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Puppies Sold At Pet Stores Linked To Multistate Bacterial Outbreak

What’s the first thing you want to do when you see an adorable puppy? Probably snuggle and cuddle the heck out of it. But federal officials say there’s a multistate outbreak of a nasty bacteria going around, and it’s being spread by puppies sold at a national pet store chain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the Ohio Department of Health and several other states, are investigating a recent spate of Campylobacter infections that appear to be connected to puppies sold through Petland.

Not feeling too hot

So far, 39 people living in seven states — Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin — have laboratory-confirmed infections or symptoms. Of those cases, 12 are Petland employees who had contact with puppies sold in stores. The other 27 either recently purchased a puppy at Petland, visited a Petland, live in a home with a puppy sold through Petland — or visited someone who does — before they got sick. The most recent illness was reported on Sept. 1 this year, but reports started as far back as Sept. 15, 2016. The CDC says that Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address the outbreak.

Bad bacteria

Although most cases are associated with eating raw or undercooked meat or poultry, Campylobacter can spread through contact with dog poop (feces). It usually doesn’t hop from one person to another, however. Symptoms of infections in both people and animals include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and fever. Humans usually recover within a week without treatment. People more likely to get a severe infection include: • People with weakened immune systems (such as people with the genetic blood disorder thalassemia or HIV or people receiving chemotherapy)
• Children younger than 5 years
• Adults 65 years and older
• Pregnant women The CDC has some handy advice to pet owners to avoid getting sick, as well as guidance for pet store workers who may come into contact with infected puppies.

More controversy?

Petland — the only major national chain that sells dogs from commercial breeders — was hit with a class-action lawsuit in July, notes The Washington Post, accusing it of defrauding customers by “guaranteeing” puppies it allegedly knew were prone to illnesses and other defects. The Animal Legal Defense Fund claims that Petland only performs cursory inspections before providing a “Health Warranty” to purchasers of puppies. Campylobacter isn’t one of the conditions customers have reported to ALDF, but the group’s director of litigation says the outbreak news is hardly surprising. “It’s not hard to see how animals raised in these cramped and unsanitary conditions, trucked hundreds of miles from puppy mills to the pet stores, intermingled with other fragile young animals and handled by numerous employees and customers could become disease vectors,” Matthew Liebman told WaPo. Petland’s CEO Joe Watson called the lawsuit’s allegations “baseless and tired.” “Regardless of where you obtain your family dog, all dogs are carbon-based life-forms, and just like our own kids, they are subject to a wide variety [of] illness,” he said in an email to WaPo. “We take every precaution possible to ensure the health of our pets.”

Dr. Martens Recalled Over Chemical Exposure Hazard

When you think of products that can lead to chemical exposure, your first thought probably doesn’t involve the shoes on your feet. Yet, that’s apparently an issue for about 30,000 pairs of Dr. Martens’ vegan boots now being recalled.  According to a notice posted with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, prolonged and direct contact with the textile used in the lining of the shoes’ tongue can expose the wearer to the chemical benzidine. Benzidine is a chemical used to produce dyes for cloth, paper, and leather. However, it is no longer used commonly or produced in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that prolonged exposure to the chemical could possibly cause a skin allergy. The recall involves Dr. Martens unisex Vegan 1460 eight eye boots sold in cherry red with black shoelaces in all sizes. The boots — which were sold for $125 at Dr. Martens retail stores, Journeys, independent shoe stores, and online at Amazon, Shoebuy.com, and other retailers — have a chunky sole and a golden heel pull tab with “AirWair” printed on it. “Made in Vietnam” and product code 14585 are printed on the tongue label with the batch code starting with “GV” and ending in Q, R or S.

What Should You Do?

Individuals who own the shoes are urged to stop wearing them immediately and contact Dr. Martens for a full refund or free replacement product. Consumers can contact Dr. Martens at 800-460-3930 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, email at dmservice@drmartens.com, or online at http://www.drmartens.com and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

Whole Food Recalls Cheeses Linked To Two Listeria-Related Deaths

Whole Foods has expanded a recent recall of Vulto Creamery cheese products potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes after health officials linked two deaths and four illnesses to the cheese made from unpasteurized raw milk.

The recall, which came after Vulto Creamery expanded its own recall late last week, covers three cheese products sold in just eight stores in Massachusetts, New…

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E. Coli Outbreak Traced To I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter

E. Coli Outbreak Traced To I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter

CHICAGO (CBS) — Health officials have traced the source of an E. coli outbreak in four states to a company based in the north suburbs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning on Friday about I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter.

Don’t eat I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter due to possible E. coli contamination. 12 sick, 6 hosp. in outbreak. https://t.co/Yy4yAKPFqD

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