PRODUC RECALL: Wipes due to Possible Bacteria Contamination

Including brand names: Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings

[Posted 10/27/2014]

AUDIENCE: Consumer, Pulmonology

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ISSUE:  Nutek Disposables, Inc. initiated a nationwide voluntary product recall at the retail level of all lots of baby wipes that it manufactured under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings, because some packages may contain bacteria. These wipes were distributed by Nutek prior to October 21, 2014 to the following retail stores: Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s, and Diapers.com.

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After receiving a small number of complaints of odor and discoloration, Nutek conducted microbial testing that showed the presence of the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), in some of these products. B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people. However, people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia.

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As of October 3, 2014, the date of the original withdrawal, the company had received only one report of irritation. Numerous reports of complaints have since been received by the company that include rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues, though these reports have not been confirmed to be related to the use of these products.

BACKGROUND: The company has not identified the cause of the problem, but is continuing to investigate. In the interim, Nutek has stopped shipping baby wipes manufactured at the facility.

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RECOMMENDATION: Consumers who have purchased this product can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM EDT. If you believe you have a weakened immune system or chronic lung disease and you have used one of the affected wipe products, you should call your doctor promptly for medical advice.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.

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FDA WARNING: “Don’t Purchase Ginseng Kianpi Pil Products” due to Undeclared Ingredients

[Posted 10/31/2014]

AUDIENCE: Consumers

ISSUE: FDA notified consumers not to purchase or use “Ginseng Kianpi Pil,” a product promoted to stimulate appetite, promote weight gain and relieve fatigue, because it contains an undeclared corticosteroid and an antihistamine. FDA laboratory analysis found that Ginseng Kianpi Pil contains dexamethasone, a corticosteroid commonly used to treat inflammatory conditions, and cyproheptadine, a prescription antihistamine used for seasonal allergy treatment.

Corticosteroid use can impair a person’s ability to fight infections, cause high blood sugar levels, muscle injuries and psychiatric problems. When corticosteroids are taken for a prolonged period, or at high doses, they can suppress the adrenal gland and cause withdrawal symptoms with abrupt discontinuation. Antihistamines may cause drowsiness and affect mental alertness. In addition, these undeclared drug ingredients in “Ginseng Kianpi Pil” may cause serious side effects when combined with other medications.

BACKGROUND: Ginseng Kianpi Pil is manufactured by Kweilin Drug Manufactory, and sold in retail stores and on various websites.

RECOMMENDATION: Consumers taking “Ginseng Kianpi Pil” are urged to immediately consult with their health care professional to safely discontinue use of this product. The risk of withdrawal from corticosteroids should be assessed by a health care professional. Only licensed health care professionals can evaluate patients for the risk, or confirm the existence, of adrenal suppression.

FDA encourages health care professionals and consumers to report any adverse events or side effects associated with the use of this product to FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

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San Francisco Wins MLB World Series, Riots Break Out in City

San Francisco, CA | The City’s MLB team wins the World Series with the game ending around 2100 hours.

Now, is the City reeling for a phenomal baseball win but they are now dealing with hundreds, possible thousands of screaming, excited and out of control fans causing havoc in their very own town.  Police are working to control the crowd as they march from the game to various places within the City.

The San Francisco Police Department is working with various Law Enforcement Agencies including State Police. [2145 hours]

Trolleys and their drivers were taken off their routes being moved to Mission and out of harm’s way.  [2149 hours]

More details to come as they are received.

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King County [WA] Closes Multiple Food Establishments in October 2014

Seattle | The King County Public Health Department has closed two food establishments at the University District Farmers Market:

TANDOOZI

  • Poor personal hygiene practices (food handlers unable to wash hands)
  • Imminent health hazard of no handwashing facilities available
  • Closed: 10/25/14

SAMISH BAY CHEESE

  • Poor personal hygiene practices (food handlers unable to wash hands)
  • Imminent health hazard of no handwashing facilities available
  • Closed: 10/25/14

KING’S CHINESE RESTAURANT

  • 13200 NE 20th, Bellevue
  • Potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures
  • Improper cooling of potentially hazardous food
  • Inadequate facilities to control temperature of potentially hazardous food, hot holding
  • Imminent health hazard: cockroaches in food
  • Closed: 10/21/14

PHI KAPPA SIGMA

  • 4711 17th Ave NE, Seattle
  • Closed: 10/21/14 – 1350hours .  Reopened: 10/22/14 1500hours.
  • Equipment/utensils not properly sanitized
  • Failure to correct repeated violations

When and why Public Health closes a food establishment

Public Health – Seattle & King County helps the food establishment keep the risk of food borne illness low through education and inspections. There are 2 basic causes of food borne illness we want to protect against with safe food handling practices.

