PuC’s Food Farce Alerts

Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Main RECALLs page LINK

 

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102413. Here’s a new food recall website, Food Poisoning Bulletin, for you to read and gag on, one food at a time.  For all of you out there who are full of it, Benefiber was recalled because of numerous undisclosed consumer complaints. Benefiber falls under the Novartis pharmaceutical, vaccines and diagnostics; generics and consumer health umbrella.  But yikes, folks, Novartis’ other dealings read like a horror story.  Cue Alec Baldwin’s cutesy ‘what’s IN your Benefiber wallet?’

Reser’s recalls Ham, Chicken, Potato Salads, & BBQ Beans for Listeria. The products were distributed to retailers and distributors in 27 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. A list of retailers where the products were sold is not yet available.

101713. The Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak linked to Foster Farms chickens has grown, according to the CDC.  Drug-resistant Salmonella in Foster Farms Chicken has sickened 362 people in 21 states and Puerto Rico. Most of the ill persons (74%) live in California. Since the last update on October 18, 2013, 24 new ill persons have been reported from six states: California (16), Colorado (3), Delaware (1), Idaho (1), Michigan (1), and Texas (2). The new state is Delaware.

101713. If the above wasn’t enough, we can add COSTCO to the unending list of recalls.  On October 17, 2013, Costco’s El Camino Real store recalled an additional 14,093 units of rotisserie chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Heidelberg. This is in addition to the 9,043 units that were recalled on October 12, 2013. The products subject to recall include 13,455 “Kirkland Signature Foster Farms” rotisserie chickens and 638 total units of “Kirkland Farm” rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters, and rotisserie chicken salad. The products were sold directly to consumers in the Costco store between September 24, 2013 and October 15, 2013. Costco and the California Department of Public Health discovered through a follow-up investigation to the previous recall that additional product should be recalled. No illnesses have been reported in association with the product recalled on October 17, 2013.  According to USDA-FSIS, the problem with possibly contaminated rotisserie chicken products at this Costco location may be the result of cross-contamination after the cooking process in the preparation area.

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Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Main RECALLs page LINK

020413. Regarding drug shortages, this statement by the FDA’s Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., is to be perused carefully.

“If manufacturers of critical drugs are not able to meet U.S. patient needs, FDA will explore overseas companies that are willing and able to import foreign drugs to address the shortage. In these instances, FDA evaluates the imported drug to ensure that it is of adequate quality and that the drug does not pose undue risks for U.S. patients.”

Why would Americans want foreign medications of  “adequate” quality that do not pose “undue risks”?  That’s a lot of wiggle room there, dontcha say?

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020413. Ameridose Recalls ALL Products; Admixed Solutions, Prefilled Oral Syringes; Antagonists, Antibiotics, IV Bags, Ipump Bags, Anticholinergics, Anticonvulsants, GOPumps, Electrolytes, General Anesthetics, PCA Vials, SmartInfuser PainPumps, Heparin, Labor and Delivery Needs, Local Anesthetic, Neuromuscular Blocking Agent, Pain Management, Sedatives, Tranquilizers, Vasopressors, etc.   To learn more, go here, here and here.

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020413.  Peanut Butter,  Nut & Seed Recalls here.

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020413.  Welcome to the FDA’s Globalization Initiative:

“Global production of FDA-regulated products has quadrupled over the last decade and continues to grow.  Today, FDA-regulated products originate from more than 150 countries, 130,000 importers and 300,000 foreign facilities. Fifty percent of fresh fruits, 20 percent of vegetables, and 80 percent of seafood consumed in America comes from abroad.  Similarly, 40 percent of finished drugs come from overseas, and 80 percent of active ingredients manufacturers are located outside the US.  Further, half of all medical devices are imported. The growth in imports has been rapid and promises to accelerate.

“Globalization has fundamentally altered the economic and security landscape and demands a major change in the way FDA fulfills its mission.  Over the next decade, FDA will transform from a predominantly domestically-focused agency operating in a globalized economy to a modern public health regulatory agency fully prepared for a complex globalized regulatory environment.”

PuC thinks maybe, just maybe, the United States Food & Drug Administration ought to concentrate their efforts at reducing our role in the global community until we can assure the products from abroad are up to our standards.  Just ask Americans who are replacing their hip replacement devices whether they support medical devices manufactured in third-world countries where the goat herder may be banging out aluminum hip/knee molds on a rock with instruments only a caveman would covet.  All one has to do is scroll down the list of recalls on the FDA website for a few hours to kill a person’s adrenaline “fix” for watching horror flicks.

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Barf bag

[What happened in the FDA after 1999?]

The following list of food is the result of my having thrown away several cans of chunky fruit cocktail because the fruit was substandard and one can had fruit covered in dark speckles. Then, there was that can of foul tuna. Ugh. I’m tired of calling these companies up and telling them that the food I used to get under their brand was A-OK, but that the food I’m eating now under their label is substandard, third-world products manufactured under their brand name. I’m not paying high prices for third-world products. The fruit in these cans have also been deformed, and not properly cored. I almost broke a tooth biting down on fruit! What’s wrong with this picture? I stopped eating Fiber One after pulling pieces of straw out from between my teeth. Enough is enough.

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Toilet paper, too.  How the *&)^%$ can a manufacturer phuck-up toilet paper you might be wondering? Perhaps Scott 1-ply toilet paper manufacturer forgot to sharpen its cutting blade?  For surely Puc isn’t keen on opening up a roll of confetti in the bathroom? Or sucking in frickin’ little con-phuck-etti into my lungs as I gasp at sudden fright from the frickin’ mess that just popped out of the toilet paper wrapper, effing-A (for all you Canadians out there. heh)?!

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General Mills – 30May08 – BUBU204606A – Inner bag opened on one end.

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Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna in H2O – 02/2011-8059MH8SKP – 3 black, dime-sized “entities” found squatting therein.

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Del-Monte Orchard Select Sliced Cling Peaches – 020909 – 722101 PG7 00:04 – deformed, poorly cored.

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Fresh Express Double Carrots pre-made salad, net wt. 12 oz – May 18, N125A 151A – I got a one-meal salad out of this whole bag – the next night the carrots were slimey and lettuce had literally wilted in the tightly-closed bag. I had to toss it out!

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Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bar, Oats ‘N Honey – 03Aug08  BV#3 01:47 – got stuck in the gum with what looked like a piece of straw or hay. The rest of the bar seemed a little too “earthy” for my taste.

3 Comments

  1. I highly enjoyed reading your blogpost, keep on writing such exciting posts!

  2. ohmygod

    your reply sounds something like one i just left on magus71 after giving him a chance –with an insightful comment which he probably won’t understand on his cynics latest post (see below) & then going thru his categories & reading ONE post re sara palin…

    this, after i just read his latest post, something cynics … again a RANT on liberals…

    i thought of u when i read sum of his stuff…

    & u must have been there somehow with my 2nd comment on the sara palin piece — told them all that they needed a good a spanking but that that would be child abuse b/c they’re all still in diapers…

    hee hee heee

    AND… had the growing up stuff alll b4 that!

    heehee haha

    –beeha, http://2cob.wordpress.com

  3. I wish all of you people would get a life and stop complaining. There are people in 3rd world countries that don’t even have grocery stores. By the way I don’t know where you are shopping as I have eaten all of the brands and have never had an issue.

    Oh, shuttup! There are people in 3rd world countries who are also dying from substandard foodstuff. Are you for real!? Grow up!

    Better yet, Enstein, go to the frickin’ FDA website and read about the dangerous crap being produced today. You might even learn something. Oh. And did I mention – Grow up!!


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