first_img PCA sells peanut butter to food processors and institutions such as schools, nursing homes, and hospitals, but does not sell it directly to consumers. However, the outbreak has led to a growing list of recalls of products containing peanut butter or peanut paste made by PCA, such as sandwich crackers, cookies, and ice cream. Major national brands of peanut butter sold in jars are not affected by the recalls, according to the FDA. Minnesota officials had previously tied Salmonella found in some PCA-made peanut butter to the outbreak, but the container had been opened, leaving the possibility of cross-contamination. The finding of the outbreak strain in an unopened container “has now led FDA to confirm that the source of this outbreak is peanut butter and peanut paste produced by PCA at its Blakely, Ga., processing plant,” the FDA said in an update on the investigation. According to the news release, FDA official Roberta F. Wagner told Connecticut officials, “Thus far, Connecticut’s King Nut peanut butter sample is the only intact sample that has been found with a PFGE [pulsed-field gel electrophoresis pattern] that matches the outbreak strain as determined by clinical sample analysis.” Jan 20, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Salmonella found in an unopened container of peanut butter in Connecticut has been genetically matched to the nationwide disease outbreak, confirming that it stems from a Peanut Corp. of America (PCA) facility in Georgia, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced late yesterday. Even though national peanut butter brands appear to be safe, the FDA is advising consumers not to eat peanut butter, commercial products containing peanut butter or paste, or institutionally served peanut butter if they can’t determine whether those items contain PCA peanut butter or paste. PCA has recalled all peanut butter and peanut paste produced at the Blakely facility since Jul 1, 2008. The products were distributed to institutions, food services, and companies in 24 states, Canada, Korea, and Haiti, according to the CDC. The FDA said the company has stopped production at the plant as the outbreak investigation continues. The Salmonella outbreak case count has risen to 485 in 43 states and Canada, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update posted late today. As reported previously, about 23% of patients were hospitalized, and the illness was a possible factor in six deaths. The latest illness onset date was Jan 9. The FDA is advising consumers to check its searchable online list of products and brands associated with the PCA recall (see link below) to find out if commercially made products containing peanut butter or peanut paste are subject to recall. If consumers can’t find the product on the FDA list, they should consider calling the toll-free number listed on the product package or check the company’s Web site, the FDA said. Connecticut news release on findings linking King Nut peanut butter to outbreak See also: At least 10 companies making a wide range of products with peanut butter or peanut paste have issued recall press releases that have been posted on the FDA Web site. Some companies have issued recalls that have not yet been listed by the FDA. For example, Cub Foods, a division of Supervalu Co., based in Eden Prairie, Minn., today recalled five peanut butter cookie products sold in Minnesota and Iowa because they may contain peanut butter made by PCA, though there were no reports of illness. CDC outbreak update In Connecticut, the outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in an intact 5-pound container of King Nut peanut butter at a distributor in West Haven, the state Department of Consumer Protection reported in a news release today. King Nut Cos. distributes peanut butter made by PCA. FDA’s searchable list of recalled products FDA update read more

first_imgWith an already stacked competition at quarterback featuring Curt Phillips (10), Joel Stave (2), Danny O\’Brien (6), and Bart Houston (13), transfer Tanny McEvoy will have plenty of work to do in the summer to catch up.[/media-credit]If you think the quarterback situation was crowded and full of mystery now, just wait until June when junior college quarterback Tanner McEvoy comes to campus.McEvoy, a transfer from Arizona Western College, was one of the most sought-after recruits in the country. According to ESPN, McEvoy was the No. 2 dual-threat junior college quarterback, and in February, he turned down offers from Oregon, Florida and West Virginia to become a Badger.“I was pretty close to going somewhere else,” McEvoy admitted in a phone interview with The Badger Herald. “I took my time and made all of my visits, but when I came [to Madison] and saw the campus, I knew Wisconsin was the best fit for me.”Being able to forge relationships with some of the coaches – including secondary coach Bill Busch and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig – during his visit was also a huge plus for the New Jersey native.“Coach Busch was my original recruiter,” McEvoy said. “During my visit I met with coach Ludwig and then with [head] coach [Gary] Andersen. They all seem like great coaches and even better people so that really attracted me to coming here.”The 6-foot-6, 215 pound dual-threat quarterback won Offensive Player of the Year honors this past season in Arizona Western’s conference, the Western States Football League. McEvoy used his unique skill set to complete 63 percent of his passes – tops in the WSFL – for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns, second-best in the league, against six interceptions to go along with 72 rushes for 414 yards and six touchdowns for the Matadors last season.“He’s an athletic guy with good arm strength who provides a great dynamic,” Ludwig said of McEvoy. “We need a passer who has the ‘escapability’ and the ability to extend plays. If a quarterback has the ability to do some running within the system then that’s a huge plus.”His ability to extend plays is what allowed for McEvoy to be successful at the junior college level. “He can run and make plays with his feet,” Arizona Western head coach Tom Minnick said in a phone interview with The Badger Herald. “We used him in a variety of ways, especially with his feet. He’s such a big guy so it was problematic for defenses.”While the corporeal attributes are nice, McEvoy will have to prove that he is more than just a physical asset once settled in Madison, as he will be one of five clear options to win the starting job under center. He’s already going to be behind too, since the transfer won’t be able to join his new team until the summer.“He provides an element that the quarterbacks in the system don’t have right now, but he’s going to have to work his tail off because he’s going to be behind in the system,” Ludwig pointed out. “Guys are going to have a six-month start on him so that puts a guy back a little bit, but we’ve seen it get done.”And if there’s one thing that McEvoy isn’t afraid of, it’s competition. “All of the schools I was looking at have good quarterbacks, so I knew no matter where I went that I was going to have to compete,” McEvoy said. “You just have to be confident in yourself and I’m going to try to learn the offense as fast as I can and see where it takes me from there. I’m always trying to win; there’s nothing else.”Jared Abbrederis, having played with both former Badger transfer quarterback Russell Wilson and current transfer quarterback Danny O’Brien, has seen first hand how a transfer coming in after spring practice can affect the competition. “I’ve seen the level of competition go up [when someone transfers in] and guys use the competition to make themselves better,” Abbrederis said. “I’m sure that’s what’s going to happen here because we have a lot of talented guys trying to earn that spot.”McEvoy knows and fully understands that because he is a transfer quarterback who can pick apart defenses with his feet, in addition to his arm, there are naturally going to be those who draw similarities to Wilson and expect the same out of him.“Russell obviously had some great seasons at NC State prior to his arrival at Wisconsin, and while I had a good season at the junior college ranks, I haven’t done anything at the Division I level yet,” McEvoy noted. “Having said that, I’m going to try to come in and try to compete and hopefully exceed Russell and what he did because I always try to be the best at whatever I do.”Before he comes anywhere close to having a career comparable to Wilson, McEvoy needs to gain the trust of his teammates and coaches so that he can win the starting job. “At Arizona [Western], it took a little while to get to know my teammates, but once that happened it started rolling,” McEvoy said. “From the guys that I’ve met so far [at Wisconsin], I don’t think we’ll need that much time so it won’t be a problem for us to start off on the right foot.”When asked why he thinks McEvoy is going to be successful in the Big Ten, Arizona Western head coach Minnick gave a simple explanation. “I’ve got a (former) quarterback starting at Indiana [Cam Coffman],” Minnick said, “and Tanner is much better than that kid.”last_img read more