Infectious Disease

FDA calls for Voluntary Limited use of Antibiotic Drugs in Livestock

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they are taking three steps to limit the use of antibiotics in animals used in the food supply. The concern is that overuse of antibiotics can cause the bacteria to become resistance to the drug. The bacteria could then develop into a super-bug that could become deadly in some cases.

The FDA wants to make sure that the animals are given antibiotics only when there are diseases and health problems present that warrant its use. The agency has released three documents in regards to the use of antimicrobial treatments in livestock.

One document, The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals is recommending that farmers phase out the routine use of medically important drugs on livestock, and start to phase in veterinary use for these medicines for appropriate treatments.

Salmonella Bareilly Outbreak infects 100 People in 19 States

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(Best Syndication News) - An outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly is being reported in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The outbreak is on the East Coast and through parts of the Midwest and the South. Out of the 100 people reported to have become ill from the Salmonella Bareilly, 10 of them had to be hospitalized. No deaths have been reported in association with the outbreak so far.

The cause of the illness at this time is not known. The CDC and the FDA are working together to try to find the source of the food that may be causing the outbreak.

Club Chef Salsa Recall announced because of Possible Salmonella Contamination

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall various brands of Club Chef Salsa products because they could be contaminate with Salmonella. The recall involves 12 ounce, 16 ounce, and 5 pound packages that have the use-by date of March 27, 2012.

The salsa products were distributed for retail and foodservice locations around March 13th and 14th, 2012. The product was sent to eleven states: Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, and Illinois.

Southside Market and BBQ Beef Sausage Recall announced for possible Listeria monocytogenes Contamination

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(Best Syndication News) - The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that 2,373 pounds of ready-to-eat beef sausage products that were distributed by Southside Market & BBQ may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The contamination was found during routine FSIS testing, and no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall.

The smoked and completely cooked beef sausage products were made on March 5, 2012. They were distributed to a retail warehouse in Texas. There also were Internet sales that shipped product to California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, and Texas.

'Koff & Kold' and 'Kold Sore' sprays recalled for Safety Concerns

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of Wholistic Herbs Inc.’s “Koff & Kold” and “Kold Sore” spray products because they have not been properly tested for safety. There is a danger of the products being non-sterile, which could cause infections in the eyes or nose. The eye product could cause vision loss in some cases.

The Kold Sore product is used for the eyes to treat dry eye or pink eye, while the Koff & Kold product is used in the nose and throat for treatments of colds, flu, cough, stuffy nose, or a sinus infection.

The FDA found several labeling problems with the products during a routine inspection.

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