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Paid Parental Leave May Be The Idea That Transcends Politics

Tameka Henry takes care of her disabled husband, her 87-year-old grandfather and her four children, ages 10 to 16. Two of her kids have asthma. Her husband has a chronic intestinal condition, diabetes and congestive heart failure. He’s unemployed. Henry, who makes around $30,000 a year as a case administrator for a behavioral health care...

July 30, 2017July 30, 2017by
One dead, 46 sick in Salmonella outbreak traced to papayas
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One dead, 46 sick in Salmonella outbreak traced to papayas

Federal officials have joined Maryland’s Health Department in a warning against eating yellow Maradol papayas because of Salmonella contamination, reporting one person has died and at least 46 others are sick in an ongoing outbreak that began in mid-May. The CDC posted this photo with the outbreak notice, describing Maradol papayas as large, oval fruits...

July 27, 2017July 27, 2017by
D&D Foods recalls almost 9 tons of pizzas made for Hy-Vee brand
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D&D Foods recalls almost 9 tons of pizzas made for Hy-Vee brand

Omaha’s D & D Foods Inc. has recalled 17,847 pounds of pepperoni pizza products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The products contain soy lecithin, a known allergen which is not declared on the product labels. It is a Class II recall...

July 18, 2017July 18, 2017by
Distributor recalled papaya for Salmonella; didn’t tell public
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Distributor recalled papaya for Salmonella; didn’t tell public

UPDATE 1 a.m. EDT July 26: Officials with Grande Produce LLC did not respond to multiple requests for comment Tuesday. The CDC posted an outbreak update Tuesday, with the victim count holding at one dead and 46 others sickened.  Grande Produce LLC, the importer of Caribeña brand Maradol papayas linked to a deadly and ongoing Salmonella...

July 13, 2017July 13, 2017by
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Has California Hit The Brakes In Regulating Breath-Robbing Big Rigs?

OAKLAND, Calif. — James Lockett sits on his bed and opens the drawer of his nightstand, revealing a stash of asthma inhalers: purple disc-shaped ones he uses twice a day to manage his symptoms and others for full-blown attacks. Lockett, 70, says he never leaves home without an emergency inhaler. His senior housing complex in...

July 1, 2017July 1, 2017by
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Postcard From Capitol Hill: Lawmakers Put Women’s Health Care In Its Place

The atmosphere at a House Appropriations Committee lunch meeting on women’s health midday Wednesday was predictably charged. The Trump administration has proposed to defund Planned Parenthood and make severe cuts in other women’s health programs, such as Title X, a 40-year-old program that provides grants for family planning, and grants for teen pregnancy prevention. Much...

June 29, 2017June 29, 2017by
More distributors, brands likely involved in papaya outbreak
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More distributors, brands likely involved in papaya outbreak

Editor’s note: Because of the popularity of papayas in Mexican and Hispanic cuisine, public health officials say people in those groups are at particular risk during the current outbreak. To access information the CDC has posted in Spanish, click here.  Federal officials doubled down on warnings about whole, fresh maradol papayas Thursday, urging consumers to throw...

June 27, 2017June 27, 2017by
Stefano’s Foods recalls 981 pounds of Stromboli products
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Stefano’s Foods recalls 981 pounds of Stromboli products

The Charlotte, NC-based Stefano’s Foods Inc. has recalled 981 pounds of Stromboli products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, according to  the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The product contains eggs, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label. The frozen meatball Stromboli items, produced on June...

June 25, 2017June 25, 2017by
Shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging prompt beef recall
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Shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging prompt beef recall

JBS USA Inc. has recalled 4,922 pounds of ground beef products produced at its Lenoir, NC, facility because they may be contaminated with extraneous materials, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ground chuck beef items were produced on July 15.  Subject to recall are: 2-pound black Styrofoam plastic...

June 18, 2017June 18, 2017by
Amrita brand protein bars recalled because of Listeria risk
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Amrita brand protein bars recalled because of Listeria risk

More protein bars are being recalled, this time from Amrita Health Foods, because they contain ingredients supplied by Hudson Valley Foods Inc., which found Listeria monocytogenes in its production facility. The protein bars from Amrita Health Foods of Pleasantville, NY, have best-by dates well into 2018. They were distributed across the United States to retailers...

May 25, 2017May 25, 2017by