October 2nd, 2012
New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. has expanded its recall of peanut butter and almond butter to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products. The company, which sells its nuts and nut butters to large groceries and other food distributors around the country, recalled products under multiple brand names last month after salmonella illnesses were linked to Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, one of the brands it manufactures.
In addition to Trader Joe’s, the recall over the past week has included some nut butters and nut products sold at Whole Foods Market, Target, Safeway, Fresh & Easy, Harry and David, Sprouts, Heinen’s, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and several other stores. Some of those retailers used Sunland ingredients in items they prepared and packaged themselves.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been 30 salmonella illnesses in 19 states that can be traced to the Trader Joe’s peanut butter. No other foods have been linked to the illnesses, but Sunland recalled other products manufactured on the same equipment as the Trader Joe’s product.
Some of the brand names included in the recall are Target’s Archer Farms, Safeway’s Open Nature, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Late July, Heinen’s, Joseph’s, Natural Value, Naturally More, Peanut Power Butter, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sprouts, Sunland and Dogsbutter.
Sunland’s recall includes 101 products, and several retailers have issued additional recalls including items made with Sunland ingredients.
Read the full story on WWL-TV by clicking here.
September 12th, 2012
Check out this important article from the Alexandria Town Talk:
“West Nile peaked in Louisiana in 2002, when there were 328 reported cases of people in the state becoming ill. That number steadily dropped until last year, when there were only 12 reported cases.As of Friday, there were 176 reported cases in the state of people becoming ill from West Nile this year, including 10 deaths. In Region 6, which covers Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon and Winn parishes, there were 16 cases with two deaths.”
September 6th, 2012
With 241 cases of West Nile virus and four related deaths reported so far this year, the United States is experiencing the biggest spike in the mosquito-borne illness since 2004, health officials report. Eighty percent of these infections have occurred in three states — Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma — which have seen earlier activity than usual. Overall, 42 states had detected West Nile virus infections in people, birds or mosquitoes as of July 31, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC officials recommend several important protective measures to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. Click here to read the full list.
August 27th, 2012
The City of New Orleans has created an overarching emergency preparedness website called NOLA Ready. It seeks to encourage residents to create and know their plan for various emergency situations. Additionally, residents can sign up for city-wide alerts and other information that will be helpful.
Additional information is available on numerous other Louisiana parish websites, so please refer to your local government sites for more specifically detailed information.
August 23rd, 2012
A drink or two each week during pregnancy may not affect a child’s general intelligence at age 5, according to a new series of Danish studies. The research indicates that strict abstinence may not be necessary during early to mid pregnancy, but the researchers say their findings need to be investigated further. Mothers-to-be, they say, should continue to follow current guidelines that advise against any alcohol consumption.
To read more on this study, click here.
July 25th, 2012
Peg Perego has recalled hundreds of thousands of strollers because children can become trapped and strangled between trays on them. The company said entrapment and strangulation can take place, particularly among those younger than a year old, when the child is not harnessed into the stroller. If unharnessed, children can pass through the opening between the tray and the seat bottom and the child’s neck and head can become trapped by the tray.
The model numbers are:
Pliko-P3 Stroller Model Numbers Venezia Stroller Model Numbers
IPFT28NA64 IPPF28NA65 IPVA13US09
IPP328MU10 IPPF28NA66 IPVA13US10
IPP328MU09 IPPF28NA67 IPVA13US32
IPP328US09 IPPF28NA68 IPVA13US34
IPP328US10 IPPO28US32 IPVC13NA32
IPP329US10 IPPO28US34 IPVC13NA34
July 10th, 2012
The FDA has issued an alert warning about risks, including death, associated with endovascular treatments for multiple sclerosis based on the controversial theory that the disease is caused or exacerbated by blocked cerebrospinal veins.
Called chronic cerebrospinal vascular insufficiency (CCSVI), the theory has polarized the MS community since an Italian researcher proposed it in 2009. Many patients and some physicians immediately embraced it, but most mainstream neurologists have been deeply skeptical.
June 8th, 2012
Evenflo is recalling three models of its convertible high chairs because the chairs’ activity tray could unexpectedly detach, allowing unrestrained children to fall.
Here are the three models being recalled:
- Dottie Lime (model number 29111259)
- Dottie Rose (model number 29111271)
- Marianna (model number 29111234)
You can find the model number on the lower part of one of the chair legs.
CCBC will officially launch the txt4health campaign at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 from noon to 5pm.
Txt4health is a mobile health information service designed to help people understand their risk for type 2 diabetes and become more informed about the steps they can take to lead healthy lives. People who sign up for txt4health will receive SMS text messages each week with timely, relevant information to help them improve and manage their health.
The campaign launch event will be both educational and entertaining, featuring prominent guest speakers, panel discussions, exercise and cooking demonstrations, and live entertainment. Below, are some launch event program highlights:
- Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, will be the keynote speaker.
- Guest speakers include: Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Secretary of Health Bruce Greenstein, and Mike Reitz, CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
- Guest panelists include, but not limited to: Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Health Commissioner, City of New Orleans; Dr. Ann Albright, Division Director of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Vivian Fonseca, President of Medicine and Science, American Diabetes Association; Dr. Ken Phenow, Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Warren Moore, PharmaD, Divisional Health and Wellness Senior Director Mississippi River Delta (LA, MS, TN), Walmart; and Chris McGowen, Director of Government Affairs, Novo Nordisk.
- Four local celebrity chefs will demonstrate how to prepare heart healthy meals.
- Hornets players, cheerleaders and Hugo the mascot will lead the exercise demonstration.
- O. Perry Walker High School band and the Brassaholics will provide live entertainment.
The launch event will be webcasted live with public health leaders and stakeholders from across the country tuning in from the convenience of their computer and having the opportunity to actively participate in the program by asking questions via the UStream channel.
To RSVP for the txt4health launch event, send an email to RSVP@spearsconsultinggroup.com.
For more information about the txt4health program, please visit www.crescentcitybeacon.org.
December 14th, 2011
Winn-Dixie Stores is voluntarily recalling Sunrise Assorted Flavor Gummy Bears sold in the self-serve bulk area of one store in Covington and five in Florida due to a possible metal contamination. The candy was sold between Nov. 14 and Dec. 13.
The Covington store that sold the gummy bears is located at 70431 Hwy. 21.
The recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety, though the company has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of the candy.
Check out the full story in the Times-Picayune here.