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Ohio college student suffers fatal allergic reaction after unknowingly consuming milk ingredient, mom says

She said her son’s roommate found him still holding his EpiPen but it was too late to save him.

Source: Ohio college student suffers fatal allergic reaction after unknowingly consuming milk ingredient, mom says

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Pennsylvania Battles Severe Rise In Flu Cases, Up Over A Thousand Percent – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania is battling rising numbers of flu cases. Five people have already died from the flu but not in this region of the state.

Doctors have also said they are seeing more and more of type B of the flu, which is atypical for the region. Cases of influenza in Allegheny County are up 1700 percent from last year.

At Wilson’s pharmacy in Bloomfield, over-the-counter products for the flu are disappearing from the shelves. More and more people are feeling those flu-like symptoms.

“The instances picked up. People asking for advice for what they should be taking for the flu or flu-like symptoms at least. A lot of head-colds and people coming in with aches and fevers and so on,” said pharmacy owner Jeff Wilson.

Dr. Brian Lamb’s office has already given hundreds of flu shots to patients. He said Australia, which has been a past indicator for the flu’s impact on the U.S., just finished a bad season.

Activity is picking up down south, and it’s already starting to reach Pennsylvania.

“It tell us that we should be for the possibility of a very bad flu season this year,” Lamb said.

Source: Pennsylvania Battles Severe Rise In Flu Cases, Up Over A Thousand Percent – CBS Pittsburgh

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERT: Restaurant closed, mall kiosk alert issued by health department | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – A consumer alert was issued for a kiosk at South Hills Village Mall and a Homewood restaurant was shut down by the Allegheny County Health Department.

Agency officials said the Breaking Eggs Bakery Kiosk at the mall did not have the proper refrigeration for food, was not storing and preparing food in the right area and had “food from an unapproved source.” The food was being prepared at a different location and then brought to the kiosk.

The kiosk owner told Channel 11 that they are working to become compliant with the health department and are in the process of opening their own space in the South Hills. They said they do not agree with the department’s findings during the inspection and do make their products in a safe manner.

Source: HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERT: Restaurant closed, mall kiosk alert issued by health department | WPXI

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FDA: Two flour producers issue recalls

 

Two flour producers have issued voluntary national recalls of their products because of the potential presence of E. coli.

According to information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), both UNFI and Hodgson Mill have announced voluntary recalls on Wednesday. The following information was provided by the FDA.

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UNFI recall

UNFI announced Wednesday a voluntary national recall of five-pound bags of its Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached, with a Code of AA BEST IF USED BY 010820 CC 15:58 and UPC Code 711535509158. The recall is being issued for the potential presence of E. coli. During routine FDA sampling of the five-pound bag product, results were found to be positive for E.coli.

E. coli can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections in infants, older people, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. The most common symptoms of E. coli are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, which develop within three or four days of eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts about a week and most people recover without treatment. Guidance from FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to warn that consumers should refrain from consuming any raw products made with flour and that all surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.

To date, UNFI has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of care.

This recall only affects the following code date of Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached five-pound bags currently in stores or consumers’ pantries. No other types of Wild Harvest® Flour are affected by this recall.

Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached Package UPC: 711535509158 Best if Used by Date: 010820 CC 15:58.

Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by this recall. Consumers with questions may contact UNFI at 855-423-2630 (customer support is available seven days-a-week between 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM CST). Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Hodgson Mill recall

Hodgson Mill of Effingham, Ill., announced Wednesday a voluntary national recall of specific lots of its Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour (5 lb.)

We are taking this voluntary precautionary step because of the potential presence of pathogenic E. coli which was discovered through sampling raw uncooked flour. Hodgson Mill has not received any confirmed reports of illnesses related to this product.

The only product affected by this voluntary recall is:

Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour (5 lb.) UPC 0-71518-05009-2

Best By Date 10-01-2020 and 10-02-2020 with lot codes listed Lot# 001042 & 005517

Use By and Lot Code information can be found on the bottom back panel of the 5 lb. Bag. Used By date and Lot Code, along with their location on the bag, must all match in order to represent flour affected by this recall.

Consumer safety is our top priority. Hodgson Mill package states “do not eat raw flour, dough or batter”. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns consumers to not consume raw flour or uncooked raw dough.

