J&O Mixed Veggie Dip Cups Recalled Over Egg Allergy Concerns

KEY POINTS

  • The product was distributed in Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, Wyoming and New Mexico
  • FDA said egg was listed as one of the ingredients of the ranch dressing but it was not mentioned on its label
  • No adverse reactions related to the recalled product have been reported

Minnesota-based Russ Davis Wholesale is recalling its Mixed Veggie Cup with Dip due to “undeclared egg” content in it. People with egg allergy may experience an allergic reaction if they consume the product, the company warns.

The issue was reportedly discovered during a routine label audit when the company’s quality control team noted that egg was listed as one of the ingredients of the ranch dressing but it was not mentioned on the label.

“The Mixed Veggie Cup with Dip was distributed in Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico in higher education, health care and corporate campus’ in grab ‘n go coolers,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday.

The affected products are labeled as J&O Mixed Veggie Cup with Dip in 5.o-ounce plastic containers with a sell-by date from Sept. 30 to Nov. 2, 2020.

No adverse reactions related to the recalled products have been reported so far but the company warns of possible “serious” or “life-threatening” allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to eggs if they consume the product. It has asked those who have purchased the product to dispose of it. 

Customers who have any questions related to the recall can contact the company at 877-433-2173.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), egg allergy is actually one of the most  common allergies, especially in children. People who are allergic to chicken eggs may also be allergic to other types of eggs including quail and turkey.

“Experts estimate that as many as 2% of children are allergic to eggs,” the ACAAI noted. “Fortunately, studies show that about 70% of children with an egg allergy will outgrow the condition by age 16.”

Common symptoms of egg allergy include skin reactions such as hives, difficulty in breathing, sneezing or runny nose, watery eyes, or stomach pain after eating or even just by touching eggs. A less common but life-threatening reaction is anaphylaxis, which requires immediate medical treatment.

Although egg allergy is quite common, it is an ingredient that usually remains hidden in products. This is why the FDA lists it as one of the eight allergens to be included on the ingredients label of packaged food products “in clear language”. 

Salad Pictured: A salad with fresh baby gem lettuce, heirloom tomato, toasted walnuts, and miso yaki tofu dressing Photo: Getty Images/Guillem Sartorio

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South Korea urges people to get flu vaccinations despite concerns about deaths

South Korean commuters wear protective masks as they crowd after getting off the subway during rush hour on September 15, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.

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South Korea urged citizens to get vaccinated against influenza and reduce the chances of an outbreak that coincides with the battle on the coronavirus, as it kicked off free inoculations for the last eligible group.

Public anxiety over the safety of flu vaccines has surged after at least 48 people died this month following vaccinations, while, last month, about 5 million doses had to be disposed of after not being stored at recommended temperatures.

Authorities have said they found no direct link between the deaths and the flu shots and have sought to reassure South Koreans about the safety of the vaccines against flu, a disease that kills at least 3,000 each year.

“Vaccination offers far greater benefits compared to side effects, and both the WHO and domestic and overseas experts agree,” Health Minister Park Neung-hoo told a briefing on Sunday, in a reference to the World Health Organization.

Last year, more than 1,500 elderly people died within seven days of receiving flu vaccines, but those deaths were not linked to the vaccinations, the government said.

As South Korea presses on with its inoculations, southeast Asia’s tiny city state of Singapore became one of the first nations this week to call a temporary halt to the use of two influenza vaccines, as a precaution.

Singapore has reported no deaths linked to flu vaccinations.

South Korea ordered 20% more flu vaccines this year to ward off the prospect of what it calls a “twindemic” of concurrent major flu and coronavirus outbreaks in winter.

At least 1,154 instances of adverse reactions have been reported from among more than 9.4 million people inoculated since the effort began in September.

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356 Cases Of Trader Joe’s Halibut Recalled Over Allergen Concerns

KEY POINTS

  • Orca Bay Foods is recalling its Trader Joe’s brand Gluten Free Battered Halibut
  • The recall was issued after the discovery of undeclared milk and wheat allergens
  • Although less common, anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening reaction to allergens

Trader Joe’s is recalling 4,450 pounds of its Gluten Free Battered Halibut due to undeclared allergens. Those with wheat or milk allergies may potentially experience severe allergic reactions if they consume the product.

Seattle-based Orca Bay Foods on Friday recalled 356 cases of its 10-ounce Trader Joe’s brand Gluten Free Battered Halibut SKU 00503822 with the code 537312620 and “Best If Used By Nov. 5, 2021” noted on the box.

In an announcement posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Orca Bay Foods noted that the affected products contain wheat and milk allergens that were not declared in the packaging information. The recall was initiated once this was discovered.

