Feel something funny? Warnings and recalls for fish, cheese, medications


It’s time for an update on the Food and Drug Administration recall, a chance to check your pantry, refrigerator, medicine cabinet for offending products.

There have been 34 recalls so far in 2021, ranging from salad kits to nasal spray. Sometimes a recall comes from the manufacturer because a product has been mislabelled. Other times, like when a product makes people sick, the FDA does the honors.

Dangerously cheesy

One such case is queso fresco, a soft, fresh cheese often used in Mexican cuisine. February 17 e , the FDA announced that its investigation into seven cases of Listeria had targeted cheese as a possible source of the bacteria, “Although the investigation is ongoing, analysis of epidemiological information by the CDC indicates that fresh cheeses and to Hispanic-style soft dough are the main assumptions about the cause of illnesses, ”the FDA explained in a press release.

Listeria is a type of food poisoning caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes and it can be especially dangerous for pregnant women, people 65 years of age and older or with a pre-existing disease that weakens the immune system.

The FDA reported that not only did three of the people who fell ill remember eating queso fresco, but cheese samples also showed Listeria monocytogenes. More genetic testing is needed to prove that the cheese, and what specific brand, may have caused the outbreak. “At the moment, there is not enough evidence to determine whether this outbreak is linked to El Abuelito Queso Fresco,” the FDA statement read.

Until there is an official recall, the FDA is warning consumers and restaurants that they must not buy, consume or serve El Abuelito Queso Fresco cheese and should avoid “Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses” until more information is available. In general, the FDA suggests purchasing queso fresco made from pasteurized milk to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination.

Something fishy

While investigating cheese heals, other cases are more cut and dry. L itehouse Inc. and Russ Davis Wholesale have issued voluntary product recalls for failing to properly disclose the anchovies in their products.

Litehouse Inc., has recalled its Caesar Brite Harbor dressing sachets, known as pillows, due to undisclosed anchovies. Russ Davis did the same for his Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Kowalski’s Blue Steakhouse Dressing because of the Anchovies in Blue Cheese Dressing.

Anchovies, a small fish, pose a significant allergy risk. Fish is one of the eight most common allergies, along with tree nuts, seafood, milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, and wheat.

A dangerous secret

Food products aren’t the only recent recalls. Adam’s Secret has issued a voluntary recall for its 1500 and 3000 extra strength capsules. What, you ask, is Adam’s secret? Male enhancement pills claim “Help stimulate activity ”Using a blend of herbs like Ginkgo Biloba and Maca.

The FDA requested the recall after laboratory tests revealed that, mixed with the herbal mixture, the pills contained sildenafil, the generic name for Viagra. So, Adams’ real secret is that in addition to all these herbs and natural supplements, there is a bit of all-natural inhibitor of phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5), the special name of the erectile dysfunction drug.

Sildenafil is a safe and legitimate medicine. But it does require a prescription. Adding it without informing consumers could lead to dangerous side effects. In its recall alert, the FDA warned that “consumers with underlying medical conditions who take Adam’s Secret Extra Strength 1500 or Adam’s Secret Extra Strength 3000 capsules … may pose serious health risks.”

The FDA has explained that prescription drugs for diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease can interact with Adam’s Secret. So far, no consumer injuries have been reported.

Sabrina Emms is a science journalist. She made her debut as an intern on a health and science podcast on Philadelphia Public Radio. Before that, she worked as a researcher, examining how bones are formed. When she’s out of the lab and away from her computer, she moonlights as a swine vet assistant and bagel baker.


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