Country Fresh Recalls Product Because Of Possible Health Risk:

Country Fresh Recalls Product Because Of Possible Health Risk:

For Immediate Release

August 26, 2016

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Consumers

Country Fresh, Inc.
 281-453-3305

Announcement

August 26, 2016.  Country Fresh, LLC. of Conroe, Texas, is recalling 30,000 cases of various fresh-cut vegetable products (product descriptions attached), because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeriainfection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The product in question was shipped to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia under the Country Fresh and store brand labels described in the product listing.

The product bears “BEST IF USED BY” dates between August 7, 2016 (8/7/16) through August 19, 2016 (8/19/16).  The product is in either a clear plastic container as labeled below or in Styrofoam trays overwrapped with clear plastic film as labeled below.  No products except those on this list are subject to this recall.

To date, no illnesses have been confirmed by public health authorities.

“We are treating this incident very seriously because we want to ensure that our customers are provided with only the safest, most wholesome, and high-quality products available,” said Max Payen, Country Fresh’s Director of Food Safety.  The potential for contamination was uncovered as the result of a single routine sample taken at a retail store by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which revealed the finished product tested positive for the bacteria.  The company has ceased distribution of the affected product as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Country Fresh continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.  This recall is being undertaken with the knowledge of the FDA.

Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 281-453-3305, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT.

The list of products subject to this recall follows:

Description Store Description of Packaging Use by Date Range States Distributed
CFC Celery/Onion Dice 6oz BI-LO Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, GA, AL
CFC Creole Mix 6oz BI-LO Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, GA, AL
CFC Fajita Mix 6oz BI-LO Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, GA, AL
CFC Pico De Gallo 8oz BI-LO Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, GA, AL
CFC Tri-Pepper Dice 6oz BI-LO Clamshell 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, GA, AL
CFC Yellow Onion Dice 6oz BI-LO Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, GA, AL
CF Diced Onion 4/3lb Fresh Point Clamshell 8/11/2016 8/17/2016 FL
Farmers Market  Diced Green Peppers 8oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Farmers Market  Diced Tri-Pepper 6 oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Farmers Market  Diced Yellow Onions 8oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, VA
Fajita Mix 10oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
 Fajita Mix 12oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Green Bean Sauté 10oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, VA
Farmers Market Mirepoix 12oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, VA
Grilling Vegetables 14oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Jal Ched Stuff Mushrooms 7oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, VA
Kabob Kit 23oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Stir Fry Vegetable 10oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/8/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
SW Stuff Mushrooms 7oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, VA
Tri-Color Peppers 12oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Veggie & Fruit Kabob Kit 23oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Kabob Sensations Veggie Kabob 23oz Publix Supermarkets, Inc. Overwrap 8/12/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, FL,GA, AL
Diced Yel Onion Condiment 8oz QuikTrip Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, GA
Diced Yellow Onion 40oz QuikTrip Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, GA
Green Pepper 40oz QuikTrip Clamshell 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, GA
Regular Pico Condiment 10oz QuikTrip Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, GA
Sliced Green Bell Pepper 4lb QuikTrip Clamshell 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, GA
Diced Onion 16oz The Spinx Company Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC
Pico de Gallo 18oz The Spinx Company Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC
Diced Yellow Onion 8oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/17/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Marketside Pico de Gallo 10oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/17/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Marketside Spicy Pico de Gallo 10 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/17/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Sliced Bell Peppers 7oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Clamshell 8/7/2016 8/19/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Marketside Fajita Mix 9.5oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Overwrap 8/8/2016 8/19/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Marketside Veggie Kabobs 23oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Overwrap 8/9/2016 8/19/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Portabella Griller 12.5oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Overwrap 8/7/2016 8/19/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Celery/Onion Dice 6oz Winn Dixie Clamshell 8/9/2016 8/17/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Creole Mix 6oz Winn Dixie Clamshell 8/9/2016 8/19/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Fajita Mix 6oz Winn Dixie Clamshell 8/9/2016 8/19/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Pico De Gallo 8oz Winn Dixie Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/17/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Tri-Pepper Dice 6oz Winn Dixie Clamshell 8/9/2016 8/19/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Yellow Onion Dice 6oz Winn Dixie Clamshell 8/9/2016 8/17/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Mush & Garlic Herb Steak 7.5oz Winn Dixie Overwrap 8/9/2016 8/17/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Stuffed Mushrooms 7oz Winn Dixie Overwrap 8/8/2016 8/17/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Tuscan Stuffed Mushrooms 8oz Winn Dixie Overwrap 8/8/2016 8/17/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Zika drug breakthrough:

Zika drug breakthrough:

Emily Lee, Yichen Cheng and Sarah Ogden are graduate students in Hengli Tang’s lab at Florida State and helped conduct his research on zika.
Credit: Bill Lax/Florida State

A team of researchers from Florida State University, Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health have found existing drug compounds that can both stop Zika from replicating in the body and from damaging the crucial fetal brain cells that lead to birth defects in newborns.

One of the drugs is already on the market as a treatment for tapeworm.

“We focused on compounds that have the shortest path to clinical use,” said FSU Professor of Biological Science Hengli Tang. “This is a first step toward a therapeutic that can stop transmission of this disease.”

Tang, along with Johns Hopkins Professors Guo-Li Ming and Hongjun Song and National Institutes of Health scientist Wei Zheng identified two different groups of compounds that could potentially be used to treat Zika — one that stops the virus from replicating and the other that stops the virus from killing fetal brain cells, also called neuroprogenitor cells.

One of the identified compounds is the basis for a drug called Nicolsamide, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved drug that showed no danger to pregnant women in animal studies. It is commonly used to treat tapeworm.

This could theoretically be prescribed by a doctor today, though tests are still needed to determine a specific treatment regimen for the infection.

