Colorado illnesses may be linked to Texas peanut plant

first_imgFeb 16, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A news report over the weekend linked six Salmonella cases in Colorado to peanut butter made from peanuts produced by Peanut Corp. of America’s (PCA’s) plant in Plainview, Tex., but the natural-foods retail chain that made the peanut butter says tests have found no contamination in samples.The Associated Press (AP) reported Feb 14 that Colorado health officials linked the cases to the Plainview Peanut Co. in Texas, owned by PCA, which also owns the Blakely, Ga., peanut plant blamed for the current nationwide Salmonella outbreak.The AP said the six Colorado cases were traced to peanut butter from Vitamin Cottage Natural Foods, based in Lakewood, Colo. Vitamin Cottage recalled its fresh-ground peanut butter on Feb 2 because of a potential connection to Salmonella cases.But Kemper Isely, co-president of Vitamin Cottage, said today that testing by the company and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed no contamination in peanut butter samples.”No Salmonella has been found in any peanut butter tested so far,” Isely told CIDRAP News. “Both our company and the FDA tested numerous batches. The implication that our peanut butter caused the Salmonella [cases] is a bit premature.”Isely said that 6 of the 16 Coloradoans who have had Salmonella Typhimurium in the current outbreak had Vitamin Cottage peanut butter in their pantries. “We don’t know whether it would’ve been our peanuts” that caused the cases, he said. “There’s lots of places you can get Salmonella.”Vitamin Cottage made peanut butter by grinding roasted peanuts bought from the Texas plant, Isely said. He said the peanuts were roasted in that facility at 350 degrees and so should have been free of pathogens unless they became contaminated after the roasting process.The company voluntarily recalled its peanut butter as a precaution, Isely said. The firm’s recall notice said the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) had reported three people who were infected with the national outbreak strain of Salmonella and who reported eating Vitamin Cottage peanut butter. The CDPHE noted the recall in a Feb 2 news release.The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) ordered PCA on Feb 12 to recall all products ever shipped from the Plainview plant. “The order was issued after dead rodents, rodent excrement and bird feathers were found in a crawl space above a production area during an in-depth DSHS inspection,” the department said in a news release.State inspectors also found that the plant’s air-handling system was not completely sealed and was pulling debris from the infested crawl space into production areas of the plant, leading to adulteration of food products, the DSHS said.Last week, the president of a private laboratory told a congressional committee that his firm had found Salmonella in a product sample from the Plainview plant on Feb 8. Earlier, it was revealed that the Plainview facility had operated without a license or government inspections from 2005 until the current outbreak put PCA in the spotlight.Colorado, Texas, and FDA officials could not be reached for comment on the situation today. Most government offices were closed for the Presidents Day holiday.The Salmonella outbreak involves 636 cases in 44 states and one in Canada, according to the latest count from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The FDA’s recall database page says the outbreak has triggered 2,226 product recalls, though no national brands of peanut butter have been recalled.In other developments, PCA applied for bankruptcy protection on Feb 13, according to a Reuters report. Citing the devastating effects of the outbreak and recalls, the company filed for Chapter 7 protection, under which firms liquidate their assets to repay creditors rather than reorganize, the story said.Meanwhile, a survey by the Harvard School of Public Health found some gaps in the public’s understanding of the peanut product recalls.More than 90% of respondents were aware of the recalls, and 61% said they had taken one or more steps to reduce their risk of getting sick from contaminated peanut products, according to a Harvard news release. But among those aware of the recall, 25% mistakenly believed that major brands of peanut butter were involved.Also, while 70% knew that peanut butter crackers were recalled, fewer than half knew that several other peanut butter products, such as snack bars, cakes, and cookies, were recalled, the release states. The survey of a national random sample of 1,283 adults was conducted between Feb 4 and 8.See also: Feb 12 Texas news release about recall order to Plainview planthttp://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20090212-sp.shtmCDC Salmonella outbreak pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium/update.htmlFDA product recall databasehttp://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfmFeb 13 Harvard news release on survey of outbreak awarenesslast_img read more

