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 plant Salmonella outbreak page product recall database 13 Harvard news release on survey of outbreak awarenesslast_img read more

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Syracuse’s 3rd-quarter rally falls short against Clemson in blowout loss

first_imgRitchy Desir pointed toward the Clemson end zone. He knew his feet were in bounds.“I mean, you know, what the defense say, you know,” Desir said, “‘See ball, get ball.’ I seen the ball, I went and go get it.”Desir’s interception gave life to Syracuse and brought the best Carrier Dome crowd that Floyd Little can remember since the Dick MacPherson era to its feet. It gave the Orange the ball at the Clemson 46-yard line, down by 21 with 8:52 to play in the third.The possibility of a comeback bubbled.But then it fizzled.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse failed to capitalize in the third quarter and the stunning upset that seemed slightly feasible quickly faded toward impossible once more. The Orange (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) crumbled at the end of the third quarter after clicking at its start, falling 49-14 to No. 3 Clemson (5-0, 3-0) in front of 48,961 at the Carrier Dome in its first-ever ACC game.“We definitely knew that we could have came back and been right there,” Syracuse running back Prince-Tyson Gulley said. “The game should have been at least 35-28 and it should have been a fight to the very end.”But it wasn’t.After Desir’s potentially pivotal interception, SU stormed down the field. Two runs, two first downs. Fans erupted as Jerome Smith picked up 11 on a bounce to the outside.Then Syracuse collapsed. Gulley lost three on a disjointed play. Clemson’s Vic Beasley sacked Terrel Hunt for a loss of seven.Ryan Norton, the injured Ross Krautman’s backup, trotted onto the field. He shanked a kick wide left as Syracuse came up empty-handed. Three points evaporated.On the next drive, Marquis Spruill bulldozed up the middle and drilled Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd into the ground. Clemson went three-and-out, and Syracuse had life once more.After a sneaky direct snap on fourth-and-9 from deep in its own territory sent Syracuse into the red zone and resuscitated the Orange, a close game seemed attainable.But once again, the offense failed to knife into the 21-point hole. After a holding call pushed SU back 10 yards, Syracuse faced a fourth-and-4.Hunt undershot Christopher Clark on a throw that wouldn’t have even been enough for a first down, had it been caught.“We’ve got to know the situation,” Syracuse wide receivers coach Rob Moore said. “ … That’s a mistake we shouldn’t make.”When Hunt needed to throw the ball, he had no one to throw it to. Ashton Broyld was the only Syracuse receiver to catch a ball for positive yards in the first three quarters.In the first half, SU’s offense ran east to west — not north to south. Clemson’s offense was simply dominant.The Orange couldn’t muster any offense in the first 30 minutes except for a 66-yard touchdown run by Smith. In the third quarter, though, that all started to change. Syracuse held possession for 10 minutes and 45 seconds in the third quarter, but had nothing to show for it.And after Hunt’s incompletion to Clark, Boyd officially put the game out of reach.He lofted a booming pass directly into the mitts of the Road Runner-quick Sammy Watkins. Boyd unleashed the ball effortlessly and Watkins blazed by Ri’Shard Anderson, reeled it in and took it to the house for the second-longest touchdown from scrimmage in Clemson history.The touchdown showed why scouts from six NFL teams were in attendance. It effectively killed the Orange’s momentum.The Orange failed to unwrap the gifts from Clemson. What looked like the makings of a relatively close final score turned into anything but for SU.“We tried to pull everything out to try to make it respectable,” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said, “and came up short.”That was the theme of the afternoon. The Syracuse offense came up short in the first half when it totaled four first downs to Clemson’s 20. It came up short in a nightmarish end of the second quarter when Riley Dixon punted three times and Hunt threw an interception. And it came up shortest of all in the third quarter when it couldn’t capitalize on Clemson’s surprising miscues. And from there the offense didn’t matter. Drew Allen came in for the final nine-plus minutes of the fourth quarter to take out the garbage. When asked if he took any positives away from the loss, Gulley put his hands on his hips and sighed.“Umm… we’re all alive.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2013 at 10:54 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

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Married Father Defends Sex Robot as Part of the Family

first_imgSeated next to (but about a foot away from) Samantha on the morning show couch, Kenny argued that the burgeoning sex doll industry is “objectifying women, but worse than that, we’re commercializing them, becoming consumers of women’s bodies.”“This is not real,” she told Wright, gesturing toward the inanimate figure wearing a one-shoulder red dress, its limp hand resting on Wright’s leg. “She’s a piece of whatever you’ve made.“It doesn’t matter that she’s got a voice,” Kenny continued. “That absolutely personifies what I feel is so wrong with this.”Samantha the sex doll is available now in three models: standard ($1,620-$2,160), responsive ($3,240), interactive ($4,860). Customers can also personalize their robot—choosing what she says, where she likes to be touched, and her name—for upwards of $8,635.Meanwhile, where is my male sex robot?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Most people hide their sex toys in a drawer or closet. Arran Lee Wright hangs out with his on the sofa.The married father of two co-created smart sex doll Samantha, who, despite her dead eyes, cold skin, and general aloofness, has become part of the family.“My children [aged three and five], they say, ‘Where’s Samantha?’” Wright told This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby during a recent appearance on the ITV program.AdChoices广告“She can talk about animals, she can talk about philosophy, she can talk about science,” he said, describing the AI’s prudent “family mode.” “She’s programmed with a thousand jokes.”Flip a switch, though, and she’s ready for action.Barcelona-based engineer Sergi Santos introduced Samantha earlier this year, highlighting the AI’s very limited, often laughable capacity to make romantic comments and moan with pleasure.The flexible figurine, however, is less an interloper, and more an added bonus.“It’s not to replace people. We’re not trying to replace women, it’s not about that,” Wright said this week. “It’s as a supplement … to help people. I believe it can do that. It can help people enhance their relationship.”Samantha appears to have done just that for Wright and his wife Hannah Nguyen, who told the hosts that she is “happy” having the doll around.“We have fun with her,” she admitted, as the camera cut to her husband’s hand on the doll’s leg.“I have no worry about someone else actually there for Arran to have an affair. We don’t have to worry about some sort of disease,” Nguyen continued. “It’s fun to have her around.”While the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) recently revealed a potential market for sex robots, not everyone is on board with the subversive world of sensual cyborgs.“One of the things that we realize in psychology is sometimes, just because we can do something, doesn’t mean that we should do it. I think sex dolls are a perfect example,” TV psychologist and regular This Morning guest Emma Kenny asserted. Houston Mayor Fights Plans for Sex Doll BrothelAutonomous Sexbots Are the Future center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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