Independence Day Celebrations kick off today in the Coastal Region: Where to go and how to be safe

Independence Day is only one day away and celebrations begin here in the Coastal Region today! Where to go, when to go and how to be safe? Open it to read it. Be safe and have a joyous time with friends and family!

We are one day away from America’s biggest holiday, celebration preparations and locations are being determined if they haven’t been by now by our coastal citizens. Just in case you are one of those who is undecided, The Onslow Beat has put together a list of options for you to choose from in celebrating, spending time with your family and friends.

Independence Day falls on a Thursday this year, which usually gives for a long weekend for most military and some government offices.

Independence Day happenings through all 767 miles of Onslow County.  Before we get into the excitement, “Safety first!”

With the approach of the July 4th weekend, Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday period a happy and enjoyable one for all.

Traditionally during the July 4th holiday, our highways experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year. The Sheriff reminds all residents to follow these safety tips:

• Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you. Never blankly stare ahead nor fix your gaze on one point on the road.

• When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass. You will know instantly if the car is about to veer – giving you an extra few seconds to respond.

• You should pull out into the opposite lane of traffic when passing while you are still well behind the car in front. This should give you some time and space to build up speed and will enable you to pull back into your own lane should the need arise. Never cut abruptly out of your lane into the opposite lane when passing.

• Always signal your intentions with your brake lights, turn signals, horn and/or headlights so that other drivers will see you well before you change course.

• Drivers should always “aim high” in steering. That is, you should glance frequently at points well ahead of you. Not only will this help your steering, but it will also help you check the position of vehicles in front of you as well as on-coming ones.

• Never follow too close. Remember that, as your speed increases, it takes you substantially longer to stop. Also remember that it’s good to have an extra cushion of space in front of you if you’re being tail-gated, on a slippery road, or in low visibility conditions.

“Lastly, I would remind all motorists to practice the Golden Rule when driving. Be courteous and tolerant of other drivers. Please don’t get angry with bad drivers or reckless ones – just get out of their way,” Sheriff Miller said in closing, “Let’s make this summer a safe one on the roads in Onslow County.”

WATER SAFETY:

  • If no lifeguard is on duty, do not let children swim unless they are accompanied by a responsible adult who knows lifesaving techniques and first aid.
  • Post CPR instructions and directions to call 9-11 or your local emergency number in the pool area.
  • Look around the pool area to be certain lifesaving devices are readily available for emergency use.
  • Be sure covers are installed on all drains of swimming pools and wading pools. The suction created by the pool’s circulating pumps can be very dangerous unless it is reduced by covers.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area.
  •  To reduce the risk of eye, ear, nose or throat infection from contaminated water, swim only in poos in which water quality is properly maintained. The water should appear crystal clear, be continuously circulated and be maintained a t a level that allows free overflow into the gutter or skimmer. There should not be a strong odor of ammonia or chlorine.
  • Take frequent breaks (about once an hour) where everyone gets out of the water, drinks water, reapplies water resistant sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and rests.

BEACH SAFETY:

  • Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others. Never swim alone.
  • If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
  • Watch out for the “dangerous too’s”- too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
  • Look for water that is reasonably clear and free of floating materials and odors. Avoid swimming at beaches where there are large populations of ducks, geese or gulls. The waste produced by these birds causes high bacteria levels in the water.
  • Look for movement in the water; it helps keep the water clean. Do not swim in stagnant or still water.
  • Do not swim at any beach right after a heavy rain. Runoff following a heavy rain may result in a high bacteria level.
  • When diving at a beach, exercise extreme caution. Beach water is not as clear as water in a pool, so underwater obstructions may not be visible.
  • Avoid having beach water in your mouth or nose.

Sheriff Miller states, “Following these precautions will help the children and citizens of Onslow County stay safe and healthy this holiday weekend and throughout the summer.”

 

CELEBRATIONS: 

Town of Surf City kicks off Independence Day on July 3rd

Wednesday (Independence Eve) July 3, 2019 kicks off the celebrations in Surf City, NC in Sound side Park under the new high rise bridge.

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Ocean City Jazz Fest Kicks Off on July 4th

July 4-7 beginning at 5pm. Celebrating its tenth year, the Ocean City Jazz Festival is held in historic Ocean City in North Topsail Beach. Gates open at 4pm. Advance ticket prices are $50-$60 for one day or $160 for all three days. Tickets at the gate increase by $5. Event details here. 

Surf City Pier Kids Fishing Tournament on July 4th

The Surf City Pier opens for a free day of fishing for youngsters age 16 and under in a fun, educational and safe environment. Pre-registration is REQURIED for this event.  Call 910-328-3521 for more details.

36th ANNUAL ONSLOW COUNTY FREEDOM FESTIVAL, JACKSONVILLE, NC

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HOLLY RIDGE LIBERTY FESTIVAL, JULY 4

Enjoy firework festivities twice! One on Topsail Island, July 3 at Soundside Park and two, at Holly Ridge Liberty Festival, July 4, on the mainland!    Facebook Page Event Information.

