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107 illnesses now linked to salmonella-contaminated Cargill turkey

The number of illnesses attributed to turkey contaminated with a dangerous strain of salmonella has risen from the 76 reported earlier to 107, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention has said. The outbreak has also spread to encompass 31 states – five more than originally reported. The outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg, a virulent strain of bacteria resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics, has been linked to ground turkey processed at a Cargill plant in Springdale, Arkansas. Investigators report that the contaminated turkey was produced from February 20, 2011 through August 2, after which plant operations were suspended until the ... Read More

Feds order trucking company to install recorders after falsifying records

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered JBS Carriers of Greeley, Colorado, to install electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) in its entire fleet of 700 trucks for serious violations of federal regulations designed to keep truckers and the roads they travel safe. The order to install the devices comes in response to a comprehensive investigation by FMCSA’s Western Service Center, which found JBS in serious violation of federal hours-of-service (HOS) rules and commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements. FMCSA cited the company for 102 counts of falsifying the hours-of-service records of their drivers and three counts of allowing drivers with ... Read More

FMCSA announces texting ban for hazmat drivers

Distracted driving killed 5,500 people on American roads and highways last year, and some of those crashes (likely many of them) happened as drivers tried to send and receive text messages behind the wheel – an act that researchers have found is many times more disorienting and deadly than drunk driving. Considering the dangers, you would think that it would be illegal for commercial drivers hauling hazardous materials to text behind the wheel. Technically it isn’t. But the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is working to change that. Although the agency posted final rules on Tuesday prohibiting commercial truck and ... Read More

FMCSA to introduce new motor carrier safety rating system in June

This summer, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will begin its transition from the SafeStat safety performance ranking system to the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 ranking system, generally referred to as CSA 2010. When the transition to CSA 2010 is completed, the FMCSA system will contain the safety data of all commercial motor vehicle fleets from the previous 2 years. The data will also become part of the public record, so it is essential that carriers understand the new rating system and work to improve areas of safety where they fall short or have had problems with in the past. ... Read More