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Risvold’s Salads Inc Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Allergens in Seafood Salad and Seafood Pasta Salad

Risvold’s Salads Inc of Gardena, CA is recalling seafood salad and seafood pasta salad, because it may contain undeclared milk, sunflower, sesame and soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, sunflower, sesame and soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Source: FDA

Asda withdraws one date code of its own brand Strawberry & White Chocolate Popcorn due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen information

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Asda has withdrawn one date code of its own brand Strawberry & White Chocolate Popcorn due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen information. Due to a packaging error, the above product has been packed with Pecan and Milk Chocolate Popcorn instead of Strawberry &White Chocolate Popcorn. The product therefore presents a potential health risk for people who are allergic to nuts.

FDA: Do not eat Evergreen Produce brand alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts

Fast Facts

The FDA is warning consumers not to eat alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts from plastic bags labeled “Evergreen Produce” or “Evergreen Produce Inc.”The sprouts are possibly linked to 20 reported cases, including one hospitalization, of Salmonella Enteritidis in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washington State.The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from Salmonella infection.Consumers, retailers and others who have alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts in plastic bags labeled “Evergreen Produce” or “Evergreen Produce Inc.” should discard them in a sealed container so people and animals, including wild animals, cannot eat them.
What is the Problem?
The FDA is advising consumers not to eat Evergreen Produce brand alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts. The sprouts are possibly linked to 20 reported cases, including one hospitalization, of Salmonella Enteritidis in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washing…

British seed firm 'linked to French E. coli outbreak'

The problems with E.coli and seeds have now been linked with a UK seed distributor - check out the BBC News article - the trail may go back to Italy .. the investigation continues. This outbreak shows the problems with complex food supply chains and the need to trace product back to the original source. I will keep you up to date as the investigation continues.

Also check out the New England Journal of Medicine review of this outbreak

Updated sprouted beans statement

Following further cases of E. coli in France, the Food Standards Agency is revising its guidance on the consumption of sprouted seeds such as alfalfa, mung beans (usually known as beansprouts) and fenugreek.
As a precaution, the Agency is advising that sprouted seeds should only be eaten if they have been cooked thoroughly until steaming hot throughout; they should not be eaten raw. The investigations into the outbreak of E. coli in France have suggested a possible link to sprouting seeds from a company based in the UK. To date, no cases of food poisoning have been reported in the UK linked to the outbreak in France. We are in close contact with the Health Protection Agency who is actively monitoring the situation.

The Agency also advises that equipment which has been used for sprouting seeds should be cleaned thoroughly after use. You should always wash your hands after handling seeds intended for planting or sprouting.

FSAI ADVISES AGAINST THE CONSUMPTION OR SERVICE OF RAW BEAN SPROUTS

The French Authorities are investigating an outbreak of foodborne illness caused by Verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) 0104:H4. There are eight reported cases. This is the same strain as that identified in the recent large outbreak in Germany associated with bean sprouts.

Most of those ill in France have eaten bean sprouts (sprouted seeds) and, given that the causative microbe is the same as in the outbreak in Germany, it is considered by the French at this time that bean sprouts are the most likely cause of the outbreak there.

The source of the bean sprouts or the seeds from which they were sprouted is not known at this time and is the subject of ongoing investigation. The implicated bean sprouts are unlikely to have originated in the German organic bean sprout farm as this farm is closed and it is known not to have exported bean sprouts.

This raises the possibility that contaminated seeds are on the market. Therefore as a precautionary measure, and until investigations are concluded, FSAI…

Eagle Produce, LLC Recalls Cantaloupe Due To Possible Health Risk

Eagle Produce, LLC of Scottsdale, Arizona has announced a limited recall of certain cantaloupes shipped from Arizona to upstate New York in late May, due to their potential to be contaminated with salmonella. Although no illnesses have been reported, Eagle Produce has voluntarily decided to recall the potentially affected shipments, which were sold at Sam’s Club between June 2 and June 17, 2011. Sam’s Club has withdrawn all cantaloupes from the Clubs and sent a notification to Members that bought these melons from Clubs served by the Johnstown, NY and Pottsville, PA distribution centers.

Source: FDA

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC recalls one batch of Morrisons Scottish cooked crab claws snap and eat due to incorrect date coding

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC has recalled one batch of Morrisons Scottish cooked crab claws snap and eat due to incorrect date coding. One batch of the affected product has been labelled with an incorrect date code of 21 July 2011. The product should have been labelled with a 'use by' date of 21 June 2011. Follow the link for more details.

