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first_imgThe Arthur George founder, 33, has kept a relatively low profile over the past few years, but popped back up on an October episode of the E! reality show in honor of Kim Kardashian’s 40th birthday.“Major throwback lol HAPPY BIRTHDAY @kimkardashian‼️” Rob captioned an old photo for his sister’s big day on October 21. “Wishing you another Blessed year filled with good health and HAPPINESS 🙂 💙💙 I LOVE YOU SO MUCH woohoooo!!”Rob Kardashian Through the Years: Reality TV Star to Arthur George Sock DesignerE!Rob was also in attendance for the Skims founder’s private island birthday party last month.- Advertisement – The momager gushed about her only son, revealing how he’s grown as a parent after welcoming daughter Dream in November 2016 with his ex-fiancée Blac Chyna, who is currently suing Kardashian family for allegedly getting the pair’s E! reality show canceled.Kris Jenner Says Rob Kardashian Is So Good After His KUWTK ReturnKris Jenner Rob Latour/Shutterstock“His daughter, Dream, is great and he’s so in love with that kid,” Jenner explained. “He’s such a great dad and you never know — you have kids, they grow up, they have their kids — and you just don’t know how somebody is going to be as a parent but he’s just … wow.”She added: “He really is amazing.”- Advertisement – Back in action! Kris Jenner opened up about how her son, Rob Kardashian, is doing after reappearing on Keeping Up With the Kardashians last month.“He’s so good. He is so good,” Jenner, 64, said on the Tuesday, November 3, episode of iHeartRadio’s “Pretty Messed Up” podcast. “He’s really great.”- Advertisement – The California native was all smiles as he posed for photos with four of his five sisters while on vacation with the family in October. He was joined by Kim, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kendall Jenner. Kylie Jenner missed the festivities due to “other commitments,” a source previously told Us Weekly.Rob also appeared on KUWTK in April in an episode celebrating his daughter’s 3rd birthday.“I am so proud of Rob and what a cute party he gave for Dream,” Kris said during the episode, referencing the Trolls-themed bash Rob threw. “He wanted it to be so special. From the cake to the bubble guy, it was just so cute.”The Grandeza Hot Sauce cocreator returned to social media two months later in June after being out of the public eye for some time. He posted photos from Khloé’s 36th birthday party where he showed off his slimmer figure.A source exclusively told Us in July that the reality star has been “taking really good care of himself” lately and is “in a good mental state.”The insider added: “He’s really focused on being a parent, he lives for Dream and that keeps him in a good place.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgThe Virginia native concluded by sharing his hopes for the future. “I pray you can forgive me and that over time I can live a life where trust is earned again,” he noted. “We, the Lentz family, don’t know what this next chapter will look like, but we will walk into it together very hopeful and grateful for the grace of God.”Carl and Laura, 42, married in 2003 and are parents of Ava, 16, Charlie, 14, and Roman, 11.- Advertisement – “When you accept the calling of being a pastor, you must live in such a way that it honors the mandate. That it honors the church, and that it honors God,” he explained. “When that does not happen, a change needs to be made and has been made in this case to ensure that standard is upheld. Laura and I and our amazing children have given all that we have to serve and build this church and over the years I did not do an adequate job of protecting my own spirit, refilling my own soul and reaching out for the readily available help that is available. When you lead out of an empty place, you make choices that have real and painful consequences.”Carl then divulged the exact reason for his termination.Pastor Carl Lentz Admits He Was Unfaithful to His Wife Amid His Firing From Hillsong ChurchLaura and Carl Lentz Courtesy Carl Lentz/Instagram“I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that. This failure is on me, and me alone and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he continued. “I now begin a journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura and my children and taking real time to work on and heal my own life and seek out the help that I need. I am deeply sorry for breaking the trust of many people who we have loved serving and understand that this news can be very hard and confusing for people to hear and process. I would have liked to say this with my voice, to you, in person because you are owed that. But that opportunity I will not have.”