December 30, 2020 — The FDA is alerting consumers that Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. is recalling nine lots of Sportmix pet food products because they contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.
FDA is aware of at least 28 deaths and 8 illnesses in dogs that ate the recalled products.
This is an ongoing investigation. Case counts and the scope of this pending recall may expand as new information becomes available.
The dry pet food products to be recalled by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. on December 30, 2020 include:
Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bag Exp 03/02/22/05/L2 Exp 03/02/22/05/L3 Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bag Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
Sportmix Premium High Energy, 50 lb. bag Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
Sportmix Premium High Energy, 44 lb. bag Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bag Exp 03/03/22/05/L2 Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
Lot code information may be found on the back of bag and will appear in a three-line code, with the top line in format “EXP 03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM”.
As new information becomes available, the product list above may continue to expand.
FDA and the Missouri Department of Agriculture are working with the firm to determine whether any additional products may have been made with the same ingredients containing potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.
Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus and at high levels it can cause illness and death in pets.
The toxin can be present even if there is no visible mold.
Pets are highly susceptible to aflatoxin poisoning because, unlike people, who eat a varied diet, pets generally eat the same food continuously over extended periods of time.
If a pet’s food contains aflatoxin, the toxin could accumulate in the pet’s system as they continue to eat the same food.
Pets with aflatoxin poisoning may experience symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea.
In some cases, this toxicity can cause long-term liver issues and/or death.
Some pets suffer liver damage without showing any symptoms.
Pet owners whose pets have been eating the recalled products should contact their veterinarians, especially if they are showing signs of illness.
There is no evidence to suggest that pet owners who handle products containing aflatoxin are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning.
However, pet owners should always wash their hands after handling pet food.
What to Do?
Affected products may still be on store shelves, online, or in pet owners’ homes.
Pet owners should stop feeding their pets the recalled products listed above and consult their veterinarian, especially if the pet is showing signs of illness.
The pet owner should remove the food and make sure no other animals have access to the recalled product.
Our 2020 Annual Report is here! See this year’s highlights in the fight for nonhuman rights and what we were able to achieve together this year.
While this year has undoubtedly been challenging for all, the NhRP pressed on and fought (virtually) in court and beyond for our clients, and together with you, our dedicated supporters, we made great progress in the fight for nonhuman rights.
There is still much work to be done in the legal fight for nonhuman rights, which comes up against thousands of years of nonhuman animals’ rightlessness. But the NhRP does not give up on our clients or our mission. We sincerely thank each and every one of you who stood by us particularly in this difficult year, knowing the NhRP will fight for as long as it takes because we know justice is on our and our clients’ side. Step by step, we will continue to break down the legal wall that unjustly separates human and nonhuman animals.
From all of us at the NhRP, have a safe and healthy New Year!
Kevin Schneider is the NhRP’s Executive Director. He heads up the NhRP’s internal and external operations, ensuring that all organizational efforts align with our values and are aimed to secure rights for nonhuman animals.
#Santa's first stop in Canada will be to deliver presents to the men and women at Canadian Forces Station Alert. He will make sure the presents are marked with English, Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, and French. He might even slow down to let #NORAD's jet fighters catch up to him! pic.twitter.com/5GSKWKNvYS
#Santa is now on his way to Bratislava, capital city of Slovakia. #DYK Dec. 24th is the most important day during the Holiday season for Slovaks. It is called “Stedry den” (the Generous Day). The actual evening is called “Stedry vecer” (the Generous Evening). #HappyHolidayspic.twitter.com/jrEJfAcFSu
On Sunday, during an interview with the Epoch Times, attorney Sidney Powell talked about the many irregularities she discovered over the course of her investigation into alleged election-related fraud, and showed a high level of confidence that most of her bombshell claims will soon be confirmed.
“We have counterfeit ballots, we have dead people voting by the thousands, if not, by the hundreds of thousands, there was something someone called ‘phantom voters,’ there was just more manner and means of fraud than any law-abiding American citizen could possibly imagine,” Powell told the Epoch Times. “It’s stunning, it’s absolutely stunning, and they are so in our face with it. And then to deny it is purely Machiavellian.”
