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FDA alerts consumers, vets to watch dogs for hyperthyroidism

'Extensive testing' shows thyroid hormone in canned food from Blue Buffalo Co., WellPet

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Federal officials are warning consumers and veterinarians to be on alert for potentially deadly hyperthyroidism in dogs that have eaten Blue Buffalo Co. and WellPet food. The three separate alerts, posted Monday by the Food and Drug Administration, include test results from three dogs and samples of “BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner… Continue Reading

Raw milk, tap water on survey about Nebraska outbreak

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Nebraska health officials want the public’s help with an investigation of a possible outbreak of gastrointestinal illnesses in and around the Beaver City. Even people who have not been sick are being asked to complete a survey, which includes questions about consuming unpasteurized milk, sources of tap water and dining at area restaurants. “If your… Continue Reading

Tainted soy butter spurs recalls one by one; FDA remains mum

Pro Sports Club recall of 20/20 bars likely first of many secondary recalls amidst E. coli outbreak

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As federal officials remain silent on sales and distribution details about a soy-based peanut butter substitute linked to a nationwide E. coli outbreak, secondary recalls of products made with the tainted soy butter have begun, leaving consumers to wonder how long they will have to wait for companies to voluntarily reveal how many more foods are… Continue Reading

Dozens sick from soy nut butter; FDA mum on manufacturer

Almost 90 percent of the victims in the ongoing E. coli outbreak traced to a soy substitute for peanut butter are children.

With the victim count at more than two dozen and expected to increase, lab reports show little doubt that I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter products are implicated in an ongoing E. coli outbreak, but corporate and government officials are still not saying what other products might also be contaminated. Three states — Oregon, Washington… Continue Reading

Vulto Creamery expands cheese recall because of Listeria

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Vulto Creamery, Walton, NY, has expanded its recall to include all lots of four additional cheeses, in relation to an ongoing Listeria outbreak that has killed two people. Eight cheeses from Vulto are now under nationwide recall: Heinennellie, Miranda, Willowemoc, Ouleout, Andes, Blue Blais, Hamden & Walton Umber because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide, with most… Continue Reading

SoyNut Butter Co. adds Dixie Diner’s Club brand to recall

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The identity of the soy nut butter manufacturer whose product is implicated in a nationwide E. coli outbreak remained a mystery today as a second brand of products was recalled. Dixie Diner’s Club brand of “Carb Not Beanit Butter” was added to the recall by the SoyNut Butter Co., which has already recalled all flavors,… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Canada recalls I.M. Healthy products; no E. coli cases there yet

U.S. continues to investigate SoyNut Butter Co.; manufacturer of soy butter remains secret

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UPDATE: 9:50 p.m. EST, March 10, 2017 — The recall in Canada has been expanded to include additional flavors of I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butters. Following confirmation by Oregon officials that they found E. coli in I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter Canadian officials issued a recall of the peanut butter substitute and granola… Continue Reading

2 dead in multi-state Listeria outbreak traced to Vulto cheese

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Two people are dead and four others are confirmed sick with a strain of Listeria monocytogenes found in cheese made from unpasteurized raw milk. Vulto Creamery is recalling the cheese from retailers and distributors nationwide. It’s been more than five months since the first outbreak victim became sick on Sept. 1, 2016, but federal officials… Continue Reading

Oregon confirms E. coli in SoyNut Butter from victims’ home

Name of Kentucky manufacturer not revealed; contaminated soy butter could be in other products

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Oregon health officials are the first to confirm E. coli contamination in  I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter after testing product collected from the home of two children who are among victims of a nationwide outbreak. “People need to know that if they have this product in their pantries, they should immediately return it to… Continue Reading

UPDATE: SoyNut Butter Co. expands recall to all soy butters, granola

16 people across 9 states sick with E. coli; schools, childcare centers urged to check for products

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UPDATE: 12:14 a.m. EST March 8, 2017 —  The SoyNut Butter Co. revealed that another company manufactured the soy nut butter implicated in an ongoing E. coli outbreak. Also, the CDC updated its outbreak data. There are now 16 confirmed cases of E. coli infection across nine states. Additional details below. An E. coli outbreak linked to peanut butter substitute… Continue Reading