Their work is outlined in an article published Monday by Nature Medicine.

Though the Zika virus was discovered in 1947, there was little known about how it worked and its potential health implications — especially among pregnant women — until an outbreak occurred in South America last year. In the United States, there have been 529 cases of pregnant women contracting Zika, though most of those are travel related. As of Aug. 24, there have been 42 of locally transmitted cases in Florida.

The virus, among other diseases, can cause microcephaly in fetuses leading them to be born with severe birth defects. “It’s so dramatic and irreversible,” Tang said. “The probability of Zika-induced microcephaly occurring doesn’t appear to be that high, but when it does, the damage is horrible.”

Researchers around the world have been feverishly working to better understand the disease — which can be transmitted both by mosquito bite and through a sexual partner — and also to develop medical treatments.

Tang, Ming and Song first met in graduate school 20 years ago and got in contact in January because Tang, a virologist, had access to the virus and Ming and Song, neurologists, had cortical stem cells that scientists needed to test.

The group worked at a breakneck pace with researchers from Ming and Song’s lab, traveling back and forth between Baltimore and Tang’s lab in Tallahassee where they had infected the cells with the virus.

In early March, the group was the first team to show that Zika indeed caused cellular phenotypes consistent with microcephaly, a severe birth defect where babies are born with a much smaller head and brain than normal.

They immediately delved into follow-up work and teamed with NIH’s Zheng, an expert on drug compounds, to find potential treatments for the disease.

Researchers screened 6,000 compounds that were either already approved by the FDA or were in the process of a clinical trial because they could be made more quickly available to people infected by Zika.

“It takes years if not decades to develop a new drug,” Song said. “In this sort of global health emergency, we don’t have time. So instead of using new drugs, we chose to screen existing drugs. In this way, we hope to create a therapy much more quickly.”

All of the researchers are continuing the work on the compounds and hope to begin testing the drugs on animals infected with Zika in the near future.

The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, Florida State University, Emory University and the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund.

Other institutions contributing to the research are the Zhejiang University School of Medicine in China, Emory University and the Icahn School of Medicine. Emily Lee, a Florida State University graduate student working with Tang, shared the first authorship position with Assistant Professor of Biology at Emory Zhexing Wen and NIH scientist Miao Xu.


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The above post is reprinted from materials provided by Florida State University. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Miao Xu, Emily M Lee, Zhexing Wen, Yichen Cheng, Wei-Kai Huang, Xuyu Qian, Julia TCW, Jennifer Kouznetsova, Sarah C Ogden, Christy Hammack, Fadi Jacob, Ha Nam Nguyen, Misha Itkin, Catherine Hanna, Paul Shinn, Chase Allen, Samuel G Michael, Anton Simeonov, Wenwei Huang, Kimberly M Christian, Alison Goate, Kristen J Brennand, Ruili Huang, Menghang Xia, Guo-li Ming, Wei Zheng, Hongjun Song & Hengli Tang. Identification of small-molecule inhibitors of Zika virus infection and induced neural cell death via a drug repurposing screen. Nature Medicine, 2016 DOI: 10.1038/nm.4184
Police Ask Public’s Help In Hudson Valley Homicide Cold Case:

Police Ask Public’s Help In Hudson Valley Homicide Cold Case:

State police are asking for help in solving the 1981 murder of Dawn Marino.

New York State Police are asking the pubic for help in the solving the 1981 murder of Dawn Marino.

The disappearance of 20-year-old Dawn Marie Marino from Orange County in 1981 has not been forgotten by the New York State Police and they are asking for the public’s help in solving the decades old cold case.

On May 16, 1981, Marino was last seen standing in the parking lot of the Corner Tavern Bar located near the intersection of Liberty Corners Road and County Route 1 in Pine Island, a hamlet in the town of Warwick.

On October 31, 1987, Marino’s remains were found on property located on Little York Road in the Town of Warwick. Her remains were found five miles from where she was last seen alive, police said.

Hundreds of leads have been investigated and interviews have been conducted, however, the case remains unsolved and under investigation.

“The cold cases are never forgotten and by putting them up in social media and in the news we hope to trigger something in someone’s memory,” said State Investigator William Fuller. “There’s always hope we will solve the case.”

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Troop F, Major Crimes Investigator Darrin Fulton at 845-344-5378 confidential tip line 845-344-5370, or Investigator William Fuller of the State Police barracks in Monroe at 845-782-8311.

All calls can remain confidential.

Alleged California Sex Offender Found in Louisiana — With 4 Missing Kids:

Alleged California Sex Offender Found in Louisiana — With 4 Missing Kids:

A California man wanted for the alleged sexual assault of a child in that state was found Sunday morning in Louisiana with four missing children, police said.

Joseph Moreno, 37, was arrested with Penny Rascon, 37, at a highway convenience store in Acadia Parish, west of New Orleans, shortly after 7:00 a.m. CT, Louisiana State Police spokesman Brooks David said in a news release.

Rascon’s four children, all of whom were listed as missing in California, were found in a car outside the store.


Joseph F. Moreno Louisiana State Police

The children were ages four, six, seven and eight, David said, adding that they appeared hungry and dirty.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service had alerted state troopers earlier Sunday that Rascon and Moreno could be traveling through Louisiana together.


Penny L. Rascon Louisiana State Police

David told NBC News that Rascon and Moreno are a couple, and that the children were listed as missing from Dos Palos, in California’s Central Valley, after the pair fled the state to evade Moreno’s arrest.

It was unclear where they were going, he said.

Moreno was booked on a California warrant charging him with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, David said. Rascon was charged with child abduction. Both will be extradited to California, David said.

Troopers purchased food and drinks for the children, David said, and at the state police station they were given blankets, pillows and toys before being released to the state Department of Children and Family