- Advertisement – Hillsong Church Global Senior Pastor Brian Houston announced on Wednesday, November 4, that Carl was fired due to “leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.”The religious leader is known for his friendship with Bieber, 26. The singer lived with Carl and his family in New Jersey at one point, and he baptized the Grammy winner.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Carl Lentz, Justin Bieber’s friend and a former pastor at Hillsong Church, revealed he was fired from the institution because he cheated on his wife, Laura Lentz.The Hillsong NYC cofounder, 41, wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption on Thursday, November 5, that his exit from the church was “a hard ending” to his and his family’s time there.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgThis gadget primarily focuses on cleaning the air that surrounds you. This way, it doesn’t waste battery purifying ambient air that you won’t come into contact with—helping to preserve the purifier’s eight-hour battery life. Furthermore, the feature allows it to primarily focus on any nasties that are right before your nose.6GCool portable air purifier6GCool portable air purifier in useReleases clean air into your environmentThe key factor of the 6GCool portable air purifier is that it releases clean fresh air from its outlet back into the environment. It achieves this by inhaling dirty air from your surroundings and recycling this into purified air that’s safer to breathe.- Advertisement – To help clarify how it works, let’s discuss the differences between dirty and clean air. Dirty air is often referred to as particle pollution and contains dust, dirt, soot, and smoke. Sometimes you can see these molecules around you (think of floating dirt near sunlight or dark pockets of smoke where there’s a fire), but the dangers also lay in the elements that you can’t see, and thus, don’t try to escape from. These particles come from various sources: factories, cars, wood stoves, and more. And inhaling particle pollution can contribute to daily annoyances such as eye irritation, a tickly throat, and tiredness. But more seriously, they can be linked to breathing and lung difficulties, which can then find its way into your bloodstream.Alternatively, clean air doesn’t contain these level levels of pollutants and is safe to breathe. Remaining free from dirt and chemicals allows you to inhale oxygen that isn’t contaminated, and thus, not putting your health in jeopardy.6GCool uses clever technology to source these harmful particles and protects you from 99% of common air pollutants, including smoke, viruses, and dust. It then focuses on cleaning over 10 liters of air per minute. This is 100 times the rate a person typically breathes, so you know that this device is purifying more than the air you’ll then inhale.6GCool portable air purifierHolding the 6GCool portable air purifierCaptures harmful chemicals with its filtration technologyCapturing these harmful particles requires a combination of HEPA filters and PECO filtration. This high-tech portable air purifier locates unsafe chemicals and chops them down into harmless ones that are safer for you to breathe.Firstly, the HEPA filter captures the majority of airborne particles, including allergens, dust mites, pet dander, dust, mold, and pollen. This air purifier also features a titanium dioxide coating and UV-A LEDs for dirty air to stick to. The ionizer further enhances this efficiency so no harmful particles can outrun this device.6GCool portable air purifier6GCool portable air purifier on a child in the carAccommodates to your lifestyleAs well as making air cleaner, the 6GCool portable air purifier fits into your daily life. It’s not a loud, intimidating device that’ll capture everyone’s eyes while you’re on public transport. Instead, it features two operating modes: turbo and normal. So depending on your environment, you can crank up the power or choose a subtle mode to not disturb anyone.The normal mode is quieter and a battery-saving option. Alternatively, the turbo mode is ideal for cleaning larger volumes of air when you’re in a crowded environment, such as a public event, or watching a firework display.Overall, this is a gadget that everyone can incorporate into their lives. It gives you control over the air quality you breathe without any complicated setup or unpractical methods. You don’t need to wave it around to help it locate harmful particles; simply switch it on and its technology will do everything.Pre-order the 6GCool portable air purifier from Kickstarter for $128.84.What are your thoughts on this device? Share your feedback in the comments. The 6GCool portable air purifier doesn’t have a bulky design, allowing you to take it everywhere. And I really do mean everywhere. Use it on public transport, at care homes, the office, and much more. The 6GCool crams a whole