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

Beijing reports zero virus cases for first time since new outbreak

first_imgBeijing on Tuesday reported zero new coronavirus cases for the first time since the emergence of a cluster in the Chinese capital in June that prompted fears of a domestic second wave.A total of 335 people have been infected since a cluster emerged at the city’s massive Xinfadi wholesale market in early June.Beijing’s health commission said on Tuesday it detected only one asymptomatic case the previous day, which China does not include in its confirmed cases counts. Beijing’s outbreak is “stabilizing and improving,” Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the city’s center for disease control, told reporters Monday.China had largely brought the deadly outbreak under control before the new Beijing cluster was detected last month.The government has since also imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in neighboring Hebei province to contain a fresh cluster there, adopting the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the epicenter of Wuhan city earlier this year. While Chinese authorities are still investigating the cause of the latest outbreak, the virus was detected on chopping boards used to handle imported salmon at Xinfadi market, prompting a ban on certain imports and increased scrutiny of foreign food suppliers.The Beijing government has tested more than 11 million people for COVID-19 since June 11 — roughly half the city’s population, officials said at a press conference Monday.Residents lined up in the summer heat at testing venues across the city in June, with hundreds of thousands of samples collected each day.Localized lockdowns across the city have been eased in recent days, with people living in areas of the city considered “low risk” now allowed to travel freely again.center_img Topics :last_img read more

AREC 2019: Steve Koeber on finding the key to success

first_imgAREC is being held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 2 and 3.Mr Koeber grew up in Canberra, spent years in the Navy then moved to New Zealand and started working in real estate. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“In the early days I had no idea what I was doing, so a hot tip – don’t be afraid to fail,” he said. As a young agent Mr Koeber wanted to look successful so he got a personalised number plate reading “6SFL1”. His business has skyrocketed thanks to their ‘love your area’ brand — something he said all agents should do and all buyers and sellers should look for in an agent. Mr Koeber finished his AREC 2019 presentation with his favourite saying: “when you wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty and the pig enjoys it.” “Did the number plate work? No. I didn’t feel successful but I certainly wanted to look successful, some people say I looked like a w**ker,” he said. MORE NEWS: How to survive in a tough property marketMORE NEWS: The life lesson learnt from escaping a bomb blast Despite the challenges he knew he was on the right career path as it was “a career that rewarded effort.” The Ray White Remuera Auckland agent was diagnosed with arthritis at 28 years old, went through a marriage breakdown and then found new love, but through his journey he found the key to success was happiness. “(In the beginning) I got so stuck in that I forgot what happiness felt like … not once did I ask myself ‘was I really happy’,” he said. “Stupidly, I thought happiness would come after success.“Here’s a hot tip — get happy first.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Ray White New Zealand agent Steve Koeber spoke about happiness and success at AREC 2019. Picture: McGrathIT was a statement said to a room full of more than 3000 real estate experts that can be applied to everyone: find happiness first, success will come. New Zealand agent Steve Koeber is no stranger to success, last year he not only tripled his business but tripled the amount of money in his bank account. But that success only came once he found his happiness. last_img read more

