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Saniderm Products Issues a recall of 1 L Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer produced by Eskbiochem due to the presence of undeclared Methanol

The FDA announced on its website that Saniderm Products (Saniderm) is voluntarily recalling Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer, packaged in 1-liter bottles. The products are being recalled due to the potential presence of Methanol (wood alcohol). In response to a recent news alert by the Food and Drug Administration advising consumers of potentially toxic hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico. Methanol exposure “could result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.” To date, Saniderm has not received any reports of adverse events related to the product in question. The product was distributed in Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey on April 15, 2020. As a result of Saniderm recall UVT, INC. is voluntarily recalling 38,830 liters of SANIDERM advanced hand sanitizer. @ https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/saniderm-products-voluntarily-issues-regional-virginia-maryland-new-jersey-recall-1-l-saniderm?utm_campaign=Saniderm%20Products%20Voluntarily%20Issues%20Regional%20%28Virginia%2C%20Maryland%2C%20New%20Jersey%29%20Recall&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

Saniderm Products (Saniderm) is voluntarily recalling Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer, packaged in 1-liter bottles to the consumer level. The products are being recalled due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol). In response to a recent news alert by the Food and Drug Administration

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In a Tyson plant in MO, 25% of workers tested positive for COVID-19

Tyson Foods Inc. said that at its Noel, Mo., poultry plant 291 of 1,142 employees were positive for COVID-19. 249 of those that tested positive were asymptomatic and “otherwise would not have been identified.” The Noel facility is among 40 of Tyson’s U.S. locations included in its extensive testing program aimed at helping to contain the risk of community spread. On Thursday, the families of three workers who died of COVID-19 after an outbreak at Tyson’s Waterloo, Iowa, pork plant sued Tyson on claims that the company’s misrepresentations to staff about the severity of the epidemic led to the workers’ deaths. The company didn’t comment directly on the allegations laid out in the lawsuit but instead expressed sadness about the three workers’ deaths. Tyson is promoting testing in addition to an increasing amount of protective measures and publicizing the results as a way to help fight COVID-19. @ https://www.meatingplace.com/Industry/News/Details/92903

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Cyclospora outbreak in the Midwestern U.S. sickens 206 linked to salad mix sold at Walmart, ALDI, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco

The CDC and FDA are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections linked to bagged salad mix containing iceberg lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage produced by Fresh Express. The products were purchased at ALDI, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, and Walmart stores in the Midwestern United States. 206 laboratory-confirmed Cyclospora infections were reported from 8 Midwestern states (Illinois (57), Iowa (74), Kansas (1), Minnesota (25), Missouri (10) Nebraska (20), North Dakota (6), and Wisconsin (13). Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 11, 2020, to June 17, 2020. 23 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The investigation indicates that the bagged salad mix produced by Fresh Express is a likely source of this outbreak. @ https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/outbreaks/2020/index.html

 

CDC and federal, state, and local public health partners are investigating an increase in reported cases of Cyclospora infection (cyclosporiasis). Reports of cases tend to increase during summer months in the United States.

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Jewel-Osco Voluntarily Recalls Bagged Signature Farms Garden Salad Due to Cyclospora Contamination

The FDA announced on its website that Jewel-Osco is voluntarily recalling bagged Signature Farms Garden Salad sold in its stores in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa due to Cyclospora cayetanensis infections.  The recall is in cooperation with the Fresh Express.  The recalled Signature Farms Garden Salad was sold in 12-ounce bags in the Produce section. @ https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/jewel-osco-voluntarily-recalls-bagged-signature-farms-garden-salad-due-possible-cyclospora?utm_campaign=Jewel-Osco%20Voluntarily%20Recalls%20Bagged%20Signature%20Farms%20Garden%20Salad&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

In cooperation with the Fresh Express recall of bagged salads potentially linked to an outbreak of Cyclospora infections in the Midwest, Jewel-Osco is voluntarily recalling bagged Signature Farms Garden Salad sold in its stores in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.