FDA releases final report on spinach E coli outbreak

first_img Changes in groundwater levels during the 2006 growing season could have contributed to contamination problems on the field, according to the report. In March the ranch’s groundwater levels were higher than the San Benito riverbed, but they fell to the riverbed level in July, and then dropped below the riverbed’s level later in the season. “This potentially allowed surface river water from the river flowing into the Paicines Ranch valley to percolate into the ground again and recharge the groundwater during that period,” the report said. Mar 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and California officials released a final report today on last fall’s nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to fresh spinach, tracing the pathogen to a specific farm and identifying a handful of possible contamination sources. FDA final report on E coli outbreak in fresh spinach See also: There, officials found the outbreak strain in river water, cattle feces, and wild-pig feces. A grass-fed cattle operation was located on the ranch, less than a mile from the spinach field, the report says. Investigators found evidence of wild pigs in and around the cattle, growing, and irrigation well areas. San Benito County farm citedDuring the investigation, federal and California officials found the outbreak strain in 13 bags of Dole brand baby spinach and traced the contaminated products to an Aug 15 production run at a Natural Selection Foods facility in San Juan Bautista, Calif., according to the FDA report. Testing at the facility found no samples that matched the outbreak strain. Mandatory oversight?Acheson said the FDA is holding three hearings on issues surrounding tainted produce. He said though good agricultural practices and marketing agreements are the best ways to keep E coli out of produce in the short term, information may come out of the hearings that could build a case for mandatory federal oversight. The outbreak, which occurred in early fall, sickened 205 people and caused three deaths. The spinach grower was marketing products for conventional sale, but the field was being changed into an organic growing area, the report said. Jeff Farrar, food and drug chief of the California Department of Health Services (CDHS), said at a press conference today that the fertilizer used on the field was heat-treated chicken manure pellets. Jan 26 CIDRAP News article “California debates produce safety measures” Reilly said California growers are taking a good first step by signing on to marketing agreements that will be administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Food handlers and producers who join the CFDA marketing agreements vow to accept products only from farmers that follow specific food safety procedures. Products certified by state-authorized inspectors and grown with good agricultural practices can carry an official seal to assure consumers.center_img Investigators traced the product code to four fields in Monterey and San Benito counties, the report says. Though E coli O157:H7 was found in environmental samples on all of the farms, samples that matched the outbreak strain were limited to one farm: the Paicines Ranch in San Benito County. Kevin Reilly, deputy director for prevention services at the CDHS, said that though the 6-month investigation wasn’t able to determine how the E coli got onto the spinach, it was still a success. “This is the first time we’ve found a clear link between an individual with a contaminated product and taken that link down to the farm level,” he said. “In real time, we saw evidence of some of the risk factors coming to fruition.” About 90% of California’s fresh produce companies have expressed an interest in joining the marketing agreement, the details of which are still being formulated, Reilly said. “Industry self-regulation seldom protects consumers and often provides industry with cover when contamination occurs,” she said in her statement. “Simply put, if the leafy green industry ever hopes to regain consumer trust, it must be regulated by an authority other than itself.” The multifaceted problems identified by the investigation point to an urgent need for more research on the microbial ecology of E coli, said David Acheson, MD, chief medical officer for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “We need to find out how the bugs get onto the produce in the first place and how we can prevent that from happening in the future,” he said. Mar 23 FDA press release Elisa Odabashian, director of the Consumers Union’s West Coast office, spoke at the FDA hearing held in Oakland, Calif., on Mar 20. In her comments, posted on the Consumers Union Web site, Odabashian said the marketing agreements taking shape in California lack public input and are heavily influenced by the leafy-greens industry. Consumers Union statement Industry signs on for voluntary changesThe way to reduce the risk of E coli contamination in spinach and other fresh greens is for farms to uniformly adopt established good agricultural practices, Reilly said. “Every farm, every day,” he stressed, adding that food processors must follow good manufacturing practices.last_img read more