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BASE FEST CAMP LEJEUNE

From the MCCS website, this years event is closed to the public and only open to DoD cardholders and their guests.

Who Can Attend

Open to DoD Identification Cardholders and their guests only. The event will not be open to the general public, meaning base access will not be provided to unsponsored guests for the event.

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather on July 4, the event, including the fireworks, will be canceled and will not be rescheduled.

 

 

REMEMBER while you are out celebrating and enjoying the festivities, be alert and aware of your surroundings. In the event of a crime, citizens can help our public servants reach justice swiftly by sharing information.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Missing Person Investigation is ongoing for James Wilson, Jr. one year later

(Jacksonville, NC)- The investigation to find missing person James Wilson, Jr. continues. On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Jacksonville Police Department issued a Silver Alert for James Wilson, Jr., a 78-year old man who apparently walked away from his home in the Country Club Road area. A year has passed since this investigation began. Detectives have investigated dozens of tips, but none have led to finding Mr. Wilson. Detectives are looking for assistance from the community.

Mr. Wilson suffers from dementia. Mr. Wilson is a black male, 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 196 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes.

We have asked residents to check infrequently used buildings on their property such as storage sheds or buildings not used daily.

“During the investigation, we learned that Mr. Wilson may have hitch-hiked in the past. We ask that anyone who may have picked up someone matching Mr. Wilson’s description to please give us a call” said Captain Mike Capps, Supervisor, JPD Investigations Division. “We appreciate the continued assistance from the public in calling in with information.”

Mr. Wilson’s daughter, Jayna Wilson has been his biggest advocate since the beginning of the disappearance of her father. Jayna took to social media herself to encourage people to share the posts about her father and to continue looking for him, or any clues that might lead to him.

If you believe that you have seen Mr. Wilson, please call 911 immediately. If you have information please contact JPD Detective Vincent Waddell at 910-938-6408 or vwaddell@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-5034. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to arrest. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Perdue Foods LLC issued a recall for over 30K pounds of chicken products

Perdue Foods LLC., a Bridgewater, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 31,703 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of bone material, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2019 – Perdue Foods LLC., a Bridgewater, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 31,703 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of bone material, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

This is the third recall on chicken products from Perdue Organics this year.

The fully cooked chicken products were produced on March 21, 2019. The following products are subject to recall:

 

 

 

 

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• 11.2 oz. plastic trays containing “PERDUE Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS – GLUTEN FREE” with a “USE BY MAY 20 2019” and UPC bar code of 072745-001437 on the label.

• 12 oz. plastic trays containing “PERDUE Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS – WHOLE GRAIN” with a “USE BY MAY 20 2019” and UPC bar code of 072745-001642 on the label.

• 12 oz. plastic trays containing “PERDUE Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS – WHOLE GRAIN” with a “USE BY MAY 20 2019” and UPC bar code of 072745-002656 on the label.

• 10-lb. bulk boxes of “Chef Quik Breaded Chicken Tenders Boneless Tender Shaped Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat” with Case Code 22143 on the label.

• 10-lb. bulk boxes of “Chef Quik Chicken Breast Strips Strip-Shaped Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat” with Case Code 77265 on the label.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-369” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered after FSIS and the company received consumer complaints.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day.

 

 

 

Johnsonville is recalling an estimated 95K pounds of sausage products

Johnsonville is recalling an estimated 95K pounds of ready-to-eat jalapeño cheddar sausage products due to possible contamination.

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2019 – Johnsonville, LLC., a Sheboygan Falls, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 95,393 pounds of its ready-to-eat jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous material, specifically hard green plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage items were produced and packaged on March 12 and 13, 2019. The following products are subject to recall:

• 14-oz. film, vacuum packages containing “Johnsonville JALAPEÑO CHEDDAR Smoked Sausage” with a “Best By 06/09/2019” date on the back of the package.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34224” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide and internationally.

The problem was discovered when the company notified FSIS that they received a consumer complaint regarding green hard plastic in the product.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Kirsten Bishir, Johnsonville, LLC. Consumer Relations Coordinator, at KBishir@johnsonville.com and by phone or text at 1-888-556-2728.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day.

Food Outlook: UPDATE- Contamination recall extended for Tyson Foods products- 12M lbs of chicken

Tyson Foods, Inc. expanded a food recall for nearly 12M pounds of chicken products due to continued contamination concerns. #FoodSafety #ContaminationConcerns

UPDATE: Tyson Foods, Inc., released a notice of a recall expansion of the March 21, 2019 recall that consisted of  69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products. The recent call of expansion for this recall now includes more information to include another 11,760,424 pounds of product.

