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Friday, July 20, 2007
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1. BUDGET VOTE VO/SOT
The Senate is scheduled to vote today on the state budget. The budget was approved by the Assembly early this morning, with more than the required two thirds vote for passage. It is 20 days overdue. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL VO/SOT
The California Commission for Economic Development will meet today in the Governor's Council Room at the State Capitol. The commission had been inactive in previous years. New appointees from the governor's cabinet, legislature and private sector will discuss economic and job growth in the state. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. JUVENILE JUSTICE CADETS GRADUATE VO/SOT
43 new guards for youth prisons in the state are graduating. This graduation comes as the number of wards being sent to Division of Juvenile Justice facilities decline, pending legislation seeks to eliminate it, and the budget proposes returning half the wards to their home counties. Efforting soundbites and video.
4. LEAFY GREEN LABEL VO/SOT
Starting Monday, the Leafy Greens growers and processors will begin using their new service mark that certifies they are participating in the industry regulated program to ensure spinach, lettuce and other greens are following rules to limit e-coli contamination. This program was launched in response to the spinach e-coli outbreak last summer that sickened more than 200 people. Efforting soundbites and video.
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Chili Recall - The director of the California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat several canned products manufactured by Castleberry Foods due to possible contamination with the toxin that causes botulism poisoning. The products are labeled with different brand names. One of the products, Castleberry Hot Dog Chili Sauce, has been associated with four cases of botulism in Texas and Indiana. The additional products listed are included in the recall because they may pose a similar risk. No illnesses have been reported in California. The recalled products were sold in supermarkets and club stores throughout the United States and Canada. According to preliminary distribution information from the federal Food and Drug Administration 15-ounce cans of Castleberry's Chili with Beans were distributed to Costco stores in Southern California. State officials say they will work with FDA to determine if any additional products subject to this voluntary recall were distributed elsewhere in California.
Castleberry Foods, based in Augusta, Georgia, is voluntarily recalling:
Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000101),
Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030099533),
Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 1111083942),
Morton House Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 7526665830),
Cattle Drive Chili with Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001515),
Southern Home Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 0788015360),
Meijer Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 4125095229),
Castleberry's Chili with Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001015),
Castleberry's Barbecue Pork, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000402) and
Bunker Hill Chili No Beans, 10 oz can (UPC 7526604112).
This recall only affects products with a "best by" date of APR 30 2009 through MAY 22 2009. Symptoms of botulism poisoning can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness that moves progressively down the body, affecting the shoulders first then descending to the upper arms, lower arms, thighs, calves, etc. Botulism poisoning can also cause paralysis of the breathing muscles which can result in death unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is provided. Individuals who show these symptoms and who may have recently eaten the recalled products should seek immediate medical attention.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Sacramento for private meetings.
The Senate convenes at 11 A.M. The Assembly is in summer recess until August 20th.
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