CERTAIN DOLE ITALIAN BLEND SALAD MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Dole Italian Blend Salad described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, Dole Italian Blend Salad, product of USA, is sold in a 10 oz. (283 g) plastic bag bearing UPC 0 71430 00819 5 and Best Before date 11-JN-19 (June 19, 2011). The Best Before date is in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. This product has been distributed in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick. However, it may have been distributed in other provinces. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,880 cases of DOLE® Italian Blend salad with Use-by Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 7143000819 and Product Codes 0049A157201A, 0049A157201B, 0049A157202A, 0049A157202B, 0686A157202A, 0686A157202B and 442 cases of Kroger Fresh Selec…

Lamond bakery products withdrawn in Scotland

Lamond the Baker is withdrawing three products in Scotland from the Co-operative and Scotmid co-operative stores, because they contain egg, which is not mentioned in the allergy advice box. This means the products are a possible health risk to anyone who is allergic or intolerant to egg. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert. Anyone who is allergic or intolerant to egg is advised not to eat this product.

Product details: The affected products, with best before dates between 8 and 12 August 2011, are:
Lamond Perkin Biscuit (pack of 10)
Lamond Coffee Bun (pack of 8)
Lamond Banbury Biscuit (pack of 10)
Lamond has withdrawn the affected products and notices will let consumers know about the recall. If you have bought an affected product you can contact Lamond Bakers on 01563 523 178. The relevant allergy support organisations have also been contacted, which will inform their members of the recall. Only products supplied specifically to the Co-operative and Scotmid co-opera…

CERTAIN FROMAGERIE LA VACHE À MAILLOTTE ROSE BRAND SEMI HARD RIPENED CHEESE MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Fromagerie La Vache à Maillotte are warning the public not to consume the Rose brand Semi Hard Ripened Cheese, described below, because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Affected product, Fromagerie La Vache à Maillotte, Rose brand Semi Hard Ripened Cheese, bearing lot # 011 and sold in 2 kg. and 200 g units. As well, this cheese may have been cut and sold at retail/deli counters in random weight packages starting on June 1, 2011 up to and including June 22, 2011. The brand name and lot code information of the original cheese may not appear on the individual cut pieces of the cheese. Consumers are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected product. This product has been distributed only in Abitibi - Temiscamingue, Québec. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product

New York Firm Recalls Pork Egg Rolls Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Chef One, Corp., a Brooklyn, N.Y., establishment is recalling approximately 36 pounds of pork egg rolls because the product is misbranded and contains undeclared allergens. The product was prepared using soy, milk and egg, known allergens which were not declared on the label.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 

Nucci's Bake-a-Deli Fined for Offences Under the Food and Drugs Regulations and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act

Thunder Bay, Ontario, June 20, 2011: On February 25, 2011, two convictions were registered against Nucci's Bake-a-Deli, in the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay. The company entered a guilty plea to one count under section 7.1 of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act for falsely labelling net quantity weight on certain meat and bakery products and one count under section B.01.007 (1.1) (c) of the Food and Drugs Regulations for failing to label certain meat products with the required packaging and durable life dates. These two convictions resulted in a total fine of $1000.

Source: CFIA

Illinois Firm Recalls Raw and Ready-To-Eat Sausage Products Due To Possible Adulteration

Chicago Boxed Beef Distributors Inc., a Shorewood, Ill., establishment is recalling approximately 3,200 pounds of raw and ready-to-eat sausage products that were not handled in a manner to prevent cross contamination between raw and ready-to-eat products. In addition, the product label used by the company was not approved by FSIS. The products are considered adulterated because the company could not document that it took the necessary steps to produce safe products and ensure that they were produced under sanitary conditions.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 

Earth Fare Recall on Frozen Spicy Bean Burgers in Akron, Ohio Due To Possible Health Risks

Earth Fare, Fletcher, NC is recalling its frozen Earth Fare Spicy Bean Burger with UPC code 8-78602-00518 and lot codes #05311 and #06711 because of a potential Salmonella contamination. No other Earth Fare Veggie Burger products were affected. The product was distributed and sold only in the Earth Fare located in Akron, OH.