Aikey, Carter are first in Friday Modified qualifiers

first_imgCayden Carter and Jeff Aikey both won Friday Modified qualifiers at Boone Speedway and will meet on the track again on championship night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography) 1st qualifier – 1. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 2. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.; 3. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 4. Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; 5. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 6. Nick Deal, Harlan; 7. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas; 8. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 9. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 10. Josh Long, Little Suamico, Wis.; 11. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 12. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 13. William Gould, Calera, Okla.; 14. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 15. J.J. Wise, Garner; 16. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 17. Chris Mills, Sioux City; 18. Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D.; 19. Jim Thies, Mapleton; 20. Richard Michael Jr., Ischua, N.Y.; 21. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 22. Terry Hurt, Omaha, Neb.; 23. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 24. Steve Reynolds, Springfield, S.D.; 25. Cory Davis, Eunice, N.M.; 26. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wy.; 27. Scott Olson, Blairsburg; 28. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 29. Jeremy Richey, Medford, Ore.; 30. Chris Abelson, Sioux City. 2nd qualifier – 1. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 3. Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.; 4. Cory Wray, Trenton, Mo.; 5. Billy Kendall, Baxter, Minn.; 6. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 7. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz.; 8. Grey Ferrando, Stayton, Ore.;  9. Matthew Meinecke, Jamaica; 10. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 11. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 12. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 13. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; 14. Dustin Kroening, Hebron, Ill.; 15. Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; 16. Dan Menk, Franklin, Minn.; 17. Zachary Madrid, Tucson, Ariz.; 18. Jeff Wiggins, Greenfield; 19. Jason Schneiders, North Sioux City; 20. Kenny Wyman Jr., Goodyear, Ariz.; 21. Mike Jergens, Havelock; 22. Tim Watts, Beloit, Kan.; 23. Keegan Nordquist, Beresford, S.D.; 24. Todd Shute, Norwalk; 25. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 26. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz.; 27. Tony Hilgenberg, Waukee; 28. Joey Price, Great Falls, Mont.; 29. Chris Palsrok, Sibley; 30. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis. Aikey also counts six Late Model titles among his career record seven Super Nationals championships. He’s taken the green in a total of 23 main events at America’s Racin Vacation.’  Sobbing, Simmons and Cory Wray of Trenton, Mo., were next across the stripe. Loverude and Wray both make first career starts in the Big Dance at Boone. Aikey, Bowers, Sobbing and Simmons are all in for the second time, Carter the fourth and Dickerson the sixth.  Feature Resultscenter_img Carter had started the second qualifier from 13th, was all of a sudden in the top three by lap 10 and took the second spot from Riley Simmons of Susanville, Calif., after midway in the 25-lapper. He finally caught Malvern’s Jesse Sobbing with four to go.  Top four finishers from both qualifiers advance to Saturday’s main event. BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – The drivers who ran 1-2 in last year’s Modified main event both finished first in their respective qualifying features Friday night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.  The 12th starting Bowers, from Topeka, Kan., Russ Dickerson of Boone and Trent Loverude of New Ulm, Minn., completed the top four behind Aikey. Defending champion Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls took the lead on the third lap, then outran a determined Steven Bowers Jr. following a late restart in the first qualifier. 2018 runner-up Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa led the last four times around the track in topping the nightcap at Boone Speedway. last_img read more

William Earl May

first_imgWilliam Earl May, 83, of Rexville passed away at 11:59am, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born near Benham on April 13, 1935 the son of William and Alta Tunks May. He was married to Phyllis Wright on June 2, 1957 and his wife of 61 years survives. Other survivors include two daughters Deborah (John) Mercer of Jamestown, and Janet (Ron) Linkmeyer of Friendship; three grandchildren Eric (Monica) Adams of Brownstown, Elizabeth Mercer of Greenfield, and Jodi (Patrick) Stockton of San Antonio, Texas; five great-grandchildren Lane, Clara, and Graham Adams, and Riley and Jackson Stockton; one sister Lora Swinney of North Vernon. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Stanley, Leroy, Russell, and Estol May, and his sisters Lila Zeigler and Evelyn Meek. Mr. May was a 39 year employee of Bohn Aluminum in Greensburg where he worked in machine set-up, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, fishing, woodworking, making corn hole games, gardening, and helping others. Earl was a 71 year member of the Shelby Christian Church and had served as a deacon for 55 years. He had spent last several years serving as the sexton for the Shelby Cemetery and had mowed the cemetery for 13 years. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 10th at 10:30am at the Shelby Christian Church with Tim Heim officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Shelby Christian Church Building Fund or the Shelby Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Bristol to hand over food hampers to GBA

first_imgBOXERS and officials affiliated to the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA)will soon be provided with food hampers to help cushion the effects of COVID-19. Former boxer turned promoter Seon Bristol is joining forces with the GBA to provide at least 40 hampers to members of the boxing fraternity.The GBA is currently working out the modalities relating to distribution of the hampers. According to Bristol who resides in New York, USA provision of the hampers which will comprise of several basic food items, is the least that he can do at the moment.“These are difficult times and I believe it’s my duty to assist where and when I can. We have to be our brother’s keeper. It’s no secret which neighbourhoods our boxers come from and at this point in time they need less talk and more help.GBA president Steve NinvalleI have signaled to my brother (Steve Ninvalle) that I am about ready and together we should wrap this up in just about a week. Its small but it’s a start and I hope that others will see the need to do likewise, Bristol said.It’s not the first time that Bristol has come to the assistance of the GBA. In the past the Chief Executive Officer of Bris O Promotion has provided gear, airline tickets, school uniforms, boots, and has sponsored individual boxers.GBA president Steve Ninvalle hailed the Bristol’s proposal as timely and disclosed that hampers will be presented to the families of the four boxers currently in Cuba once they don’t return to Guyana in time. “The sport needs all the help it can get at this time. Mr. Bristol has remained an unflinching supporter. It is hoped that others will see it fit to join this drive,” Ninvalle said.last_img read more