Alert! Fake Weed, Infant Formula with Salmonella and More Poisoned Products That Kill Us

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Two people died and 54 other cases of severe bleeding caused by fake weed in Illinois.

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Dangerous joy 

Two people died and  54 others were hospitalized with severe bleeding due to synthetic cannabinoids (often called Spice, K2 or fake weed) across Chicago and areas in central Illinois.

Hospitalization cases were related to coughing up blood, blood in the urine, bloody nose, bleeding gums and other symptoms.

Nine of the cases tested positive for brodifacoum, or rat poison, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday.

This is the first time we’ve seen an outbreak of this magnitude in the area,” Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said Monday.

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“We’re working with numerous different partners across the city and state as we investigate this outbreak,” she said.

“We continue to see the number of cases rise,” Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said in the statement.

There also were five cases in Cook County, two in Kankakee County, 14 in Peoria County, 12 in Tazewell County and one in each of the counties of DuPage, Kane, McLean and Will. Two other cases are under investigation.

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Listeria outbreak

Recently, several southern African states have banned processed meat from South Africa after it was connected with a food outbreak.

The government blamed the sausage known as polony for the listeria that has killed 180 people.

People were adviced not to eat any processed meat.

It ordered a recall of the product, prompting shops to clear their shelves.

Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana and Zambia followed suit, all ordering a recall or suspending imports.

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Source: REUTERS

Infant formula with salmonella

French baby formula company has to recall its products worldwide because of concerns about food safety.

At least 38 babies have fallen ill in the last year in Spain and France alone, infected by a strain of salmonella.

The source of the pathogen was traced back to the company’s Craon Lactalis factory in the northwest part of France.

French national news agency Agence France-Presse quoted a Lactilis spokesman as saying that “nearly 7,000 tonnes” (7,700 tons) of production may have been contaminated.

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