Source FDA

The Co-operative recalls three salad dressing products due to salmonella contamination of a minor ingredient used in the product

The Co-operative is recalling all batch codes of three salad dressing products on a precautionary basis due to the presence of salmonella in one of the minor ingredients used in the products. Salmonella has not been detected in the finished products.

Product Details:

The Co-operative Healthier Choice French Dressing, 250ml, all batch codes.

The Co-operative Thousand Island Dressing, 250ml, all batch codes.

The Co-operative Fresh Caesar Dressing, 150ml, all batch codes.

Source: FSA

Iceland recalls its beef in oyster sauce noodle bowl due to undeclared allergens

Iceland recalls its beef in oyster sauce noodle bowl due to undeclared allergens. Due to a packaging error, the Iceland beef in oyster sauce noodle bowl contains undeclared peanut, fish and shellfish allergens. Their presence poses a public health risk to those allergic or sensitive to peanuts, fish or shellfish. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Morrisons withdraws its own-brand The Best Fruit Muesli due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen information

Morrisons withdraws its own-brand The Best Fruit Muesli due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen information. Due to a packaging error, the product may contain nuts. The presence of undeclared nuts poses a public health risk to those allergic to nuts. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Manufacturer for Publix Brand Caesar Salad Dressing Issues an Allergen Alert for Undeclared Fish, Soy and Gluten

The manufacturer of Publix Caesar Salad Dressing, Ken's Foods, Inc. is recalling a limited number of 16oz Publix Caesar Salad Dressing bottles because it may contain undeclared fish, gluten and soy allergens. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to fish, soy and gluten run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. follow the link to find out more.

Source FDA

E Coli O104 - Germany

Check out this article on Eurosurveillance for the E.coli outbreak in Germany. Although cases were as early as the 1st May 2011 the first report at the national level was received on 18 May 2011. Rapid alert systems and communication in these situations is always critical to limiting an outbreak.

Indiana Firm Recalls Burgoo Soup Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

Big B Distributors, Inc., an Evansville, Ind., establishment is recalling approximately 5,160 pounds of burgoo soup because it is misbranded and contains an undeclared allergen. The product was prepared using a spice blend containing sodium caseinate, a milk protein and known allergen, which was not declared on the label.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 

Staphylococcus Aureus in Queso Fresco Cheese

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine has warned consumers not to consume certain Queso Fresco “Fresh Cheese” made by Quesos CentroAmericano Corp. at 35 Hansen Avenue, Freeport, New York (formerly located at 900 S. Second Street, Ronkonkoma, New York) due to possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination.

The recalled fresh Spanish-style cheese is sold in 5-pound foil tray packages with a label declaring a plant number of 36-9845 and a product lot code of 05/31/11 affixed to the bottom of the package. The manufacturer presented on the package is Quesos CentroAmericano Corp. The product was distributed to stores, delis and restaurants on Long Island. A routine sample of the cheese, taken by an inspector from the Department’s Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on June 7, 2011 was subsequently tested by the New York State Food Laboratory and discovered to be contaminated with high levels of Staphylococcus aureus. On June 13, 2011, the manufacturer was notifi…

TGF PRODUCTION LLC Issues An Alert On Uneviscerated Fish

TGF PRODUCTION LLC 191 CENTRE STREET BROOKLYN NY 11231 is recalling Herring Fish in Salt Water discovered by a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspector during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel confirming that the Herring Salted was not properly eviscerated prior to processing. This product may be contaminated with Clostridium Botulinum spores.

Source FDA

Dr Oetker recalls one batch code of Chicago Town Deep Dish Pepperoni pizza due to possible metal contamination

Dr Oetker is recalling part of one batch code (time coded between 14:00 to 17:30) of Chicago Town The Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza due to the possible presence of small pieces of metal within the product.

Product:
Chicago Town The Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza (2x170g)
Batch code: L1135
Time code between: 14:00 to 17:30
Best before date: 15.05.12

Follow the link to find out more.

Source: FDA

FSA update on E. coli outbreak in Germany

The German authorities have today updated their position on the E. coli outbreak in Germany.

While they are still unable to identify definitively the source, officials have said that further evidence suggests sprouted seeds, such as lentils, alfalfa, fenugreek and adzuki beans, are likely to be a potential source of the outbreak. They have advised German consumers that they no longer need to avoid eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, but have said that raw sprouted seeds should not be eaten.

The FSA is continuing to work closely with other Member States and the European Commission to check on progress of the incident. It remains the case that there is no evidence that any affected food products have been distributed to any country other than Germany.

Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency indicate that the total number of confirmed cases of illness in England linked to the German outbreak is now 13. One case has also been identified in Scotland. All of these people are li…

Les Distributions J.M. Bernatchez Inc. Fined $3,000 for an Offence Under the Fish Inspection Act

On February 9, 2011, at the Percé Courthouse, the company Les Distributions J.M. Bernatchez Inc., located in Grande-Rivière, pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Fish Inspection Act and the Fish Inspection Regulations.

The Court of Quebec ordered the company to pay a $3,000 fine. The offence, which occurred on July 31, 2008, involved shipping mussels to New Brunswick that had not been processed or stored in a registered establishment, in violation of subsection 14(1) of the Fish Inspection Regulations.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for enforcing a variety of federal statutes, including the Fish Inspection Act and the Fish Inspection Regulations. Under this statute, the CFIA verifies that importers of fish and seafood comply with Canadian import regulatory requirements.

Nieuwland Feed & Supply Limited, Ontario Corporation 1494913 Fined $8000 for Offences Under the Feeds Act

On April 18, 2011, two convictions were registered against Nieuwland Feed & Supply Limited, Ontario Corporation 1494913, in the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford with a total fine of $8000. The company entered a guilty plea to two offences under the Feeds Act, which were uncovered during a routine inspection conducted in January 2010 at the company's commercial feed mill operation in Listowel, Ontario.

The first offence resulted from the company's failure to label a manufactured livestock feed with the required cautionary statement as prescribed by section 26(1) of the Feeds Regulations. The second offence resulted from the company's failure to register a manufactured livestock feed, as prescribed under section 5(1) of the Feeds Regulations, which did not meet conditions to exempt it from registration.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) verifies livestock feeds manufactured and sold in Canada or imported are safe, effective and are labelled appropriately. E…

City Fresh Market Pleads Guilty to Violating One Count of the Food and Drugs Act

On February 22, 2011, in British Columbia Provincial Court, 1077223 Alberta Ltd., also known as City Fresh Market, pled guilty to one count of violating the Food and Drugs Act.

The Honourable Judge McKinnon imposed a fine of $2,500.00, payable within 30 days against the Richmond-based company.

A Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) investigation determined that the company was unlawfully selling a food product, specifically canned dace, which was adulterated with Enrofloxacin. This action violated Section 4(1)(d) of the Food and Drugs Act. Enrofloxacin is a veterinary drug that is approved for use by Health Canada but not in aquacultured fish.

The CFIA enforces federal legislation, including the Food and Drugs Act and its Regulations. The CFIA safeguards food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy, and access to international markets.

Source: CFIA

Chong Lee Market Pleads Guilty to Violating One Count of the Food and Drugs Act

On March 17, 2011, in British Columbia Provincial Court, 836883 Enterprises Ltd. also known as Chong Lee Market pled guilty to one count of violating the Food and Drugs Act.

The Honourable Judge Howard imposed a fine of $2,500.00, payable within 7 days against the Vancouver-based company. A Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) investigation determined that the company was unlawfully selling a food product, specifically canned dace, which was adulterated with Enrofloxacin. This action violated Section 4(1)(d) of the Food and Drugs Act. Enrofloxacin is a veterinary drug that is approved for use by Health Canada but not in aquacultured fish.

The CFIA enforces federal legislation including the Food and Drugs Act and its Regulations. The CFIA safeguards food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy, and access to international markets.

Source: CFIA

Cargill Grain Limited Pleads Guilty to Violating One Count of the Feeds Act

On March 30, 2011 in Saskatchewan Provincial Court, Cargill Grain Limited pled guilty to one count of violating section 3(1) of the Feeds Act and section 14(b) of the Feeds Regulations.

The Honourable Judge L.A. Matsalla imposed a fine of $1,000 and a $400 victim surcharge against the Corporation. A Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) investigation determined that the Corporation had made a production error on February 13, 2008 which resulted in the addition of Tylosin Phosphate to dairy ration feeds. Tylosin Phosphate is not approved for use in dairy ration feeds in Canada.

The CFIA enforces federal legislation including the Feeds Act and its Regulations. The CFIA safeguards food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy, and access to international markets.

Update on E. coli outbreak in Germany

The German authorities have today reported 33 new cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS), bringing the total number of cases to 722. In addition, a further 127 cases of bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104) were recorded, bringing the total to 2,086. A total of 27 people are now reported to have died – 19 with HUS (18 in Germany, one in Sweden) and eight with bloody diarrhoea (all in Germany).

Source: UK HPA

Aldi Stores withdraws one batch of Greisinger Cheese Cabanossi Austrian air dried, hot smoked and seasoned sausages due to incorrect allergen labelling

Aldi Stores withdraws one batch of Greisinger Cheese Cabanossi Austrian air dried, hot smoked and seasoned sausages due to incorrect allergen labelling. Due to a labelling error, the product is labelled as dairy free but contains cheese, which is included in the ingredients list. The product therefore presents a potential health risk for people who are allergic or intolerant to milk and milk components. Consumers who are lactose intolerant are unaffected as the product is confirmed through testing as being made with cheese that is lactose-free.

Source: UK FSA

E.coli: EU's rapid alert comes under scrutiny

Euractiv.com reports that bean sprouts from a north German farm tested negative for the E.coli under investigation on Monday (6 June), as EU health ministers meeting in Luxembourg considered changes to the bloc's rapid alert system.

EU Health Commissioner John Dalli confirmed after the meeting that the European rapid alert system for food scares ... Dalli said: "We are always in the process of improving our systems and I do not think that reform of the rapid alert system is needed, but rather an adjustment in order to ensure that the same pitfalls can be avoided in the future." He added: "We have to go by scientific proof. We need certainty before we make statements, because news travels fast and becomes public knowledge immediately. It can create a lot of fear and harm operators within the system."

Kashi Recalls Select Frozen Pizzas Because They May Contain Plastic Fragments

Kashi is recalling approximately 11,000 cases of frozen pizzas, including Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza, Roasted Vegetable Thin Crust Pizza, and Mushroom Trio and Spinach Thin Crust Pizza due to possible plastic fragments in an ingredient in the pizza crusts. The impacted products include the following individually packaged pizzas:
Kashi Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza packaged in a 12.7 ounce box and marked with UPC Code 1862732905 3 and Best If Used Before date of either May10 12NU, May18 12NU, or May19 12NU;
Kashi Roasted Vegetable Thin Crust Pizza packaged in a 12.2 ounce box and marked with UPC Code 1862737342 1 and Best If Used Before date of either May09 12NU or May14 12NU;
Kashi Mushroom Trio and Spinach Thin Crust Pizza packaged in an 11.9 ounce box and marked with UPC Code 1862737344 5 and Best If Used Before date of May17 12NU.
No other Kashi frozen pizzas or other products are included in the recall, and no consumer complaints have been reported. The products were distribu…

Was it bean sprouts?

BBC News reports that bean sprouts grown in northern Germany are now suspected to be the source of an E. coli outbreak that has left 22 people dead. More than 2,150 people in Germany have been infected by enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria. Many have developed haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS), which can be fatal. Follow the link for more details.

KING JAMES BRAND BLUE STILTON CHEESE MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The public warning issued on May 19, 2011 has been expanded to include additional sizes and lot codes of the affected cheese. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and The Tree of Life Canada are warning the public not to consume the King James brand Blue Stilton Cheese, product of England, described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link for the additional lot numbers.

Undeclared preservatives

Allison's Gourmet Kitchens, Inc., a Moore, Okla., establishment, is recalling approximately 22,594 pounds of chicken and ham salad products because they are misbranded and contain potassium sorbate and/or sodium benzoate which do not appear on the package labels. Follow the link for further details.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 

Maison Blanc cake contains undeclared allergen

The UK Food Standards Agency has been notified that Maison Blanc has withdrawn its Apricot and Almond Cake because it contains milk, which is not mentioned in the allergy advice on the product label. Butter is included in the ingredients list. This means the cake is a possible risk for anyone who is allergic to milk. Only 150 units of the affected cake were distributed to Waitrose and Ocado. Waitrose and Ocado have been asked to destroy any remaining stock of the affected cake. Anyone with an allergy to milk is advised not to eat this cake.

Azar Nut Issues Allergen Alert on Undeclared Milk in Mountain Trail Mix

The Azar Nut Company has issued an Allergy Alert on undeclared milk in Azar Mountain Trail Mix (Item#:9613896, 2/5#) with the following date codes: 10256, 10284, 10313, 10320, 10342, 10357, 11017, 11031, 11066, 11089, 11109, 11123, 11138, 11144 as the product may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Source: FDA

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