lot of power into a small design so you can experience clean air everywhere you go.It even comes with an adjustable neck strap. Therefore, you can conveniently carry the device around with you, and it’s always to hand. This prevents fumbling around your bag, and the quick-release clips allow easy removal when you wish to take it off.6GCool portable air purifier6GCool portable air purifier around a woman’s neckCreates a personal zone of clean air around you- Advertisement – You can’t guarantee that the air you breathe is clean, nor safe. Fortunately, the 6GCool portable air purifier can. It locates harmful air pollutants and releases clean particles back into the environment. Discover how you can incorporate this gadget into your daily routine.The air we breathe is critical to life. But the air that surrounds you might be contributing to allergic reactions, respiratory problems, unproductivity, tiredness, and more. Airborne particles are unseeable but can cause harm when left untouched, and in some serious conditions, can lead to nose, throat, and lung damage.While there’s no way of escaping air in our daily lives, there’s a device that can purify the particles you breathe: 6GCool portable air purifier. It catches dirty air particles and releases fresh air, helping to eradicate any health infirmities. It’s different from conventional units you might have seen before, because it’s small and portable, has an eight-hour battery life, and uses a duo filtration system to effectively capture any nasties in the air.Boasts a portability factor- Advertisement –center_img Amy Poole is an Editor and Writer at Gadget Flow. When she’s not indulged in everything gadget-related, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Rosie, and keeping fit. – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgThe Dimensity 700 SoC also includes multiple voice assistant support including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Baidu DuerOS, among others. There is also support for Voice over New Radio (VoNR) services.MediaTek is aiming to bring the Dimensity 700 SoC to the smartphone market in the first quarter of 2021. Moreover, the chipset is expected to power phones under $250 (roughly Rs. 18,000) price segment.Alongside the Dimensity 700, MediaTek at its Executive Summit announced the MT8192 and MT8195 SoCs for Chromebooks. The 7nm MT8192 is specifically designed for mainstream Chromebook models, while the 6nm MT8195 is targeted at premium versions. Both chipsets come with an AI processing unit (APU) to support a range of voice- and vision-based apps. The APU is designed to process voice ID recognition and voice control, speech and image recognition, speech to text, live translation, object recognition, background removal, noise reduction, image and video segmentation, gesture control, and Google AR Core-based enhancements.- Advertisement – Both MT8192 and MT8195 come with a dedicated audio digital signal processor (DSP) to work with voice assistants. Similarly, an HDR image signal processor (HDR-ISP) has been provided along with a hardware depth engine to support up to 8-megapixel, four-cell cameras. The chipsets also support a single 32-megapixel camera or dual 16-megapixel cameras.MediaTek has provided 4K HDR video decoding support on both its new Chromebook chips. There is also support for Dolby Vision, 7.1 surround sound audio, and a Codec AV1 hardware video accelerator for an enhanced multimedia experience. Further, the chipsets come with PCI-Express Gen 3 and USB 3.2 Gen 1 support.The MediaTek MT8192 SoC comes with an octa-core CPU that includes four cores of ARM Cortex-A76 and four cores of ARM Cortex-A55. The CPU is coupled with a five-core ARM Mali-G57 GPU and supports LPDDR4x RAM up to 2,133MHz along with UFS 2.1 storage. The built-in APU 2.0 is also rated to deliver up to 2.4 tera operations per second (TOPS) performance.Chromebook manufacturers can add up to wide quad high definition (WQHD) displays with standard 60Hz refresh rate or full-HD+ displays with up to 120Hz refresh rate. The MT8192 also supports two full-HD displays simultaneously.In contrast, the MediaTek MT8195 SoC includes four ARM Cortex-A78 cores alongside four power-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores. The chipset is paired with MediaTek’s APU 3.0 that is capable of delivering up to 4 TOPS performance. There is also support for LPDDR4x RAM at 2,133MHz. The MT8195 can support up to three displays at once. There are also features including Dolby Vision, 7.1 surround sound audio, and a Codec AV1 video accelerator.Chromebooks featuring the MT8192 will debut in the second quarter of 2021, while the devices powered by the MT8195 will be available at a later date.Why are smartphone prices rising in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. MediaTek at