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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MLB trade rumours: New York Yankees in for Gerrit Cole, Didi Gregorius?

first_imgLast Updated: 28th November, 2019 23:59 IST MLB Trade Rumours: New York Yankees In For Gerrit Cole, Didi Gregorius? MLB rumours: In this edition of the MLB trade rumours, New York Yankees are rumoured to be after Gerrit Cole, Tim Hill and others in the ongoing trade season. 11 months ago Pawan Sehrawat sets Pro Kabbadi record with 39 raid points in a match Daniel Arambur FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Tim Hill would be a good addition to the Yankees bullpen that wouldn’t cost much. He had a strong GB% of 57% last season, on top of a .186 OBA against LHH and .238 OBA against RHH and 8.9 K/9— Dan Federico (@DanJFederico) November 27, 2019 Also Read | Trump intends to uphold tradition of presidents and baseballAlso Read | ‘Howdy Modi’: Baseball player Karan Patel welcomes PM Modi to Houston What’s Miguel Andujar’s future with the Yankees look like? https://t.co/lGPuX1gilk @bykristieackert pic.twitter.com/pDS3D97bdq— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) November 20, 2019 New York Yankees are rumoured to be interested in left-arm pitcher Tim Hill. The talented pitcher boasts a 57.3 per cent rate worm burner rate, struck out 8.85 batters per nine and walked 2.95. That consistency helped the 29-year old to a 3.63 ERA/3.84 FIP across 39 2/3 innings. Hill, who has a 90.2 mph average fastball, could be a solid addition to the New York Yankees squad.Also Read | MLB to look into umpire tweet referencing gun, Trump criticsMLB trade rumours: Gerrit ColeHighly-rated Gerrit Cole finished his career-high year with a 20-5 record and held the lowest ERA in the American Baseball League at 2.50. Gerrit Cole also held the most strikeouts in Major League Baseball at an impressive 326 over 212.1 innings pitched. In addition to the New York Yankees, the Anaheim Angels have also been linked with the possibility of landing Gerrit Cole in the ongoing trade season.Also Read | ‘Go back to baseball’ – Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirms Galaxy exitMLB trade rumours: What does Miguel Andujar’s future with New York Yankees look like? LIVE TV 10 months ago Dream11, Bengal Warriors vs Tamil Thalaivas: Playing 11 and predictioncenter_img First Published: 28th November, 2019 23:59 IST COMMENT 10 months ago PKL 2019: Bengal Warriors’ road to playoffs, performance and results Written By WE RECOMMEND 11 months ago Kiren Rijiju shares a throwback memory from the 2008 Beijing Olympics 9 months ago MLB trade rumours: Jacoby Ellsbury released by New York Yankees, what’s next for him? WATCH US LIVE The New York Yankees are on the lookout for a top-level free agent over the course of the offseason. There have been several renowned names that have been linked to the Yankees in recent weeks. New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner have already said that they carefully weighing out all the options available to them, especially the big names. Here are some New York Yankees Major League Baseball (MLB) trade rumours which have gained momentum in the last few days.Also Read | MLB Trade Rumours: Jacoby Ellsbury Released By New York Yankees, What’s Next For Him?MLB trade rumours: Tim Hilllast_img read more

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Wellington teams have work cut out for them; Conway Springs, South Haven have big contests tonight

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is February and this is crunch time for Kansas high school basketball teams across the state. Here is a preview of the weekend ahead for the seven Sumner County schools:Wellington The Crusader basketball teams are still in non-league play with a trip to Augusta tonight.The Wellington girls are 13-0 and will meet a dangerous Oriole team that is 7-6 and winners of three straight including a 54-26 victory over Mulvane Tuesday night.The Wellington boys are jockeying for position in the sub-state tournament to be here later this month. The Crusaders are 6-7 and currently the top seed with Rose Hill at 4-11, Mulvane at 2-12 and Winfield 1-12.Augusta will be tough for the Wellington boys, bringing in an identical 6-7 record into tonight’s game.Conway SpringsGarden Plain snapped the Conway Springs boys winning streak last Friday. But tonight, the Cardinals have the opportunity to settle the score and win an important league game as they travel to Garden Plain.On the girls side, this could be a battle for the CPL crown. Garden Plain is 4-0 and Conway Springs is 3-1. Both teams are No. 1 and 2 in the CPL Standings.Belle Plaine The Dragons travel to Medicine Lodge, currently 8-6 overall and 3-1 in the league. Medicine Lodge girls have an identical record.CaldwellCaldwell has the night off. The boys beat Oxford on Tuesday 53-46. That keeps them in the hunt for the South-Central Border League title.The Caldwell girls were 52-25 victors over Oxford. The Lady Bluejays are in the hunt for a league title. Sedan and Flinthills, which are ahead of Caldwell, are still on the schedule.ArgoniaThe Red Raiders boys team improved to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in the SCBL after a 54-35 win over Udall Tuesday. Tonight, the Red Raiders can pick up ground on a team now currently in front of them. Cedar Vale-Dexter is 4-1 in league play. The Argonia girls are 2-3 but should get a big win tonight against the 1-12 CV-Dexter team.Oxford The Wildcats host Flinthills which is 3-1 in the SCBL and 9-4 overall. The girls hope to hand the 4-0 Mustangs their first defeat in the SCBL.South HavenTonight is a very big game for South Haven. The Lady Cardinals, currently 3-1, will be playing Sedan, the league leader at 4-0 with a 13-1 record. South Haven boys probably won’t have as much luck. Sedan is 14-0. South Haven is 3-10.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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