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Archive for March 7th, 2011

News from Japan regarding vaccines that are commonly used in the U.S. Pfizer is cooperating.

TOKYO -Japan has temporarily stopped using vaccines from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc. and Sanofi-Aventis SA of France while it investigates the deaths of four children who were inoculated, the health ministry said Monday.

The decision to halt the vaccines against pneumonia, some types of meningitis and other infections was made Saturday. The government is hearing from experts at a meeting Tuesday, the health ministry said.

The four children, from under six months to 2 years old, died between March 2 and March 4. The deaths occurred the same day to three days after the vaccines were administered, the ministry said.

via Japan halts vaccines after deaths of 4 children.

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Check your pantry before you pack another lunchbox. Unilever, in cooperation with the FDA, has issued a limited recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled product was sold in the following 16 states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The recalled product, which comes in 16.3 oz plastic jars, is as follows:

•        UPCs: 048001006812 and 048001006782 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code.)

•        Best-If-Used-By Dates: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 (Stamped on the lid of the jar.)

via Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled for Salmonella – Parenting.com.

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