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Foster Farms recalls cooked chicken for risk of listeria contamination

Foster Farms is recalling nearly 40,000 pounds of frozen, pre-cooked chicken because the products may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness that can cause symptoms such as diarrhea and can be fatal to some individuals. The recall involves frozen Chicken Breast Grilled Strips produced at the Foster Farms plant in Farmerville, La., on August 5 with a Best by date of 08-05-15. The chicken is packaged in 3.5-pound plastic re-sealable bags that are marked with the establishment number P-33901. The affected products were shipped to retail warehouses and Costco stores in California, Washington, ... Read More

“The UPS Store” in 24 states hit by a data breach

A computer virus may have targeted 51 “The UPS Store” locations in 24 different states, resulting in the exposure of credit and debit card information of consumers all over the nation. According to UPS spokeswoman Chelsea Lee, the compromised information includes names, card numbers as well as postal and email addresses from at least 100,000 transactions taking place between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11 of this year. UPS is unaware of any fraudulent activity having occurred due to the attack, Lee said. A bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security brought the suspected malware to the attention of U.S. retailers, ... Read More

Researchers aim to understand the potential harm in nanoparticles

When a mineral is broken down into smaller and smaller particles, or nanoparticles, its biological makeup can be affected, turning a seemingly harmless mineral into a potential lethal threat. Understanding which minerals’ nanoparticles pose risks is the work of a group of researchers at Northwest Nazarene University. Chemistry professor Jerry Harris refers to the book, “Asbestos: Silk of the Mineral Kingdom,” which was published in 1946 and touted the benefits of abestos. Asbestos became widely used in the United States throughout the 20th century as insulation because of its affordability and sound absorption. What researchers didn’t learn until decades later ... Read More

Yellowstone tour bus crash injures 26 passengers and driver

Three tourists injured when a commercial tour bus flipped in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., en route to Yellowstone National Park on Thursday remain in the hospital. Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers investigating the crash say the driver of the bus may have run off the pavement and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to flip on its side. The bus overturned and slid perpendicular across both lanes of Highway 89/287 north of Colter Bay Village on Jackson Lake before coming to a stop. No other vehicles were involved. All 26 tourists on the bus, most of them from China, were injured in ... Read More

GSK to pay $105 million to settle claims it unlawfully promoted drugs

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has reached a $105 million agreement with 44 states and the District of Columbia to settle lawsuits alleging the drug company marketed some of its drugs for unapproved uses. The settlement also requires GSK to pay a hefty penalty and submit to strong new rules designed to prevent future misrepresentations. GSK did not admit any wrongdoing or liability under the settlement. The arrangement is similar to one GSK reached with the federal government two years ago, in which the company agreed to pay $3 billion to settle criminal and civil claims involving illegal marketing of its asthma drug ... Read More

Whistleblower lawsuit filed under False Claims Act claims college recruiters were illegally compensated

According to the Department of Justice (DOJ) website, a complaint has been filed against Stevens-Henager College, Inc., and its owner, The Center For Excellence in Higher Education, under the False Claims Act (FCA) for claims it was illegally compensating its college recruiters. The chain of for-profit colleges is operated in both Idaho and Utah. “Congress has made clear that colleges should not pay improper incentives to admissions recruiters,” said Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division Stuart F. Delery.  “The Department of Justice and the Department of Education are working together to combat unlawful recruitment practices that can ... Read More

ValleyRide bus loses control while on route due to brake failure, crashes into building

A mechanical failure caused a ValleyRide bus to crash into the Idaho Power building in Downtown Boise in the early hours of Jan. 6. Before the crash, the bus went into an uncontrollable state, leaving a path of downed trees and light poles before reaching the Idaho Power headquarters building. The crash occured at about 6:30 a.m., when the #4 Roosevelt bus typically runs a loop between the Bench and Downtown Boise. ValleyRide spokesman Mark Carnopis confirmed that the mechanical problem started while approaching Grove Street. “He had to do some pretty quick thinking,” Carnopis said, referring to the driver. ... Read More

Santa Monica airplane crash investigation to be shelved during government shutdown

The U.S. government shutdown has forced federal investigators to suspend their probe of an airplane crash in Santa Monica, Calif., that killed four people Sept. 29. The nation’s safety regulators and investigators are stopping work on accidents they deem noncritical and responding only to the most serious cases, sometimes without pay, as partisan political issues on Capitol Hill prevent a budget from being passed. Working without a public affairs staff, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) communications director Thomas Zoeller told POLITICO that the Board has to be more selective in the cases it chooses to investigate. For instance, Mr. Zoeller ... Read More

Chobani recalls Greek yogurt cups due to mold contamination

At least 89 people have become ill with nausea and cramps after eating Chobani Greek yogurt products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The company last week issued a recall and told grocery stores to destroy 35 varieties of its yogurt because some of the products were contaminated with a mold that can cause the yogurt cups to bloat and swell. The mold, known as mucor circinelloides, is associated with diary products but is not known to cause any health issues, at least for healthy individuals. Those with compromised immune systems may be more apt to fall ill after ... Read More

Hospira recalls electrolyte solution due to possible contamination

Hospira is recalling containers of sodium chloride injection used as a source of water and electrolytes for patients with various conditions. The recall is based on a confirmed customer report in which four individual flexible containers of the solution were found to be contaminated with polyester fiber, nylon fiber, cotton fiber and nitrocellulous fiber. Hospira is investigating to determine the root cause of the contamination. Sodium chloride injection is used to treat conditions such as dehydration and metabolic alkalosis, as a priming solution in hemodialysis procedures and blood transfusions, and to aid in the infusion of drug additives. If the ... Read More