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Tyson Chicken Nugget Recall

Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Chicken Patty Product Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Tyson Foods, Inc. a Berryville, Ark., establishment, is recalling approximately 29,819 pounds of fully cooked, breaded, shaped chicken patty product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal pieces

The FDA is advising parents and caregivers not to buy or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to children because the product may contain elevated levels of lead. Parents and caregivers of toddlers and young children who may have consumed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches should contact their child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test.


For the full article, and symptoms of lead toxicity visit the FDA press release at:

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts

Kraft Recalls Cheese Slices for Choking Hazard

Kraft Heinz Issues Voluntary Recall of Select Kraft Singles American Processed Cheese Slices

Kraft recalls cheese singles after consumers report choking on product

Kraft Heinz recalls 83,800 cases of individually wrapped Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices.


“The issue was discovered after the company received several consumer complaints about finding the plastic stuck to a slice, including six complaints of consumers saying they choked or gagged in connection with the issue. No injuries or serious health issues have been reported,” according to the company recall posted by the Food and Drug Administration.


The recall comes as a precaution after a temporary issue developed on one of our wrapping machines at the company’s production plant, making it possible that a thin strip of the individual film may remain on slices after the wrappers have been removed. If the film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could cause a gagging or choking hazard.


Only Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices with the case/package information below are affected. No other varieties or sizes are included in the recall.


Kraft Heinz has fixed the machine that wrapped the affected slices, and all other processing machines have been thoroughly inspected.


Consumers who purchase these items should not consume them and can return them to the store where it was purchased for an exchange or refund. Consumers can contact Kraft Heinz at 800-280-8252 to see if a product is part of the recall and to receive reimbursement.


Products included in the recall are 16 oz. Kraft Singles American Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product with an individual package UPC of 0 2100061526 1 and a “Best When Used By” date of 10 JAN 24 through 27 JAN 24. Individual packages in this recall will contain an S and 72 in the Manufacturing code.


Also included in the recall are 3-pound multipacks of Kraft Singles American Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product with a carton UPC of 0 2100060491 3 and a “Best When Used By” of 09 JAN 2024 through 13 JAN 2024 and 16 JAN 2024.

Read the FDA release with photos of affected products at:
https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/

Recall of Real Kosher Brand Ice Cream On the Go Cups

Real Kosher Ice Cream Issues Recall due to possible Listeria monocytogenes Contamination

Real Kosher Ice Cream announced a recall of soft serve on the go ice cream and sorbet cups, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal health problems in children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems.

For more details, including UPC codes of the recalled products, click the link below to read the original announcement on the FDA website at:

fda.gov/safety

Upcoming IDPH Activities at the Illinois State Fair

Free Immunizations, Physicals, Dental Exams to be Provided for School-Aged Children at State Fair

IDPH will also supply free gun locks during the fair in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will provide a variety of health and safety services during the 2023 Illinois State Fair in Springfield, including free immunizations, physicals, and dental exams for school-aged children. IDPH will also give away gun locks as part of its ongoing partnership with the Illinois State Police (ISP) to promote firearms safety in the state.


The fair runs August 10-20 and IDPH staffers will be on hand each day of the fair at the IDPH tent on the east side of the Annex Building, in a booth at the Illinois Building, and in a booth at Conservation World. The tent and booths will be manned from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, during the fair.

To view the full press release, including exam schedules and requirements, click here

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Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sameer Vohra accompanies a worker from the Sangamon County Department of Public Health during a food vendor inspection at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Be on the Watch for Rabid Bats

Illinois Department of Public Health Urges Public to Watch Out for Rabid Bats, Other Infected Animals

More than two dozen cases of rabid bats found so far this year

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding the public to be aware of the potential for exposure to rabies from infected animals. Bats are the most common source of potential infection in Illinois, and exposures from bats tend to be more frequent during the summer months, especially July and August. The disease can also be found in other wild animals, including raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes.


So far this year, 27 rabid bats have been found in fourteen Illinois counties. There have been five rabid bats each in Kankakee and Lake counties, four in Cook County, and three in McHenry County. Rabies has also been found in bats in Bureau, Clark, DeKalb, Macon, McLean, Peoria, Rock Island, Sangamon, Wayne, and Will counties.


“Rabies is a fatal but preventable disease,” said IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra. “It is important that Illinois residents know how to prevent rabies exposure to protect themselves and their loved ones. Rabies can be prevented in a number of ways including vaccinating pets, being cautious around wildlife, and seeking medical care immediately after a potential exposure. If exposed, please seek medical attention immediately.”


Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the brain and nervous system. People can get rabies from being bitten by an infected animal. Rabies can also be contracted when saliva from a rabid animal comes into contact with a person’s eyes, nose, mouth, or an open wound. If someone wakes up to find a bat in the room, that is also considered an exposure even if they cannot identify a bite.

A bat’s teeth are small, so someone who has been bitten by a bat may not know it, or may be unable to communicate it (for example, very small children). That’s why it’s important that if you discover a bat in your home, you should avoid killing or releasing it; instead, immediately consult with your local animal control or your local health department to determine appropriate next steps. If you have been exposed to rabies, preventive treatment, known as PEP, is necessary. But if the bat or wild animal can be safely captured and tested, and the test comes back negative, no preventive medication is required.


If you have been bitten by any wild animal, seek immediate medical attention. Animal bites may also become infected with bacteria. Rabies preventive treatment, if needed, must begin within a few days of the exposure.

A bat that is active during the day, found on the ground, or is unable to fly is more likely than others to be rabid. Such bats are often easily approached but should never be handled.


“It’s also recommended to take steps to protect your pets against exposure to rabies,” said Dr. Mark Ernst, Illinois State Veterinarian. “Illinois law requires that all dogs and cats 16 weeks of age and older be vaccinated for rabies and registered with their county. If an animal bites a person or your pet is bitten by another animal, the local animal control must be contacted for quarantine information.”


Other tips to protect your animals:

  • 1. Keep your dogs and cats up to date on rabies vaccination per state law and to protect them against an exposure. Also, horses, sheep, cattle and ferrets can also be vaccinated for rabies.
  • 2. Call your veterinarian if your animal has been exposed to a high-risk animal, especially bats.

Please visit the Illinois Department of Agriculture website at: https://agr.illinois.gov/animals/animalhealth/other-species for more information.


The following tips can help prevent the spread of rabies:

  • Do not touch, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick wild animals to health. Call animal control or an animal rescue agency for assistance.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. “Love your own, leave other animals alone” is a good principle for children to learn to reduce the risk of exposures to rabid animals.
  • Maintain homes and other buildings so bats cannot get inside.
  • If a bat is in your home, do not release the bat outdoors until after speaking with animal control or public health officials.
  • After consulting with animal control or public health officials, the bat may need to be captured for rabies testing to determine if you need preventive treatment or if your pet may have been exposed.

Steps you can take to capture the bat if animal control is not available:

  • When the bat lands, approach it slowly, while wearing thick gloves, and place a box or coffee can over it.
  • Slide a piece of cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside.
  • Tape the cardboard to the container securely, and punch small holes in the cardboard, allowing the bat to breathe and call animal control
  • Do not come into physical contact with a bat.
  • If the bat is dead, put it in a plastic container and keep it cool while waiting for animal control to pick it up.

You can find more information about rabies and how to prevent exposure at the Illinois Department of Public Health website: Rabies (illinois.gov).

You can view the original article, along with tips to protect your family and pets, on the IDPH website at: https://dph.illinois.gov/resource-center/news

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