Purity First Nutritional Supplement Recall [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Silver Spring: PFDA Logourity First Health Products recalls some Healthy Life Chemistry B-50, Multi-Mineral and Vitamin C Products due to undeclared drugs hazard. FDA: http://ht.ly/nydNy

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm363374.htm

Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Drugs are subject to this recall:

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Trois Comtois Morbier Cheese Recall [US]

US FDA Recall

US/Silver Spring: Whole Foods Market recalls some Trois Comtois Morbier Cheese due to Listeria monocytogenes, hazard. FDA: http://ht.ly/nxTob

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm363301.htm

Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) the recalled Trois Comtois Morbier Cheese comes in wheels approximately 11 pounds (5 kilograms) each, which are then cut and wrapped in varying weights and are labeled with a Whole Foods Market scale label. Below is a list of how the Cheese was labeled, including PLU code, according to the state in which it was sold. This recall includes all “best by” dates sold in Whole Foods Market stores in the states listed below.

  • Morbier AOC Le Trois Cheese; states sold in: Ohio, Virginia, Washington, DC; PLU: 293608
  • Morbier Les Trois Comtois Cheese; states sold in: Northern California and Nevada (Reno store only); PLU: 293608
  • Morbier Raw Milk Cheese; states sold in: Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas; PLU: 293358
  • Morbier Raw Milk Cheese; states sold in: Southern California, Hawaii, Arizona; PLU: 293358
  • Morbier Raw Milk French Cheese; states sold in: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin; PLU: 293358

About Listeria Poisoning:
The bacteria that cause Listeriosis (Listeria poisoning) most often produce a gastrointestinal illness that can be quite serious or even fatal. Listeriosis in pregnancy, for example, may cause a miscarriage or fetal death. In other cases, people can develop Septicemia (a serious blood infection) or Meningitis (an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges).

If you suspect your food is contaminated, do not eat it. Contact the retailer for a refund or replacement. Wash your hands, contaminated preparation surfaces, cutlery and serving dishes thoroughly with hot soapy water and dry. Contact your MD immediately if you experience Listeriosis symptoms.

You can learn about Listeriosis from the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://1.usa.gov/IScAKJ

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Be Amazing! Science Ball Recall [Canada & US]

Canada HCSC RecallUS CPSC RecallUS/Washington & Canada/Ottawa: Be Amazing! Toys recalls some Monster Science and Super Star Science Colossal Water Balls due to serious ingestion hazard. CPSC: http://ht.ly/nxBMJ; HCSC: http://ht.ly/nxDAV

Direct US link: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Be-Amazing-Toys-Recalls-Monster-Science-and-Super-Star-Science-Colossal-Water-Balls/

Direct Canada link: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/34791r-eng.php

Additional information:Be Amazing! Toys Science Water Ball
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) reports this recall involves water-absorbing polymer balls, marble-sized toys that absorb water and grow up to 400 times their original size. They were sold as Monster Science Colossal Water Balls (model #7255) and Super Star Science! Colossal Water Balls (model #7704). Monster Science packages contain eight balls and “Growth Powder”. Super Star Science! packages contain five balls.

The balls were sold in an assortment of blue, green, orange, purple, red, yellow or clear colors. The “Be Amazing! Toys” star logo, “Ages 8+”, the name of the toy, “Colossal Water Balls” and a warning not to use without adult supervision are on the front of each product’s packaging. Model numbers are printed on the back of the packaging.

According to the CPSC, the soft and colorful product can be easily mistaken by a child for candy. When the marble-sized toy is ingested, it can expand inside a child’s body and cause intestinal obstructions, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and could be life threatening. Due to their construction, the Toys do not show up on an x-ray and require surgery to be removed from the body.

Please note: this is a joint recall from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) and Health Canada (“HCSC”).

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CPSC recall number: 13-254
HCSC ID number: RA-34791
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Glico Collon Biscuit Recall [Australia]

Australia ACCC RecallAustralia/Canberra: Accord United Pty recalls some Glico Collon Strawberry and Chocolate Glico Collon Biscuits due to undeclared egg, milk, soy and wheat, all known allergens. ACCC: http://ht.ly/nwmFQ

Direct link: http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1050173

Additional information:Glico Collon Biscuits
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) reports the following Biscuits are subject to this recall:

  • Strawberry Biscuits in pink cardboard box, 54 gram weight; best before: 17.09.13
  • Chocolate Biscuits in brown cardboard box, 54 gram weight; best before: 30.09.13

About Egg, Milk, Soy and Wheat Allergies:
For some people, egg (and egg products), milk (and milk products), soy (and soy products) and wheat (and wheat ingredients) are sources of urgent, dangerous and potentially deadly, allergic reactions.

Foods made from egg, for example, may not necessarily sound as if they are derived from these products. Examples of these include words such as “albumin”, “binder”, “emulsifier” or “lecithin”. These ingredients (and many more) are likely derived from egg protein and thus can cause serious allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

Due to modern food manufacturing methods, milk products may not look or sound as if they are derived from milk. Examples of foods with milk proteins include artificial butter or cheese flavor; casein or caseinates; curds; ghee; hydrolysates; lactalbumin and lactalbumin phosphate; lactose, lactoglobulin, lactoferrin and lactulose; and finally, rennet (originally, ground calves’ stomach but more often now, by-products of genetically engineered bacteria, mold or yeast).

Likewise, many foods have soy-based ingredients including edamame (soybeans in pods), hydrolyzed soy protein, miso, soy protein isolate, soy sauce, tamari, tempeh, teriyaki sauce, textured vegetable protein (“TVP”) and tofu. In addition, lax labeling laws in many countries allow manufacturers to use (but not declare) small amounts of soy in “artificial flavoring”, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, vegetable broth and others.

Finally, wheat (and wheat products) can be a source of potentially deadly, allergic reactions. People with a wheat allergy should suspect products such as all breads, cakes, breakfast cereals, pasta, crackers, beer, soy sauce and even condiments, such as ketchup, as having wheat unless specifically declared otherwise.

Anaphylactic Shock could occur in consumers who are allergic to egg, milk, soy and/or wheat ingredients within a very short time, potentially leading to severe injury and/or death. If you suspect Anaphylactic Shock, call 0-0-0 (Australia), 1-1-1 (New Zealand) or other local emergency number for immediate transport to a medical centre. If trained and an emergency kit is available, it may be appropriate to give an injectable drug such as Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline or adrenalin) to the affected individual. Trade names of these products include EpiPen, Twinject, Adrenaclick, Anapen, Jext, Allerject and Auvi-Q. Please note: even patients who are apparently stabilized should still go to hospital for emergency evaluation. Further treatment is often necessary.

It is important to note that a person allergic to one type of food may also be allergic to others. Multiple undeclared allergens may compound symptoms in susceptible persons. Seek immediate medical care if you suspect you or someone else is suffering from Anaphylactic Shock.

You can learn more about Food Allergies from Australia’s Department of Health and Ageing by visiting: http://ht.ly/cq6s5

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