7
Dec

Bumble Bee - Chicken Salad Recall

Here we go again; yet another food recall.  Remember the spinach recall? How about the peanut butter recall?  Now, it's Bumble Bee Chicken Salad.  It seems that the list goes on and on.
 

Currentlchicken salady, there is a food safety bill in Congress that attempts to reduce the food borne illnesses that we have been facing as a nation. The Senate has passed the bill 73-25.  It is now in the House. I hope it becomes a law.

 
According to Western Farm Press, Senate Bill 510 would give the "Food & Drug Administration (FDA) broad new authorities to issue mandatory recalls of suspected contaminated foods, increase the frequency of inspections for food facilities, and standardize information collected on food products to improve the agency’s ability to trace the history of those linked to outbreaks of food-borne illnesses. The FDA also would gain access to records of domestic food facilities in emergencies and would be empowered to bar importation of high-risk foods if the products lacked proper certification or if US inspectors were denied access to processing facilities."
 

The recalled products are:

1) Bumble Bee Lunch on the Run Chicken Salad Complete Lunch Kit – 8.2-ounce package (UPC 8660070741) with a "Best-by" date of 07/11.
2) Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Crackers Ready-to-Eat Kit – 3.5-ounce package (UPC 8660070350) with a "Best-by" dates of 01/12 and 02/12.
 
For more information about this latest recall, please go to www.bumblebee.com/bumble-bee-foods-voluntary-recall-list-of-products.  
 
In the meanwhile, happy safe eating 🙂
24
Nov

Lead in Reusable Shopping Bags

The Tampa Tribune recently reported on their lead testing of reusable shopping bags at some of the largest nationwide supermarkets. All tested positive for higher than recommended levels of lead. According to the newspaper, “The bag contains enough lead that Hillsborough County could consider the bag hazardous if thrown out with household trash, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by The Tampa Tribune.”

Those that tested positive in the newspaper’s investigation were bags at Winn-Dixie, Publix, Sweetbay, Wal-Mart, and Target. Since then, CVS has also found lead in their 99 cent green color cloth bags. As a result, CVS has ordered a voluntary recall on these bags. Publix has asked the supplier to lower the lead content in the bags. Winn-Dixie has not made any changes; they contend the bags are safe to use. However, both Winn-Dixie and Publix are offering rebates to anyone who wants to return their cloth reusable shopping bags.

New York Senator Charles Schumer has called for an investigation by the Federal Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to take action. Senator Schumer wants federal agencies to place a ban on lead in grocery bags.
The question is … are these bags safe or not? However, think about how your hands are in contact with the bag. In addition, food may leak into the bag. Many of us unconsciously put our hands in our mouth at one point or another. If this occurs, you could be introducing lead into your body either directly or through food. Lastly, what about our young children who hold these bags? If their putting their hands in their mouth, they’re contaminating themselves too.

Technically, since no harm has been shown from the use of these bags, it’s a personal decision you make regarding their use. However, it is important to note that there is no true “safe” amount of lead in humans. Consider returning them for a refund, if you have them. For those of you who are “green” shoppers, buy an old fashioned cloth beige bag for your shopping needs or use paper. You can still go green by going brown.

24
Sep

Similac Formula Recall

baby formulaOn September 23, 2010, Abbott Laboratories Inc announced a recall of many of their powdered infant and toddler formulas. None of their liquid ready-to-feed formulas were included in this formula recall.
 
The reason for the formula recall is that their plant in Sturgis, Michigan was found to be contaminated with beetles and larvae. Although only 0.2% of the formula produced at the plant was contaminated, this involves approximately five (5) million units.
 
The Food and Drug Administration has stated that children who have consumed the contaminated formulas may have experienced gastrointestinal discomfort or refusal to eat or drink.
 
To discover if your specific formula has been recalled, go to www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/ucm226885.htm or call (800) 986-8850.
 
You can also obtain information regarding refunds and formula returns. You will need the lot number on your container.
The following powder formulas have been affected:
Similac Advance LCP with Iron Powder
Similac Advance Early Shield Powder
Similac Sensitive with Iron Powder
Similac Sensitive R.S. Powder
Go & Grow Milk Powder
Go & Grow Milk Early Shield Powder
Go & Grow Milk with Early Shield
Go & Grow Soy Powder
Similac Organic Powder
Isomil Advance Powder
Isomil Advance Early Shield Powder
23
Aug

Salmonella Poisoning - Egg Recall

egg recall, salmonella poisoning
On August 13, 2010, there was a voluntary nationwide recall of 30 million eggs by Wright County Egg Farms in Galt, Iowa. FDA investigation is ongoing. The eggs are sold under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps. To put this in perspective, this represents less than 1% of all eggs produced in the U.S. Eggs affected can be found at www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/majorproductrecalls/ucm223522.htm.
Hundreds of cases of Salmonellosis have been diagnosed since June 2010, affecting people in California, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Illinois, Texas, and Wisconsin. No deaths have been reported to date.
 
