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If you were traveling with your horse through Nebraska or Wyoming in December you may want to pay attention to the FDA Bulletin that just came out. So far, those two states are the only ones listed.

308-247-2601

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 3, 2012 -Western Feed, LLC is voluntarily recalling two lots (M718430 and M720280) of Kountry Buffet 14% feed because it may contain monensin sodium (Rumensin). The feed is packaged in 50 lb. bags bearing the Payback logo with the attached tag identifying the product as Kountry Buffet 14%. Monensin sodium is a medication approved for use in some livestock and poultry species, but can be fatal to horses if fed at sufficiently high levels.

The lot number (M718430 and M720280) can be found towards the bottom of the tag, below the Feeding Directions.

This feed was distributed December 2, 2011 through December 15, 2011 to retailers in Nebraska and Wyoming. Retailers receiving product from the lot in question have removed it from their stores.

Western Feed had received a report of some horses that had died as a result of consuming the feed. Initial testing by a private laboratory has indicated the presence of a potentially harmful level of monensin sodium (Rumensin) in these two lots. Further follow up testing is underway.

The symptoms of toxicity vary with the amount of monensin ingested by a horse. Trace amounts may cause a horse to go off his regular feed, show signs of colic and appear unwell for a few days. Larger amounts will cause a horse to show more serious symptoms within a few hours including colic, stiffness, sweating, a lack of co-ordination and the inability to stand.

Customers who purchased Kountry Buffet 14% from lot M718430 and M720280 should stop feeding the product immediately and call Western Feed LLC at 308-247-2601, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM MT.

At this time, the limited voluntary recall only applies to Kountry Buffet 14%, lots M718430 and M720280. No other Western Feed, LLC products and no other lots of Kountry Buffet 14% are involved.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm294530.htm

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I’m a little bemused by this. Is the smell and thus chemical, in the bottle, outside the bottle, permeating the bottle? Never mind, I just answered my own question. Chlorophenol + Fungi= 2,4,6-trichloroanisole. 2,4,6-tribromoanisole is a by-product of 2,4,6-trichloroanisole. It’s called “tainted cork odor” in wines and it loooves to attach to poly plastics. Click the link to get the lot numbers and check your bottles out before New Years! This is an expanded recall from November.

Mcneil Consumer Healthcare Announces A Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of All Lots Of Tylenol® Arthritis Pain 100 Count With Ez-Open Cap

Company Contact: 
Marc Boston 
215-273-7649 (office)
215-429-7034 (mobile)

Bonnie Jacobs
215-273-8994 (office)
856-912-9965 (mobile)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 18, 2009 – Fort Washington, PA – In consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., is expanding its voluntary recall to include all available product lots of TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles, with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP (Full list of lot numbers provided below). In November 2009, 5 lots of this product were recalled due to consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.  The recall is being expanded, as a precaution, to include all TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm195690.htm

More health stuff:

Women’s’ eNews reports that in the January issue of “Obstetrics and Gynecology”, that a small study involving 95 women with an injection of Depo-Provera, 45 suffered bone loss in their lower backs and hips. Go HERE for their blurb. Then go HERE if you want to purchase the article from Obstetrics and Gynecology. If I were on it, I’d think about buying a copy of the report and discussing it with my doctor. Also, why not think about a bone density test? It doesn’t hurt to have a baseline  to compare against.

This is a victory for now. However, as the article states, Kaiser Eagle Mountain has not given up on trying to important parts of the Mojave Desert into landfill. I can’t believe they have really given full thought to the discharge implications in the quickly saturating sandy soil either. This is a gorgeous special place, and it must not be allowed to happen, ever.

