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Uncle Ben’s Rice Products Recalled

The company that makes a popular brand of rice is issuing a recall after consumers who ate the rice reported developing rashes.

Mars Foodservices announced it is recalling bags of Uncle Ben’s flavored rice after people developed flushing and rashes after eating one of the rice flavors, CNN reported. More Uncle Ben’s Rice Products Recalled

Source of Tainted Pet Jerky Treats Remains Unidentified

Concern over the safety of certain pet jerky treats has been rampant for years now, yet authorities appear to be no closer to unraveling the precise reasons why so many pets have been getting ill.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating cases of suspected poisonings since 2007, according to the New York Times. Last month the FDA updated its statistics, revealing that more than 3,600 reports of illnesses have been linked to jerky treats, plus more than 580 deaths since the agency first started its investigation. Nearly all the pets that died were dogs.

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Concern Over Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella Prompts Recall of Rotisserie Chicken Products

A San Francisco area Costo recalled nearly 40,000 pounds of rotisserie chickens and chicken products that are potentially contaminated with an antibiotic-resistant strain of Salmonella Heidelberg.

The recall is the latest development in the Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak. Raw chicken produced at three of the company’s plants have sickened hundreds of people in 18 states. The chicken products were distributed mainly to retailers in California, Oregon, and Washington State, according to the Huffington Post.

Salmonella Heidelberg produces symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, headache, chills, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours.

The size and seriousness of the outbreak prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bring back doctors and scientists furloughed by the government shutdown to monitor the crisis, according to FoodProductDesign.com.

Costco pulled 8,730 “Kirkland Signature Foster Farms” rotisserie chickens and 313 total units of “Kirkland Farm” rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters and rotisserie chicken salad from store shelves. The chicken products were sold from September 11 to September 23, according to the Huffington Post.

This is the first recall at the retail level in the nation to be connected to Foster Farms.

Health officials urged consumers to cook chicken thoroughly and take other precautions to ensure their safety. Eating Salmonella-contaminated chicken cooked at less than 165 degrees can make you ill, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). At least one person was sickened after eating a contaminated rotisserie chicken, and health officials are unsure of how it became contaminated, the Huffington Post reported.

Salmonella Outbreak Connected to Three California Plants that Process Raw Chicken

A salmonella outbreak that has left nearly 300 people in 18 states sick has been linked to raw chicken products made at three California plants.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the plants are owned by Foster Farms and that the outbreak is still spreading. As of the latest update, 278 people have reported illnesses as the result of eating the chicken. Many of the illnesses have been in California. The chicken products were distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington, the USDA told Reuters.

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Britian Sounds All-Metal Hip Alert, Saying These Implants Fail at Larger Rate Than First Believed

With each passing day the media spotlight on the dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants — such as DePuy’s ASR hip replacement implant — continues to grow. Now, the European online publication BuckinghamToday.co.uk found that these devices may be failing at an even higher rate than previously believed.

The major issue with the replacements is that when they wear down, metal particles can be released into, and then react with, soft tissue and enter the bloodstream. In 2010, the UK regulator the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a recall for the DePuy ASR artificial hip. This prohibited surgeons from implanting DePuy ASR hip replacements.

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FDA: Listeria Outbreak Linked to Crave Brothers Cheeses

An outbreak of listeria has caused one person to die, a pregnant woman to suffer a miscarriage and three other people to be hospitalized.

The outbreak was linked to contaminated soft cheese from Wisconsin-based Crave Brothers. The death was in Minnesota, while the illnesses were reported in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, along with Minnesota, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Cheese-Linked Listeria Outbreak Kills One, Sickens Four

A listeria outbreak linked to cheese has sickened four people, killed one and may be responsible for a pregnant woman suffering a miscarriage, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The cause of the outbreak has been linked to Les Freres cheese, distributed by Wisconsin producer Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics. The FDA said that everyone sickened was infected with the same strain of listeriosis. Two reported cases were in Minnesota. Both cases involved older adults who were hospitalized after eating the cheese, according to the Minnesota Health and Agriculture departments. One person later died.

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California Mother Sues Monster Energy Drink over Teenage Son’s Death

An Oakland, California, mother is suing Monster Beverage Corp., alleging her 19-year-old son, Alex Morris, suffered cardiac arrest and died from drinking two Monster Energy beverages a day for three years.

Mr. Morris died on the morning of July 1, 2012. According to Ms. Morris, her son would still be alive today if he had not consumed two cans of highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink every day for three years prior to his death, including on the day he died. This is not the first time a family has blamed Monster Beverage Corp. for the loss of a child. Last year, a Maryland family sued the beverage maker, claiming their 14-year-old daughter died after drinking two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy Drink, according to Philly.com. More California Mother Sues Monster Energy Drink over Teenage Son’s Death

About 200 Catch Food Poisoning after Dining at Vegas Hot Spot

The latest report out of Las Vegas is that over 200 people who dined at the restaurant Firefly were sickened with food poisoning in late April.

To date, the exact cause of the outbreak has not been identified, but previous salmonella lawsuits in which a person endures sickness for multiple days but then fully recovers have fetched between $5,000 and $10,000, the Washington Post reported. That number can increase if the person is admitted into a hospital, misses work, or has lasting complications connected to the illness. A key component in any salmonella case is determining whether the restaurant’s actions caused the outbreak, a lawyer told the Post.

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Number of ill from New York Fundraiser Event Rises

The number of people sickened at the Hilton Westchester last week has grown to around 200, health officials said.

The cause off the illnesses, which have resulted in vomiting and diarrhea, is believed to be a norovirus, the Westchester County Department of Health said. Norovirus is the most common cause of food-borne disease outbreaks nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is said to be highly contagious and can be transmitted via contaminated food or liquids, or by making contact with someone who is infected, lohud.com said. 

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