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    Risotto, 6 oz., "Best if Used by 16JUL2008AA" Because of Possible Health RiskAulcorp Food Marketers Inc. Conducts Nationwide Recall of Archer Farms Four Cheese

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- May 4, 2007 -- AULCORP FOOD MARKETERS INC. of TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA is recalling Archer Farms FOUR CHEESE RISOTTO flavor, 6 oz., with "Best If Used By 16JUL2008AA", because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

    No illnesses have been reported to date.

    ARCHER FARMS FOUR CHEESE RISOTTO, Code "Best If Used By 16JUL2008AA" was sold nationwide through Target stores. The Archer Farms Four Cheese Risotto flavor has been pulled from Target stores while the FDA and Aulcorp Food Marketers Inc. continue their investigation as to the source of the contamination.

    The ARCHER FARMS FOUR CHEESE RISOTTO is packaged in a 6 oz. (170g) Paperboard Box with a mustard yellow banner which identifies this item as the Four Cheese flavor.

    The Salmonella contamination was noted after random testing by the US Food and Drug Administration.

    Consumers who have purchased the 6 oz.(170 g) packages of ARCHER FARMS FOUR CHEESE RISOTTO, Code "Best If Used By 16JUL2008AA", are urged to return the item to the nearest Target store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Target Guest Relations at 1-800-440-0680.

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    Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. Issues Voluntary, Nationwide Recall for Cardiac Marker

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    (908) 218-8287

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- RARITAN, N.J., May 4 – Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. has initiated a voluntary, nationwide recall of two lots of a diagnostic test used by physicians to aid in the diagnosis of injury to heart muscle and/or heart attack because of shifts in test results that could contribute to a missed diagnosis of myocardial infarction.

    The company initiated the voluntary recall of the VITROS® Immunodiagnostic Products Troponin I Reagent Pack, Lots 3151 and 3170, after a small number of clinical laboratories administering the test reported shifts in quality control results. An investigation by Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics determined that the potential existed for false negative troponin-I results at very low levels of troponin elevation. A false negative test result would indicate that a person has not had a heart attack or heart muscle injury when in fact they have. Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics is working to identify the root cause of the reported issue.

    The recall is limited to the VITROS® Immunodiagnostic Products Troponin I Reagent Pack, Lots 3151 and 3170. Clinical labs in possession of these lots have been contacted via phone, fax and overnight mail by the company and instructed to (a) discontinue use of this product and (b) notify healthcare providers who ordered the test in recent weeks. The identified product lots were distributed to clinical labs in the United States and outside the U.S. between January and March of 2007. Replacement product has been provided to clinical labs with the affected product lots.

    Ortho Clinical-Diagnostics has reported the action to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. No injuries have been reported to date.

    A troponin I test is usually ordered, along with other cardiac tests, in the hospital to determine if a patient has had a heart attack or injury to heart muscle. The test, conducted using a sample of the patient’s blood, aids in the diagnosis of myocardial injury or infarction. The results of troponin I tests should be used in conjunction with other diagnostic information including other cardiac markers, ECG, clinical observations and symptoms.

    Clinical laboratories with questions may contact the company at 1-800-421-3311.

    Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems should also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by Fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

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    FDA Alerts and Recalls...

    Agriculture Department Warns Consumers of Tainted Raw Milk Sold by Berks County DairyContact:
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    (717) 787-5085


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Harrisburg, PA -- May 10, 2007 -- Consumers who have purchased raw milk from Misty Meadow Farm in Bernville, Berks County, any time after April 16, 2007, should discard it immediately due to the risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today.

    "During routine inspection, a preliminary test showed the presence of Listeria bacteria in some of the raw milk samples taken from the Misty Mountain dairy," said Wolff. "If consumers have raw milk from this farm, they should discard it immediately."

    There have been no illnesses reported because of the potential contamination, but if individuals who consumed the raw milk become ill, they are advised to consult their physician.

    Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized.

    The Department of Agriculture has suspended sales of raw milk at the dairy and is ensuring that corrective action is taken. Samples were taken from the farm during routine testing on May 7, and tested positive for Listeria on May 10.

    Multiple laboratory samples must come back negative before sales can resume.

    Symptoms of Listeriosis are fever, muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions can occur.

    Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, but infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth.