its Executive Virtual Summit 2020 on Tuesday unveiled the Dimensity 700 as the latest 7nm 5G chipset for “mass-market” smartphones. The new system-on-chip (SoC) comes over three months after the Taiwanese chipmaker brought the Dimensity 720 as a solution for mid-range 5G phones. Alongside the new Dimensity SoC, MediaTek launched two new chipsets for Chromebooks — the MT8195 and the MT8192. The company also teased its plans to bring a new high-end, 5G-supporting SoC for smartphones that would be based on 6nm process technology and include ARM Cortex-A78 cores.Architecture-wise, the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC is quite similar to the Dimensity 720. The chip includes two high-performance ARM Cortex-A76 cores at a maximum clock speed of 2.2GHz, along with six Cortex-A55 cores at 2.0GHz. It is also capable of being paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM at a frequency of 2,133MHz and UFS 2.2 two-lane storage, along with up to 1Gbps transfer speeds.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Unlike the Dimensity 720 SoC that comes with an ARM Mali-G57 MC3 GPU, the Dimensity 700 SoC includes a slightly inferior Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. This might be a move to save some cost.Nevertheless, the Dimensity 700 SoC supports full-HD+ display with up to 90Hz refresh rate. The chip is also capable of supporting up to 64-megapixel primary camera sensors, along with artificial intelligence (AI) camera enhancements, such as AI bokeh as well as AI colour and beauty features.In terms of connectivity, the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC comes with a 5G modem that supports carrier aggregation to deliver up to 2.77Gbps download speeds and seamless handover between two 5G connection areas. There is also dual-5G SIM support that will allow users to have two 5G networks on their smartphones simultaneously. For power efficiency even on 5G networks, the chipset includes MediaTek 5G UltraSave that is touted to intelligently manage the operating mode of the 5G modem to enhance battery life.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgJun 2, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese health authorities have called off emergency measures for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), saying the latest outbreak is under control, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency.Beijing officials said yesterday they were closing down their SARS prevention headquarters and canceling other emergency control measures, Xinhua reported. Officials took the action after all seven patients in the city were discharged from a hospital and their contacts were released from quarantine, the report said.Also yesterday, the Chinese Ministry of Public Health suspended its daily surveillance reports on SARS, Xinhua said. The surveillance program required local health authorities nationwide to provide a daily SARS report even if no cases were found.Beijing’s SARS prevention headquarters was set up Apr 22, when the city reported its first case this year, according to Xinhua.The recent outbreak included seven SARS cases in Beijing and two in Anhui province in east-central China. Most of the cases were traced to a 26-year-old woman who contracted the virus while working in a laboratory at the National Institute of Virology in Beijing in March. A 31-year-old man who worked in the same lab also became infected. The mother of the 26-year-old woman died of SARS Apr 19; the other eight patients all recovered.Chinese and World Health Organization (WHO) officials inspected the virology lab in May but were unable to determine exactly how the two researchers had acquired the virus there. Neither of them had worked with live SARS virus, officials said.last_img read more

first_imgSep 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia reported its 69th H5N1 avian influenza case today, in the 21-year-old sister of an 11-year-old boy who died of the same disease on Sep 18.The woman from the Tulungagung district of East Java tested positive for H5N1 today, 4 days after she was hospitalized, according to a Bloomberg News report. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed her 11-year-old brother’s case on Sep 25.The WHO had reported that poultry in the boy’s household began dying in the month prior to symptom onset, and poultry deaths continued in his neighborhood.An Indonesian official said it was unlikely that the woman caught the virus from her brother. “They’re genetically susceptible to the virus, which they were both exposed to from infected poultry,” health ministry official I Nyoman Kandun told Bloomberg. He said there was no evidence that the virus was passed from one sibling to the other.Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man cited by the WHO as Indonesia’s 68th case died yesterday, the WHO said. He is the 52nd Indonesian to die of the illness.The man was one of three siblings in Bandung, West Java, who had flu symptoms at the same time, which sparked concern about possible person-to-person transmission. His 23-year-old brother died Sep 24, and the WHO said H5N1 infection was suspected in his case, but it couldn’t be confirmed because no samples were taken. Both men had fed dead chickens to their dogs, and there was evidence of H5 infection in household birds.The 15-year-old sister of the two men was hospitalized Sep 25 with a fever and cough and was hospitalized in stable condition, the WHO said on Sep 27. Initial tests pointed to normal seasonal flu rather than avian flu, the agency said. Indonesian health officials yesterday ruled out person-to-person transmission of H5N1 among the three siblings, according to an Agence France-Presse report.On Java island, avian flu disease may have infected a quarter of backyard poultry in some of the country’s most densely populated areas, according an Indonesian veterinary official quoted in a Bloomberg News report today.Musny Suatmodjo, Indonesia’s director of animal health, said random tests on Java, where the virus is most prevalent, detected the H5N1 strain in as much as 27% of fowl and caged birds. He gave no details about how many birds were tested or when the survey was done.”The backyard sector is the weakest link,” he told Bloomberg News. “The survey of hotspots in the backyard sector showed almost every flock has been previously infected,” though not all birds showed symptoms.”In other avian flu news, China has shared some long-awaited samples of the H5N1 virus from birds, and many scientists are hailing the move as a breakthrough in cooperation, a WHO official said yesterday.The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture sent the samples, taken from some of the thousands of wild birds that died at Qinghai Lake in April 2005, to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, according to a Reuters report yesterday.WHO scientist Michael Perdue told a news briefing that the samples are the first bird specimens from China in two and a half years and will help researchers understand the origin of an H5N1 strain that later circulated in Turkey and Africa. The strain is genetically different from the one that moved through other parts of Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.The lake where the samples were collected is an important layover point for migratory birds in the remote northern Qinghai province, the Reuters report said.In March, China had promised to send up to 20 poultry samples to a WHO-affiliated laboratory outside the country. Samples were delayed because of reported communication lapses and disagreements between China and the CDC about the protocol and logistics for mailing the samples. However, the CDC said the problems were resolved in early September.Perdue said CDC officials expected to receive the samples yesterday, and he hoped the shipment would include additional animal samples requested from China, Reuters reported.”We have to wait to see exactly what they shipped,” he said.China had not shared avian flu virus samples from poultry since late 2004, according to recent news reports. Poultry H5N1 viruses, especially those from China, are needed to develop vaccines and drugs.See also:Sep 28 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_28/en/index.htmlSep 27 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27a/en/index.htmlSep 25 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_25/en/index.htmlSep 11 CIDRAP News article “Way cleared for China to share H5N1 samples”last_img read more

first_imgMay 14, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry reported today that a 26-year-old pregnant woman who died 2 days ago tested positive for H5N1 avian flu, making her the country’s second fatality in as many weeks.The woman, who was 4 months pregnant, died at a hospital in Medan in North Sumatra, a health ministry official identified as Joko told Agence France Presse (AFP).Her death brings Indonesia’s fatality count to 76, Joko told AFP. From Indonesia’s recent reports, the total number of H5N1 cases appears to be 96, including the 26-year-old woman and a 29-year-old woman who died May 3, also at a hospital in Medan.The World Health Organization (WHO) has not included any Indonesian cases in its H5N1 count since the country stopped sharing H5N1 virus samples with the agency at the end of 2006. The WHO lists 81 cases with 63 deaths for Indonesia, out of a global total of 291 cases with 172 deaths; Indonesia leads the world in the number of deaths.The health ministry confirmed the woman’s case after a second set of tests came back positive for the H5N1 virus, AFP reported.The