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Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

Ikea faces another toddler death lawsuit

Eighteen months after Ikea paid $50 million to settle three wrongful death lawsuits involving its dressers tipping onto toddlers, the popular furniture manufacturer is facing yet another lawsuit involving the same issue. Joleen and Craig Dudek of Buena Park, California, are suing Ikea U.S. Retail LLC in Pennsylvania state court in Philadelphia County, alleging they were not adequately warned by the company that its Malm dressers could tip over. On May 24, 2017, Craig Dudek says he found his 2-year-old son pinned between the drawers of a Malm dresser that had fallen on top of him. Craig started CPR, which ... Read More

Family wants dangerous toilet trainer recalled

The parents of a little boy who suffered permanent damage when his penis became stuck on sharp plastic of a toilet-training product are suing the manufacturer and the retailer that sold them the product, arguing that the companies knew about the defect but failed to recall the toilet seat. Natalie and Yosef Belkin filed the putative class action against Target Corp. and juvenile product maker Prince Lionheart Inc., claiming their son’s “near genital dismemberment” was caused by a sharp plastic on the underside of the “pee shield” seat of the weePOD Basix toilet trainer. Target and Prince Lionheart are still ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

CA sues toddler formula makers for excessive lead in products

Nutraceutrical Corp. and Graceleigh Inc., were hit with a lawsuit by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra over claims that the companies’ toddler formulas contained dangerously high levels of lead – 14 to 16 times higher than state requirements for businesses to issue lead exposure warnings. Natraceuticals, which makes Peaceful Planet Toddler Supreme, and Graceleigh, which makes Sammy’s Milk Free-Range Goat Milk Toddler Formula, agreed to stop selling their products in California after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the attorney general earlier this month. Becerra called the issue “a parent’s worst nightmare. Toddler formula should contain nutrients that help children grow, ... Read More

Lithium-Ion Batteries Triggering Fires In Waste Facilities, Trucks

Lithium-ion batteries that have been improperly disposed of are causing costly fires in garbage trucks, recycling facilities, and other waste management operations across the U.S. The number of consumer devices that draw their power from rechargeable lithium-ion batteries has proliferated in recent years, yet many consumers are not aware of the inherent risks these powerful batteries pose. “Even when they’re at the end of their useful life, they have a small charge and can start a fire. That can be a real problem,” Rethink Waste Executive Director Joe La Mariana told the Half Moon Bay Review. Mr. Mariana’s San Mateo, ... Read More

Ice cream, sherbets recalled, may contain metal bits

H-E-B is recalling certain flavors and container sizes of EconoMax and Hill Country Fare ice cream and Creamy Creations sherbet because they may contain bits of metal from a broken part found in processing equipment during routine maintenance. The affected ice creams and sherbets were distributed to H-E-B stores in Texas and Mexico. To date, no injuries have been reported due to this incident. H-E-B says it has already removed all related products from its store shelves and intends to have a new shipment to replace them as soon as possible. The recall involves 4-quart, 4.5-quart, quart, and 56-ounce cartons ... Read More

Lawsuit claims Rodan + Fields failed to warn of eye serum side effects

Multilevel marketing company Rodan + Fields is facing a class action lawsuit claiming that its eye lash enhancing serum contains an ingredient that could cause eye problems, but the company failed to disclose to consumers about the side effects this ingredient poses. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, claims that consumers who used Rodan + Fields Lash Boost eye serum “have experienced serious side effects including change(s) in iris color, eyelid drooping, itchy eyes, eye/lid discoloration, thinning and loss of eyelashes/loss of eyelash hair, eye sensitivity, eye infections, and vision impairment.” The serum is touted to ... Read More

E.coli tainted romaine lettuce sickens more people, kills one

The E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region has taken the life of one person and sickened an additional 23, bringing the total number of infections to 121 since the outbreak began in March, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, infections have been reported in 25 states. A California resident who consumed the romaine lettuce and developed E.coli infection died. It is the first known fatality connected to the multistate E.coli outbreak. Fifty-two of those sickened were hospitalized and 14 developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious complication of E.coli. The ... Read More

Flavored ice pops recalled due to listeria scare

Warmer weather is popsicle weather, but buyer beware. The Ziegenfelder Company is recalling about 3,000 cases of its Budget $saver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because they may be tainted with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term woes like fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, but the illness can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions. No illnesses or incidents involving the possibly ... Read More