E. coli is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing, or boiling products made with flour. For more information, refer to the following: https://www.cdc.gov/features/no-raw-dough/index.html. Symptoms of pathogenic E. coli illness include acute, often bloody diarrheal illness and abdominal cramps. Most people recover within a week. However, children, the elderly, and immunosuppressed individuals may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe illness which may cause the kidneys to fail.

Consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour, and to never eat raw dough or batter.

This lot of flour was milled at an ADM Milling Facility in St Louis, Mo., and repacked at Hodgson Mill, Inc. facility in Effingham, Ill., and was distributed by Hodgson Mill through retailers and distribution nationwide and sold through our website www.hodgsonmill.com.

Consumers who have purchased 5 pound packages of Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour with specific lot codes are urged to stop using the product immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company customer service M-F 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1-888-417-9343 x 1.

Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Source: FDA: Two flour producers issue recalls

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Pennsylvania raises legal age for buying cigarettes, other tobacco products to 21

Pennsylvania is banning the purchase of cigarettes and other tobacco products by people under 21, with one exception.

Source: Pennsylvania raises legal age for buying cigarettes, other tobacco products to 21

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized For ‘Chills And Fever’

“She was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. before being transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital for further evaluation and treatment of any possible infection,” the court said in a statement. “With intravenous antibiotics and fluids, her symptoms have abated, and she expects to be released from the hospital as early as Sunday morning.”

Source: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized For ‘Chills And Fever’

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Over 75K pounds of salad in 22 states recalled over E. coli outbreak

A New Jersey food company has recalled more than 75,000 pounds of packaged salad after seven people were hospitalized with E. coli, the US Department of Agriculture announced Thursday.

Missa Bay, LLC, of Swedesboro, issued the recall of 75,233 pounds of the bagged salad products sold at Walmart, Target and Aldi — fearing the romaine lettuce may be contaminated with the bacteria after an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: Over 75K pounds of salad in 22 states recalled over E. coli outbreak

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Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans – CNN

A Utah company is recalling two-pound frozen bags of Quest beef cat food sold nationwide over fears it may be contaminated with salmonella.

Source: Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans – CNN

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ taping interrupted for Pat Sajak emergency surgery, Vanna White to host

“He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work,” the show’s representatives tweeted.

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Our taping on Thursday was canceled because host Pat Sajak underwent successful emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine. He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work. Taping resumed today as scheduled and Vanna White has stepped in as host.

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Wheel of Fortune is in its 37th season of syndication, according to CBS. Sajak and White have hosted the show together since its debut.

Source: ‘Wheel of Fortune’ taping interrupted for Pat Sajak emergency surgery, Vanna White to host

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Buffalo Wild Wings Employee Dies

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Poultry recall: Nearly 2.1 million pounds of chicken recalled

According to the USDA, Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc., based in Gentry, Arkansas, is recalling several of its ready-to-cook chicken products, which include chicken legs, wings and whole chickens.

The notice says the chicken was shipped “to institutions in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.” Institutions can include restaurants, schools, hospitals and distributors. The recall doesn’t include chicken sold in stores.

The items were produced between Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, according to the recall notice.

Source: Poultry recall: Nearly 2.1 million pounds of chicken recalled

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Taco Bell seasoned beef is being recalled over concerns of metal contamination – CNN

About 2 million pounds of seasoned beef used in Taco Bell burritos and tacos have been removed from restaurant locations across the country.

Source: Taco Bell seasoned beef is being recalled over concerns of metal contamination – CNN

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Boil water advisory in western Pennsylvania after pump fails | WPXI

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) – More than 16,000 customers in four western Pennsylvania communities are waiting to learn if a boil water advisory has been lifted.

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County told residents in McKeesport, Port Vue, Versailles and White Oak to boil their water after a pump failed on Saturday.

The agency says the loss of water pressure could allow disease-causing organisms to enter the water distribution system.

The agency says the McKeesport Water Treatment Plant is operating and purging air from its system. Two successful tests are needed before the boil water advisory will be lifted.

Source: Boil water advisory in western Pennsylvania after pump fails | WPXI

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5 foods you should always buy frozen instead of fresh

1. Spinach

“Frozen spinach is the gem of the freezer section, it is so versatile and much cheaper than fresh,”

2. Chopped onions

Buying chopped onions frozen saves time and tears. “They’re a double-time saver because first, you’re not chopping the onions, and second, they’re already softened,”

3. Stir-fry blend

Speaking of saving time, buying a pre-chopped frozen blend will save you tons of it.

