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Sarah Mahan

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Sarah Mahan joined the Beasley Allen team as a writer after dabbling in newspapers and magazines. Her work, ranging from short news pieces to in-depth features, has been previously found in several community newspapers and the Alabama Alumni Magazine. Sarah’s current position with BA includes writing online content for the firm’s websites, publications and social media along with assorted assignments for outside publications. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, debating if going for a run is actually worth it, or as a University of Alabama grad, obligatorily yelling, “Roll Tide!” with friends and family Saturdays in the fall.

McCain hash browns may contain golf ball parts

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What goes with hash browns? For some,  the answer might just be golf balls. Wait, what? According to an announcement by McCain Foods USA, their hash browns could “be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite (their) stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.” Though no injuries have been reported, the golf ball pieces pose a choking and injury hazard, and two brands of hash browns are under recall. Products impacted by the recall include Roundy’s Brand, 2 lb. Bag of Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (UPC 001115055019) and Harris Teeter Brand, ... Read More

Frito-Lay Jalapeño chips recalled for Salmonella threat

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Frito-Lay Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips are under recall for the potential presence of Salmonella. Though no Salmonella was found in Frito-Lay’s seasoning, the company launched a voluntary recall April 21 out of an abundance of caution as a direct result of a supplier’s recent recall of a seasoning blend which includes jalapeno powder that could contain the infectious organism, according to the Food and Drug Administration. All sizes of the Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips with a ... Read More

Viking agrees to pay $4.65 million to settle gas range defect claims

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A Mississippi company agreed to pay a $4.65 million civil penalty to settle charges the company failed to report and recall a defective product, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Viking Range LLC of Greenwood, Mississippi, and its parent company, The Middleby Corporation, of Elgin, Illinois, collectively known as Viking, agreed to settle claims its gas ranges contained a defect causing them to spontaneously turn on and not shut off via control knobs. Between 2008 and 2014, Viking received 170 reports of incidents, including from consumers who were burned when trying to disconnect the ranges from a power ... Read More

Kia and Hyundai vehicles under recall for engine defect

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An engine defect has led to the recall of more than 1.3 million Kia and Hyundai vehicles in the U.S. Machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may lead to premature bearing wear within the engine, potentially causing the vehicle to stall and increasing the risk of a crash. Models under recall include the 2011-2013 Kia Sportage, 2012-2014 Kia Sorento, 2011-2014 Kia Optima, 2013-2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the 2013-2014 Hyundai Sonata. “Hyundai is initiating this action to ensure the safety and quality of its vehicles and the continued satisfaction of its customers,” said Miles Johnson, spokesman at Hyundai, to ... Read More

CPSC approves new infant bath tub standard

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A time for splish splashing, baby’s bath can be quite the juggling act. To make bath time as safe as possible, the Consumer Product Safety Commission approved a new federal standard for infant bath tubs last week. The new standard, designed to strengthen ASTM International’s voluntary standards, includes several new requirements, such as static load testing, latching and locking mechanisms, and drowning and fall warnings. Infant tubs are used to hold water and be placed in “an adult bath tub, sink, or on top of other surfaces to provide support or containment, or both, for an infant in a reclining, sitting, ... Read More

Nissan Muranos under recall for possible power steering defect

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Model year 2013-2014 Nissan Muranos may contain a power steering defect, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Due to a manufacturing error, an incorrect clamp may allow the power steering hose to separate and increase steering difficulty or potentially cause a fire if steering fluid leaks onto a heat source. The NHTSA estimates the recall affects about 57,000 Muranos produced between July 18, 2013, and Aug. 28, 2014. Nissan first became aware of a potential defect after hearing of an overseas incident last year involving power steering hose separation. After identifying several additional incidents in overseas markets ... Read More

Monsanto may have known Roundup can cause cancer

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Previously sealed documents call into question whether Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, colluded with officials of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow the sale of the company’s popular weed killer, though its main ingredient, glyphosate, has been linked to cancer. Roundup has been the recent center of litigation in California over whether state health officials could label the weed killer as a human carcinogen, the basis for which Monsanto’s legal representation heavily disputed. Ultimately, the litigation failed to stop Roundup’s new label in the state, and internal emails unearthed as part of an ongoing suit reportedly show the company ... Read More

Baby Box program available to expecting Alabama families

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Alabama will join Ohio and New Jersey as one of three states in the nation to offer expecting parents a free Baby Box. Earlier this week, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced the program, a partnership with The Baby Box Co., Alabama Rural Development Office, Alabama Department of Public Health and numerous others, expects to distribute 60,000 Baby Boxes in 2017. The boxes, available after a mother watches a 15-20 minute video online at the Baby Box University website, are made of durable cardboard and contain a firm box-sized mattress and other baby care items in an effort to decrease the ... Read More

ISPs may soon be allowed to collect user data without permission

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The United States House and Senate have voted to reverse rules that require internet service providers (ISPs) to receive consumers’ permission before using certain sensitive data they obtain. The resolution, S.J. 34, reverses broadband privacy rules created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year that protect user data like browsing history from being unknowingly obtained by ISPs. It passed Congress Tuesday and now awaits a signature from President Donald Trump. Proposed by Republican Senators led by Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), the bill caused heated debate on in the Senate floor. “How can this happen? What are the rules? Is there going to be any ... Read More

Calphalon knives recalled due to breakage

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Two million Calphalon knives are under recall for posing a possible laceration hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Last month the agency announced the recall for Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery, which includes carving, chef, paring, santoku and utility knives sold individually and in sets, made between August 2008 and March 2016 at J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com. Caphalon has received 27 reports of finger or hand lacerations, including four injuries requiring stitches, due to the knife breaking during use. The company has also received about 3,150 reports of broken knives. The recall ... Read More