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Month: April 2018

Stonewall Kitchen Voluntarily Recalls a Limited Amount of Basil Pesto Aioli due to Mislabeling & Undeclared Presence of the Dairy Allergen, Egg

Stonewall Kitchen is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of 10.25oz Basil Pesto Aioli with an Enjoy By date of 28 Sep 2019 which may contain the undeclared allergen egg, as we may have inadvertently placed the label for our Basil Pesto on a small portion of our most recent production run. Basil Pesto Aioli contains the dairy allergen egg, whereas Basil Pesto does not. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The case pack is correctly labeled as Basil Pesto Aioli, it is the individual units which may have the incorrect label (Basil Pesto) on the jar.
We began shipping this product on Monday April 23rd, & we have determined that this error was limited to no more than 732 units which were shipped to 38 different wholesale retailers, all of whom have been contacted.
Affected product includes the following details:
Case Markings
Stonewall Kitchen Basil Pesto Aioli, 10.25 oz., 12 pack
Enjoy By Date: 28SEP2019
UPC: 7 11381 31752 5
Unit Markings
Label: Stonewall Kitchen Basil Pesto, 8 oz.
Enjoy By Date: 28SEP2019
UPC: 7 11381 03060 8
Packaged in a 10.25oz. glass jar
To date, Stonewall Kitchen has not experienced any problems or complaints about these products. No injuries or illnesses have been reported. This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.
If consumers have any of the above product, they must discontinue use & discard product immediately.
Consumers should contact Stonewall Kitchen Premier Guest Services by…

April 27, 2018: Seller of Counterfeit & Unapproved Pharmaceuticals Sentenced to Prison

 

  Food & Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations  

SAN DIEGO – Tijuana resident Alejandro Hernandez was sentenced in federal court today to 30 months in custody for conspiring to smuggle & sell counterfeit & unapproved drugs. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution of $9,750 to Eli Lilly & Co., for losses related to his sale of counterfeit products. 
During a long-term undercover investigation, agents purchased counterfeit or unapproved pharmaceuticals from Hernandez on six separate occasions – oftentimes in a Chula Vista parking lot, paying for them with cash.  The drugs were all labeled in the Spanish language, & included products such as Buscapina, Prodolina & Neo-Melubrina, which are not approved by the Food & Drug Administration for use in the United States. Hernandez also provided counterfeit versions of several drugs, including Viagra & Cialis. 
 
Hernandez told undercover operatives that his boss in Mexico had other employees, including a driver who would walk or drive across the border with the pharmaceuticals.  Surveillance indicated that Hernandez stored the illegal pharmaceuticals at various self-storage units near the border.  Agents arrested Hernandez earlier this year as he made a delivery of pharmaceuticals, and executed a search warrant at one of his self-storage units. The search yielded over $250,000 of unapproved and counterfeit pharmaceuticals in the storage unit, as well as ledgers documenting years of sales. 
 
“This office is committed to protecting the health & safety of the citizens in our district by keeping counterfeit and unapproved prescription drugs off the market, & prosecuting individuals…

NLM Welcomes Applications to Its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2019

In cooperation with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, the NLM is pleased to announce its call for applications to the Fellowship for 2019. 
The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine supports research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine including but not limited to NLM’s collection of Michael E. DeBakey papers which encompass the diverse areas in which DeBakey made a lasting impact, such as surgery, medical education, & health care policy. Overall, the NLM collections span ten centuries, encompass variety of digital and physical formats, & originate from nearly every part of the world.
The Fellowship was established in 2016 & is supported by a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation.
Michael E. DeBakey (1908–2008) was a legendary American surgeon, educator, & medical statesman. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, & informed national health care policy. He pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, & performed some of the first heart transplants. His inventions included the roller pump (a key component of heart-lung machines) as well as artificial hearts & ventricular assist pumps. He was a driving force in building Houston’s Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world. He was a visionary supporter of the NLM, playing a pivotal role in its transformation from…

Van's Foods Voluntarily Recalls Gluten Freeware Waffles in Eleven States

Van’s Foods is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,584 cases of Van’s Gluten Freeware Waffles with a lot code date of #A640234710–WL2, BEST BY AUG 22, 2018 & UPC CODE 8994730206. The products were distributed solely to food retailers in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas & Wisconsin.
The products are being recalled because a limited number of the wrong packaging were used during the production of Van’s Belgian Waffles. The product inadvertently packaged in the Van’s Gluten Free Waffle box contains gluten & undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or gluten run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
To date, Van’s Foods has received no reports of illnesses or adverse reactions associated with the effected products, which was ordered and shipped to retail customers as Van’s Belgian HS WF, Item number 30201, Product Lot #A640234710–WL2, BEST BY AUG 22, 2018. The effected retail packages are labeled as Van’s Gluten Free Original, Item number 30206, Product Lot #A640234710–WL2, BEST BY AUG 22, 2018. No other Van’s branded products are affected by this voluntary recall.