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a bacteria that is passed on in several ways. Chickens can have it in their feces or in their ovaries. Hence, it can be passed through the egg shells or be within the egg itself. As a result, there are stringent egg cleaning and testing procedures for hens throughout the country.
 
What are the signs and symptoms?
Fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting can occur within 12 to 72 hours after consuming the undercooked contaminated egg. These symptoms can last up to approximately one week.
 
How can I prevent this infection?
First, check if your eggs are one of the eggs on the recall list. If so, return them in the original carton to the store. Check the dates and codes on the bottom of the egg carton. For detailed info, go to http://www.eggsafety.org/ or call the Egg Safety Media Hotline at (866) 272-5582.
 
Second and most important, the only safe egg is a fully cooked egg. So, cook your eggs thoroughly. That means fully boiled or cooked eggs and fully cooked scrambled eggs are safe. However, sunny-side up, over easy, runny scrambled eggs are not necessarily safe; eating them puts you at risk of contracting Salmonellosis, otherwise known as Salmonella poisoning.
Lastly, be aware of eating uncooked eggs or foods that contained uncooked eggs, especially when dining out. For example, Hollandaise sauce has uncooked eggs. Avoid it, whenever possible.
 
If infected, do we need to be treated?
Most children and adults do not need antibiotics. In fact, antibiotics prolong the length of time you are contagious. Usually, the only treatment needed is a bland diet with electrolyte drinks to help replenish the electrolytes lost through diarrhea.
Children less than three (3) months old, the elderly, and anyone who’s immunocompromised must be treated. Otherwise, the infection can spread into the blood, resulting in a serious and potentially deadly infection.
As always, if you or your child is sick, contact your doctor, if you have any questions.
8
Aug

Drop Side Cribs: One Step Closer to a Ban

Photo by CPSC
Nationwide, manufacturers are recalling their drop-side cribs left and right. Recently, over two (2) million drop-side cribs have been recalled due to an increased number of injuries and deaths. This brings the total to over nine (9) million drop-side cribs that have been recalled in the last five (5) years. Some crib manufacturers affected include Pottery Barn Kids, Simmons, Bexco, LaJobi, Jardine, Evenflo, Delta, Child Craft (out of business), Graco, Simplicity, Generation 2, ChilDESIGNS, Stork Craft, Simplicity, PlayKids USA, and L.A. Baby. Sadly, the list does not end here. It goes on and on. To check to see if your crib has been recalled, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission search at http://1.usa.gov/1ylfBdk
 
The injury or death can occur when the drop-side crib’s hardware comes loose, leaving a gap between the baby’s mattress and the rail, leading to suffocation or strangulation. Since 2000, these cribs have resulted in at least 32 deaths and 16 cases of entrapment in infants and toddlers, with another 14 deaths linked as well.

About two (2) weeks ago, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) (http://www.cpsc.gov/) proposed a new crib standard that cribs manufactured for sale or resale must have four (4) fixed sides. If passed, it is predicted that as early as Summer 2011, drop-side cribs will be banned sale, re-sale or use in stores, hotels, and daycare centers.

What should you do if you have a drop-side crib? Stop using it. Contact the manufacturer of your crib or search their website. Many are offering kits that will immobilize the rail. If no such kit is available, please consider replacing your crib. Although the deaths have been few, your child could become one of the rare ones. It is not worth taking the chance.

You can also go to the CPSC’s Crib Information Center @ U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission crib recall list.

If you have further questions, you can call the CPSC Recall Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

 
3
May

Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec & Benadryl Recall

As of Friday, April 30, 2010, McNeil Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary recall on brand name Tylenol (infants' & children's), Tylenol Plus, Motrin (infants' & children's), Zyrtec (children's), and Benadryl (children's - bubble gum flavor).

In a quality review, the company found several possible problems.  Some of the medications had higher concentration of the active ingredients than listed, some had problems with the inactive ingredients, & others  were contaminated with particles.  To date, there has been no documented harm to any child.  McNeil is not sure when they will manufacture more. 

So what does this mean for you and your children?  If you have any of the affected medications in your home, throw them away. 

In order to know if you have one of the recalled products, you will need to find the NDC number located on the bottle. In general, the NDC number is in small print on the top part of the bottle's label, above the product's name.  For a complete list with pictures of the products recalled, go to http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/page.jhtml?id=/include/mpr_ndc_finder.inc

You can call the company at (888) 222-6036 or read more at http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/ for any further questions. You can go to the website to ask for a refund. You will need to enter some information including the NDC number.

You may still use the generic version of these products.  These have not been shown to have any problems.

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