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Jennie-O Recalls Raw Turkey Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

U.S. health officials have announced a recall of raw turkey products they say is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in multiple states, including one death. On Nov. 15, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, of Barron, Wisconsin, announced it is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recall was triggered when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found a sample of Jennie-O raw turkey tested positive for Salmonella Reading – the same Salmonella strain linked to an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections that has sickened at least 164 people in 35 states, including one death in California. The ... Read More

Roundup may be killing bee populations worldwide

The popular-yet-controversial weed killer Roundup, blamed for causing users to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, may also be partly responsible for killing bees around the world, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. Roundup was introduced by Monsanto in the 1970s, and is now the most used herbicide in the world. It contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listed as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Monsanto has never warned consumers of this risk nor has it placed warnings on the product’s labels. According ... Read More

Monsanto’s Glyphosate Products Killing Honeybees, New Study Indicates

Glyphosate, the active chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides, is not only dangerous to human health, it’s also killing off bee populations around the world, scientists warn. A study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, hypothesized that because glyphosate can kill microorganisms, it is likely to harm some of the microorganisms inside a bee’s gut. And that is pretty much what they found. According to Newsweek, bees that researchers exposed to glyphosate at levels similar to those found on crops have a microbiome depleted ... Read More

AbbVie accused of misusing plaintiff profile forms in testosterone MDL

Attorneys representing consumers in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) accusing testosterone treatment manufacturers of failing to warn that their products carried cardiovascular risks asked an Illinois federal judge to fine AbbVie Inc., nearly a half million dollars for misusing a records-collecting process to challenge almost 1,000 cases. The plaintiffs’ attorneys told U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly that AbbVie, maker of the top-selling AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy, was improperly using the plaintiff profile forms in an attempt to have the cases dismissed. As a result, the plaintiffs’ steering committee has spent tremendous time and effort to respond to the drug company’s issues. ... Read More

NTSB: Deadly 2016 Tuscaloosa Airplane Crash Caused by ‘Fuel Starvation’

An airplane crash that killed six people near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2016 was caused by the pilot’s mismanagement of the aircraft’s fuel supply system, federal investigators said. Three couples were returning home to Oxford, Mississippi, from a dental seminar in Florida when the twin-engine Piper crashed just a few hundred feet from the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport runway Aug. 14, 2016. All six people aboard the plane were killed at the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the airplane crash and said in its final report that the airplane was serviced to capacity with fuel before its flight, enough ... Read More

House Passes Hot Air Balloon Legislation In Wake of Lockhart Crash

Two years after a hot air balloon crash in Lockhart, Texas killed 16 people, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would hold balloon pilots to the same medical standards as pilots of private airplanes. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Tex), said the bill “will help save lives in the future,” according to USA Today. The bill has moved to the Senate for review. The hot air balloon crash, the worst balloon crash in U.S. history, occurred on July 30, 2016, near the town of Lockhart, which is in Sen. Doggett’s district. Lockhart is located about 30 ... Read More

Caleb Schwab’s Accidental Waterslide Death Leads To Murder Charges

Individuals and companies involved in the ownership, operation, and construction of the Verrückt waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas, find themselves facing charges of murder and other serious crimes over the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab. Caleb, the son of Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab, was decapitated when his raft went airborne on a hill of the Verrückt waterslide on Aug. 7, 2016. The 17-story waterslide was named the world’s tallest waterslide by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2014, shortly after it opened in the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in 2012. On Tuesday, March 27, a Wyandotte County grand jury indicted ... Read More

Jason’s Deli Data Breach Affects 2 Million Credit and Debit Cards

Jason’s Deli is advising its customers to check for suspicious activity in their banking and credit card accounts after it discovered a data breach affecting about two million accounts. The Beaumont, Texas-based company, which operates 275 restaurants in 28 states, says that hackers installed “RAM-scraping” malware at several point-of-sale (POS) terminals in various corporate-owned Jason’s Deli restaurants starting on June 8. Jason’s Deli headquarters said that the data breach came to its attention on Dec. 22 after it was notified by payment processors that credit card security personnel had discovered a large quantity of credit and debit card information appearing ... Read More

Analysis confirms three most dangerous categories of supplements

About 23,000 people are sent to the emergency room each year because of adverse reactions to dietary supplements, and the three main categories of supplements that cause harm include products to boost athletic performance or body building, weight loss, and sexual enhancement, according to S. Bryn Austin, a professor with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Supplements in these three categories are “the most lawless of all the categories and where most problems turn up,” Austin said. Previous analyses of hospital data from 2004 to 2013 to identify which dietary supplements were most to blame for sending people to the ... Read More

Are CO1 Leaks In Ford Explorer Injuring Police Officers?

An investigation of potential carbon monoxide leaks in police-modified Ford Explorers is being expanded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with reports of the alleged problem soaring in the past couple of years. The alleged carbon monoxide leaks could explain why dozens of officers in the Austin, Texas, police force are becoming sick, including some who are said to be suffering from long-term neurological damage, NBC News reported. According to NBC, the Austin Police Department has docked more than 60 of its Police Interceptor Vehicles from the street. Ford Explorer SUVs are popular among many of the nation’s law ... Read More