Pkg SKU
Brand
Product Description
Code Date
30206
Van’s
Van’s Gluten Completely free Original
BEST BY : AUG 22 2018A640234710-WL2*
Case SKU
Brand
Product Description
Code Date
30201
Van’s
Van’s Belgian HS WF 12/8
BEST BY : AUG 22 2018A640234710-WL2

*Van’s Gluten Freeware retail packages with a code containing WL1 are NOT subject to this recall.
Consumers who have purchased these products or have questions are requested to contact Van’s Consumer Relations Dept. at 1-866-886-8456 for additional…

Fungal Culture Test

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What is a Fungal Culture Test?
A fungal culture test helps diagnose fungal infections, a health problem caused by exposure to fungi (more than one fungus). A fungus is a type of germ that lives in air, soil & plants, & even on our own bodies. There are more than a million different kinds of fungi. Most are harmless, but a few types of fungi can cause infections. There are two main types of fungal infections: superficial (affecting parts of the outer body) & systemic (affecting systems inside the body).
Superficial fungal infections are very common. They can affect the skin, genital area, and nails. Superficial infections include athlete’s foot, vaginal yeast infections, & ringworm, which is not a worm but a fungus that can cause a circular rash on the skin. While not serious, superficial fungal infections can cause itchy, scaly rashes & other uncomfortable conditions.
Systemic fungal infections can affect your lungs, blood, & other systems in your body. These infections can be quite serious. Many of the more harmful fungi affect people with weakened immune systems. Other people, such as one called sporothrix schenckii, usually affect people who work with soil and plants, though the fungi can infect people through an animal bite or scratch, often from a cat. A sporothrix infection may cause skin ulcers, lung disease, or joint problems.
Both superficial & systemic fungal infections can be diagnosed with a fungal culture test.
What is it used for?
A fungal…

Red Blood Cell Antibody Screen

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What is an RBC Antibody Screen?
An RBC (red blood cell) antibody screen is a blood test that looks for antibodies in your red blood cells. Red blood cell antibodies may cause harm to you after a transfusion or, if you are pregnant, to your baby. An RBC antibody screen can find these antibodies before they cause health problems.
Antibodies are proteins made by your body to attack foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria. Red blood cell antibodies may show up in your blood if you are exposed to red blood cells other than your own. This usually happens after a blood transfusion or during pregnancy, if a mother’s blood comes in contact with her unborn baby’s blood. Sometimes the immune system acts like these red blood cells are “foreign” and will attack them.
Other names: antibody screen, indirect antiglobulin test, indirect anti-human globulin test, IAT, indirect coombs test, erythrocyte Ab
What is it used for?
RBC screen is used to:
Check your blood before a blood transfusion. The test can show whether your blood is compatible with the donor’s blood. If your blood is not compatible, your immune system will attack the transfused blood as if it is a foreign substance. This will be harmful to your health.
Check your blood during pregnancy. The test can show whether a mother’s blood is compatible with the blood of her unborn baby. A mother & her baby may have different types of antigens on their red…

Bone Marrow Test

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What Are Bone Marrow Tests?
Bone marrow is a soft, spongy tissue found in the center of most bones. Bone marrow makes different types of blood cells. These include:
Red blood cells (also called erythrocytes), which carry oxygen from your lungs to every cell in your body
White blood cells (also called leukocytes), which help you fight infections
Platelets, which help with blood clotting.
Bone marrow tests check to see if your bone marrow is working correctly & making normal amounts of blood cells. The tests can help diagnose and monitor various bone marrow disorders, blood disorders, & certain types of cancer. There are two types of bone marrow tests:
Bone marrow aspiration, which removes a small amount of bone marrow fluid
Bone marrow biopsy, which removes a small amount of bone marrow tissue
Bone marrow aspiration & bone marrow biopsy tests are usually performed at the same time.
Other names: bone marrow examination
What are they used for?
Bone marrow tests are used to:
Find out the cause of problems with red blood cells, white bloods, or platelets
Diagnose & monitor blood disorders, such as anemia, polycythemia vera, & thrombocytopenia
Diagnose bone marrow disorders
Diagnose & monitor certain types of cancers, including leukemia, multiple myeloma, & lymphoma
Diagnose infections that may have started or spread to the bone marrow
Why do I’m need a bone marrow test?
Your health care provider may order a bone marrow aspiration and a bone marrow biopsy if other blood tests show your levels of red blood cells, white blood cells,…

Ethnic Foods Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in “Bhavnagri Mix”

Ethnic Foods Inc. of 76 South Bayles Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050, is recalling its 19 ounce package of Bhavnagri Mix snack mix because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The recalled Bhavnagri Mix is distributed nationwide in retail stores. The product comes in a 19 ounce, clear bag marked with lot # 28517, 31917, 33817, 35317, 01118, 02318, 02918, 05118, 07318 on the bottom right corner of the label. The product UPC code is 808550110206.
No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.
The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Food Inspectors & subsequent analysis by Food laboratory personnel revealed that the peanut-containing product was distributed in packages that did not reveal the presence of peanuts.
Consumers who have purchased 19 ounce packages of Bhavnagri Mix are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the Company at 516-767-7400.
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NLM Technical Bulletin, NLM Technical Bulletin – March – April 2018 Issue Complete

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Genetics Home Reference: RAB18 deficiency

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Borck G, Wunram H, Steiert A, Volk AE, Körber F, Roters S, Herkenrath P, Wollnik B, Morris-Rosendahl DJ, Kubisch C. A homozygous RAB3GAP2 mutation causes Warburg Micro syndrome. Hum Genet. 2011 Jan;129(1):45-50….

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