Joshua Tree Landfill Victory

Seth Shteir | Dec 24, 2009 12:00 AM

Joshua Tree National Park’s Eagle Mountains conjure up images of remote desert peaks, a boundless blue sky and the namesake bird of prey that soars above pristine canyons.  But for many of us, Eagle Mountain brings to mind the ongoing battle over the proposed Eagle Mountain Landfill, to be located on lands belonging to Kaiser Eagle Mountain, Inc.  and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which also happens to be surrounded on three sides by Joshua Tree National Park wilderness.

http://www.hcn.org/blogs/grange/eagle-mountain-landfill-victory

I don’t know what’s with the BLM. I thought at first this stuff was leftover from BushCo. Now I think it might be some new Democrat horror. Under Bush deals for land and leases were made right and left. I’m starting to get a stomach knot looking at this Auction Schedule.

Then there is this:

[…Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and BLM Director Bob Abbey are featured in a new video prepared for BLM’s Renewable Energy Summit, held in Las Vegas, NV, in late August.  Secretary Salazar describes how the “vast stretches of public lands we manage…give our Department, and particularly the Bureau of Land Management, a leading role in realizing the vision of this program.” …

…The BLM received $305 million to help stimulate the economy through investments in the National System of Public Lands. A total of $41 million for 65 projects will be used to facilitate a rapid and responsible move to large-scale production of solar, wind, and geothermal energy, as well as the siting of transmission infrastructure on public lands to support renewable energy development….]

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/energy/renewable_energy.html

(Bolds mine.) This is beginning to sound like another kind of horrible land grab.

Senator Feinstein has the right idea.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 21, 2009

Senator Feinstein Introduces Legislation to Balance Conservation, Recreation and Renewable Energy Development in the Mojave Desert

-Measure would designate new desert conservation lands; streamline and improve permitting process for large-scale wind and solar development on suitable desert lands; and enhance recreational opportunities-

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the author of the 1994 California Desert Protection Act, today introduced a comprehensive bill to designate new lands in the Mojave Desert for conservation, enhance recreational opportunities, and streamline and improve the federal permitting process to advance large-scale wind and solar development on suitable lands. The carefully crafted legislation, titled the California Desert Protection Act of 2010, is the product of discussions with key stakeholders in Southern California.

http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=NewsRoom.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=b3a780d4-5056-8059-7606-3936a2f7945f

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In the spirit of the holidays, The FDA has put out several alerts on hazelnuts, otherwise known to some of us as filberts. Seems a few batches have been infected with salmonella. So if you have nuts (not wingnuts) ready for your table, check out where you got them first. Check back HERE for any future notifications.

Kunze Farms Recalls Hazelnut Kernels because of Possible Health Risks

[..Hazelnut kernels were distributed to several different processors and wholesaler’s in the following areas:  Dayton, OR; , Milton-Freewater, OR; Hauppauge, NY; Mesa, AZ; Cottonwood, AZ; Seattle, WA; Ogden, UT;  San Antonio, TX.; and Parker, CO.

The product was packed in 25 lb cartons, under our product brand name of Kunze Farms, ‘Select Shelled Hazelnuts’ Dayton, Oregon with the code numbers 289091A or 299091A….]

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm194867.htm

Willamette Shelling Recalls Shelled Hazelnuts Because of Possible Health Risk

[…After product sampling, Salmonella was found on one production lot. To ensure consumer safety, Willamette Shelling has decided to recall all shelled hazelnuts processed at its facility from October 12th 2009 through November 25th 2009.

Hazelnuts subject to the recall were shelled at Willamette Shelling’s facility on behalf of hazelnut processors. Shelled Hazelnuts processed by Willamette Shelling were returned to Oregon processors and a Canadian processor, and were further distributed by those firms. Unshelled hazelnuts are not affected by this recall.

All products subject to recall were packed in 25 lbs. and 50 lbs. corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 296091A, 299091A, 300091A, VH3696BO, and 310091A. Those corrugated boxes bore the following brand names: Kunze Farms, Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts, Canadian Hazelnuts, and Firestone Farms…]

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm194806.htm

Willamette Shelling Recalls Shelled Hazelnuts Because of Possible Health Risk

[…Shelled Hazelnuts and Shelled Organic Hazelnuts were distributed in Oregon and California through wholesale distributors and direct delivery. Unshelled hazelnuts are not subject to this recall.

