Fatal listeria outbreak in 6 states linked to deli meats, cheeses, CDC says
Sixteen people in six states have been sickened by listeria that has been preliminarily linked to deli meats and cheeses. “Epidemiologic and laboratory data show that meat and cheese from deli counters contaminated with listeria are making people sick. “A contaminated food likely introduced the outbreak strain of Listeria into delis in multiple states,” the CDC said. “Deli meats (cold cuts, lunch meats, hot dogs, and pâtés sold at the deli) and cheeses are known sources of Listeria illnesses. This is because Listeria can easily spread among food on deli countertops, deli slicers, surfaces, and hands.mlive.com
Pfizer seeks to expand omicron booster to 5- to 11-year-olds
Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday to expand use of its updated COVID-19 booster shot to children ages 5 to 11. FDA vaccine chief Dr. Peter Marks said last week he expected a decision on boosters for that age group soon. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech also announced a new study of the omicron-focused booster in even younger children, those ages 6 months through 4 years, to test different doses. Updated boosters made by both Pfizer and rival Moderna rolled out earlier this month for everyone 12 and older. As of last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 4.4 million Americans had gotten an updated booster so far.mlive.com
NyQuil ‘sleepy chicken’: FDA warns against TikTok recipe made with cold medicine
Videos show users marinating or cooking chicken in the blue green Nyquil liquid, supposedly to address cold symptoms. The “sleepy chicken” challenge isn’t just silly and unappetizing, the FDA said, it could also be very unsafe. Put simply: Someone could take a dangerously high amount of the cough and cold medicine without even realizing it,” the FDA said. Remind your children that overdoses can occur with OTC drugs as well as with prescription drugs,” FDA said. An earlier TikTok challenge urged people to take large doses of allergy medication, such as Benadryl, to try and induce hallucinations.mlive.com
"More people than ever" are surviving cancer in the U.S., study shows, as research and treatment see "unprecedented progress"
"We now have patients that would have died within two years of a diagnosis living 15, 20, 25, 30 years, essentially cured of their malignancies," AACR President Lisa Coussens said.cbsnews.com
FDA concedes delays in response to Michigan plant issue tied to baby formula shortage
“To a large extent that’s what happened here.”Califf said the FDA will seek new authority to compel companies to turn over key information. “Nothing in this evaluation addresses the fragmented leadership structure that led to critical communication failures.”The FDA report was overseen by a senior official who interviewed dozens of agency staffers. It comes nearly eight months after the FDA shuttered Abbott’s Michigan plant due to safety concerns, quickly slashing domestic production within the highly concentrated formula industry. The FDA also faced challenges ramping up its testing capacity for cronobacter, a rare but potentially deadly bacteria repeatedly linked to outbreaks in baby formula. That review is being led by former FDA commissioner Dr. Jane Henney, who led the agency during the final years of the Clinton administration.mlive.com
FDA recalls freeze-dried blueberries due to potential high levels of lead
BrandStorm Inc., the owner of Natierra, announced it voluntarily recalled two lots (lot # 2021363-1 & 2022026-1) of their organic freeze-dried blueberry pouches because of the presence or potential presence of lead above the FDA’s recommended limits.
Mother files lawsuit against Abbott claiming contaminated infant formula led to daughter’s hospitalization
A mother in Florida has filed a lawsuit against formula maker Abbott Laboratories, alleging its contaminated infant formula caused her newborn daughter to contract Salmonella and ultimately be hospitalized.