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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What channel is Clemson vs. Virginia on today? Time, schedule for ACC championship game 2019

first_imgMORE: Six scenarios for final College Football Playoff rankingsIf Virginia (9-3, 6-2 ACC) does secure a win, it would be its second historic win in as many weeks. The Cavaliers took down in-state rival Virginia Tech 39-27 last Friday to capture its first Commonwealth Clash victory since 2003 after a string of 15 consecutive losses to the Hokies.Saturday’s task will be even taller: Clemson (12-0, 8-0 ACC) is the reigning national champion behind a star quarterback-running back duo in Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne, pairing with the nation’s best defense, which allows just 10.1 points per contest. The Tigers haven’t lost since Jan. 1, 2018 when the Tigers fell to Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Sugar Bowl. Below is all the info you need to watch Clemson vs. Virginia on Saturday, including kickoff time, TV channel and a full championship week college football schedule.What channel is Clemson vs. Virginia on today?TV channel (national): ABCLive stream: WatchESPNThe ACC championship game between Clemson and Virginia will be broadcast nationally on ABC. One final matchup remains for ACC powers No. 3 Clemson and No. 23 Virginia before the two teams learn of their bowl destination on Sunday.The Tigers and Cavaliers are set to square off in the ACC championship game at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Clemson is looking to extend its domination in the ACC championship with its fifth straight title while Virginia is aiming to knock off Clemson for its first win in the event. Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay will handle the announcing duties. MORE: Full betting preview for ACC championship gameClemson vs. Virginia: What time is kickoff?Date: Saturday, Dec. 7Start time: 7:30 p.m. ETThe ACC championship game between Clemson and Virginia starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 7. It is one of nine championship games that will be decided on Saturday. The ACC championship game will share the primetime spotlight with the Big Ten championship game between Ohio State and Wisconsin (8 p.m. ET). College football schedule Week 15Saturday, Dec. 7GameTime (ET)TV channelNo. 7 Baylor vs. No. 6 OklahomaNoonABCLouisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 21 Appalachian StateNoonESPNNo. 20 Cincinnati vs. No. 17 Memphis3:30 p.m.ABCNo. 4 Georgia vs. No. 2 LSU4 p.m.CBSHawai’i vs. No. 19 Boise State4 p.m.ESPNNo. 23 Virginia vs. No. 3 Clemson7:30 p.m.ABCNo. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Wisconsin8 p.m.Foxlast_img read more

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: LuLu

first_imgFacebook93Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet LuLu! She is a 9-year-old (DOB 04/22/2010), 60-pound, black and white beautiful Retriever/Black Labrador mix who is in search of a kind and loving forever home. Children in her home should be at least ten years of age and gentle. Lulu loves laying in the sun, walks, people and car rides. She will require a fenced yard to keep her safe. She would enjoy the opportunity to be your girl and love you everyday!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet LuLu in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

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Rodríguez in rare company, Giants fall to Rockies

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO–Another impressive effort from Dereck Rodríguez. Another San Francisco Giants loss.As Matt Cain enjoys retirement, Rodríguez has taken over the role of the hard-luck starting pitcher who’s adored by fans but ignored but his offense.Though no Giants starter has received much support from a lineup that ranks among the worst in baseball, Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Rockies in a Rodríguez start was the …last_img read more

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