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Ready-to-eat salad recalled for possible salmonella, listeria 

Ready-to-eat salad with meat products that contain a corn ingredient have been recalled due to possible salmonella and listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service

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More than 700 pounds of salad products were recalled by a Green Cove Springs, Florida, establishment known as GHSE LLC.

The possible contamination was discovered Oct. 15 after the establishment received a notification that the corn used was recalled by their corn supplier due to concerns over salmonella and listeria monocytogenes.

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The recalled salad was shipped to stores in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

"There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products," the USDA said. 

Details on the product recalled below:

  • The ready-to-eat salads with steak were produced from Oct. 11, 2018, through Oct. 14, 2018.
  • 15.25-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “Marketside™ FIESTA SALAD WITH STEAK” and use by date from 10/17/2018 through 10/20/2018.
  • The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 45781” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider. 

Acute flaccid myelitis: CDC sees rise in cases, seasonal pattern to polio-like illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting an increase in cases of a rare polio-like illness affecting kids.

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So far this year, the CDC has confirmed 62 cases acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, in 22 states, and has received reports of 127 patients who are under investigation.

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The CDC started detecting the increases in 2014. Since, then there have been 386 cases of the mysterious illness, including one death in 2017.

Despite the increase in cases, the disease remains rare, with fewer than an estimated one in a million people getting AFM each year, the CDC said. However, it’s not mandatory for health providers to report AFM, so it’s possible there could be more cases.

According to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, most AFM cases occur in late summer and fall. The Associated Press reported that "similar waves of the same illness occurred in 2014 and 2016," appearing to follow "every-other-year pattern."

“As far as we know, it has only been detected in the United States. In terms of clustering in the United States, many states in the U.S. have been impacted by this disease, so we are not seeing geographic clustering in 2018, nor have we seen it in 2016 or 2014,” Messonnier said.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Florida toddler fighting polio-like disease in ICU, mom says

In Jacksonville, Florida, doctors believe Aamira Faircloth, 3, has AFM. She is in fair condition at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Aamira's mother, Reba, told ActionNewsJax on Tuesday that her daughter suddenly couldn’t walk.

“It was just like how a baby learns to walk, and she collapsed and fell to the ground,” Reba said.

Dr. Mobeen Rathore, chief of infectious diseases at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, said this isn’t cause for panic, but parents should be aware.

“The good news is we know it’s not polio, but unfortunately it’s still happening, it almost looks like every other year, and still affecting children,” he said.

Rathore said the most frustrating thing about the illness is "not knowing what causes it and not knowing how to treat it."

ActionNewsJax's Facebook post about the illness received hundreds of comments, including one from Christina Strickland, who wrote that in 2012 she woke up one morning to find her son “crying laying on the floor screaming in pain that he couldn’t walk.”

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Jacksonville sees first case of polio-like illness affecting children in Florida

Other parents on the thread blamed vaccinations – a claim that Rathore disputed.

“Absolutely not. There is no evidence. There’s absolutely no evidence that vaccines have anything to do with this,” Rathore said.

According to Rathore, there’s also no evidence that AFM is caused by the flu shot. 

He said there is something parents can do right now.

“Good hand hygiene, good cough etiquette, stay away from people who are sick,” Rathore said.

Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken sickens 92 people nationwide, CDC says

Salmonella linked to raw chicken has made dozens of people sick across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. 

>> Salmonella: Signs and symptoms of infection

In total, 92 people from 29 states have been sickened in the outbreak. 

The CDC said 21 people have been hospitalized, but no one has died. 

The people who became sick reported eating different types and brands of chicken products bought from many different stores.

“A single, common supplier of raw chicken products or of live chickens has not been identified,” the CDC said in a statement. 

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The drug-resistant strain of salmonella making people sick has been found in samples taken from raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products and live chickens, which the CDC said indicates the outbreak may be widespread in the chicken industry.

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Tennessee angler's catch certified as world record

A Tennessee man who reeled in a big fish learned that his catch was a world record, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

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Lionel Ferguson, of Philadelphia, Tennessee, hauled in a black crappie weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces, on May 15, the newspaper reported. The International Game Fish Association announced that Ferguson officially broke the previous world record of 5 pounds set in 200 by John R. Horstman.

