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Apreill Hartsfield

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Apreill Hartsfield recently joined Beasley Allen as a Content Writer. Her professional writing career began more than 15 years ago when she assisted with the research and writing for the Alabama Kids Count Data Book. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed a good mix of writing projects and providing public relations advice. Apreill enjoys helping people tell their stories and has a soft spot for children and marginalized populations. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a bachelor of science in Political Science and Public Communications and earned a law degree from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Apreill and her husband and children live in Prattville, Ala.

Food Safety: Before, During and After Bad Weather

Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning and it will likely not be the last storm of what is expected to be a busy hurricane season. Flooding and power outages frequently accompany these bad weather events, compromising the safety of food for those in a storm’s wake. Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’s panhandle who are bearing the brunt of Tropical Storm Cindy may consider the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA) recommendations for handling food safely following a storm or other bad weather event. Food safety during power outages: Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. ... Read More

F-16 Loaded With Ammunition Catches Fire, Pilot Ejects Safely

F-16 jet - photo by AF dot mil

An F-16 fighter jet armed with ammunition forced its pilot to eject when it burst into flames Wednesday, KPRC/NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas reports. The U.S. Air National Guard’s fighter jet was from the 138th Fighter Wing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was taking off from Houston’s Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base for a training flight the Houston Press confirmed. The pilot, who was conducting the training flight for North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, escaped unharmed and was evaluated at a nearby hospital. The crash occurred at 10:30 a.m. local time. An area within about a mile radius surrounding ... Read More

Storms, Power Outages and Generator Safety

generator CO safety - CPSC photo

Less than a month into the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and AL.com reports that Tropical Storm Cindy already has the U.S. Gulf Coast in its crosshairs. Weather experts predict the season will be unusually active, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That means power outages could become frequent, driving many to rely on backup power sources, such as portable generators. While incredibly useful for providing temporary electrical power, these gas or diesel-powered devices can also be harmful if not used properly. A 2013 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that generators were linked to ... Read More

Kawasaki penalized for alleged failure to report defective ROVs

Recall - Kawasaki off road vehicles, Mule Pro

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a $5.2 million civil penalty imposed on the motorcycle manufacturer, Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA of Foothill Ranch, California, its parent company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., of Japan and its manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, for failing to report defective products immediately to the agency, which heightened the potential danger for other consumers. After receiving more than 400 reports between April 2012 and July 2014 that Kawasaki’s Teryx4 750 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) floorboards cracked or broke “during normal operation due to impact with, or penetration by, debris from outside the vehicle,” the company ... Read More

GT Mountain Bikes Recalled for Fall Risk

Recall - mountain bike, Cycling Sports Group, GT

Bicyclists headed out for rides this summer should heed the latest bicycle recall announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Cycling Sports Group, based in Wilton, Connecticut, has recalled GT Mountain bicycles because the bike’s handlebars can crack and potentially cause a cyclist to fall. The specific models subject to recall include: Karakoram Sport, Karakoram Comp, Aggressor Sport, Aggressor Comp and Aggressor Expert. They were sold in a variety of colors including black, blue, gunmetal grey and neon yellow. Models subject to recall also include a solid black GT logo on the downtube and a stem marked “Ø31.8   9-10N.m.” A complete ... Read More

Spaghetti and meatball products recalled

spaghetti and meatballs - Pixabay

Food manufacturing giant Conagra Brands is recalling approximately 717,338 pounds of its spaghetti and meatball products. The recall was prompted after one of the company’s ingredient suppliers alerted it that the bread crumbs used in the product contains milk, but Conagra’s labels for the recalled products “did not specify that the items contained milk,” according to CNN. Milk can cause allergic reactions and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires any products containing major food allergens, such as milk, to be clearly labeled so that consumers can easily identify them. The products subject to the recall were produced from ... Read More

More than 22K Pounds of Beef Recalled for E. coli concern

ground beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Creation Gardens Inc. is recalling 22,832 pounds of raw ground beef and beef primal cut products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The Louisville, Kentucky-based wholesale food distributor delivers produce, gourmet food items and meat, including the meat subject to the recall, to restaurants and food service locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. The beef products were produced May 31 to June 2 and include the establishment number “EST. 7914” inside the USDA mark of inspection. On June 5, plant management notified USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service personnel of two test ... Read More

Cashews recalled; may contain glass shards

cashews - wikimedia commons

Customer complaints of finding shards of glass in 8-ounce cans of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt has prompted the manufacturer to voluntarily recall two lots of the product. The Food and Drug Administration reports that New Jersey-based Star Snacks Co. produced the cashews and distributed them to ALDI stores in Washington DC and 28 states including: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The containers include the UPC code ... Read More

Egg farm cited for salmonella prevention violations

Recall - eggs Mahard Farm, salmonella

A warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to Texas-based Mahard Egg Farm Inc. about serious violations of federal regulations intended to prevent Salmonella contamination in egg production was just made public. The violations were observed at the company’s Sulfur, Oklahoma, facility last October when company representatives were initially warned. The letter acknowledges an email response from the company, but deemed the response insufficient in addressing the agency’s concerns. Food Safety News summed up the violations as “related to fly control, rodents, evidence of wild birds and animals in poultry houses, sheep too near poultry houses and improper ... Read More

First testosterone trial begins

Low T

More than 2,000 plaintiffs from around the U.S. will be watching this week as the first testosterone trial gets underway in Chicago, according to the Cook County Record. It is the first of seven cases in the class action singled out as bellwethers. Thousands of plaintiffs filed suit against multiple drug manufacturers of testosterone replacement drugs saying the drugs increased their risk of life-threatening adverse effects including blood clots, stroke and heart attack. As Beasley Allen previously explained, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation established a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for testosterone replacement drugs in 2014 following a Food and ... Read More