Co. is recalling Homestyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy products that are incorrectly labeled as Homestyle Pork Gravy. The recalled products have "Best By 12/28/2017 MU6F04” on the jar cap & EST# “M2041” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. More info here: http://go.usa.gov/x8XtN

November 23
Can Data Help Reduce Pollution?

​Pollution has been a continuous problem in the United States and around the world.  Companies like BreezoMeter and IBM are beginning to consider analyzing data such as weather, traffic patterns, and other sources then combining them to produce a bigger picture of pollution concentration and trends.  In 2015, IBM teamed with the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau using their pollution trend forecasting, which resulted in a 20 percent reduction in ultra-fine particulate matter, according to IBM.  This idea is gaining traction in both the private and public sector.  Learn more about this initiative: http://www.govtech.com/fs/Taking-a-Smart-Software-Based-Approach-to-Air-Pollution.html


November 21
Sabra Dipping Company Issues Voluntary Recall Of Certain Hummus Products Because Of Possible Health Risks

​Colonial Heights, VA - Sabra Dipping Co., LLC is voluntarily recalling certain hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016 due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product. The recall includes the products listed in the link provided below; these were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and supermarkets, in the U.S. and Canada. Read more below:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm529967.htm

October 06
Guillain-Barré Syndrome; Current CDC Research Suggests that GBS is Strongly Associated with Zika

Guillain-Barré syndrome is an uncommon but serious illness. Symptoms include weakness of the arms and legs. In severe cases, GBS can affect the muscles that control breathing. Symptoms can last a few weeks or several months. Learn more about GBS and Zika: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/healtheffects/gbs-qa.html

October 03
Fresh Express Salad Recall

​Fresh Express recalls 11 oz. Fresh Express American Salad with a Product Code of G264A12A and Use-By Date of October 5, due to possible exposure to undeclared allergens (egg, milk, wheat, anchovy).

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm523266.htm

September 27
Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Beef Products Produced by Adams Farm

MEAT RECALL FOR E. COLI: Check your home, including freezers, for recalled meat. An E. coli outbreak linked to beef products has sickened 7 people in 4 states.

https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2016/O157H7-09-16/index.html

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