4. Edamame

It’s an easy, healthy snack her toddler loves too. “Just 30 seconds in the microwave and it’s ready,” she says. Plant-based protein FTW!

5. Zucchini or sweet potato noodles

What a time to be alive: zucchini noodles and sweet potato noodles can be found in the frozen section in almost all grocery stores.

Source: 5 foods you should always buy frozen instead of fresh

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PWSA to issue boil advisory for several Pittsburgh neighborhoods | TribLIVE.com

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will issue a boil water advisory Sunday for portions of Pittsburgh’s West End following a water main break in Mt. Washington, an authority spokeswoman said.

Source: PWSA to issue boil advisory for several Pittsburgh neighborhoods | TribLIVE.com

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PA DRUG LACED CANDY: THC-laced candy found in Pa. has police warning parents ahead of Halloween | WPXI

THC-laced candy found in Pennsylvania has police in Johnstown warning parents to check their children’s Halloween candy.

Source: PA DRUG LACED CANDY: THC-laced candy found in Pa. has police warning parents ahead of Halloween | WPXI

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Chicken recalled at Kroger, Aldi, Target, Trader Joe’s and more for possible listeria contamination – AOL Lifestyle

The chicken products were first recalled in September for possible listeria contamination, but now, the recall has expanded to even more grocery stores.

The chicken, by Tip Top Poultry Inc., were originally recalled in September and include cooked, frozen, diced or shredded chicken, which were sold under various brands at major grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and Target. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the recall was expanded to include other chicken products—some possibly served from the deli counter in grocery stores—at Kroger, Aldi, Piggly Wiggly, Food Lion, Giant Supermarket, Kings Supermarket, Harris Teeter, Jersey Mike’s and more, according to the USDA.

The products were produced and sold from Jan. 21 through Sept. 24 of this year, but luckily, it seems that no one has reported any illness or adverse reactions to consuming the chicken.

Source: Chicken recalled at Kroger, Aldi, Target, Trader Joe’s and more for possible listeria contamination – AOL Lifestyle

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Concerns about bedbugs in Laurel Highlands School District

The Laurel Highlands School District superintendent says precautions have been taken after a couple of families reported bedbugs, and more work is being done.

In addition to the treatment at the high school, an exterminator will treat all buildings in the Laurel Highlands School District through the weekend. All buses and vans will be treated by Saturday.

Parents are being told to clean students’ book bags and to not use those bags until Tuesday.

The school district said the state health department is not recommending closure of the building, but any individual students can be excused with written permission from a parent or guardian.

Some parents told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 they were upset they were not notified sooner and that classes are not being canceled during the treatment of the buildings and vehicles.

More: Click here to read a letter from the Laurel Highlands superintendent

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Announces Recall

Texas creamery Blue Bell announced a voluntary recall Tuesday.

It is recalling a select lot of half gallon Butter Crunch Ice Cream (code date 082621222) that was produced in late August at a plant in Alabama because the product may contain a foreign object.

A consumer notified the company after finding a piece of a plastic tool in a half gallon of Butter Crunch Ice Cream.

The company investigation revealed the broken tool was “inadvertently incorporated into the production process in a small amount of product.”

Source: Blue Bell Ice Cream Announces Recall

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The backlash against Impossible and Beyond Meat burgers going mainstream – Vox

The growing pushback against Impossible and Beyond burgers in fast-food chains, explained

Now, Impossible products have hit QdobaBurger King, and supermarkets. Another plant-based meat company, Beyond Meat, is featured in Carl’s Jr, Subway, and now McDonald’s. It’s a sign that the new wave of meatless meat is approaching mainstream status — an encouraging development if you care about changing our meat-centric food system.

But if the emergence of meatless meat a few years ago was hailed unanimously as a good thing, the response to its mainstreaming has been tinged with skepticism. The adoption of Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat products by fast-food chains hasn’t exactly been welcomed in some quarters, even among those you would think would be more supportive of this development.

Call it the backlash against the fast rise of meatless meat.

Source: The backlash against Impossible and Beyond Meat burgers going mainstream – Vox

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VAPING: Pennsylvania reports its first vaping-related death

State health officials confirm one death and several other cases attributed to lung injuries associated with vaping, and recommend that people do not vape.

The Pennsylvania Health Department says one person in the state has died from lung injuries associated with vaping and it’s investigating dozens of other suspected or confirmed cases.

