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Friday, November 21, 2014

FDA Takes Enforcement Action Against Sandwich Company, Scotty’s Incorporated, Of Detroit, Michigan,

 FDA announced that it is seeking stop Scotty’s Incorporated, of Detroit, Michigan, which does business as Bruce Enterprises and Bruce’s Fresh Products, and Sandra J. Jackson, the firm’s co-owner and manager, from preparing and distributing ready-to-eat sandwiches, due to unsanitary conditions and for failing to comply with the Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a complaint filed by the Department of Justice, is seeking to stop Scotty’s Incorporated, of Detroit, Michigan, which does business as Bruce Enterprises and Bruce’s Fresh Products, and Sandra J. Jackson, the firm’s co-owner and manager, from preparing and distributing ready-to-eat sandwiches.
Scotty’s has a history of manufacturing their ready-to-eat sandwiches under unsanitary conditions and failing to comply with the Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations.
“Based on the company’s previous failure to maintain sanitation controls, the FDA is taking action to protect public safety,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner of regulatory affairs.
The FDA issued a Warning Letter to the company in 2009 for failing to have adequate controls and processes in place to minimize the risk of contamination and for failing to have a written HACCP plan for the tuna salad sandwiches prepared at the business. The Warning Letter referenced at least two inspections and cited observations of unsanitary practices and conditions in the facility. In October 2010 and February 2014, FDA investigators documented the company’s failure to manufacture, package and store food under conditions and controls necessary to minimize the potential for growth of microorganisms and contamination. In addition, the defendants failed to make repairs and properly maintain equipment in the facility to prevent food from becoming adulterated.
The complaint for permanent injunction was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the FDA on November 21, 2014, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
No illnesses have been reported to date associated with products from Scotty’s Incorporated, doing business as Bruce Enterprises and Bruce’s Fresh Products. Consumers can report problems with FDA-regulated products to their district office consumer complaint coordinator.
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Losartan May Be An Effective Treatment Option For Marfan Syndrome

This randomized trial, which was conducted by the NHLBI’s Pediatric Heart Network, ran from 2007-2011 at 21 clinical centers in the United States, Canada and Belgium and included 608 patients aged 6 months to 25 years.  The two drugs work in different ways. Atenolol works by relaxing blood vessels and slowing heart rate to improve blood flow and decrease blood pressure. Losartan also known as Cozaar, blocks the action of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly and the heart to pump more efficiently.
The results of the Atenolol versus Losartan in Children and Young Adults with Marfan Syndrome study, supported by NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), were presented today at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in Chicago. The study was published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine.

NIH Release

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Almost Whole Of USA (85%) Has Reached Freezing Point 32F (0C)

I am so glad I live in California and I only get snow when I really wants it of when I have to be in the east coast for family matters, during winter.
According to Dr. Ryan Maue, of WeatherBell, Yesterday was the coldest November morning since 1976: More than 85% of the surface of the contiguous United States reached or fell below freezing. And yes we get to hear about places like Buffalo in the news but it is much the same for most folks and will continue to be so for sometime. Dr. Maue forecasts record breaking low temperatures, in decades or centuries, in some cases. Be mindful and be safe.
Average 19.3F Click to enlarge.

" Record lows from Idaho to Nebraska and Iowa south to Texas and east through the Great Lakes, the eastern 2/3 of the US will shatter decades-long and in some cases, century-long records. Temperatures east of the Rockies will be 20-40°F below climate normals.
Brisk northwesterly winds in the Great Lakes will cause heavy lake effect snow which will be measured in feet from Michigan to New York state. Monday, almost half of the Lower-48 was blanketed in snow. Please visit Mashable and Washington Post Capital Weather Gang for daily updates.

Cold air pushes east thru Wednesday with a reinforcing shot of Arctic air with origin from the North Pole & Siberia to arrive on Thursday in the Great Lakes. Any relief is is 5-6 days away as Chicago, Minneapolis, and Detroit will struggle to rise above freezing until Saturday. 
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India Has It's First Case Of Ebola

An Indian national who contacted and was cured of Ebola, has tested positive for the virus. He was in Liberia when he got infected. This makes the India's first known case of Ebola.

