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Salmonella Outbreak Exposes Flaw in FDA ‘Import Alert’ System
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Salmonella Outbreak Exposes Flaw in FDA ‘Import Alert’ System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and other state and local agencies continue to investigate the  outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu illnesses, which has sickened 47 people and has already claimed one life. The CDC posted this photo with the outbreak notice, describing...

April 9, 2017April 9, 2017by
More coffee recalled because of male enhancement drugs
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More coffee recalled because of male enhancement drugs

AMPT Coffee is the third coffee product in the past year to be recalled because laboratory analysis found it contains a prescription drug, which is similar to the active ingredient in Viagra and can be deadly when combined with nitrates frequently found in heart and blood pressure medications. AMPT Life LLC shipped their coffee product, which contains the drugs Sildenafil...

April 2, 2017April 2, 2017by
Bush’s Best recalls beans because can seams are compromised
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Bush’s Best recalls beans because can seams are compromised

Bush Brothers & Co. is recalling three flavors of canned baked beans from retailers nationwide after discovering defective side seams in some cans, which could allow the beans to spoil or become contaminated with pathogens. To view photos of all three flavors of Bush’s Beans subject to this recall, please click on the image. “This...

March 13, 2017March 13, 2017by
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State-Led Effort Helps Improve Blood Pressure Control Among Low-Income Patients

California faces a big challenge in controlling the blood pressure of low-income residents with hypertension, but a state-led program has shown some signs of progress. Nine of the state’s 23 Medicaid managed care plans spent a year working with state officials, studying the latest blood pressure control methods, consulting with experts and sharing their own...

March 1, 2017March 1, 2017by
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California Valley Fever Cases Highest On Record

The number of Valley Fever cases in California rose to a record level in 2016, with 5,372 reported — a jump of 71 percent from the previous year. Historically, about three-quarters of cases have been in the state’s heavily agricultural San Joaquin Valley. The fungal infection, known as coccidioidomycosis, or “cocci,” is most common in...

February 2, 2017February 2, 2017by
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Want To Know Your Hospital’s C-Section Rate? Yelp Is On The Way.

You might check Yelp reviews before deciding where to go to dinner, or which plumber to hire. Now you can use the website to decide where to have a baby. San Francisco-based Yelp is now adding clinical data on cesarean sections, episiotomies and breastfeeding rates to consumer reviews of California hospitals, so women can make better-informed decisions...

January 31, 2017January 31, 2017by
Bhu Foods recalls protein bars because of Listeria risk
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Bhu Foods recalls protein bars because of Listeria risk

Another brand of protein snacks, Bhu Foods of San Diego, is under recall because they contain organic sunflower seeds from Hudson Valley Foods Inc., which reported finding Listeria monocytogenes in its production facility in recent weeks. “As a result of a recall of sunflower seeds from Hudson Valley Foods Inc., Bhu Foods’ supplier of organic...

January 29, 2017January 29, 2017by
Importer finally recalls papayas linked to deadly outbreak
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Importer finally recalls papayas linked to deadly outbreak

A week after Maryland officials issued a public warning linking Caribeña  brand maradol papayas to a Salmonella outbreak, produce distributor Grande Produce LLC finally went public with a recall of the implicated fruit. In the company’s recall notice, posted late Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration, Grande Produce of San Juan, TX, reported it...

January 11, 2017January 11, 2017by
Over-The-Counter Devices Hold Their Own Against Costly Hearing Aids
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Over-The-Counter Devices Hold Their Own Against Costly Hearing Aids

Hearing aids that can cost more than $2,000 apiece are only slightly more effective than some over-the-counter sound-amplification devices that sell for just a few hundred dollars, according to a recent study. The study bolsters legislation pending in Congress, which would have the Food and Drug Administration set regulations for cheaper over-the-counter products and is...

January 1, 2017January 1, 2017by
Idaho Foodbank recalls 13.5 tons of food because of cooler issue
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Idaho Foodbank recalls 13.5 tons of food because of cooler issue

The Idaho Foodbank is recalling 13.5 tons of soup, eggs, cheese and coconut beverages after discovering a refrigeration malfunction, which could have allowed the growth of bacteria and life-threatening pathogens. To view the full-sized photographs of food recalled by the Idaho Foodbank, please click on the image. “The Idaho Foodbank discovered the problem after reviewing...

December 25, 2016December 25, 2016by