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Health Highlights: July 23, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Ragu Pasta Sauces Recalled Due to Plastic Bits

Certain Ragu pasta sauces in the United States have been recalled because they may contain plastic fragments, Mizkan America, Inc. says.

Consumers with the recalled jars of pasta sauce should throw them away. No injuries linked to the recalled products have been reported, according to the company.

The recall includes: Ragu Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 45 oz., cap code/best use by date JUN0620YU2; Ragu Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 66 oz., cap code/best use by date JUN0520YU2; Ragu Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 66 oz., cap code/best use by date JUN0620YU2; Ragu Old World Style Traditional, 66 oz., cap code/best use by date JUN0420YU2; Ragu Old World Style Meat, 66 oz., cap code/best use by date JUN0520YU2.

Retailers have been notified of the recall, according to Mizkan. Consumers who bought the recalled sauces can receive a replacement by calling the company at 800-328-7248.


Archer Farms, Fresket Sandwiches, Salads Recalled Due to Listeria Fears

Archer Farms-brand egg salad, Archer Farms-brand deviled egg sandwiches and Fresket-brand egg salad, tuna salad and Thai lobster salad have been recalled across the United States due to possible listeria contamination, Elevations Foods has announced.

The recall is for the following products made on June 18, 2019.

Archer Farms-brand Egg Salad in a 12-ounce clear, square plastic container, Lot Number W1906042A, Use By 12AUG2019, UPC 085239018682. Archer Farms Deviled Egg Sandwich Half Sandwich with Bacon, UPC 220505000002. Archer Farms Deviled Egg Sandwich on Multigrain, UPC 498780203566.

Fresket Egg Salad in a 32-ounce clear, square plastic container, Lot Number W1906042, Use By 12AUG2019A. Fresket Tuna Salad in a 5-pound white, round plastic container, Lot Number W1906054, Use By 02AUG2019A . Fresket Thai Lobster Salad in a 5-pound white, round plastic container, Lot Number W1906041, Use By 02AUG2019A.

Consumers with the recalled products should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund, and can call 866-761-9566 for more information, the company said.

Listeria infection can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, and can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

In healthy people, listeria infection can cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.


Family Planning Clinics Given Longer to Comply With New Abortion Rule

Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics will have longer to comply with the Trump administration's new rule banning them from referring women for abortions, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The department said it "does not intend to bring enforcement actions" against clinics that are making "good faith efforts to comply," with the new rule, the Associated Press reported.

Last week, the department said immediate compliance with the new rule was expected of family planning clinics, but Planned Parenthood and other providers said the new rule took them by surprise and that they would defy it.

The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which represents family planning clinics, is taking legal action against the new abortion restrictions.

In a statement Sunday, the group called the Trump administration's new announcement "wholly insufficient," and it amounts to "a few bullet points," according to Clare Coleman, president of the group, the AP reported.

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Posted: July 2019

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