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Our Local Bounty Recalls Organic Basil Pesto With Watercress Because of Possible Health Risk

5:32 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Our Local Bounty of Rogue River, Oregon is recalling 312 (8.5oz) containers of the Farming Fish brand Organic Basil Pesto with Watercress, because it has 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.read more »

McCain Foods USA, Inc. Expands Voluntary Recall of Frozen Hash Browns to include Wegman’s Retail Brand Due to Possible Health Risk

5:02 pm Eastern | U.S. News

McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced today it is expanding the voluntary recall of retail, frozen hash brown products that may contain golf ball materials, specifically hard plastic or rubber pieces, that despite our stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product. Consumption of these products may pose a choking hazard or other physical injury to the mouth. There have been no reported injuries associated with the consumption of this product.read more »

FDA takes action against 14 companies for selling illegal cancer treatments

25 Apr 10:07 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today posted warning letters addressed to 14 U.S.-based companies illegally selling more than 65 products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer. The products are marketed and sold without FDA approval, most commonly on websites and social media platforms.read more »

Hummingbird Wholesale Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Hazelnut in Organic Cocoa-dusted Chocolate Ginger

21 Apr 22:11 | U.S. News

Hummingbird Wholesale of Eugene, Oregon is recalling 5lbs of Organic Cocoa-Dusted Chocolate Ginger, because it may contain undeclared hazelnut. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to hazelnut run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

H-E-B Voluntarily Issues a Precautionary Recall H-E-B and Hill Country Fare sandwich bread with a best buy date of April 29th or earlier being recalled for potential rubber in the product

21 Apr 15:01 | U.S. News

H-E-B, committed to the quality of its products, is voluntarily issuing a precautionary recall for H-E-B and Hill Country Fare sandwich bread with a best by date of April 29 or earlier due to the possible presence of a single piece of rubber in the product. This was an isolated incident. Bread purchased in the San Antonio area, Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Corpus Christi stores is not impacted by this recall.read more »

2017 FSA Administrators Awards for Service to Agriculture

21 Apr 01:00 | U.S. News

PM-2985, 2017 FSA Administrators Awards for Service to Agriculture(FOR FSA Employees) DATE POSTED: 2017-04-21 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-04-20 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Study Ranks Which Production Attributes Are Most Important To Consumers

20 Apr 15:09 | U.S. News

For many consumers, buying a gallon of milk is much more complex than finding the preferred fat content and expiration date. They want to know how the cows were treated, what they were fed, whether they received growth hormones or antibiotics, whether the milk is organic, and so on.read more »

FDA statement from Douglas Throckmorton, M.D., deputy center director for regulatory programs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, on new warnings about the use of codeine and tramadol in children & nursing mothers

20 Apr 11:42 | U.S. News

The health and safety of children is a top priority at the FDA, which is why today we are requiring a series of changes to the labeling of two types of opioid medications in order to help better protect children from serious risks associated with these medicines – codeine (found in some prescription pain and cough medicines and some over-the-counter cough medicines) and tramadol (found in some prescription pain medicines).read more »

CRP PL Rule Indicator

20 Apr 01:00 | U.S. News

CRP-827, CRP PL Rule Indicator(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-04-20 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-04-20 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Announcing FY 2016 Payments for Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment (RTCP-VII) Program for Geographically Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers in Alaska, Hawaii, and Insular Areas

19 Apr 01:00 | U.S. News

SP-72, Announcing FY 2016 Payments for Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment (RTCP-VII) Program for Geographically Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers in Alaska, Hawaii, and Insular Areas(FOR AK, FL, HI, and PR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-04-19 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-04-19 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Processing Producer-Initiated External LDP Requests in National Payment Service (NPS)

19 Apr 01:00 | U.S. News

PS-736, Processing Producer-Initiated External LDP Requests in National Payment Service (NPS)(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-04-19 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-04-19 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

La Granja INC. Recalls Mango Flavored Ice cream Because of Possible Health Risk

18 Apr 20:46 | U.S. News

La Granja INC of Doraville Georgia is recalling 4000 units of Hand crafted Paleteria, Mango Flavored Ice cream, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms pain and diarrhea. Long term complications can include severe arthritis.read more »

Monsanto Surpasses Pollinator Habitat Goal, Doubles Number of Certified Conservation Sites

18 Apr 10:05 | U.S. News

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Monsanto Company announced today that it has reached key milestones in read more »

FSFL Regulatory Provisions: Microloans, Portable (New or Used) Structures, Equipment and Storage and Handling Trucks

18 Apr 01:00 | U.S. News

FSFL-142, FSFL Regulatory Provisions: Microloans, Portable (New or Used) Structures, Equipment and Storage and Handling Trucks(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-04-18 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-04-17 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Beyond Meat Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut in Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles

17 Apr 18:37 | U.S. News

Beyond Meat of El Segundo, CA is voluntarily recalling certain bags of Feisty Crumbles from three production lots because they may contain low levels of undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

TP Food Processing, Inc. Announces the Recall Of Shrimp and Lemongrass Satay Sauces Due to Risk for Clostridum Botulinum

