Infectious Disease

Dole Fresh Vegetables recalls certain Bagged Salads for possible Listeria Contamination

Dole Italian Blend product bag - FDA

(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.

Romaine Lettuce Recall announced for possible E. Coli contamination

Tanimura & Antle Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head of Romaine lettuce recall announced - FDA

(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.

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

El Torito branded Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kits recall announced - FSIS

(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.

Curcumin found in Turmeric Spice prevented spread of Virus

credit: National Cancer Institute Daniel Sone (Photographer) - PD

(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.

Indiana Health Officials confirm outbreak of 113 cases of H3N2v

Stethoscope - BSN

(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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