Infectious Disease

Hardboiled Egg Recall includes Sandwiches made by GH Foods

Sandwich Product Labels involved in the Recall - FDA

(Best Syndication News) - There is a hardboiled egg recall that originated from Michael Foods Inc., because the cooked eggs could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. GH Foods CA, LLC used these eggs to make tuna and egg salad sandwiches, which has prompted this company to announce a recall.

These sandwiches were sold only at Walgreens stores in California, according to an announcement by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The products' UPC code, and use-by date is as follows:

DeLish brand Egg Salad on HoneyWheat Sandwich 8.5 oz. UPC code 0.49022-51925.1 Use-By date 1/17/12 through 2/5/12.

Scientists investigate new ways to combat constantly changing Flu Virus

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(Best Syndication News) A University of Georgia research team is gaining headway in their attempt to understand the constantly evolving influenza virus. Ralph Tripp, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Chair of Animal Health Vaccine Development in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, says that interfering with the way viruses replicate may provide a way to treat the flu.

Viruses replicate by attaching themselves to a host cell, and turning that cell into a factory. Tripp says that influenza binds with sugars found on the surface of host cells in the lung and respiratory tract. The virus then injects its genetic information into the nucleus of the cell and virus replication begins.

First Flu Death this season in California reported by CDPH

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(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the first death in California related the current influenza season. The death was an adult male in his late 30’s from Kern County. The CDPH made the announcement on December 22, 2011.

The CDPH is reminding California residents to get their flu vaccine. The health agency said that everyone over the age of 6 months is recommended to get the seasonal flu vaccine. This flu vaccine is reported to protect against the H1N1 virus strain.

Those that are at high risk for flu complications should make an extra effort to get the yearly seasonal flu vaccine. Pregnant women, people with chronic disease, people with diabetes should consider getting vaccinated against the flu.

Cilantro Recall involves over 6,000 Cartons

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of Pacific International Marketing Cilantro because of potential Salmonella contamination on December 10, 2011. The FDA is also working with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on this recall. The Pacific brand Cilantro recall involves 6,141 cartons.

The recalled Cilantro were distributed to California, Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Indiana, South Carolina, and Missouri and were intended for sale to consumers at grocery stores. The cilantro were sold in cartons with 60 bunches, 30 bunches or 20 with 3 bunched sleeves. Bunches of cilantro that have a twist tie have the UPC code of 33383 80104. Bunches of cilantro that came in sleeves have the UPC code of 40695 80104. The cilantro was sold between November 16, and December 10, 2011.

Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Recall announced due to possible Salmonella Contamination

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a limited voluntary recall of Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because of possible Salmonella contamination. Only two Best-If-Used by dates of the 16 ounce sized containers are involved in the recall. The peanut butter was sold at stores between November 8 – 17, 2011.

The J.M. Smucker Company said that the recalled peanut butter was distributed to Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. They discovered the possible contamination during a routine screening test.

The Smucker’s® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky 16 ounce containers with the UPC: 5150001701 and the production codes of 1307004 and 1308004 are involved. They have the Best-If-Used by dates of August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012. Only the chunky version is being recalled.

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