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Fruit Recalled in Several States Over Listeria Concerns

Concerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination in fresh produce have prompted ALDI, Costco, Walmart, and other retailers to recall bags of peaches, nectarines, and plums from stores in several states. Listeria is a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious illness and death. The recalled produce was distributed by fruit distributor Jac Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall affects 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums. ALDI said in a recall announcement that it has removed recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums ... Read More

Bayer’s Roundup woes are becoming toxic

Bayer AG continues to fight claims that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, causes cancer. But one thing not up for debate: Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto last June has been toxic to the German multinational company. According to Spiegel Online, Bayer is desperately working to salvage its business by selling off business divisions and laying off employees. Bayer AG’s leader, Bayer CEO Werner Baumann stands by his company’s decision to buy the agribusiness giant, saying he would buy it again “without any ifs, ands or buts.” The herbicide has been around since the 1970s and is the ... Read More

Mass opioid overdose leaves 1 dead, 12 hospitalized

One person died and a dozen were hospitalized after a mass opioid overdose at a home in Chino, California. Two officers at the scene also required medical treatment because of accidental exposure to the dangerous drug. Police say the likely culprit was fentanyl and another substance that has not yet been identified. Chino Fire Department Division Chief Jesse Alexander said at one point he saw CPR being performed on six people at the same time during the mass casualty incident. Six doses of the opioid reversal agent Naloxone were also administered, Chino Police Chief Michael O’Brien said. Chino police officers ... Read More

French journalist calls glyphosate ‘most toxic product ever invented by man’

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, is “The most toxic product ever invented by man,” French TV journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin told France24. The producer of the award winning 2008 documentary The World According to Monsanto made the assertion this week, during the same month that France’s ban on weed killers in household gardens across the country goes into effect. The ban prohibits households from stocking or using the chemical compounds due to the danger they pose to the environment. However, industrial use is still permitted. Monsanto introduced glyphosate in the herbicide Roundup in 1974. Years later, ... Read More

Scientists finds talc in dying woman’s lung tissue

Cell biologist and retired academic Ronald F. Dodson told a California jury that samples of lung tissue from a woman dying from mesothelioma contained talc, and he believed that it came from the woman’s once-daily and heavy use of Johnson’s Baby Powder. He said, based on plaintiff Teresa E. Leavitt’s sworn statement about her use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder, her lungs “would be the logical place where you would expect to find talc.” Dodson gave the testimony during the latest trial against Johnson & Johnson blaming its talc-containing products for causing mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of ... Read More

Roundup chemical glyphosate found in California wines

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup that was recently blamed for causing a school groundskeeper’s terminal cancer, was found in a sampling of California wines. Roundup was introduced in 1974 and has since been used liberally on crops around the world, including California. As a result, traces of the herbicide have been found in cereals, granola bars, instant oats and other breakfast products. Many wine producers in California also use the weed killer on their grapes, so the presence of glyphosate in wine is not out of the question. Microbe Infotech Lab of St. Louis, Missouri tested a ... Read More

Jury told J&J knew its talc was contaminated with asbestos

The environmental health scientist who opened and ran an asbestos laboratory for the state of New York for more than 30 years beginning in the late 1970s told a California jury last week that based on studies he’d seen over the past three decades, it was “clear” that potentially millions of cancer-causing asbestos fibers were nestled in each gram of talcum powder allegedly used in Johnson & Johnson products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder, Law360 reports. “The testing I have seen (shows) that (asbestos) was present at least as early as 1971 and up through the ... Read More

Louis C.K. makes crude jokes about sexual harassment accusations against him

Louis C.K. apparently hasn’t learned his lesson. The comedic actor got caught in the #MeToo riptide in 2017 when he was accused of taking women he worked with into private rooms, taking his clothes off, and asking if he could masturbate in front of them. At the time, he issued a statement, “There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for.” Then he pledged to “step back and take a long time to listen.” But did he really mean it? Nine months after those remarks, Louis C.K. took the stage at New York’s Comedy Cellar riffing on racism and rape ... Read More

Monsanto tries to skirt bellwether trials in Roundup MDL

A scant six weeks before the first bellwether case goes to trial alleging Monsanto failed to warn consumers that its weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that has been linked to cancer, the company told the California federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL) that consumers’ failure to warn claims are preempted by federal insecticide law. Citing the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, attorneys for Monsanto filed a motion for summary judgement claiming that the company cannot change its labeling or the formulation of its weed killer without approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Monsanto’s attorneys further argued ... Read More

First Roundup trial in MDL will be split into two phases

The first three bellwether trials in a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California blaming an ingredient in the weed killer Roundup for causing cancer will be split into two phases. The first phase of the trials will focus on whether the ingredient glyphosate caused the plaintiffs’ cancer and, if so, the second phase will proceed to determine Bayer’s liability. The order was handed down by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, granting a request by Bayer to separate the issues in the case of Edwin Hardeman. The order will apply to Hardeman’s bellwether trial, ... Read More