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Foster Farms recalls cooked chicken for risk of listeria contamination

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Foster Farms is recalling nearly 40,000 pounds of frozen, pre-cooked chicken because the products may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness that can cause symptoms such as diarrhea and can be fatal to some individuals. The recall involves frozen Chicken Breast Grilled Strips produced at the Foster Farms plant in Farmerville, La., on August 5 with a Best by date of 08-05-15. The chicken is packaged in 3.5-pound plastic re-sealable bags that are marked with the establishment number P-33901. The affected products were shipped to retail warehouses and Costco stores in California, Washington, ... Read More

Feds widen crackdown on $56-million Medicare fraud scheme in New Orleans

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Federal prosecutors have widened their crackdown on a $56-million health care fraud scheme in the New Orleans area, announcing charges against seven more individuals, including two physicians, who allegedly billed Medicare for home health care services that were not medically necessary or were never provided. The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday that a New Orleans grand jury indicted the seven individuals, bringing the total number involved in the alleged fraud scheme to 13 defendants. The indicted individuals operated six health care companies. Federal prosecutors say the individuals participated in the scheme through these companies, billing Medicare for home health services ... Read More

Country Clipper lawn mowers recalled due to fire hazard

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Shivvers Manufacturing Inc., of Corydon, Iowa, has announced a recall of about 1,911 Country Clipper riding lawn mowers sold in the U.S. and in Canada. The hazard associated with these lawn mowers involves ignition module failure, causing overheating and melting, resulting in a fire hazard. The mowers in question were sold by Country Clipper lawn mower dealers nationwide from October 2011 to May 2014 for between $5,300 and $9,500. The recalled lawn mowers are model year 2012, 2013, and 2014 Country Clipper riding lawn mowers, equipped with 27-horsepower Kohler Command CV740 or Kohler Courage SV740 twin cylinder engines. The Command ... Read More

Nicotine poisoning surges in Alabama as many turn to e-cigarettes

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The Alabama Poison Control Center is seeing a surge of nicotine poisoning cases stemming from electronic cigarette usage, which has grown in popularity in the last few years as a reportedly safer alternative to real cigarettes. Most of the Alabamians being poisoned from e-cigarettes aren’t actually the e-smokers themselves, but children who are exposed to the nicotine-laden e-fluid that goes into the devices. Liquid nicotine is available in a range of sweet, candy-like flavors and the packaging is sometimes alluring to children. The Alabama Poison Control Center told WAFF Huntsville that it saw a total of 23 nicotine poisoning cases between ... Read More

Gas fireplaces, inserts and gas logs recalled due to risk of gas leak and fire hazard

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Twenty thousand Hearth & Home Technologies®, Heat-N-Glo®, Heatilator®, Outdoor Lifestyles® and Quadra Fire® natural or propane gas indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets have been recalled, effective immediately, due to a hazardous gas valve leak in the products, creating a fire hazard. The recalled products were sold in fireplace stores around the country from May 2014 through July 2014 for between $1,200 and $8,000. The company is instructing customers to stop using the gas fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets, turn off the gas to the unites and contact the fireplace store where the unit was purchased to ... Read More

Whistleblower gets nearly $I million for exposing potentially deadly Army Humvee fraud

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A Minnesota whistleblower who warned his employer, M.K. Battery, and the U.S. Defense Department of a battery change in Humvee vehicles that could have deadly consequences for U.S. combat soldiers has won nearly $1 million in a $5.5-million settlement. David McIntosh, 49, worked as a regional sales representative for M.K. Battery when he repeatedly tried and failed to get his superiors to inform the U.S. Army about a battery change that drastically reduced the life expectancy of the power sources controlling gun turrets on the Humvee. With his concerns falling on deaf ears, Mr. McIntosh contacted the Defense Department directly ... Read More

Bad Boy Buggies recalls off-road vehicles due to improper braking ability posing potential crash hazard

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Bad Boy Buggies of Augusta, Ga., has announced an immediate recall of three models of off-road vehicles. Manufacturers have recently determined that the parking brake and brake lines in the vehicles are compromised and can reduce the driver’s braking ability, which poses a crash hazard. The vehicles in question were sold nationwide from August 2012 through May 2014 for between $9,600 and $14,400. About 4,460 of these gas- and electric-powered, four-wheeled recreational vehicles were sold during this time. The recalled off-road vehicles have bench seats for the driver and passenger, a cargo bed in the rear of the two-person model, and a rear-facing ... Read More

Statins increase diabetes risk, but may protect against diabetes-related blood vessel damage

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Cholesterol-lowering statin medications, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, may protect diabetics against diabetes-related damage to small blood vessels that can cause to blindness and neuropathy, which can lead to amputations, a new study suggests. However, the drugs may cause non-diabetics to develop the disease. Statins are used to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people with elevated cholesterol levels. Statin side effects, which include muscle injury and liver damage, also include increased blood sugar levels, which can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes. It is this adverse event, however, that researchers focused in on for ... Read More

Panel recommends more studies on cardiovascular risks with testosterone drugs

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Makers of testosterone replacement drugs should collect data on heart attacks and strokes in men who use their products, and the labels on the treatments should have stronger language to restrict intended uses to reduce over-prescribing, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel recommended. The FDA asked an outside panel of experts to address whether there is a risk of major cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart attack and death in men who used testosterone replacement therapies. The agency also asked the panel whether current evidence still supports the use of the drugs in certain patients. The FDA is ... Read More

Company agrees to pay $2 million penalty for selling recalled products

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that Meijer, Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich., has agreed to pay a $2 million civil penalty to settle charges accusing the company of knowingly selling and distributing 12 different recalled consumer products. Between April 2010 and April 2011, around 1,700 units of recalled consumer products were resold to customers. The sale or distribution in commerce of a consumer product that is subject to voluntary correction action, such as a recall, that has been publicly announced and advised by the CPSC is against federal law. Meijer distributed the recalled products through a third party ... Read More