FOOD RECALL: Ground Beef by Recalled due to E.coli Present

Congressional and Public Affairs
Benjamin Bell
(202) 720-9113

 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2014 – Ranchers Legacy Meat Co., of Vadnais Heights, Minn., is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Products subject to the recall are packaged in plastic cryovac sealed packets, and contain various weights of ground beef.  All products produced on Nov. 19, 2014 are subject to recall.

All of the following have a Package Code (use by) 12/10/2014 and bear the establishment number “Est. 40264” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Individual products include:

  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Patties 77/23
  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice Ground Beef 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice WD Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy RD Beef Patties 80/20
  • OTG Manufacturing Chuck/Brisket RD Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend Oval Beef Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy WD Chuck Blend Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Blend
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend Bulk Pack NAT Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend NAT Beef Patties

The product was discovered by FSIS inspection personnel during a routine inspection. Products testing positive on November 21, 2014 were held at the establishment.  The products being recalled were produced on the same day and equipment as the positive product.  Products were shipped to distributors for sales nationwide.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

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. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 ° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature,http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ.

Consumers and media with questions regarding the recall should call Jeremy Turnquist, Vice President of Operations for Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. at (651) 366-6575.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day atAskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. 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. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
www.fsis.usda.gov

Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that meat has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria.

The only way to be sure the meat or poultry is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.
- Fish: 145°F
- Beef, pork, lamb chops/steaks/roasts: 145°F with a three minute rest time
- ground meat: 160°F
- poultry: 165°F
- hot dogs: 160°F or steaming hot

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90º

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.
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Lynnwood Fire: Has Deployed Active911

Lynnwood Fire Department
18800-44th Avenue West
Lynnwood, WA 98036

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lynnwood Fire Department Now Utilizing Active911

LYNNWOOD, WA (November 14, 2014) – The City of Lynnwood Fire Department recently deployed the latest in emergency response 911 technology. The system, Active911, is now running on Lynnwood Fire apparatus iPad’s. Active911 is a digital messaging system that securely delivers alarm, mapping, and other critical information instantly to responding fire and EMS units from the SNOCOM dispatch center. Currently, the alert that is transmitted to the responding units includes mapping, recommended routes from the units location, and associated documents that have been loaded into the system, such as building maps.

Pictured here is Lynnwood Firefighter Euvin Kim using the Active911 system.

Active 911

Lynnwood Fire Department, making our community a safe and healthy place to live.

About Lynnwood Fire Department
The Lynnwood Fire Department is committed to a safe and livable community. We safeguard people, property and the environment through education, prevention and emergency response with innovation and compassion. The Department consists of 60 full-time career staff, including: Chief Officers, Captains, Firefighter/EMT’s, Firefighter/Paramedics, Fire Inspectors and civilian staff. The Lynnwood Fire Department staffs two stations 24-hours a day, 365 days a year in 3 rotating 24-hour shifts. 911 responses are made using fire engines, a ladder truck, aid cars and a paramedic unit depending on the nature of the incident. The department responds to over 6,700 alarms annually, 75% of which are emergency medical calls. The services provided by the Fire Department include: fire suppression, emergency medical services (EMS), fire prevention and code enforcement, plan review services, fire and life safety education, hazardous materials and technical rescue response. Per capita, the Lynnwood Fire Department continues to be one of the busiest fire departments in Washington State, responding to approximately 177 incidents per 1,000 residents.

Contact:
Larry Hadland, Captain / Medical Services Officer
LHadland@ci.lynnwood.wa.us
425-670-5329

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Boston Business Closed by Board of Health

The following was posted on the Boston, board of health website.

SWEETGREEN
364 CONGRESS ST
BOSTON MA. 02210
Inspection Date: 11/14/2014

Status Code Violation Description Location

*** Violation Cold Holding

Comments:
Caesar dressing (stored in service bottle in walk in cooler)….48 degrees F. Blue Cheese Dressing…..48 degrees F. Provide proper temperature of 41 degrees F or below for product in walk in cooler.

