Fungal Meningitis Recall Expanded to Other Drugs

Fungal MeningitisThe FDA is advising doctors to stop using ALL NECC products after at least one patient tested positive for fungal meningitis following a transplant surgery in which the patient received a cardioplegic solution made by the New England Compounding Center (NECC).

Cardioplegic solution is not a steroid injection. It is used to induce cardiac muscle paralysis during open heart surgery to prevent injury to the heart.

Also at least one patient with possible meningitis potentially associated with epidural injection of an additional NECC product, triamcinolone acetonide, has been identified. Triamcinolone acetonide is a type of injectable steroid made by NECC. The previous cases of meningitis have been associated with methylprednisolone acetate, a similar injectable steroid product.

As a precautionary measure, the FDA is advising healthcare professionals to stop using any injectable product made by NECC, and to notify patients who have received any injectable product made by NECC during any healthcare procedure.

“At this point in FDA’s investigation, the sterility of any injectable drugs, including ophthalmic drugs that are injectable or used in conjunction with eye surgery, and cardioplegic solutions produced by NECC are of significant concern, and out of an abundance of caution, patients who received these products should be alerted to the potential risk of infection.”

Fungal Meningitis Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of meningitis include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, photophobia (sensitivity to light) and altered mental status. Symptoms for other possible infections may include fever; swelling, increasing pain, redness, warmth at injection site; visual changes, pain, redness or discharge from the eye; chest pain, or drainage from the surgical site (infection within the chest).


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Texas Firm Recalls Beef Sausage Products Due To Possible Listeria Contamination


WASHINGTON, March 21, 2012 – Southside Market & BBQ, an Elgin, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 2,373 pounds of ready-to-eat beef sausage products that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 16 oz. packages of “Southside Market & BBQ Original Beef Sausage,” Lot # 065-E
  • 16 oz. and 48 oz. packages of “Southside Market & BBQ Original Beef Sausage,” Lot #’s 065-A, 065-B, 065-C, and 065-D
  • 16 oz. packages of “Southside Market & BBQ 1882 Hot Recipe Beef Sausage,” Lot # 065-D



Case labels or packaging may bear the establishment number “EST. 21577” in the USDA Mark of Inspection. The smoked and fully cooked products were produced on March 5, 2012, and distributed to retail warehouses in Texas, as well as through internet sales to California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, and Texas. The problem was discovered during routine FSIS testing.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at:

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact Bryan Bracewell, CEO of Southside Market & BBQ, at (512) 285-3407.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.


Watkins Inc. Recalls Crab Snack & Dip Seasoning: Salmonella Risk

Watkins Inc. of Winona, MN, is recalling 306 units of its individual 4.6 ounce containers and 283 units of its 0.9 ounce packages of Crab Snack & Dip Seasoning food 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.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the supplier of a raw material used in the Crab Snack & Dip Seasoning. Kerry Ingredients & Flavours products manufactured with HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) supplied by Basic Food Flavors Inc, revealed the presence of Salmonella which is used in the 4.6 ounce and 0.9 ounce packages of Crab Snack & Dip Seasoning.

The recalled Crab Snack & Dip Seasonings was distributed only through Watkins network of independent contractors, associates and through mail orders.

The product comes in a 4.6 ounce, clear glass package marked with lot #39554 on the side of the package; in addition this product comes in a 0.9 ounce, silver foil pouch marked with lot #40261 on the bottom of the package.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the 4.6 ounce or 0.9 ounce packages of Crab Snack & Dip Seasoning are urged to return them to their original place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-243-9423.

Pringles Recall

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Dear Valued Pringles Consumer,

As part of a recall involving many food companies, Pringles is voluntarily recalling two of our flavors from the U.S. market: Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger and Family Faves Taco Night.

Please read the press release below for further information or call us at the following toll free number: 1-877-876-7881.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused our consumers.

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CINCINNATI, March 8, 2010 – The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG), in response to a recommendation from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to the food industry, announced today that it is voluntarily recalling Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger potato crisps and Pringles Family Faves Taco Night potato crisps as part of an industry ingredient recall to protect consumers from potential Salmonella exposure. There have been no reports of Salmonella-related illness in relation to these products.

