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Paragard IUD Lawsuit

Paragard is an intrauterine device (IUD) used as a long-term birth control (contraception). It is a copper, non-hormonal IUD birth control device that has been around since the 1980’s. The Paragard IUD is a T-shaped plastic frame that is inserted into the uterus. Copper wire is coiled around the device, producing an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to sperm and eggs, thus preventing pregnancy. Paragard is the only copper IUD available in the U.S. It is able to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years after insertion. Potential Paragard Side Effects and Complications Per the Mayo Clinic: “It’s also possible to expel ParaGard from your uterus. You might not feel the expulsion if it occurs. You may be more likely to expel ParaGard if you: – Have never been pregnant – Have heavy or prolonged periods – Have severe menstrual Read More

December 30, 2020: Midwestern Pet Foods Issues Recall for Pet Food due to Aflatoxin Contamination

Midwestern Pet Foods Pet Food Recall News – Midwestern Pet Foods (Midwestern) initiated a recall for various pet food due to tests indicating elevated levels of Aflatoxin, a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus. Midwestern Pet Foods Pet Food Recall Information On December 30, 2020, Midwestern Pet Foods (Midwestern), of Evansville, IN, issued a recall for the below mentioned dog and cat food products due to tests revealing Aflatoxin levels exceeding acceptable limits. At high levels, Aflatoxin can cause illness and possibly death in pets. Reports indicate that dogs have died due to the below listed lots of Sportmix High Energy dog food. Per the recall from Midwestern, “If your pet shows signs of aflatoxin poisoning including sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea, contact a Read More

December 15, 2020: Penumbra Issues Urgent Recall of JET 7 Catheters with Xtra Flex Technology Due to Increased Risk of Serious Injury and Death

Penumbra’s JET 7 Xtra Flex Catheter Recall News – Penumbra issued a recall for all models of its JET 7 Reperfusion Catheter with Xtra Flex Technology (JET 7 Xtra Flex) due to unexpected deaths and serious injuries while being used for removing clots in stroke patients. Penumbra’s JET 7 Xtra Flex Catheter Recall Information On December 15, 2020, Penumbra issued an urgent recall for consumers and providers for all configurations of the JET 7 Xtra Flex due to “unexpected death or serious injury” while the affected product was being used for removing clots in stroke patients. Use of the JET 7 Xtra Flex should cease immediately and facilities should take the affected devices out of their inventory. The affected JET 7 Xtra Flex devices include: All lots of Penumbra JET 7 Reperfusion Catheter and Penumbra Hi-Flow Aspiration Tubing with Catalog Read More

December 12, 2020: MPM Medical Issues Nationwide Recall of Regenecare HA Hydrogel Due to Burkholderia cepacia Contamination

Regenecare HA Hydrogel Recall News – MPM Medical has issued a recall for one lot of Regenecare HA Hydrogel. Following customer complaints of visible contamination, the Regenecare product tested positive for Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia). Regenecare HA Hydrogel Recall Information On December 2, 2020, MPM Medical, of Mesquite, TX, issued a recall for one lot of its Regenecare HA Hydrogel product due to a B. cepacia contamination. The affected product was packaged in 3 oz. plastic tubes and distributed in boxes of 12. The recalled Regenecare HA Hydrogel can be identified by the following: NDC #66977-107-03; Lot #41262; Date: 2021-01 This product was distributed nationwide to wholesalers and healthcare facilities. Patients and healthcare facilities with this affected lot of Regenecare HA Hydrogel should stop use immediately. Consumers should contact their healthcare provider or physician if they have experienced any problems. Read More

December 4, 2020: WishGarden Herbs Issues Nationwide Recall of Cord Care and Goldenseal Powder Due to Bacterial Contamination

WishGarden Cord Care and Goldenseal Powder Recall News – WishGarden Herbs, Inc. (WishGarden) has issued a recall for its Cord Care Powder and Goldenseal Powder products due to being contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had previously warned the public on August 14, 2020 about Maison Terre’s similar Goldenseal Root Powder product. The product was contaminated with multiple microorganisms, one of which was Cronobacter sakazakii, leading to an infant death. Maison Terre recalled the affected product on August 17, 2020. WishGarden Cord Care and Goldenseal Powder Recall Information On December 4, 2020, WishGarden recalled 14 lots of Cord Care Powder and Goldenseal Powder products. These products were produced after July 26, 2018, with expiration dates between July 26, 2018 and September 1, 2020. WishGarden determined the affected Cord Care and Goldenseal Powder products were Read More

