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Recall announced for Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief Nasal Gel

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 03:33:22 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Matrixx Initiatives is recalling one lot of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel. The company announced the recall after a single sample tested positive for Burkholderia cepacia during a routine check at their manufacturing location. Now other samples tested positive, however, out of extreme caution, a recall has been announced.

There is very little medical risk for Burkholderia cepacia. There is a potential to infect individuals that have a weakened immune system or a chronic lung condition. An infection of Burkholderia cepacia can be difficult to get rid of with antibiotics because it is resistant.

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Fish Oil Supplements helped Heal Bedsores

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 03:39:17 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - Taking fish oil supplements may help bedsores heal in critically ill patients, according to a study from the Tel Aviv University. The researchers noticed a 20-25 percent reduction in pressure ulcers when eight grams of fish oil were taken daily for three weeks. The results were published in the British Journal of Nutrition and the American Journal of Critical Care.

Prof. Pierre Singer of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine explained that bedsores are a common problem for critically ill patients because of constant pressure on the skin and tissue. Bedsores form from a lack oxygen because the blood flow is reduced and there is skin wetness. Other studies have found fish oil supplements were helpful for lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation of the skin and in joints.

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Cherry Tomato Recall announced for possible Salmonella Contamination

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 04:50:00 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of cherry tomatoes from Captial City Fruit, Inc that was shipped by Rio Queen Citrus Inc. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The cherry tomatoes were shipped on November 10 and Rio Queen Citrus Inc. received the produce on November 12. No illnesses were reported in association with this recall.

The recall involves certain lot numbers of the Capital Brand Clamshell Cherry Tomatoes, which were delivered to retail outlets between November 14th and November 18th.

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Nestle announces recall of Nesquik Chocolate Powder Drink Mix

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 23:55:56 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - Nestlé USA announced the voluntary recall of certain packages of their Nestlé Nesquick chocolate powder drink mix. Ingredients from their supplier, Omya Inc., had calcium carbonate recalled because of possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported in association with this recall, although the Nesquick product was distributed nationwide.

Only the powdered packages that came in the 10.9, 21.8 and 40.7 ounce canister sizes and have the “BEST BEFORE Oct 2014” are involved in the recall. The product was manufactured in early October 2012. Only the products with the matching UPC code and production codes are being recalled (see list below). All other package sizes or ones outside the Best-by date are not involved in the recall. Additionally, the ready-to-drink products are not involved in the recall.

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Vitamin D supplements did not ease Colds in Duration or Frequency

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 07:22:43 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from New Zealand found that vitamin D3 supplements did not reduce the frequency or severity of colds. The randomized controlled trial tested monthly dosage of 100,000 IUs of vitamin D3. The results were published in the October 3, 2012 issue of JAMA.

The researchers wanted to see if supplementation would reduce the frequency and severity of respiratory tract infections. Previous studies have suggested that a vitamin D insufficiency would make a person more vulnerable for catching a cold.

David R. Murdoch, M.D., of the University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand, and colleagues recruited 322 healthy adults who participated in the study between February 2010 and November 2011. Half of the participants were randomly assigned to be given 200,000 IU of vitamin D3 orally at the start of the trial, then another 200,000 IU dose one month later. Then, they were given 100,000 IU dose each month for the remainder of the study. The remaining half was given a placebo pill to take on the same schedule and method. The study lasted for 18 months.

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Almond Butter and Peanut Butter Recall announced by Sunland for possible Salmonella

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 06:10:43 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Sunland, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products that were made between May 1, 2012, and September 24, 2012. The recall was announced because the food products could be contaminated with Salmonella.

People should not eat food that could be contaminated with Salmonella because they could become ill. Typical symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, and fever. In people who have a weak immune system, the very old, and the very young, there is a risk that the infection could become serious and sometimes can be fatal. The concern is that the infection could spread to the bloodstream. Those concerned about the symptoms should seek proper medication attention.

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Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter recalled for possible Salmonella Contamination

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 03:33:46 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because it could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to the company prior to this recall announcement.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in the very young, the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system. Most people will recover from a salmonella infection. There are several symptoms of a salmonella infection, including fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. The infection could enter into the bloodstream and cause a more serious illness requiring immediate medical attention.