P&G was notified by one of its suppliers that a seasoning used in these two products contains hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., who has voluntarily recalled several lots of this ingredient because of potential salmonella exposure. As a result, the FDA has recommended that food manufacturers recall certain types of products containing HVP manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, and P&G is complying with this guidance.

Only products with the following “best by” dates are being recalled. The “best by” date for each product can be found on the bottom of the can.

Product Name UPC Code “Best by” date
Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger, Super Stack Canister, 181 grams 37000 26936 02/2011
Pringles Family Faves Taco Night, Super Stack Canister, 181 grams 37000 26773 03/2011

No other Pringles varieties or flavors are affected by this recall. These two products represent only one half of one percent of Pringles’ US volume. None of the affected products have been shipped to retailers outside of the United States.

The safety of our products is P&G’s top priority, and we follow rigorous food safety and ingredient testing standards. We are withdrawing these products out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety and in response to FDA’s recommendation to the food industry.

Salmonella is a common food borne pathogen that can cause severe illnesses, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While most individuals recover without medical intervention, the infection can be life-threatening in some cases such as young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. There have been no reports of Salmonella-related illness to date in relation to these products.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard the product and call P&G for a replacement coupon or refund at 1-877-876-7881 (Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 6PM US ET).

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FDA orders widespread food recall

Salmonella found in flavor enhancer used in thousands of processed foods


FDA recalls some foods with flavor enhancer HVP March 4: The Food and Drug administration is recalling a widely used food flavoring found in soups, snack foods, hot dogs, chili, and salad dressings because of possible salmonella contamination. NBC‘s Brian Williams reports.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of a common flavor enhancer that could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

The product, called hydrolyzed vegetable protein or HVP, is potentially in thousands of food products, including soups, sauces, chilis, stews, hot dogs, gravies, seasoned snack foods, dips and dressings. HVP is manufactured by a Las Vegas company.

No illnesses have been reported, said Dr. Ian Williams, acting chief of outbreak response and prevention branch for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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In coordination with the CDC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plus other federal agencies and state health departments, the FDA is closely monitoring and assessing the potential risks of illness from affected products. “Our investigators were able to identify this problem before any illnesses occurred,” said FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg. “While the investigation is continuing, the agency is supporting reasonable steps to continue to protect the public health.”

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The manufacturer of the affected product is Basic Food Flavors Inc. in Las Vegas. Only HVP manufactured by Basic Food Flavors is involved in this recall. This is the first recall with this ingredient. Recall will likely grow over days, weeks “We don’t know precisely how large this recall will get,” said Dr. Jeff Farrar, associate commissioner for food safety, FDA’s Office of Foods. “We expect this to get larger over the next several days to several weeks.” Many of the products with the flavor enhancer contain a “kill step” designed to destroy salmonella. Those products will not be recalled, said Farrar. The FDA conducted an investigation at the facility after a customer of Basic Food Flavors reported finding Salmonella Tennessee in one production lot of HVP to the FDA Reportable Food Registry, created in September 2009. After getting the tip, the FDA collected and analyzed samples at the facility and confirmed the presence of Salmonella Tennessee in the company’s processing equipment. The company is recalling all hydrolyzed vegetable protein in powder and paste form that it has produced since Sept. 17. The food registry was created after the recall of salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed several hundred. “When companies receive a product that they believe may be contaminated, they have to let the FDA know,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, principal deputy FDA commissioner. “Within just a few days, we were [investigating].” The FDA declined to identify the customer who made the report. At this time, FDA is taking several steps to instruct industry and protect consumers from potential salmonella infection.

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“This situation clearly underscores the need for new food safety legislation to equip FDA with the tools we need to prevent contamination,” said Farrar. FDA is advising industry that the recalled bulk HVP product should be destroyed or reconditioned according to FDA-approved procedures. FDA is also recommending recalls of certain products that might be eaten by consumers without any processing or cooking steps to address the potential risk.

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“Our investigation is continuing. We are proceeding with special studies to make sure foods containing those products are safe,” Farrar said. “We are working with food manufacturers and distributors to provide guidance on any products that will need to be recalled. We are also creating a Web page to find any recalled products that may be in their pantry.” For list of recalled products, go to

  • Remember to follow cooking instructions for all foods.
  • Report symptoms of Salmonella or other food-related illness to your local health care professional.

Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever and cramps. It can can be a serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

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