“The moneyed interests, the political interests, the global-power elites have been doing this all around the world, where ever they wanted to for at least 15 or 20 years,” Powell asserted. “Our own government has been involved in some of it. It cuts across political lines. There have been some Republicans who have, no doubt, benefitted from it, just as Democrats have. They’re all playing the game. I feel more every day that the Matrix movie was real. It’s that bad.”
“The fact that people are willing to turn a blind eye for this is just horrifying,” Powell said. She gave examples of how the Dominion voting system acts as “insurance” for those who use it to be elected or re-elected. In other words, if the election is going the crooked politician’s way, then they don’t need to use the system, however, if it appears that they are losing the election, then they do use the system to steal it.
Powell said that all of the Dominion voting machines should have been impounded immediately following the election. She believes influence that sits behind the machines runs deep in all branches of our government, and that’s why they weren’t. Why would the guilty take measures to help them get caught?
Powell believes her conclusions will be proven true when the analysis of a recent forensic investigation of Dominion voting machines in Antrim County, Michigan is revealed. There has also been analysis done in Georgia that shows the software flipped votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden on a nationwide scale.
She also believes there’s enough evidence uncovered that shows foreign interference in the 2020 election, enough that President Trump can take executive action that will kickstart a widescale investigation. Powell said she’s hopeful that when Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe gives his report about the election, which according to Trump’s 2018 Executive Order is 45 days from the election, or December 18, he will confirm just about everything she has publicly talked about so far. Remember, the DNI oversees 17 intelligence agencies.
The Executive Order decrees:
“Section 1. (a) Not later than 45 days after the conclusion of a United States election, the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the heads of any other appropriate executive departments and agencies (agencies), shall conduct an assessment of any information indicating that a foreign government, or any person acting as an agent of or on behalf of a foreign government, has acted with the intent or purpose of interfering in that election. The assessment shall identify, to the maximum extent ascertainable, the nature of any foreign interference and any methods employed to execute it, the persons involved, and the foreign government or governments that authorized, directed, sponsored, or supported it. The Director of National Intelligence shall deliver this assessment and appropriate supporting information to the President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security.
b) Within 45 days of receiving the assessment and information described in section 1(a) of this order, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the heads of any other appropriate agencies and, as appropriate, State and local officials, shall deliver to the President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of Defense a report evaluating, with respect to the United States election that is the subject of the assessment described in section 1(a):
(i) the extent to which any foreign interference that targeted election infrastructure materially affected the security or integrity of that infrastructure, the tabulation of votes, or the timely transmission of election results; and
(ii) if any foreign interference involved activities targeting the infrastructure of, or pertaining to, a political organization, campaign, or candidate, the extent to which such activities materially affected the security or integrity of that infrastructure, including by unauthorized access to, disclosure or threatened disclosure of, or alteration or falsification of, information or data.”
Section 3 says:
“Any recommended sanctions shall be appropriately calibrated to the scope of the foreign interference identified, and may include one or more of the following with respect to each targeted foreign person:
(i) blocking and prohibiting all transactions in a person’s property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction;
(ii) export license restrictions under any statute or regulation that requires the prior review and approval of the United States Government as a condition for the export or re-export of goods or services;
(iii) prohibitions on United States financial institutions making loans or providing credit to a person;
(iv) restrictions on transactions in foreign exchange in which a person has any interest;
(v) prohibitions on transfers of credit or payments between financial institutions, or by, through, or to any financial institution, for the benefit of a person;
(vi) prohibitions on United States persons investing in or purchasing equity or debt of a person;
(vii) exclusion of a person’s alien corporate officers from the United States;
(viii) imposition on a person’s alien principal executive officers of any of the sanctions described in this section; or
All of this means that the Executive Order that Trump signed in 2018 will have serious ramifications for foreign influence in the 2020 election and other elections going forward, that will bring serious consequences to those foreign actors, and anyone, including American citizens, who supported or received support from said bad actors in other countries.
“If Ratcliffe’s report is an honest report, it’s going to blow the mind of every citizen in the country who’s willing to look at the truth and facts,” she declared.