The affected products were sold in Trader Joe’s stores in Wisconsin, Vermont, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Ohio, New York, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maine, Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Connecticut.

Those who may have purchased the product are being advised to check if the item they bought is affected by the recall. If it is, they should return it to where they bought it for a full refund.

Photos of the recalled product are available at the FDA website.

Fish Pictured: Representative image of a plate of fish. Photo: Monika Schröder/Pixabay

So far, no illnesses related to the recall have been reported but the company said in the announcement that people with an allergy or “severe sensitivity” to wheat or milk may experience a severe allergic reaction if they consume the product.

In the case of wheat allergy, symptoms such as swelling, hives, nasal congestion, headache and difficulty in breathing may appear within minutes to hours after consuming products that contain wheat. In severe cases, the patient may even experience anaphylaxis, which is a less common but potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that may cause the throat to swell and send the body into shock, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI).

What’s difficult about wheat allergy is that it’s not always obvious whether a product contains wheat. Although breads, pastas and cereals are the more obvious food products that contain wheat, the grain may also be present in hot dogs, ice cream or sauces. Even non-food items such as Play-Doh and cosmetics may contain wheat.

“A wheat allergy reaction can cause symptoms that range from mild to life-threatening; the severity of each reaction is unpredictable,” the ACAAI said.

As such, it’s important for people with food allergies in general to always carry an auto-injector with epinephrine in case of an anaphylactoc shock. 

Similarly, people with milk allergy may also experience more common symptoms such as hives, stomach upset, bloody stool and vomiting, with anaphylaxis being a rarer reaction.

The ACAAI notes that about 80% of children outgrow their milk allergy

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Pep Guardiola reveals fitness concerns sustained by crucial Man City defender

During Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, Pep Guardiola decided to bring Kyle Walker off the pitch and replaced him with Oleksandr Zinchenko – with the Ukrainian international recently returning from injury. 

Following the match, the Manchester City boss went on to reveal the reasons behind his decision, citing the fact that Kyle Walker has started every game for the club this season. Guardiola was also quick to confirm that the England right-back was ‘exhausted’.

“He [Kyle Walker] was exhausted. He [Kyle Walker] has played every minute here and with the national team. He is exhausted. I don’t think [he will be rested in Marseille], tomorrow we will regenerate, we will travel to France and see how the people feel.”

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Pep Guardiola also revealed after the game as to why he decided to bring on Zinchenko as opposed to the more attacking-minded Ferran Torres, who certainly impressed in the midweek victory over Porto. Guardiola claimed that he wanted to have a left-footed player on the left, and further explained:

“It was to have a left-footed [player on] left, and right-footed on the right. That was the reason why – on the left, we go inside and the right we have problems to lose balls and needed to play more on the left.”

Although Manchester City had to make do with a draw, ending a fantastic run of nine consecutive victories over West Ham, Kevin De Bruyne’s return to action will prove to be a huge boost for Pep Guardiola’s side, who now turn their attention to Champions League duties on Tuesday night.

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After pausing for safety concerns, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have resumed their U.S. vaccine trials.

Late-stage coronavirus vaccine trials run by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have resumed in the United States after the companies said Friday that serious illnesses in a few volunteers appeared not to be related to the vaccines.

Federal health regulators gave AstraZeneca the green light after a six-week pause, concluding there was no evidence the experimental vaccine had directly caused neurological side effects reported in two participants. The AstraZeneca news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Johnson & Johnson said that its trial, which had been on pause for 11 days, would restart after a company investigation determined that a “serious medical event” in one study volunteer had “no clear cause.” To maintain the integrity of the trial, the company said, it did not check whether the volunteer received the vaccine or the placebo.

Dr. Luciana Borio, a former acting chief scientist at the Food and Drug Administration, welcomed the announcements, citing the urgent need for multiple vaccines to remain in the race for a product that could protect the global population from the coronavirus, which has already killed more than a million people worldwide.

“The demand for safe and effective Covid vaccines exceeds any single manufacturer’s production capacity,” Dr. Borio said. “We really need several in the field.”

An F.D.A. spokesperson declined to comment on Friday afternoon.

AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are two of the four companies now in late-stage clinical trials in the U.S. for experimental coronavirus vaccines. Both companies are using adenoviruses, which typically cause harmless colds. The adenovirus is engineered so that it can chauffeur a coronavirus gene into human cells.

Their two high-profile competitors, Moderna and Pfizer, also in advanced trials, are instead using a technology based on genetic material known as mRNA. Delivered into human cells, the mRNA prompts the production of coronavirus proteins, triggering an immune response.

