Awareness voluntary recalls boost tea due to possible Salmonella contamination

Awareness Corp. of Mesa, AZ, is recalling its 7.4 ounce container of tea.ladyBoost Tea because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

There are no known illnesses.

The possibility of Salmonella contamination was discovered  during  routine testing by a third party customer of FutureCeuticals, a large manufacturer and supplier of organic ingredients in North America. We have been informed by a reliable source that organic spinach powder produced by FutureCeuticals tested positive for Salmonella in another company’s product, not in Boost Tea. Boost Tea also contains this organic spinach powder ingredient obtained from supplier FutureCeuticals.

Upon notification by the FDA of FutureCeuticals Spinach powder issues, Awareness conducted its own investigation and had independent lab analysis performed by two separate analytical laboratories which confirmed a complete absence of Salmonella in its Boost Tea product. Based on Awareness’ utmost concern about product safety, it is conducting this voluntary recall as a preventative measure. To prevent a recurrence of this concern, Awareness has removed organic Spinach powder from Boost Tea and expects new Boost Tea to be available in the next few weeks.

Road apples, cow patties, and E. coli O1 what?

A new study from the University of Aberdeen finds that two thirds of visitors to the U.K. countryside have never heard of E. coli O157.

Does that matter? Does someone need to know specifically about E. coli O157 or do they need to know to wash their hands after playing with road apples or cow patties.

In the study by researchers from the Universities of Aberdeen and Bangor two thirds of rural residents and country visitors who had heard of E. coli O157 said they acted to reduce their risk of the potentially deadly infection.

However, most described how they reduced risk by cooking meat properly, and very few gave examples of reducing risk around farm animals and in the countryside.

Over 2000 tourists, residents and famers from north Wales and the Grampian region — which has one of the world’s highest rates of the infection — took part in the survey.

Dr Colette Jones from the University of Aberdeen’s School of Geosciences said:

“‘In light of last year’s E. coli O157 outbreak on the open farm in Surrey it is important to recognise that rural visitors are not as well informed as they might be. They read the signs about washing hands but may not take it seriously enough if they are not fully aware of the danger. In this project we are aiming to determine the level of understanding of the infection among farmers, locals and visitors to rural areas, and thereby identify how cases of E. coli O157 could be better prevented.”

So those ‘Employees must wash hands’ signs may not work?

Jon Stewart figured that out in 2002.

“If you think the 10 commandments being posted in a school is going to change behavior of children, then you think “Employees Must Wash Hands” is keeping the piss out of your happy meals. It’s not.”

And in honor of Road Apples, here’s the rarely played Tragically Hip song, Born in the Water, from the 1991 recording about Katie’s hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, which at one point decided it would be a good idea to ban French.

Three children stricken by E. coli bug in Kent

A small cluster of E. coli cases among children is being investigated in the U.K. by the Kent Health Protection Unit.

The three children, whose ages have not been revealed, are all members of the same family who have recently met for barbecues and picnics.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said one case was confirmed and two were being investigated.

Dr Mathi Chandrakumar, director of the Kent Health Protection Unit, said,

"We are raising awareness of E. coli O157 infection, especially as at this time of year people attend more barbecues and picnics in the countryside."

Could that have anything to do with the Griffin report into the E. coli O157 outbreak at the Godstone Farm petting zoo that sickened 93 and concluded,

“… there was a lack of public health leadership by the Health Protection Agency and a missed opportunity to exercise decisive public health action and thereby restrict the size of the outbreak."

Better food poisoning awareness amongst docs after E. coli O157 inquiry in Wales

Looks like the E. coli O157 death of 5-year-old Mason Jones, the illnesses of 160 other Welsh schoolchildren and the subsequent inquiry headed by Prof. Hugh Pennington were not entirely in vain.

The South Wales Echo is reporting today that the number of reported foodborne illnesses increased to 631 in June, compared to 234 in January.

The figures highlight the impact the public inquiry into the September 2005 E.coli outbreak in South Wales has had on the willingness of doctors and sufferers to report suspected food poisoning cases.

A spokeswoman for Rhondda Cynon Taf council said,

“The high-profile E.coli court case and subsequent inquiry that has generated increased awareness of food poisoning and, as a result, has driven up the number of cases that are reported to us.

“More GPs are diagnosing cases as food poisoning and not stomach bugs and reporting them to us."