    Symptoms of Listeriosis can appear in four days to three weeks.
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    Interstate Brands Corporation Issues Recall of Mispackaged Hostess Mini Pound Cake Bearing Code Date MAY 28 53 122; Product May Contain Walnuts
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    310-788-2850


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Kansas City, MO -- May 10, 2007 -- Interstate Brands Corporation (IBC) is recalling the 3.25 oz. individual snack packages of Hostess® Mini Pound Cake with the code date of May 28 53 122, UPC #4500041159 due to a packaging error. It has been found that some Mini Pound Cake packages may in fact contain Hostess® Carrot Cake which is made with walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume Hostess® Carrot Cake.

    The recalled product has been distributed to retail stores throughout the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and portions of Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. The recall only covers Hostess® Mini Pound Cake with the code date of May 28 53 122.

    The company learned of the error when a consumer in Michigan reported an allergic reaction to walnuts in the improperly packaged Hostess® Mini Pound Cake. One allergic reaction has been reported to date. No other Hostess® snack cake products are part of the recall, including Hostess® Carrot Cake 100 Calorie Packs, and there is no health risk for consumers who are not allergic to walnuts.

    The code date of May 28 53 122 is printed on the center of the package just above the Hostess® Mini Pound Cake name and logo. Hostess® Carrot Cake can be identified through the clear film packaging by its white cream cheese icing. Hostess® Mini Pound Cake does not have icing.

    Consumers that purchased the May 28 53 122 code dates of Hostess® Mini Pound Cake may return the product to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions about the recall should call 1-800-483-7253.

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    Agriculture Department Warns Consumers of Tainted Raw Milk Sold By Lebanon County Dairy

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    (717) 503-0035 (cell)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Harrisburg, PA -- June 1, 2007 -- Consumers who have purchased raw milk from Green Acres Jersey Farm in Lebanon any time after May 8 should discard it immediately due to the risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today.

    Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized.

    "During routine inspection of the dairy, a preliminary test showed the presence of Listeria bacteria in some raw milk samples," said Wolff. "If consumers have raw milk from this farm, they should discard it immediately."

    There have been no illnesses reported as a result of the potential contamination but if people who consumed the raw milk become ill, they should consult their physicians.

    The Department of Agriculture has suspended sales of raw milk at the dairy and is ensuring that corrective action is taken. Samples were taken from the farm during routine testing on May 29 and tested positive for Listeria on June 1.

    Multiple laboratory samples must test negative before sales can resume.

    Symptoms of Listeriosis include fever, muscle aches and, sometimes, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions can occur.

    Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, but infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth.

    Symptoms of Listeriosis can appear in four days to three weeks.

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    FDA Advises Consumers to Avoid Toothpaste From China Containing Harmful Chemical

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    Zeigler Issues A Voluntary Recall on Pelleted and Crumbled Shrimp Feeds

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    800-841-6800

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Gardners, PA — May 31, 2007 — In cooperation with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, Zeigler Bros., Inc. is issuing a voluntary nationwide recall of its pelleted and crumbled shrimp feeds. Zeigler is recommending to customers to immediately stop feeding its pelleted and crumbled shrimp feed products. We are in the process of providing the entire shrimp feed product list on our website at www.zeiglerfeed.com.

    The recalled products all include the feed ingredient "AquaBond", which has been found to contain the chemical melamine and related compounds. AquaBond is a binding agent purchased in the United States by Zeigler and used in its production of pelleted and crumbled shrimp feeds. It is used in a much lower concentration than similar ingredients used in the recent U. S. pet food recall.

    No other Zeigler products are involved in this voluntary recall. Only Zeigler pelleted and crumbled shrimp feeds are formulated with AquaBond. Zeigler extruded shrimp feeds and shrimp larval feeds do not contain AquaBond and are not included in the recall.

    Zeigler is working closely with the FDA and with Uniscope, Zeigler's supplier for AquaBond, to provide timely product information and immediate recall instructions to its customers to assure product safety. Zeigler is not aware of any instances of ill health effects in shrimp fed with Zeigler pelleted and crumbled shrimp feeds.

    The FDA has issued a press release, dated May 30, 2007, indicating that feeds made with these binding agents are "very unlikely" to pose a human health risk. Details from the full FDA press release can be found at www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01643.html. FDA has also issued a safety/risk assessment on melamine and analogues at www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/melamra.html.

    Questions can be directed to Zeigler at 800-841-6800 or info@zeiglerfeed.com.

