It’s time for a Food and Drug Administration recall update that will allow you to check your pantry, refrigerator, and medicine cabinet for products.

So far in 2021 there have been 34 recalls, from salad sets to nasal sprays. Sometimes a recall comes from the manufacturer because a product was incorrectly labeled. In other cases, such as when a product makes people sick, the FDA does the credit.

Dangerously cheesy

One such case is Queso Fresco, a soft cream cheese that is widely used in Mexican foods. On February 17, the FDA announced that its investigation into seven cases of Listeria had investigated cheese as a possible source of the bacteria: “Although the investigation is ongoing, CDC analysis of epidemiological information shows that Hispanic-esque fresh and soft is cheeses are the leading hypotheses as to the cause of the disease, “the FDA stated in a press release.

Listeria is a type of food poisoning caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes and which can be particularly dangerous to pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, or who have a pre-existing condition that weakens the immune system.

The FDA reported that not only did three of the sick remember eating queso fresco, but cheese samples also showed Listeria monocytogenes. More genetic testing is needed to prove the cheese and what brand may have caused the outbreak. “There is currently insufficient evidence to determine if this outbreak is related to El Abuelito Queso Fresco,” the FDA statement said.

Until there is an official recall, the FDA is warning consumers and restaurants should not buy, consume or serve El Abuelito Queso Fresco Cheese and should avoid “Hispanic-Style Cream and Soft Cheese” until more information is available. In general, the FDA recommends purchasing a queso fresco made from pasteurized milk to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination.

Something fishy

While the cheese being examined is healing, other cases are more sliced ​​and drier. L itehouse Inc. and Russ Davis Wholesale have issued voluntary product recalls in an attempt to not properly disclose the anchovy contained in their products.

Litehouse Inc. remembered their Brite Harbor Caesar Dressing Packages called pillows due to unnamed anchovies. Russ Davis did the same for his Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Kowalski’s Steakhouse Blue Dressing for 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, shellfish, milk, eggs, soy, peanuts and wheat. If they are not checked, there is a possibility that allergy sufferers may inadvertently consume the product.

A dangerous secret

Groceries aren’t the only recent recalls. Adam’s Secret issued a voluntary recall for its Extra Strength 1500 and 3000 capsules. What is Adam’s Secret? The male enhancement pills claim to “stimulate activity” with a blend of herbs like Ginkgo Biloba and Maca.

The FDA initiated the recall after laboratory tests showed that the pills, mixed with the herbal blend, contained sildenafil, the generic name for Viagra. So the real Adams secret is that alongside all of these natural herbs and supplements there is a little natural phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor (PDE5), the special drug name for drugs for erectile dysfunction.

Sildenafil is a safe and legitimate drug. But it does require a prescription. Adding it without telling consumers can lead to dangerous side effects. In its recall alert, the FDA warned that “Consumers with underlying medical problems who take Adams Secret Extra Strength 1500 or Adams Secret Extra Strength 3000 capsules … may have serious health risks.”

The FDA stated that prescription drugs for diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease could interact with Adam’s Secret. No consumer violations have been reported to date.

Sabrina Emms is a science journalist. She began as an intern on a health and science podcast on Philadelphia public radio. Before that, she worked as a researcher studying the way bones are formed. When she is not in the laboratory and at her computer, she is in the moonlight as an assistant to a pig veterinarian and bagel baker.

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