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Health Concerns Prompt Inspectors To Close Thousands of Public Pools

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Nearly 8o percent of public pools inspected by health officials were in violation of at least one federal health and safety rule, and more than 12 percent of the inspections found problems so severe that the pools were closed immediately, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found. The CDC numbers were based on nearly 84,200 routine inspections of 48,632 public pools, water parks, and other aquatic venues in Arizona, California, Florida, New York, and Texas, where nearly half of the nation’s 309,000 public swimming facilities are located. Some of the most common violations involved ... Read More

E-cigarette maker sues FDA over new regulations

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Nicopure Labs LLC, a Florida manufacturer of e-cigarettes and e-liquids, is suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), alleging the agency is unlawfully exceeding its regulatory reach with a new rule expanding its authority to regulate e-cigarettes and all tobacco products. Nicopure’s complaint comes less than a week after the FDA published the final tobacco rule May 5. The rule requires manufacturers to show the FDA that products introduced since the last tobacco rules were updated in 2007 meet federal health standards. E-cigarettes, e-liquids, hookahs, pipe tobacco, and cigars all fall into this category. Any new products must submit ... Read More

Publix recalls wheat berry salad, almond bars due to possible listeria contamination

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Publix grocery stores is recalling two of its Publix-brand products due to possible Listeria contamination. The recall involves the store’s Wheatberry Salad and Publix Sweet and Salty Almond Bars. The salad was sold in the deli area, and is being recalled from Publix grocery stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The culprit was identified as sunflower kernels, which may be contaminated with the infection-causing bacteria. The product was pulled from store shelves, but the recall was issued to alert customers who may have purchased it and have it in their possession not to consume it and ... Read More

B. Braun recalls defective hemodialysis machines


B. Braun Medical Inc is recalling Dialog+ Hemodialysis Systems because they may have defective conductivity sensors that could cause improper blood filtration. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall reserved for products in which use may cause serious injuries or death. The recall involves 1,033 units with the model numbers 710200L, 710200K, 710200S, 710200U, 710500L, and 710500K. The devices were manufactured April 1, 2013 to July 3, 2013 and distributed June 25, 2013 to October 7, 2015. Affected hemodialysis systems were distributed to hospitals, health facilities, and ... Read More

CSX Railroad Retaliated Against Whistleblower For Reporting Safety Issues, OSHA Says


Railroad company CSX violated the anti-retaliation provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) when it suspended an employee for notifying managers of numerous safety hazards that put workers at risk of injury and death, federal regulators said on Thursday. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the employee “was acting in his capacity as a union official” when he provided the superintendent of CSX’s Selkirk, N.Y., locomotive shop with a letter in September 2013 detailing the company’s FRSA violations and the union’s intention to withdraw its support of the shop’s safety committee unless the violations were remedied. In ... Read More

Florida Nursing Home Probed After Death of Severely Sunburned Resident

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A Florida nursing home already on the state’s “watch list” of problem facilities is being investigated for possible abuse and neglect after the weekend death of a 65-year old resident who had been left in the sun on a 90-degree day. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Pinellas Park police said Wilbert Henry Moten, as wheelchair-bound resident of Gracewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, was taken to the hospital around 6:15 p.m. Saturday covered with second-degree burns and blisters and displaying symptoms of dehydration after being left in the sun for much of the day Saturday. He died later in the ... Read More

Florida compounding pharmacies owner faces charges for manufacturing, distributing ‘adulterated’ drug products


The owner of several Florida compounding pharmacies is facing charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for manufacturing and distributing drug products that were “adulterated and misbranded in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).” Paul W. Franck of Ocala, Fla., owned and operated numerous compounding pharmacies in Florida over the past two decades, including Franck’s Lab Inc., doing business as Franck’s Compounding Lab and Trinity Care Solutions. The FDA says drug products compounded at Franck’s pharmacies are considered adulterated “because they contained filthy, putrid, or ... Read More

Flight School Plane Crashes In South Florida Neighborhood, Three suffer burn injuries


POMPANO BEACH, Florida — A twin-engine airplane used to train student pilots crashed into a suburban Pompano Beach, Fla., neighborhood Monday, severely injuring a flight instructor and two international students. Officials cordoned off a section of five homes in the Harbor Village neighborhood of Pompano Beach that made up the debris field. A Beechcraft 76 registered to Florida Aviation Academy had just taken off when it sputtered downward and clipped a home before crashing and exploding in a back yard. The pilot, Geoffrey White, 40, and his two passengers Sylvia Mena, 23, of Ecuador, and Fernando Diaz, 25, of Peru, all ... Read More

Frozen vegetables recalled due to possible listeria contamination

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CRF Frozen Foods, based in Pasco, Wash., is recalling 15 of its frozen vegetable items due to concerns that the frozen foods may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Listeria was found in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and organic white sweet cut corn during routine testing at the facility by Ohio health officials. Affected products were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between Sept. 13 and March 16, 2016, to the following states – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, ... Read More

Unconnected Hoverboard Suddenly Explodes Inside South Florida Home

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A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., family escaped injury Friday morning when a hoverboard that had been sitting idle, unconnected to a charger, suddenly exploded inside their home. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, which posted a picture of the charred device to social media, said the family was able to extinguish the flames before they arrived. “It was an explosion and I was like the roof is coming down or something,” Kaudrica Hunter told Fort Lauderdale’s Local 10 News. “I never once thought it was the hoverboard.” Ms. Hunt told the station her son heard a spark and then the hoverboard exploded where ... Read More