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Vulto Creamery Under Strict Oversight After Listeria Outbreak

A federal court has barred Vulto Creamery, the New York cheese manufacturer linked to a deadly multistate outbreak of listeriosis, from making, selling, and distributing any food products until it takes specific measures to prevent Listeria and other dangerous foodborne microorganisms from contaminating its food. In a March 19 complaint initiated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. alleged that Vulto Creamery LLC and its owner, Johannes H. Vulto, violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by making and distributing ready-to-eat cheese it knew could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a form of cold-resistant bacteria that ... Read More

Cheese maker forced to close operations after listeria outbreak

A New York raw milk cheese company whose soft cheese was linked to an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) that infected eight people in four states, two of whom died, has been ordered by a federal court not to manufacture its ready-to-eat aged soft, semi-soft, and hard cheeses until it complies with food safety regulations. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Vulto Creamery LLC and its owner and manager Johannes “Jos” H. Vulto. Under the terms of the consent decree, Vulto cannot prepare, process, manufacture, pack ... Read More

Takata Whistleblowers Split $1.7 Million Award

Three whistleblowers who were instrumental in alerting U.S. authorities to the risks of Takata’s deadly airbag inflators will share an award of $1.7 million, a sum that could grow substantially larger once legislators determine the mechanics of a new auto whistleblower law passed in 2015. The whistleblowers were all former employees of Takata Corp., the Japan-based automotive supplier that manufactured tens of millions of airbags with highly unstable inflators. The dangerously defective airbags were installed in cars, trucks, and SUVs made by 19 automakers Lawyers for the three whistleblowers said the men provided extensive assistance and information that prompted the ... Read More

Hyundai Sonatas Recalled For Potential Airbag, Seatbelt Failure

Hyundai will recall about 155,000 midsize Sonata sedans in the U.S. over concerns that airbags in the vehicles may not deploy and seat belts may not function properly in a crash. The Hyundai recall covers 154,753 model-year Sonata cars manufactured between Dec. 11, 2009, and Sept. 29, 2010, at the South Korean automaker’s plant in Montgomery, Alabama. The airbag problem stems from a short circuit in the airbag control unit, an electronic component that assists with airbag deployment. A short circuit in the control unit could leave motorists without front and side airbag protection in a crash, the National Highway ... Read More

Overheating Instant Pots Trigger Product Safety Warning

The maker of the wildly popular Instant Pot pressure cookers has issued a safety warning to customers, asking them to report any incident of overheating and melting in certain versions of its Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker. Instant Pot said in a Feb. 17 Facebook post that it had received reports that some of its Gem 65 8-in-1 multicookers were overheating and melting the underside of the unit. The company said it believes the problem is limited to products with the batch codes 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746. The numbers are visible on a silver label on the bottom of ... 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

Lithium-Ion Battery Erupts Inside China Southern Airplane

A lithium-ion battery fire that broke out inside the overhead bin of a China Southern Airlines plane demonstrates the threat that faulty or damaged batteries pose to aviation safety. Fortunately, China Southern Airlines flight CZ3539 was still on the ground at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China, when passengers boarding the plane noticed the overhead bin was billowing with smoke at first, then flames. Someone onboard the plane recorded a video of the Feb. 25 incident, which shows an airline attendant attempting to douse the flames with water. A passenger assists and uses a bottle of juice to smother ... 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

Troy Gentry’s Widow Alleges Helicopter Had Deadly Defects

The widow of country singer Troy Gentry has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the helicopter her husband was in when it plunged to the ground in September, killing him and the pilot. Angela Gentry, 52, filed the lawsuit Feb. 14 in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. She accuses Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Sikorsky Global Helicopters, Inc. and Keystone Helicopter Corporation for making, selling and maintaining a helicopter that was “defective and unreasonably dangerous.” Ms. Gentry, who resides in Tennessee, claims in the lawsuit that the defendants manufactured the helicopter without any crashworthiness and safety features ... Read More