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Safety organization releases automobile booster seat ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just released the results of tests on 72 models of child safety "booster" seats, designed to keep older children properly restrained in automobiles. The booster seats are the next step after a traditional car seat for infants and young children. Booster seats are generally produced for youngsters ages 4-8. Booster seats are designed to simply raise children to the proper height so that an automobile's standard safety belt will properly restrain them in the event of a crash. ... Read More

380 million eggs involved in massive recall due to salmonella

Hundreds of people have fallen ill after millions of eggs contaminated with salmonella reached consumers. The outbreak is linked to eggs sold in four states, maybe more. Initially, the egg producer, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, recalled about 228 million eggs last week. However, yesterday that recall was expanded to include 380 million eggs. The company is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and various state health departments to investigate illnesses. ... Read More

FDA finds Imodium, Mylanta, Pepcid factory in violation of quality standards

The quality of over-the-counter diarrhea and heartburn medicines such as Imodium, Mylanta and Pepcid may be compromised, according to a report released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The preliminary report is based on a series of FDA investigations into Johnson & Johnson's Lancaster, N.J., factory, which found a pattern of "ignoring rules for manufacturing and quality, failure to investigate problems that could affect the composition of products, carelessness in cleaning and maintaining equipment, and shoddy record-keeping," according to the Associated Press. In some cases, the report states, batches of medicine made during equipment failures were not checked for quality. ... Read More

PediaCare products added to recall list with children’s Tylenol, Motrin

Blacksmith Brands announced the voluntary recall this week of all lots of PediaCare Multi-Symptom Cold 4-ounce, PediaCare Long Acting Cough 4-ounce, PediCare Decongestant 4-ounce, and PediaCare Allergy and Cold 4-ounce. The products were made at McNeil Consumer Healthcare-PPC, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company, at McNeil's Fort Washington, Penn., plant. The products are sold exclusively in the United States. This recall is a precautionary measure, as the medicines were manufactured in the same plant deemed unsafe by the FDA last month in connection with a recall of children's Tylenol and Motrin. ... Read More

FDA issues warning on Oral Sodium Phosphate products

On December 11, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a "black box warning" to consumers and health care professionals that a rare but serious form of kidney failure, acute phosphate nephropathy, had been associated with the use of prescription oral sodium phosphate (OSP) products Visicol and Osmo Prep, both made by Salix Pharmaceuticals. The FDA expressed equal concern about the risks associated with over-the-counter (OTC) bowel clearing products such as Fleet Phospho-soda and Fleet Accu-Prep solutions. ... Read More