All products subject to recall were packed in 25 lbs. corrugated boxes bearing Willamette Filbert Growers or Meridian Organic Hazelnuts labeled with lot code numbers 289091A and 311091A…]

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm194810.htm

Whole Foods Market® Recalls Bulk Hazelnuts

[December 19, 2009 – AUSTIN, TX – Whole Foods Market is recalling organic raw hazelnuts (filberts) sold in bulk through its stores in California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington because the nuts were part of a batch that was contaminated with salmonella. The company is also recalling non-organic dry roasted hazelnuts (filberts) sold in bulk through its stores in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, and non-organic raw hazelnuts (filberts) sold in bulk through its stores in Oregon and Washington. These hazelnuts should not be consumed. No illnesses have been reported at this time….]

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm195060.htm

Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts Recalls Raw and Dry Roasted Hazelnut Kernels Because of Possible Health Risk

Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts brand raw hazelnut kernels and dry roasted hazelnut kernels subject to recall include:

• Raw hazelnut kernels packed in 25 pound corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.

• Dry roasted hazelnut kernels packed in 25 pound corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.

• 8 ounce, 2.5 pound, and 5 pound packages of raw hazelnut kernels in clear plastic packages, bearing no lot code. Shipped in corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.

• 4 ounce, 8 ounce, 2.5 pound, and 5 pound packages of dry roasted, salt free, hazelnut kernels in clear plastic packages, bearing no lot code. Shipped in corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.

These raw and dry roasted products were distributed in retail and wholesale stores, restaurants and bakeries in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Oklahoma and New Jersey. No illnesses have been reported to date.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm195017.htm

Harry and David Conducts Hazelnut Recall in Medford, Oregon because of Possible Risk to Health

[..The Harry & David Country Village store removed all the raw, shelled hazelnuts supplied by Evonuk from sale on December 17, 2009. This was done in response to a recall issued on December 17, 2009, by Willamette Sheller, Inc., the company that processed the hazelnuts for Evonuk.

The hazelnuts affected by this recall were sold as Filbert (hazelnut) kernels in bulk bin #10077 only at the Harry & David Country Village store, Medford, Oregon, prior to December 18, 2009…]

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm195026.htm

Burnt Ridge Orchards, Inc. Recalls Shelled Hazelnuts Because of Possible Health Risks

[..The shelled hazelnuts that are subject to recall were sold Nov. 17th to Dec. 13th at the Olympia Farmer’s Market in Olympia, WA. They were packed in 8 oz and 16 oz zip lock plastic bags. This recall does not apply to hazelnuts sold in the shell…]

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm195127.htm

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Update –

There is a botnet  or phishing scam currently running amok on the internet and purporting to be from the CDC. Please be aware that the CDC has NOT implemented a state or federal vaccination program requiring that you register at the CDC website in order to receive vaccinations. Do NOT click on the email link provided as it may download a malware onto your computer. Do NOT give a profile to the site. The link I  provided below is a CDC site. However if you are uncertain as to whether to visit the provided link, the CDC website can also be reached via the House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/

The Saudi’s performed a minor miracle in preparation for and during this year’s Hajj, where two million traveled and came together at Mecca to celebrate. Though the Saudi Health Minister Abdullah-al-Rabeeah stated that 73 cases of H1N1, including five deaths were reported, those statistics compare favorably to those that my county has reported. Granted, the Hajj only ran from November 25-29th and the Solano County statistics, while for only four hundred thousand inhabitants, are for the year.  Still, to rub elbows with that many people from all over the world at once, and have so few cases, I think, is pretty terrific.

On the other hand, the flu is globally pandemic, Gaza has problems, and South Korea is preparing to ship TamiFlu to North Korea now.

Like the Saudi’s last month, some of us are now getting ready for a pilgrimage of our own. In consideration of this holiday season’s travel, one of the best holiday gifts you could give might be hand sanitizer.

