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Monsanto Loses Bid to Bar California’s Glyphosate Cancer Warning

Monsanto Corp. lost its bid to strike down a California law that will require the agrochemical giant’s glyphosate herbicide to be listed as a probable carcinogen. A California Appellate Court sided with the State of California and the Center for Food Safety (CFS) April 12, preserving the glyphosate cancer warning. It’s a landmark win not just for Californians but potentially all consumers nationwide who have been kept in the dark about the herbicide’s potential health hazards. California is one of the biggest markets in the world for Monsanto’s Roundup, which is sold in more than 160 countries. California farmers use the herbicide, ... Read More

More kratom recalled as part of Salmonella investigation

Two distributors of kratom-containing dietary supplement capsules and powders have issued recalls after being connected to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella poisonings that have infected at least 87 people in 35 states, sending at least 17 to the hospital for admittance. The investigation was launched last month by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state agencies. Multiple distributors have recalled dozens of kratom-containing products, and officials are urging the public not to purchase or consume any kratom products because they could be contaminated with Salmonella as well. Salmonella can ... Read More

NTSB Boots Tesla From Model X Crash Investigation

Federal investigators have taken the rare action of removing Tesla as a party to an ongoing investigation of the fatal March 23 crash of a Tesla Model X in Mountain View, California. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Tesla Inc. violated investigative protocol by releasing information pertaining to the crash probe before it was vetted and approved by the NTSB officials. “Such releases of incomplete information often lead to speculation and incorrect assumptions about the probable cause of a crash, which does a disservice to the investigative process and the traveling public,” the NTSB said in a statement. ... Read More

Pre-workout supplements recalled due to undeclared allergen

Independent Nutrition Inc., doing business as Back to Health, is recalling certain lots of its Ignite High Endurance Pre-Workout dietary supplements because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk who consume this product are at risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. To date, Independent Nutrition has received no reports of illness related to this recall issue. Affected lots of Ignite High Endurance Pre-Workout Supplement products were sold at health food stores in California, Oregon, New Jersey and Texas between March 1, 2015, and March 31, 2018. The products were sold in ... Read More

57 Million U.S. Cars on Road With Unrepaired Safety Defects

Nearly a quarter of all vehicles on U.S. roads are under an open safety recall, according to a new Carfax study, indicating millions of motorists are at risk of injury and death by driving vehicles with an unrepaired auto defect. Carfax, which operates the world’s largest vehicle history database, says that more than 57 million vehicles in the U.S. are under an open safety recall. That means problems such as faulty airbags, gear shifters, ignition switches, steering wheel assemblies, electronics, and a spectrum of other defects have the potential to cause harm, even years after the vehicles were recalled. The ... Read More

Tragic Week for US Military Aviation

It has been a tragic week for aviation in the U.S. military. In only two days, four unrelated aviation “mishaps” claimed the lives of four U.S. Marines and an Air Force pilot, and damaged or destroyed four military aircraft. On Tuesday, a Marine AV-8B Harrier attack jet crashed during take-off from the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. The pilot ejected safely just before the crash. During take-off, the jet’s nose rose too quickly, forcing the pilot to lose control of the jet. The aircraft was taking part in a two-week Alligator Dagger exercise. The exercise was cancelled following a second crash in ... Read More

Tesla on Autopilot Rams Highway Barrier, Killing Driver

Tesla has confirmed that the driver of a Model X who was killed in a violent highway crash in Mountain View, California, March 23 had his hands off the wheel and the SUV’s Autopilot engaged for several seconds before slamming into a barrier at 70 mph. Computer logs recovered from the wreckage show that Wei Huang, a 38-year-old Apple engineer and father of two, had his hands off the steering wheel for six seconds as he traveled along highway 101 toward a carpool lane on 85. A highway barrier separated the interchange, and the automated Tesla vehicle drove straight into ... Read More

Salmonella outbreak investigation leads to another kratom recall

A federal investigation into a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to kratom capsules has led to another recall. Houston, Texas-based NutriZone LLC is recalling four different dietary supplements containing the herb kratom because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The outbreak has sickened at least 87 people in 35 states, 17 of whom have been hospitalized. The investigation was launched in March by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ... Read More

FDA warns against use of contaminated diaper rash treatment

Consumers should not purchase or use the diaper rash treatment Pasta De Lassar Andromaco zinc oxide because it contains high levels of yeast, mold and bacteria. The topical treatment poses a health risk because if it is applied to irritated skin, it can lead to infections. Pasta De Lassar Andromaco zinc oxide is made by Industria Farmaceutica Andromaco, Toluca, Mexico, and distributed by MarcasUSA LLC, El Segundo, California. It is labeled for use to relieve diaper rash. Consumers and caregivers should not use this product due to possible microbial contamination that may cause infections. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... Read More

Kmart Settles Whistleblower’s Medicaid Fraud Suit

Kmart Corporation has agreed to pay $525,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the retailer’s California pharmacies improperly billed Medi-Cal, the state of California’s Medicaid program, which provides health care to millions of low-income and disabled Californians. Kmart operates pharmacies at some of its retail locations in several states, including about a half-dozen locations in California. According to allegations contained in the whistleblower suit, Kmart’s California pharmacies violated the federal False Claims Act by billing the Medicaid program for certain drugs that were not supported by diagnosis and documentation requirements. Medi-Cal rules include a formulary list of “Code 1” drugs, ... Read More