Thursday, March 4, 2010


FDA Issues Hand Sanitizer Warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers in Puerto Rico that two locally produced hand sanitizers contain high levels of bacteria.

The agency said "Bee-Shield Hand Sanitizer" with aloe vera and "MD Quality Hand Sanitizer" are distributed only in the U.S. Caribbean territory.

The FDA warned Wednesday that the Burkholderia cepacia bacteria can cause serious infections in humans when the hand sanitizers are used on skin with cuts or abrasions.

The products are manufactured by Puerto Rico Beverage Inc. of Maunabo. A recent FDA inspection of the company's plant found serious problems with manufacturing practices. The company was not listed in the phone directory.

FDA Orders Widespread Food Recall

A flavoring ingredient used in hundreds of processed foods contains salmonella and is being recalled.

The Food and Drug Administration says a flavor-enhancing ingredient called hydrolyzed vegetable protein manufactured by a Las Vegas company is a common ingredient in many processed foods - including soups, sauces, chilies, stews, hot dogs, gravies, seasoned snack foods, dips and dressings.

All products made with the ingredient since Sept. 17 are being recalled. The FDA said no illnesses or deaths have been reported.

The FDA said Thursday it collected and analyzed samples at the Las Vegas facility and confirmed the presence of a strain of salmonella in the company's processing equipment.


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