FDA/USDA ~ May/June 2018 Alerts & Safety


  • Ruiz Food Products, Inc. Recalls 12-Count Frozen Breakfast Burritos due to Possible Foreign Matter ContaminationRuiz Food Products, Inc., a Denison, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 50,706 pounds of frozen breakfast burritos that may be contaminated with extraneous material.
  • Apotex Corp. is voluntarily recalling one (1) lot of Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray, USP, 50 mcg per spray, 120 Metered Sprays, to the consumer level. The Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray USP 50 mcg per spray 120 Metered Sprays has been found to contain small glass particles. The glass particles could block the actuator and impact the functionality of the pump. The issue was discovered through a customer complaint.Risk Statement: There is a potential for patients to be exposed to the glass particles and mechanical irritation cannot be ruled out. Local trauma to the nasal mucosa might occur with use of the defective product. To date, Apotex Corp. has not received any  reports of adverse events related to recall.
    Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray USP 50 mcg per spray 120 Metered Sprays is indicated for the treatment of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis and for the management of sinus pain and pressure associated with allergic rhinitis in patients 4 to 17 years of age The affected Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray USP 50 mcg per spray 120 Metered Sprays can be identified by the information in the table below: and on the product label:

    NDC Lot
    Number
    Expiration
    Date
    Strength Configuration/Count
    60505-0829-1 NJ4501 07/2020 50 mcg per
    spray
    120 Metered
    Sprays
    Carton containing 1 Bottle of 50
    mcg per spray 120 Metered Sprays

    The affected Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray, USP, 50 mcg per spray, 120 Metered Sprays was distributed nationwide to wholesalers and distributors.

    Apotex Corp. has notified wholesalers/distributor by recall letter to arrange for return of any recalled product.

    Consumers/wholesalers/retailers/hospitals/institutions with an existing inventory of the lot subject to this recall should stop use and distribution of the remaining units and quarantine immediately. Healthcare Professionals in your organization should be informed of this recall. If you have further distributed the recalled product, to the wholesale or retail level, please notify any accounts or additional locations which may have received the recalled product from you. For additional assistance, call GENCO Pharmaceutical Services, a subsidiary of FedEx Supply Chain (GENCO) at 1- 877-475-5863 (7:00am – 5:00pm, CST Monday thru Friday), to arrange for return of the product.

    Customers with questions regarding this recall can contact Apotex Corp.  by phone-number 1-800-706-5575 (8:30am – 5:00pm, EST Monday thru Friday) or email address UScustomerservice@Apotex.com.  Customers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

    Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • Eddy Packing Co., Inc. Recalls Smoked Sausage Product due to Possible Foreign Matter ContaminationEddy Packing Co., Inc., a Yoakum, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 18,390 pounds of smoked sausage that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically soft plastic.
  • Haggen has pulled El Monterey products with the following expiration dates from its shelves. These products have been specifically recalled:El Monterey Shredded Steak & Cheese Flour Taquitos, 28 oz  – UPC: 71007-40389. Expiration Dates: 05/05/2014, 05/17/2014, 05/20/2014, 05/22/2014,
    06/07/2014, 10/08/2014, 10/11/2014, 10/16/2014, 10/21/2014, 12/12/2014El Monterey Shredded Steak Corn Taquitos, 28 oz – UPC: 71007-40155. Expiration Dates: 08/15/2014, 08/16/2014, 10/18/2014, 11/11/2014, 12/12/2014, 12/13/2014Reason for Recall:
    Ruiz foods is issuing a recall on certain best if used by dates of EL MONTEREY SHREDDED STEAK AND CHEESE FLOUR TAQUITOS 28 OZ. AND EL MONTEREY SHREDDED STEAK CORN TAQUITOS 28 OZ. The product was manufactured using meat that has been recalled by Rancho Feeding Company. There have been no reports of illnesses due to the consumption of this product.

    All product may be returned for a full refund.

    For more information, please call Ruiz Foods at 1-800-772-6474

     

Richard Collins murdered by a white supremacist days before his college graduation


UMD Black Student Union via Organize For

The University of Maryland’s Black Student Union just started a petition to University of Maryland’s President Wallace Loh demanding that he:

Honor Richard Collins III and punish hate speech at the University of Maryland.

Richard Collins III

 

University of Maryland’s Black Student Union just started a petition titled: “Honor Richard Collins III and punish hate speech at University of Maryland.”