Doheny library evacuated after suspect flees inside

first_imgDiana Kruzman and Oksana Trifonova contributed to this report. A suspect fled from police after engaging in lewd behavior in Doheny Memorial Library Saturday afternoon, prompting the building’s evacuation and a two hour attempt to apprehend the suspect inside.Police reported around 3:35 p.m, a female called on an emergency line saying someone had attacked her. The victim was reportedly a Japanese international student.According to the Department of Public Safety, the suspect, who was a non-USC affiliated male in his thirties, approached the student in the Library  and showed her lewd photos. The student made the call to police after getting away from the suspect.Upon arrival, police initially had difficulty detaining the suspect and an officer suffered an injury to his hand in the process, according to dispatch. DPS then made the decision to evacuate the library as a precautionary measure. The suspect was found on the third floor and detained at approximately 5:15 p.m. He had entered the library during public hours.“I’ve been here 10 years and we’ve never had an incident like this,” said DPS Chief John Thomas.A previous version of this article stated that the victim was assaulted. An initial police report said there was an attack on the victim, but police later confirmed that there was no attack or injuries involved.The suspect’s description has been removed following the conclusion of the investigation. last_img read more

Mourinho praises goalscorer Sanchez but ticks off quiet fans

first_imgAfter first ticking off supporters following a home win against Leicester back in August, and then in programme notes before a clash with Everton a month later, Mourinho again felt the need to point out that the Old Trafford crowd is big, but shy.“It’s not Portsmouth,” he said. “I remember Portsmouth in the Premier League. It was such a small stadium that the atmosphere there was incredible. Here the atmosphere is a bit quieter, ours is not very enthusiastic but the players love playing here.“Paul is a fantastic player and no doubt for me one of the most talented players in the world but to sit on the bench for one day is not the end of the world.”Mourinho also used his post-match press conference to confirm that Marouane Fellaini is likely to be out until March after knee surgery.Ahead of kick-off, there was an impeccably observed minute’s silence to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, which falls on Tuesday, before the first half ended goalless after a physical Huddersfield team did all they could to keep United out.Most of their tackles were borderline legal as Sanchez, Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia were all roughed up while one challenge on Scott McTominay was particularly harsh.Sanchez got into the game more as it progressed and tested Jonas Lossl from 20 yards but David Wagner’s side were determined to play for a point and often had all 11 men behind the ball to frustrate the home team.However, after the break, Huddersfield’s resistance ended, when Mata delivered an inch-perfect cross for Romelu Lukaku, who volleyed home from close range.Midway through the second half, Sanchez was clumsily fouled by Michael Hefele on the edge of the box and although his initial spot kick was saved, he calmly followed up the rebound to finish off Huddersfield as they fell into the bottom three for the first time this term.“We wanted to be stable and compact and frustrate Man United for as long as we could,” Wagner said. “Unfortunately, that was not long enough. Defensively I saw everything I wanted to see and work ethic, desire and togetherness.“Unfortunately we were not able to create defensive moments. In the end it was a fair result.”Share on: WhatsApp “He’s a humble guy who doesn’t forget where he started and I’m pretty sure when he was playing in Chile he had difficult places to play with difficult performers and he’s quite used to it.”Apart from Sanchez’s brilliance, the other talking point at Old Trafford was Mourinho’s decision to drop Paul Pogba following United’s damaging defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.Mourinho said there had been no falling out with Pogba but he has risked annoying United’s fans after again criticising the volume levels inside Old Trafford. Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised Alexis Sanchez after the former Arsenal man scored his first goal for his new club in a 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town at a “quiet” Old Trafford on Saturday.Entertainment was in short supply at Old Trafford despite the victory but Mourinho chided the home fans for not supporting his players loudly enough.However, one genuine positive for United was the performance of Chile international Sanchez, who shone brightest on an afternoon on which Huddersfield were not shy in targeting the slightly built Chilean.Yet despite watching his new signing get repeatedly clattered all afternoon, Mourinho said the goalscorer could handle it as United reduced the gap to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League to 13 points“Alexis is a fantastic player but not a prima donna,” Mourinho said.last_img read more