17 Apr 18:26 | U.S. News

TP Food Processing, Inc. of Westminster, CA is recalling Lemongrass Satay; and Shrimp Satay (Lot code 2016) because the acidified sauces were not properly produced making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum. No illnesses, customer complaints, or illnesses have been reported to date.read more »

Jimmy’s Cookies LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in The Bakery Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies LOT# 047

17 Apr 15:33 | U.S. News

Jimmy’s Cookies LLC of Clifton, NJ is recalling LOT #047 The Bakery Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies from all retail stores, because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.read more »

CRP PL Rule Indicator

17 Apr 01:00 | U.S. News

CRP-826, CRP PL Rule Indicator(FOR State Offices, State Offices relay to County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-04-17 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-04-17 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Northern California Whole Foods Market Stores Issue Recall for Undeclared Eggs in Some Cookies

16 Apr 21:55 | U.S. News

Nine Whole Foods Market stores in Northern California are voluntarily recalling some decorated (iced) cookies from the self-service cookie displays because the products contained egg allergen that was not listed on the product sign. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

Feng Mao Biotechnology Organic Food CO.,LTD. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Almond Drinking Powder.

14 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Feng Mao Biotechnology Organic Food CO. of R.O.C is recalling Almond Drinking Powder in 600 g cans, because it may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

US Streams Carry Surprisingly Extensive Mixture Of Pollutants

14 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Many U.S. waterways carry a variety of pollutants, but not much is known about the composition or health effects of these chemical combinations. A new in-depth study, however, is providing insight as it shows the mixtures are more complex than expected and contain compounds that could potentially harm aquatic species. read more »

Issuing 2016 ELAP Payments

13 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

LDAP-86, Issuing 2016 ELAP Payments(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-04-13 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-04-13 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

FDA allows marketing of first whole slide imaging system for digital pathology

12 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution (PIPS), the first whole slide imaging (WSI) system that allows for review and interpretation of digital surgical pathology slides prepared from biopsied tissue. This is the first time the FDA has permitted the marketing of a WSI system for these purposes.read more »

Lakeside Foods, Inc. Recalls Season's Choice Frozen Sweet Peas Because of Possible Health Risk

11 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Lakeside Foods, Inc. of Manitowoc, WI is voluntarily recalling 1,568 packages of 16 ounce Season's Choice Brand Frozen Peas packed for Aldi, Inc. distributed in 7 states because it has 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.read more »

FDA approves first drug to treat tardive dyskinesia

11 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Ingrezza (valbenazine) capsules to treat adults with tardive dyskinesia. This is the first drug approved by the FDA for this condition.read more »

Orthodox Baking Co Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Almond Paste In "Chocolate Kokosh Cake"

11 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Orthodox Baking Co. in Belleville, N.J. 07109, today announced a voluntary recall of its 16 ounce packages of Oberlander Gluten Free Brand “Chocolate Kokosh Cake" chocolate filled cake because they contain undeclared almond paste. People who have allergies to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.read more »

Allergy Alert Issued by Whole Foods Market store in Dedham, Massachusetts for In-Store Produced Yogurt and Granola Parfaits due to Undeclared Almonds

10 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The Whole Foods Market store in Dedham, Massachusetts is issuing an allergy alert on single-serve organic vanilla yogurt parfait cups with strawberries and granola, because the granola contained almonds, which were not declared on the label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

Strong Cotton Getting Stronger: Deltapine® NPE Program Kicks off 10th Year

10 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

As the Deltapine® New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program kicks off its 10th season this spring with nearly 200 growers evaluating pre-commercial variety candidates for the Class of 18, the program is being credited with helping significantly increase yield and quality expectations across the Cotton Belt.read more »

Precautionary Recall of a Limited Quantity of Organic Marketside Spring Mix Salad is Announced by Fresh Express

8 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Fresh Express is announcing a precautionary recall of a limited number of cases of Organic Marketside Spring Mix.read more »

FDA approves two hepatitis C drugs for pediatric patients

7 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved supplemental applications for Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir) to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) in children ages 12 to 17. Harvoni and Sovaldi were previously approved to treat HCV in adults.read more »

FDA allows marketing of first direct-to-consumer tests that provide genetic risk information for certain conditions

6 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of 23andMe Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk (GHR) tests for 10 diseases or conditions. These are the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) tests authorized by the FDA that provide information on an individual’s genetic predisposition to certain medical diseases or conditions, which may help to make decisions about lifestyle choices or to inform discussions with a health care professional.read more »

In Association with Lakeside Foods, Inc., ALDI Voluntarily Recalls Season’s Choice Frozen Sweet Peas

6 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

In cooperation with Lakeside Foods, Inc., and out of an abundance of caution, ALDI has voluntarily recalled Season’s Choice Frozen Sweet Peas due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Upon notification from the supplier, ALDI immediately removed the affected product from its stores.read more »

Monsanto Continues Return to Growth in Fiscal Year 2017 With Strong Second Quarter and First Half Results; Updates Outlook for Full Year EPS to High End of Guidance Range

5 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

April 5, 2017, 7:00 am CDT Monsanto Continues Return to Growth in Fiscal Year 2017 With Strong Second Quarter and First Half Results; Updates Outlook for Full Year EPS to High End of Guidance Rangeread more »

Olde York Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in One Lot of Clancy’s Snack Combo 20 X 1 Oz

4 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Olde York of Fort Wayne, IN is recalling the specific lot code SELL BY JUN 07 2017 2D9 for Clancy’s Snack Combo 20 x 1 oz (UPC 0 41498 12999 6) because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No other lot codes and no other products are involved in this action.read more »

Olde York Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in One Lot of Clancy’s Snack Combo 20 X 1 oz.