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Cantaloupe recall announced for possible Salmonella

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 05:20:58 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration announced the voluntary recall of cantaloupes that were distributed by DFI Marketing Inc. out of Fresno, California. A single sample of cantaloupe tested positive for Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported. Out of a concern for safety, the company is recalling certain cantaloupes that were shipped to Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Mexico.

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Daniella Brand Mango Recall announced for possible Salmonella

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 05:51:19 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of Daniella brand Mangoes because they may have been contaminated with Salmonella. The mangoes were packed in Mexico and were distributed in the US by Splendid Products located in Burlingame, California.

The CDPH said that they are currently investigating several illnesses in California that might be related to eating mangoes that were imported from Mexico. The health agency said that there have been 80 confirmed cases of Salmonella Braenderup in California as of August 29, 2012. The outbreak started in early July and 37 percent of these infected people have been hospitalized. So far, no people have died from the outbreak. Nationwide, in over 16 states, there are 103 infections reported for this outbreak. The CDPH suspects that mango consumption is related to the outbreak in California from a preliminary epidemiological investigation.

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FDA concerned about infections from using Neti Pot or Nasal Irrigation Kits Incorrectly

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 03:32:46 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned that neti pots and nasal irrigation kits may be incorrectly used placing the user at risk for serious infections.

Neti pots use a salt-water based liquid to irrigate the nasal passages. The pots look similar to a tiny teapot. The neti pot idea of irrigating the nose to clear mucus and congestion dates all the way back to ancient Hindus.

If the neti pot is used correctly, it could be helpful. However, the FDA is concerned about infection from products that irrigate the nasal passage ways, including neti pots. Other products might be dangerous if improperly used include bulb syringes, squeeze bottles, and battery-run water pulsating devices.

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Dole Fresh Vegetables recalls certain Bagged Salads for possible Listeria Contamination

Fri, 24 Aug 2012 05:12:07 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of certain Dole bagged salads because they could possibly be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Around 1,039 cases of bagged salads are involved in the recall.

The recall was announced after the North Carolina Department of Agriculture identified Listeria monocytognes during a random sample test. No people have become ill from eating the salad products. However, out of safety, consumers who have the recalled ready-to-eat bagged salad should not eat it.

The Dole Italian Blend coded with 0049N2202008, that has a “Use-By” date of August 20 and UPC number of 7143000819 are involved in the recall.

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Romaine Lettuce Recall announced for possible E. Coli contamination

Mon, 20 Aug 2012 05:10:26 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - One lot of Tanimura & Antle Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head of Romaine lettuce has been recalled because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7). The recall involves 1,969 cases that were shipped to AL, AR, AZ, CA, GA, KS, KY, MD, NC, NM, NV, NY, NJ, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and Puerto Rico. There were 126 cases shipped to Canada. No illnesses have been reported in conjunction with this lettuce recall.

The recalled Romaine lettuce heads were sold at retail stores between August 2 and August 19, 2012. The produce came in a plastic bag with the UPC number 0-27918-20314-9 listed on it. The packaging may or may not have the Best Buy date “08 19 12.” The cases had either 12 or 18 heads of lettuce and the box case had the traceability number “5417802151” affixed to them. Only the Tanimura & Antle Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine with the above descriptions are involved in the recall; all other produce from the company is safe to eat.

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El Torito Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kit Recall for possilbe Salmonella in Cilantro

Sat, 18 Aug 2012 04:52:46 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - Real Mex Foods is recalling around 77,688 pounds of Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kits because the cilantro that was used in the dressing could have been contaminated with Salmonella. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled the Fresco Green Farms Inc. cilantro. Although no illnesses have been reported to Real Mex Foods, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the salad kit recall today.

The recall involves the 36-ounce trays of “El Torito Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kit.” Each 18-pound case contains eight of the 36-ounce trays. The case has the product number of “24203.” The USDA mark of Inspection logo has the establishment number “P-4140” listed on the recalled packages.

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Curcumin found in Turmeric Spice prevented spread of Virus

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 04:40:08 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from George Mason University found that turmeric’s curcumin was able to stop the deadly Rift Valley Fever virus from multiplying inside of infected cells. The study results were published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

The curcumin found in turmeric is believed to be what stopped the multiplication of the virus. Turmeric is a spice that is commonly used in Indian cuisine.

