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Add Whole Foods Market Inc. to the recent list of major companies failing to follow proper compliance in manufacturing, packaging and storing food.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced a precautionary recall on May, 2 regarding CRF Foods of Pasco, Washington. The voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytones. The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. While healthy individuals may escape the long-term effects of Listeria, high fever, headaches, nausea, and diarrhea can overwhelm an individual with severe short-term symptoms. Listeria infections are known to cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Lead-poisoned water, collapsing bridges, railways catching fire, highways littered with potholes. America’s crumbling infrastructure ignited yet another public outcry in the Washington DC Metro area in mid-March when the nation’s second largest underground railway was shut down completely for 29 hours while inspection crews made repairs to damaged rail lines. The daylong shutdown marked the first time the railway closed for any reason other than inclement weather. As a result, 700,000 commuters were forced to find alternate means of transportation. Although the Metro shutdown was a significant event in the history of the railway, the closure pales in comparison to the lead-poisoning water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Two years ago, the city of Flint switched its drinking water source to the Flint River. However, the ill-treated water damaged the aging pipes from the Flint River, causing the pipes to leach lead into the water supply. Tens of thousands of Flint residents were exposed to the contaminated water, and significant public health issues are likely to emerge in the coming years as research is conducted on the disaster.
Following an electrical fire in the McPherson Square Metro Station tunnel on Monday leading to heavy delays throughout the day on Tuesday, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officials in the nation’s capital made an unprecedented decision to close the nation’s second busiest subway system on Wednesday, March 16. The closing marked the first time Metro (WMATA) has closed for safety concerns since the underground railway system opened in March of 1976. The Metro shutdown disrupted the commute of over 700,000 passengers across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Officials believe the fire was similar to the episode that occurred near the L’Enfant Plaza Station in January of 2015 when an electrical malfunction caused the tunnel to fill with smoke, resulting in the death of one passenger and injuring dozens more. The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to release a report on their findings of the L’Enfant Plaza incident next month.