Murray’s talent undimmed, but fitness factor clouds Open return

first_imgMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Former world number one Andy Murray’s ranking dropped as low as 839 during 2018 as he played only six tournaments, with the Scot arriving in Melbourne looking to prove he can compete again at the top level.The three-time major winner and double Olympic champion pulled out of last year’s Australian Open to have hip surgery and only returned in June on grass at Queen’s Club in London and then played on the same surface at Eastbourne.He sat out Wimbledon in July and made just four more tournament appearances, including a Grand Slam return at the US Open, before ending his season after Shenzhen in September to concentrate on working his way back to full fitness.Despite his truncated season Murray showed glimpses of his best — most notably in his third comeback event at Washington in August.Murray won three gruelling three-set matches in his first hard-court event after surgery to reach the quarter-finals, including an impressive victory against British number one Kyle Edmund who was a semi-finalist in Melbourne a year ago.Murray’s fierce will to win was amply demonstrated as he survived a final-set tie-break in a last-16 epic against Marius Copil that ended at 3:02 am with the Scot bursting into tears.In his final event of 2018 in Shenzhen, Murray showed his talent was undimmed — recording his first comeback victory over a top 10 player against David Goffin before closing down his season to finish with a year-end ranking of 240. He enters the Australian Open at 230.He was upbeat after winning his first match of the season at Brisbane last week but was easily beaten in the next round in straight sets by Russia’s world number 15 Daniil Medvedev. “In the second set I made a few too many mistakes,” Murray said. “I think when you obviously play better players, I mean he’s 15 in the world or so, they will expose any errors that you make in your game.”But it is his body’s ability to withstand five-set matches over two weeks in energy-sapping heat that will be the unknown factor for a man searching for a first Australian Open title at the age of 31.“There are still things that I want to achieve,” said Murray.“I have been so close so many times that the Australian Open is the one I would pick to win if I could,” added the Scot who has lost in five previous Melbourne finals.“I missed playing here and I’m going to go out and compete as hard as I can. Whether I am capable of that I don’t really know.”Murray confirmed he still has some pain from his hip, but said he was “in a better place than I was a few months ago”.“I owed it to myself to give myself the best possible shot to get back to a level I was happy with.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Hurting Draxler hopes ‘egos’ can fire PSG in Europe

first_img“It’s two-and-a-half years now since I arrived and I won a lot of (domestic) titles so I am happy about that,” he said.“I became a better player than I was before, so that’s positive, but what is negative is what we achieved in the Champions League.“We did not go far in the Champions League and that was one of the goals when I signed.”Bankrolled by Qatari money and coached by Draxler’s fellow German Thomas Tuchel, PSG went out in the last 16 of the Champions League after conceding a late goal home to an injury-hit Manchester United.“It hurts a lot, it hurts still that we did not go through,” said Draxler, five months on.“But from the potential in the team, we are ready to go far in the Champions League.”Draxler was linked over the summer with Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur, but he made it clear that he is focused only on showing PSG what he can do.He said that he has “space to improve — a lot”.“I am almost 26 and I think the best years of my career are coming now, I hope so.“Now I am a good age: I have experience but I am still young,” he added.“Hopefully the fans and the club will see the best version of Julian in the next season.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: PSG’s Neymar and MbappeSuzhou, China | AFP | Midfielder Julian Draxler said Monday that the single-minded “egos” of Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain’s other star forwards did not always make it easy for the team.And the German World Cup winner told AFP in an interview in China that he was still hurting from the French club’s failure to go farther in the Champions League last season.PSG play Sydney FC in a friendly on Tuesday in Suzhou, China, but Draxler already has his mind on what promises to be another big season for the club and him personally.Draxler, part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad, said it was “a pleasure” to play with the attacking triumvirate of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe — even though it has its challenges.The Brazilian star Neymar, who is in China but will not be involved in the match as he works his way towards full fitness, has made clear that he wants to return to Barcelona.“All of them are exceptional players, it is hard to find in the world players of this level,” said Draxler, who arrived in the French capital in January 2017 for a reported 36 million euros from Wolfsburg.“But of course they have their own minds, their own heads, they live football, they want to score every game, so they have an ego.“So sometimes it’s not easy for the whole team, but if you are lucky enough to play alongside these players, it’s just a pleasure every day.”Like Neymar, Draxler — who has more than 50 caps for Germany — has been linked with a move away from the perennial French champions, having been in and out of the starting XI.Asked how he would summarise his time in France so far, Draxler blew out his cheeks and paused.– ‘Hurts a lot’ –last_img read more

