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Three Ellwood City-area restaurants out of compliance since July – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

A Ledger review of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture records found that three local restaurants had violations that landed them out of compliance. An additional 10 establishments were cited for noncritical violations.

Just three Ellwood City-area restaurants were out of compliance with state regulations during the past six months.

A Ledger review of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture records found that three local restaurants had violations that landed them out of compliance. An additional 10 establishments were cited for noncritical violations.

The restaurants that failed inspections are the Loyal Order of Moose along Factory Avenue in Ellwood City, Subway along Route 288 in Franklin Township and Shakespeare’s Restaurant along Mercer Road in North Sewickley Township.

Subway and Shakespeare’s were found to be in compliance during follow-up visits, although Shakespeare’s still had three violations at its follow-up inspection.

Inspectors visited 21 establishments in the Ellwood City ZIP code since July 1.

Source: Three Ellwood City-area restaurants out of compliance since July – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

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Bedbugs were released in a Pennsylvania Walmart and now police are investigating – CNN

(CNN)A Walmart in Pennsylvania is facing a bedbug infestation after someone released the parasitic insects in a men’s changing room, state police said.

A manager at the store in Edinboro found a closed pill bottle with live bugs crawling inside and reported it to authorities Thursday, police said in a release. The bottle was found inside a boy’s jacket which was for sale.

Source: Bedbugs were released in a Pennsylvania Walmart and now police are investigating – CNN

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Ramen joins nation’s egg recall | Fox Business

Egg recall now hits ramen product

Veggie Noodle Co. is recalling Cece’s Veggie Co. brand Fresh Veggie Ramen with Chicken Broth (11.5 oz., UPC 5228700653). The recall includes this product with all expiration dates. The recall was made because the separately packaged egg (branded Peckish) that is included with the ramen has the potential to be contaminated with listeria.

Source: Ramen joins nation’s egg recall | Fox Business

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Check your fridge: 88 egg products under recall after deadly listeria outbreak | WPMT FOX43

Multiple brands of products that include hard-boiled eggs are under nationwide recall following an alert last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about a deadly outbreak of listeria. At least seven people in five states have gotten sick, including one who died in Texas.The eggs from Almark Foods of Gainesville, Ga., were sent to foodservice operators nationwide.  Almark says it has temporarily suspended all production at its Gainesville plant.

Source: Check your fridge: 88 egg products under recall after deadly listeria outbreak | WPMT FOX43

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Warning letters sent to two seafood processing facilities and cheese manufacturing facility | Food Safety News

As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction.

Ee Hui Food Manufacture PTE Ltd. — Singapore
The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter dated Nov. 22, 2019, to the president of Ee Hui Food Manufacture PTE Ltd., Cheng Hwee Ng.

During an inspection at Ee Hui Food Manufacture’s seafood processing facility on June 24 and 25, FDA investigators found serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation, Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 123 (21 CFR 123). The warning letter says that, “failure of a processor of fish or fishery products to have and implement a HACCP plan that complies with this section or otherwise operate in accordance with the requirements of Part 123, renders the fish or fishery products adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), 21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(4).”

U.S. Dairy Unlimited LLC — Miami, FL
The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter dated Nov. 19, 2019, to Ury Zyman, owner of U.S. Dairy Unlimited LLC.

During an inspection at U.S. Dairy Unlimited LLC, a ready-to-eat (RTE) cheese manufacturing facility, from June 24 to July 3, FDA investigators found serious violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (CGMP & PC rule), Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 117 (21 CFR Part 117). The warning letter says that, “based on FDA’s inspectional findings, we determined that cheese products manufactured in your facility are adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(4)], in that they were prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been contaminated with filth or rendered injurious to health. In addition, failure of the owner, operator, or agent in charge of a covered facility to comply with the preventive controls provisions of the CGMP & PC rule (located in subparts A, C, D, E, F, and G of part 117) is prohibited by section 301(uu) of the Act (21 U.S.C. § 331(uu)).”

 

Source: Warning letters sent to two seafood processing facilities and cheese manufacturing facility | Food Safety News

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FSS reminds people not to overfill the fridge | Food Safety News

To help reduce food poisonings, Food Standards Scotland is reminding people not to overfill their refrigerators this festive season.

Source: FSS reminds people not to overfill the fridge | Food Safety News

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At least 15,000 pounds of beef from Blue Ash company recalled

At least 15,000 pounds of ready-to-eat beef patties by a Blue Ash company, AdvancedPierre Foods, have been recalled due to contamination, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Saturday in a press release.

Source: At least 15,000 pounds of beef from Blue Ash company recalled

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Hard-boiled eggs blamed for death, several others hospitalized | fox8.com

GAINESVILLE, Georgia (WJW) – The CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of listeria connected to hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods.

The products have not been recalled and were sold nationwide.

One person has died from listeria contamination.

Seven people have been sickened from the eggs.

Of those, four had to be hospitalized.

According to the CDC, these eggs were sold in bulk to retailers and food service operators.

More information from the CDC here.

 

Source: Hard-boiled eggs blamed for death, several others hospitalized | fox8.com

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Chicken soup recalled over undeclared allergens: officials

Chicken soup is said to be good for the soul, but maybe not a particular batch that’s facing a recall over undeclared allergens.

Source: Chicken soup recalled over undeclared allergens: officials

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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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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