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Health Nut Factory Recalled Organic Coconut Smiles Due to Salmonella

Healthy Nut Factory of Bayside, NY recalled 7 oz. Pouches of Organic Coconut Smiles because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed and sold at retail stores in New York City and Long Island. The recall came as a result of the FDA is investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections linked to dried coconut, reported on March 16. Testing by the FDA has confirmed that Salmonella, matching the outbreak strain, was found in a retail package distributed by our supplier, International Harvest. @ https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm603242.htm?utm_campaign=Health%20Nut%20Factory%20Recalls%20Organic%20Coconut%20Smiles%20Because%20Of%20Possible%20Health%20Risk&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

Healthy Nut Factory of Bayside, NY is recalling 7 oz. Pouches of Organic Coconut Smiles because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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Discovery of New Class of Antibiotics Against MRSA gives hope against superbugs

A team at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence tested the effects of 82,000 lab-made molecules on roundworms infected with MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. From the 185 compounds that showed some effect, they selected two of the most promising for further attention. Both belonged to a family of molecules known as retinoids, which were originally developed in the 1960s to treat acne and cancer. Tests on the two retinoids, combined with computer modeling, showed that the compounds killed not only normal MRSA cells, but dormant, or “persister”, cells too. The drugs worked by making the membranes that surround the bacteria leakier. The same effect explained why the retinoids worked even better when used in tandem with an existing antibiotic such as gentamicin. @ https://amp.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/28/discovery-mrsa-busting-antibiotic-hope-resistant-superbugs

New drug tested on mice could be used to treat human infections that no longer respond to routine antibiotics, say scientists

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Class Action Filed was filled in South Africa Against Tiger Brands and Enterprise Foods due to the Hugh Listeria outbreak

Richard Spoor filed the class action in consultation with the United States Food Safety Law Firm, Marler Clark. Currently, the firm represents almost 70 people in the class action with new victims reaching out every day. There are four classes in this class action: individuals who contacted a Listeria infection but did not die, individuals who contracted the infection in utero but did not die, individuals who were dependent upon other individuals who died as a consequence of their Listeria infection, and individuals responsible for taking care of other individuals who contacted a Listeria infection. To date, 749 cases were reported in 2017, and 234 cases in 2018; 189 people have died due to this outbreak. @ http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/listeria-class-action-filed-against-tiger-brands-and-enterprise-foods/

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – A Listeria class action lawsuit will be filed Thursday against Tiger Brands Limited and Enterprise Foods in the High Court of

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Roast beef recalled in Canada due to possible Listeria link

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that Erie Meat Products Ltd. recalled Druxy’s Fresh Deli Revolution brand Seasoned Cooked Roast Beef that was sold at Druxy’s Famous Deli restaurant locations. The product has been portioned and served at the restaurant locations without a label or coding, and consumers are being advised to contact the restaurant if they believe they may have consumed the beef. The recall follows last week’s hospitalization of 3 people who may have contracted Listeria infections after eating deli sandwiches at a Druxy’s restaurant in Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. @ http://www.meatingplace.com/Industry/News/Details/78808

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