Magic, Jordan among NBA stars ‘devastated’ by Stern’s death

first_img“David Stern pushed that envelope to say this game belonged to everyone, not just a few.”Thomas said Stern built an environment that allowed current NBA commissioner Adam Silver to hold firm last year when China was uphappy over an NBA executive’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters.“It gave Adam Silver the ability to stand up to another country today and say, ‘No, this is where we stand. This is what the NBA is all about,’” Thomas said.– Stern ‘innovator, icon’ –Stern’s loss is deeply felt, retired star guard Reggie Miller told NBA TV.“It’s a huge loss for sports in general because … he was the one who really marketed the stars,” Miller said. “He found a way to relate the superstars of our game to the common fan.“David Stern was a true fan of the game and it showed in his work. Not only is this game global now because of him … he was a true icon of the sport.”Retired Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen called Stern “an innovator who helped grow our sport into a global game and his impact will never be forgotten.”“You will forever be missed,” tweeted Spanish NBA star Pau Gasol.“The best commissioner to ever do it,” tweeted four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal.“The league wouldn’t be what it is today without you,” NBA scoring leader James Harden of Houston tweeted. “The entire NBA family and fans around the world will miss you.”Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Stern “made a bigger impact on the game than any other non-player in the history of the NBA.“David Stern really led the expansion of the league. He had the vision to set the league on a course where it is today. We all owe him a great debt of gratitude.” FILE PHOTO: Shaquille one of many stars that have paid tribute to SternWashington, United States | AFP | Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan were among the NBA legends stunned by Wednesday’s death of former league commissioner David Stern following a brain hemorrhage he suffered last month.Stern, who was 77, spent 30 years as commissioner before retiring in 2014 and oversaw the NBA’s growth from a league whose finals weren’t televised live to a global sport empire with a worldwide following and talent.“The world lost a legend today,” said retired NBA star Charles Barkley. “He is the greatest commissioner in sports history, plain and simple.”Johnson, a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers who revealed in 1991 he had contracted the HIV virus, tweeted he was “devastated” by Stern’s death, the 1992 US Olympic “Dream Team” star adding, “I loved and respected him.”“David Stern was such a history maker. When I announced in 1991 I had HIV, people thought they could get the virus from shaking my hand. When David allowed me to play in the 1992 All Star Game in Orlando and then play for the Olympic Dream Team, we were able to change the world.”Current Lakers superstar LeBron James posted a tribute to Stern on his Instagram page.“Your vision to make our game become WORLDWIDE was a vision only you could make happen,” James wrote. “You did just that. Making our game the greatest sport in the world! Was a honor to know you personally.”Stern became the NBA’s fourth commissioner in 1984, masterminding the league’s evolution into corporate sponsorships and global markets.“Without David Stern, the NBA would not be what it is today,” six-time NBA champion Jordan said in a statement. “He guided the league through turbulent times and grew the league into an international phenomenon, creating opportunities that few could have imagined before.“His vision and leadership provided me with the global stage that allowed me to succeed… I wouldn’t be where I am without him.”Barkley noted the NBA’s average player salary when Stern became commissioner was $200,000.“Now the average salary is $7.7 million. That’s because of David Stern. He was an innovator. He was a great businessman.“We all are fortunate, we’ve had great lives, because of David Stern. The money these players are making today is because of David Stern.”Stern imposed a dress code and helped create drug tests and a salary cap that irked some players but helped boost the NBA brand and bottom line, easing sponsor fears as Jordan became an iconic brand.“I think it’s important … we remember where this country was in terms of corporate environment and race relations,” retired NBA star Isiah Thomas said on NBA TV of Stern’s early days as boss. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