* Violation Inadequate Facilities/Cooling Methods

Comments:
Frozen shrimp stored in walk in cooler since delivery……..30 Degrees F. Last shrimp delivery was 11/11/14. Provide a freezer in this establishment to keep shrimp frozen as required until pulled for use.

*** Violation Hot and Cold Water

Comments:
Hot water at hand sink in the kitchen……61 degrees F. Provide hot water at proper temperature at kitchen hand sink.

*** Violation Location, Accessible

Comments:
Do not block access to the hand sink in the kitchen. Remove all items stored around the hand wash sink area.Also remove prep table blocking the entrance to the hand sink.

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Washington State Attorney General Office: Intent to Sue Federal Government over Protection of Hanford Employees

After 20 years and many reports and studies, federal government still not adequately protecting Hanford workers

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson is sending the U.S. Dept. of Energy, and its contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), a Notice of Endangerment and Intent to Sue. Ferguson seeks to protect workers at the federal Hanford Nuclear Reservation from hazardous chemical vapors that continue to jeopardize worker health and safety.

On Oct. 30, 2014, an independent panel of experts issued the federally-funded Hanford Tank Vapor Assessment Report which determined that “ongoing emission of tank vapors, which contain a mixture of toxic chemicals, is inconsistent with the provisions of a safe and healthful workplace free from recognized hazards.”  They further found that the data “strongly suggests a causal link between chemical vapor release and subsequent adverse health effects experienced by tank farm workers.”

The report was the latest in a series of reports assessing the problem of tank workers falling sick after exposure to chemical vapors from on-site waste holding tanks. Dating back to at least 1987, workers exposed to vapors have experienced nosebleeds, headaches, watery eyes, burning skin, contact dermatitis, increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, coughing, sore throats, expectorating, dizziness and nausea. Several of these workers have long-term disabilities, including permanent loss of lung capacity.

Despite the 20 years of study and multiple reports, there is no lasting solution and workers continue to get sick.

“Hanford workers face a very real and immediate health risk,” said Ferguson. “The federal government has a responsibility to keep these Washington workers safe and I intend to hold them accountable.”

“The report from this independent panel clearly signals a need for further action to protect workers at the Hanford tank farms,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “I have spoken with U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz who has assured me that the federal government’s response to this situation will be vigorous and that steps have already been taken to better protect workers.”

The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) allows persons, including the attorney general, to bring actions against a party whose hazardous waste practices “may present an imminent and substantial endangerment to the public’s health or the environment.”  RCRA first requires a notice of intent to sue be sent to the party. A lawsuit can be filed 90 days after the notice of intent to sue. The AGO’s primary focus is to secure lasting abatement of the dangers posed by the Hanford vapors through an effective, legally enforceable agreement or order with the federal government.

Background

The Hanford site in eastern Washington is a nuclear reservation operated by the U.S. federal government. Currently, Hanford houses roughly 56 million gallons of nuclear waste in 177 underground tanks — enough to fill roughly 88 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Most of these tanks are of single-shell construction, many of which have leaked.

A federal court consent decree and the Hanford Tri-Party Agreement require Energy to retrieve and treat Hanford’s tank waste and safely close Hanford’s unfit-for-use single-shell tanks. Workers are primarily exposed to hazardous Hanford tank vapors while working around these single-shell tanks, especially during retrieval operations. Energy and its contractors have a 20-year history of studying the tank vapors problem, but problems persist and workers continue to experience adverse health impacts.

On June 20, 2014, in response to increasing reports of workers falling ill after vapor exposure, Governor Inslee and Ferguson wrote to the Secretary of Energy urging an independent assessment of the safety of workers who may be exposed to chemical vapors or fumes emitted from tanks at Hanford.

Energy, through the Savannah River National Laboratory, commissioned an independent expert panel to prepare such an assessment. This resulted in the Oct. 30, 2014 Hanford Tank Vapor Assessment Report.

=============The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment and stand up for our veterans. Visitwww.atg.wa.gov to learn more.

