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Dog food recalled over salmonella contamination and risk to human health – full list

The latest pet food recall comes from Natural Instinct Ltd who is recalling several dog food products containing duck because salmonella has been found in the products. Experts warn that the bug, which can cause serious illness in humans, can be passed from pets to their owners.

Products being recalled:

Working Dog Duck

Pack size – 1kg and 2x500g

Use by – January 8, 2022, January 15, 2022, January 22, 2022, February 13, 2022, February 20, 2022, March 11, 2022 and March 18, 2022

Pure Duck

Pack size – 1kg and 2x500g

Use by – January 8, 2022, January 15, 2022, January 22, 2022, February 13, 2022, February 20, 2022, March 11, 2022 and March 18, 2022

Working Dog Puppy

Pack size – 1kg and 2x500g

Use by – January 15, 2022, January 22, 2022, February 12, 2022, February 20, 2022 and March 11, 2022

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Duck Carcass

Pack size – Pack of two

Use by – January 8, 2022, January 15, 2022 and February 20, 2022

Duck Necks

Pack size – Pack of six

Use by – January 15, 2022 and January 22, 2022

The FSA added: “If you have bought any of the above products do not use them. Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.

“When handling and serving raw pet food it is always advised to clean utensils and feeding bowls thoroughly after use.

“Consumers should wash hands thoroughly after handling raw pet food, utensils or after contact with faces of animals.

“Raw pet food should be stored separately from any food (especially ready to eat food). Care should be taken when defrosting to avoid cross contamination of foods and surfaces.”

The US Food and Drug administration said: “Salmonellosis is uncommon in dogs and cats, but they can be carriers of the bacteria.

“This means that even if pets don’t show symptoms of salmonellosis, they can still shed salmonella in their stool and saliva and then spread the bacteria to the home environment and to people and other pets in the household.

“Some ways dogs can spread the bacteria is when they give people kisses or have stool accidents inside the home. Pet waste from both sick and healthy pets can be a source of infection from people.”

The FSA added: “If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product.”

It comes just weeks after several batches of cat food were recalled over the potential link of a deadly cat disease.

The FSA and the department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have warned cat owners not to give their pets fry food made on behalf of the brands by manufacturer Fold Hill Foods. 

This is due to an outbreak of pancytopenia, an illness that can be fatal in felines. 

The condition causes a rapid decline in the number of blood cells.

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Morrisons issues urgent recall on popular food item over allergy fears – ‘do not eat’

A food recall is issued when there is a discovery made about a certain product that is deemed unsafe for the consumer. The latest warning comes from Morrisons who is warning customers about a popular snack pot item.

“We don’t need a receipt.”

The FSA added: “Sometimes there will be a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold.

“Then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product).

“Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.”

“We are working flat out to manage the situation.

“We are faced with several challenges throughout our supply chain including a shortage of drivers.

“Whilst this demand is great news for the category and wider economy, it does mean we will have to review our activities plans with all our wholesale and retail partners to ensure the best availability possible is maintained.”

All Haribo sweets are said to be affected, including Goldbears and Tangfastics.

Customers have also noticed a lack of bottled water on supermarket shelves in the last week.

Danone Waters, which owns bottled water brands Evian and Volvic said: “We do not have the required amount of trucks and drivers to cover customer demand, this is due to a national shortage.

“As a result of this, we have had to cancel or rebook many orders for delivery this week and next week. Apologies for the reduced service and availability impacts.”

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A huge chunk of the EU’s food imports will be at risk of drought by 2050

When we talk about food and climate, we hear a lot about the personal choices we can make to help the planet: minimizing red meat consumption, only buying your favorite fruits and veggies in season, and looking out for shady greenwashing. But the reality of food in an ever-changing climate is that there’s so much beyond our own plates, and even our own countries, that needs to shift. 