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    Toby's Family Foods Voluntarily Recalls Lite Sour Crème and Toasted Sesame Dressing Because of Possible Health Risk

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    (503) 231-3086 / laura@maxwellpr.com

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Springfield, OR – June 6, 2007 – Toby's Family Foods is recalling Toby's Lite Sour Crème and Toby's Toasted Sesame Dressing because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

    Toby's Lite Sour Crème and Toby's Toasted Sesame Dressing were distributed primarily in Oregon, as well as Washington and California, through natural food and specialty retailers. The products include:

    8 oz. plastic containers of Toby's Lite Sour Crème with expiration dates of June 17 and earlier
    12 oz. glass jars of Toby's Toasted Sesame Dressing with Best By dates of 7/05/07 and earlier
    No illnesses have been reported to date, and no other products produced by Toby's Family Foods are affected.

    The recall was prompted by the potential contamination of an ingredient, MaraNatha Sesame Tahini. The manufacturer, California-based nSpired Natural Foods, was alerted to the situation during a routine sample testing, and the company has since put additional safety measures in place. Retailers have removed all units of Toby's Lite Sour Crème and Toby's Toasted Sesame Dressing from store shelves as a precautionary measure. Toby's has stopped production of the two affected products.

    Consumers who have purchased Toby's Lite Sour Crème or Toby's Toasted Sesame Dressing should return them to retailers for a full refund or contact Toby's for a replacement coupon. Consumers can also call the company at 800-600-8636 with questions, or visit the Toby's Web site at www.tobysfamilyfoods.com.

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    : FDA Alerts and Recalls...

    Single Lot of 55lb Bags of Ol’Roy Complete Nutrition Dry Dog Food Voluntarily Recalled in Select Stores by Doane Pet Care

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    908-813-8053

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Manassas, Virginia -- June 6, 2007 -- Doane Pet Care is announcing today a voluntary recall on a specific single lot of 55 pound bonus bags of Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition dry dog food. This product was produced at one facility in Manassas, VA and was distributed exclusively by some Wal-Mart Stores. Please note that no other Ol' Roy products are affected, and that this recall is not related to the Menu Foods recall (and other recent recalls) of pet food due to tainted Chinese vegetable proteins.

    This product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. People handling this pet food can become exposed to Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with this pet food or any surfaces exposed to this product. Consumers who have the dry dog food bearing the code "04 0735 1" with a "Best By Apr 13 08" should not feed it to their pets.

    This voluntary recall has been issued because FDA detected Salmonella in the product. Doane Pet Care has not confirmed the presence of Salmonella, despite extensive independent testing of duplicate samples. Nonetheless, the company is issuing this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution. The company regrets any inconvenience to pet owners. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product, or any product produced at this facility.

    Product: Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition dry dog food
    Size: 55 pound bonus bag
    UPC Code: 6 05388 72076 4
    Lot Number: 04 0735 1
    Best Buy Date: Apr 13 '08
    Best Buy Date Location: Back of bag


    Affected Stores: Only 69 Wal-Mart Stores potentially received this product from 2 distribution warehouses in Virginia. The 69 stores are located in Maryland (4 stores), North Carolina (10), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (3), Virginia (40) and West Virginia (11). A full listing of the affected stores is available at www.doanepetcare.com. This product UPC has been blocked from retail sale at these 69 locations.

    Any remaining product should not be fed to pets. Dispose of product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and return the empty bag to the store where purchased for a full refund.

    Pet owners who have questions about the voluntary recall of this 55 lb bonus bag of Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition dry dog food products should call 800-624-7387, or visit the web site listed above.

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    Action Labs, Inc. Conducts Recall of Shark Cartilage Capsules Because of Possible Health Risk

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    Action Labs, Inc.
    1-714-630-5941

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Anaheim, CA -- June 6, 2007 -- Action Labs, Inc. of Anaheim, CA, is voluntarily recalling its Sentinel brand Shark Cartilage Capsules manufactured in 2005 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

    Routine testing performed recently at NBTY, Inc. (the manufacturer) shows that the recalled capsules have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Although multiple lot numbers may have been involved in the recall by NBTY, only NBTY lot number 64951 was purchased, repacked and distributed by Action Labs, Inc.

    The Shark Cartilage Capsules were sold in bottles of 60 capsules and labeled as Sentinel Shark Cartilage 750mg. A sticker with lot number 064951 and expiration date 07 2009 is located on the bottom of the bottle. The Shark Cartilage Capsules were distributed to retail establishments in Southern California and internationally to Hong Kong.

    No illnesses have been reported to date. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

    Customers may return product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Customers may also contact the company with questions and to obtain information on how to return the product at 1-714-630-5941.

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