Ferguson caught the fish at Richeison Pond in Loudon County, the News Sentinel reported. 

"When I caught the fish, I was hollering,” Ferguson told the newspaper. “Most people probably thought somebody shot me."

Ferguson already held the state record for the fish, as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency confirmed the fish’s size in June, WBIR reported. The previous mark had stood since 1985, when Clyde Freeman caught a 4-pound, 4-ounce black crappie, the television station reported.

A TWRA biologist sent a clipping of the fish’s fin for DNA testing to ensure it was not a hybrid, WBIR reported.

The IGFA receives 500 world record applications annually, and keeps 1,472 different species records internationally. 

Christmas 2018: Target to offer cheese Advent calendar this season

Target has the perfect holiday gift for the cheese lovers in your life -- a cheese Advent calendar. 

The store has teamed up with a company called So Wrong It’s NomKYW reported

Officials with the company said the calendar will be available in 247 Target stores in the U.S., and can also be found in stores in the UK, France, Denmark and Portugal.

The calendar will be filled with 24 wrapped cheeses that -- if you can contain yourself -- will help you count down to Christmas.

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Company officials said the calendar will be on shelves thanks to those who tweeted, emailed or spoke out on Facebook wanting to buy the cheesy calendar. 

The cheeses are vegetarian-friendly and the calendar has to be kept in the refrigerator. It comes in a book-style format, so once half of it is empty, the first half of the package can be ripped off to make room in the fridge. 

>>Read: Aldi to sell wine, cheese Advent calendars this fall

Target isn’t the only company taking part in a foodie-friendly Advent calendar this year. The discount food chain Aldi has not only a cheese version, but the perfect pairing in a wine-filled calendar, too. 

Dead shark with hat wrapped around neck washes up on Florida shore

A parks and recreation program took to Facebook after a shark washed ashore in Florida with plastic debris wrapped around its neck.

The finetooth shark was found along the shore of Ponte Vedra Beach on Friday, according to St. Johns County Parks and Recreation.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Dozens of baby sea turtles washing ashore at Jacksonville area beaches

St. Johns County staff said the 6-foot shark had a plastic brim of an old hat wrapped around its neck and gills.

Staff said the cause of death is undetermined without a necropsy, but its death serves as an example of how plastic marine debris is a local and global issue.

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The parks program said the species of shark is found from North Carolina to Brazil and migrates through our area, heading south in early fall.

The shark's death was reported to the FWC’s Fish Kill hotline.

>> See the Facebook post here

 

Grieving mom's heartwarming act of kindness at Florida Publix goes viral

A Publix employee in Jacksonville, Florida, took to Facebook after a kind gesture by a grieving mom.

Nick DeClemente said he was at work Oct. 10 when a woman walked up to the bakery counter and asked if there were any first birthday cakes on order.

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He said he asked for the customer name, thinking she wanted to pay for a specific person.

DeClemente said she replied no, that she wanted to anonymously pay for a cake.

"She then started to tear up and tell me that she had a stillborn child a year ago and in tribute to him she wanted to pay for someone else's cake," he wrote on Facebook. "I went to the cake order drawer and found this one. She told me thank you and appreciated that I let her do this."

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DeClemente said it was one of the most touching things he'd seen in all of his years working in retail.

"I hope that this lady finds peace through this tribute and that the customer receiving this gift will, if nothing else, pay it forward," he said.

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DeClemente said he hopes to see the mom again, so he can share with her all of the positive comments he's gotten since sharing the story.

Climate change could cause beer shortage, scientists warn

Last week, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that if governments don’t act on climate change within 12 years, there will be additional threats to the global environment.

>> On AJC.com: We have 12 years left to act on climate change, UN warns

Scientists have linked global warming to such environmental events as escalated intensity of hurricanes and melting Arctic ice. Now, a new study from climate researchers in the United States, China and Britain suggests a beer shortage is brewing due to climate change.