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Official: Barcelona Unveils Paulinho, To Wear Jersey Number 15

first_imgBarcelona has officially presented €40million new signing from Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande, Paulinho.The Brazilian completed his medicals earlier today, to become Barcelona’s third signing in the current transfer window after Portuguese defender Nelson Semedo & former boy Gerard Deulofeu.? @paulinhop8 will wear the number 15 #FCBlive pic.twitter.com/3YJsk3X70T— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 17, 2017Speaking about the move Paulinho said: “It’s a special moment for me. I’m grateful and I thank everyone for their efforts”Having previously played in Europe for Tottenham Hotspurs from 2013 to 2015, Paulinho made 94 appearances for Guangzhou Evergrande in three seasons at the club, scoring 25 goals and providing 5 assists.Relatedlast_img read more

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Suspect in Thursday’s Blackwell murder is probably not in Sumner County

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 365 weeks ago Maybe he’ll stumble into the garage of a rural Sumner Co. resident. Problem solved. Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Person of interestSumner Newscow report — Contrary to a rumor circulating in Sumner County, a suspect who is allegedly involved in a homicide that occurred in Blackwell, Okla., has not been seen in Sumner County. The suspect is currently at large. “If we knew where this person was he would be in our custody,” said a Blackwell Police source.Janett Reyna, 29, was stabbed to death in her apartment, located in the 1000 block of South 10th Street on Thursday in Blackwell. Reyna is a former Blackwell police officer.The BPD has publicly named Luis Octavio Frias as a person of interest who might be able to provide information on the case. He is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He is thought to be on foot, according to an article on the Daily Oklahoman website NewsOK.com.According to police, he was last seen running from the 100 block of Jefferson in Blackwell. He was wearing jeans and a white T-shirt at the time.Reyna was a Blackwell police officer for less than a year in 2008.Anyone with information is asked to call the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at (800) 522-8017.last_img read more

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Real Madrid lose in troubled Catalonia

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp – Girona dreaming –Girona continued to dominate the game and hit the woodwork again before half-time when Portu’s flicked header looped over Kiko Casilla and back off the inside of the post.Real suffered an injury blow days before they travel to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday as Raphael Varane was replaced by Nacho at half-time due to a muscular problem.And the French international’s presence at the heart of the Madrid defence was badly missed as Stuani jinked past Nacho to fire Girona deservedly level nine minutes into the second-half.Just four minutes later, Girona were in dreamland as Maffeo’s driven cross was flicked home by Portu and the goal was allowed to stand despite the striker appearing to be in an offside position.“We aren’t popping the cava. We’re mature and we knew we had a chance to beat a great side,” added Machin.“Before kick-off it seemed improbable, but we grew throughout the game, the players believed and we did it. We want to continue to be in this league for many more years to come.”Rather than mount a late comeback as they did so often on route to a first La Liga and Champions League double for 59 years last season, Madrid looked short of energy and ideas in the final half hour as Girona held out for a famous victory.“We can’t make excuses,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro told BeIN Sports Spain.“We have to keep our heads because it is a difficult moment.“We still have a chance but we need to play better and work harder. Madrid are always obliged to win.” Girona, Spain | AFP |  Real Madrid suffered a backlash on the field rather than from an expected hostile atmosphere amid political turmoil in Catalonia as they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona on Sunday.Goals from Cristhian Stuani and Portu in four second-half minutes cancelled out Isco’s opener for Madrid as Real fell eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after just 10 games.Madrid were making their first appearance in the deeply divided region since a violence marred October 1 referendum plunged Spain into political crisis.As a reported one million people joined a rally in Barcelona in favour of Spanish unity on Sunday, just over 100 kilometres away in the pro-independence heartland of Girona, the visitors were expected to receive a hostile reception.“Girona FC’s victory against one of the greatest teams in the world is an example and a benchmark for many situations,” Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who was deposed by the Spanish government as president of the regional parliament on Friday, posted on Twitter.However, it was events on the field that proved far more troublesome for Zinedine Zidane’s men as they lost more ground on rivals Barca in the Liga title race.“We know we can turn this around. We will have better days and our rivals will lose points over the course of the season,” insisted Zidane.“There is nothing more we can do, and we know that sooner or later things will turn. There is a long way to go and I am not worried.”Chants in favour of independence and “freedom” reverberated around the 13,500 capacity Montlivi in the 17th minute as is common at Girona and Barcelona home matches to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714.However, with plenty of Madrid fans present, there were also plenty of Spanish flags on show.“Everyone who knows Girona, knew nothing would happen,” said Girona coach Pablo Machin.“The fans were sensible. They want it (the political situation) to be over. They enjoyed two brilliant hours of football.”In their first ever match against the European champions, Girona looked keen to make a mark from the outset and were desperately unlucky not to go in front when Pablo Maffeo’s cross came back off the inside of the post 12 minutes in.Seconds later, though, the ball was in the Girona net as Madrid broke immediately upfield and Isco tapped home the rebound after Bono parried Cristiano Ronaldo’s initial effort.last_img read more

