Area Briefs – February 23, 2023


Nestlé Purina Petcare Company Issues Recall

February 8, 2023 – Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is voluntarily recalling select lots of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental (PPVD EL) prescription dry dog food due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs; however, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure. 

The affected dry dog food was distributed throughout the United States by prescription only through veterinary clinics, Purina Vet Direct, Purina for Professionals, and other select retailers with the ability to validate a prescription.

Wismettac Asian Foods Issues Allergy Alert

February 14, 2023 – Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc., is recalling 10.58 oz packages of Shirakiku brand Spice Seasoning products (Spice Ichimi Togarashi 300g and Spice Shichimi Togarashi 300g). The product package of Ichimi spice seasoning contains Shichimi spice seasoning contents (incorrect package) causing the undeclared allergen of sesame seeds. The outer carton of “Ichimi” and “Shichimi” may possibly contains inner packages of “Ichimi”, and the inner packages contain “Shichimi” contents.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sesame run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Silvestri Sweets Issues Allergy Alert

February 14, 2023 – Silvestri Sweets Inc. of Geneva, IL is voluntarily recalling its 8 ounce bags of Favorite Day branded Valentine’s Milk Chocolate Covered Caramels with Nonpareils because they may contain an undeclared tree nut. 

The recalled items were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores.

The products are packed in 8 oz. Favorite Day branded stand up pouch bags with the lot # 33822 and best by date on 07 DEC 2023, which are printed on the back of the bag underneath the UPC barcode.

Reckitt Recalls Two Batches of Infant Formula

February 20,  2023 – Reckitt, a producer of nutrition products, announced today that, out of an abundance of caution, it has chosen to voluntarily recall two (2) select batches of ProSobee 12.9 oz. Simply Plant-Based Infant Formula due to a possibility of cross-contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii. All product distributed went through extensive testing and tested negative for the bacteria.

ProSobee Simply Plant-Based Infant Formula in 12.9 oz containers was manufactured between August 2022 and September 2022. The products were distributed through retail stores nationwide in the U.S., Guam, and Puerto Rico. The batches in question can be identified by the number on the bottom of the can. Recalled product batches are ZL2HZF and ZL2HZZ both with a UPC Code of 300871214415 and a “Use By Date” of “1 Mar 2024.”  The recall involves approximately 145,000 cans.


MOORHEAD –  Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to explore rocks, fossils and other archeology finds during a special Storytime held at the Moorhead Public Library on Saturday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. Special guest reader Dr. Amanda Butler, Minnesota State University Assistant Professor of Anthropology, will share stories, songs, rhymes and activities about fossils. 

Storytime typically lasts for 45 minutes and is geared for children ages 3-6, although children of all ages are welcome to join the fun. The program is offered free-of-charge. 


MOORHEAD – Concordia Graduate & Continuing Studies has received a $34,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Health to expand programming outreach and licensure opportunities for underserved and underrepresented community professionals to become qualified to serve as supervisors and mental health practitioners. 

With the Mental Health Cultural Community Continuing Education (MHCCCE) grant, registration fees for the 2023 Supervision Training Courses this spring and fall will be waived and other supports provided for individuals from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) backgrounds or underrepresented communities with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical ability. They must be residents of Minnesota and a licensed LICSW, LPC, or LPCC.  

“Supervision is critical to professional development,” said Laurie Dahley, director of Concordia’s social work continuing education program. “We want to support rural communities and be able to offer training to people right in our region. This grant really helps us to be able to do that.” 

The spring Supervision Course begins with an in-person workshop March 9-10 on the Concordia College campus. A fall course will be held Oct. 26-27. 

The training is open to all social work and mental health professionals. It is designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Social Work and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy requirements for individuals working in or hoping to engage in a supervisory capacity. 

Registration details can be found at

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