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Salmonella outbreak prompts another peanut butter recall

first_imgJan 14, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The manufacturer of peanut butter that has been implicated in a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections announced a recall yesterday of all of its product made since Jul 1, 2008.Peanut Corp. of America (PCA), based in Lynchburg, Va., announced the recall of 21 lots of peanut butter made in a company plant in Blakely, Ga. All of the product was sold to institutions and food service businesses, with none going to consumers through retail stores, the company said in a news release posted on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Web site.The peanut butter was distributed in 17 states, George Clarke, a PCA spokesman in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News today. The list of states and total amount of peanut butter covered by the recall were not immediately available.Minnesota investigators announced Jan 12 that they had found the outbreak strain of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium in an open 5-pound container of King Nut peanut butter from a nursing home associated with one of the outbreak cases. King Nut Cos., based in Solon, Ohio, a distributor of peanut butter made by PCA, announced its own recall on Jan 10. PCA peanut butter is also sold under the name Parnell’s Pride.As of Jan 12, the outbreak involved 410 salmonellosis cases in 43 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak might have contributed to three deaths, and 18% of patients with available information were hospitalized, the agency said.Minnesota, one of the states hit hardest by the outbreak, now has 33 cases, up from 30 reported last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported today. Twelve of the patients were in nursing homes, and 13 were hospitalized, said MDH spokesman Doug Schultz.In addition, a second Minnesota case-patient has died, Schultz reported today. He said the patient, a male nursing home resident in his 70s, had numerous underlying health problems, so the extent of Salmonella’s contribution to his death is unknown. Officials had said the same of the earlier death, that of a woman in her 70s.Although PCA said none of the recalled peanut butter was destined for retail stores, a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) spokesman told CIDRAP News today that FDA investigators were looking into whether PCA peanut butter could have been used in other products.”I know that the FDA is in the facility in Blakely, Ga., and they’re looking at peanut butter that might’ve gone from that facility that might be used in other products,” said Ben Miller of the MDA. “What those products are I don’t know. That’s always a possibility when you’re dealing with a product like that.”Miller said the PCA press release referred to peanut butter that the company “probably had direct control over,” but if some of the product went to another manufacturer or distributor, the company wouldn’t have controlled how it was used.Clarke, the PCA spokesman, said he had no immediate information on whether any of the company’s customers could have formulated the peanut butter into other products.In other developments, King Nut Cos. said in a Jan 12 statement that King Nut peanut butter couldn’t have caused all the Salmonella cases because it is not distributed nationwide.”We only distribute in seven states and therefore King Nut peanut butter could not possibly be the source of a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella,” the company said. It said it sells to food service companies only in Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, Arizona, Idaho, and New Hampshire.See also: PCA recall news release on FDA sitehttp://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ArchiveRecalls/2009/ucm128827.htmKing Nut Cos. news releaseshttp://www.kingnut.com/site.cfm/news.cfmCDC outbreak updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium/last_img read more

‘It’s a surprise’: Klopp wowed by Liverpool’s hot start

first_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah was on target in Liverpool’s win over Southampton © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool’s flying start has surprised him as they won their sixth successive Premier League game to return to the top of the table.The comfortable 3-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield was wrapped up by half-time on Saturday courtesy of an own goal from Wesley Hoedt, Joel Matip’s header and Mohamed Salah’s simple finish. The victory marked Liverpool’s best start to a season since they won eight league games in a row in 1990-91.Klopp’s red-hot men have now won seven successive matches in all competitions this term.Southampton manager Mark Hughes, now without a league win in 12 visits to Anfield with six different teams, admitted the second half was simply “damage limitation” for the Saints.And Klopp was happy to welcome another unexpected milestone on his team’s journey.“I lost seven games in a row once, that felt different! But then we won game number eight 5-0, very cool,” he said.“It’s a surprise, but all the performances we showed so far were good enough to win the games.“Different challenges, different styles of opponent, the boys were there, really in the situation and in the game.”Klopp was also able to offer good news on the only possible downsides on the day for Liverpool, the half time removal of Xherdan Shaqiri and the second half substitution of Virgil van Dijk, who left the pitch clutching his ribs.Klopp revealed Shaqiri’s early substitution in his first Liverpool start was purely tactical despite his involvement in the build up to the first goal – his shot hit Shane Long before going in off Hoedt – and his superb 25 yard free-kick against the bar which led to Salah’s tap-in for the third.“I said to Shaq at half time that I’d never taken a player off at half time after such an influential half,” Klopp said.“He was not injured, but I wanted to control the game, go back to our normal formation, and that helped us.”The Swiss international understood the decision, according to his manager.“He’s a fantastic boy so there was no problem. I explained it to him, usually I don’t explain substitutions but I thought today it made a bit of sense,” Klopp added.“It’s just good to have him. You saw the free kick, it was outstanding. What a ball!”– Cutting edge –Van Dijk, said Klopp, aggravated bruised ribs which he carried into the PSG game in midweek.“He had already before the PSG game kind of a bruised rib, which is very uncomfortable, and today he got another hit there,” he said.“It’s not cool, but should not be too serious.“He said he couldn’t shout any more, so that’s obviously 60 per cent less of his level!”Klopp’s 600th competitive game as a manager saw Liverpool extend an impressive home league record, unbeaten now in 18 games and 17 months at Anfield.No opposing player has even scored here in the league since February, with Liverpool scoring 23 in the same period.While the Saints enjoyed some promising moments they could not find the cutting edge to worry their opponents.The second half was rather a non-event with Salah’s disallowed finish after James Milner’s shot was cleared off the line the closest Liverpool came to adding gloss to the scoreline.Hughes thought 3-0 was harsh on his side but added: “We faced a quality side today. We’re not the first and won’t be the last not to cope with their attacking threat.“We didn’t really give ourselves a chance in the opening period, we were too easy to create chances against though we were unfortunate with the opening goal.”The victory ended a positive week for Liverpool with a third win after a statement victory against top four rivals Spurs at Wembley last weekend and the breathless, late victory against Paris St Germain in the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more