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5:44 PM

Welcome NEWTINK as co-leader!!

Darlene has been gracious enough to join Lisa(IMAREADER) & I as co-leader of the Mississippi Sparkers team!
1:18 PM

Packaged Produce Recalled, Could Have Resulted in Deaths

SAN ANTONIO — Texas health officials investigating five deaths have closed a San Antonio food processing plant and ordered a recall of all products shipped from there since January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said the recalled SanGar Produce & Processing Co. items include fresh cut fruit and vegetables in sealed packages that are distributed to restaurants, hospitals and schools.

The agency said it closed the SanGar plant Wednesday after the agency linked six of 10 known cases of listeriosis to chopped celery produced at the plant. It did not say how many of the five listeriosis deaths it is investigating are linked to the plant. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and vomiting.

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The agency said people were sickened with listeriosis in Bexar, Travis and Hidalgo counties and that all of them already had serious underlying health problems.

The company says on its website that "indirectly through several of our customers, our products are distributed in the Rio Grande Valley, Houston, Dallas and Oklahoma."

The DSHS said its inspectors found problems with sanitation at the San Antonio plant, including a condensation leak over a food production area, and prohibited SanGar from reopening the plant without agency approval.

In a statement late Wednesday, SanGar president Kenneth Sanquist Jr. defended the company's safety record.

"The state's claim that some of our produce now fails to meet health standards directly contradicts independent testing that was conducted on the same products," Sanquist said. "This independent testing shows our produce to be absolutely safe, and we are aggressively fighting the state's erroneous findings."

Sanquist declined to comment to The Associated Press on Thursday, referring all questions to the company's attorney. The Uresti Law Firm did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The health department recommends that customers throw out or return all SanGar products.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
1:50 AM

Tylenol is recalled Again....

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Tylenol caplets are again being recalled by Johnson & Johnson after some consumers were sickened by ingesting the pills or smelling or a musty or moldy odor on the bottles.

Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit received a "small number" of complaints from people who reported nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea after taking the pills, a spokeswoman said Monday.

This makes 13 recalls in barely a year by the health care giant, mostly for more serious problems with its nonprescription drugs, contact lenses, blood glucose test strips and hip implants.

It's the fifth time that the New Brunswick, N.J.-based company has recalled nonprescription medicines because of consumer complaints about an unpleasant odor.

The moldy odor is thought to be due to the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, McNeil said in a statement.

Previously, the company said the chemical was on wooden shipping pallets that it has stopped using after Jan. 15.

Asked if that was again the case with the latest recalls, J&J spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said, "We've seen both.

"Some complaints have come in from smelling the bottles and some from ingesting the pills," Goodrich said.

She could not say whether any complaints from the prior recalls had involved people ingesting the pills.

The latest recall, announced Monday, covers one lot of Tylenol 8 Hour caplets in 50-count bottles.

McNeil said the recall is precautionary and the problems reported by consumers were temporary and not serious. The company said the risk of serious harm is remote.

The first two such recalls, both late last year, involved first five lots and then all product lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the red EZ-Open Cap.

On Jan. 15, J&J issued a large-scale recall of containers of children's and adult Tylenol, plus Motrin, St. Joseph's aspirin, Benadryl, Rolaids and Simply Sleep, also because of a moldy smell that had made people sick. Then on July 8, the company recalled 21 lots of Benadryl, Motrin and about nearly 20 varieties of Tylenol for the same reason.

J&J did not say how many bottles are in a lot.

Rival drugmaker Pfizer Inc. also recalled a product recently because of a musty odor, pulling bottles of its top-selling cholesterol medicine Lipitor on Oct. 9.
9:52 AM

Similac Infant Formula Recalled

Abbott Voluntarily Recalls Certain Similac® Brand Powder Infant Formulas That Did Not Meet Its Quality Standards.

Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of certain Similac-brand, powder infant formulas in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.

Abbott is recalling these products following an internal quality review, which detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility. The United States Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted.

The recall of these powder infant formulas includes:

* Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers.
* Certain Similac powder product lines offered in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.

To immediately find out if the product in your possession is included in this recall, parents and caregivers should visit, and type in their lot number to determine if their product is affected, or call (800) 986-8850.

No Abbott liquid infant formulas are impacted. Products not involved in the recall include all Abbott Nutrition liquid ready-to-feed and concentrated infant formulas and all powder and liquid specialty formulas, such as Similac Expert Care™ Alimentum®, Elecare ®, Similac Expert Care™ Neosure ®, Similac® Human Milk Fortifier, and metabolic formulas for inherited disorders.

About the Recall

* The company is implementing a plan to address this matter in the affected manufacturing facility, which is expected to be completed shortly. No other facilities or products are involved in this recall.
* Abbott has consulted with the U.S. FDA regarding this recall.

Information for Parents and Caregivers

* Products with affected lot numbers should be returned to Abbott at no cost to the consumer.
* Parents and caregivers can go to or call Abbott's consumer hotline, (800) 986-8850, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
* Both the website and the consumer hotline have specific details on how to complete the return process.
10:55 PM

Pringles recall: Are your chips on the list?

By Tracey D. Samuelson Correspondent
posted March 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm EST

If you were about to pop the top on a can of taco- or cheeseburger-flavored Pringles, you might want to hold that thought.

The meat-inspired chips are the latest products added to a recall stretching back to Feb. 26. Pringles's parent company Proctor & Gamble announced the voluntary recall Tuesday.

The chips contain hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), a common “flavor-enhancer,” made by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., that has been found to be contaminated with salmonella.

Products from 26 other brands have already been recalled (See here for complete list of products affected). That list could continue to grow, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still investigating.

Recalled products fall mostly into the soup, dip, snack mix, and salad dressing categories.

This is because they are considered “ready to eat products,” says Rita Chappelle, a spokesperson for the FDA.

Their processing doesn’t include a “kill step,” which would kill salmonella before leaving the factory, nor does their preparation involve cooking or high heats, which would also destroy the bacteria.

The good news is that this is a relatively “low risk” recall, Ms. Chappelle says. There haven’t been any reported illnesses associated with HPV to date.

Consumers should simply throw out any recalled products and check daily for any additions to the recall.

The contamination was discovered by a customer of Basic Food Flavors, Inc. during routine testing. The customer reported the salmonella contamination to the FDA, which then sent a team of investigators to confirm the contamination at Basic Food Flavor’s facilities.

So what is HPV exactly?

The FDA describes it as "a substance used in small amounts to add flavor to many commercially processed foods, such as soups, hot dogs, chilis, stews, dips, salad dressings, gravies, frozen dinners, and snack foods."

On its website, Basic Food Flavors, Inc. says its “product range encompasses all types of HVP. Whether your requirement is Liquid, Paste, Vacuum dried granules, Spray dried powder, or IP certified Non GMO, Basic Food Flavors produces it.”


Pringles Recalled:

Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger, Super Stack Canister: 181 grams, UPC code: 37000 26936, with best by dates of 02/2011, 04/2011

Pringles Family Faves Taco Night, Super Stack Canister: 181 grams, UPC code: 37000 26773, with best buy dates of 03/2011, 04/2011, 05/2011