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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

Dangerous Trash Cans Get Chinese Manufacturer $1 Million Penalty

Federal regulators ordered a Chinese manufacturer to pay a $1 million penalty for failing to report defective trash cans that pose a laceration hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) imposed the fine on EKO Development of Guangzhou, China, and its U.S. unit EKO USA in a 3-2 vote. According to the CPSC, 367,000 of the defective EKO trash cans were sold exclusively at Costco Wholesale stores throughout the U.S. The EKO Sensible Eco Living Trash Cans pose an “unreasonable risk of injury,” the CPSC said, because they have a black plastic collar on the receptacle opening that could ... Read More

Costco Pays $3.85 Million Penalty For Failing to Report Hazardous Trash Cans

Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay a $3.85 million civil penalty for its failure to report dangerously defective trash cans that pose a laceration hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said in an Oct. 9 announcement that Costco knew its EKO Sensible Eco Living Trash Cans posed an unreasonable risk of injury to consumers but chose not to disclose the problem to the CPSC as federal regulations require, The Issaquah, Washington-based retail giant, famous for its bulk products and wholesale prices, received 92 consumer complaints about the EKO trash cans, including 60 complaints from consumers who were ... Read More

Utah Woman Sues Costco For E. Coli Injuries

A Utah woman who contracted a severe and debilitating form of E. coli illness after eating chicken salad linked to a multistate outbreak is suing Costco, alleging it permanently ruined her health, quality of life, and acting aspirations. Chloe Rodgerson was just 18 years old when she became extremely sick after eating Costco chicken salad in October 2015. She started to vomit blood and her health deteriorated to the point where she was left fighting for her life in intensive care. No connection was made between her illness and the chicken salad immediately, so doctors were testing Ms. Rodgerson for ... Read More

Costco to pay $11.75 M to settle lax pharmacy practices charges

Costco Wholesale has agreed to pay $11.75 million to settle charges that its pharmacies filled prescriptions for controlled substances that were incomplete, lacked valid Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) numbers or were for substances out of the scope of the prescribing doctors’ practices. The settlement also resolves charges that the warehouse store’s record keeping for controlled substances were lax and inaccurate. The charges against Costco were waged by U.S. Attorneys from the Western District of Washington, the Eastern District of Washington, the Central District of California, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Eastern District of California. The effort is part ... Read More

Nationwide fruit recall expanded over concerns of Listeria Monocytogenes contamination

A nationwide recall on nectarines, peaches, plums, and pluots potentially contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria has been expanded to include additional retailers and store items made with the affected fruit. Cutler, Calif.-based Wawona Packing Co. voluntarily recalled the fruit on July 19 after an Australian importer’s test detected slight levels of the Listeria bacteria on three peaches. Wawona said in a statement that the Listeria it found fell “within tolerance levels” set by the Australian government. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, has a zero-tolerance rule for listeria monocytogenes, prompting Wawona to retain a private laboratory to ... Read More

California fruit company issues nationwide recall after finding Listeria contamination

CUTLER, Calif. — A California fruit distributer has recalled several lots of nectarines, peaches, plums, and pluots sent out to retailers nationwide over fears that it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Wawona Packing Co. President Brent Smittercamp said that the company was recalling the products after consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Internal testing at Wawona’s Tulare County packing facility in central California found some of the fruit to be contaminated with Listeria, which can cause serious illness and may be fatal to young children the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals ... Read More

Foster Farms chicken recall expanded, linked to salmonella outbreak

The recall of Foster Farms chicken is expanding. It is believed that the chicken that has been sent to military bases in five different states is contaminated and linked to a salmonella outbreak. The suspected chicken reached the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine bases in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Washington. Federal regulators have issued a recall of all this chicken. Twenty-five Arizona residents, along with 621 people nationwide, have fallen ill with salmonella linked to recalled Foster Farms fresh chicken products, according to a July 2 report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There were actually ... Read More