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Wendi Lewis

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Wendi Lewis is the Communications Director for Beasley Allen Law Firm. She writes and manages content for Righting Injustice, BeasleyAllen.com, myMeso.org and other firm websites and publications. Her background includes journalism, with a focus on feature writing and community news reporting and editing; book publishing and project management; public relations communications; advertising copy writing and corporate profile writing. She is the author of Montgomery: At the Forefront of a New Century, a coffee-table book about Montgomery, Ala., published by Community Communications Inc. in 1996. She and her husband, Eric, live in Montgomery.

Infant bath tubs must meet new federal safety standards

New federal safety standards for infant bath tubs went into effect Oct. 2. The regulations require manufacturers to improve warning statements printed on infant bath tubs to protect babies. The safety label will provide caregivers with information about drowning and fall hazards, and how to avoid them, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The new safety standard additionally requires infant bath tubs to meet improved performance requirements to protect against breakage and broken locking mechanisms. According to the CPSC, there were 31 infant deaths associated with infant bath tubs between 2004 and 2015. That number only includes ... Read More

CPSC offers tips for safe operation of portable generators

In the wake of the recent hurricanes, many people were left without power for days or even weeks. Many rely on portable generators to supply power in a crisis. While these machines are designed to help save lives by providing electricity to keep food cold and homes comfortable, they can be deadly if used improperly. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges the public to take the time now, before there is an emergency, to familiarize themselves with how to safely operate a portable generator. The danger lies in the emission of carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless and colorless gas ... Read More

Dishwasher recall expanded due to fire hazard

BSH Home Appliances has expanded a previous recall of dishwashers including Bosch, Gaggenau, Jenn-Air and Thermador brands for a potential fire hazard. The power cord can overheat and catch fire. The original recall was issued in October 2015, and included 149,000 dishwashers sold between 2008-2013. The new recall encompasses a total of 408,000 dishwashers, which includes those previously recalled and 61,000 dishwashers sold in Canada. The original dishwasher recall includes Kenmore Elite brand dishwashers. The current recall encompasses the following brands and models: Brand Model number beginning with Serial number range *indicates models that were included in the previous recall ... Read More

Toxic waste removal a priority in wake of California wildfires

Wildfires that swept through Northern California in recent weeks devastated seven counties, including burning more than 100,000 acres of land in Sonoma and Napa counties alone. In the wake of the California fires, residents are facing a massive clean-up effort. One of the more complicated parts of this process involves identifying and disposing of toxic waste. Toxins include industrial and residential products including batteries, paint, electronics, flammable liquids and solvents, and materials that may contain asbestos. State and federal agencies are stepping in to assist. The Press Democrat reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will handle the first ... Read More

Woman warns about tick related illnesses during fall festivities

It sounded like a perfect fall activity – a visit to the local pumpkin patch. Living in sunny California with temperatures in the 80s and 90s, Jennifer Velasquez donned her usual gear of shorts and flip-flops for the excursion to the field rather than more traditional cool-weather wear. But a few days later she was in misery, covered with a rash, experiencing muscle pain so severe she could barely walk, and losing her hair. A visit to the doctor confirmed she had contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) from a tick bite. She shared her story on her facebook page, ... Read More

Publix recalls ground turkey for ‘extraneous materials’

Grocery chain Publix has announced a recall of ground turkey products produced and distributed by Prestage Foods, Inc. The company, based in St. Pauls, North Carolina, alerted Publix that the ground turkey may be contaminated with “extraneous materials.” The recall affects nearly 40,000 pounds of ground turkey. The problem was detected following a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) review. Workers conducting sanitation procedures on equipment reported a possible problem to the FSIS. On the same day, according to a Publix news release, a worker at one of the retail locations that received the ground ... Read More

Bush’s Baked Beans recalled for possible can defect

Bush Brothers & Co. has announced a recall of certain lots of its Bush’s Baked Beans products for a potential issue with the cans, which may have a defective side seam. If the seam is defective it could pose a risk that the beans will spoil. The voluntary recall was issued out of an abundance of caution and includes the following products: 28-ounce Bush’s Best Brown Sugar Hickory with case UPC of 003940001977 28-ounce Bush’s Best Country Style with case UPC of 0003940091974 and 00340001974 28-ounce Bush’s Best Original with case UPC of 003940091614 and 003940001614 The issue was traced ... Read More

Patriotic themed fireworks recalled

Just in advance of Independence Day, American Promotional Events, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, has issued a recall for its TNT Red, White & Blue Smoke fireworks. The company says the fireworks can explode unexpectedly after being lit, posing a burn and injury hazard to consumers. American Promotional Events has received three reports of incidents involving the recalled fireworks, including three people suffering burn injuries. The recalled fireworks are pyrotechnic devices that make smoke when lit. They were sold in a bag containing three canisters: one red, one blue and one white. Each colored smoke firework ... Read More

Publix recalls Tropical Medley Mix

Publix Super Markets has issued a voluntary recall of its Tropical Medley Mix out of concern for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product is a mixture of dried fruits. Publix representatives say they were alerted to the possible listeria contamination by the company that supplies the dried apricots in the mix. The recall applies to 5.7 oz clear plastic containers of the mix that were sold at Publix in the retail produce departments in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. The affected products have a UPC code of 41415-08586. All use-by dates are being recalled. Listeriosis, the ... Read More

Bard settles transvaginal mesh lawsuits

C.R. Bard has agreed to settle nearly 100 lawsuits related to its transvaginal mesh (TVM) devices that were pending in U.S. District Court in West Virginia. Thousands of TVM cases are consolidated under U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. In addition to Bard, cases are pending against other medical device manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific. In August 2013, Bard was hit with a $2.2 million jury verdict in the first transvaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial in the consolidated multidistrict litigation (MDL). A jury found that the company’s Avaulta Plus Posterior BioSynthetic Support System TVM, used ... Read More