The Rift Valley Fever virus (RVF) is typically spread from infected mosquitoes. These insects can infect animals and humans.

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Indiana Health Officials confirm outbreak of 113 cases of H3N2v

Thu, 09 Aug 2012 01:09:43 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed 113 cases of variant influenza A (H3N2v). There were 18 counties affected by the outbreak. Health officials are expecting more cases to be confirmed this week.

The transmission of the H3N2v is believed to moving between swine to people and from people to swine. Human infections are believed to be caused from being in close-contact to infected pigs. This could include working on a farm, in barns, or visiting the livestock at fairs. Swine flu cannot be transmitted by eating cooked pork.

Indiana’s State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D. said that the illness is mild and the symptoms are comparable to the seasonal flu. He also said that no vaccine for this strain is available yet because it only appeared in July of last year.

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Dippin’ Stix Apple Snack and Armour Actic Pack Lunch Kit Recall announced for possible Listeria Contamination

Tue, 07 Aug 2012 03:55:29 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - Certain Dippin’ Stix Sliced Apples & Caramel with Peanuts and Armour Active Packs Cheese Pizza Lunch kits are being recalled because they might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall for Reichel Foods, Inc. There have been no reports of illness.

The products were distributed at convenience stores and retailers nationwide. Only the products with the use by dates and case codes listed below are involved in the recall.

The Dippin’ Stix Apples & Caramel with Peanuts are packaged in 2.75 ounce single serve trays. The case code dates involved in the recall are 9/01/12, 09/02/12, and 09/03/12. The use by dates on each package will have USE BY 01SEP2012, USE BY 02SEP2012, and USE BY 03SEP2012 printed on it.

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Kern County Woman dies from West Nile Virus

Sat, 04 Aug 2012 05:46:23 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that the first reported fatality of West Nile virus for California in 2012 occured. An 88-year old woman from Kern County died after becoming infected by the West Nile virus.
Dr. Ron Chapman, the Director of the CDPH said there was an increase in the West Nile virus activity that happened earlier in the year compared to the year before.

So far this year, there have been 10 humans who were infected with West Nile virus in California over five counties. Last year at this same time there was just seven humans infected with no deaths.

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Cantaloupe Recall announced for possible Listeria

Tue, 31 Jul 2012 03:24:42 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of 580 cases of Athena cantaloupe fresh produce that came from Burch Farms, located in North Carolina. A sample of the produce was found to have been contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. While no illnesses have been reported to the farm, out of safety concerns, consumers should not eat the recalled cantaloupes.

The whole Athena cantaloupes were distributed to retailers throughout the northeastern United States. The shipments were made on July 15. The cantaloupes will have a red label with the words “Burch Farms” and “PLU #4319” printed on it.

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Romaine Lettuce Recall announced - Sold at Vons and Pavilions Stores in California and Nevada

Sun, 08 Jul 2012 23:09:59 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of 19 cases of bulk Romaine lettuce that was sold at California and Nevada Vons and Pavilions stores because the produce could be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Romaine lettuce was sold in the bulk produce bins between July 2, 2012 and July 4, 2012 at the stores listed above. The lettuce head has a red twist tie that has the word “Safeway” printed on it. The bulk packs of the Romaine lettuce came from Pacific International Marketing with 15 heads in each box. They all had the code 12EASROM182. All other Romaine lettuce heads, such as carton or bagged packages, are safe to eat and are not included in the recall.

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56 People in Cambodia Died from Unknown Illness – Majority are Children under Three Years of Age

Sun, 08 Jul 2012 22:03:22 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The World Health Organization (WHO) reported an undiagnosed syndrome that killed 56 children in Cambodia. The majority of the children were under the age of three. The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia is investigating the cause of the illness.

The initial investigation found 74 cases of the suspected outbreak between April and July 5, 2012. Within these cases, 57 of the infected had symptoms of a fever, respiratory problems, and neurological issues. Fifty-six people died who had these symptoms.

The infected were determined not to have H5N1, other flu viruses, SARS, or Nipah.

The majority of the cases reported were from the Kantha Bopha Children’s hospital in Phnom Penh.

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