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2011-06-03 20:42:00

Readers are referred to the cautionary notes regarding Forward-looking Information at the end of this release Listed TSX, Symbol:  CNJ WINNIPEG, June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Cangene Corporation (TSX: CNJ) today announces that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority ("BARDA"), the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that administers its biodefence stockpiling contracts, will exercise options under a botulism antitoxin ("BAT")...

2011-06-01 14:18:00

Fish may put consumers at risk of botulism or other food safety hazards SILVER SPRING, Md., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking a permanent injunction against BCS African Wholesale Food Supply LLC (BCS African Wholesale) of Brooklyn Park, Minn. and its principal officers. If granted, the injunction would force the defendants to stop importing, processing, and selling seafood...

2011-05-23 10:50:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Taking the handling instructions on food labels seriously can go a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy. By contrast, ignoring the labels can lead to very serious illnesses. Here are some recent examples. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) Unrefrigerated Soup Tied to Botulism Cases Recently, a consumer in the South bought a plastic container of soup from a salad bar in a supermarket. It was...

2011-05-12 17:26:00

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The warmer the summer, the more dead birds and fish you can expect to see along the shores of Lake Erie, according to a recent study led by Alicia Perez-Fuentetaja, research scientist of the Great Lakes Center at Buffalo State College and associate professor of biology. The study appears online in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110512/DC01391) The deaths result from outbreaks of type...

2011-05-02 12:23:00

Readers are referred to the cautionary notes regardingForward-looking Information at the end of this release Listed TSX, Symbol: CNJ BALTIMORE AND WINNIPEG, May 2 /PRNewswire/ - Cangene Corporation's Baltimore-based injectable pharmaceutical contract-manufacturing subsidiary, Cangene bioPharma, Inc., has completed a US$11-million renovation of its sterile filling and support facility. The renovation adds a second production freeze-dryer and significantly increases overall...

2011-04-14 07:11:00

GREENSBORO, N.C., April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC, maker of XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA), a botulinum toxin type A free from accessory proteins, today announced the launch of the "Make Your Mark" campaign. With the help of patient advocates, "Make Your Mark" celebrates the inspirational stories of people living with blepharospasm or cervical dystonia (CD), also known as spasmodic torticollis, and aims to raise awareness of these often...

2011-03-07 15:32:16

Scientists on the Norwich Research Park have sequenced the genome of a novel strain of Clostridium botulinum, one of the most dangerous pathogens known to man. The strain produces an unusual botulinum neurotoxin, known as type A5 neurotoxin, which was isolated by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), following a case of wound botulism. Professor Mike Peck and his research group at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) study Clostridium botulinum. Their expertise is crucial for preventing food...

2011-02-25 22:56:52

Botulism is a rare disease and recurrent botulism even more rare.  However, in California, recurrent wound botulism among injection drug users has been on the rise and makes up three-quarters of reported cases in the United States.  A new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and currently available online examines this problem. From 1993 through 2006, 17 injection drug users were identified within the surveillance system of the California Department of Public Health for...

2011-01-13 13:58:00

Company's failure to correct violations prompts court action SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice today filed a complaint for permanent injunction against a Jamaica, N.Y.-based beverage company to prevent it from processing and distributing juice and other products. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) Hank J. Hagen and Milton S. Reid and their company,...

2010-10-07 14:28:00

Company's failure to correct violations prompts FDA to seek court action SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice today filed a complaint for permanent injunction against a Brooklyn juice company to prevent it from processing and distributing juice products. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) Delores...


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2011-04-15 13:32:47

Clostridium botulinum is a gram-positive, rod-shaped bacterium that produces neurotoxins, known as botulinum neurotoxins types A-G, that cause the flaccid muscular paralysis seen in botulism. It is the main paralytic agent in botox and is commonly found in soil. It is also an obligate anaerobe, meaning oxygen is poisonous to the cells. Superoxide dismutase helps C. botulinum tolerate traces of oxygen. It was first recognized and isolated in 1895 by Emile van Ermengem. Subsequent outbreaks...

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