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(WASHINGTON, May, 4, 2019)- Tyson Foods, Inc., a Rogers, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 11,829,517 million pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on various dates from Oct. 1, 2018 through March 8, 2019 and have “Use By Dates” of Oct. 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020. The chart contains a list of the products subject to recall.[View Labels (PDF only)]

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the product package. These items were shipped to retail and Department of Defense locations nationwide, for institutional use nationwide and to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The problem was discovered when FSIS received two consumer complaints of extraneous material in the chicken strip products. FSIS is now aware of six complaints during this time frame involving similar pieces of metal with three alleging oral injury.

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1-866-886-8456. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Worth Sparkman, Public Relations Manager, Tyson Foods, Inc., at Worth.Sparkman@Tyson.com (479) 290-6358.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.


PREVIOUS (3/28/19): Oftentimes we see sudden spikes in contamination and health risk warnings flooding the media, social media networks and might even say, “Air sandwich plain please…” feeling that there’s nearly nothing safe anymore. Let’s take a look at some recent recalls that actually affect N.C.

On March 13, 2019, Butterball, LLC in Mount Olive, North Carolina recalled approximately 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund. The NC based plant is 675,000-square-foot facility outside Raleigh is the largest turkey processing plant in the world, processing 17 million turkeys a year, according to Butterball. This recall stems from just one day of production.

 

 

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Recalled ground turkey products were produced on July 7, 2018, and were shipped to institutional and retail locations nationwide.

  • Products are labeled with the establishment number “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • Visit the USDA-FSIS website for a list of recalled products 

There was a high-risk factor that led to the company recall and CDC reports where six people in three states have become ill; one was hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). How common is salmonella?

CDC estimates that
Salmonella causes
approximately 1.2 million
illnesses and 450 deaths
every year in the United
States. Salmonella infection
is most common in June,
July, and August.

Symptoms to look for: 

The CDC reports, “Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.”

To see what items were recalled you can do so at the USDA  The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutional and retail locations nationwide.

This is the third recall involving ground turkey in five months. In both November and December 2018, Jennie-O recalled packages of ground turkey for possible contamination with Salmonella Reading. Additionally, the CDC has been investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Reading linked to several types of raw turkey products. Neither investigation has been closed per any reports made available.

The Onslow Beat did attempt to get a specific list of stores and locations the turkey products went to in our state but was not successful. FSIS did not provide a list of stores or states where the turkey was sold, but the manager of public relations at Butterball, reported that the turkey was shipped to the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.



PREVIOUS: Tyson Chicken Strips recall

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March 21, 2019, Tyson Chicken Strips products were recalled. “Tyson Foods, Inc., a Rogers, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specific pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)”  announced in a press release.

034-2019-labels Product packages recalled.

If you have a problem with a food product, separate government agencies are responsible for protecting different segments of the food supply. If you have experienced a problem with a food product, be sure to contact the appropriate public health organization.

For Help with Meat, Poultry and Processed Egg Products:
Call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or report the complaint online.

 

Looking for a good lunch today and no risk of contamination, be sure to support our local Onslow Co. Crime Stoppers Annual BBQ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSIDE: 9-11 Call, teacher interviews and medical records released in the breaking case of RaNiya Wright

There are no charges in the death of the 10-year-old child RaNiya Wright who died last month in a nearby hospital following a fight at Forest Hills Elementary. It has been determined that RaNiya was not a victim of bullying and that her and the other student had verbal altercations on a regular basis that teachers have stated to have been mutual. Wright’s death is reported to be a result of a birth defect and not a result of the fight itself.

Today the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office released investigative documents from the joint investigation between their agency and the 14th Circuit Solicitors Office regarding the investigation into the death of RaNiya Wright.

There are no charges in the death of the 10-year-old child, RaNiya Wright. The Cheif Prosecutor says that RaNiya Wright died of natural causes. It has been reported that there is no evidence of the fight contributing to her death. Instead, it was a birth defect.

RaNiya died in a Charleston hospital on March 27, two days after she was involved in a short fight that is described as a “slap fight,”  with another student in her classroom and complained of a headache minutes later.

Frustrations have grown in the three weeks since the 10-year-old’s death due to a lack of available details. Suspicions have also grown across the Carolina’s with foul play and a cover-up by the school system to evade lawsuit and accountability, that was not the case. With her cause of death now confirmed and released, RaNiya’s family is still pushing for more information, unwilling to accept the medical evidence as an explanation for the girl’s death.

The prosecutor said the cause of death is brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Her arteries and veins were tangled and lead to a rupture. 13 days prior to the fighting incident, RaNiya was seen by a doctor for headaches. The pathologist reported the only trauma was the rupture in her brain and also ruled out that the fight itself, was not a contributing factor. Stone said he came to this determination after pathologists and other physicians conducted postmortem testing at the Medical University of South Carolina where RaNiya died.

There was no bullying determined to be involved in this case.

AVM is also known to be associated with acquired Chiari malformation type 1 per NCBI reports. AVM affects approximately one in every 100,000 people.