The patient was supposedly treated in Liberia and cured but was quarantined as a precaution when he arrived in New Delhi on Nov. 10. He has not displayed symptoms of Ebola, but his semen showed traces of the virus,  said in a statement Tuesday.

"It is a known fact that, during convalescence from Ebola Virus Disease, persons continue to shed virus in bodily fluids for variable periods, However, presence of virus in his semen samples may have the possibility of transmitting the disease through sexual route up to 90 days from time of clinical cure.India's health ministry has said.
Peter Piot, a former WHO official who was one of the discoverers of the virus, has in the past expressed concerns about the disease spreading to India. There are nearly 45,000 Indian nationals living in West Africa. Densely populated India is not adequately prepared to handle any spread of the highly infectious hemorrhagic fever among its 1.2 billion people.
Times of India

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The winter is coming and there could be interruptions to electricity due to storms and other emergencies, leading to seek other power solutions. Always use portable generators, camp stoves, and charcoal and gas grills outside to prevent deadly CO poisoning.
  • Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.
  • Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.
  • Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine outside an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.
  • Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented. Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are high. Flying debris can block ventilation lines.
  • Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper.
  • If conditions are too hot or too cold, seek shelter with friends or at a community shelter.
  • If CO poisoning is suspected, call your local Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or consult a health care professional right away.
More info at CDC

CDC Advice : Do not eat any products produced by Wholesome Soy Products, Inc.

Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. Sprouts Recall and Investigation of Human Listeriosis Cases;

  • Do not eat any products produced by Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. These products include:
    • Bean sprouts
    • Soft tofu
    • Firm tofu
    • Fried tofu pouches
    • Triangular tofu
    • Fried tofu
    • White tofu
    • Soybean noodles
    • Soy milk
  • If you think you might have become ill with signs and symptoms of listeriosis after eating products produced by Wholesome Soy Products, Inc., consult your health care provider.
  • If any products from Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. are or were in your home:
    • Dispose of products in a closed plastic bag placed in a sealed trash can to prevent people and animals from eating the products.
    • Wash the inside walls and shelves of the refrigerator, cutting boards, and countertops; then sanitize these items with a solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach to one gallon of hot water.
    • Dry these items with a clean cloth or clean paper towel.
    • Wipe up spills in the refrigerator immediately, and clean the refrigerator regularly.
    • Always wash your hands with warm water and soap after cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Always practice food safety to avoid illness from contaminated sprouts.
    • Be aware that sprouts are a known source of foodborne illness.
    • Make sure that children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts).
    • Cook sprouts thoroughly to reduce the risk of illness. Cooking sprouts thoroughly kills harmful bacteria.

Mali Added To EBOLA List, CDC Travel Advisory

Mali Added To EBOLA List, CDC Travel Advisory
 
The purpose of this alert is to notify travelers that a few Ebola cases have been reported in Bamako, Mali, and to inform them of actions they can take to reduce their risk of getting the disease.
CDC recommends that travelers to Mali protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick, because of the possibility they may be sick with Ebola. Although a cluster of cases has been reported only in Bamako, travelers to all parts of Mali should be alert for reports of possible further spread within the country.

As of November 12, 2014, the World Health Organization reported a cluster of Ebola cases in Bamako, Mali (see box for case counts). (An unrelated death from Ebola occurred in Kayes, Mali on October 24, 2014 and no additional cases related to that person have been reported.) The cluster in Bamako is linked to a man who had been in a clinic in Bamako after becoming sick in Guinea. Since that time, a small number of Ebola cases linked to this patient have been reported in Bamako. The Malian government has taken actions to contain further spread. CDC recommends that travelers to Mali protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick and following the other recommendations listed below.
The cases of Ebola in Bamako, Mali, are related to an ongoing Ebola outbreak that has been occurring since March 2014 in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and is the largest outbreak of Ebola in history.

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