One recent study published this month in Nature Communications shows that a serious chunk—we’re talking almost half—of the European Union’s food imports will be coming from locations with high and extremely high drought severity. By 2050, if emissions stay along the RCP 6.0 concentration pathway (a climate model where CO2 levels fall just below business-as-usual), a whopping 44 percent of imported agriculture for the EU will be at risk. Even with sharp greenhouse gas reductions, 37 percent is at risk within the next 25 or so years. 

Compare that to today, where only 7 percent of agricultural imports for the region come from medium-high and high drought risk areas. Foods produced in Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, India, and Turkey are among the most susceptible to future drought, according to the study. 

“When it comes to climate change impact, everyone talks about their own countries,” Ertug Ercin, the director at Amsterdam-based research group R2Water and lead author of the new study, says. “If there’s a rare drought in the UK, it’s all over Twitter. But if there’s something happening in South America or Africa, it’ll get less attention.”

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“In the near future, supplies of certain crops to the EU could be disrupted due to increased drought in other parts of the world,” the study reads. “Coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, oil palm, and soybean are the most climate-vulnerable imported products.”

This could lead to a “breadbasket shock”—where agricultural hotspots falter due to increasingly severe climate conditions like droughts and heatwaves, shaking up just about every part of the global food supply chain. 

Soybeans, for example, are one of the most important imports for the EU, with about 30 to 35 million tons worth of shipments annually. (Most of that supply goes straight into animal feed for the meat and dairy industries.) Compare that to the less than a million tons produced right in the region.

[Related: 11 percent of food waste comes from our homes.]

Even a tiny disturbance in imports can lead to price spikes and supply chain hiccups for the EU’s dairy and meat industries, which in turn feed other countries, the study authors write. As of last December, some European countries were among the world’s largest exporters of dairy products. A halt in soy farming would directly impact cheese, cream, and yogurt imports across the world.

Teresa Brás, a postdoctoral researcher at the National Laboratory of Energy and Geology who was not involved in the study, told Carbon Brief that these findings signal a need for the “redesign of EU food and trade policies in view of higher investment in food imports and market diversification, while promoting climate adaptation, and fair and ethical food policies in non-EU suppliers.”

Recent climate trends show that re-strategizing is all the more urgent. Just over the past week alone, droughts in the US have made headlines globally, while brutal weather continues to hit countries like Madagascar where families are surviving largely off of raw red cactus fruits, wild leaves, and locusts after months of deadly droughts. 

Madagascar exports a great deal of its goods to Europe, with nearly 20 percent going to France alone. Similarly, Brazil, one of the EU’s biggest trade partners, is battling a historic drought in its typically lush rainforests and wetlands.

“It’s in our own economic self-interest to address the global climate crisis,” Ercin says. “It doesn’t matter where the impact happens,—ultimately it [affects] us. It’s important to raise awareness about changes that are happening outside our countries.”

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Sara Kiley Watsonis an assistant editor at PopSci. Her work has also been featured in NPR and Business Insider. Contact the author here.

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Woman assaulted and robbed by man she thought was delivering her food, records state

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A man has been charged after he allegedly sexually assaulted and robbed a woman at a Westchase-area hotel.

The incident happened on Jan. 16 at the Home 2 Suites hotel on Wilcrest Drive, according to records.

The victim told police she opened her room door thinking it was the food she had ordered through a delivery service. That’s when the suspect, identified as Isaac Osei-Kuffor, forced his way into her room, according to records.

Kuffor pointed a gun at the woman and forced her into a corner of the room before he sexually assaulted her on the bed, records stated.

After the assault, Kuffor reportedly took the victim’s cash and phone. He told her to count to 60 and said he was going to leave.

Once gone, the victim called Houston police. She told them Kuffor was wearing an ankle monitor on his left ankle.

Through its system, HPD was able to match the ankle monitor to Kuffor. According to a report, Houston police looked through the hotel’s surveillance cameras and matched the description the woman had given.

Kuffor is currently being held at a prison in Diboll, Texas, on an unrelated charge. His projected release date is Aug. 17, but the Harris County District Attorney’s Office has placed a hold on him and he will be brought to Harris County to face charges for this incident.