The report was expected to be released on Friday the 18th, but sources familiar with the situation have said that there’s a dispute within the intelligence community over what should be included in this 2020 ICA. That means the deep staters want things in there to protect the people who may have helped foreign interference to harm Trump. Apparently, a number of senior intelligence analysts are being “adamant” that China tried to influence the 2020 presidential election, as some others are trying downplaying China’s activities during the election. The downplayers are the people who probably bar-b-q with John Brennan.
While some analysts argue that there is “ample raw intelligence” about China’s actions against the election, others are claiming there were minimal efforts by the Communist Chinese Party.
China is our greatest threat today. They want to take America’s place in the world economically, militarily, and influence-wise. It is unamerican to fight to protect Chinese influence over the 2020 election, especially when we just discovered many things about the level of infiltration the Chinese government has inside the United States.
How Not to Burn Down Your House With a Space Heater
The tiny radiators, while useful, cause thousands of fires and hundreds of deaths each year. Here are some tips to stay safe while you stay warm.
By Thom Dunn
Mr. Dunn is a staff writer at Wirecutter, a product recommendation site owned by The New York Times Company.
Dec. 11, 2020
One day last winter, I was down in my unfinished basement working on some music, and my fingers were too cold to play the guitar. So I grabbed a space heater that I was long-term testing for Wirecutter, placed it on the wooden workbench where my audio workstation was set up, and plugged it into the nearest power strip — the one my Marshall amplifier was also plugged into.
I turned the heater on and waited five seconds. The power strip blew up.
It might not have been the dumbest thing I’d ever done, but as I watched the sparks fade from the smoldering lump of burned plastic, I knew it was high on the list.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 25,000 residential fires are associated with the use of space heaters every year, causing more than 300 deaths and 6,000 trips to the emergency room. Despite the frightening numbers, though, space heaters are actually much safer now than they used to be.
“The electric heaters that I grew up with were open-element,” said Linda Hotz, category director for the Home Comfort team at the home appliance maker De’Longhi. “Most heaters today are 100 times better, but it still has a heating element, so it isn’t as safe as an air purifier, for example.”
While electric, radiant, or convection heating is typically safer and more efficient than a combustion heating system, heat production still requires heat, which always carries risks. Fortunately, space-heater designs now have better insulation around the heating coils and smaller grates to prevent curious fingers from finding their way inside. Many modern space heaters — including those recommended by Wirecutter — also have an automatic shut-off that cuts the power when the device reaches a certain temperature, and a sensor to detect a blocked air passage that could cause heat to build up. Some have tip-over switches that shut down the heater if it’s not flat on the ground.
As Ms. Hotz noted, most home space heaters must now be approved by an independent safety testing laboratory, such as Intertek (whose certification often appears as an “ETL” seal on the item) or UL. But as I demonstrated in my basement, nothing is idiot-proof. So here are a few ways to ensure you’re using a heater safely.
The Heater Belongs on the Floor
It may be tempting to place your space heater somewhere so it blows right in your face. Don’t do that — unless you’re lying flat on the floor, which is just about the only place it should ever go. Don’t set it on a shelf or a stool or a wooden workbench in the basement. If possible, keep it off the rug, too, and definitely off your bed. While these scenarios might appear safe, they increase the risk of the heater falling, tipping over or otherwise overheating, which could start a fire.
To avoid that, we generally recommend placing your space heater on the flattest, smoothest surface available. Some of Wirecutter’s picks, including the Vornado VHEAT Vintage Heater, let you tilt the heating element upward; the Vornado VH200 and AVH10 are angled slightly upward by default, but you can’t tilt them any further. Don’t try to find a way around that.
This should go without saying, but electricity and water are an even deadlier combination than orange juice and toothpaste. Keep your space heater out of kitchens and bathrooms.The T List: A weekly roundup of what the editors of T Magazine are noticing and coveting right now.
Avoid Flammable Objects, Too
The Consumer Product Safety Commission calls it the “three-foot rule,” and it’s pretty simple: Avoid placing a space heater within three feet of anything flammable. Some manuals list curtains, papers, furniture, pillows and bedding as objects to stay away from. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers recommends further precautions, including keeping flammable materials like paint and matches far away. If there’s even a slight risk of a pillow or another flammable object falling, such as in an earthquake, set the space heater somewhere the object won’t land on it.
