June 19, 2016: Let’s Do Lunch Sandwiches Recall Because Of Listeria Risk

Let’s Do Lunch Sandwiches Recall

Certain ready-to-eat sandwiches manufactured by Let’s Do Lunch, Inc., dba Integrated Food Service are subject to recall due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The presence of Listeria monocytogenes was exposed after routine FDA environmental sampling which found the bacteria on multiple food contact surfaces where the products were produced on several different occasions.

Let’s Do Lunch Sandwiches Recall Details

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Those school foodservice distributors were located in the following states: AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI.

No retail products are affected by this recall.

Information on Listeria and Listeriosis

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that there are 1,591 cases of foodborne listeriosis, resulting in 255 deaths, in the U.S. each year. Listeriosis affects primarily older adults, individuals with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.

Listeria and Listeriosis Symptoms

Listeriosis symptoms may include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Infection with Listeria may remain limited to intestinal tract (non-invasive), or the bacteria may spread beyond the intestinal tract (invasive) causing a life-threatening septicemia or meningitis. Other complications may include endocarditis, abscess formation, pneumonia, and eye and or joint inflammation.

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June 1, 2016: E.coli Infections Sicken Over Three Dozen in General Mills Flour Outbreak

General Mills Flour Outbreak

After more than three dozen reported cases of STEC O121 (Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121) infections, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and local health agencies found General Mills Flour to be a possible source of the outbreak.
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Thirty-eight Sickened in General Mills Flour Outbreak

At this point, this outbreak has affected thirty-eight people over twenty states. Ten of those sickened have been hospitalized with E. coli infection.

These E. coli infections began on dates ranging from December 21, 2015 to May 3, 2016. Those sickened by this outbreak range in age from 1 year to 95. Seventy-eight percent of patients are female.

Twenty-one people reported that they or someone in their household used flour in the week before they became ill. Nine of these people reported eating or tasting raw homemade dough or batter. Twelve of these 22 people reported using Gold Medal brand flour. Three ill people reported eating or playing with raw dough at restaurants.

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General Mills Flour Outbreak Recall

On May 31, 2016, General Mills recalled several different sizes and varieties of Gold Medal Flour, Gold Medal Wondra Flour, and Signature Kitchens Flour due to possible E. coli contamination. See the FDA General Mills Flour Outbreak Recall for more details.

Consumers should bake items made with raw dough or batter before eating them. Do not taste raw dough or batter.

About E. coli

Escherichia coli or E. coli is a type of bacterium that lives in the intestines of healthy humans and animals. Some strains of E. coli are capable of producing a powerful toxin, known as Shiga toxin, and can cause severe, life-threatening illness.

Symptoms of E. coli

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection include severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. The diarrhea may become bloody and can lead to dehydration. There is usually little or no fever. The infection (and its symptoms) will vary from individual to individual, ranging from a mild to a life-threatening illness.

The CDC reports that symptoms of E. coli food poisoning typically begin 3-4 days after eating a contaminated food; however, symptoms may occur anywhere from 1 to 10 days following pathogen exposure.

June 7, 2016: The Body Shot Bar Unapproved Weight Loss Drug Recalls

The Body Shot Bar Unapproved Weight Loss Drug

Step 2,a weight-loss supplement sold by The Body Shot Bar, was found to contain unapproved ingredients, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administraion (FDA). Subsequently, The Body Shot Bar has recalled all lots of Step 2 in order to prevent any continuing consumption of the potentially dangerous ingredidients, Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein.
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The FDA provides the following details regarding these unapproved elements:

The Body Shot Bar Unapproved Weight Loss Drug: Sibutramine

Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010. Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.

The Body Shot Bar Unapproved Weight Loss Drug: Phenolphthalein

Phenolphthalein is an ingredient previously used in over-the-counter laxatives, but because of concerns of carcinogenicity, it is not currently approved for marketing in the United States. Health risks associated with phenolphthalein could include potentially serious gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat, and cancer with long-term use.

Unapproved Ingredients in Product

These undeclared ingredients make these products unapproved new drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established. These products may also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications a consumer may be taking.

Details of Body Shot Bar Recall

The product is used as a weight loss dietary supplement and is packaged in a white bottle in blue and gold. The affected lots of Step 2 were distributed March 1- May 6 2016 of Step 2 60 gold capsule (350MG per) capsules to the consumer level and include the following expiration date 7/30/2017. Product was distributed nationwide to consumers via www.thebodyshotbar.com

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May 26, 2016: FDA Issues Final Food Defense FSMA Regulation

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finished the creation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This action was marked by the completion of the seventh final piece of regulation.

FSMA Regulation Finalized

This new rule signifies the completion of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The new food safety rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to prevent wide-scale risks to public health by requiring national and international companies to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply.
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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. The new regulation was established in order to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

FDA Issues New FSMA Regulation

Stephen Ostroff, M.D., incoming deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, FDA, explains the need for this new regulation. “Today’s final rule on intentional adulteration will further strengthen the safety of an increasingly global and complex food supply. The rule will work in concert with other components of FSMA by preventing food safety problems before they occur.”

The New FSMA Regulation Details According to the FDA Press Release

In establishing this unprecedented oversight, the FDA requires domestic and foreign food facilities to complete and maintain a written food defense plan that assesses their potential vulnerabilities to deliberate contamination where the intent is to cause wide-scale public health harm.

Food manufacturers are required to comply with the new regulation within three to five years after publication of the final rule, depending on the size of the business. The rule was proposed in December 2013 and takes into consideration more than 200 comments submitted by the food industry, government regulatory partners, consumer advocates and others.

FOOD POISONING LAWSUIT HELP

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May 6, 2016: Sunflower Seed Recall Involves Several Major Food Companies

As of May 5, 2016, the nationwide SunOpta sunflower seed recall has expanded to involve several different food companies, including Giant Eagle, Hickory Harvest, and Trader Joes. SunOpta, a major sunflower seed supplier, appears to be the source of the Listeria monocytogenes contamination, which initiated these recalls .

Information on Listeria and Listeriosis Symptoms

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that there are 1,591 cases of foodborne listeriosis, resulting in 255 deaths, in the U.S. each year. Listeriosis affects primarily older adults, individuals with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.

Listeriosis symptoms may include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Infection with Listeria may remain limited to intestinal tract (non-invasive), or the bacteria may spread beyond the intestinal tract (invasive) causing a life-threatening septicemia or meningitis. Other complications may include endocarditis, abscess formation, pneumonia, and eye and or joint inflammation.
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Visit Listeria.com for more information.

Listeria Lawsuits and Food Poisoning Lawsuit Help

The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting victims of Listeria food poisoning outbreaks nationwide. We are ready to help you. If you or a loved one was sickened after consuming a Listeria contaminated product and you have a question regarding you legal rights, please fill out the Free Legal Case Evaluation form found on this page.

You can also call us toll free, 24/7 at 877-934-6274. Let us help you take the first step toward seeking compensation for your food poisoning injuries.

Sunflower Seed Recall Details

To see the details of products affected by the sunflower seed recall visit FDA Recalls.

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