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Health Highlights: March 13, 2017

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Consumer Advocates Pan Trump's Choice for FDA Head A former top official in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during the administration of President George W. Bush is President Donald Trump's choice to lead the agency. The nomination of Scott Gottlieb, 44, was welcomed by drug industry ...

'Listeria on Rye'? Many U.S. Deli Meat Slicers Cut Corners on Cleanliness

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 – The next time you sidle up to the deli counter for a sandwich, you may want to think about how often the meat slicer gets cleaned. That's because a new federal government survey of a sample of delis across the United States found that about half fail to clean their slicing equipment every four hours, as recommended. Leaving machines cleaned and unsterilized for longer ...

Multistate Foodborne Illness Outbreaks the Most Deadly: CDC

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Multistate outbreaks caused by contaminated food account for more than half of all foodborne illness deaths in the United States, even though they only represent 3 percent of all reported outbreaks, a new government report shows. The findings prompted U.S. health officials to urge the food industry to play a larger role in preventing multistate outbreaks, the U.S. Centers ...

Caramel Apples Can Harbor Listeria, Study Finds

Posted 14 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 – Caramel apples with dipping sticks – sometimes handed out as Halloween treats – can make you sick if they're not refrigerated, researchers warn. The researchers studied the growth of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria on caramel apples stored at either room temperature or in the refrigerator. Some of the apples in both groups had dipping sticks and others did not. After ...

Company to Destroy 265 Tons of Ice Cream Over Listeria Contamination

Posted 28 Apr 2015 by

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 – Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams said Tuesday it will destroy more than 265 tons of ice cream because of possible contamination with listeria. Just last week, the bacteria was found in the company's production facility and in products. In the wake of that discovery, the ice cream maker recalled all its products from retailers and shuttered ice cream shops in six states. That ...

2nd U.S. Ice Cream Maker Pulls All Products After Listeria Threat

Posted 24 Apr 2015 by

FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 – For the second time this week, a major U.S. manufacturer of ice cream has recalled all of its products because of possible contamination with the bacteria listeria. Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams said Thursday that it was recalling all of its ice creams, sorbets and ice cream sandwiches, and temporarily closing all of its scoop shops. The company said in a ...

Ice Cream Maker Pulls All Products After Listeria Outbreak

Posted 21 Apr 2015 by

TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 – Blue Bell Creameries said Monday that it will pull all of its frozen dessert products off the market because they might be contaminated with a bacteria that can cause stomach illness. So far, tainted ice cream made by Blue Bell has been linked to five illnesses and three deaths in Texas and Kansas, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And ...

CDC Report Shows Bacterial Meningitis Cases on the Decline

Posted 25 May 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, May 25 – The incidence of bacterial meningitis dropped by 31 percent between 1998 and 2007, new government research shows. The drop was led by reductions in infections by two powerful germs – Neisseria meningitidis and Streptococcus pneumoniae – that are covered by available immunizations. With fewer infections among young children, the burden of the disease is now mainly borne by ...

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