CONTACT:

Alison Dempsey-Hall, Acting Communications Director, (206) 442-4482,alisond@atg.wa.gov

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Product Recall: Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen due to Undeclared Drugs

Contact:
Consumer:
(757) 420-1122
support@fbbpshop.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 19, 2014 – REFA Enterprises, LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of each: Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen (UPC # 6333090804632), Forever Beautiful Infinity UPC # 633090804649), to the consumer level. The products have been found to contain undeclared Sibutramine or a combination of both Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein through FDA laboratory analyses. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010 (due to increased risk of seizures, heart attacks, arrhythmia and strokes).

Phenolphthalein is an ingredient previously used in over-the-counter laxatives, but because of concerns of carcinogenicity, it is not currently approved for marketing in the United States. These undeclared ingredients make these products unapproved new drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established.

Products containing sibutramine pose a threat to consumers because Sibutramine can increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a risk for those with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhymias or stroke. These products may also interact in life threatening ways with other medications a consumer may be taking. Health risks associated with phenolphthalein could include potentially serious gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat, and cancer with long-term use. To date, the company has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

All affected products are marketed as dietary supplements for weight loss and were packaged and distributed as follows:

Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen is packaged in bottles of 60 capsules, Forever Beautiful Bee pollen was distributed via internet to consumers nationwide from July 7, 2014 – November 3, 2014.

Forever Beautiful Infinity is packaged in bottles of 60 capsules. Forever Beautiful Infinity was distributed via internet to consumers nationwide from July 7, 2014 – November 3, 2014.

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REFA Enterprises, LLC is notifying its customers by email and is arranging for return of all recalled products. Consumers that have product which is being recalled should stop using and return products to REFA Enterprises, LLC.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact REFA Enterprises, LLC at (757) 420-1122 Monday – Friday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST or email support@fbbpshop.com.

Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.

Adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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FDA Recall Alert: Dietary Supplements Recalled Due to Cause Overabundance of Rhizopus oryzae

Contact:
Consumer:
1-800-332-1088

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 17, 2014 — Solgar, Inc., of Leonia, NJ, is voluntarily recalling ABC Dophilus® Powder. The recall was initiated, out of an abundance of caution, because the product was found to contain Rhizopus oryzae, which may cause Mucormycosis. This is a rare infection that may cause health problems to consumers, particularly pre-mature infants/infants, children, and those with weakened immune systems. Although, it may also occur (rarely) in people who are otherwise healthy. ABC Dophilus was used as part of the in-hospital course of treatment for a very preterm infant (<32 week gestation) who suffered from multiple complications, including intestinal mucormycosis, and died on October 11, 2014. Susceptible consumers should consult with their physician or health care provider if they have used this product.

Solgar is notifying consumers and customers not to consume this product

This product was distributed to: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, CO, FL, IA, IL, IN, MI, ME, MO, MA, NC, NE, NY, NJ, NV, OH, OK, PA, PR, UT, TN, TX, VT, KY, WI, WA, UK and Israel through pharmacy, retail stores, wholesale, internet, etc.

Description: Solgar ABC Dophilus® Powder NET Wt. 1.75 oz (50 g)
UPC Code: 0 33984 00010 0
Label: Solgar
Lot# 074024-01R1, 074024-01, 074024-02 Expiration
Date 7/31/15

Testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control revealed the presence of Rhizopus oryzae in 1.75 oz (50 g) containers of Solgar ABC Dophilis Powder.

The distribution of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem.

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Risk factors for developing Mucormycosis include: uncontrolled diabetes; cancer; organ transplant; neutropenia (low white blood cells); skin trauma (cuts, scrapes, punctures, or burns). Susceptible consumers should consult with their physician or health care provider.

Consumers who have purchased Solgar ABC Dophilus® Powder are urged not to consume the product and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 888-534-6370, Monday-Friday, 9AM-7PM ET.

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  [http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/HowToReport/DownloadForms/default.htm#]  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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Brown Rice Flour Recall

Originally posted on US Food Safety:

Lundberg Family Farms is recalling specific bags of Brown Rice Flour because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled Eco-Farmed Brown Rice Flour has UPC 0 73416 00550 1 and the Organic Brown Rice Flour has UPC 073416 00500 6. The flour was distributed in retail store bulk bins and 25 lb bulk bags between November 4th and November 12th, 2014 in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada, and through mail order.