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Arthritis warning: The heart-healthy food that can trigger inflammatory arthritis symptoms

Arthritis is a general term referring to more than 100 types of joint pain or joint disease. Different types of arthritis respond to different triggers and establishing the type of arthritis you have can help you to manage it. For example, gout – a painful form of arthritis that occurs when high levels of uric acid in the blood cause crystals to form and accumulate in and around a joint – has specific dietary triggers.

According to health body Versus Arthritis, seafood, particularly oily fish and shellfish are high in purines so should be eaten in moderation.

This is ironic because oily fish is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and potentially lower the risk of arthritis.

However, the recommendation is specific to gout and doesn’t necessarily apply to other inflammatory forms of arthritis.

Other foods high in purine include:

  • Red meat, game and offal – such as venison, kidneys, rabbit and liver
  • Foods rich in yeast extracts – such as Marmite, Bovril and Vegemite
  • Processed foods and drinks.

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As Versus Arthritis points out, protein is an important part of your diet, but you can get it from sources other than just meat and fish.

“You could try replacing a portion of meat with other protein-rich foods like soybeans, eggs, pulses or dairy products,” advises the health body.

How to alleviate gout symptoms

Specific dietary decisions may help decrease uric acid levels in the blood, thereby alleviating gout symptoms.

It is important to note that following a gout diet isn’t a cure.

When to see your GP

According to the NHS, you should see a GP for treatment to help during an attack and to stop further attacks.

See a GP if you have:

  • Sudden severe pain in a joint – usually your big toe, but it can be in other joints in your feet, hands, wrists, elbows or knees
  • Hot, swollen, red skin over the affected joint.

Ask for an urgent GP appointment or call 111 if:

  • The pain is getting worse
  • You also have a very high temperature (you feel hot and shivery)
  • You also feel sick or cannot eat.

“These symptoms could mean you have an infection inside your joint and need urgent medical help,” warns the NHS.

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Arthritis diet: One food to consider cutting down on or risk worse symptoms

Arthritis can cause a range of painful symptoms, from joint pain to inflammation. Medication, physiotherapy and surgery can be offered as treatment. But some experts recommend lifestyle changes, such as diet changes.

Out of the 177 people who reported experiencing general aches and pains, including joint pain, 88 percent reported an improvement having removed their ‘trigger’ foods.

These foods were defined as showing a positive IgG reaction to antibodies in the blood.

Overall in the study, 76 percent of people who rigorously followed the recommended diet reported a benefit, 68 percent of which experienced this after three weeks.

Studies show regularly eating omega-3 acids, like eggs, can reduce inflammation.

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But the results are very different if you have an egg intolerance or sensitivity.

Yorktest conducted a study that showed those with an autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, display a much greater reaction to particular foods than those with healthy autoimmune systems.

Egg allergy is common in children under five. Many children grow out of it, but a small group of children can start severely allergic to eggs throughout life.

Symptoms of a food allergy are listed by the NHS as:

  • tingling or itching in the mouth
  • a raised, itchy red rash (hives) – in some cases, the skin can turn red and itchy, but without a raised rash
  • swelling of the face, mouth (angioedema), throat or other areas of the body
  • difficulty swallowing
  • wheezing or shortness of breath
  • feeling dizzy and lightheaded
  • feeling sick (nausea) or vomiting
  • abdominal pain or diarrhoea
  • hay fever-like symptoms, such as sneezing or itchy eyes (allergic conjunctivitis)

Studies show eating fish or taking fish oil supplements of 600 to 1,000mg positively impacts joint health, reducing stiffness and swelling.

Fruits are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and anti-inflammatory anthocyanins. Certain fruits, such as cherries and blueberries keep joints healthy and can help prevent inflammatory arthritis flare ups.

Scientists have found those who regularly eat garlic, leeks or onions are less likely to get osteoarthritis as they get older.

