Urgent Recall of Alfalfa Sprouts

The FDA has announced that Caldwell Foods is recalling raw alfalfa sprouts linked to an outbreak of salmonella in ten states. The sprouts are sold under the brand names Caldwell Fresh Foods in 4-oz plastic cups, 1-lb plastic bags, 2- and 5-lb plastic bags in…

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CDC Warns of Salmonella from Salami

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified more than 200 people who got sick with the Montevideo strain of salmonella from salami. On January 23, 2010 the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the Rhode Island company, Daniele…

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CDC Warns of Salmonella Connected with Water Frogs

The Centers for Disease Control are warning of an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium connected with handling water frogs, including African Dwarf Frogs.  More than 50 people, mostly young children, have been diagnosed with the disease since June of 2009.  About one in four have had…

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Watch Out for Phony H1N1 Email

The Centers for Disease Control is warning the public about fraudulent emails that appear to come from the CDC and tell people to create a “Personal H1N1 Vaccination Profile” on the CDC website. Clicking on a link in the email takes the receiver to a…

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CDC Expands Screening for Uninsured

The Centers for Disease Control has awarded $22 million to 26 states and tribal organizations to provide colorectal cancer screening to the uninsured and underinsured from age 50 to 64. Through the Colorectal Cancer Control Program, five-year grants ranging from $358,283 to $1.1 million will…

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CDC: Current Swine Flu Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control have issued Interim Guidance for reducing the impact of swine influenza A (H1N1). While they are not recommending now that large community gatherings be cancelled, they do say: Persons with underlying medical conditions who are at high risk for complications…

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CDC Links Peanut Butter to Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control have made an preliminary link between an outbreak of Salmonella infection and peanut butter.  Studies of illness patterns by the Minnesota Department of Health suggested that King Nut  peanut butter might the source of the bacteria.  Strains of Salmonella Typhimurium…

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Emergency Room Wait Times Increasing

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average patient will wait nearly an hour to see a doctor, up from 38 minutes ten years ago. The reason?  Fewer emergency departments and more visits to them.  Emergency room visits increased by almost 1/3 (32 percent)…

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Deaths from Salmonella Outbreak Continue to Rise

More than 810 cases of salmonella related to tomatoes have been reported to the FDA, according to the latest update on June 27th. Ninety-five people have been hospitalized.  Cases have been identified in 36 states and the District of Columbia.  While there have not been…

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