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Romaine lettuce identified as source of multistate E.coli infections

Health officials have identified chopped romaine lettuce from the winter Yuma, Arizona growing region as the likely source of a multistate outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 infections. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities began the investigation last month to identify what could have sickened 35 people in 11 states with Shinga toxin-producing E. coli. Those who became infected with the strain of E. coli became ill from March 22 to March 31. Ninety three percent of these patients interviewed reported consuming romaine lettuce the week before their illness started. ... Read More

FDA, CDC investigating multistate E. coli outbreak

Reports of 17 E. coli infections from seven states across the country due to an as-yet undetermined source have prompted an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state health authorities. The illnesses occurred between March 22 and March 31, 2018, in the following states – Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington. No specific food item has been identified a likely source of the infections at this time. Health authorities are working to determine what those who had been sickened had consumed before they fell ... Read More

Open windows can be dangerous to curious children

Opening windows in the home is a wonderful way to enjoy the spring air, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is cautioning the public not to let unsupervised children around them. Open windows around a curious child could spell danger. CPSC has teamed up with the National Safety Council to recognize National Window Safety Week, in an effort to raise awareness in the community about the potential dangers of open windows around young kids. An estimated 3,300 children ages 5 and younger are treated at U.S. hospital emergency departments each year due to falls from windows. About eight young ... Read More

Amazon Recalls Portable Power Banks For Fire, Burn Risk

Anyone who owns an AmazonBasics portable power bank should check their model to see if it is included in a safety recall of chargers powered by lithium-ion batteries. Amazon and federal regulators say the Chinese-made devices pose a risk of overheating, fire, and burn injuries. Amazon sold the potentially defective portable power banks through its website and in Amazon pop-up stores from Dec. 14 through July 2017. The recall includes six different AmazonBasics power banks made by Guoguang Electric Company Limited of China and sold by Amazon for between $9 and $40. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said ... Read More

Lithium Battery Fire Burns Passenger on Air Canada Flight

A lithium battery fire erupted from a woman’s cellphone onboard an Air Canada plane as it was preparing for takeoff from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport Thursday, March 1. According to CBC News, police confirmed that the lithium battery fire, described by one passenger as a “small campfire-sized flame,” stemmed from an LG cell phone. The incident happened inside the cabin of Air Canada Flight 101 as it was on the tarmac preparing for departure to Vancouver. Paramedics said the woman was taken to a local hospital with first-degree burn injuries on her hands. No other passengers were injured. According to ... Read More

KitchenAid Electric Kettles Recalled Over Burn Risks

The risk of burn injuries from a KitchenAid electric kettle defect has prompted the manufacturer and U.S. regulators to announce a safety recall of the product The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that Whirlpool is recalling more than 40,000 of the electric KitchenAid kettles after receiving 79 reports claiming the device is unsafe to use. The complaints say that the handle on the kettles loosened and detached, causing the hot contents to spill. According to the CPSC, Whirlpool has received three reports of burn injuries associated with the KitchenAid electric kettle defect. “This recall involves KitchenAid 1.7 Liter ... Read More

Salmonella outbreak linked to Jimmy John’s sprouts deemed over

An outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as a grocery store in Minnesota, appears to be over according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local agencies. Furthermore, any contaminated sprouts that made people sick in this outbreak would be beyond their shelf life and no longer be on the market. Ten people were infected during the outbreak with strains of Salmonella Montevideo – two in Illinois, two in Minnesota, and six in Wisconsin. The CDC notified ... Read More

CSPC sues Britax over allegedly defective jogging strollers

Britax Child Safety Inc., was hit with a lawsuit by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) over claims that some of its jogging strollers are defective and have injured both young children and adults, and that the company is being negligent for not recalling the strollers. The lawsuit claims that the front wheel of some models of Britax jogging strollers can suddenly pop off while in use when the quick-release feature fails to keep the wheel in place. When the wheel comes off, the front fort that holds the wheel in place digs into the ground and tips the stroller, ... Read More

Lithium-Ion Batteries Caused 191 Aviation Emergencies Since 1991

Lithium-ion batteries are blamed for at least 191 incidents of explosion, fire, and smoke in airports and aircraft since March 20, 1991, according to a new report from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to the FAA report, the incidents involved lithium-ion batteries carried in passenger bags or transported as cargo and used to power a multitude of devices including e-cigarettes, laptop computers, cameras, flashlights, and cell phones, among others. Incidents of lithium-ion batteries overheating, exploding, bursting into flames, and smoking have prompted emergency landings and airport evacuations on multiple occasions, the FAA report shows. The incidents, which can snowball ... Read More

Burn Injuries, Fires Prompt Hair Dryer Recall

Dozens of reports of smoke, sparks, and burn injuries associated with a hand-held hair dryer have prompted a nationwide recall of Ionic Pro hair dryer sold under the “ISO Beauty” and “Proliss” brand names. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says about 73,000 of the Chinese-made hair dryers have been imported and sold in the U.S. The agency said that the recalled hair dryers were sold online from March 2013 through January 2018 through Amazon.com, Groupon.com, ISObeauty.com, Proliss.com, and Target.com. The devices were priced between $30-$40. An additional 1,000 units were sold in Canada, the CPSC said. The safety hazard stems ... Read More