Recall: Hummus May Be Tainted with Listeria

Hagee Foods Inc. dba Penny’s Salsa Inc., is recalling hummus products listed in the attached table 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, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The retail hummus products come in 8 oz. and 12 oz. clear plastic packages and were distributed to retail stores and food service accounts in Oregon and Washington with the Penny’s Salsa, Tacoma Boys and Harbor Greens labels. The USE BY dates 7/13/2013-8/25/2013 are printed on the side of the top lid.

Vegetable trays 8 oz and Snack packs 8 oz, which include 1.5 oz plastic containers of creamy hummus labeled Made in the Pacific North West, are packaged in black plastic trays with clear plastic lids. These products were distributed in Oregon and Washington. The USE BY dates 7/13/2013-7/24/2013 are on the underside of these trays.

Hummus for foodservice is packaged in 25 lb. bulk boxes. USE BY dates 7/13/2013-8/25/2013 are printed on the master shipper labels. This product was distributed in Washington.

The above hummus products were shipped from 5/27/13 to 7/14/13. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these products.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 12 ounce containers of Hummus.

The production of the product has been suspended while FDA, WSDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased any size of Penny’s Salsa Hummus are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-866-797-2572.

UPC Number Product

7 49404 83061 4 Penny’s Garlic Hummus 12 oz (340 g)

7 49404 90971 6 Penny’s Creamy Hummus 12 oz (340 g)

7 49404 32368 0 Penny’s Hummus De Gallo 12 oz (340 g)

7 49404 51848 2 Penny’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus 12 oz (340 g)

7 49404 91368 3 Penny’s Jalapeño Hummus 12 oz (340 g)

7 49404 70200 3  Penny’s Black Bean Hummus 12 oz (340 g)

7 49404 80515 5 Harbor Greens Black Bean Hummus 8 oz (227g)

7 49404 80717 3 Harbor Greens Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus 8 oz (227g)

7 49404 80313 7 Harbor Greens Jalapeño Hummus 8 oz (227g)

7 49404 80414 1 Harbor Greens Roasted Red Pepper Hummus 8 oz (227g)

7 49404 80616 9 Harbor Greens Hummus De Gallo 8 oz (227g)

7 49404 80212 3 Harbor Greens Garlic Hummus 8 oz (227g)

7 49404 90515 2 Tacoma Boys Black Bean Hummus 8 oz (227 g)

7 49404 90414 8 Tacoma Boys Roasted Red Pepper Hummus 8 oz (227g)

7 49404 90313 4 Tacoma Boys Jalapeño Hummus 8 oz (227g)

7 49404 90717 0 Tacoma Boys Sun Dried Tomato Hummus 8 oz (227g)

7 49404 90212 0 Tacoma Boys Garlic Hummus 8 oz (227g)

7 49404 90616 6 Tacoma Boys Hummus De Gallo 8 oz (227g)

7 49404 98020 3 Vegetable tray 8 OZ. Ingredients: Carrot Sticks, Celery, Grape Tomatoes, Creamy Hummus

7 49404 30002 5 Vegetable tray 8 OZ. Ingredients: Carrot Sticks, Pretzels, Grapes, Creamy Hummus

07494041923679 Penny’s Salsa Inc. Snack Pack w/Hummus Grapes, Carrots and Pretzels 8 oz

07494041923606 Penny’s Salsa Inc. Snack Pack w/Hummus Celery, Carrots, Tomato 8 oz

No UPC Penny’s Salsa Creamy Original Hummus 25 LB

via Recall: Hummus May Be Tainted with Listeria.

WHO MERS-CoV Update: 6 Cases – 2 KSA, 4 UAE

More and more – it resembles SARS from the 1990s but contained more or less to Saudi Arabia and nearby areas and not “traveling” quickly yet.

18 July 2013 – WHO has been informed of six additional laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Of these, two cases have been reported from Saudi Arabia and four from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

 

Both the cases in Saudi Arabia have mild symptoms and are not hospitalized. They are from Asir region. The first case is a 26-year-old man who is a close contact with a previously laboratory-confirmed case and the second case is a 42-year-old woman who is a health care worker.

 

In the UAE, the four cases are health care workers from two hospitals in Abu Dhabi who took care of an earlier laboratory-confirmed patient. Of these, two cases, a 28-year-old man and 30-year-old woman, did not develop symptoms of illness. The other two cases, both women of 30 and 40 years old, had mild upper respiratory symptoms and are in stable condition.

via WHO MERS-CoV Update: 6 Cases – 2 KSA, 4 UAE.

