FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 9, 2014 – Mars Foodservices US is voluntarily recalling Foodservices UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice products, which are only sold in 5 lbs and 25 lbs bags. UNCLE BEN’S® Brand Ready to Heat, Boxed, Bag or Cup Products available in supermarkets and other retail outlets are not involved. Our Foodservices Products are manufactured separately and are sold through wholesale distribution channels.
Only the following Foodservices products are impacted. These products should not be served or eaten. They should be returned to the distributor where purchased.
UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Roasted Chicken Flavor (25-lbs) U3010501
UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Roasted Chicken Flavor (5 lbs) U0257000
UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Garlic & Butter Flavor (5-lbs) U0257100
UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Mexican Flavor (25-lbs) U0318000
UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Mexican Flavor (5-lbs) U0257300
UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Pilaf (5-lbs) U0262000
UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Saffron Flavor (5-lbs) U0263002
UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Cheese Flavor (5-lbs) U0262900
UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Spanish Flavor (25-lbs) U3012100
via Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Mars Foodservices US Recalls Infused Rice Products Sold For Wholesale Distribution –UNCLE BEN’S® Retail Grocery Products Not Affected–.
Poultry is a culturally significant dish for New Year festivities, and buying the bird live and having it killed remains a significant part of the process. Across Asia, persuading people to buy supermarket-style dead, cut-up chicken has been difficult just for normal family meals, and more difficult for holiday ones. Even when live-market closings have been ordered, the mandates are not always followed.
via H7N9 Flu, Year Two: What Is Going On? – Wired Science.
Communities Minister Eric Pickles joined the attack, suggesting that the government had “perhaps relied too much on the Environment Agency’s advice” on flood prevention. Pickles, a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party, told BBC TV that “we thought we were dealing with experts.”
On Monday, Chris Smith, the head of the Environment Agency, hit back and accused ministers of having held back vital funds. Smith, a former member of parliament for the Labour Party, said the Treasury had limited the amount the agency could spend on flood management in Somerset.
“When I hear someone criticizing the expertise and professionalism of my staff in the Environment Agency who know more about flood risk management – 100 times more about flood risk management – than any politician ever does, I am not going to sit idly by,” Smith said.
via Thames bursts banks as Cameron calls UK floods ‘bibilical’ | News | DW.DE | 10.02.2014.
Rancho Feeding Corporation products are subject to recall:
“Beef Carcasses” (wholesale and custom sales only)
2 per box “Beef (Market) Heads” (retail only)
4-gallons per box “Beef Blood” (wholesale only)
20-lb. boxes of “Beef Oxtail”
30-lb. boxes of “Beef Cheeks”
30-lb. boxes of ” Beef Lips”
30-lb. boxes of “Beef Omasum”
30-lb. boxes of “Beef Tripas”
30-lb. boxes of “Mountain Oysters”
30-lb. boxes of “Sweet Breads”
30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Liver”
30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Tripe”
30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Tongue”
30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Veal Cuts”
40-lb. boxes of “Veal Bones”
50-lb. boxes of “Beef Feet”
50-lb. boxes of “Beef Hearts”
60-lb. boxes of “Veal Trim”
via Class 1 – High Risk Recall of 8,742,700 Pounds of Beef from Rancho Feeding Corporation | Food Safety News.
Wannabe “he-men” hunters in Germany similar to same in US – any excuse to go and shoot a wolf – to feel like a “real” man and lie about it to get your way! Members of district hunting association in Meissen, an idyllic city with a castle that is world famous for its porcelain, recently criticized the wolves’ return in a letter to the Saxony state interior minister that included the header “urgent”. In it, the hunters lament that Saxony has the “world’s densest population of wolves,” and that it is increasing. It goes on to say that they worry not only about public safety, but also that “previously unseen mass packs” of up to 40 wild boar had been lurking about in the Meissen area recently.
The hunters claim the animals have joined together in large packs out of fear of the wolves and are causing tremendous damage. They also claim that local partridges, pheasants, hares, owls and skylarks are disappearing, devoured by wolves and other predators. Something has to be done, the hunters warn — otherwise fear “will become an unwelcome part of daily life.”
via Hunters in Gemany Say Wolf Populations a Growing Threat – SPIEGEL ONLINE.
Israeli settlers on Wednesday destroyed over 100 olive trees in the Nablus district, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers from Itamar cut down the olive trees in an open area in Wadi Yanoun, which is situated between Awarta and Yanoun villages.
Jewish settlers on Sunday vandalized private Palestinian agricultural lands north of Ramallah and uprooted more than 1,000 olive trees and newly planted saplings.
In 2012, there were 353 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Settler regularly target Palestinian olive trees for attack.
Over 90 percent of investigations into settler violence by Israeli police fail to lead to an indictment.
via Settlers cut down 100 olive trees near Nablus | Maan News Agency.
The spread of the H7N9 virus among poultry in live bird markets (LBM) in China’s Guangxi Province has significantly increased the risk that it will progressively spread to other neighbouring countries of China, posing an increased human health risk, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.
The virus, which produces no detectable symptoms among infected birds, has seriously disrupted poultry production and markets in 14 provinces of China, as well as Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan Province of China. It has resulted in at least 290 confirmed illnesses with 66 human deaths from animal-to-human transmission. There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission with many human cases being linked to poultry exposure at live bird markets (LBM).
Authorities in China have tracked movement of the infection to live bird markets in Guangxi between 24 and 28 January 2014, where the province’s first human casualty was also reported. Guangxi Province shares a border with Viet Nam while its neighbouring province, Yunnan, shares borders with Myanmar, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Viet Nam.
via Avian Flu Diary: FAO On H7N9’s Cross Border Threat.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control announced on Monday that 247 new cases of Chikungunya fever were reported in the Caribbean in the past week alone and the outbreak continues to expand.
The epidemiological data regarding the Chikungunya outbreak shows that it began in Saint Martin and is continuing to spread throughout the Caribbean. Most of the areas already affected have seen an increasing number of cases.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports Chikungunya fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease. The chikungunya virus causes fever-like symptoms, including fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, rash, nausea and joint swelling, according to the World Health Organization.
via Chikungunya outbreak in Caribbean expanding | Vaccine News Daily.
Doctors warn of pandemic potential of the new H10N8 bird flu virus | South China Morning Post.
A novel bird flu virus that has killed one mainlander and left another critically ill has the potential to spread efficiently among humans, doctors warn.
They say the fact that the H10N8 bug jumped to humans for the first time in December is an important warning of a possible pandemic.
Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith said, the company is still committed to vertically integrating its operations there and at this time the two plants are running one shift with company controlled birds.
via H7N9 avian influenza concerns escalate in China | Business, Political, and Cultural News in Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas.