Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Cilantro Recalled in Seven States
Concern about possible salmonella contamination has triggered
the recall of 6,141 cartons of cilantro that were shipped to seven
states by California-based Pacific Cilantro.
The company said the cilantro is being recalled as a precaution
after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found salmonella in a
sample of the herbs, the
Associated Press reported.
The cilantro, which was grown by Salt River Farming in the
Phoenix-area, was distributed in Arizona, California, Indiana,
Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey and South Carolina. Each bunch
has "Pacific" on the twist tie and the UPC code 33383 80104.
Consumers are being told to return cilantro that was bought
after Nov. 16 and before Dec. 10, the
Cooked Chicken Breasts Recalled by N. Carolina Company
About 4,000 pounds of cooked chicken breasts that may be
Listeria monocytogenes have been recalled by the House of
Raeford Farms of North Carolina.
The recall includes 18- to 22-pound boxes that contain two 9- to
11-pound "boneless oven roasted chicken breasts" per box, according
to the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
The recalled products have the serial number "P-239A" inside the
USDA mark of inspection, a product of "94268" and a package date of
"1270" (Sept. 27, 2011). The chicken breasts were distributed to
delicatessens and food service institutions in Florida, Georgia,
North Carolina and South Carolina.
The USDA said there have been no reported cases of illness
associated with the recalled chicken breasts,
Mutant Bird Flu Virus Causes Concern
A mutant version of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus that's
contagious among humans and other mammals has been developed by
The announcement by the team at Erasmus Medical Center in
Rotterdam triggered concern that the mutant virus could find its
way into nature or that publication of the research on how the
virus was mutated could be used by terrorists,
Agence France-Presse reported.
But Dutch authorities have offered assurances that the mutant
virus is secure, European Union Health Commissioner John Dalli told
The H5N1 bird flu virus is fatal in 60 percent of human cases
but has killed only 350 people so far because it is not easily
transmitted between humans,
N.C. Task Force Mulls Restitution for Sterilization Victims
A North Carolina task force is trying to decide how to
compensate the estimated 7,600 people who were sterilized as part
of an aggressive eugenics program that operated in the state
between 1933 and 1977.
Eugenics is a form of social/genetic engineering once considered
a legitimate method for improving the gene pool and eliminating
poverty. North Carolina was just one of many states with eugenics
In North Carolina, girls and women accounted for about 85
percent of those sterilized, and nonwhite minorities about 40
The New York Times reported.
Blacks were disproportionately affected by the program because
they were more likely to be poor and uneducated and to be from
large rural families.
"The state owes something to the victims," said Governor Bev Perdue, who campaigned on the issue, The Times reported.
The task force has been meeting since May and is expected to
submit a final report by February.