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Global Pharma Healthcare Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops Due to Possible Contamination

Summary

Product Type:  Drugs
Reason for Announcement: Potential microbial contamination
Company Name:  Global Pharma Healthcare
Brand Name: EzriCare & Delsam Pharma
Product Description: Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops

Company Announcement

Artificial TearsGlobal Pharma Healthcare is voluntarily recalling all lots within expiry of their Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, distributed by /EzriCare, LLC- and Delsam Pharma, to the consumer level, due to possible contamination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted FDA to an investigation of a multi-state cluster of Verona Integron-mediated Metallo-β-lactamase (VIM)- and Guiana-Extended Spectrum-β-Lactamase (GES)- producing carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (VIM-GES-CRPA) infections possibly associated with the use of the artificial tears manufactured by Global Pharma Healthcare. To date, there are 55 reports of adverse events including eye infections, permanent loss of vision, and a death with a bloodstream infection.

Risk Statement: Use of contaminated artificial tears can result in the risk of eye infections that could result in blindness.

Artificial Tears (carboxymethylcellulose sodium) Lubricant Eye Drops, 10 mg in 1 mL, ½ fl oz (15 ml) bottle are used as a protectant against further irritation or to relieve dryness of the eye for the temporary relief of discomfort due to minor irritations of the eye, or to exposure to wind or sun. The product is packaged in a bottle with a safety seal and are placed in a carton box Ezricare NDC 79503-0101-15, UPC 3 79503 10115 7; Delsam Pharma’s NDC 72570-121-15, UPC -72570-0121-15. It can be identified by the photos below. The product was distributed Nationwide in the USA over the Internet.

Global Pharma Healthcare is notifying the distributors of this product, Aru Pharma Inc. and Delsam Pharma and is requesting that wholesalers, retailers and customers who have the recalled product should stop use.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact the distributors: Aru Pharma/Ezricare, LLC - by phone: 1-518-738-7602 or by e-mail: arupharmainc@yahoo.com from Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm EST; or DELSAM Pharma LLC by phone: 1-866-826-1309 or by e-mail: delsampharma@yahoo.com from Monday to Friday from 11am to 4pm EST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these over-the-counter drug products.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • Complete and submit the report Online
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
DELSAM Pharma LLC.
1-866-826-1309
delsampharma@yahoo.com

Tipping, who should be tipped and how much

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Pre-pandemic, tipping was pretty standard, you tipped at a sit down restaurant, you gave your barber a few extra bucks, you gave a taxi driver a gratuity.

The game changed after COVID struck.  While tipping for in-person services virtually stopped during the pandemic, leaving wait staff, bartenders, hair dressers and the like without cash flow, tipping morphed into other areas as a result of our stay-at-home status. Rather than tipping wait staff and bartenders for sit-down dining and drinking, we started tipping for take-out orders.  Food deliveries exploded in popularity during COVID with services such as Uber Eats and DoorDash, who now prompt you to tip at the time of order if not stamping a minimal amount on the total.  Tipping on the service app is actually preferred over cash with these services, no cash handling required.  Same holds true for personal shoppers, such as grocery shopping and Instacart.  Tipping is expected even if you order through them and pick up the order yourself.  Also increasing in popularity were home deliveries such as for purchases made on Amazon.  Special order delivery like for flowers and gift baskets went from tipping as a 'nice gesture' to expected (usually paid by the person doing the ordering).  Heck, tipping has now even become expected for home service providers, such as plumbers, heating/cooling technicians and handymen.

TippingMore often than not, tips at restaurants these days are pooled, the money divided between workers at a given establishment.  When dining out and in receiving exceptional service, always try to give the server, bartender or barista a tip directly, rather than putting cash in a tip jar or leaving cash on the table.  A good server will share the wealth with those who helped him or her provide you that stellar dining experience.  If you aren't leaving a cash tip, then tipping on the credit card will ensure your server gets it, although they will have to report the amount and why they prefer cash.  When dining, I like to pay for the meal on a card, tip with cash.  Service providers, those drivers, shoppers, delivery folks and home service providers prefer virtual tipping through PayPal, Venmo, Square and other apps, allowing you to transfer money directly to someone personally and directly, no cash handling required.

Here is a Tip List, who should be tipped and how much.  Keep in mind that if service was extraordinary, feel free to tip more and you really should, especially if you're a repeat customer.

Restaurants:  Even fast food restaurants these days are soliciting tips (you might see a tip jar on the counter), but that's still not the norm.  Caveat:  Tip a Sonic Drive-In server, especially when it's raining, super hot, or cold out. Outside of fast food, tip 10-15% of the total check for all orders that are take-out, delivery, curbside.  For sit-down meals, tip 15-20%.  Tip your barista $1 per beverage, the bartender $2 per drink or 10-15% of the bar tab.