The information released is as follows:

  • 911 call

 

  • 911 dispatch log View Log Here
  • Initial Colleton County Sheriff’s Office report CCSO Incident Report
  • Notification email to Raniya’s mother from the school nurse Notice to Parents (COPY)
  • The audio recording of an interview with one of Raniya’s teachers. Please note that there are periods of silence to protect the name of the other minor child, her mother and some delicate details as necessary.  In this interview, you will hear details on this particular day and other days at Forest Hills Elementary School in general. In this particular interview, this teacher states she never met RaNiya’s father, the father was not listed as a point of contact for Raniya at school. There were eight people listed for emergency contacts and the father was not one of them. The teacher also mentions how RaNiya mentioned her headaches occasionally at school. This interview is 14:50 in length.

 

  • The audio recording of the interview with one of Raniya and Student #2’s teachers
  • Colleton County Sherriff’s Office incident report, which contains student statements Investigative Report
  •  A written statement from the classroom teacher (substitute) In this statement the teacher said the two students had a verbal altercation prior to the physical altercation and she did not know what made the two girls fight. The substitute teacher also said that she did separate the two girls as some previous reports have stated conflicting and inaccurate information stating the opposite. Statement from Substitute Teacher
  • Audio from an interview with the PE teacher from Forest Hills Elementary. The teacher divulges in this interview that there had been a history of negative behavior between the two students that they were able to control by separating them. The investigator asked if anything seemed off that particular day between them and the PE teacher said he could tell the conversation between the two students hadn’t been friendly. “You could kind of tell that if it continued, it could have gotten physical…”

 

  • Timeline of events around the time of the incident, through Raniya’s departure via ambulance Timeline_of_Events
  • Medical records related to Raniya’s headaches and dizziness. The one file is a 44-page-record and date’s back to 2012 with RaNiya’s medical history.  These files have been sensibly modified to protect particular aspects of information. This primary physician’s file shows several appointments where headaches were a factor as well as the Colleton Medical Center record.
    Primary Physician Record &  Prior Medical Records Colleton Med

Here is the link to today’s Facebook Live broadcast by the 14th Circuit Solicitors Office, the video does cut off before the tail end of the conference.  This was unintentional the phone was left unattended on the tripod during the conference and at some point, the camera did stop recording. Video below:

 https://www.facebook.com/FourteenthCircuitSolicitorsOffice/videos/276684106618028/

 

 

 

 

20,373lbs of beef possibly contaminated sparks nationwide recall

AdvancePierre Foods, Inc., an Enid, Okla. establishment, is recalling approximately 20,373 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef patties that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically soft purple plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on April 2nd.

The frozen RTE flame broiled beef patties were produced on Nov. 30, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: 

Product label

• 14.06-lb. cases containing three bags with 30 pieces for a total of 90 portions of “CN FULLY COOKED FLAMEBROILED BEEF PATTIES CARAMEL COLOR ADDED” with case code 155-525-0 and package code 8334. 

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 2260E” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to food service locations nationwide. While the product was distributed to schools, it resulted from a commercial sale and was not part of food provided by the USDA for the National School Lunch Program.                                

The problem was discovered on April 1, 2019 after the firm received two consumer complaints regarding soft purple plastic found in the product.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in food service freezers. Food service locations who have purchased these products are urged not to serve or consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact AdvancePierre’s Consumer Affairs Hotline at (855) 382-3101.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

Allen County coroner released case “facts” in matters of Taemon Blair

Allen County Sheriff’s Office released a 4-page report this week after Taemon Blair’s story “broke the internet” by going viral. Blair’s tragic and mysterious death at what was believed to be a positive time in his life leaves his family uneasy and wanting an investigation further into his death. Allen Co. authorities have ruled Blair’s death a suicide by hanging and the internet says it was a lynching. In many posts it has been alleged that Blair’s hands were bound, authorities confirmed that to be false. Much of the black community believes that black people do not commit suicide by hangings due to the history of our ancestors being lynched. Whereas, statistical data shows that black americans have in fact chosen this method in the past. However, the method utilized and often the cause of suicide is usually tied to cultural, religious and family beliefs or matters per The National Center for Biotechnology Information.

If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please reach out to someone or call the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. #TaemonBlair #MysteryOfTaemonBlair

Taemon Blair was found March 14th in a semi cab truck that he operated, parked in the 9100 block of Bluffton Rd unresponsive. The death of the 21-year-old man who was reportedly found hanged in the sleeper portion of his tractor-trailer truck cabin in Fort Wayne, IN. The reports of his death have gone viral nationally across social media posts. The following week, the Allen Co. Coroner’s Office, on March 21st, said the 21-year-old, a Huntersville, North Carolina native, had died of asphyxia due to hanging and the death ruled a suicide.