The Gun Report: July 18, 2013 – NYTimes.com

Leonard J. Smith Jr., 11, was shot and killed by a 6-year-old boy after a family barbecue in Belleville, Mo., late Tuesday. Adults were on the main floor of a two-story house while several children upstairs found a handgun, which discharged. Police said someone who lived at the home was temporarily holding the gun for a family member. A neighbor said children in the house were often left unattended.

via The Gun Report: July 18, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

The Gun Report: July 18, 2013 – NYTimes.com

Isaac Tervino, 9, was accidentally shot and killed by a 10-year-old relative in Copiah County, Miss., Wednesday morning. Tervino was with two other children in his grandmother’s bedroom when one of them found a gun, picked it up and fired, striking the victim above the right eyebrow. Adults were reportedly in another room of the house at the time.

via The Gun Report: July 18, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

Naked Juice Removes ‘All Natural’ Label Because Of GMOs

PepsiCo brand Naked Juice will stop using ‘all natural’ to describe its products after agreeing to settle a US class action suit for $9 million.

Naked Juice: No More ‘all natural’ labels

According to Lexology.com, Naked Juice has agreed to settle the claims that it falsely advertised some of its juice and smoothie products as ‘all natural’ and not genetically modified (GMO). Although Naked Juice denies the allegations, the company must establish a $9-million settlement fund. Consumers will each be eligible under the proposed agreement to recover a maximum of $45 dollars.

via Naked Juice Removes ‘All Natural’ Label Because Of GMOs.

Bulldozers Raze Ancient Urban Farm in Turkey | Green Prophet

The Yedikule neighborhood of Istanbul is on edge as bulldozers recently razed two gardens that have been cultivated for the last 1,500 years, The Atlantic Cities reports. This is taking place in tandem with the ongoing Gezi Park saga despite a court’s ruling that the latter should not be cleared to make way for a shopping mall.

Dating back to the 400′s, the farms are located beside the ancient walls encircling Istanbul’s historic core, writes Jennifer Hattam, who we have interviewed in the past about her work with the popular eco-blog Treehugger.

via Bulldozers Raze Ancient Urban Farm in Turkey | Green Prophet.

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Peace Is a Dream in My Land

Peace Is a Dream in My Land

July 18, 2013 Leave a Comment

I lost my pen in blood.

I lost my knowledge in ignorance.

I lost my way in a street filled with dead bodies.

Peace is a dream in my land.

Dust from bomb blasts cover me.

Body parts surround me.

I turn my face to the sky when it rains.

Peace is a dream in my land.

How long can we wait for peace?

How long can we live in fear of living?

How many family members can we lose?

Peace is a dream in my land.

Religion is supposed to save people’s lives.

Religion is killing people.

Hands rise in prayer to save this land from evil.

Peace is a dream in my land.

People hate each other.

People kill each other.

Life is is more worthless than anything.

Peace is a dream in my land.

My beautiful land looks like a graveyard.

The houses are in ruins.

Dust has taken over the green.

Peace is a dream in my land.

Will all this end?

Will we ever live without war?

There is ongoing war in my land.

Peace is a dream in my land.

By Shogofa

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Peace Is a Dream in My Land.

Oakland: 8-Year-Old Girl Shot, Killed During Sleepover: SFist

Marking Oakland’s 54th homicide of the year, an 8-year-old girl was shot and killed inside an apartment last night during a sleepover. Alaysha Carradine was killed after “someone fired into the apartment’s front security screen door” a little after 11 pm in the 3400 block of Wilson Avenue. She was hit in the neck and later succumbed to injuries at a nearby hospital.

Two other children, a 4-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl, and their 68-year-old grandmother were also wounded in the attack. They are in stable condition.

Oakland Tribune has more:

Khamel Hardin, 22, who lives in the apartment, said he was in the living room with the children when he heard gunshots and shot pierce the door and “whiz” through the air.

“It was like a bomb, explosion,” said Hardin. “I was dodging shots. I tried to get them out of the way.”

The shooting happened in Dimond District, “an area unaccustomed to such violence.”

via Oakland: 8-Year-Old Girl Shot, Killed During Sleepover: SFist.