FDA details mess in Texas plant tied to Salmonella cases

first_img The problems in the Peanut Corp. of America’s (PCA’s) Plainview, Tex., plant are detailed in a seven-page inspection report posted online yesterday by the FDA. The Plainview plant was the second of two PCA facilities tied to the outbreak, which involves at least 677 illnesses in 45 states. The Plainview plant blanched, split, granulated, and roasted peanuts, according to the FDA. After the discovery of unsanitary conditions there, Texas officials on Feb 12 ordered PCA to shut the plan down and recall all products made there. PCA filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Feb 13 and a week later said the filing barred it from communicating with customers. As a result, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the FDA are collaborating to handle the recall, according to Sebastian Cianci, an FDA spokesman. Cianci said all products made at the Plainview plant since Jan 1, 2007, are subject to a Class I recall, meaning consuming the products could lead to serious health problems. Products made at the plant before 2007 are subject only to a “market withdrawal,” a classification the agency uses when a product has a minor violation that would not trigger FDA legal action, he said. Six dead mice in a crawl space above the ceiling over the kitchen and blanching area of the plant The DSHS is notifying all the parties that received products from the Plainview plant since Jan 1, 2007, Cianci said. Once that task is done, the FDA will check how all of those businesses responded to the notices, he said. “From a regulatory standpoint we can’t reach the same conclusion [concerning Class I status] at this point regarding the product manufactured in this time frame, before 2007,” Cianci said. Several roof leaks that allowed rainwater to drip into peanut processing areas Buildups of “peanut fines, meal, chunks, or paste (some gooey other solidified)” on numerous pieces of processing equipment The inspectors also found various other problems: Mar 4, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Inspectors at a Texas peanut processing plant tied to the current nationwide Salmonella outbreak found dead mice, mouse droppings, roof leaks, gooey buildups on equipment, and other sanitation problems, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Storage of recalled peanut products from the Blakely plant among Plainview products awaiting shipment to customers, without separation and labeling to guard against inadvertent shipment of the recalled Blakely products Also, he noted that a private laboratory hired by PCA found Salmonella in peanut meal and granulated peanuts from the plant. He said the FDA was still working on determining the precise strain of Salmonella in those samples. Cases in the current outbreak were first linked to the Plainview plant in mid-February, when the outbreak strain was found in an opened jar of peanut butter from a case-patient in Colorado. The peanut butter had been made by Vitamin Cottage, a natural-foods retail chain, from peanuts that came from the Plainview facility. Later the strain was found in a jar of Vitamin Cottage peanut butter from another patient, Cianci said today.center_img Texas officials on Feb 12 reported finding dead rodents, rodent excrement, and feathers in a crawl space above a production area of the Plainview plant. The newly released FDA report offers more details. It says inspectors found abundant evidence of mice in processing areas of the plant, including: The outbreak, which publicly surfaced in early January, has been blamed mainly on PCA’s processing plant in Blakely, Ga. But in February, the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium was found in products from the Texas plant. However, “Whether it’s a market withdrawal or a recall, it still equates to a product coming off the shelf,” he added. The total number of products recalled because of the current outbreak stood at 3,076 today, according to the FDA. A failure to operate ventilation equipment in a way that minimized the risk of contamination of food and food-contact surfaces See also: A dead mouse stuck to a glue trap in a room off the kitchen FDA list of recalled productshttp://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm Rodent pellets on a countertop, under a sink, and in cabinets in various rooms in the kitchen area The report did not describe the peanut products that had been shipped to Plainview from the Blakely plant. A PCA e-mail that surfaced during a Feb 11 congressional hearing on the outbreak indicated that tons of raw peanuts had been shipped from Blakely to Plainview but did not mention any processed products having been shipped there. FDA update on outbreak investigationhttp://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/MajorProductRecalls/Peanut/default.htm In addition, the FDA and the DSHS each tested samples of peanut meal from the Plainview plant during their investigation and found the outbreak strain, Cianci said.last_img read more

ISDH urges homeowners to maintain septic systems

first_imgStatewide–The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reminding Hoosiers to maintain their septic systems as part of SepticSmart Week, a national observance designed to educate homeowners and communities about the importance of caring for septic systems.According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than one in five households in the United States (60 million people) depend on septic systems to treat their wastewater. Nearly 39 percent of Hoosiers use septic systems to treat wastewater from their homes and businesses. About 15,000 septic systems are installed and about 6,000 repaired in Indiana each year. Proper maintenance of these systems is a vital part of protecting public health.Septic system owners are responsible for maintaining their onsite wastewater treatment systems. SepticSmart Week provides homeowners an opportunity to learn measures that will help them properly use and maintain their systems and protect their investments in their homes. Homeowners with septic systems are urged to follow these tips:Have systems inspected every three years by a licensed contractor, and have tanks pumped every three to five years, or more frequently if necessary.Avoid pouring fats, grease and solids down the drain.Monitor water use and spread out laundry and dishwasher loads throughout the day. Too much water at once can overload a system.Fix plumbing leaks and consider installing faucet aerators.Never park or drive on a system’s absorption field where the vehicle’s weight could damage buried pipes or disrupt underground flow. The EPA’s SepticSmart program promotes proper septic system use and maintenance all year long. Industry practitioners, local governments, homeowners and community organizations can learn more about septic systems at www.onsite.isdh.in.gov. Visit www.epa.gov/septic for more homeowner resources and information about SepticSmart Week 2019last_img read more

