Entries in Louisiana (4)


Meat Packing Company Recalls 468,000 Pounds of Meat

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A Louisiana meat packing company is expanding its recall to include approximately 468,000 pounds of meat.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, Manda Packing Company is expanding a previously announced recall to include a number of its products. The products, including roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef and pastrami. The food in question is at risk of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The packages in question were shipped to locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

The potential danger was discovered when the Tennessee Department of Agriculture determined a sample of Manda Packing Company's cooked roast beef had tested positive for the bacteria. Additional samples were taken and also tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, prompting the expanded recall. There have not been any reports of illness caused by the products.

Consumption of food containing Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a potentially deadly disease. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, headache, neck stiffness and nausea.

The USDA urges people to wash their hands before and after handling raw meat, keep raw meat away from other food, ensure all meats are fully cooked and avoid foods containing unpasteurized milk.

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Louisiana Charter School Will No Longer Expel Pregnant Girls

Hemera/Thinkstock(DELHI, La.) -- Pregnant students or those suspected of carrying a child are no longer being singled out by a charter school in Delhi, Louisiana.

The American Civil Liberties of Louisiana said Monday it had gotten word that the Delhi Charter School had a policy in place that allowed educators to expel girls who were pregnant and force them to take classes at home.

Meanwhile, the ACLU said the same policy also mandated tests for girls believed to be pregnant.  Refusal to submit to the pregnancy test also meant girls could be kicked out of school.

With the ACLU threatening to sue under the federal education law that requires equal opportunities for both sexes, Delhi board chairman Albert Christman said on Wednesday that the policy at the school with an enrollment of 700 children was being rescinded.

According to Christman, he and the other board members were unaware that such a policy was against the law.

The policy as written stated, "Delhi Charter School has established an environment whereby the conduct of its students must be in keeping with the school’s goals and objectives relative to character development.  The Delhi Charter School curriculum will maintain an environment in which all students will learn and exhibit acceptable character traits that govern language, gestures, physical actions, and written words."

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Louisiana Toddler Who Battled Disease Dies in Mother's Arms

ABC News(PONCHATOULA, La.) -- The tiny toddler whose struggle against a devastating disease inspired thousands has died.

Tripp Roth, who was diagnosed with junctional epidermolysis bullosa at birth, died Saturday in the arms of his mother, Courtney Roth, who had chronicled her life with Tripp in the popular blog, "EBing a Mommy."

"He was exactly 2 years and 8 months old," Roth wrote. "It happened within minutes of me picking him up out of bed and rocking him. He took his last peaceful breaths in my arms, in his most favorite spot. My heart literally hurts more than I ever thought was possible."

Despite her grief, the Ponchatoula, La., mom asked readers to be grateful that her son is now at peace.

"I know he's flying high, pain free, and talking Jesus' ear off," she wrote.

In a recent interview, Roth said Tripp was "absolutely gorgeous" when he was born, with just a small blister on his head, a few on his back and deformed fingernails. Doctors diagnosed him immediately with epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 50,000. He had the most severe form of EB, junctional epidermolysis bullosa, and was missing a protein the binds one layer of skin to another.

Though in early pictures Tripp appeared no different from any other newborn, eventually blisters would cover much of his body and his health deteriorated in other ways. He had to be fitted with a gastronomy tube and then a tracheotomy tube. He endured multiple eye surgeries but, despite the surgeries, Tripp lost his sight after multiple corneal abrasions and tissue growth that ultimately fused his eyelids shut.

There was no effective treatment for Tripp other than bandages and antibiotics to avoid trauma and infections. Roth, a 26-year old divorcee, gave up her nursing career to care for her son with the help of her mother, Anita Hotard.

"We were given a little angel and we have to take care of him," Hotard, 51, said last month. "If he can do it, I can do it ... I don't have near the agony and stress he has."

In a blog post last month, Roth wrote that his condition had grown so serious that his days consisted solely of being in bed, then being held in a rocking chair and then going back to bed.

It wasn't always that way.

"Before he was confined to the rocker, he would play every day, he could drum to the tune of a song like NO OTHER. He would smile, laugh, and melt your heart," Roth wrote.

Tripp, she said, astounded his doctors.

"He is just amazing. I have always said that from the beginning," Roth told last month. "I have never been sad around him and I try not to cry around him. We've made it to where he is in the happiest environment possible. His spirit and personality are what keep me going."

Roth said she was inspired by her son's strength -- and so were many others.

As of last month, Roth's blog, which Roth began three months after Tripp was born, had nearly 2,000 subscribers and 3 million page views. This past summer, hundreds attended a prayer vigil for Tripp in Louisiana and last month, dozens wrote in to asking that Roth and Tripp be named one of the site's "Heroes of 2011."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Louisiana Hospital Won't Allow Workers to Wear Smoky Clothes

Hemera/Thinkstock(ALEXANDRIA, La.) -- Some workers might think it stinks that they won't be able to go back on the job if they smell of their last cigarette, but administrators at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana don't care, as the facility is taking its anti-smoking policy to another level.

Next July, the hospital will officially ban all employees from smoking at work, even during breaks.  It's an expansion of a policy that already exists in the women's and children's areas.

Cabrini officials say that the toxins from third-hand smoke that collects in fabrics can be especially detrimental to the brains of small children and infants.

Employees were notified of the new policy by mail two months ago so they can adjust their habits accordingly.  Ultimately, the hospital would prefer that all its workers be smoke-free by next July.

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