- USDA FSIS: Press Release - Cargill Beef Recall
- FDA CVM: 4 Flea & Tick Products Linked To Muscle Tremors, Seizures, Ataxia
- WDFW: Bird Migrations Fill The Skies
- Lewis County WSU Master Gardeners: How To Divide Perennials
- MAP Enrichment Programs: Forest School At Camp Singing Wind
- Weekend: 3rd Annual WitP, 16th ARTrails, Harvest Dinner, Blueberries, Burritos & Music
- And Beyond: Schools ACT 2HR Late Start Monday, V:T A.R.E. Tuesday
- Toledo High School Sports: HSFB Takes On Adna At Home
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More
Vision:TOLEDO shared a post: Thanks PTO and Mr. Bob for a great first day of garden! We enjoyed getting dirty and conducting soil tests! Mrs. Schultz's 3rd grade class!
USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) Press Release - Cargill Beef Recall
Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef Products due to Possible E. Coli O26 Contamination
Class I Recall 081-2018
Health Risk: High Sep 19, 2018
Congressional and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2018 – Cargill Meat Solutions, a Fort Morgan, Colo. establishment, is recalling approximately 132,606 pounds of ground beef products made from the chuck portion of the carcass that may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The ground beef items were produced and packaged on June 21, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: (Products List) [View Labels (PDF only)]
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
On Aug. 16, 2018, FSIS was notified of an investigation of E. coli O26 illnesses. FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state public health and agriculture partners determined that raw ground beef was the probable source of the reported illnesses. The epidemiological investigation identified 17 illnesses and one death with illness onset dates ranging from July 5 to July 25, 2018.
The Cargill Meat Solutions’ ground beef products were identified following further investigation related to Recall 072-2018, conducted on Aug. 30, 2018, where ground beef products were recalled in connection with the E. coli O26 outbreak. FSIS’ traceback information indicated that case-patients consumed ground beef products purchased at various retail stores that were supplied by Cargill Meat Solutions.
E. coli O26, like the more common E. coli O157:H7, is a serovar of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). People can become ill from STECs 2–8 days (average of 3–4 days) after exposure to the organism.
Most people infected with STEC O26 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended. Most people recover within a week, but rarely, some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, is common with STEC O26 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old, older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify 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 www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ. Consumers should take proper precautions when handling raw meat products. Proper hand washing after handling raw meat, poultry and eggs can greatly reduce the risk of bacterial cross-contamination to other foods and kitchen surfaces. It is important to prevent cross-contamination by washing countertops and sinks with hot, soapy water.
Media with questions regarding the recall can contact April Nelson with Cargill corporate affairs at (952) 742-9150 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can call 1-844-419-1574.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. 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 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
Animal Drug Safety Communication: FDA Alerts Pet Owners and Veterinarians About Potential For Neurologic Adverse Events Associated with Certain Flea & Tick Products
September 20, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners and veterinarians to be aware of the potential for neurologic adverse events in dogs and cats when treated with drugs that are in the isoxazoline class.
Since these products have obtained their respective FDA approvals, data received by the agency as part of its routine post-marketing activities indicates that some animals receiving Bravecto, Nexgard or Simparica have experienced adverse events such as muscle tremors, ataxia, and seizures. Another product in this class, Credelio, recently received FDA approval. These products are approved for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations, and the treatment and control of tick infestations.
The FDA is working with manufacturers of isoxazoline products to include new label information to highlight neurologic events because these events were seen consistently across the isoxazoline class of products.
The FDA carefully reviewed studies and other data on Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard and Simparica prior to approval, and these products continue to be safe and effective for the majority of animals. The agency is asking the manufacturers to make the changes to the product labeling in order to provide veterinarians and pet owners with the information they need to make treatment decisions for each pet on an individual basis. Veterinarians should use their specialized training to review their patients’ medical histories and determine, in consultation with pet owners, whether a product in the isoxazoline class is appropriate for the pet.
Although FDA scientists carefully evaluate an animal drug prior to approval, there is the potential for new information to emerge after marketing, when the product is used in a much larger population. In the first three years after approval, the FDA pays particularly close attention to adverse event reports, looking for any safety information that may emerge.
