A multistate outbreak of salmonella infections linked to a shake product has risen to 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Thursday. The product, Garden of Life RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal, was recalled on Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 after officials identified them as the source of the outbreak. The latest CDC report increased the number of reported ill people by nine individuals reported from eight states. The most recent case of an illness started on March 13. The states affected are: Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Kellogg Company has issued a recall for 10,000 cases of Kellogg's Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles over concerns of possible listeria contamination. According to the Food and Drug Administration, no other Kellogg's products are affected by the recall. The recall warns that listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children or those with weakened immune systems. Although the company has received no reports of related illness, healthy individuals may suffer symptoms such as fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The product was distributed to retailers in 25 states including Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming and had a best if used by date of NOV 21 17 or NOV 22 17.
BOSTON – A group of 20 attorneys general, all Democrats, is calling for the appointment of an independent special counsel to continue the investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election. The group led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey called Republican President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey during the ongoing investigation a "violation of public trust." The group said in a Thursday letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that only the appointment of an independent special counsel "with full powers and resources" can begin to restore public confidence. Those signing the letter include the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and Washington.
BETHESDA, Maryland -- The Justice Department says it will offer its resources to help 12 U.S. cities fight violent crime. The department said Tuesday it will help local authorities study crime patterns and come up with plans to reduce violence. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says officials will come up with "data-driven, evidence-based strategies" that can be measured over time. The cities are: Birmingham, Alabama; Indianapolis, Indiana; Memphis, Tennessee; Toledo, Ohio; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Buffalo, New York; Cincinnati, Ohio; Houston, Texas; Jackson, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; Lansing, Michigan; and Springfield, Illinois. The department did not immediately explain how they were selected.
Dozens of schools across the US and UK have fallen prey to a bomb scare hoax which caused evacuations and students to be sent home. On Monday, reports emerged of "swatting" taking place against schools. According to the Associated Press, schools across the US were forced to evacuate and close for the day after receiving "robotic" threats. It is estimated that schools across 21 US states received phone calls claiming there were bombs on site, the states being Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. In some cases, as many as 10 schools in a single state were threatened by the caller between 2 to 2:30 pm ET.