Ministry: Beef recalled by USDA was not being imported into T&T

The Ministry of Health says it notes that a Health Advisory has been recently issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This is concerning a nationwide (USA) recall of (Class 1) Raw Beef Products branded as Kroger Ground Beef, distributed by the Kroger Co. Cincinnati, Ohio, due to possible Salmonella contamination.

The ministry says that no other brands of ground beef are implicated in this recall.

Caribbean health sector to receive US$1.1 million funding

The Caribbean public health sector is poised to benefit from a US$1.1 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center which will be handed over to the SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development.

The Center is a product of collaboration between two major educational institutions—State University of New York (SUNY) and The University of the West Indies (The UWI) —deeply committed to the development and growth of their respective constituents and the well-being of humanity.

FDA: Romaine lettuce is safe once it's not from central CA

Romaine lettuce is safe to eat as long as it's not from California’s Central Coast growing region, federal health officials said late Monday.

So far, an outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce has made 43 people sick in 12 states, plus another 22 in Canada, the Food and Drug Administration said.

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they had narrowed down the suspect lettuce to lettuce harvested in northern and central California.

NCRHA confirms flood-related leptospirosis death

Of­fi­cials from the North Cen­tral Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty have con­firmed that one man died due to com­pli­ca­tions of lep­tospiro­sis at the Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex, Mt Hope ear­li­er this week.

Samir Khan, 37, of New Street, Ca­roni, died at the hos­pi­tal on Tues­day. He was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal 10 days ear­li­er af­ter dis­play­ing symp­toms of the dis­ease. Khan is be­lieved to have con­tract­ed the bac­te­r­i­al dis­ease dur­ing the re­cent flood­ing in his area.