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K2 and Spice Still Causing Hospitalizations in Wisconsin

DHS issues warnings about synthetic cannabinoids

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is warning people about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, often called “fake weed”, “K2”, and “spice” as people continue to be hospitalized with severe bleeding after using these products which have contained rat poison. Wisconsin has seen a total of 15 cases since March of this year, 7 confirmed and 8 probable. Counties with confirmed cases include Dane, Milwaukee, and Outagamie Counties. Illinois has reported 4 deaths from bleeding related to synthetic cannabinoids as of June 20, 2018. 

“These dangerous products are still in the community and we urge people not to use K2, spice, or any synthetic cannabinoid,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown.  

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Salmonella Infections Linked to Chicken Distributed by Ruby's Pantry Pop-up Location

Four people in two states have become ill

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Minnesota Department Agriculture (MDA) and local health departments are investigating at least four cases of salmonellosis affecting three Wisconsin residents and one Minnesota resident. All four of the patients received frozen breaded chicken products at a Ruby’s Pantry pop-up location before their illnesses. Specifically, a raw breaded chicken product, that may look fully cooked, was distributed to Ruby’s Pantry patrons without cooking instructions or labels stating that the product was raw. 

Anyone who received any unlabeled chicken products from any Ruby’s Pantry location is advised to either discard any remaining product or cook it to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. These products may be raw even if they appear cooked Ruby’s Pantry is cooperating with investigators and has voluntarily agreed to not distribute any unlabeled chicken products. 

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Del Monte Vegetable Trays Pose Potential Health Risk

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Minnesota Department of Health and local health departments are investigating an increase of Cyclospora infections. To date, eleven ill patients in Wisconsin and three in Minnesota have reported purchasing a vegetable tray from a Wisconsin or Minnesota Kwik Trip location prior to their illness. The Del Monte vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip contained broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip and may have been available at other retail locations.  Further details on distribution are pending. Consumers should not eat the following products:

  • Del Monte Vegetable Tray (containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip) 6 oz. 
  • Del Monte Vegetable Tray (containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip) 12 oz.  

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Amber Teething Necklaces: A Caution for Parents

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When parents see their baby suffering, they just want a solution. Amber teething necklaces have become an increasing popular alternative treatment to ease teething painBut, are they effective and safe? The answer is no.

 

Watch Out For Faulty Claims

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, the use of these necklaces is not supported by modern science. Retailers claim that when warmed by the baby's body temperature, the amber releases a pain-relieving substance that is then absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Additionally, promoters claim that they stimulate the thyroid gland (to control drooling) and improve the ability of the immune system to reduce inflammation in the ears, throat, stomach and respiratory system. However, there is currently no scientific research or evidence to back up these claims.

 

Why These Necklaces are Choking and Strangulation Hazards

"The risk is two-fold — strangulation and choking," said pediatrician Natasha Burgert, MD, FAAP. It occurs when the necklaces are worn around a child's neck, especially when unsupervised (such as while sleeping) or if the child were to break the necklace and swallow the beads. However, those risks are not only for these teething necklaces. Click here for more information.

RECALLS

Recalls often occur as a result of safety concerns over a manufacturing defect in a product that may harm its user.

 

Follow the links below to learn more about recent recalls in each category:



Urgent: Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce

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Multistate outbreak of E:coli 0157:H7 Infections linked to Romaine Lettuce.  

Urgent: Voluntary Product Recall of Vuse Vibe Power Units 

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Recall of "Vuse Vibe Power Unit".  

HEALTH ALERTS

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