Hyun-Jin Ryu roughed up for third consecutive start as Dodgers lose in Arizona

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Over starts at Atlanta, at home against the Yankees and in Arizona, Ryu has given up 18 runs in just 14-2/3 innings – an ERA of 11.05 that has fattened his season mark by nearly a run to 2.35 (bringing Max Scherzer, Mike Soroka and Jacob deGrom back into the Cy Young picture), the highest it has been since before his May 7 start. His WHIP in those three starts is 1.91 and opposing batters have hit a robust .368 (25 for 68). Ryu hasn’t gotten through five innings in each of his past two starts.“Just like my other outings, I made the same mistakes and that made it extremely difficult for me,” Ryu said through his interpreter. “August has been tough for me obviously. But my job is to go out there and pitch every fifth day. I just have to prepare for the next one.”Despite the fact that Ryu has thrown 157-1/3 innings already this season – his highest total since throwing 192 in his MLB debut season (2013) – Ryu and Roberts insist fatigue is not a factor. Roberts said Ryu will get an extra day off before his next start (as he has the past two) but there are no plans to skip him in the rotation or give him extended rest.“Just seeing the way the ball is coming out of his hand, the velocity is still there. Missing just off,” Roberts said. “So I don’t think it’s a fatigue thing. Just how he looks and talking to him, he’s very strong. I don’t see that there’s a dropoff in stuff. I think the dropoff is just a little bit of that command.”If the dropoff can’t be explained by fatigue – and addressed by a little downtime in September – that might be more of a problem for the Dodgers and Ryu. Ryu has never lived on his velocity or stuff and he offered a different theory.“I think the hitters’ approach, in general, has caught up to how I used to pitch. So I think there’s a need for a change from my end to get ahead in the game again. That’s one change that has to come,” Ryu said.Pressed on what that meant – pitch sequencing, an overreliance on one pitch – Ryu said he just hasn’t been able “to utilize my strength which was a balanced approach to pitching. I think I was leaning too much to one pitch in certain situations. I have to brush up on those type of things.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousArizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Taylor Clarke, right, celebrates with catcher Carson Kelly (18) after the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 11-5. (AP Photo/Ross D. 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Franklin)A pop fly hit by the Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar falls in for a single between Dodgers second baseman Kike’ Hernandez, left, and center fielder A.J. Pollock during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)NextShow Caption1 of 23A pop fly hit by the Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar falls in for a single between Dodgers second baseman Kike’ Hernandez, left, and center fielder A.J. Pollock during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)ExpandPHOENIX — For 22 starts over four months, Hyun-Jin Ryu had handled major-league hitters like a Jedi master.These aren’t the pitches you’re looking for.That spell has been broken. Ryu was roughed for the third consecutive start Thursday night, allowing seven runs in a two-inning span as the Arizona Diamondbacks handed the Dodgers an 11-5 thumping.With the loss, the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch their seventh consecutive division title stayed at nine. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Ryu would not blame the problem on rookie catcher Will Smith. Smith has caught Ryu’s past two starts, not veteran Russell Martin. Martin has caught 18 of Ryu’s starts and the left-hander has a 1.70 ERA in those. In 22 innings with Smith behind the plate, Ryu has allowed 13 runs.“Will is a great catcher,” Ryu said. “All of these things have been happening because things weren’t going well from my end. I can’t point for Will to be the one to get any of the blame.”At least Ryu didn’t give up a home run to the Diamondbacks after allowing five in his previous two starts. Joe Kelly handled that, surrendering a towering three-run shot to Eduardo Escobar in the sixth inning, part of Kelly’s own regressive performance. It was the first home run he has allowed since July 27 and the first time he has been charged with more than one run in an outing since May 27.The Dodgers’ offense kept up for a while. The Dodgers walked six times in the first five innings and scored four times. But they also stranded eight runners in the first six innings, left the bases loaded in the third and only got one run out of another bases-loaded, one-out situation in the fifth.They solved that deficiency by getting just one baserunner in the final three innings – on a solo home run by Justin Turner (his third RBI of the game).center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “I think overall it’s one of those where he’s just off,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Pitches that he typically is on the edges and down – there were a handful of pitches that leaked back over the plate. With that and some of the bad luck, that led to that unfortunate outing.“I don’t know if it’s delivery but he’s just off a little bit. There were some balls that were just off that he wasn’t getting the call. There were times the curveball was sharp. Other times it wasn’t. I understand that it’s three in a row that he hasn’t thrown the way he has all year. But it’s something for us that’s not too far off.”Statistically, he’s way off.After his first start this month, Ryu had an ERA of 1.45, almost a run better than any other starting pitcher in baseball. He had allowed more than two runs in a start just once. His WHIP was 0.91 and opposing batters had hit just .221 against him.The 32-year-old Korean was cruising to a Cy Young Award and a Game 1 start in the postseason. The course correction over the past three starts has been jarring. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more