E coli cases reach 192; feds search produce plants

first_img The death toll remains at one, but health officials in Maryland and Idaho are still waiting for lab results in two deaths that may be related to the outbreak. It’s not clear why investigators searched the Growers Express facility. A press release on the company’s Web site said Growers Express does not process bagged spinach. It packages and markets a variety of fresh vegetables under the Western Express, Farm Day, and Green Giant Express labels, none of which has been connected to the fresh spinach recall. “The small amount of bagged spinach marketed by Growers Express is purchased from outside processors, none of which have been connected to the recent recall,” the company said. The firm said it was cooperating with federal investigators. See also: “We are investigating allegations that certain spinach growers and distributors may not have taken all necessary or appropriate steps to ensure that their spinach was safe before they were placed into interstate commerce,” US Attorney Kevin Ryan told the AP. Oct 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A nationwide outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to fresh spinach has increased to 192 cases and triggered what was described as a federal raid on two produce processing plants. Last week, the FDA announced laboratory and epidemiologic evidence from multiple states, and the CDC determined that all spinach involved in the outbreak has been linked to Natural Selection Foods, based in San Juan Batista, Calif. The company recalled its products on Sep 15; four other companies recalled products because they had received spinach from Natural Selection Foods. Oct 4 FDA press releasehttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01476.html The 192 cases represent an increase of 5 since Sep 28, according to updates from the Food and Drug Administration (yesterday) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Oct 3). Ninety-eight people (51%) were hospitalized, and 30 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious kidney condition, hae been reported. The outbreak has affected people in 26 states and one Canadian. Samples from eleven bags of spinach have been confirmed to contain the outbreak strain of E coli; all but one were Dole baby spinach, one of the brands distributed by Natural Selection Foods. A sample from Nevada did not list the brand.center_img Oct 4 Natural Selection Foods press releasehttp://www.nsfoods.com/ Federal officials told the AP they didn’t think anyone deliberately contaminated any spinach. In its update on the outbreak yesterday, the FDA pointed to a long history of E coli outbreaks involving leafy greens from central California. Though other companies have not been implicated in this particular outbreak, the FDA said it and the state of California expect the industry to develop comprehensive plans to minimize the risk of another outbreak. Implementing the plans will be voluntary, but the FDA and the State of California said they haven’t ruled out the possibility of future regulatory changes. Natural Selection Foods said in its press release that it had already provided the FDA and the California Department of Health with the documents sought yesterday, but that it was cooperating with the investigation. The company also said tests done at its processing facilities by independent scientists and government investigators have come back negative, suggesting the contamination source is at the farm level. Meanwhile, the outbreak has prompted a criminal investigation by the FBI and FDA. According to an Associated Press (AP) report today, federal agents executed search warrants yesterday at a Natural Selection Foods facility in San Juan Batista and a Growers Express plant in Salinas (Calif.) to determine if the companies violated food safety or environmental laws. The FDA has not cleared any of the processing plants and continues to investigate nine farms in three counties in the greater Salinas Valley growing area.last_img read more

Gillibrand’s actions louder than words

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is a fraud. I totally agree that Sen. Al Franken should be held accountable for his actions. But her statement in regard to him stating “As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards — not the lowest” shook my memory. Wasn’t it senator “holier than thou” who was seen and heard throwing out “F-bombs” in a live press conference recently, shown and heard on networks nationwide.I guess that’s her and her “party” endorsing high standards. Look in the mirror Kirstie.Joe DeBlaseNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

CAA 2018: Champion Kenya, Other African Countries Depart Asaba

first_imgAs promised by the Local Organising Committee for CAA Asaba 2018,Aircrafts were made readily available for the traveling contingents whoall expressed delight at the hospitality and great championship which washeavily supported by the Delta State Government.In a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, Head Media and Publicity forCAA Asaba 2018, the LOC boss, Chief Solomon Ogba thanked all the athletes and officials from all the participating countries for making the 2018Championship a memorable one.Ogba affirmed that despite the initial setbacks that were promptly addressed, Asaba 2018 remains one of the most glamorous AfricanChampionships ever hosted on the continent.“We are very grateful to the Delta State governor; Dr Ifeanyi Okowa first for making available these planes to airlift the athletes and their officials back toLagos as they fly to their various countries.“Beyond that, we are also very grateful to Gov. Okowa for making Asaba2018 a reality and bringing Africa to Delta State. We are sure that the legacies from this championship will be long lasting,” Ogba said.On their part, the departing athletes and their officials commended theAsaba 2018 LOC for all their hard work geared at seeing that the AfricanChampionship was hugely successful.Members of Team Kenya who emerged as the overall champions after five days of competition at the newly-completed Stephen Keshi Stadium said they would always have fond memories of Asaba as it turned to be a ‘lucky’ground for them.Despite not finishing tops, members of Team South Africa, South Sudan,Eretria and others who all left Asaba on Monday said they were happy to bein Delta State adding that they had a swell time in the peaceful city ofAsaba.The Confederation of African Athletics, CAA has picked Algeria as the next host of the African Senior Athletics Championship in 2020.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Athletes and officials of countries that participated in the justconcluded 21st African Senior Athletics Championship have starteddeparting Asaba for their various destinations.last_img read more

Gyan arrival boost Black Stars squad

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah will have a full-house to work with in their last training session, Tuesday evening in Turkey.Captain Asamoah Gyan and four others joined the Black Stars camp in the morning ahead of Wednesday’s friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.Gyan and the quartet of Rabiu Mohammed, Rashid Sumaila, Mohammed Awal and goalkeeper Fatau Dauda will take part in their first training later Tuesday evening as Ghana round up preparations for the game at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.Ghana held their first training session in Istanbul, Monday evening without Gyan and the rest.last_img read more