  1. Contamination of food by food workers’ hands, other foods, or food preparation surfaces. This is why hand washing, no bare hand contact with ready to eat foods and the washing, rinsing and sanitizing of food preparation surfaces is vitally important.
  2. Temperature control: Foods that provide a good environment for the growth of the bacteria that cause food borne illness are called potentially hazardous foods. The bacteria grow quickly in “the danger zone,” 41°F to 135°F of these foods. Therefore, these foods must be cooked to temperatures that will kill the bacteria, then kept hot (over 135°) until served, or kept cold (under 41°) until served.

There are some safe food handling practices that, if not done properly, are more likely to lead to food borne illnesses. The inspector specifically observes and documents these food handling practices during the inspection. If any of these most risky practices are not done properly, the establishment is given a red critical violation on the inspection, the risk is taken care of immediately, and the manager is taught the correct procedure or method. Based on the risk caused by the violation, a return inspection and education will be done. Finally, if a food establishment hasn’t improved its practices after additional education and direction, the establishment will be closed.

Reasons for immediate closure of a food service establishment:

  • High score on the routine inspection*
  • Sewage backing up in kitchen and/or bathroom
  • No hot water/running water
  • Electricity goes out
  • Other imminent health hazards: broken refrigeration, damage caused by accidents or natural disasters, or when establishment is linked to a food borne illness outbreak
  • Other: No permit to be operating (The permit assures that they have met all of the structural & equipment requirements for the menu items they are going to serve); the owner/manager interferes with the inspector’s ability to do her/his duties. 

    *The inspection is based on a 400 point system. The violations are added up between red and blue violations. If the total red critical violations is 90 or more, or the total of red and blue is 120 or more, then the establishment will be closed.

Is your Favorite Restaurant on the List of having problems or you want to find out how well they did during their Food Inspection?  Check out the Link here:  http://info.kingcounty.gov/health/ehs/foodsafety/inspections/search.aspx or this weblink:  http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ehs/foodsafety/inspections/data.aspx.

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Woman Rescued from Chimney

Originally posted on FIREFIGHTER RESCUES:

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A woman stuck in the chimney of a home in Thousand Oaks was rescued and arrested.

Ventura County fire Capt. Ron Oatman said firefighters responding to neighbors’ reports of a woman crying had to chisel away much of the chimney and lubricate it with dish soap Sunday to free 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa.

The Ventura County Star reports she was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to police.

The homeowner told KABC in Los Angeles that he met Nunez-Figueroa online and dated her briefly, but he recently ended the relationship. The unidentified man was not home at the time of the incident.

Nunoz-Figueroa had no clear injuries but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police didn’t know if she’d hired an attorney, and no phone listing for her could be found.

Oatman said firefighters destroyed the chimney and damaged the roof.

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FDA Food Recall Alert: Fresh and Frozen Crab Meat due to Possible Health Risk

Contact
Consumer:
John F. Whiteside, Jr.
(508)991-3333 / John@JWhiteside.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 22, 2014 – East Providence, RI – Rome Packing Co., Inc. has issued a voluntary recallof Ocean’s Catch brand All Natural Jonah Crab Leg Meat after routine product sampling by the company determined some of the finished products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria monocytogenes, is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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No illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and return them to the place of purchase for a refund or discard them.

The list of recalled products include fresh and frozen products.

