Jul 28 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2004/ucm108333.htm The FDA recommends that caregivers carefully examine all food product packaging, including anti-tampering devices such as lid safety buttons. (See link below for more information.) A man identified as a possible witness in the case spoke briefly with police in late July. The FBI and the Orange County District Attorney’s office were investigating the incidents as cases of food tampering. The AP quoted two federal law enforcement officials as saying there was no evidence of any widespread ricin contamination of baby food. The tampering incident caused no illness and apparently was confined to the Irvine, Calif., area, the FDA said in a Jul 28 news release. FDA analysis of the two jars of Gerber Banana Yogurt showed only castor beans. Ricin can be extracted from castor beans—which come from a widely available ornamental plant—and purified to a powerful poison. However, the material found in the baby food was far less toxic than purified ricin, the FDA said. See also: FDA information on detecting food tamperinghttp://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/FoodDefense/ucm079231.pdf The Associated Press (AP) reported Jul 29 that a man contacted Irvine police on Jun 16 to tell them he had found a note inside a jar of baby food, warning that it had been contaminated. A similar case had been reported by an Irvine couple on May 31, police said. A note was also found inside that jar. Aug 3, 2004 (CIDRAP NEWS) – Two baby food jars in California were found to contain the remains of ground-up castor beans but not purified ricin, the deadly poison derived from castor beans, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week. A 9-month-old girl and a 1-year-old boy ate small amounts of the food but had no symptoms, Dr. David Acheson, chief medical officer with the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, told the AP. Gerber Products Co. released a statement Jul 28 saying the company had been told the product tampering did not occur at its facilities and that the company was not a target. Nonetheless, the company removed the Banana Yogurt from all southern California stores, not just the Ralph’s grocery in Irvine where the two tampered jars were bought, according to a Reuters report.
Press Association Latest leading positions in official world rankings: 1 Tiger Woods 13.5308, 2 Rory McIlroy 10.2255, 3 Adam Scott 7.7247, 4 Justin Rose 6.4709, 5 Brandt Snedeker 6.3297, 6 Luke Donald 6.2514, 7 Graeme McDowell 5.8985, 8 Louis Oosthuizen 5.6558, 9 Phil Mickelson 5.2561, 10 Steve Stricker 5.2221 11 Keegan Bradley 5.1498, 12 Lee Westwood 5.1183, 13 Matt Kuchar 5.0849, 14 Sergio Garcia 4.9128, 15 Charl Schwartzel 4.8692, 16 Webb Simpson 4.6790, 17 Ian Poulter 4.6746, 18 Bubba Watson 4.6442, 19 Dustin Johnson 4.4103, 20 Jason Dufner 4.2555. Graeme McDowell has risen one place to seventh in the world rankings after his win at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria. The Northern Irishman saw off Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, ranked 49th, to win what was his second title in his last three events. There was no change among the top six in the rankings, with Tiger Woods continuing to lead the way ahead of McDowell’s compatriot Rory McIlroy.