patient, who was thought to have eaten chickens that died of avian flu, became ill on May 2 and was treated at home before she was transferred to two different hospitals, the AFP report said.Twenty other patients are undergoing treatment for suspected H5N1 infections at various hospitals in Indonesia, Joko told AFP.In other avian flu news, animal-health officials in Bangladesh yesterday reported more H5N1 outbreaks in poultry, this time in a village near Nilphamari, about 250 miles northwest of Dhaka, the capital, Reuters reported today. The fresh outbreaks at small farms prompted villagers to cull about 15,000 chickens over the last few days, the report said.M. M. Kahn, a technical adviser to the Bangladesh Poultry Association, told AFP 2 days ago that the avian flu situation in poultry was “very grave” because some farmers were not reporting outbreaks or were trying to cover them up.”The flu is no longer confined to farms. Recently it infected domestic birds and fowls and there’s a real danger it could infect humans” in the heavily populated country, Khan told AFP.Government spokesman Abdul Motalib said the situation was not yet grave, but he acknowledged the nation was having trouble combating the outbreaks because of limited resources and staffing, the AFP report said.Bangladesh reported its first H5N1 outbreak in poultry in late March. Since then, Motalib said, H5N1 has hit 40 farms in 11 districts and has led to the culling of 151,000 birds, AFP reported.Meanwhile, officials across the border in India said today that dead poultry and ducks in two Indian states have tested negative for avian flu, Reuters reported. One of the farms that reported poultry deaths was in the eastern state of West Bengal in the village of Matigara, which borders Bangladesh.Upma Chawdhry, an official with India’s animal husbandry department, told Reuters that countrywide monitoring was continuing, with a focus on areas bordering countries that have reported poultry outbreaks.In Vietnam, a veterinary official from Nghe An, the central province where H5N1 virus resurfaced in poultry in early May, reported a new flu outbreak yesterday, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. About 1,900 ducks from three households were found dead on May 9, an animal-health official who requested anonymity told Xinhua. Samples from the dead birds tested positive for an H5 virus, the source said.Vietnam experienced a rash of outbreaks in December and January in several Mekong Delta and central provinces, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Vietnam has had 93 human H5N1 cases and 42 deaths, but no human cases have been reported since November 2005, according to the World Health Organization.See also:OIE reports on 2007 Vietnamese poultry outbreakslast_img read more

first_imgMay 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Contaminated dry dog food contributed to a Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 70 people in 19 states in 2006 and 2007, many of them babies, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.An investigation of the outbreak—believed to be the first human Salmonella infections linked to dry pet food—was conducted by public health officials from Pennsylvania and other states, along with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Findings appear in today’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).News of the outbreak came to light in June 2007 when PulseNet, an electronic network for sharing molecular data, identified Salmonella enterica serotype Schwarzengrund infections from a handful of states that had indistinguishable pulse-field gel electrophoresis patterns, according to MMWR.Initial interviews of patients from Pennsylvania who were sickened by the outbreak strain suggested exposure to dogs or dry dog food; 8 (62%) owned one or more dogs, and the other 5 had regular contact with a dog.Dog stool samples and dry dog food collected from some of the homes also tested positive for the same S Schwarzengrund strain. The two dog food samples that tested positive for the outbreak strain were both produced at the same plant in Pennsylvania, though there were two different brands.The last reported illness onset date was October 2007. Most of the 70 confirmed cases were patients from Pennsylvania (29), New York (9), and Ohio (7). Of 61 patients for whom the age was known, 24 (39%) were age 1 or younger. Among 45 patients for whom hospitalization status was known, 11 (24%) were hospitalized, but no deaths were reported.A case-control study suggested that four dry pet food brands were associated with Salmonella illnesses, and all were produced at the same plant. A Sep 4, 2007, CDC update on the outbreak said the contaminated dry dog food brands were produced by Mars Petcare, headquartered in Nashville.On Aug 21, the