Social media posts suggest that Blair did not die by suicide, yet that he was “lynched”. There is the implication by many of these social media posts that “black men do not hang themselves…” because of the historical context tied to hangings it is believed in the “black community” that black Americans do not suicide by hangings. The The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) statistical data reports, “Between 2000 and 2010, suicide by hanging/suffocation rose by 104% (i.e., more than doubled) for those aged 45–59 years and increased steadily in all other age groups except those aged ≥70 years (Table 1), for whom there was a small decline.”-(NCBI)

Hanging/suffocation is almost as lethal as firearm use as a means of suicide. The lack of an increase in case fatality rates indicates that the increase in mortality rates from suicide by hanging/suffocation is related to an increase in suicide attempts by this method. The dramatic increase in suicide by hanging in the U.S. is of special concern because of the widespread availability of rope and other accessories used in hanging. Prevention strategies that are effective within inpatient settings should be given greater attention for their potential to reduce suicide in other settings as well. Such strategies include installing break-away closet bars, lowering the height of anchor points, and increasing the awareness of risk indicators. –(NCBI, 2013)

The American Suicide Prevention Foundation (ASFP) reports,  “In 2017, the highest U.S. age-adjusted suicide rate was among Whites (15.85) and the second highest rate was among American Indians and Alaska Natives (13.42). Much lower and roughly similar rates were found among Black or African Americans (6.61) and Asians and Pacific Islanders (6.59).

In 2017, firearms were the most common method of death by suicide, accounting for a little more than half (50.57%) of all suicide deaths. The next most common methods were suffocation (including hangings) at 27.72% and poisoning at 13.89%.”

Some posts have even gone as far as to say that he was beaten and hanged with his hands bound up but Allen County authorities have reported that as false.

This young man’s tragic end has gone as far to gain interest amongst popular celebrity artists like Clifford Harris Jr. aka T.I ., Big Boi, and Usher Raymonds.

On Thursday, the Allen County Coroner’s Office released a 4-page report in attempts to correct “inaccurate information being spread across social media.” The Onslow Beat has a general standard that follows the same guidelines as most MSM organizations and refrains from publishing articles with suicides with the exceptions of public places, government officials and public figures but in this case, due to the viral nature and the four-page report released, an exception has also been made in this case.

Taemon-Blair Coroner release

Taemon’s brother, Dee Smith,  started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the burial. On the GFM, he stated,

“Taemon went through a rough patch in his life. He went to jail for a year. When he got out he promised to change his life. He went and got his diploma. He had straight A’s in HS. He has always been on the A honor roll.  My brother finally got his life on track! He has a beautiful girlfriend. He also was having a baby.  He landed a job driving 18 wheeler trucks. He went on the road to make money for his family. Now graduated with straight A’s, and a really good job, he was on the track of becoming a great man.”

Allen County Sheriff’s Office reported to Abby Jackson, no foul play suspected.

Smith full of pain and grief for his younger brother, told Fox46, “…there’s just a lot of unanswered questions for them to rule it a suicide…”  Watch that clip here.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, there’s help for you, your life is valuable and most hardships are only temporary that there are solutions for. Don’t take a permanent measure to a temporary situation. Please call the National Suicide Hotline or utilize the online chat option and talk to someone, completely confidential.

Call 1-800-273-8255
Available 24 hours every day. 

 

Another article related to suicide and the black community worth the read: https://afro.com/suicide-not-just-white-thing/

 


Disclaimer: The Onslow Beat has a mission of providing information that may be beneficial in the prevention of suicides, mental health & wellness with this particular article regardless of what speculations, assumptions are made in this particular case. This is not an endorsement of stating in agreement or disagreement that Blair committed suicide but it is an acknowledgment that nonetheless, suicide is a real issue in the black community, as well as depression, PTSD and the Black Male. Many individuals in the black community are often forced to suppress feelings verses expressing them, discouraged from crying, discouraged from stating or feeling fear or merely saying, “I am not okay.” The Black community oftentimes shuns the idea of mental health and mental illness has been “taboo” and “a white thing” when in fact it is a human thing, there’s no discrimination in matters of mental illness and there should not be any in light of mental health and wellness. The Onslow Beat further has a moral and ethical responsibility to the public to provide the facts presented from authorities, statements from family or those relevant to the case, as well as provide unbiased and informative information to create betterment in our society as a whole through an independent press. The Onslow Beat wants the audience to read and think for yourself, not be swayed and programmed. That is the beauty of an independent FREE press. 

Holy Guacamole! Avocado recall for six states including NC

Holy Guacamole! The recalled products have been distributed in six states and NC is one of the six – California-grown conventional and organic avocados — were packed at Henry Avocado’s packing facility in California and distributed in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. All shipments from the packing facility are subject to the recall (Henry Avocado did not begin packing there until late January 2019). Avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry Avocado are not subject to the recall and may continue to be sold and consumed.

Saturday, March 23, 2019, Henry Avocado Corporation issued a press release that the company is voluntarily recalling California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Henry Avocado is issuing this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution due to positive test results on environmental samples taken during a routine government inspection at its California packing facility. There are no reported illnesses associated with this recall.

 

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled products – California-grown conventional and organic avocados — were packed at Henry Avocado’s packing facility in California and distributed in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. All shipments from the packing facility are subject to the recall (Henry Avocado did not begin packing there until late January 2019). Avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry Avocado are not subject to the recall and may continue to be sold and consumed.