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Steelers fighting for winning season

first_imgIn this Nov. 28, 2013 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stands on the sideline during an official play review in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, in Baltimore. Tomlin has been fined $100,000 for interfering with a play against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving. The NFL also said Wednesday, Dev. 4, 2013, that it would consider docking Pittsburgh a draft pick “because the conduct affected a play on the field.” (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File) It was without a doubt the most important game of the season for both teams, with the winner having a solid chance of making the playoffs, and with the loser having to regroup and start looking at how to improve for next season. The Baltimore Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 22-20 last week forcing the Steelers front office to start looking toward how to improve the team for next season, while the team will try to avoid its first losing season since 2003 when they went 6-10 under Bill Cower.At 5-7 the team will have to win its remaining 4 games against the Miami Dolphins (6-6), Cincinnati Bengals (8-4), Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) and the Cleveland Browns (4-8). But a loss to any one of these teams will drop them into another 8-8 season, and two loses, well you know. I predict they will go 3-1 to finish with another 8-8 season. The Ravens will not catch up with the Bengals, nor will they make the playoffs. Their final four games are: Minnesota Vikings(3-8-1), Detroit Lions (7-5), New England Patriots (9-3), and the Bengals . If they win out they deserve to be in the playoffs, but they could very easily lose two of the four or even three of the four. They are favorites only over the Vikings. The Lions and Patriots are playing great ball right now and the Bengals should be super fired up to eliminate their arch rival. Cincinnati on the other hand has an easier schedule as they face the Indianapolis Colts(7-5), Steelers, Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens. This game could be huge if the Ravens win out and the Bengals drops one or two before the clash.last_img read more

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Nelson’s Sam Matthew recognized for BC Games medal run

first_imgMatthew started swimming at the age of five years when he joined the Nelson Neptunes Swim Team.The 14-year-old Nelsonite currently swims winter club with the Trail Regional Aquatic eXcellence (TRAX).The six-podium finishes in the pool for Matthew came with silver medals in 200-meter boys Individual Medley and 800-meter freestyle and bronze in 100 meter Breaststroke, 400-meter boys IM, 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter breaststroke. The BC Summer Games are an important opportunity for athlete development, but through sport, these athletes are also learning lifelong skills of commitment and leadership. “The response to this bursary opportunity shows that these athletes are not only leaders on the field of play but also in their home communities,” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society. “We were impressed with the involvement of these young leaders and are proud to call them all BC Games alumni.” The remaining athletes include:Matthew Armstrong of Surrey in Volleyball; Nolan Badovinac of Port Alberni in Wrestling: Zoe Chore of Cranbrook in Rowing; Sydney Fetterly of Abbotsford in Basketball; Amanda Heinze of Prince George in Athletics; Nisa Hofer of Burns Lake in Canoe/Kayak;  Dylan Joyce of Chetwynd in Swimming; Erika Lieu of Burnaby in Soccer; Tanner Lorenson of Vernon in Beach Volleyball; Trent Monkman of Telkwa in Beach Volleyball; Kristen Schulz of North Vancouver in Athletics; Maxwell Stalling of Delta in Field Lacrosse; Jay Taylor of Kelowna in Baseball; Ryan Watt of Vancouver in Rowing; Alice Young of Duncan in Equestrian and Samuel Matthew of Nelson in Swimming. Samuel Matthew of Nelson was one of 16 talented athletes recognized with a Coast Capital Savings Athlete Bursary at the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 BC Summer Games in Nanaimo.Matthew won six medals in the pool in the Hub City. The athletes are from 16 different communities around the province. “Coast Capital Savings is committed to building a richer future for youth in the communities where we live and work,” said Maureen Young, Manager, Community Partnerships for Coast Capital Savings.“These young athletes have demonstrated dedication and commitment to their sport, their communities, and their schooling.  We’re thrilled to be able to contribute to their future goals with the presentation of these bursaries.”last_img read more

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