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November 28, 2022

Around the nation: Over 90K pounds of raw ground beef recalled over contamination concerns

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    Over 90,000 pounds of raw ground beef has been recalled after consumers reported finding a "mirror-like" material in the product, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from New Jersey, New York, and Texas.

    • New Jersey: Teva Pharmaceuticals last week appointed Richard Francis as its president and CEO, effective Jan. 1. Francis, who previously served as the CEO of Novartis' Sandoz and a senior executive at Biogen, will step into the position after CEO Kåre Schultz retires on Dec. 31. "I have long been impressed with the value Teva provides to patients globally and I am honored to take on the role of leading this extraordinary company into the future," Francis said. "I look forward to leveraging my background and years of pharmaceutical experience to build on Teva's strong fundamentals and to write the next exciting chapter for Teva, focusing on building a solid pathway to deliver long-term growth." (Twenter, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/21)
    • New York: The nursing school at Hunter College will receive a record $52 million dollar donation from Estée Lauder Chairman Emeritus Leonard Lauder in honor of his late wife Evelyn Lauder, who graduated from the program in the 1950s. According to Hunter College President Jennifer Raab, the donation marks the largest gift ever given to any of the City University of New York's constituent colleges. The funds will help expand the graduate-level program for NPs, establish a community NP program named after Evelyn Lauder that will provide a $30,000 stipend to 25 students annually, back an employment pipeline with NYC Health + Hospitals, establish a clinical learning lab containing diagnostic equipment for NP training, and create two additional administrative positions and two endowed professorships. (Carbajal, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/17)
    • Texas: Over 90,000 pounds of raw ground beef have been recalled after Tyson Fresh Meats received consumer complaints about a reflective "mirror-like" material in the products. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the recall includes Hill County Fare and H-E-B Ground Chuck raw ground beef that was distributed to retail locations in Texas. The recall includes several products, including 10-pound containers of "Hill Country Fare Ground Beef 73% Lean/ 27% Fat with best before or freeze by date of Nov 25, 2022," five-pound containers containing "Hill Country Fare Ground Beef 73% Lean/ 27% Fat with best before or freeze by date of Nov 25, 2022," and five-pound containers containing "H-E-B Ground Chuck Ground Beef 80% Lean/ 20% Fat." The recalled products have an establishment number of "EST. 245E." Currently, there are no confirmed reports of adverse reactions in connection with the contaminated products. However, anyone with a recalled product should either dispose of it or return it to the location where they purchased it. (Burbrink, Nexstar/The Hill, 11/17)

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