Here’s why this is important: 

We are saddened and frightened by what happened to Richard Collins III when he was visiting our campus at University of Maryland. Collins, was waiting at a bus stop for his uber when a white UMD student and member of “Alt-Reich” a neo-nazi Facebook group, Sean Urbanski, approached him and stabbed him to death.

With Trump, and his team of white supremacists in the White House emboldening racists to act upon their hate we sadly are not that surprised by such fatal and racist actions like this. But, when they happen so close to home, on your campus a place where you are supposed to feel safe it is absolutely frightening. We send our condolences to the family of Richard Collins III who was graduating from college, at Bowie State this week.

In mourning this hateful murder we are also organizing and asking that the University of Maryland administration take steps to make campus safer for Black students and less of a safe haven for neo-nazis, and white supremacists like Sean Urbanski.

Join UMD students as we continue to pressure the administration to expand the consequences for hate speech and make the Code of Student Conduct in regard to hate speech less vague.

Students in UMD’s Black Student Union, NAACP, Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society, Community Roots, Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Muslim Political Alliance, American Indian Student Union and Pride Alliance have been pressuring the administration to make it clear that hate speech is not welcomed on UMD’s campus. However, the university has not responded to demands for policy changes that would show a commitment to making the campus safer for Black students and other minority groups.

When consequences for hate speech are not strong it tells students like Sean Urbanski that hate and bigotry is okay. It makes white supremacist students comfortable on campus, validated, and creates space for violent, racist attacks like what happened to Richard Collins III to occur.

Unfortunately multiple racially charged events have occurred over the past few years on UMD’s campus and we have voiced our concerns to the administration, but they’re being dismissed by the President’s office, the Provost’s Office and Student Affairs. Due to this the organizations listed above along with other student activists came together to form a group called Protect UMD, but as we can see with the murder of Richard Collins III UMD is not yet the safe campus that we want it to be.

While University President Wallace Loh has expressed his condolences and sadness over the murder of Richard Collins III it is not enough. That’s why we are calling for actions. Join us in demanding that UMD take hate speech seriously and punish those students who engage in it under the Code of Student Conduct

Richard Collins III was killed on campus Saturday night because of the color of his skin. If the university continues to be unresponsive to the demands of Black students, and other students of color, and doesn’t seriously listen to our concerns and grievances we are worried that hateful acts like this could become the norm.

President Loh has continuously reinforced an environment that tolerates hate speech by reducing student organizing efforts and instead encouraging more discourse. Not all situations require more discourse, some call for action! It’s time for Loh to recognize that. We need a president that supports diversity, acknowledges threats, and implements preventive policies that cultivate a safe and secure environment for all students on campus — not just white ones.

Students at UMD have been organizing for years to change the way the university is run so that Black students, and other students of color, can feel safe on campus. We did not want it to get to this. The university must respond with action now!

Racism is not out of the ordinary for UMD’s campus: 

  • In 2007 a noose was found hanging outside the Black cultural center, Nyumburu Cultural Center
  • In 2014 students protested the university’s police department’s hyper-militarization. campus police weaponry includes a $65,000 armored truck, 50 M16 rifles, two transport vehicles, and 16 12-gauge shotguns. However, all of the police weaponry remains
  • In 2016 UMD campus police broke up an off-campus party of mostly Black students using excessive force and pepper-spray
  • Just a few months ago, on March 13th, white nationalist posters were posted around campus
  • Racist rhetoric like “deport dreamers” and “build a wall” have been written in chalk outside of the Student Union building
  • On April 27th, 2017 a noose was hung on campus inside Phi Kappa Tau’s fraternity house, a mostly white fraternity

Racism is a trend at University of Maryland and the administration has allowed it to fester! It allows people like Sean Urbanski to thrive and for Black students on campus, whether visiting or part of the student body, to feel scared and know that they are unsafe!

Join us in demanding that UMD’s President Loh increase the punishment for students engaging in hate speech and make the Code of Student Conduct in regards to hate speech more explicit.

Thank You,

University of Maryland’s Black Student Union

a message from AARP ! Congress is listening – so far, some seniors won’t go hungry


Senior man and family member talking over a dinner table
Victory! But food assistance is stillon Congress’ chopping block

Our pressure on Congress is working, C! Last week, the House voted down the Farm Bill, which included cuts to SNAP benefits – a victory for the millions of older Americans that rely on this life-saving food assistance program.

Now, members of Congress are planning on a new vote for the Farm Bill that will still include these harmful cuts to the nutrition program – and they need to hear from you.Send a letter to your Representative and demand that the next Farm Bill keeps seniors from going hungry!