The list of fresh recalled products are packaged in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), sold as refrigerated, includes:

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5 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat:

  • lot number 0104804 with a sell by date before 10/15/14;

6 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:

  • lot number 0104791 with a sell by date before 10/13/14;
  • lot number 0104666 with a sell by date before 10/15/14;

8 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat:

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  • lot number 0104665 with a sell by date before 10/13/14;
  • lot number 0104665 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;
  • lot number 0104804 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;
  • lot number 0104842 with a sell by date before 10/16/14;

8 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:

  • lot number 0104787 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;

16 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat:

  • lot number 0104659 with a sell by date before 10/13/14;
  • lot number 0104665 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;
  • lot number 0104842 with a sell by date before 10/16/14;

16 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:

  • lot number 0104806 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;
  • lot number 0104845 with a sell by date before 10/16/14;

The list of frozen recalled products are packaged in plastic bags, sold frozen, includes:

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5 pound bags of Ocean’s Catch All Natural Frozen Jonah Crab Leg Meat:

  • lot number 0104842 with a sell by date before 4/16/16;

The products are distributed in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois and California to retail stores including but not limited to: Shaw’s Supermarkets, Legal Sea Foods, and Harbor Fish Market. Consumers with questions may contact the company’s representative, John F. Whiteside, Jr. at (508)991-3333.

Any consumers who believe they may have become ill after eating the products should contact their health care provider.

Rome Packing Co., Inc. is cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration and Rhode Island Department of Health investigation. Rome Packing Co., Inc. has initiated corrective action in their processing plant to prevent this from occurring.

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Class II Recall072-2014
Health Risk: LowOct 24, 2014
 Congressional and Public Affairs

Alexandra Tarrant
(202) 720-9113

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 – Taylor Farms, a Swedesboro, NJ, establishment, is recalling approximately 377 pounds of Signature Café Broccoli Kale Salad with Chicken product because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, tree nuts. The product contains walnuts, a tree nut, which is a known allergen and not declared on the product label. The walnuts are packaged in a cupped packet inside the salad container.

The product subject to recall includes:

  • 9.75-oz. plastic clam shell packages of “Signature Café Broccoli Kale Salad with Chicken” with Use by dates of “10/23/14,” “10/25/14,” and “10/27/14” on the lid of the product.

The product subject to recall bears “P-34513” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the label. The salads were produced on 10/17/14, 10/19/14, and 10/21/14. The distributed product was sent to retail stores in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The problem was discovered at the distributor doing business with the company. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Jim Bryan, Director of Operations, at 856-294-4211. Media with questions about the recall should contact Alan Applonie, President, at 209-835-6300.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone atm.askkaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified Oct 24, 2014

 

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Become “WinterWise” Event Hosted by Puyallup’s McLendon Hardware and Pierce County Utilities, DEM

Pierce County is gearing up to respond to winter weather, and community members are encouraged to do the same.

Residents can learn about Pierce County’s response efforts and how they can prepare for winter weather at the WinterWise Kickoff Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at McLendon Hardware at 11307 Canyon Road E. in Puyallup.

County staff from Public Works and Utilities and the Department of Emergency Management will provide information about county services during winter weather, as well as tips on how to make a family plan for emergencies and build an emergency kit. Children will be able to paint a snow plow that will be used on local roads during snow and ice events. Adults can pick up a list of recommended emergency kit items, and McLendon’s will offer a discount for shoppers that stop by the WinterWise and other vendor booths.

“Public Works and Utilities plays an important role in responding to winter weather, and we encourage people to become familiar with our programs so they know what to expect and who to contact if they need assistance,” said Brian Ziegler, Public Works and Utilities director. “Our WinterWise website also has resources on ways to be sustainable during winter celebrations, such as treecycling, and information on ways to keep sewer pipes functioning properly, such as not flushing wipes and keeping grease from holiday meals out of drains.”

The WinterWise Kickoff Event is part of Public Works and Utilities’ WinterWise outreach program to educate the community about the services the department provides during winter. Those services include response to urban and river flooding, windstorms, and snow and ice events, as well as information on storm cleanup and sustainable winter celebrations. Public Works and Utilities partnered with the Department of Emergency Management this year to help promote emergency preparedness.

“Creating an emergency kit and a family plan are crucial steps we all should take to be ready for winter weather,” said Lowell Porter, Department of Emergency Management director. “At the event, we’ll have the key information you need to get started.”

For more information on Pierce County’s winter services, visitwww.piercecountywa.org/winterwise.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sheryl Rhinehart, Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator
(253) 798-4655
srhineh@co.pierce.wa.us

Sheri Badger, Department of Emergency Management
(253) 798-2204
sbadger@co.pierce.wa.us

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Bellevue [WA] Police Looking for Missing Lake HIlls Man

Bellevue Police are looking for a 44-year-old man last seen by friends or family on September 26. His father reported him missing on October 11, after he didn’t show up for a meeting.

