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New Zealand botulism scare triggers recall

Botulism scare triggers recall

New Zealand

Botulism scare triggers recall

One of the world's leading suppliers of dairy products said Saturday that a type of bacteria that could cause botulism had been found in tests of ingredients the company sells for use in infant formula and sports drinks, leading New Zealand officials to urge a recall.

The company, Fonterra, is based in New Zealand and is the world's fourth-largest dairy company. It sells its milk products to other companies that make infant formula and said those companies would be responsible for any recalls. The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries said that in addition to New Zealand, six countries were affected: Australia, China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Fonterra said it has told eight of its customers of the problem, which dates back more than a year, and they were investigating whether any of the affected product is in their supply chains.

Washington

Obama celebrating his 52nd birthday

President Barack Obama kicked off his birthday weekend Saturday with a round of golf with friends and a getaway to Camp David.

Obama, who turns 52 today, left the White House just after 8 a.m. — unusually early for the half-hour motorcade ride to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland — to squeeze in some golf before the celebration shifted to the presidential retreat nestled in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. The White House said little about how Obama would celebrate. He is scheduled to return to the White House today.

Columbus, Ohio

Legionnaires' outbreak hits retirement center

Ohio's largest outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed five people and sickened 39 others at a retirement community since July, health officials said Saturday

The state Health Department said the outbreak at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community in Reynoldsburg in central Ohio has been linked to bacteria in an air conditioning cooling tower and several water sources.

Victims range in age from 63 to 99. About 200 people live at the center.

Legionnaires' disease isn't contagious.

New York

Newsweek bought by digital news company

Newsweek, the once venerable 80-year-old weekly magazine that suffered a precipitous decline in recent years, has been bought by the digital news company International Business Times for an undisclosed amount.

Etienne Uzac, co-founder and chief executive officer of IBT Media, said Saturday, "We are thrilled to welcome this iconic brand and global news property into our portfolio. We believe in the Newsweek brand and look forward to growing it, fully transformed to the digital age."

Sidney Harman, a billionaire investor, bought Newsweek from the Washington Post Co. in 2010 for $1 and assumed $40 million in liabilities. He merged it with the Daily Beast, the website owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp. Both were run by Tina Brown. In May, she said the company planned to sell Newsweek to concentrate on building up the Daily Beast.

Elsewhere

Bakersfield, Calif.: One man had his leg severed Saturday and four others were also injured as shrapnel from the demolition of a power plant flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators that had gathered in California's Central Valley to watch it come down, officials said.

Times wires

New Zealand botulism scare triggers recall

Botulism scare triggers recall

08/03/13 [Last modified: Sunday, August 4, 2013 12:02am]

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