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More than 63K pounds of ground beef contaminated with ‘extraneous material’

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King’s Command Foods LLC is recalling approximately 63,252 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with “extraneous material,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The problem was discovered when the company received several consumer complaints that metal objects were found in the beef products. To date, there are been no confirmed reports of injuries or adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. Anyone with concerns about an injury or illness should contact their health care provider. This recall, which is an expansion of a previous recall announced March 9, ... Read More

Passenger’s Headphones Explode On Flight From China To Australia

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Australian authorities are investigating an explosion and fire caused by a pair of headphones that injured a female passenger about two hours into a flight from Beijing to Melbourne. The passenger was sleeping while playing music on the headphones when she heard a loud explosion and felt a burning sensation on her face. “I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck,” she told the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). “I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor.” The passenger said the headphones were sparking and on ... Read More

Increase in infant injuries from carriers, strollers, cribs

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Every eight minutes, a baby or toddler in the U.S. is treated in the emergency department for injuries caused by nursery products, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics. The study analyzed 21 years of emergency department data and found that injuries to young children involving pumpkin seats, strollers or cribs jumped 23.7 percent from 2003 to 2011. Most of the infant injuries were to the head, neck or face, primarily because when toddlers fall, they tend to fall headfirst because their heads are proportionately larger than the rest of their bodies. Researchers also noted that 80 percent ... Read More

One Girl Dead, Two Severely Burned in House Fire Cause by Exploding Hoverboard

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, authorities say a hoverboard that exploded while it was charging is to blame for a house fire that killed a 3-year-old girl and critically injured two others. Firefighters reached the three-story house shortly after the blaze was reported around 8 p.m. Friday, March 10. Strong winds in the area at the time fueled the inferno and the first floor was reportedly engulfed in flames. The Lehigh County coroner’s office identified the child who died as Ashanti Hughes. Rescuers retrieved two other girls who were trapped on the second and third floors, and two other family members escaped onto ... Read More

Increasing number of children ingesting hand sanitizer – on purpose

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Thousands of kids in the U.S. have gotten sick by both intentionally and unintentionally drinking alcohol-based hand sanitizer, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the study, CDC researchers analyzed National Poison Data System statistics from 2011 to 2014, and found 70,669 children younger than 12 had either ingested or gotten alcohol-based hand sanitizers into their eyes. More than 8,000 of those cases resulted in adverse health effects including abdominal pain and vomiting. There were also five cases of coma. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are readily available at retail stores across the country. They are ... Read More

Trader Joe apple sauces recalled after glass particles found in jars

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Manna Products Co., is recalling three types of Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Apple Sauces because pieces of glass were found mixed into some jars of the product. Consumers with specific containers of Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce, Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce, and Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce are advised not to eat the products and to return them to Trader Joe’s for a full refund, or dispose of them. Products affected by the recall include Trader Joe’s All Natural Apple Sauce with the UPC 00014359, and all “Best Before” Date Codes through DEC 16, 2018. This brand ... Read More

Fire sweeps through Samsung lithium-ion battery plant

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A Samsung facility in Northern China that manufactures lithium-ion batteries, including those blamed for the demise of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, burst into flames Wednesday morning. Fire emergency officials in Tianjin’s Wuqing District branch announced the incident on an official Weibo microblog account that the “material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products.” They added that 110 firefighters and 19 trucks were sent to extinguish the fire. The incident occurred around 6 a.m. inside Samsung’s SDI Co Ltd factory. SDI, along with China’s Amperex Technology Ltd. manufactured the lithium-ion batteries that powered ... Read More

Children suffering chemical eye burns from laundry detergent pods

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An increasing number of toddlers and young children are suffering serious chemical burns in their eyes from household laundry detergent pods, according to a new study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. Researchers with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health looked into the incidence of eye injuries in young children caused by the detergent packets and found that from 2012 to 2015, more than 1,200 3- and 4-year-olds suffered such injuries from the pods. The increase in reports was also significant, beginning with no reports in one year to nearly 500 per year. The chemical eye burns can occur when the ... Read More

Metal bits found in chewing tobacco, dip prompts recall

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Complaints from customers who have spotted sharp metal objects in cans of chewing or dipping tobacco have prompted Virginia-based U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC), a part of Altria, to recall some of its smokeless tobacco products. Brands affected by the chewing tobacco recall include Copenhagen, Skoal, Cope and Husky. A list of brands and product codes affected by the recall can be found on the company’s press release. All of the recalled tobacco products were manufactured at the company’s Franklin Park, Illinois, facility and shipped nationwide. The company received eight customer complaints from Indiana, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Wisconsin and ... Read More

IKEA recalls beach chairs after reports of fingertip amputations

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Popular furniture manufacturer and retailer IKEA is recalling more than 30,000 beach chairs after receiving 10 reports of people becoming injured after the chair collapsed while they were sitting on it. Six of those injuries involved fingertip amputations. The recall affects the IKEA MYSINGSÖ beach chair, which have wooden bases and attached polyester fabric seats. They were sold in stores and online between February 2013 and December 2016. Consumers with the recalled beach chairs do not need to show proof of purchase for a full refund or replacement. They need only return the chairs at any IKEA store. “After washing the fabric ... Read More