company voluntarily recalled two of its products that in an environmental investigation yielded the outbreak strain. One was 5-lb bags of Krasdale Gravy dry dog food; the other was 50-lb bags of Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry dog food. However, MMWR reported that some of the brands that were linked to illnesses were not included in the recall.”Because dry pet food has a 1-year shelf life and all contaminated products were not recalled, contaminated dry pet food might still be found in homes and could provide the potential for causing illness,” the CDC reported.The CDC said that, although an S Schwarzengrund source was never identified at the pet food plant, equipment may have been contaminated, or tainted ingredients may have entered the plant. Though the production of dry pet food usually involves heat treatment as the product is made, it is usually sprayed with a flavor enhancer such as an animal fat.A spate of Salmonella outbreaks in humans has been connected to handling pet treats such as pig ears or food snacks, pet vitamins, and raw-food diets. However, the CDC said the S Schwarzengrund outbreak is the first to be associated with dry pet food.The CDC advises people to wash their hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds after handling dry pet food, treats, or supplements to avoid getting sick from contaminated pet food. It also advises keeping infants away from pet feeding areas and making sure young children don’t touch or eat the items.CDC. Multistate outbreak of human Salmonella infections caused by contaminated dry dog food—United States, 2006-2007. MMWR 2008;57(19):521-4 [Full text]See also:Sep 4, 2007, CDC update on Salmonella Schwarzengrund outbreakAug 28, 2007, CIDRAP news story “Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in dog food”last_img read more

first_img The agency said ground beef from the company was used at a Virginia Scout camp where E coli recently broke out. Virginia health officials said in an online update today that 25 E coli cases have been confirmed out of about 84 reported illnesses in Scouts who recently attended the camp in Goshen, Va. Eight scouts have been hospitalized. Aug 7 FSIS news releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_027_2008_Release/index.asp The contamination was discovered through a joint investigation by the FSIS and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the FSIS said. In July the USDA announced it would soon begin listing the names of retail stores that receive food products involved in class 1 (high-risk) recalls. The new policy is to take effect this month. “We have 11 culture-confirmed cases of E coli, and 5 of those have a PFGE [pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, or DNA fingerprint] pattern that matches some of the leftover product at the camp, which was produced by S&S Foods,” Metz told CIDRAP News today. She said no cases elsewhere have been linked to S&S Foods products so far. See also: VDH spokeswoman Cheryle Rodriguez said the reason Virginia and the FSIS have mentioned different numbers of confirmed cases (25 versus 11) is that some of the cases have not yet been tied to ground beef. “Those are cases, yes, but we have not confirmed that they’re associated with the ground beef,” she told CIDRAP News. “Right now that’s the main thing we’re looking at, but we look at all possibilities.” S&S Foods of Azusa, Calif., is recalling 30-pound boxes of frozen ground beef because of possible E coli contamination, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a news release. The products were sold to food services and institutions, not retail stores, the FSIS said. Aug 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak at a Boy Scout camp in Virginia has been linked to ground beef from a California company, prompting the firm to recall 153,630 pounds of beef, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported today. Virginia’s Jul 31 news release with latest updatehttp://www.vdh.state.va.us/news/PressReleases/2008/073108ecoli.htm The ground beef products were shipped to distributors in Allentown, Pa., and Milwaukee, the FSIS said. The 30-pound boxes carry the establishment number “EST. 20375” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and the individual packages are labeled “742798 MFST, 100% GROUND BEEF BULK, 80/20, 1LB. BRICK.” “Through our trace-back we confirmed that the camp had some of the S&S food products, and that’s what was used in dinners at the camp on certain days,” leading to the recall, said Emily Metz, an FSIS spokeswoman in Washington, DC. USDA spokeswoman Laura Reiser said the agency will not be releasing a list of establishments that received the meat, as it was not sold in retail stores, according to a Washington Post report published today.last_img read more