MerseyGirl Poppy gets in the swing

first_img Teenager Poppy Gerrard, from the dance group MerseyGirls who made it to this year’s finals of Britain’s Got Talent, is getting behind the drive to encourage more girls to take up golf.Poppy and the MerseyGirls first hit the headlines when they earned a golden buzzer from judge Alesha Dixon in the audition stages. Now Poppy is using her fame to share her new love of golf with other girls.Poppy was persuaded to go along to the local driving range at Moreton Hills Golf Centre on the Wirral with her dad and brother, where she was spotted by the eagle eyes of the head PGA Professional Daniel Adams.Poppy enjoyed her introduction to golf and some healthy competition as she tried to catch up with the skills of her bother. Now, the 15-year-old, who loves being outdoors and sporty, wants to be a role model for other young girls and encourage them to try something different and adopt a healthy lifestyle.After talking to Daniel and her mum Kath, Poppy is promoting a taster session for girls at Moreton Hills in October where the girls will be able to come along to the golf centre, meet Poppy and take part in some dancing and golfing with her.The places filled up in record time after Poppy took to Instagram to say: “When I have not been training/dancing with MerseyGirls I have been spending some time learning a new hobby. Golf is actually a lot harder and cooler than I thought it would be.” She then invited girls to join her at Moreton Hills to “hang out, take photos and have some fun hitting golf shots.”Since the Instagram invitation Poppy and Daniel have been busy planning the event at Moreton Hills and have been on a photo shoot around the Wirral (see below) to show what a beautiful part of the country it is to visit and play golf.Alison Lysons, England Golf’s Cheshire Club Support Officer, said: “It’s really exciting to see someone like Poppy enjoying learning to play golf and wanting to encourage other young girls to try a new sport and become more active.“I’m sure the event at Moreton Hills will be a great success and hope that the girls who come along will not only enjoy the event but will want to return and take advantage of the great range of classes that Daniel has on offer.”Lauren Spray, Women and Girls’ Participation Manager at England Golf added: “Poppy’s use of Instagram has demonstrated the importance of choosing the right way to communicate with youngsters and recruit them to our sport.“By coming directly from Poppy, her peers they have trusted her opinion and signed up to come along to have a go at golf. Poppy has presented golf in a cool, accessible way which has encouraged these teenage girls to take part and enjoy themselves. This is something England Golf is working hard to achieve through Girls Golf Rocks, our girls’ national recruitment campaign which we run jointly with the Golf Foundation.”For more information about this event and other taster opportunities please contact Daniel Adams, Head PGA Professional at Moreton Hills Golf Centre at daniel.adams42@hotmail.comTo find out about other opportunities across the country visit www.getintogolf.org Get into golf is England’s Golf’s campaign to inspire more people to take up golf and it offers a range of low-cost beginner activities delivered by PGA professionals.Girls Golf Rocks is a joint initiative run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation to encourage girls aged 5 to 18 to learn golf in a fun and social way, supported by amabassadors from county girls’ squads.It currently runs in 15 counties across England. Girls are invited to take part in free taster sessions and if they want to learn more, to move on into fun, informal group lessons at a golf club or driving range. Find out more at www.getintogolf.org/ggr or follow Girls Golf Rocks on Twitter at @GirlsGolfRocks1 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GirlsGolfRocks Tags: Alison Lysons, Get into golf, Moreton Hills, women and girls 28 Sep 2017 MerseyGirl Poppy gets in the swing last_img read more