Medical Recall: Valsartan Heart Medication

Medical Recall: Valsartan Heart Medication

August 19, 2018

The heart medicine, Valsartan, was recently pulled from U.S. pharmacies, as well as those in other countries like Germany, Canada, France, and Sweden.

The Chinese supplier, ZHP, issued a recall notice in July after finding traces of a dangerous carcinogen in substances supplied for the production of Valsartan.  China’s Food and Drug Administration said that it screened all Chinese suppliers of the Valsartan ingredients to mitigate further problems.

This incident follows other recent recalls of Chinese-made vaccines for diphtheria and tetanus (DPT) and rabies.


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Check out related OM in the News posts about the risk to national security when the supply chain becomes too lean,  and several medical supply shortages.

This post is based on the CNN article, Chinese company recalls tainted heart medicine from stores worldwide, by Ben Wescott and Yong Xiong, July 30, 2018; and the YouTube videos, Valsartan: FDA recalls common heart drug, joins 22 other countries, by ABC Action News, July 16, 2018, and FDA recalls blood pressure, heart failure medications due to potential cancer Continue reading

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Continuing Safety Problems in the Food Supply Chain: Pre-Cut Melons, Veggie Trays

Continuing Safety Problems in the Food Supply Chain: Pre-Cut Melons, Veggie Trays

July 15, 2018

Safety related problems continue with our food supply chain.  Cut melons were recently recalled across 8 states with over 60 people becoming ill due to a salmonella outbreak. Del Monte’s pre-packaged veggie trays accounted for over 200 cases of infection by the Cyclospora parasite  in June and July.

Safety and recalls in the food supply chain were featured in a previous OM In The News blog.  Other recent issues include an April recall of over 200 million eggs over salmonella fear, Kroger’s recall of over 35,000 pounds of ground beef contaminated with hard pieces of plastic, and in May, a recall of romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona area impacted over 20 states.

These continuing safety problems bring to light problems in our food supply chain.

This post is based on the CNN.com post, Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-Cut Melon, by Susan Scutti and Jen Christensen, June 9, 2018; and on the Food Safety News article, Two dozen more confirmed in parasite outbreak linked to Del Monte (no author cited), July 7, 2018. Image source: Purestock/SuperStock.

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1. What should be done to ensure the safety of our food?

Guidance: You Continue reading

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Costly Greens: Romaine’s E. Coli Outbreak

Costly Greens: Romaine’s E. Coli Outbreak

The E. coli outbreak caused by contaminated romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, killed 5 people and sickened over 200 others. The CDC stated on June 28th that the outbreak had run its course.

What are the financial effects on the supply chain?

Farmers shifted production out of Arizona into California.  Retailers cleared their shelves of the tainted greens.  Restaurants changed their menu or found new suppliers for different lettuce.  Disruptions have occurred throughout the lettuce supply chain, from farmers to consumers.

This post is based on the Fortune.com post, The financial impact of the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak isn’t over, by Sarah Gray, May 30, 2018; on the CNN.com article, Five deaths, 197 illnesses in ongoing E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce, by Susan Scutti, June 1, 2018, and on the CDC post, Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce (Final Update), (no author cited), June 28, 2018. Image source: Author’s Image/Glow Images.

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1. How did the E. coli outbreak disrupt the lettuce supply chain?

Guidance: The disruption is found throughout the supply chain from farmers to retailers to restaurants to consumers. Consider Continue reading

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