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Virginia Chipotle reopens after food poisoning outbreak


Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reopened one of its Sterling, Virginia restaurants this week after having closed the burrito fast food chain for two days after receiving several reports of customers who became ill after dining at the restaurant, Reuters reported. The incident brings back sore memories for Chipotle. In 2015, the company faced multiple foodborne illness outbreaks at several restaurants across the country that sickened more than 500 people with E.coli, salmonella and norovirus. Symptoms of those illnesses include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that can be bloody. The outbreaks led to Chipotle falling under a federal investigation and getting hit with around ... Read More

Kraft asked to remove ‘toxin’ in mac and cheese

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The bright yellow-orange color of powder-based mac-and-cheese should have raised red flags alone, but now lab tests have found that at least 10 varieties of these powered macaroni and cheese products, including the popular Kraft brand, contain toxic industrial chemicals, called phthalates, hormone-disrupting chemicals that can cause reproductive and thyroid issues and neurological problems in children and unborn babies. The Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging is putting its foot down about the issue, calling for “Trump’s Food and Drug Administration” (FDA) to get off its bum and start regulating and prohibiting these chemicals in our foods. But since ... Read More

Utah E. coli Outbreak Source Remains Unknown


Two children who contracted E. coli infection and died as a result of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication from the infection that damages the kidneys, was the beginning of an E. coli outbreak. CBS News reported that the children died during the long Fourth of July holiday and, since that time, Nevada Public Radio KNPR says that nine additional cases have been confirmed in the towns along the Utah-Arizona border. Utah Public Health Department confirms the Hildale, Utah, water supply shows no signs of E. coli, but the health officials continue investigating the cases to identify the source of ... Read More

Recalled light fixtures sold exclusively at Home Depot

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Many do-it-yourselfers take time during the summer to complete home improvement projects. If a project includes changing lighting fixtures, be sure to check out these two recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for lighting products that were sold exclusively at Home Depot. Both products were sold within the past three or four years and are being recalled due to laceration and burn hazards. Lumicentro Internacional Crystal Chandeliers Lumicentro Internacional S.A., is recalling two of its chandelier models. The Hampton Bay 3-Light Crystal chandeliers were sold in Home Depot stores in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from September ... Read More

Clif Builder Bars, Clif Kid Zbars recalled


Clif Bar & Company is recalling some of its snack bars due to the possibility of the presence of undeclared peanuts and some tree nuts, which could pose a health risk to people who are allergic to these products. Affected flavors include the CLIF BUILDER’S Bar Chocolate Mint, CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Mint, and CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip. The recalled products include CLIF BUILDER’S 18-count Variety Pack Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mint with Lot Codes from 24MAR16M to 08FEB18M; CLIF Kid Zbar Protein 30-count Variety Pack with Lot Codes from 31MAY16M to 15OCT17M; CLIF BUILDER’S Chocolate Mint ... Read More

Boy’s fidget spinner bursts into flames

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The captivating and often annoying fidget spinners have been causing quite a stir lately with reports of children swallowing parts and getting the toys stuck on their fingers – both of which have required medical attention. But when Kimberly Allums of Garendale, Alabama, ran dashing into her son’s room after hearing him scream, the last thing she expected was to see the fidget spinner bursting into flames. Many of the devices are operated by hand, but the Allumses’ fidget spinner was battery operated and came with a charger. Her son’s toy had been charging for only 45 minutes when it erupted ... Read More

CDC: placenta pills may endanger newborns


Although TODAY reports that a number of celebrities claim they experienced benefits after consuming their placenta, human placentophagia, following the birth of their children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns the trendy practice can threaten the lives of newborn babies. The warning comes in a new CDC report released June 30, which documents a case that occurred in Oregon last September. The Oregon Health Authority was notified when an infant was diagnosed with a recurrence of group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteremia five days after successfully completing treatment for the infection. The initial infection left the infant ... Read More

CPSC Launches Kids Safety All-Stars Program

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recruiting young heroes through its Consumer Protection Safety All-Stars educational and outreach program. The free program is designed to teach children in grades 3-7 or who are 8-12 years old how to identify product safety warnings and how to be vigilant about products recalled by the CPSC. Armed with these skills and information, kids can better protect themselves and help protect their families, friends and communities. “This free program trains young people to use their unique and powerful voices to positively affect their communities as Consumer Protection Safety All-Stars,” said acting CPSC chair, ... Read More

CA pushes for cancer warnings on Roundup

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Effective July 7, California regulators are adding glyphosate – the main ingredient in Roundup – to its list of potentially cancerous chemicals, which may lead to a warning on the weed killer’s label sometime next year. Before the warning would be placed on bottles of Roundup, state health regulators would have to decide if there is enough of the chemical in the weed killer to put consumers’ health at risk. Monsanto, maker of Roundup, isn’t happy. The company tried to block the warning in court but lost. It is appealing that decision saying that Roundup doesn’t cause cancer and to ... Read More

WEN by Chaz Dean products skew adverse event database

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The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) adverse events database received twice as many complaints last year for cosmetic and personal care products, largely due to consumers complaining about WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. WEN by Chaz Dean products are currently under FDA investigation after the agency received at least 127 reports of hair loss, hair breakage, balding, itching and rash associated with the celebrity line of products from consumers as of July 7, 2016 – the largest number of complaints ever received by the FDA linked to any cosmetic ... Read More