Tagged Articles

contaminated 68 articles

Companies involved in West Virginia chemical spill that contaminated drinking water face numerous lawsuits

In January of 2014, 300,000 West Virginia residents were left without water for more than a week due to a chemical spill in the Elk River, just upstream from the Kanawha County municipal water intake in Charleston, W. Va. At 6 p.m. on the day of the spill, the Office of the Governor of West Virginia issued a “Do Not Use” order on the residents’ tap water. The spill originated from Freedom Industries, a Charleston-based manufacturer of specialty chemicals used in the mining, steel, and cements industries. Soon after the spill was discovered, a pungent odor permeated the cities near the river. ... Read More

Peanut factory knowingly sold salmonella-contaminated peanuts to food suppliers

The Peanut Corporation of America knowingly distributed salmonella contaminated peanuts to manufacturers and presented faked documents to back up those false claims, in what has become one of the largest salmonella outbreaks in U.S. history, according to court testimony. The trial has begun for three executives of the peanut producer over the 2009 outbreak that killed nine people and sickened at least 700 others. Peanut Corporation of America went bankrupt in 2009 after it was identified as the source of the outbreak. Then-plant manager Sammy Lightsey testified against plant owner Stewart Parnell, saying he discovered that the company was shipping peanuts on ... Read More

Judge allows suit to move forward against cleanup companies for improper chemical dumping following West Virginia spill

Two West Virginia waste management companies charged with cleanup of a chemical spill that polluted the Elk River lost their bid to have an environmental lawsuit filed against them in a West Virginia federal court thrown out. The City of Hurricane, W.V., and the Putnam County Commission filed the lawsuit in May, alleging that Waste Management Inc. and Disposal Service Inc. improperly disposed to toxic chemicals it collected from the January 9 spill caused by a Freedom Industries coal-cleaning plant. The plaintiffs accuse the two companies of dumping propylene glycol phenyl ether, dipropylene glycol phenyl ether, and crude MCHM containing ... Read More

FDA warns doctors, consumers not to use compounded drugs from Unique Pharmaceuticals

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning health professionals, pharmacies and consumers not to use drugs marked as sterile manufactured by Unique Pharmaceuticals Ltd., because they may be contaminated and using them may result in serious and potentially life threatening infections or death. The FDA conducted two recent inspections of Unique Pharmaceuticals and found unsanitary conditions that inspectors say could compromise the sterility of the purportedly sterile products, which puts patients at risk. The inspections revealed sterility failures in several lots of drug products intended to be sterile, reoccurring contamination problems, and poor sterile production practices. Unique Pharmaceuticals’ products ... Read More

Hospira recalls intravenous fluid replacement due to mold contamination

Hospira Inc. is issuing a nationwide recall of one lot of Lactated Ringers and 5 % Dextrose Injection because a bag of the intravenous fluid replacement was found to be contaminated with mold. One customer reported seeing particulate within the solution of the primary flexible container of Lactated Ringers and 5% Dextrose Injection. “The particulate was identified as a filamentous-like structured particulate indicative of mold,” according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety communication. “Analysis of the primary container and overwrap indicated a puncture in the same physical location, causing the primary container to leak.” If a patient is ... Read More

Foster Farms chicken plant issues first recall in salmonella outbreak

Foster Farms, the poultry processing plant that distributed chicken contaminated with salmonella that has sickened hundreds of people in the past 16 months, has issued its first recall of the products. Packages of Foster Farms chicken affected by the recall have a “use or freeze by” date ranging from March 21 to March 29, and are imprinted with plant codes P-6137, P-6137A and P-7632. Though the meat has sickened more than 500 people across 25 states and Puerto Rico, the recall was initiated because of one single illness – that of a 10-year-old California boy who had to be hospitalized. Salmonella ... Read More

Listeria testing triggers nationwide recall of walnuts and hummus

Just days after Walmart settled 23 civil claims with families of victims harmed by a deadly listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe, two more U.S. food manufacturers have issued recalls after finding listeria in their products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that one recall involves walnuts from St. Louis, Missouri-based Sherman Produce Company. The company said it is recalling 241 cases of bulk walnuts after routine sampling detected the bacteria. The other recall involves Lansal Inc., a Massachusetts processed foods manufacturer that is commonly known as “Hot Mama’s Foods.” The company said it is voluntarily recalling hummus and ... Read More

Almost 1.8 million pounds of ground beef recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

Nearly 1.8 million pounds of ground beef is being recalled because it may contain the bacteria E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced. The affected products involve Wolverine Packing Co. ground beef sold for restaurant use in four states – Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. The affected meat was also distributed to institutions such as the Department of Defense and the National School Lunch Program. Recalled packages are marked with the number “EST. 2574B” and have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MMDD14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.” ... Read More

Jensen Farms cantaloupe victims reach settlement with Walmart

Walmart agreed this week to settle nearly two dozen lawsuits filed by families of victims who died in a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people and was traced by federal health officials to cantaloupe grown by Colorado-based Jensen Farms. The terms of the settlement remain confidential, but it resolves all 23 claims against Walmart, which sold the tainted cantaloupe in several states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska. The plaintiffs have reached settlements with a few other smaller retailers, but the lawsuits will proceed against Kroger grocery chain, food safety auditor The Primus Group, and Frontera Produce, ... Read More

Maker of tainted steroid shots reaches settlement agreement in meningitis outbreak case

Patients and their families harmed or killed by contaminated steroid injections made by New England Compounding Center (NECC) could start receiving compensation next year now that a $100-million multidistrict litigation (MDL) settlement has been reached between the plaintiffs and trustees of the now-bankrupt company. Tuesday’s settlement agreement came as welcome news to dozens of plaintiffs whose lives were marred by a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak traced to NECC injections that killed 64 people in 20 states and injured 750 others. “There are hundreds of victims and their families feeling some relief today, even though grief for many is still fresh,” ... Read More