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The report, published in the journal Nature Plants, warns that drought and heat will impact barley production, though only 17 percent of the world’s barley is used for beer. But in the United States, Brazil and China, at least two-thirds of the barley goes into six-packs, drafts, kegs, cans and bottles.

>> On AJC.com: How climate change could cause 26,000 more US suicides by 2050

Using a process-based crop model and an economic model, the researchers examined the effects of heat waves and drought, not the general warming that will also affect where barley is grown.

That means beer prices on average would double, even adjusting for inflation. In countries like Ireland, where cost of a brew is already high, prices could triple. Beer is currently the most popular alcoholic drink by volume consumed.

>> On AJC.com: Is chocolate really going extinct because of climate change?

“Although not the most concerning impact of future climate change, climate-related weather extremes may threaten the availability and economic accessibility of beer,” researchers wrote.

“Our aim is not to encourage people to drink more beer now,” study author Dabo Guan of Beijing’s Tsinghua University told the New York Times. “Climate change mitigation is the only way. Everybody in the world needs to fight.”

>> On AJC.com: Climate change will internally displace 143 million people by 2050, scientists warn

As The Associated Press reported: “If emissions of heat-trapping gases from the burning of coal, oil and gas continue at the current rising pace, the likelihood of weather conditions hurting barley production will increase from about once a decade before 2050 to once every other year by the end of the century.”

Read the full study at nature.com.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Burger King has fastest delivery time for drive-thru orders, study says

Want your fast food delivered fast in the drive-thru? A study released in the October issue of Quick Service Restaurant magazine indicates that in the United States, Burger King is your best bet.

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To “have it your way” at the drive thru required an average of 193.31 seconds, the magazine reported -- or 3 minutes, 13.31 seconds. 

Rounding out the top five in average time were Dunkin’ Donuts (200.74), KFC (218.95), Wendy’s (226.07) and Taco Bell (236.50), QSR reported.

McDonald's (273.29) was number 10 on the list, according to the magazine.

Speed of service times -- the time between an order being placed and a customer receiving it at the drive-thru window -- was 234 seconds, compared with 225 seconds in 2017, QSR reported.

According to the magazine, Wendy’s scored the best average time in 2002 when it only took 116 seconds to complete an order. At the time, the national average was 190 seconds.

Homeless man lands job, place to live after town rallies behind him

A Massachusetts community is pulling out all the stops to rally behind a homeless man after a good Samaritan paved the way.

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Jimmy Daniel has been living in the woods for the past three years in a tent. Now, he has a place to live and a job thanks to complete strangers and one man who started it all. 

Tim Murdock was making a delivery when he spotted Daniel sitting on the side of the road with a sign and his puppy. Wanting to help out in any way, Murdock gave him a $20 Stop & Shop gift card and posted his encounter on "The Friends of Medway" Facebook page. 

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"He stood up in tears and [said], 'Thank you so much' and immediately got off the corner and went to Stop & Shop to get food," Murdock told WFXT's Chris Flanagan. "It felt amazing." 

Murdock created a GoFundMe page for Daniel as well, titling it, "Let's Change a Life."

And that is exactly what happened.

After Murdock's Facebook post caught steam, the response from the community of Medway has been fast and furious. Strangers have donated food, clothes, bikes, a cellphone and even vaccinations for Daniel's puppy.

Someone also donated a trailer. 

Daniel is now living in the trailer, which is sitting in a woman's yard. Katherine Hanrahan-Tingley said she was so moved after reading about Daniel on the Facebook page that she offered to let him park the trailer on her property for free. 

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"It was a lot different, a lot quieter. I didn't get the train waking me up," said Daniel about his new living situation. "I was comfortable, overwhelmed. Still I woke up and realized, 'Wow, I'm in a trailer. I'm not in a tent anymore.'"

Along with a place to live and food to eat, a local car dealership offered Daniel a job that he starts on Tuesday.

"There's so much stuff I'm constantly going through," said Daniel. "It's really overwhelming but really amazing at the same time." 

The town of Medway said they are providing Daniel with outreach services to help him get back on his feet, but the camper must be off the property by Dec. 1 because of a town ordinance violation.

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