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17-state salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers

An outbreak of salmonella illnesses in 18 states has been traced to cucumbers from two suppliers in Mexico, federal health authorities say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are 73 confirmed illnesses linked to eating the cucumbers contaminated with the “Salmonella StPaul” bacteria. No deaths have been linked to the outbreak so far. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed two Mexico-based growers, Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse on a federal import alert. Both companies are located in Culiacán, Sinaloa state, Mexico. Customs agents will deny cucumbers originating from the two companies ... Read More

Railway company fined and ordered to reinstate injured worker

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Omaha, Nebraska-based Union Pacific Railroad Co. to immediately reinstate an employee in Idaho who was fired after reporting a work-related injury and to pay the employee more than $300,000 in back wages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys fees. The employee filed a whistleblower complaint with OSHA, alleging suspension without pay and then termination after notifying the company of an on-the-job injury. OSHA’s investigation found the disciplinary charges and termination did not stem from the complainant breaking a work rule but merely on reporting an injury to the railroad. The ... Read More

Nail gun injuries on the rise, OSHA warns

Hospital emergency rooms treat nearly about 37,000 workers each year for nail gun injuries, some of which are severe enough they result in death. That is the message the Occupational Safety and Health Administration communicated to construction industry professionals and their workers last week as part of an effort to boost awareness about the multiple dangers of these powerful tools and drive down the number of injuries they cause. According to OSHA, nail gun injuries have been on the rise as the tools become increasingly standard in the construction industry. The construction industry already ranks consistently among the most dangerous ... Read More

GSK pays millions to settle lawsuits on substandard drugs

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will pay $40.75 million to settle allegations brought by 38 attorneys general that the drug company and its subsidiary Pharmco Puerto Rico Inc engaged in deceptive practices when they distributed “adulterated” lots of the prescription drugs Kytril, Bactroban, Paxil CR and Avandamet in the United States between 2001 and 2004. Pharmco was one of GSK’s largest drug making facilities in the world and a major supplier of prescription drugs. The AGs accused the company of distributing medications to the United States that were poorly made and posed serious risks to people who used them. Pharmco Puerto Rico pled ... Read More

Produce truck collides with fuel tanker in Idaho

A commercial truck hauling a load of beets collided with a fuel tanker Monday on U.S. Highway 30 near Twin Falls, Idaho. The crash released approximately 3,500 gallons of diesel and unleaded fuel onto the road and surrounding land, shutting the road to traffic as responders clamored to contain the gasoline. According to Idaho’s Times-News, the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police said Corey Slippey, 35, of Rupert, Idaho, was traveling west on Highway 30 in a 2002 Peterbilt tanker carrying the gasoline and diesel fuel. He stopped at a railroad crossing at the intersection of U.S. ... Read More

Brake problems prompt Toyota vehicle recalls

Concerns over brake problems in extremely cold temperatures with some Toyota vehicles has promoted Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc., the U.S. division of Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp., and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to voluntarily recall about 95,700 Toyota and Scion vehicles. The vehicles affected by the recall include certain 2009 and 2010 model year Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and 2008 and 2009 Scion xD vehicles, all with 1.8 liter engines. If operated in extremely low ambient temperatures condensation from the positive crankcase ventilation, or PVC, may seep into the brake system vacuum port and freeze. If ice ... Read More

Sexual abuse reported at nursing homes, assisted living facilities

Sexual abuse. It is one of the most unimaginable crimes against those who are dependent on others, but yet the reports keep coming. This week in Framingham, Massachusetts, the Boston Herald reported that a former nursing home aide was charged with sexually molesting a 62-year-old woman at Sudbury Pines Extended Care who had recently suffered a stroke which had greatly limited her ability to speak. Despite her condition, investigators were able to interview the woman. She was able to answer yes and no questions and point to various parts of her body. From that, investigators ascertained that nursing aide Kofi Agana ... Read More

Disgruntled employee accused of putting urine in ice bin

Kathleen Chmura thought it was her soda that tasted funny. Then she realized it was the ice. And it tasted like urine. Chmura had scooped the ice from the ice bin at By the Lake senior assisted living facility she owns in Hayden, Idaho. She immediately had a suspect in mind – a disgruntled employee who had just joined two other employees in a walkout to protest of a firing of two employees three days prior, according to The Seattle Times. “I won’t put up with this crap,” Chmura told the newspaper. Chmura opened the facility two years ago. Chmura ... Read More