Michael W. Bennett is a white man, balding,with brown hair, brown eyes, 5-11, 185 pounds. He lives in the Newport Hills area. His clothing is unknown, but he likes to wear bandanas or hats. His car is a 2004 silver, four-door Lincoln LS.

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On October 14, Bennett’s vehicle was found parked at Snoqualmie Pass by the Alpental ski area, which is adjacent to the Snow Lake trailhead.  The Bellevue Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in this case.

If you have seen Michael Bennett or have any information on his whereabouts, or if you saw the vehicle at Alpental, please contact the Bellevue Police (BellevuePD@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-2564).

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FIREFIGHTER CAREER OPPORTUNITY: McMinnville Fire Department, Oregon

MCMINNVILLE, CITY OF, FD – 175 NE FIRST STREET, MCMINNVILLE, OREGON 97128

http://www.ci.mcminnville.or.us/city/departments/fire-department

Updated: October 17, 2014

Classification:  Firefighter/EMT

The McMinnville Fire Department is currently building an eligibility list for Firefighter/EMT.  This position requires FireTEAM and CPAT testing.  All testing through National Testing Network (NTN) must be completed by November 14, 2014.

The McMinnville Fire Department requires the candidate PHQ.  You can access the questionnaire through your NTN candidate account.  The PHQ should be completed as soon as possible to be considered further in the process.

Salary Information:  $4,084 – $5,210 plus certification pay if employee is English Spanish bilingual

Benefit Information:  Medical, dental, and vision insurance in which the City and the employee share in premium costs; City-paid VEBA benefits; City-paid life insurance and long-term disability insurance; full, City-paid participation in Oregon Public Service Retirement Program after meeting eligibility requirements.

Contact Information:

Rose Lorenzen

Administrative Assistant/HR Analyst

lorenzr@ci.mcminnville.or.us

Department Information:  The Department is a state-of-the-art combination department consisting of Firefighter / EMS positions, a strong roster of volunteer firefighter / emergency medical technicians; and a Fire and Life Safety Division.  McMinnville Fire Department staffs three full-service ambulances and one rescue vehicle with fully qualified Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians.  A busy EMS system provides many opportunities for skills development.  Fire services encompass an area of 97 square miles from two stations, and include the McMinnville Rural Fire Protection District.  MRFPD contracts with the city and consists of 90 square miles.  The Ambulance Service Area encompasses 450 square miles and includes McMinnville, five smaller cities, and rural areas.

City Information:  The City of McMinnville has a great deal to offer its employees, including a supportive Mayor, Council, City Manager, and community.  McMinnville is located in the western portion of Oregon’s agriculturally rich Willamette Valley on U.S. Highway 99 W.  David and Jean Vokac, in their book, “The Great Towns of Oregon,” rated McMinnville as the No, 2 city in the state for its high livability.  They cited McMinnville’s scenic beauty, historic, tree-lined downtown district, the Evergreen Aviation Museum, excellent parks, and the City’s cultural viability as major factors in their decision.  They described McMinnville as “genteel sophistication with deep Eastern roots.”  McMinnville’s population is nearly 33,000 with an annual growth rate over the past ten years of approximately 3 percent.

McMinnville has a Council-Manager form of city government.  It is a full service city, providing a broad range of public services, and has a statewide reputation for stability and effective governance.  It is the mission of the City to maintain a safe, livable environment within the community through open government and efficient delivery of public services.

A recent citizen survey rated the City’s livability at 8.1, with 74 percent of responders rating livability at 8 or higher.  The small-town atmosphere, the historic downtown area, and community spirit were most highly valued by those responding to the survey.

Population:  32,435

Job Requirements

Age: 18

US Citizen: Yes or lawfully able to work in the US

High School Grad/GED: Yes

Valid OREGON State Driver’s License: Yes

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

Vision:  Per NFPA 1582 Requirements

 

Academy Certification:

EMT Basic – Oregon Certified

*Also accept national EMT certification

Firefighter I NFPA(minimum)

NFPA Driver

Hazardous Materials Operations Certification

 

McMinnville is seeking only candidates with EMT Basic and not Paramedic certifications at this time.

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