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Barbie Dream Campers Recalled for Sudden Acceleration Defect

Barbie Dream Campers can become any child’s worst nightmare due to a defect that could potentially cause the kiddie car to drive out of control. The defect has sparked a recall of the affected vehicles. While consumers likely associate sudden unintended acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles, it turns out that toy manufacturer Fisher-Price is now grappling with a similar issue, though on a much smaller scale. Although the Barbie Dream Camper defect is a pee-wee one compared to Toyota’s SUA ordeal – affecting about 44,000 vehicles – it is serious enough that federal officials are urging the public to immediately ... Read More

Teething jewelry pose strangulation, choking hazards

Specially designed necklaces and bracelets for teething babies and those with special needs pose choking and strangulation risks and may contain substances that can cause mouth damage, infections and other reactions, and thus should not be used, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned parents and care givers in a Safety Communication. So-called teething jewelry is advertised for relieving teething pain for infants and to provide sensory stimulation or to redirect chewing on clothes or body parts for people with special needs like autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But the jewelry poses serious risks, the FDA said. For starters, the ... Read More

Dangerous Trash Cans Get Chinese Manufacturer $1 Million Penalty

Federal regulators ordered a Chinese manufacturer to pay a $1 million penalty for failing to report defective trash cans that pose a laceration hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) imposed the fine on EKO Development of Guangzhou, China, and its U.S. unit EKO USA in a 3-2 vote. According to the CPSC, 367,000 of the defective EKO trash cans were sold exclusively at Costco Wholesale stores throughout the U.S. The EKO Sensible Eco Living Trash Cans pose an “unreasonable risk of injury,” the CPSC said, because they have a black plastic collar on the receptacle opening that could ... Read More

Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostats Recalled for Fire Hazard

U.S. and Canadian authorities are urging the public to check their thermostats after learning of a fire risk associated with Emerson-branded Sensi WiFi thermostats. The U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that approximately 135,000 Emerson thermostats are being recalled in the U.S. because of a defect that could potentially cause a house fire. The Canadian government says an additional 15,546 units of the affected products were sold in Canada. The wires inside the thermostats covered by the safety recall can contact each other, creating an electrical short that could lead to overheating and fire. The thermostats also can be damaged ... Read More

Specialty candies possibly tainted with hepatitis A

Do not eat chocolate or caramel Modjeskas made by Bauer’s Candies purchased from various retail locations, QVC or BauersCandy.com after Nov. 14, 2018, because they may be contaminated with hepatitis A, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned in a Public Health Alert. The alert was issued after a worker at the facility tested positive for the contagious liver disease. Modjeskas are individually wrapped marshmallow candies dipped in chocolate or caramel. They are made by the Kentucky-based specialty candy shop, Bauer’s Candies. At this time, neither the FDA nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are aware of any ... Read More

Texas man files lawsuit after getting sick from romaine lettuce

The first Texas lawsuit has emerged related to the romaine lettuce scare that has sickened dozens of people in 12 states due to E. coli contamination, according to the Southeast Texas Record. Brazos County resident Joe Stratta filed a lawsuit against Beef O’Brady’s Inc., and FSC Franchise Co. LLC, on Nov. 26, in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, alleging the companies manufactured and sold contaminated romaine lettuce. Stratta ate the lettuce in a Caesar salad at a Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Crestview, Florida. Four days later, he allegedly fell ill with symptoms including “watery diarrhea and ... Read More

Four Infant botulism cases in Texas linked to honey-flavored pacifiers

Texas health officials are warning parents not to give children honey pacifiers after four infants were hospitalized with botulism infections. The four children lived in different parts of Texas, but all had been sucking on pacifiers flavored with honey that originated from Mexico. The babies fell ill between mid-August and October and all were hospitalized. Health officials say the honey may contain a bacterium that can produce a botulism toxin in the intestines of small children and attack the nerves and eat away at the organs. Symptoms of botulism poisoning include difficulty breathing, paralysis and death, according to the Texas ... Read More

FDA To Restrict Sale of E-Cigarette Flavors

Federal authorities are barring the sale of fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarette liquids in gas stations and convenience stores next week in an effort to beat back a surge of vaping among teens and children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will still allow the sales of e-liquid – the nicotine-infused liquid that vaporizes in an e-cigarette – at those retail locations, but only in tobacco, mint, and menthol flavors, The Washington Post reports. The FDA also plans to order online retailers of e-cigarette products to implement stricter age-verification controls. The new restrictions, however, will not apply to vape shops and ... Read More

Georgia Corrections Officer Wins Whistleblower Retaliation Case

A former Valdosta State Prison Corrections Captain who filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections persuaded a jury that he was wrongfully fired for complaining about orders he claimed were illegal and dangerous. Captain Sherman Maine objected to orders that he provide an inmate working undercover with a cellphone as part of a sting operation Corrections was conducting to identify corrupt guards. According to the Daily Report, the scheme nearly got the informer killed in January 2012 when new prisoners transferred to Valdosta State Prison recognized him from his role in a similar operation at another ... Read More

Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs is over, CDC says

The number of people sickened by Gravel Ridge Farm eggs contaminated with Salmonella has increased to 44, but the outbreak appears over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced. On Sept. 5, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry inspected Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman, Alabama, after receiving information to suggest eggs from the farm were the source of reported cases of Salmonella infections. Investigators found that environment and egg samples taken from the farm were genetically related to isolates from people who had become ill. Twenty-six of 32 people interviewed ... Read More