The affected 25 lb bulk bags contain lot numbers 141027, 141028, 141029, and 141030 located on the bottom seam of the bag.

No serious illnesses have been reported to date from the consumption of the flour. The potential for contamination was identified after routine testing and immediate corrective action has been taken.

Customers who purchased the recalled Brown Rice Flour should discard it and contact place of purchase for a refund. Customers can call…

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1.1 Million+ Pounds of Pretzel Hot Dogs Recall

Originally posted on US Food Safety:

City Line Foods Manufacturing Co. of Lancaster, Pensylvania is recalling approximately 1,196,669 pounds of frozen pretzel hot dog products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported. The products contain soy lecithin, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label.

The frozen pretzel hot dogs were produced on various dates from February 14, 2014 to November 14, 2014. The following products are subject to recall:

Auntie Anne’s All Beef Classic Pretzel Dogs

Auntie Anne’s Fundraising Pretzel Dogs

West Creek Black Angus Beef Pretzel Dogs

Kunzler Pretzel Dogs

Kunzler Turkey Pretzel Dogs

Berks All Beef Pretzel Franks

Nathan’s Famous Pretzel Dogs

City Line Foods Pretzel Dogs

The frozen pretzel hot dogs subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. or P-34073” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped nationwide for retail distribution and fundraising. This recall…

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Bugs, mold on menu at Kansas City stadiums

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by Doug Powell

The food safety manager at Kansas City’s Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums, home to the Royals and the Chiefs, told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that poor food handling and dirty conditions have routinely been putting fans’ health at risk — including during the World Series. In addition, a city health department inspection completed Nov. 3, found dozens of critical health code violations at the facilities, according to documents obtained by “Outside the Lines.”

image008Among the concerns found at the stadiums by the manager: cockroaches in vending areas, mouse feces on the same tray as pizza dough, sinks where employees were supposed to wash their hands being blocked by boxes or trash, employees eating in food prep areas and trays of food headed for customers that measured at unsafe temperatures. The health department found several critical violations, including mold growth in ice machines, dirty pans and trays, and excessive…

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City of Bellevue: Eastside Winter Shelters Open November 15, 2014

For the second consecutive year, the City of Bellevue has leased a portion of the former International Paper site at 1899 120th Ave. N.E. to provide a temporary Eastside Winter Shelter for homeless men. Starting November 15, the shelter will open daily, 8 p.m.-7:30 a.m. at the site currently owned by Sound Transit. The vacant building is in a light industrial, non-residential area, and will provide shelter through March.

A women’s shelter will also open on November 15 and is operated by Catholic Community Services through a partnership with The Sophia Way. This shelter will be at the St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Bellevue through the end of January, when it will move to the Redmond United Methodist Church.

The shelters also seek to provide hot meals for the men, women and children. The meals are provided by volunteers, and donations are needed from the community. For more information about the meal program, visit www.tinyurl.com/lt7dg9r.

Bellevue began operating a severe weather shelter after a homeless man died from exposure on Christmas night 2007 and former Police Chief Linda Pillo urged the city to act.

Bellevue initially worked with the Eastside Human Services Forum and the Eastside Homelessness Advisory Committee, which later helped expand the extreme weather shelter to an all-winter shelter model to better serve Eastside residents.

Since the shelter first opened, the two agencies have worked with the cities of Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah and Kirkland to find viable sites. In addition to briefly relocating to the Old Schoolhouse Community Center in Redmond, the winter shelter for men has been hosted in the past primarily by area churches. The various parties have also worked to secure shelter sites for women and children.

Nearly 500 men, women, youth and children were served in the Eastside winter shelters last year. The 2014 One Night Count of unshelteredpeople sleeping outside on the Eastside was 178 – nearly a 10 percent reduction in the number counted in 2013 which could be attributed to the fact that these two winter shelters were open during the count.

For more information about the Eastside winter shelters, contact Congregations for the Homeless at 425-372-7252 ordwightj@cfhomeless.org; or Catholic Community Services at 206-437-7448 or eileenm@ccsw.org.

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