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CDPHE recall: Project 7 Inc. Recalls Sour Caramel Apple Gum due to Undeclared Milk Allergen

Project 7 Inc. recalls Sour Caramel Apple Gum due to undeclared milk allergen
Company name:  Project 7 Inc. of San Clemente, CA
Product name: Sour Caramel Apple Gum in 12-piece (0.53 oz.) white and green film pouch packages with an image of a caramel apple on a stick on the front of the package.  All lots produced from August 20, 2014 to June 11, 2015; UPC #844911 002919.
Reason for recall: Undeclared milk allergen ingredient in the caramel
Distribution: Nationally to retailers and sold online

CDPHE Recall: Natural Grocers Expands Recall of Macadamia Nuts Due to Possible Salmonella

Natural Grocers expands recall of macadamia nuts due to possible Salmonella

Company name:  Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc., of Lakewood, Colorado

Product name: Natural Grocers Raw Macadamia Nuts, 10-ounce; packed on 14-328, 14-337, 14-360, 14-365, 15-020, 15-041, 15-056, 15-077, 15-090, 15-104, 15-127; UPC 000080657552

Reason for recall: Potential contamination with Salmonella

Distribution: Natural Grocers’ 97 stores in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

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CDPHE Recall: Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods Recalls Gluten-free California Veggie Burger Due to Undeclared Soy

Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods recalls gluten-free California Veggie Burger due to undeclared soy

Company name:  Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, Elmwood Park, New Jersey

Product name: California Veggie Burger, red gluten-free banner below the word “burger,” UPC code 080868000602, lot code F15BC, expiration date 5/12/17

Reason for recall: Undeclared allergen: soy

Distribution: Select distributors in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, with further distribution to retail stores in nearby states

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CDPHE Recall: Santa Barbara Smokehouse Recalls all Cold Smoked Salmon because of Possible Contamination with Listeria Monocytogenes

Santa Barbara Smokehouse recalls all Cold Smoked Salmon
because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

Company name:  Santa Barbara Smokehouseof Santa Barbara, California

Product name: Cold Smoked Salmon with the following brand names:Cambridge House, Coastal Harbor, Harbor Point, North Shore S.F. Specialty, Channel Islands and Santa Barbara

  • ·Fresh products: use by dates April 29 to May 6 2015, batch range 1015 – 3949
  • ·Frozen products: produced on or before April 8, 2015

Reason for recall: Potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

Distribution: Retail stores and food wholesalers in U.S.

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CDPHE Recall: Natural Grocers Recalls Macadamia Nuts Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Natural Grocers recalls macadamia nuts due to possible Salmonella contamination

Company name:  Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc. of Lakewood, Colorado

Product name: Natural Grocers® macadamia nuts, 10-ounce, “packed on” dates 15-041 and 15-056, UPC 0000080657552

Reason for recall: Potential contamination with Salmonella

Distribution: 96 Natural Grocers stores in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

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International Travel Vaccine Clinic

If you are traveling out of the country and would like to get immunizations for the common diseases in other regions of the country, then you can get immunized at the Rio Grande County Public Health. Click here for more information.

CDPHE Recall: Culinary Brands Inc. Recalls Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Wheat


Culinary Brands Inc. recalls products

due to misbranding and undeclared wheat

Company name:  Culinary Brands Inc. of Vernon, California

Product name: Simply Balanced Pork Chile Verde, 9-ounce plastic trays, lot A5089G2, “EST. 6009” inside USDA mark of inspection

Reason for recall: Mistakenly mislabeled. Package may contain mushroom risotto with the allergen, wheat, which is not declared on the product label.

Distribution: Retail locations nationwide

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Chief Medical Officer to Expand Availability of Overdose Antidote


DENVER— In keeping with Senate Bill 15-053, Dr. Larry Wolk, chief medical officer and executive director at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will expand the availability of naloxone, which is used to counter the effects of opioid overdoses. Opioids include prescription painkillers and illegal drugs such as heroin.

Colorado’s new law allows the state’s chief medical officer to issue standing orders for naloxone prescriptions that can be filled by pharmacists and used by:

  • A family member, friend or other person in a position to assist a person at risk of overdose.
  • An employee or volunteer of a harm reduction organization.
  • A first responder.
  • An individual at risk of overdose.

The law protects these individuals from civil or criminal liability if they provide naloxone in good faith to an individual experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose.

“This legislation will save lives,” said Dr. Wolk. “While our first aim is prevent the abuse of both illegal and prescription opioids, we now can make a life-saving antidote more readily available to people who can help someone at risk.”

Lisa Raville, executive director of Colorado’s Harm Reduction Action Center, said, “We are so thankful to the Legislature for unanimously passing this law to expand access to naloxone across the state. And a special thank you to Dr. Wolk for allowing pharmacists and harm reduction organizations – that don't have a medical provider – to work under his license as they are often better placed than doctors to reach those in need of naloxone such as opiate users, mothers and law enforcement members.”

From 2011 to 2013, an average of 7,600 Coloradans visited emergency departments each year because of drug overdoses. Annual deaths from painkillers such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and fentaynl more than tripled from 2000 to 2013 in Colorado.

At a news conference in February, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a new statewide education campaign, Take Meds Seriously, to raise awareness about the problem of prescription drug abuse in Colorado. The campaign focuses on safe use, storage and disposal of prescription pain medications.