If you are trying to stay healthy and are looking for products, be sure and check out the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website HERE for bogus and unproven products and devices.  At the bottom of their page is a downloadable excel and pdf for your use.

For more information go to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website HERE.

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More fun? with food.

Peanuts

Since February 18th the USFDA has initiated an estimated additional 118 food recalls. Of these, 109 were peanut/salmonella related reports of possible contamination in bars cheesecakes, snack, pet snacks and nuts. This would appear to bring the total peanut recalls to approximately 423. Go HERE to see the latest.

The FDA list is now so long that it is difficult to visually search. However, by doing a keyword search on the page I was able to find several items. For example, in doing a word search for “dog” I found 7 listings of pet snacks. “Just Desserts” was listed once.

Sprouts

The FDA announced that SunSprout Enterprises, Inc. recalled “Alfalfa Sprouts, Onion Sprouts, and Gourmet Sprouts” because of Salmonella in products distributed in Nebraska and Iowa.

Cheese

In related news, the US FDA has commenced a recall on Peregrina Cheese Corp for it’s Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese.

Tortillas, etc.

In addition, the US FDA has CLOSED Del Rey Tortilleria Inc. of Chicago, Il, for repeated violations and failure to correct their actions. There are however, no associated recalls.

While some continue to marvel over the odd idea that salmonella could survive in a peanutty environment, it’s clear that being hired to do “a” job is not the same as being hired to do “the” job.

The reality is that the people producing the products hire the private inspectors. State inspectors inspect to state standards, which vary depending on the finances of the state, and local antagonism to perceived bureaucracy. Only federal government can maintain uniform minimum standards. Of course, we have seen what “Starving the Beast” can do in the last 30 years. Like everything else, you get what you pay for. People, resources, and money must maintain and support those federal standards.

There is a reason that a federal inspection costs $8000, as reported, while the private inspector cost $1000. It’s not because wages are so much lower in Georgia.

Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 

In the mean time H. R. 875, entitled the “Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009” has been presented to the House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and to the Committee on Agriculture.

If you want to read it, it can be found by going to the LOC Thomas website HERE

Enter the Phrase “H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009and it should pop up in the list for you.  I’m still digesting it, especially in relation to small farmers, organic farmers, etc. However, my first inclination is that food should have a separate and distinct agency from that of medications and devices. This bill would accomplish that.

 

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-UPDATE-

The notice discussed below has since been superseded by another, so you will not see it at the bottom of my page. However, it is still on the FDA website. It’s website issuance date is still in question.

More Melamine found in wafer rolls, (cookies), Recalled from National Brands.

If you don’t know, make the jump and read the FDA notice in the “continue reading” below. 

If you will notice at the bottom of my blogsite this notice is listed in the FDA website today, Jan. 5, 2009. However, the notice is dated for Issuance on December 19th. At least two blogs were aware of a notice from Associated Press this early: Salon.com and Boston.com. The notices may have been derived from the company’s site.  This is not the first time I have noticed a discrepancy in issuance date and notice date from the FDA.

Maybe there are simple and innocent answers for this gap. However, it’s clear that the FDFA did not issue a website national recall throughout the entire holiday season, even though they may have had the information. Someone did. Who benefited? What are we going to do about it?

Kudos to Salon.com, Boston.com and AP. Let’s hope all the wafers were distributed to your area, instead of nationwide, and returned.  Otherwise, some of us may be looking at a slightly more plastic life. I didn’t, but if I thought I had ingested some of this garbage, I would talk to my doctor; even if I  wasn’t sick. It never hurts hurt to establish a baseline. (more…)

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Vietnam Based Interfood to the USA

Recall — Firm Press Release

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Interfood Shareholding Company Issues a Nationwide recall of Wonderfarm Brand Biscuits Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Anthony Ma
323-780-3998

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 9, 2008 – Interfood Shareholding Company is recalling all lot codes of multiple varieties of the Wonderfarm brand of biscuits because they may be contaminated with Melamine. (more…)

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