4 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Olde York of Fort Wayne, IN is recalling the specific lot code SELL BY JUN 07 2017 2D9 for Clancy’s Snack Combo 20 x 1 oz (UPC 0 41498 12999 6) because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No other lot codes and no other products are involved in this action.read more »

Conagra Brands Recalls Hunt’s Chili Kits Due To Potential Presence Of Salmonella In Spice Packet

2 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Conagra Brands, Inc., announced today it is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Hunt’s Chili Kits due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the chili seasoning packet contained in the kit. The chili seasoning used in the packet originated from a supplier who informed the company of the potential presence of Salmonella in a raw material used in the chili seasoning.read more »

Frozen Burritos Recalled Due To Possible Health Risk, Menu Del Sol Recalls Burritos in California and Nevada

31 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

Sigma Alimentos Congelados, which produces burritos under the Menu Del Sol brand name, is voluntarily recalling 201 cases of frozen beans and cheese burritos 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 recalled product was distributed in and sold via retail outlets in California and Nevada.read more »

FDA alerts consumers of nationwide voluntary recall of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr

31 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers to Meridian Medical Technologies’ voluntary recall of 13 lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices’ failure to activate. The recalled product was manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies and distributed by Mylan Specialty.read more »

Lifestyle Evolution Voluntarily Recalls One Shift of NuGo Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter

30 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

The recall is only for Lot B16119A. No other products are affected. Lifestyle Evolution is voluntarily recalling one shift of NuGo Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter nutrition bars. In isolated cases, a product with milk allergen was incorrectly packaged into Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter wrappers and cartons. The NuGo Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter wrapper does not list milk as an allergen.read more »

FDA approves new drug to treat multiple sclerosis

29 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

On March 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) to treat adult patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). This is the first drug approved by the FDA for PPMS. Ocrevus is an intravenous infusion given by a health care professional.read more »

Sunshine Bakery Announces Voluntary Recall of Cassava Cake And Mixed Nut Mooncake

28 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

Sunshine Bakery of Alhambra, CA is voluntarily recalling CASSAVA CAKE AND MIXED NUT MOONCAKE with best by dates of 3/24/2017. The products were sold to retail stores in 2/24/2017.read more »

FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent

28 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Dupixent (dupilumab) injection to treat adults with moderate-to-severe eczema (atopic dermatitis). Dupixent is intended for patients whose eczema is not controlled adequately by topical therapies, or those for whom topical therapies are not advisable. Dupixent can be used with or without topical corticosteroids.read more »

Allergy Alert Issued by Whole Foods Market in Hadley, Massachusetts For Undeclared Walnuts in Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

27 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

Whole Foods Market® in Hadley, Massachusetts is issuing an allergy alert to recall six-packs of Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins due to an in-store labeling error.read more »

FDA approves maintenance treatment for recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancers

27 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zejula (niraparib) for the maintenance treatment (intended to delay cancer growth) of adult patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer, whose tumors have completely or partially shrunk (complete or partial response, respectively) in response to platinum-based chemotherapy.read more »

Dairy Farmers Should Rethink A Cow's Curfew, Say Researchers

24 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Dairy cows housed indoors want to break curfew and roam free, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia.read more »

Pro Sports Club Recalls Yogurt Peanut Crunch Bar Because of Possible Health Risk

24 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

Pro Sports Club of Bellevue, WA is recalling 36.957 Yogurt Peanut Crunch bars because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli H7 bacteria (E.Coli O157:H7) E Coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.read more »

FDA approves first treatment for rare form of skin cancer

23 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Bavencio (avelumab) for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients 12 years and older with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), including those who have not received prior chemotherapy. This is the first FDA-approved treatment for metastatic MCC, a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer.read more »

Chlorofields Recalls Asian MIicrogreens Because Of Possible Health Risk

23 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

ChloroFields of Lawrence, KS is recalling 20 cases of Asian Microgreens, because they have potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.read more »

Policy Updates for Acreage Reporting

22 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

CP-736, Policy Updates for Acreage Reporting(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-03-22 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-03-21 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Riviana Foods Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Certain Manufacturing Date And UPC Number Of Ronzoni® Thin Spaghetti Due To Possible Undeclared Egg Allergen

21 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

Houston, Texas (March 20, 2017) – Riviana Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling 610 cases of certain coded Ronzoni® Thin Spaghetti cartons that may contain an egg fettuccine product. The affected Ronzoni Thin Spaghetti cartons do not declare the allergen “egg”, which is an ingredient in the egg fettuccine product. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The affected product was processed at a Riviana co-manufacturer’s facility on January 20, 2017read more »

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