The state’s health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, announced the death Friday and said Pennsylvania has also reported nine confirmed cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: VAPING: Pennsylvania reports its first vaping-related death

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Brain waves breakthrough: Mind-reading computer enables paralysed man to walk – YouTube

A quadriplegic man has walked again thanks to an artificial intelligence breakthrough. A four-limb robotic exoskeleton controlled by brain signals helped a paralysed man to move his arms and walk using a ceiling-mounted harness for balance. Get the latest headlines: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/

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King Arthur Flour recalls some Unbleached All-Purpose Flour for possible E. coli contamination – CNN

King Arthur Flour, in association with ADM Milling Company, announced a voluntary national recall of specific lots of its Unbleached All-Purpose Flour in 5-pound and 25-pound bags because of the potential presence of E.coli.

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Sanders has heart stent procedure after chest discomfort – POLITICO

“Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days,” senior adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement Wednesday. “We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”

Source: Sanders has heart stent procedure after chest discomfort – POLITICO

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FDA: Dog food recalled after sample tests positive for salmonella | WAVY.com

(CNN) – The Food and Drug Administration is recalling some dog food over salmonella concerns.

The agency is warning pet owners to stay away from Performance Dog brand frozen raw pet food produced on or after July 22.

It says samples tested positive for salmonella and Listeria.

The FDA says Performance Dog raw pet food produced after July 22 “represents a serious threat to human and animal health.”

Dog food has come under scrutiny by the FDA this year not over concerns about bacteria, but heart disease.


Read more about other dog food recalls issued within the last year in the links below:

Source: FDA: Dog food recalled after sample tests positive for salmonella | WAVY.com

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10 people died of overdoses within 26 hours in one Ohio county – CNN

(CNN)One Ohio county had an “unusually high number” of overdose deaths in a little over a day, the county’s coroner said.

“As of about 10 am this morning we have had 10 people die of overdoses in about 26 hours,” Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz said on Facebook Sunday.
“I urge friends and family of those who use to make sure you are armed with naloxone,” Ortiz said on Facebook. “Those who use should also test before using with fentanyl testing strips.”
Fentanyl can be mixed with cocaine and methamphetamine to create a deadly combination, the coroner said.
The last peak of overdoses that the coroner’s office posted about was in August 12, when six people died in less than 24 hours.
“The majority of overdose deaths continue to be fentanyl related,” the coroner said in the statement.

Source: 10 people died of overdoses within 26 hours in one Ohio county – CNN

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Tlaib: You’re Lying about quitting smoking! – YouTube

Tlaib: You’re Lying about quitting smoking!

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SOUTH SIDE OVERDOSE: 3 men found dead after drug overdoses on Pittsburgh’s South Side identified | WPXI

 

PITTSBURGH – Authorities have identified the three men who died from overdoses at a South Side apartment early Sunday morning.

According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, these are the names of the victims who died:



  • Joel Pecina, 32
  • Josue Serrano, 38
  • Rubiel Clemente-Martinez, 32

Each man was pronounced dead by the medical examiner’s office before 6 a.m. Sunday. Four others are in the hospital after being found.

Source: SOUTH SIDE OVERDOSE: 3 men found dead after drug overdoses on Pittsburgh’s South Side identified | WPXI

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Tests show bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide

NBC News commissioned laboratory tests of knock-off marijuana vapes that found a pesticide linked to hydrogen cyanide in 10 out 10 products.

Source: Tests show bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide

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Urgent product recall for contact lenses amid fears of eye-scratching particles – Mirror Online

The Acuvue lenses may have become contaminated with rogue particles which could cause abrasions on wearer’s eyes

A widely-sold brand of contact lenses could have become contaminated with rogue particles which could cause abrasions on the wearer’s eyeball.

An alert and product recall has been issued for Johnson & Johnson Acuvuee daily disposable lenses. The recall specifically relates to batches of 1-day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism lenses.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) say the contact lens or the lenses’ blister solution could have come into contact with particles which scratch the eyes.

There is a danger of “eye redness or discomfort or corneal abrasion”.

A statement from MHRA says: “The affected lots may have particles on the contact lens or in the contact lens blister solution.

“If the particles are not noticed before insertion into the eye, this could cause eye redness or discomfort or corneal abrasion (damage to the surface of the eye).”

Source: Urgent product recall for contact lenses amid fears of eye-scratching particles – Mirror Online