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Henry Avocado is contacting all affected customers to confirm that the recalled products are immediately removed from store shelves. For conventional products purchased at retail, consumers can identify the recalled products by the “Bravocado” stickers. Henry Avocado organic products do not carry the “Bravocado” label on the sticker. Instead, those products are labeled “organic” and include “California” on the sticker. Retailers can identify Henry Avocado organic products by the bar code on the stickers.

Consumers who have purchased any recalled avocados are urged not to consume them, but to discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with further questions may contact Henry Avocado at (760) 745-6632, Ext 132 or visit http://www.henryavocado.com/media

Henry Avocado Corporation is fully cooperating with federal and California health officials to facilitate an efficient and complete recall of these avocados.

“We are voluntarily recalling our products and taking every action possible to ensure the safety of consumers who eat our avocados,” says Phil Henry, President of Henry Avocado.

The Onslow Beat reached out to Henry Avocado Corporation to learn more about specific retailers that carry this product and will update upon response.

 

 

DG infant “NATURALS” cough syrup recalled for possible health risk following gripe water recall last month

RECENT RECALLS: DG brand infant cough syrup & gripe water both have been recalled through the FDA & Kingston Pharma, LLC due to potential health risks.

Kingston Pharma, LLC of Massena, NY is recalling Lot KL180157 of its 2-fluid ounce (59 mL) bottles of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Bacillus cereus/ Bacillus circulansBacillus cereus in food products has the potential to produce two forms of gastrointestinal illness, one being a syndrome primarily of vomiting, and the other of diarrhea.  Most often, illnesses are mild and self-limiting, although more serious and even lethal cases have occurred.  Individuals at risk for more severe forms of illness include infants, young children, and others with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem with the use of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus.

 

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The recalled DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” bottles were distributed nationwide in Dollar General retail stores.  The product comes in a carton labeled DG™/health baby Cough Syrup + Mucus in 2-fluid ounce bottles marked with Lot KL180157 Expiration date 11/20 on the bottom of the carton and back of the bottle label; UPC Code 8 54954 00250 0.

The potential for contamination was noted after audit testing revealed the presence of Bacillus cereus /Bacillus circulans in some bottles of this lot of the product. One in ten bottles showed low levels of Bacillus cereus and two in ten bottles showed low levels of Bacillus circulans.

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Lot KL180157 of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-724-7347 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST or e-mail at Christina.Condon@SciRegs.com.

Read more for Kingston Pharma LLC, DG Gripe Water recall information.

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DIX Crisis Center is holding on-site interviews and job fair today and tomorrow after last weeks ceremony

This past Friday, a monumental shift of opportunities opened when the DIX Crisis Intervention Center doors opened the 16-bed facility for the public to tour the facility as well as a beautiful ribbon cutting ceremony with many of our local, regional and state leaders present.

 

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Photographs by Bonnie Roman/The Onslow Beat

 

With one in four adults and 10% of children in the US estimated to suffer from a mental health crisis this year. The WHO (World Health Organization) suggests that mental disorders are far more common than common diseases like cancer and heart disease.

A 2013 report from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 9.6M adults have serious mental health illnesses. These major mental health issues include but are not limited to major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), panic disorder, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and borderline personality disorder. A combination of treatment is typically required to help lead citizens to a healthier mental state and lifestyle which may require in-patient treatment whether short-term or long-term. Additionally, mental health treatment plans generally require medication(s), therapy and peer support participation.

The DIX Crisis Intervention Center is an innovative alternative, cultivating a more dynamic care option that eliminates strain on our counties first responders, law enforcement and paramedics overall with the “No Wrong Door” policy. Whereas in the past, those in a mental health crisis would be transported to the nearest Emergency Department for drop-offs and law enforcement would be required to remain with the person until the admission process was completed which could be hours. During those hours, there are fewer officers patrolling the streets and responding to calls of crime and violence. If a person is in need of care and exhibits symptoms of substance abuse and/or mental illness, and is not in an urgent need of medical intervention, First Responders can take them directly to the DIX center and by-pass the lengthy admission process of emergency room care. The average stay is 1-4 days with medication, group therapy and individual services including peer support.