Never Leave the Heater Alone
The best way to prevent a fire is to never leave a space heater running unattended. If you have children or pets that could knock over a heater or drape fabric on it, keep a close eye on its operation. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends keeping young children at least three feet from a space heater, but it’s best not to leave one in a room or closet within reach of children, even if it’s unplugged — beyond the fire risk, the heater is a 15-amp appliance drawing considerable current. The plug and cord, combined with some intuitive on/off switches, pose a hazard to a curious toddler who won’t be anticipating an electric shock.
The instructions with many space heaters also warn not to leave them on while you sleep. Several of Wirecutter’s favorites, such as the De’Longhi TRD40615T, and the Lasko FH500 All Season Comfort Control Tower Fan & Heater in One, come with timers to minimize the chance of their running unattended. (Oil-filled radiators like the De’Longhi are particularly good for bedrooms because they retain heat for longer and continue emitting warmth after they shut off.)
It Wants to Be in a Wall Outlet
Most modern space heaters should come with enough cord slack to allow you to plug them into a wall outlet and still position them conveniently in the room for maximum warmth. Notice that we said wall outlet: Manufacturers advise against plugging space heaters into surge protectors, extension cords, plug timers, G.F.C.I. outlets (the kind with the test and reset buttons) — anything that’s not a wall outlet. Those added layers of electrical connection can overload the circuit, or create additional resistance that allows heat to build up, potentially resulting in a fire or internal electrical damage.
Many manufacturers also recommend keeping your space heater a few feet away from the wall where it’s plugged in, to avoid overheating the wall itself. A lot of the picks in Wirecutter’s guide fill an entire room with heat, so you should be able to get adequate performance with the heater at a safe distance.
If you find yourself with extra cord slack, or you need to use a wall outlet in an adjacent room, resist the urge to hide the cord from sight. Don’t stuff it under a rug or a couch, which could prevent heat from escaping. Also avoid pinching or bending the cord, such as passing it through a tightly closed door hinge, which can impede the electrical current, contributing to a buildup of heat and energy.
How to Add Smart Controls
Space heaters with smart-home functionality are rare in the United States. But the technology and the regulatory standards are moving quickly, and we can expect more smart space-heater tech in the next year or two.
If your space heater lacks a timer — or if you’re just determined to bark heating orders at your voice assistant — consider a plug-in smart outlet like the Wemo Mini. Although most manufacturers discourage plugging a space heater into an extension cord or surge protector, a representative of the Wemo outlet’s manufacturer, Belkin, said in an interview — confirming Wirecutter’s interpretation of the product specs, as well as our tests — that a Wemo Mini should be safe to use with space heaters for up to 15 amps or 1,800 watts of power. Most of Wirecutter’s picks max out at 1,500 watts. But not all heaters are the same, and the Belkin representative did add a caveat: “Some space heaters with embedded fans might consume more power and cause a high inrush current, which could damage or wear out the switching contacts.”
So you should be good to go — but remember, don’t turn on a heater without first making sure it’s positioned safely, and don’t leave it running unattended.
Choose between life and death this Christmas, Mkhize tells SA 12 December 2020 – 11:16 BY TIMESLIVE
South Africans must choose between life and “sickness or death” as the country faces a devastating second wave of Covid-19 infections, health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday.
Speaking during a webinar, Mkhize said: “If we choose life, then we must realise that we have to make sacrifices during this festive season. It will not be possible to celebrate the holidays in the way we are accustomed to.
“We must now understand that the frivolities that are usually associated with the festive season must make way for the things that really matter — family and friends, caring for one another, physical and spiritual rejuvenation and preserving the spirit of ubuntu,” Mkhize told a virtual gathering to mark Universal Health Coverage Day.
“We therefore all need to take action to save lives and protect…
This is your warning not to take a vaccine and not to lay down and do as they tell you for your own good. It is for their easy takeover that you obey. It is NOT FOR YOUR OWN GOOD – it is for their ease of takeover!
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