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Poultry Industry Conditions Dangerous and Unfair, Oxfam Report Finds


Oxfam America has released a new report exposing the extreme hazards and hardships workers in America’s poultry industry continue to endure, despite claims by several industry leaders that employees are treated fairly and that conditions are improving. According to the Oxfam report, Lives on the Line, hazardous plant conditions lead to alarmingly high rates of illness and injury. At the same time, industry practices are designed to discourage workers from reporting violations that directly affect their health and well-being and the employees are prohibited from organizing to push for better conditions and protections. “He told us ‘you shouldn’t drink so ... Read More

Six Killed, Six Injured In Arkansas Bus Crash

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A charter bus carrying passengers from Michigan to Texas crashed into a bridge in central Arkansas early Friday morning, killing six people and injuring six others. Arkansas State Police reported that the bus crash occurred about 1 a.m. Friday morning in the westbound lanes of I-40 in the Little Rock Metropolitan area. The bus allegedly struck a bridge abutment near the U.S. 67-167 intersection, which requires unusual lane changes to remain on the desired route. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it was sending investigators to Little Rock to probe the crash, which involved no other vehicles. Investigators will ... Read More

Recall: Metal shavings found in some jars of Skippy peanut butter

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Jars of Skippy peanut butter are being pulled from store shelves over concerns that some may contain metal shavings. The recall involves 153 cases – or 1,871 pounds – of 16.3-ounce jars Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread with a “Best If Used By” date of DEC1416LR1 with a package UPC code of 37600-10500. The peanut butter was sent to distributors for Publix, Target and Walmart stores in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware and Arkansas. Hormel Foods Sales initiated the recall after metal shavings were discovered during an in-line magnet check during routine cleaning. The Food ... Read More

ExxonMobil Ordered to Pay $2.6 Million For Pegasus Pipeline Disaster

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Federal regulators hit ExxonMobil with a $2.6 million fine and sharply rebuked the oil giant for its failure to maintain and detect problems with its 65-year-old Pegasus pipeline, which burst underneath an Arkansas community in March 2013, flooding it with about 210,000 gallons of highly toxic, dense tar sands oil. In an Oct. 1 order delivered to the oil company, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) faulted ExxonMobil for a number of deficiencies it said contributed to the spill that forced residents of Mayflower, Ark., about 25 miles north of Little Rock, to evacuate. Twenty-two families had to ... Read More

Ovarian cancer victim sues Johnson and Johnson, Walgreens

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An Illinois woman is suing consumer health care products giant Johnson & Johnson and the retailer Walgreens claiming the companies knowingly promoted dangerous use of talcum power, which caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Candace Lewis claims that she used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products on her genitals for personal hygiene based on the company’s advertising encouraging women to “dust themselves with this product to mask odors,” from 1981 to 2014, in Illinois, Arkansas, Georgia, and Virginia. In 2013, at the age of 49, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 1982, a study linked the use of talcum powder ... Read More

Pork sausage recall initiated after reports of ‘extraneous materials’ within products

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Kenosha Beef International has announced an 89,235 lb. pork sausage recall. The pork sausage recall stems from the discovery of “extraneous materials” within the meat products. The following frozen meat products are included in the pork sausage recall: 24-oz. cartons of “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR.” 13.5-lb. cases of “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR” containing nine, 24-oz. cartons of the product. Produced on May 13, 2015, the recalled frozen, pork sausage products bear the establishment number “EST. 425B,” as well as a “BEST ... Read More

Cucumbers Linked To 27-State Salmonella Outbreak


A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to American-style or “slicer” cucumbers grown in Mexico has sickened hundreds of people in 27 states, federal health authorities said Friday. At least one person has died after becoming infected. Investigators said that the contaminated cucumbers were supplied by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego and grown in Baja, Mexico. The outbreak has not been linked to domestically grown cucumbers. As of Sept. 3, nearly 300 people have been infected and 53 have been hospitalized with Salmonella poisoning linked the cucumbers. The states with the highest number of infections are Arizona (60 ... Read More

Blue Bell ice cream is back on the market in select stores

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After nearly five months since the initial Blue Bell recall production stop, Blue Bell Creameries has now reopened distribution of its ice cream to select stores in Alabama and Texas. According to the USA Today, there will be five phases to reenter the market in 15 different states considering the only Blue Bell ice cream being produced is in Sylacauga, Ala. The first phase include distributing Blue Bell ice cream to stores in Montgomery and Birmingham, Ala., as well as well stores in Houston, Austin and Breham, Texas. The Blue Bell recall began in April when at least 10 people ... Read More

The Fraud List: CVS Caremark profits from Medicaid fraud

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CVS Caremark is the pharmacy benefit management and drugs-by-mail division of CVS Health, a Woonsocket, R.I., based company currently ranked by Fortune Global 500 as the 35th largest corporation in the world in terms of revenue. As both the owner of nearly 70,000 retail pharmacies and the manager of pharmacy services for thousands of clients, the CVS family of companies is well positioned to make enormous profits in the health care field. The corporation manages pharmacy benefit services for employers, health insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, managed care organizations, and other health care plan providers throughout the U.S. CVS Caremark, ... Read More

Kroger recalls seasonings for possible salmonella contamination

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Popular supermarket chain Kroger has announced a sizable recall of four Kroger-brand seasonings sold in its stores. The Kroger recall was sparked by the FDA’s discovery of Salmonella in a sample of the Kroger-brand Garlic Powder sold by a South Carolina store. According to the supermarket’s press release, the following Kroger-brand seasonings were produced in the same facility with the same equipment as the Salmonella-tainted Garlic Powder and are now under recall: Kroger Bac’n Buds: 12 oz containers (Sell by: May 20 18PS4) Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper: 17.1 oz containers (Sell by: May 18 18PS4, Sell by: May 19 ... Read More