Infectious Disease

Gourmet Cheddar Cheese Recall announced by Golden Glen Creamery

(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Golden Glen Creamery is issuing a voluntary recall of their Red Pepper Onion & Garlic flavored Cheddar Cheese because it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The WSDA government agency tested a sample of the cheese and discovered the listeria contamination. However, the company has sent samples of the same batch to an independent, state-approved lab for testing and it came out negative. Out of safety precaution, the company agreed to issue a voluntary recall despite the mixed testing results. No illnesses have been reported in association with this recall.

Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea concerns WHO

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(Best Syndication News) - The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today the threat of an antibiotic resistant gonorrhea infection that could affect millions of people. The organization is urging prompt action be taken to combat this sexually transmitted disease.

WHO has received reports from Australia, France, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom of gonorrhea cases that are resistant to cephalosporin antibiotics. This is the last treatment option that typically works for treating gonorrhea.

WHO said that every year around 106 million people worldwide are infected by gonorrhea. If there is no cure, this could be devastating.

The City of Santa Ana concerned about Typhus infection in Stray Cats

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(Best Syndication News) - Concerns of a flea-born Typhus infection have spurred Santa Ana officials to trap and test stray cats near schools to prevent the spread to humans. This occurred after a Santa Ana resident tested positive for Typhus.

On Tuesday, animal service officers set traps at Frances E. Willard Intermediate School and El Sol Science and Arts Academy to catch the stray cats. The traps were provided by O.C. Vector Control and they have been out in the neighborhoods informing residents of the potential typhus problem. The city officials are testing the fleas found on the cats for typhus.

Organic Baby Spinach Recall announced for possible Salmonella Contamination

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of certain packages of Organic Baby Spinach that came from Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. The USDA found one retail package of spinach product that tested positive for Samonella.

Two brands are involved in the recall. The package sizes vary between 5 and 10 ounces. Only the products that have the specified product codes and “Best By” dates are involved in the recall; all other spinach products are safe to eat. See the complete recall listed below.

No illnesses have been reported in association with this recall. The organic baby spinach was packaged in clamshell packaging with the “Best By” date code labeled in the lower right of the product label. The spinach was distributed between May 9th and 10th, 2012 from Taylor Farms.

Bagged Salad Recall - List includes Several Brands

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of bagged ready-to-eat salad products that were sold to retailers and food service locations nationwide because of a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The salad products include coleslaw mixes, a spring mix, a Caesar salad kit, romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, and several more lettuce and salad blends.

During a routine sample testing, two packages of shredded iceberg lettuce were purchased from retail locations in California and Colorado. The samples were found to have Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported.

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