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Lithium-Ion Batteries Triggering Fires In Waste Facilities, Trucks

Lithium-ion batteries that have been improperly disposed of are causing costly fires in garbage trucks, recycling facilities, and other waste management operations across the U.S. The number of consumer devices that draw their power from rechargeable lithium-ion batteries has proliferated in recent years, yet many consumers are not aware of the inherent risks these powerful batteries pose. “Even when they’re at the end of their useful life, they have a small charge and can start a fire. That can be a real problem,” Rethink Waste Executive Director Joe La Mariana told the Half Moon Bay Review. Mr. Mariana’s San Mateo, ... Read More

Ice cream, sherbets recalled, may contain metal bits

H-E-B is recalling certain flavors and container sizes of EconoMax and Hill Country Fare ice cream and Creamy Creations sherbet because they may contain bits of metal from a broken part found in processing equipment during routine maintenance. The affected ice creams and sherbets were distributed to H-E-B stores in Texas and Mexico. To date, no injuries have been reported due to this incident. H-E-B says it has already removed all related products from its store shelves and intends to have a new shipment to replace them as soon as possible. The recall involves 4-quart, 4.5-quart, quart, and 56-ounce cartons ... Read More

Lawsuit claims Rodan + Fields failed to warn of eye serum side effects

Multilevel marketing company Rodan + Fields is facing a class action lawsuit claiming that its eye lash enhancing serum contains an ingredient that could cause eye problems, but the company failed to disclose to consumers about the side effects this ingredient poses. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, claims that consumers who used Rodan + Fields Lash Boost eye serum “have experienced serious side effects including change(s) in iris color, eyelid drooping, itchy eyes, eye/lid discoloration, thinning and loss of eyelashes/loss of eyelash hair, eye sensitivity, eye infections, and vision impairment.” The serum is touted to ... Read More

E.coli tainted romaine lettuce sickens more people, kills one

The E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region has taken the life of one person and sickened an additional 23, bringing the total number of infections to 121 since the outbreak began in March, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, infections have been reported in 25 states. A California resident who consumed the romaine lettuce and developed E.coli infection died. It is the first known fatality connected to the multistate E.coli outbreak. Fifty-two of those sickened were hospitalized and 14 developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious complication of E.coli. The ... Read More

Flavored ice pops recalled due to listeria scare

Warmer weather is popsicle weather, but buyer beware. The Ziegenfelder Company is recalling about 3,000 cases of its Budget $saver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because they may be tainted with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term woes like fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, but the illness can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions. No illnesses or incidents involving the possibly ... Read More

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