The FDA monitors adverse drug event reports received from the public or veterinarians, other publicly available information (such a peer-reviewed scientific articles), and mandatory reports from the animal drug sponsor (the company that owns the right to market the drug). Drug sponsors must report serious, unexpected adverse events within 15 days of the event. In addition, they must submit any events that are non-serious, plus any laboratory studies, in vitro studies, and clinical trials that have not been previously submitted to the agency, on a bi-annual basis for the first two years following product approval and annually thereafter.
The FDA continues to monitor adverse drug event reports for these products and encourages pet owners and veterinarians to report adverse drug events. You can do this by reporting to the drugs’ manufacturers, who are required to report this information to the FDA, or by submitting a report directly to the FDA.
To report suspected adverse drug events for these products and/or obtain a copy of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) or for technical assistance, contact the appropriate manufacturers at the following phone numbers:
Merck Animal Health (Bravecto): 800-224-5318
Elanco Animal Health (Credelio): 888-545-5973
Merial (Nexgard): 888-637-4251
Zoetis (Simparica): 888-963-8471
If you prefer to report directly to the FDA, or want additional information about adverse drug experience reporting for animal drugs, see How to Report Animal Drug Side Effects and Product Problems.
Fact Sheet for Pet Owners and Veterinarians about Potential Adverse Events Associated with Isoxazoline Flea and Tick Products
Issued by: FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine
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KATU NEWS posted this report: I-5 through Pacific NW is ideal for self-driving semi trucks
I-5 through Washington and Oregon would be the best U.S. highway to test and deploy self-driving semi trucks, according to INRIX traffic analytics.
Q: If a traffic camera “tickets” an HAV (Highly Automated Vehicle), who is responsible?
Just curious. I’ll go back to my Isaac Asimov library now…
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife shared this link:
4 Billion Birds Will Fly Through American Airspace This Fall
Don’t look up.
WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners shared this article from Master Gardeners of Spokane County WSU:
How To Divide Perennials
It may feel like time to put away the garden shears, shovels, kneeling pads, and hoes. But - not so fast! The late season chores we perform go a long way toward getting next year's garden off to a fabulous start. More...
MAP Enrichment Programs: Forest School at Camp Singing Wind this week:
Tonight: Courage To Change Al-Anon AFG meets 7 p.m. Fridays at Toledo Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus.
Saturday: Esther Borte’s 3rd Annual Walk in the Park
Week 3 of 3: Blueberry Plant Fundraiser & Bake Sale 11AM - 3 PM at Riverview Foodmart supporting Toledo High School Girls Basketball & Volleyball. Locally raised plants of proven quality. Get yours before they’re gone!
Not Strictly Toledo: Helo Smoke & Thunder
Plus: Toledo Girls Soccer team is hosting a Mexican food fundraiser to help fund gear such as soccer balls, new goals or nets.
Each plate will cost just $7 and that’s a 1 pound burrito or 4 tacos! Home made! Please come and help. Serving 12 noon - 4PM at Toledo High School.
Also: 16th Annual ARTrails of SWW September 15-16 & 22-23
Toledo Senior Center Harvest Dinner
One More: Toledo grad Dakota Robins brings his signature sound to the Brown Shack Saturday…
Finally: September 22, 2018 is Museum Day, is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, September 22, 2018, for two people.
Find nearby participating museums at Smithsonianmag.com and download your pass.
Monday: Toledo Schools ACT 2-hour late start.
Tuesday: Vision:Toledo Arts, Rec & Events at Morgan Arts Center.
Toledo High School Sports: September 2018
SPORT DATE OPPONENT START
HSFB Friday, September 21, 2018 Adna Home 7:00
!!!! GO INDIANS !!!!
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
September 28-30: Camp Singing Wind Hosts 11th Permaculture Convergence
October 13: Camp Singing Wind Hosts Goat Rendezvous
October 20: Nineteenth Annual Pow Wow Honoring The Spirit Of All Cowlitz People
November 3: Fiber Workshop @ Morgan Arts Centre
Citizens for Great Toledo Schools ISO* campaign contributions for this school bond
Toledo Thursday Market PDF vendor forms. $10/week, handmade & homegrown.
Washington State Fire Wire updates wildfires throughout the state
Airnow.gov shares State Air Quality Resources
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