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Category: Health


Company recalls brand of hummus sold at northwest QFC stores

Penny’s Salsa has issued a recall for some types of hummus sold at QFC stores in Western Washington and Portland that may contain a bacterium called Listeria Monocytogenes, according to QFC.

According to the grocery store chain, Penny’s Salsa voluntary recalled its pico de gallo hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, garlic hummus and original hummus with use by dates of July 13 through Aug. 25.

The bacterium can cause an infection called Listeriosis, which can include fever and muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In some cases it can lead

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E. coli found in sample from Sequim creamery that sells products across Western Washington, according to state

Officials found toxin-producing E. coli in the process of sampling raw cream from a Sequim-based business, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

Consumers should not drink raw Jersey cream, raw Jersey whole milk or raw Jersey skim milk from the Dungeness Valley Creamery, state officials said in a release today. Products with best by dates of 03/02 or later may be contaminated, according to the release.

The creamery’s website lists the following locations as places where its products are sold:

• Bainbridge Island: Real Foods; Pan D’Amore; Walt’s Lynwood Center Market

• Bothell: Tru Health

• Bremerton: CJ’s Evergreen

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Some Fred Meyer, QFC baked goods recalled from Northwest stores

Some baked goods sold at Northwest Fred Meyer and QFC stores were recalled today, after officials said they may contain pieces of plastic.

The items were baked at a facility in Clackamas, Ore., according to Fred Meyer.

No customers have reported pieces of plastic, officials said.

The products were delivered between Friday and Sunday to Fred Meyer stores in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, and QFC stores in Washington and Oregon.

Affected products were pulled from store shelves. Recalled items can be returned to the stores for refund or exchange.

The recalled products, which all have sell by dates of March

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MultiCare birth centers restrict visitors during flu season

MultiCare hospital workers are trying to protect newborn babies from the flu by restricting who can visit them during influenza season, according to hospital officials.

Visitors of newborns are limited to two designated people age 13 or older at MultiCare’s Family Birth Centers at Tacoma General Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and Auburn Medical Center.

Visitors must see security at the centers for a wellness screening upon arrival.

Everyone, including parents, is asked not to visit until they are well if they have a fever above 100.4 degrees, cough, sore throat, muscle aches or extreme fatigue, chills, vomiting,

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Program for Pierce County foster children gets grant

A new program to support Pierce County’s youngest foster children has received a $105,000 grant, its implementers said Tuesday.

The funds for the BOOST program came from The Boeing Co., the City of Tacoma and the Bamford Foundation.

The program is aimed at increasing access to infant mental health professionals for foster children up to 3 years old, as well as training foster families and child-care professionals about child-parent relationships and to work with the court system to better-accommodate the needs of foster children.

BOOST was implemented at the beginning of this year by A Step Ahead,

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Free flu shot clinic in Tacoma Wednesday

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will provide free flu vaccines for children uninsured adults Wednesday.

Adults up to age 64 and children from six months to 18 years can get the vaccine from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 3629 S. D St., the health department.

The nasal spray vaccine will be available for children.

About 200 people came to the department’s free flu vaccine clinic Jan. 16.


Action taken against 9 Pierce County health care providers

The state Department of Health took the following actions regarding health care providers in July, according to a news release.

Also according to the release:

Registered nursing assistant Lynniah Grayson’s credential was suspended for at least five years after she was convicted of third-degree assault and first-degree theft.

The registered nursing assistant Tina Anne Grove’s credential was suspended for at least five years. As the manager of a facility providing in-home oversight for vulnerable patients, Grove failed to protect a patient’s safety.

Registered nursing assistant Jessica A. Shoaf’s credential was suspended for at least five years. She mistreated a vulnerable

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Students hold lemonade stand to support classmate battling cancer

When 9-year-old Maari Dickerson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer last week, her school decided to rally to help raise funds for her family.

Her third-grade class at Washington-Hoyt Elementary School will host a lemonade stand from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Proctor Farmers Market, at North 27th Street and North Proctor Street.

“We’ve kind of gone with the theme, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,’” said Megan Gibson, Dickerson’s teacher.

Dickerson’s family has been keeping the community informed of her condition via Facebook posts, Gibson said.

She has started a 40-week cycle of

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