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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 Vape Flavors

Federal authorities are barring the sale of fruit- and candy-flavored vape 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 inside a vaping device – 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 vaping products to implement stricter age-verification controls. The new restrictions, however, will not apply to vape shops ... 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

Salmonella-tainted ground beef sickens 120 in 22 states

At least 120 people in 22 states have been sickened with Salmonella infections after eating ground beef sold in several large chain stores including Walmart and Sam’s Club, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. About 6.5 million pounds of the raw meat, distributed by JBS Tolleson Inc., of Arizona, was recalled earlier this month after the contamination was identified. Among the 120 sickened, 33 have been hospitalized with severe infections. To date, no deaths have been reported. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The ... Read More

Farm eggs linked to 38 cases of Salmonella infection

Gravel Ridge Farms, located in Cullman, Alabama, has issued a recall of Large Cage Free Eggs after samples collected during an inspection at the plant identified its shell eggs as linked to 38 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses. The recall involves both single dozen and 2.5 dozen flats of Gravel Ridge Farms Large Cage Free Eggs with the UPC 7-06970-18444-6 and the Use By Dates ranging from 7/25/18 through 10/3/18. The eggs were distributed between June 25 and Sept. 6, 2018, and were sold primarily in restaurants and retail stores in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Customers who have purchased these ... Read More

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks linked to 135 Salmonella infections

At least 135 people in 36 states have fallen ill with Salmonella Mbandaka infections after eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal, and at least 34 of them have been hospitalized, according to an Outbreak Update by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state partners to collect information about the outbreak since a cluster of illnesses were identified on May 17 and traced it to the cereal. On June 14, Kellogg Company issued a recall on boxes of Honey Smacks throughout the United States including Guam and ... Read More

NY Woman Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Note 9 Smartphone Fire

A new lawsuit filed against Samsung Sept. 15 indicates the Korean Tech giant’s lithium-ion battery problems may not be entirely over. The lawsuit, filed by Long Island resident Diane Chung, claims her brand-new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 caught fire inside her purse just days after she bought the smartphone. The complaint alleges that Ms. Chung was in a building elevator when she noticed her phone had become “extremely hot” after using it. After putting the Samsung phone back in her purse, she “heard a whistling and screeching sound” followed by “thick smoke,” according to Newsweek. Ms. Chung burned her fingers ... Read More

Household Cleaners May Promote Obesity in Children, Study Shows

Do you have overweight children? If so, it could be that household cleaners and disinfectants are to blame for excessive weight gain in babies and toddlers, a new Canadian study has found. The study, led by Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj, professor of pediatrics at the University of Alberta in Canada and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, collected fecal samples from 757 infants, measured different types of gut bacteria in each, and tracked the weight of the subject babies for three years. The study revealed that children from homes where antimicrobial cleaners and disinfectants were used daily were more than twice ... Read More

Man’s Death from Burns Sparks Second Space Heater Recall

An electric space heater manufacturer joined federal safety regulators in re-announcing the recall of thousands of electric space heater fans after a Minnesota man died of burn injuries he sustained in a December 2017 house fire. Vornado LLC of Andover, Kansas, originally recalled about 350,000 VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters in April over the risk of fire and burn injuries. On Aug. 22, the company re-announced the recall after the Minnesota death was linked to one of the space heaters. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled space heaters “can overheat when in use, posing ... Read More