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Genetic Testing Company Faces $5 Million Lawsuit Over Saliva Test Kits

Genetic Testing Company Faces $5 Million Lawsuit Over Saliva Test Kits

A genetic testing company whose sales of genetic testing kits were recently halted by the FDA has been hit with a $5 million lawsuit, reports The Huffington Post.

The Google-based company 23andMe was ordered by the Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 27 to stop selling their genetic testing spit-kits, where for $99 the company offers to analyze a costumer’s saliva sample and give back DNA information and propensity for a variety of diseases and conditions. The FDA claims that the company violates U.S. law, as the testing kits have not been given clearance by the federal government to make claims of a medical nature.

A San Diego, Calif. resident has taken it one step further and slammed the company with a $5 million class action lawsuit for its sale of the kit. The lawsuit claims that the kits are meaningless, falsely advertised, unsupported by scientific evidence, and a guise to begin a DNA database. 23andMe declined to comment on the legal proceedings.

Before the legal trouble, 23andMe has been criticized for clearing the path for a “designer baby” market because of a patent is holds to allow recipients of eggs and sperm to asses how their genes will combine with a donor’s genes. The company has since announced that they will not implement the technology in fertility clinics.

We will keep you updated as this story unfolds.

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Virginia Foodborne Illnesses and Holiday Food Preparation Tips

We all know that with the holiday season comes gourmet food, bigger waistbands and plenty of wine! Parrish Law Firm, PLLC supports all of the above, but we also want to make sure that the food you’re eating won’t get you sick with a foodborne illness. Here is some information, courtesy of the Food and Drug Administration, on food poisoning and food preparation to make sure you and your family stay healthy and full during the holidays.

Symptoms of Foodborne Illnesses

Generally, the symptoms of food poisoning mirror those of the flu and can include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Flu-like symptoms

These symptoms may come on within hours or days of eating or drinking the contaminated product. While they won’t last long for someone who is healthy, those that are elderly, infants or young children, pregnant, or are battling cancer, HIV/AIDS, or those with a weakened immune system for any reason can be seriously affected.

Food Preparation Tips

Proper food preparation is key in order to avoid contracting a foodborne illness. If you follow these four important tips, you will go a long way in preventing holiday cheer from turning into holiday fear of your cooking.

  1. Keep everything clean. Wash your hands for at least twenty seconds with warm water, and wash surfaces that come into contact with food thoroughly before moving onto the next item. Do not rinse raw meat or poultry before cooking, as this can spread bacteria.
  2. Separate foods. Use one cutting board for those foods that will be cooked, and another board for those that won’t. Make sure not to put cooked food onto unwashed plates that once held raw products.
  3. Cook foods thoroughly. Utilize a food thermometer and don’t simply rely on color to determine the doneness of meat, poultry and fish. When reheating sauces or soups, bring them to a rolling boil to kill any bacteria. Don’t eat uncooked cookie dough containing raw eggs (no matter how tempting it is!).
  4. Chill foods quickly. All foods that require refrigeration need to be put in the fridge within two hours, or you risk rapid bacteria growth. Your refrigerator temperature should be below 40ºF and your freezer at or below 0ºF. When defrosting food, do so in the fridge and not at room temperature. Leftovers should be consumed within three to four days.

New Mexico Company Expands Recall of Peanut Products

Sunland Inc., a New Mexico food company, has expanded their ongoing recall of peanut products to include raw and roasted peanuts, reports

The company is recalling all products made in the plant since March 2010 after inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration found salmonella in the Sunland processing plant. Sunland’s products, including peanut butter and roasted peanuts, can be found nationwide in large chain grocery stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joes’s. Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter was linked to 35 salmonella illness in 19 states.

The FDA recommends that anyone who has purchased Sunland products listed in the recall should not consume them and should return them to stores for a full refund or discard them.



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