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Class I Recall: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc recalls LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve

According to the FDA on January 4, 2013, DePuy issued an Urgent Medical Device Recall informing hospitals and surgeons of the problem and to immediately stop distributing or using the recalled lots. The LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve is intended for use with the LPS System which is an end-stage revision knee product that allows surgeons to -->

Consumer Alert – Undeclared Sulfites in Preserved Fruits

According to the FDA on February 21, 2013, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine alerted consumers that Mandy Star Trading Inc. located at 351 Maujer Street in Brooklyn, NY, is recalling “Good Taste” brand preserved fruits due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with -->

Peanut Company Executives Charged in Salmonella Outbreak

According to The National Law Journal, Officials with the U.S. Justice Department and the Food and Drug Administration trumpeted obstruction of justice charges Thursday in announcing criminal allegations stemming from the 2009 salmonella outbreak of tainted peanut products that sickened hundreds of people across the United States. Big-firm lawyers with FDA practice groups noted the -->

New York Hospital Patients Potentially Exposed to HIV and Hepatitis Through Reused Insulin Pens

On January 15, 2013, CBS News reported that more than 700 patients admitted to the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System over a two-year period may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. A review had found that muti-dose insulin pens intended for use by a single patient may have been -->

Veggie Patch Recall due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

According to a FDA notice on November 30, VEGGIE PATCH® is voluntarily recalling two of its products—The Ultimate Meatless Burger and Falafel, due to a risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and occasionally fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune -->

Meat Analysis Finds Drug Resistant Bacteria in Pork

On November 27, U.S. News & World Report reported on a new analysis by Consumer Reports— pork samples from around the country contains bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses and may be resistant to antibiotic treatment. According to the analysis, nearly 70 percent of pork chops and ground pork sampled contained bacteria that cause entero-colitis, which -->

FDA Issues Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

As of October 5, the FDA has been working closely with the CDC and state partners to investigate an outbreak of meningitis among patients who had received an epidural steroid injection. Investigation into the exact source of the outbreak is still ongoing, but the outbreak is associated with a potentially contaminated medication. The product in -->

Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc. Recalls Cantaloupes

According to a press release issued on August 22, Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc. of Owensville, Indiana, is voluntarily recalling all of its cantaloupes from the 2012 growing season that may remain in the marketplace. There is concern that the cantaloupes may be contaminated with Salmonella. People infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting -->

150 Cases of Food Poisoning at Mother’s Day Event

Food poisoning traced to New York’s Putnam County Buddhist temple celebrating Mother’s Day struck at least 150 people last Sunday, including 20 visitors from New York’s Chinatown on a trip to Woodbury Common. Eric Gross, spokesman for the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, said the incident started at a Buddhist Day Garden Party at -->

Are Imported Foods Getting More Dangerous?

Food Poisoning Statistics In 2011, the FDA inspected only about 1,000 of more than 250,000 foreign, non-meat food producers. Between 2005 and 1010, 39 food poisoning outbreaks occurred, compared to 19 outbreaks between 1998 and 2004. In short, the FDA is underfunded, it doesn’t inspect enough, and the problem is getting worse, not better. Food -->