Federal marshals serve inspection warrant to NJ food company

first_img Michael Chappell, the FDA’s acting commissioner of regulatory affairs, said in the press release that the FDA’s action against the company was warranted because the company wasn’t willing to share information the FDA needs to ensure food safety. “The FDA uses all appropriate legal means necessary to obtain information and fully investigate firms or individuals who put the health of consumers at risk,” he said. Apr 8 FDA press release In 2007 following a spate of foodborne illness outbreaks, the Bush administration unveiled a new food protection plan that proposed giving the FDA the authority to require companies to recall unsafe foods. On Feb 9 New Jersey officials placed an embargo on Westco’s distribution facility to block the company from sending out potentially contaminated peanut products. The FDA said it hasn’t received any reports of illnesses or deaths linked to Westco products. Sebastian Cianci, FDA spokesman, told CIDRAP News that the firm cooperated with the federal warrant and turned over records. “But it will be some time before we know what information we can glean from the documents,” he said, adding that investigators hope the records will reveal the firm’s customers so that the FDA can notify them that they may have received Westco products that contained ingredients from PCA. The company, Westco Fruit and Nuts Inc, had also refused a Mar 23 FDA request to recall the products it made with peanut ingredients from PCA. Companies are required by law to allow the FDA to inspect the company facilities and access distributions records, but the agency doesn’t have the authority to order mandatory recalls, the FDA said today in a press release. The company also rebuffed the FDA’s Mar 26 request for distribution records. The FDA today repeated its Mar 23 warning for consumers to check their homes for Westco products, dispose of the ones they find, and wash their hands after handling the products. The FDA said between Nov 19, 2008, and Dec 30, 2008, Westco receive three shipments of oil-roasted salted redskin jumbo peanuts from PCA’s Blakely, Ga., facility. Westco repacked the peanuts into different size configurations and used them in a variety of mixed nut and trail mix products until early February 2009. See also: The outbreak, which involved Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium, has sickened at least 691 people from 46 states and possibly contributed to nine deaths. Nearly 4,000 products containing PCA peanuts or peanut ingredients have so far have been recalled in what is shaping up to become the nation’s largest ever ingredient-driven foodborne illness outbreak. Nov 6, 2007, CIDRAP News story “US food safety plan calls for FDA recall power” “They are asking me to commit suicide based on presumption,” he said. “They have no proof that anyone got sick from eating whole redskin peanuts roasted in oil.” He told ABC that he had the nuts tested at an FDA-approved lab and that they showed no evidence of contamination. Jacob Moradi, Westco’s owner, told ABC News on Mar 23 that his products were safe and that a recall would destroy his business. Sending US Marshals to obtain distributions records doesn’t happen very often, Cianci said. “It is safe to say this is an uncommon event.”  Apr 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – US Marshals today executed an inspection warrant at a New Jersey fruit and nut company after it refused to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) access to its distribution records related to peanut products received from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), a Virginia-based company linked to the recent national Salmonella outbreak.last_img read more

La Nina to cause heavy rainfall across Indonesia until February: Weather agency

first_imgRead also: Jakarta braces for flooding as rainy season approaches, La Nina loomsAmong the regions that will enter the rainy season in October are the east coast of Aceh, part of Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, Bangka Island, Lampung, Banten, part of West Java, part of Central Java, part of East Java, part of East Kalimantan, part of North Kalimantan, part of Sulawesi island, North Maluku and part of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).La Nina, the periodic cooling of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, tends to cause extreme weather in the archipelago. Herizal said heavy rainfall triggered by La Nina could result in floods and landslides. Therefore, the agency urged local governments and related agencies to optimize their integrated water management systems, from upstream to downstream, by, among other measures, optimizing the flow capacity of rivers and canals to handle excess runoff. (aly)Topics : The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned that the current La Nina weather phenomenon could increase accumulated precipitation in Indonesia by up to 40 percent, with heavy rainfall expected in several regions across the archipelago.“However, La Nina effects different regions in Indonesia differently,” BMKG’s climatology deputy head Herizal said in a written statement on Saturday.In October and November, increased rainfall may occur in all regions but Sumatra, while from December until February 2021, heavy rainfall could possibly continue in the eastern part of Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, North Maluku and Papua, he continued.last_img read more

Justin Rose donates trophy to leading women players

first_img7 Apr 2017 Justin Rose donates trophy to leading women players England Golf ambassador Justin Rose has donated a special trophy as part of a prestigious new competition series for the country’s leading women players. The 2013 US Open champion is an enthusiastic supporter of the national governing body’s drive to encourage more people into golf and to develop top-class talent. Now Rose, winner of Olympic gold in 2016, has presented a superb cut-glass, engraved bowl to be awarded to the winner of one of five events that bring together the cream of England’s 36-hole scratch tournaments for women. The Gold Rose will be the second of five scratch competitions that will provide an exciting opportunity for the top women players to improve their world ranking in 2017. A series of existing 36-hole competitions have been paired up to create five 72-hole tournaments which will see players qualify for points on the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). Rebecca Hembrough, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, said: “We are working hard to increase competitive opportunities for women and girls players in England. “The combination of these events provides a fantastic platform for the players and we are delighted that Justin Rose has recognised the importance of helping the women’s amateur game at the highest level with his kind donation.” Rose, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the England Golf Awards, has explained why he continues to support the amateur game. The 36-year-old, who won both the McGregor and Carris Trophies – the English U16 and U18 boys’ championships – as an amateur in 1995, said: “I received so much help from England Golf through coaching programmes, representing my country and travelling all over the world to play for England. That type of experience was unbelievable at the time and stood me in good stead for my professional career.” The five 72-hole competitions for 2017 are: Comboy Leveret – Comboy Scratch at Delamere Forest, Cheshire, on March 26; and The Leveret at Formby Ladies’, Lancashire, on April 1. The Gold Rose – Roehampton Gold Cup at Roehampton, Surrey, on April 1; and the Hampshire Rose at North Hants, Hampshire, on April 9. Critchley Astor – the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale, Surrey, on May 23; and the Astor Salver at The Berkshire on June 7. Frilford Jackson – Frilford Heath Scratch, Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire on June 2; and Bridget Jackson Bowl, Handsworth, Warwickshire on July 4. Birkdale Putter – Pleasington Putter, Pleasington, Lancashire on July 12; and Royal Birkdale Scratch, Royal Birkdale, Lancashire, on August 25. The first three events to be played have produced three different winners to tee up the prospect of a close-fought battle for overall honours. England international Gemma Clews won the Comboy Scratch at her home club, Delamere Forest in Cheshire, for the fourth successive year while Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall Golf Club) won The Leveret at Formby Ladies. Lily May Humphreys (Stoke-by-Nayland GC) finished runner-up at both to become the first overall winner of the Comboy Leveret. The Roehampton Gold Cup, which is open to professionals and amateurs, was won by Ladies European Tour player and former England international Sophie Walker.last_img read more