The Onslow Beat reached out to two mothers the county has witnessed fight back against addiction, support mental health and recovery options for both issues and on the ground advocating through an organization known as Sneads Ferry’s H.O.P.E (Heroin.Opiate.Prevention.Education), Mrs. Vanessa Sapp and Mrs. Cindy Patane. Patane was on a cruise and unable to respond for an interview. Sapp and Patane both lost their sons to overdose in 2016.  Digital Reporter, Melissa Oakley asked Sapp, “How do you feel about the DIX center opening in our county?” Sapp responded, “Losing Wes continues to be the most difficult experience of my life. Almost immediately, I knew something needed to be done to prevent other parents from such a tragedy. And that is why, along with Cindy Patane, I stood up and spoke out… and three years later, we continue this fight! Our boys did not die in vain, this detox/crisis center is just one of many confirmations. I am so very grateful to all those who joined the fight to make a difference! There is no doubt that this detox/crisis center is needed in our community! Literally, this morning, as the ribbon cutting was underway, I was helping connect a person in need of services outside our county, because there was not a local option. When a person reaches out for help, that person needs help right then and there; not later in the afternoon, not tomorrow… NOW! A crisis center will increase access to treatment for the “now” need! While this is a great first step, 3-7 days only provides a pause and a window of opportunity to make the next connection. We must immediately start working on the next step, long term treatment options, to include both intense outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment. Keep fighting! Together, we can and will save more lives!” -Vanessa Sapp

Sapp has also been vocal about how mental health and substance abuse oftentimes go hand in hand in the past. Her son Wes had begun to struggle with anxiety and insomnia, began treatment for those issues and soon after experimenting with marijuana and abusing the prescription medication began. Vanessa and her husband Jason Sapp are advocates through North Carolina Parents Coalition for C.H.A.N.G.E and you can read more of Wes’s story on the site as well as how to volunteer and obtain support.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health issue, the center is better equipped to address the needs than the emergency room since the focus of the center is solely on the mental health and substance abuse detox and recovery. Mental Health providers are able to better address concerns more quickly, and the basic needs will be attended to in an environment that is conducive to safety and comfort for those suffering a mental health and/or substance abuse crisis.

Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover. Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior. These disorders can affect how we relate to others and make choices. Reaching a level that can be formally diagnosed often depends on a reduction in a person’s ability to function as a result of the disorder. For example:

  • Serious mental illness is defined by someone over 18 having (within the past year) a diagnosable mental, behavior, or emotional disorder that causes serious functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  • For people under the age of 18, the term “Serious Emotional Disturbance” refers to a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in the past year, which resulted in functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits the child’s role or functioning in family, school, or community activities.
  • Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. –SAMHSA

 

DIX Crisis Intervention Center will be conducting open interviews today and tomorrow, Feb. 20th & 21st, 2019 at the Jacksonville, NC facility to fill multiple OPEN positions. There are morning sessions from 9am-12pm and afternoon sessions from 1pm-4pm on both days, Wednesday and Thursday. They are looking to hire candidates on the spot. You can also fill out applications online and view job descriptions at https://riinternational.com/careers

Positions available:

  • Registered Nurses
  • LPNs
  • Registered Nurse Manager
  • Shift SupervisorsPeer Support Specialists
  • Peer Support Specialists
  • Discharge Coordinator
  • Milieu Specialists

RI Crisis Health Recovery Consultants offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, group life, employee matched 401k, paid holidays, and PTO program. You can reach the human resources department for any questions at phone number: 602-636-4463

 

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. and FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas on new findings and updated consumer recommendations related to the romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak investigation

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the American public if a multi-state outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 linked to romaine lettuce and advised against eating any romaine lettuce on the market at that time. This week there are new reports.

FDA PRESS RELEASE:

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the American public of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to romaine lettuce and advised against eating any romaine lettuce on the market at that time. The FDA then worked quickly with romaine producers and distributors who voluntarily withdrew the product from the market to help contain this new outbreak. This was an especially important step in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. At the same time, we immediately launched a broad traceback investigation to determine the source of this outbreak.

We have new results to report from this investigation tracing the source of the contamination to at least one specific farm. Based on these and other new findings, we’re updating our recommendations for the romaine lettuce industry and consumers.

Shortly after our initial public warning, our traceback investigation was able to narrow down the scope of implicated product. Based on these initial findings, we immediately issued an updated public warning to consumers to avoid consuming romaine lettuce specifically from Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura counties in California. This information about the implicated regions helped consumers avoid potentially affected product. The information was provided in conjunction with a voluntary agreement that we reached with industry to provide more specific labeling information on the origin and harvest date of romaine lettuce as it was shipped to the market.

By Nov. 23, the FDA Produce Safety Network, CDC, the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Food and Agriculture had assembled and deployed teams to inspect locations in California that were identified through the traceback investigation. The on-site investigations included farms and lettuce cooling facilities. Our teams have been on site at these locations continuously, collecting hundreds of samples for lab testing. These include soil, water and swab samples from surfaces and equipment. The majority of these results have tested negative for the outbreak strain.

The aim of this investigation is to rapidly find the cause of the contamination, what risks to consumers continue to persist, and how these potential hazards can be resolved.

Today, we’re announcing that we’ve identified a positive sample result for the outbreak strain in the sediment of a local irrigation reservoir used by a single farm owned and operated by Adam Bros. Farms in Santa Barbara County. The FDA will be sending investigators back to this farm for further sampling. It’s important to note that although this is an important piece of information, the finding on this farm doesn’t explain all illnesses and our traceback investigation will continue as we narrow down what commonalities this farm may have with other farms that are part of our investigation. While the analysis of the strain found in the people who got ill and the sediment in one of this farm’s water sources is a genetic match, our traceback work suggests that additional romaine lettuce shipped from other farms could also likely be implicated in the outbreak. Therefore, the water from the reservoir on this single farm doesn’t fully explain what the common source of the contamination. We are continuing to investigate what commonalities there could be from multiple farms in the region that could explain this finding in the water, and potentially the ultimate source of the outbreak.

