Infectious Disease

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Infection concerns arise from Sin Nombre infected Mice in Riverside County

credit: National Cancer Institute Linda Bartlett (Photographer) - PD

(Best Syndication News) - A fatal disease threatens residents in Southern California because mice in Riverside County were identified as having “Sin Nombre,” which is a virus that is a contributing driving force for developing hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in humans.

“Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a rare, but often fatal disease spread by rodents,” said state public health officer Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Alfalfa and Clover Sprouts recalled for possible Listeria Contamination

Alfalfa Sprout label involved in the recall - FDA

(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall of about 100 pounds of Springwater Sprouts brand alfalfa and clover sprouts because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The produce came from Alfa Sprouts Inc. of Honeoye Falls, NY, and was distributed in Upstate New York, and New York State. To date, no illnesses were reported in association with this recall.

Alfalfa Sprouts

The 4-ounce package of Organic Alfalfa Sprouts that have the sell-by date of 04/28/201 are involved in the recall. The packaging is a clear clamshell plastic with a UPC code of either 688267047411, or 042891000523. This produce was distributed in New York State.

Mad Cow Disease detected in Central California

cow - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of Agriculture confirmed a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease that came from a dairy farm in Central California near the city of Hanford.

The USDA discovered the infected cow at a rendering facility in California during a routine inspection. The cow was reported to not have shown any symptoms of stumbling before slaughter. The cow tested positive for atypical BSE, which is not usually caused by contaminated animal feed.

The USDA said that the cow was not introduced into the food supply and would not be of any danger to humans. Additionally, they said the mad cow disease would not spread through milk.

Albie’s Pizza Calzone Recall announced for potential Listeria Contamination

Albie Pizza Calzone Product Label - USDA

(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the recall of around 311 pounds of Albie’s Pizza Calzone ready-to-eat products that were made on April 10, 2012. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) department announced that the food could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The contamination was discovered during a routine FSIS test of the food. Albie’s Foods has not received any reports of illness from the product.

The packages contain 48 quantity of 4.5 ounce sized Albie Pizza Calzone. On the package is a USDA inspection logo with the words “EST. 10100” inside it. They were distributed to institutions in Indiana and Michigan.

Yellowfin Tuna Recall associated with Salmonella Outbreak in 20 States

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(Best Syndication News) - A voluntary recall of approximately 58,828 pounds of frozen raw yellowfin tuna have been recalled because it has been associated with a recent outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly that infected 116 people, with 12 being hospitalized. There were no deaths from the infection so far.

The tuna was packaged and distributed by Moon Marine USA Corporation (MMI) that is out of Cupertino, California. The product labels say either Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA when they were shipped to distributors. The Nakaochi Scrape is the tuna backmeat and looks like a ground meat product. However, the distributors may have repacked the meat into smaller packages and consumers may not have the product labels the same.

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