November 17, 2020: Fresh Express Recalls Expired Fresh Express Kit Caesar Supreme Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

Fresh Express Kit Caesar Supreme Recall News – Fresh Express have issued a limited recall for their expired Fresh Express Kit Caesar Supreme due potential E. coli contamination. Fresh Express Kit Caesar Supreme Recall Information On November 17, 2020, Fresh Express recalled a limited number of expired 10.5 oz. Fresh Express Kit Caesar Supreme with a use-by date of November 8, 2020 and product code: S296 due to possible E. coli STEC 026 bacteria exposure. The recalled Caesar Supreme kit was distributed mainly in Western and Southwestern U.S. states. For more information on the specifics of this recall, please see the table at the bottom. This recall has been issued due to a randomly selected package of Fresh Express Kit Caesar Supreme coming back positive for E. coli STEC 026. Consumers and retailers who still have the product should discard it immediately. Refunds are available Read More

November 12, 2020: Investigation Launched by FDA & CDC for E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Recalled Romaine Lettuce

E. coli Single Head Romaine Lettuce Outbreak News – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), along with state and local partners, have announced an investigation into illnesses related to a multi-state outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. Tanimura & Antle, Inc. recalled its romaine lettuce product on November 6, 2020. E. coli Single Head Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Information On November 12, 2020, FDA and CDC officials announced an investigation into multiple E. coli illnesses reported across several states linked to single head romaine lettuce. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) reported on November 6 that they collected a routine sample of romaine lettuce for testing. The sample came back positive for E. coli 0157:H7 and whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis determined that the E. coli 0157:H7 present in the sample matched Read More

November 6, 2020: Tanimura & Antle Issues Recall for Packaged Single Head Romaine Lettuce Due to Possible E. Coli 0157:H7 Contamination

Tanimura & Antle Romaine Lettuce E. Coli recall – Taminura & Antle, Inc. has issued a recall for its packaged single head romaine lettuce due to a possible contamination with E. coli 0157:H7. Tanimura & Antle Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Recall Information On November 6, 2020, Tanimura & Antle, Inc. recalled its brand name single head romaine lettuce, labeled with a “packed on” date of 10/15/20 or 10/16/20 due to a potential E. coli 0157:H7 contamination. Tanimura & Antle have initiated this recall in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A random sample of Tanimura & Antle’s romaine lettuce was collected and analyzed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as part of routine testing and came back positive for E. coli. A total of 3,396 cartons of potentially affected products were distributed throughout the United States to following Read More

October 8, 2020: Salmonella Newport Onion Outbreak Declared Over

Salmonella Newport Onion Outbreak News – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an update on the Salmonella Newport onion outbreak advising that it appears to be over. The outbreak stemmed from onions distributed by Thomson International. Taylor Farms and Giant Eagle also recalled products containing the affected onions. Salmonella Newport Onion Outbreak Information On October 8, 2020, the FDA declared that the Salmonella Newport onion outbreak to be over. The recalled onion products should no longer be available for purchase in stores. Some of the affected onions may still be in possession of consumers or in restaurants, especially if they were frozen. Accordingly, consumers should be vigilant about any onions affected by this outbreak. Per the FDA update,  “Although the outbreak is being declared over, the FDA will continue its root cause investigation and will communicate any findings that could assist future prevention Read More

Credit: FDA & Wismettac Asian Foods; salmonella mushroom outbreak

October 5, 2020: FDA Update on Salmonella Stanley Outbreak

Salmonella Stanley Mushroom Outbreak News – Per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has completed genetic testing which determined that the ongoing Salmonella Stanley outbreak is linked to the recalled mushroom products from Wismettac Asian Foods. The FDA’s last update was on September 24, 2020. Salmonella Stanley Mushroom Outbreak Information On October 1, 2020, the CDPH reported that whole genome sequencing (genetic testing) confirmed that the Salmonella present in the mushroom samples matched the current outbreak strain. Currently, the last onset of illness date was August 26, 2020. There are 43 total reported illnesses, with 4 hospitalizations, from ten states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The affected mushroom products have been confirmed to have been distributed in the following states (and DC): AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, Read More

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