Other foods recommended are:

  • Vegetables
  • Dried prunes
  • Nuts
  • Olive oil
  • Quinoa
  • Porridge
  • Beans 

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DEAL OF THE DAY: Tesco launch picnic food offers and slash 40 percent off snacks and beer

Ideal for the sunny season, Tesco has just launched several deals online and in-store where customers can get discounts on delicious snacks and refreshing treats. Don’t miss out on this offer.

The perfect accompaniment to crisps, Tesco also has a deal on dips where clubcard members can get any two selected dips for just £2.

With popular picks like houmous, sour cream and chive and onion and garlic dip, shop the offer here and enjoy.

There’s also a deal available on selected Tesco deli foods and customers can get any two options for just £4.

From the continental meat platter to feta stuffed pepper and more  – shop the offer here.

Heineken Lager Beer 15 Pack X 440ml

Was £14, now £10 with Clubcard. Available at Tesco.

Stella Artois Lager 20 x 284ml

Was £14, now £10 with Clubcard. Available at Tesco.

Strongbow Cider 10 Pack x 440ml 

Was £7, now £6 with Clubcard. Available at Tesco

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'Full blown crisis': Food shortages now 'inevitable' in UK – including on popular items

The past few months and weeks have seen shortages across a range of various foods, from Cadbury 99 flakes to Italian tinned tomatoes. The food supply industry has warned that more food shortages are now “inevitable” due to labour shortages.

Worker shortages are being fuelled by European employees returning home due to Brexit and the pandemic, new visas needed for unskilled workers, and the slowing down of the furlough scheme.

The strain on the supply chain is expected to intensify in the coming weeks as workers start to use up to five weeks of their accumulated holiday days while on furlough.

Even though most companies see a diminished workforce during the summer months, this is usually balanced out by an equivalent drop in demand as Britons head abroad.

But with most people staying at home this year, the demand on supply chains is set to be constant.

The British Meat Processors Association said this week that some processors have lost 10 percent of their employees and were now about two weeks away from reducing deliveries to food retailers.

Shaun Leonard, Head of Temperature Controlled Transport at trucking company Turners Soham, said some deliveries to supermarkets have already been cut.

He claimed that “the worst is definitely yet to come”.

“We see it in packhouses [for fruit and vegetables] where you need agency staff to double or triple your workforce depending on the day,” Mr Leonard said.

“We see food manufacturers struggling to find production staff to work the lines.

“Suppliers are having to rationalise the number of product lines as a result.”

However, Andrew Opie, Director of Food & Sustainability at the British Retail Consortium said retailers are aware of the lack of workers and trying their best to fix the problem.

Mr Opie explained retailers were working with suppliers to “ensure that consumers still have the same great selection of fresh produce”.

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Lidl shares urgent recall as some food items 'contaminated' – shoppers urged do not eat

It said: “Due to a machine defect there is a risk that metal dust may have contaminated the products.

“Therefore customers are asked not to consume it.

“Instead, return the product to a Lidl store for a full refund, with or without a receipt.

“Any customers with queries or concerns can contact the Lidl Customer Services Team on the contact numbers.”

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Aldi shares an urgent food recall on chicken and baby food – salmonella warning

Food recalls let customers know if there are any issues with the food they have bought. Aldi has shared the latest warning on products including chicken and snacks for babies.

The product code is 22009 and all batches and best before dates are affected.The snack products are made for children over the age of seven months.

A statement said: “Our supplier is recalling this product due to the possible presence of milk.

“Customers with a milk allergy are advised not to eat this product.

“Customers can return this product to the nearest store, where a full refund will be given.

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“We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.”

Those who have purchased the product and have an intolerance should return it to stores for a refund.

Roosters Breaded Chicken Goujons  

The chicken snack has also been recalled as the presence of salmonella was found in some batches.

The Food Standards Agency website states: “Aldi is recalling Roosters Breaded Chicken Goujons because salmonella has been detected in the product.

“Symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.

“Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product.

“These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.”

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