Barber/Hairstylist/Massage Therapist:  This is very personalized service, tip 15-20%.  The future quality of that haircut or massage may depend on your tip...

Uber/Lyft/Taxi:  Minimum of 15-20%, more if traffic is a headache and the driver made the trip more bearable.

Instacart/DoorDash/GrubHub/Uber Eats:  Tip 15-20% of the bill.  This one can be iffy.  Since these services prompt you for a tip up front and suggest a minimum (which tends to be less than 15%), paying the minimum may result in less-than-stellar service and not-so-timely delivery.  It shouldn't be that way, if a driver/shopper accepts the order they should do the task to the best of their ability, but money is a motivator.  Tipping 15-20% should provide for a good outcome, but if the order isn't right - no fault of your own - then you're out the few extra bucks because it's not like you can thoroughly check the order before the driver leaves, especially on no contact deliveries.

Hotel Housekeeping/Valet/Baggage Handling/Room Service:  Tip housekeeping at least $2 a day, more if you request any extra services.  Valets should get $5-10, you want your vehicle treated nicely after all and proper baggage handling will cost your around $2 a bag, extra if delivered to your room.  Don't forget to tip the doorman at least $5 if you're staying at a nicer hotel that has one.  Concierge, $5 or more depending on the request, think dining recommendation vs. helping you score some sporting event tickets.  For room service, tip 10% if a gratuity was automatically applied to the bill, 20% if not.

House Cleaning/Pet Service:  Gift cards work great here if you don't want to tip in cash, 15-20% of the bill.

Amazon Drivers/Special Delivery/Mail Carrier:  You can tip Amazon drivers $5 either by meeting them at the door with $5 cash or leaving the tip in an envelope for them to see.  Special delivery tips (flowers/gifts), also $5, can be done in-store at the time of purchase or online if they have a tip feature.  FedEx and UPS drivers are technically not supposed to accept cash tips, but you can leave them a thank you card, pre-packaged snacks, a bottled water/drink.  Postal workers can accept up to $50 in gifting annually (no more than $20 on a single occasion), this is typically done during the holidays.

Movers/Furniture Delivery/Home Services & Repair:  Movers can get pricey at a recommended $10 per person for a half-day, $20 per person for a full day.  Furniture delivery will cost you $20, more for a large, multi-piece delivery, furniture assembly and/or old furniture removal.  For home services such as a health/wellness check or appliance repair, $20.  Gift cards work well for this situation.

Tip for tipping:  When giving someone a gift card to a restaurant, include the tip, this makes it easy for the person using the card to put the entire bill on the card.

When in doubt, always tip.  Remember that tipping well makes life a little easier for someone else.

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~ Mike

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The Easy Egg Breakfast & Lunch - Wichita

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B&G Foods Issues Voluntary Allergy Alert for Undeclared Peanut in Back to Nature® Fudge Mint Cookies

Summary

Product Type:  Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement: Undeclared peanuts
Company Name:  B & G Foods, Inc.
Brand Name: Back to Nature

Product Description: Fudge Mint Cookies

Back to Nature Cookie RecallCompany Announcement

B&G Foods announced today it is voluntarily recalling three cases (18 individual boxes) of a single date code of 6.4 oz. Back to Nature Fudge Mint Cookies, with a “best by” date of OCT 02 2023, after being notified that an ingredient supplied by a third-party ingredient supplier was contaminated with peanut, an allergen not declared on the cookie box label.  People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanut run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the cookies contained in the three recalled cases.

This recall affects only three cases of the following product, which may have been distributed in retail stores nationwide:

Description Consumer UPC # Size Best By Date
Back to Nature Fudge Mint Cookies 8-19898-01102-5 6.4 oz. OCT 02 2023
(The “best by” date is located on the top of the box.)

This recall does not apply to any other “best by” dates, sizes or varieties of Back to Nature products.

No allergic reactions have been reported to date.  This recall was initiated in cooperation with the FDA and the third-party co-packer that produces the cookies after it was discovered that an ingredient supplied by a third-party ingredient supplier was contaminated with peanut. 

Consumers who are allergic to peanuts should not consume the product. Consumers who have purchased the recalled product can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers seeking a refund or additional information may also contact B&G Foods by calling 855.346.2225 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time or submitting a contact at https://backtonaturefoods.com/contact-usExternal Link Disclaimer.


Company Contact Information

Consumers: B&G Foods, 855-346-2225