The Food and Drug Administration said yesterday that 359 million blood glucose test strips are being recalled for giving faulty readings. The government agency is working with Abbott Diabetes Care to facilitate pulling the defective strips from the market, which may make blood glucose levels look lower than they really are. The faulty strips were sold in retail stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and were manufactured between January and May of 2010.
The affected glucose test strips are sold under a variety of brand names: MediSense Optium, Precision Xceed Pro, Precision Xtra, Optium, Optium EZ, and ReliOn Ultima blood glucose monitoring systems.
The incorrect readings “can lead users to try to raise their blood glucose when it is unnecessary or to fail to treat elevated blood glucose due to a falsely low reading,” says the FDA, “both scenarios pose health risks.”
The FDA said yesterday that listeria has been found in a now closed food precessing plant in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health found the bacteria in chopped celery, leading to an order to close the plant on October 10th, and recall all food shipped from the plant since January.
A spokesperson for the department said that four people have died from listeriosis after eating celery that had been processed by the SanGar plant. Authorities are investigating a total of 10 cases over the past eight months. CNN reports that the FDA found the bacteria in multiple locations within the plant, and the samples “matches the DNA fingerprint of the clinical cases of listeriosis reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services.”
SanGar says they hired an independent service to test the plant, and that those results came back negative. “The FDA and the state have not turned over to us the documentation supporting their findings,” SanGar attorney Jason Galvan said. “We cannot comment on these most recent findings until the documentation is provided for independent evaluation by our experts.” He also says the entire facility has been cleaned. The company hopes it can go back into production soon.
In more food recall news, this time frozen vegetables are being pulled from shelves and consumers are warned to review the items in their homes to return for refund. The voluntary recall by Pictsweet Co., reports CNN.com, was not prompted by any injury reports, only a preventative step. These frozen vegetables may have glass fragments in the packages.
Important Recall Details:
- Store-brand frozen vegetables: Kroger brand and Great Value brand
- Frozen vegetables sold in Kroger and Wal-Mart stores nationwide
- May contain glass fragments
- Return recalled packages to retailer for full refund
- Kroger 12-ounce Green Peas (UPC 11110 89736). Production Codes of 1440BU, 1440BV, 1440BW, and 1600BD.
- Kroger 12-ounce Peas and Carrots (UPC 11110 89741). Production Codes of 1960BD and 1960BE.
- Great Value 12-ounce Steamable Sweet Peas (UPC 78742 08369). Best by dates of July 20, 2012; July 21, 2012.
- Great Value 12-ounce Steamable Mixed Vegetables (UPC 78742 08026). Best by date of July 15, 2012. (more…)
The Food and Drug Administraion announced today that the weight loss drug Meridia (sibutramine) will be pulled off the market today. The drug’s maker has voluntarily agreed to stop selling the Meridia after studies show it causes an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
“Meridia’s continued availability is not justified when you compare the very modest weight loss that people achieve on this drug to their risk of heart attack or stroke,” said Dr. John Jenkins, M.D., director of the Office of New Drugs in the FDA‘s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Physicians are advised to stop prescribing Meridia to their patients and patients should stop taking this medication. Patients should talk to their health care provider about alternative weight loss and weight loss maintenance programs.”
UPDATE: If you’re still having trouble contacting Similac, join the rest of us. Luckily, we’ve tracked down the following lot numbers that seem to be on the recall list: 66128RB6, 61251 RB6,
61347RB, 84314 RB, 85454 T2, 86580 T20, 88137T20, 90372T20, 87932T20, 88136T20, 91433t20
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 Abbott Laboratories, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of nearly 5 million Similac products. Have you been affected by this recall? For most of us, there’s still no way of knowing for sure. Similac has setup a website and a phone number (800-986-8850) dedicated to helping consumers find out if their product has been recalled.
That’s a great place to start, right? Unfortunately, their communication lines haven’t been able to hold up to the increasing number of concerned parents; the website is down and the phone line has been busy since three o’clock yesterday afternoon. In my opinion, if Similac wants to keep parents loyal, then perhaps they should keep us more informed. Instead of publishing a list of recalled lot numbers, they’ve provided elusive tools where parents can go and enter their lot numbers into a database. That idea could have worked, but it didn’t and I can’t help but think that someone should have anticipated that.
The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to the creators of Lipton tea and Canada Dry for overstating the health benefits of green tea-flavored drinks. In a letter to the makers of Canada Dry, the FDA stated that the beverage does not meet the federal standards to claim that the soda is “enhanced with 200 mg of antioxidants from green tea and vitamin C.” Regulars say that none of Canada Dry’s ingredients are know to have antioxidant activity.
The FDA is also calling out Unilever’s claim that Lipton Green Tea can treat high cholesterol. Unilever’s website cites four research studies that show a connection between tea and lower cholesterol, but the federal agency says these claims are misleading and suggest that tea can be used as a means of disease prevention.
The Centers for Disease Control found that eggs are behind hundreds of food poisoning cases that occurred throughout July and June. Investigators in Minnesota, Colorado and California have traced the rotten eggs back to Wright County Egg. The finding has prompted a massive nation-wide recall, and the FDA is continuing investigation.
Food Poisoning Journal estimates that 280 million eggs have been involved in the recall. The list of major brands affected are Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps. The contaminated eggs were sold to restaurants and grocery stores. (more…)
About 700 new chemicals are introduced every year, and very few are tested for toxicity. After the recall of 28 million boxes of Kellogg’s cereal, one can’t help but wonder how many of these chemicals are ending up in our food.
The cereal recall was due to the hydrocarbon methylnaphthalene, or 2-methylnaphthalene, reported the New York Times in July. The company claimed that the chemical was found in the packaging, not in the food, but caused the cereal to have “off-flavor and smell.” The Washington Post today reported that Kellogg’s experts determined there was “no harmful material” in the products, but some consumers have reported nausea and diarrhea. Neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the Environmental Protection Agency has safety data on 2-methylnaphthalene.
In 2007, several major outbreaks of food-borne illness prompted the FDA to come up with a new strategy for intercepting contaminated foods. In an effort to step up food safety surveillance, the agency developed a website where potentially hazardous foods could be immediately reported. The Reportable Food Registry site launched in September of 2009, requiring manufacturers, processors, packers and distributors to report any contaminated food, animal feed and per food that could pose a health threat.
Although it is too soon to compare the effectiveness of the site to prior years, the site appears to have positive results. Between the site’s launch in 2009 and March 2010, 125 reports were filed by both domestic and foreign sources. Once report resulted in the recall of hydrolyzed vegetable protein that had been contaminated with salmonella. The product is a flavor enhancer that is used in hundreds of foods like dressings and dips. The recall prevented any incidents of illness.
The Slim-30 herbal supplement is being recalled by its U.S. distributor J&H Besta Corp. The company says that the Slim-30 supplement was found to contain N-Desmethyl sibutramine and traces of sibutramine, both drugs used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss. During a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lab analysis, the government agency found the undeclared drugs in Slim-30.