This positive sample from the single farm was collected by the FDA and analyzed by the CDC and determined to match the outbreak strain of E. coli through Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) analysis, the most precise DNA analysis available to us. Adams Bros. Farms is cooperating with the FDA in this outbreak investigation and we are able to confirm that this farm hasn’t shipped any romaine lettuce since Nov. 20. The company has committed to recalling products that may have come into contact with the agricultural water reservoir and we are working with the farm to determine how the contamination occurred and whether corrective actions are needed before their next growing season.

As of Dec. 13, our investigation yielded records from five restaurants in four different states that have identified 11 different distributors, nine different growers, and eight different farms as potential sources of contaminated romaine lettuce. Currently, no single establishment is in common across the investigated supply chains. This indicates that although we have identified a positive sample from one farm to date, the outbreak may not be explained by a single farm, grower, harvester, or distributor.

While this new information does not fully explain the outbreak, it does allow us to revise our recommendations for consumers slightly. Given the identification of the outbreak pathogen on the farm in Santa Barbara county, the farms identified in the traceback, and the fact that the lettuce on the market at the peak of the outbreak should be beyond shelf-life we feel there is no longer a reason for consumers to avoid romaine lettuce from San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz and Ventura Counties, in California, provided it was harvested after Nov. 23. If consumers, retailers, and food service facilities are unable to confirm that romaine lettuce products are from unaffected sources, we urge that these products not be purchased, or if the products have already purchased, they should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

Romaine lettuce that was harvested outside of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara Counties in California after Nov. 23 doesn’t appear to be related to the current outbreak. Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine also doesn’t appear to be related to the current outbreak. There’s no reason for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine harvested from these sources.

Our investigation is ongoing. As of Dec. 13, this outbreak has resulted in 59 people becoming ill in 15 states, with the last reported illness onset date being Nov. 16.  The FDA, CDC, and our partners, are also coordinating the investigation with Canadian healthdisclaimer icon and food safety authorities who are also looking into a related outbreak.

Today’s update is a result of our ongoing, extensive traceback investigation with the CDC and our state partners. Traceback involves digging into records from the past to work backwards from the point of consumption or purchase of the product through the supply chain to the source. Since it’s common for people who become ill from a leafy green like romaine lettuce to have eaten the food frequently, a solid traceback investigation requires specific details about all the exposures a sick person had prior to becoming sick. So, identifying which exposures to trace back is complex and is the foundation of a successful traceback.

Once that foundation is laid, a traceback investigation often includes investigating retail establishments, suppliers, and distributors working our way back to the farm or farms that could have grown the lettuce that ended up in consumers meals and homes. It’s a labor-intensive task. It requires collecting and evaluating thousands of records while also trying to accurately document how the contaminated lettuce moved through the food supply chain to grocery stores, restaurants and other locations where it was sold or served to the consumers who became ill. We documented our extensive traceback efforts for the Spring 2018 E. Coli outbreak, to provide an example of the complexity and challenge of this type of investigation.

As we continue to investigate this outbreak, we are pleased with industry’s cooperation with our request for a “clean break” in the romaine lettuce supply available to consumers in the U.S. in order to purge the market of potentially contaminated romaine lettuce. Knowing the growing origin of produce will continue to play an important role in allowing consumers to avoid contaminated products and facilitating market withdrawals and tracebacks and why we previously called on improvements to labeling and traceability.

We’re able to report that consumers are starting to see romaine lettuce on the market labelled with the harvest origin of the romaine, along with the date of the harvest. This will improve the ability of the FDA to provide more targeted information to consumers in the event of a future outbreak of illness. We’ll continue to work with the leafy green industry on our task force to find solutions for long term labeling of romaine lettuce and other leafy greens for helping to identify products and ways to improve traceability.

This outbreak highlights the importance of moving forward with improvements in how we detect and respond to outbreaks of foodborne illness. Over the last decade, we’ve been able to link outbreaks to products more rapidly and contain the spread of illnesses faster than ever before. This owes to advances in technology that have allowed us to detect outbreaks of human illness and contamination events that may have never been previously identified. This means that in many instances we’ve been able to intervene earlier in the setting of outbreaks to reduce the number of people who are affected by a contaminated food.

We’ll continue to use advances in technology to improve our ability to track and trace products through the supply chain. We’ll be launching a comprehensive effort in early 2019 to advance our work in this area. This will help consumers get information more quickly to enable people to protect themselves and their families. We look forward to continuing our work with growers, processors, distributors and retailers in our shared efforts to protect consumers; and will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.