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FDA announces frozen corn recall after it tests positive for Listeria monocytogenes

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According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recent press release, Bonduelle USA Inc. has announced a frozen corn recall, which affects more than 9,300 cases of the frozen corn due to the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes. If Listeria is present in the frozen corn, serious infections may occur in those with weakened immune systems, such as children or elderly people. If a healthy person ingests Listeria, the individual may experience short-term symptoms including high fever, headache, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and stiffness. Pregnant women with a Listeria infection could have a miscarriage or stillbirth as a result of the ... Read More

Blue Bell ice cream is back on the market in select stores

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After nearly five months since the initial Blue Bell recall production stop, Blue Bell Creameries has now reopened distribution of its ice cream to select stores in Alabama and Texas. According to the USA Today, there will be five phases to reenter the market in 15 different states considering the only Blue Bell ice cream being produced is in Sylacauga, Ala. The first phase include distributing Blue Bell ice cream to stores in Montgomery and Birmingham, Ala., as well as well stores in Houston, Austin and Breham, Texas. The Blue Bell recall began in April when at least 10 people ... Read More

IRS data breach class action alleges the government failed to protect citizen data

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The IRS data breach, which has affected about 330,000 Americans to date, may have even more serious repercussions on the government agency, including a class action lawsuit now brewing behind the scenes. According to Forbes, Beck Welborn and Wendy Windrich, both taxpayers negatively impacted by the cyberattack, filed the lawsuit both individually and on behalf of a proposed class action to allege that the agency was aware of the website’s security issues. The defendants named in the lawsuit are the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and IRS Commissioner John A. Koskinen. “What should have been a trustworthy digital service had been ... Read More

Florida hospital ceases pediatric heart surgery program due to high death rate

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St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., announced it is closing its pediatric heart surgery program after a CNN report found that the death rate among patients in the program was three times the national average. Between 2011 and 2013, nine infants have died following heart surgery at the Florida hospital – or about 12.5 percent. A tenth baby was left paralyzed after surgery. CNN said it calculated the death rate for the program by filing record requests and independently confirming the deaths with parents of the infants who died. Last year, the Florida Department of Health sent expert ... Read More

The Fraud List: Adventist Health System demonstrates a history of health care fraud

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Adventist Health System is a non-profit health care organization run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based organization network encompasses about 45 hospital campuses in 10 Southern and Midwestern states in addition to a number of urgent care centers, home health care and hospice centers, and nursing homes, making it the largest Protestant-affiliated non-profit health care provider in the U.S. Adventist Health says its organization “incorporates Christian values at every level of service” and conducts its business “with integrity, honesty and fairness,” yet somehow these values have led it into numerous multimillion-dollar settlements to resolve allegations of fraud, most ... Read More

NTSB says drugs, fatigue contributed to fatal tractor trailer crash

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Federal investigators have released a preliminary report on the causes of a deadly June 25 tractor trailer crash that killed six people and injured four others on I-75 in Chattanooga, Tenn., citing mechanical problems, drugs and fatigue as some of the contributing factors. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the its report on the same day that truck driver Ben Brewer was charged with multiple felonies, including driving under the influence of narcotics and vehicular homicide. According to the report, Mr. Brewer, an employee of Cool Runnings Express of London, Ky., was to haul a 2005 Great Dane refrigerated trailer from ... Read More

Toxic wastewater Spill Turns Colorado River Bright Orange

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A million-gallon spill of toxic wastewater flowed from an old mine into the Animas River in Southern Colorado Wednesday, turning the waterway into a thick sludgy vivid orange and yellow and threatening human health and wildlife for miles. The release occurred when Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workers were using heavy machinery to assess pollutants at the Gold King Mine, about 55 miles north of Durango, Colo. The mine is the property of San Juan Corp. of Golden, Colo., but it has been inactive for several years. The EPA has been monitoring the site for years without incident, but an apparent ... Read More

Jimmy John’s FLSA lawsuits will not be consolidated

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Popular sandwich delivery company Jimmy John’s Enterprises was denied the request to consolidate claims stemming from the chain’s employees, stating they are misclassified under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and thus denied basic minimum wage and overtime pay. Jimmy John’s argued that two FLSA misclassification lawsuits against the company were “substantially identical;” however, U.S. District Judge Charles P. Korocas denied the consolidation request without a stated reason. In July 2014, plaintiffs Emily Brunner and Caitlin Turowski filed a putative class action on behalf of current and former Jimmy John’s assistant managers allegedly misclassified by the sandwich chain and its ... Read More

The Fraud List: CVS Caremark profits from Medicaid fraud

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CVS Caremark is the pharmacy benefit management and drugs-by-mail division of CVS Health, a Woonsocket, R.I., based company currently ranked by Fortune Global 500 as the 35th largest corporation in the world in terms of revenue. As both the owner of nearly 70,000 retail pharmacies and the manager of pharmacy services for thousands of clients, the CVS family of companies is well positioned to make enormous profits in the health care field. The corporation manages pharmacy benefit services for employers, health insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, managed care organizations, and other health care plan providers throughout the U.S. CVS Caremark, ... Read More

Construction companies fined for exposing workers to falls, eye injuries

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Federal safety inspectors cited a pair of Jacksonville, Fla., construction companies for endangering workers with lax safety measures, including insufficient fall prevention and improper eye protection. In February and April, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent compliance officers to construction sites as part of its Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction, which identified areas with a higher than average number of construction accidents and targeted them for improvement. The agency said that in the course of these inspections, officials from OSHA’s Jacksonville office observed employees of Transformers Construction Services Inc. and Buildtronix LLC exposed to safety ... Read More