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

Volleyball: Badgers overcome Marquette, seek win against Purdue in last spring season match

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team has never lost to the Marquette University Golden Eagles. That didn’t change Friday night.Wisconsin dropped the first set to Marquette in front of 1,000 fans at the Milwaukee Sting Center in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, but rattled off three-set wins in a row to come back and overcome a rough start.The Badgers trailed 18-15 in the third set but finished the game on a 10-3 run to best the Golden Eagles.Incoming redshirt junior Molly Haggerty led the charge with 17 kills as All-Americans Dana Rettke and Madison Duello each tallied double-digit kills.Rettke led the team with three blocks at the net while hitting at a .647 clip.Redshirt freshman Julia Wohlert saw her first action in a Badger uniform.The 6-foot-7 Wohlert joined Rettke at the net and created a daunting set of obstacles for Marquette’s opposing offense.Volleyball: Badgers overpower Green Bay in opening match of spring seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team dominated the Green Bay Phoenix in an early spring matchup at the UW Read…Wisconsin will close out their spring slate in an away match against the Purdue Boilermakers Saturday.The Boilermakers have had a full spring schedule which included back-to-back contests against the Illinois Fighting Illini — the team that knocked the Badgers out of the NCAA tournament last fall. Purdue won both matches against the Fighting Illini.During the 2018 season, Wisconsin beat Purdue twice. Both teams were among the top 20 in the country.The Badgers swept the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, but they needed a comeback, five-set match to beat Purdue in Madison last fall.Purdue took the first two sets in the latter matchup at the UWField House before the Badgers snatched three consecutive sets to prevail.Rettke led the Badgers in kills in both contests.In the five-set matchup, setter Sydney Hilley compiled 59 assists — the second-largest assist total of her career.Softball: Konwent leads Badgers to best start in program historyAs the University of Wisconsin softball team teeters in and out of the top 25 rankings, being ranked at all Read…Rettke, Haggerty, Duello and Grace Loberg all tallied 12 or more kills against the Boilermaker defense.Outside hitter Sherridan Atkinson of the Boilermakers dominated the match with a game-high 26 kills against the Badger front line. Luckily for the Badgers, Atkinson graduated in December and will not compete in the spring match.Redshirt junior Blake Mohler will look to take Atkinson’s place as the Boilermakers’ primary attacker.As the Badgers close the spring slate, the coaching staff has been busy securing future recruits.Wisconsin received commitments from 6-foot-8 Anna Smrek and Lauren Jardine — both to join the Badgers in 2021.Wisconsin also snagged former Minnesota Gophers defensive specialist Lauren Barnes, who played alongside current Badger libero Tiffany Clark in high school.It is still unknown whether Barnes will have to sit out a year as a transfer or if she will be able to compete as early as the 2019 season.The matchup between the Badgers and the Boilermakers starts at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time at Holloway Gymnasium in West Lafayette, Indiana.last_img read more

DWP wants water rate hike, electricity surcharge

first_imgThe Department of Water and Power has opened a campaign to win a water-rate increase and reinstate a long-frozen surcharge on electricity bills. During a sparsely attended two-hour presentation Saturday, officials of the huge utility detailed their case for proposed increases in water rates of 3.9 percent, effective July 1, and 3.5 percent more a year later. The DWP said the water rate hike would add less than $1 a month to the typical residential bill in the first year. In the second year, increases would amount to 83 cents a month for a typical home. Officials also want to reinstate an electricity surcharge, frozen in 1998, that would enable them to pass along to customers cost spikes in natural gas and other fluctuating expenses. They also propose establishing another surcharge to help offset the cost of developing renewable energy sources. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more