AstraZeneca moved swiftly into clinical trials, enrolling thousands of volunteers for its vaccine trials around the world in countries including Brazil, India, South Africa and Britain. A large, late-stage trial kicked off in the United States at the end of August. But all the trials were halted days later, on Sept. 6. A volunteer who had received the vaccine in the United Kingdom reportedly experienced symptoms of transverse myelitis, or inflammation of the spinal cord, triggering a global pause to the company’s efforts.

The incident sparked some concern among experts, who noted that a similar adverse neurological event, reported months ago, had occurred in another vaccinated volunteer. While this earlier event prompted its own pause in AstraZeneca’s trials, an independent safety board ultimately determined it was unrelated to the vaccine, allowing studies to resume.

Following the second AstraZeneca halt in September, trials abroad rapidly resumed in most countries. But the American hiatus persisted, with few details released as to why.

According to two vaccine experts familiar with the situation who were not authorized to discuss it publicly, the F.D.A. did not directly tie the vaccine to the two neurological illnesses, although it could

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Concerns rise as coronavirus, flu season overlap

Flu season has officially begun in the United States, but many are still wondering how the global coronavirus pandemic may exacerbate its effect. Medical professionals are referring to the confluence as a “twindemic.”

“We know that flu seasons can be very severe and historically, can lead to thousands of deaths every year,” said Dr. Nicole Iovine, an epidemiologist at the University of Florida. “That added on to the ongoing pandemic … is extremely, extremely concerning,”

For some, it may be hard to recognize which symptoms go with each illness.

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“Influenza typically will have a pretty sudden onset. You might feel okay in the morning and then feel really bad by the evening and coronavirus does more of a slow burn, so to speak. So that can sort of start out very, very mild and stay mild for days and days and some people will just get better, but others will become severely ill, typically in the second week of illness,” Iovine said.

Dr. Marissa Levine, a professor of public health at the University of South Florida, said there is a silver lining. With travel down and social distancing up, doctors say this year’s flu season may be less severe because of the safety measures already in use for COVID-19.

With travel down and social distancing up, doctors say this year’s flu season may be less severe because of the safety measures already in place for COVID.

With travel down and social distancing up, doctors say this year’s flu season may be less severe because of the safety measures already in place for COVID.
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“The symptoms are very similar, so the best advice I can give is you don’t want either,” Levine said. “They’re both respiratory infections. So if we keep our distance, if we use face coverings, if we wash our hands and do all the hygienic activities we’ve talked about, we could actually see a very limited flu season.”

Levine said events on the other side of the world — in regions that have already experienced winter — may help predict what we’ll face. 

“Australia, for example, reported a very mild flu season, and some people believe that’s related to all of the precautions for COVID. It’s not a guarantee, it’s a hopeful sign,” Levine said.

Doctors want people to wear their masks, keep socially distant and with rare exceptions, get their flu shots this year.

Doctors want people to wear their masks, keep socially distant and with rare exceptions, get their flu shots this year.
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Iovine said one of the worst-case scenarios is having community outbreak of both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time. A new test from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) checks for both viruses with one swab. Doctors at the University of Florida Health say they plan to use it soon.

“One of the reasons we really need these tests, who can distinguish between flu and coronavirus, is that it’s because the symptoms overlap,” Iovine said.

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Doctors want people to wear their masks, keep socially distant and with rare exceptions, get their flu shots this year.

Iovine says one of the worst case scenarios is having both COVID and the flu at the same time. A new CDC test checks for both viruses with one swab. Doctors at University of Florida Health say they plan to use it soon.

Iovine says one of the worst case

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The USC student newspaper staff is going on hiatus amid burnout concerns

Citing burnout and mental health concerns, staffers at the Daily Gamecock — USC’s independent student newspaper — said they will not be producing any content for almost two weeks.

“We haven’t been sleeping. We’ve forgotten to eat. We’ve been staring at screens for hours on end,” members of the paper explained in an editorial. “Our negligence of our mental health has started to impact our physical health, and it’s also affected our ability to produce the highest-quality content possible. There was a tension in the newsroom, a feeling that everyone was close to their breaking point.”

The semester has been “taxing,” the journalists said, noting that the shift to online meetings and the never ending stream of breaking news have taken their toll — all on top of the ongoing public health pandemic, a full course load and, in some cases, part time jobs.

“We hope this decision will set an example for other organizations and students in general: It is OK to not be OK. By refusing to accept our own limitations, we fail to actively participate in the habits we claim to prioritize,” they wrote.

The paper will return to a normal schedule on Nov. 2, they said.

The move comes as increasing attention is paid to mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic. In an article published this month in the medical journal JAMA, a second wave of the virus is likely due to the “mental health consequences of Covid-19,” the authors wrote.
In August, a survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that almost 41% of adults are struggling with their mental health or substance use — both related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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