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Walmart Pharmacist Awarded $31 Million For Whistleblower Retaliation, Gender Discrimination

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A New Hampshire federal jury ordered Walmart Stores Inc. to pay $31 million in damages to a former Walmart pharmacist who alleged she was wrongfully fired in retaliation for voicing concerns over pharmacy safety and gender discrimination. Maureen McPadden had worked as a pharmacist at Walmart’s Seabrook pharmacy for 13 years when she was fired in November 2012 under the pretext, she claimed, of losing a pharmacy key. Ms. McPadden, 51, argued that the true reason she was fired was for sounding the alarm to store management that customers were being endangered because inadequately trained pharmacy technicians were filling prescriptions improperly. ... Read More

Massive Norovirus Outbreak Linked To Kansas City Dinner Theater

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Hundreds of people who dined at a dinner theater in suburban Kansas City, Mo., in recent days have reported becoming sick in what early signs indicate is a massive outbreak of norovirus. Nearly 400 people who ate at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kan., since Jan. 15 have reported becoming ill with stomach cramps and pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms indicative of norovirus. Laboratory tests confirmed that four of the theater goers who became ill were infected with norovirus, a notoriously contagious virus commonly referred to in the U.S. as the “stomach bug” or “puking virus.” The ... Read More

50 New Illnesses, 2 Deaths Linked Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers


A massive outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to cucumbers from Mexico that started last July continues to infect people across the U.S., with 50 more cases reported in 16 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The CDC update was the latest in a series of updates and recall expansions that ran from Sept. 4, 2015 to Nov. 19. To date, 888 illnesses and six deaths have been connected to the same Salmonella outbreak. Illnesses have been reported in 39 states since the outbreak began. Whole genome sequencing of Salmonella isolates collected from sickened people and from ... Read More

Brain navigation systems recalled due to inaccuracies

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Brainlab is recalling the Cranial IGS System and Brainlab Cranial Navigation System, a type of brain navigation system used by neurosurgeons to guide them within the confines of the skull or vertebral column during surgery, due to inaccuracies in the display by the navigation compared to the patient’s anatomy. This could lead to inaccurate, ineffective medical procedures, and serious life-threatening injuries including death. The recall includes all existing versions before Cranial 3.0 of the Brainlab Cranial IGS System and Brainlab Cranial Navigation Systems. The systems were distributed from May 1996 to May 2015. The recall affects 1,021 units in Arkansas, ... Read More

Trader Joe’s announces cashew recall due to Salmonella concerns

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Popular specialty foods chain Trader Joe’s has announced a recall of its raw cashew pieces due to the potential presence of Salmonella within one of its shipped lots. Although no other lots of raw cashew pieces tested positive for Salmonella by the FDA’s contract laboratory, Trader Joe’s opted to recall all lots of the cashews in order to ensure the safety of its customers. The cashew recall impacts all of Trader Joe’s 16-ounce non-resealable bags marked with date code labels reading, “BEST BEFORE 07.17.2016TF4.” Store locations in the following states received the potentially affected cashew pieces:  Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, ... Read More

Several employees in critical condition due to burn injuries from Groendyke Transport explosion; OSHA investigating


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced an investigation into an explosion at a Groendyke Transport terminal in Liberal, Kan. According to local news station KSNT, three employees are still in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon due to a flash fire igniting in the terminal’s wash bay on Tuesday. While the cause of the flash fire is still under investigation, the three employees in the wash bay were with a truck and a tank trailer when the explosion occurred. The tank trailer that may be the cause of the explosion was being cleaned at the time; ... Read More

Chipotle Sued By Seattle Man Sickened In Undisclosed E. Coli Outbreak


A Seattle man has filed a lawsuit against Chipotle restaurants alleging he was sickened with E. coli and hospitalized in July during an undisclosed outbreak linked to the Mexican food chain, months before dozens of Northwestern Chipotle locations suspended operations as more customers fell ill. According to the Seattle Times, 27-year-old Timothy Kniffin filed a complaint against Chipotle in a federal court in Washington last month. Mr. Kniffin claims he started feeling ill on July 25 after eating a meal of pork carnitas, white rice, salsa, peppers, guacamole, and chips at a Seattle Chipotle restaurant. He was admitted to the ... Read More

Blue Bell Says Tests Show No Listeria In Factories, Products

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Blue Bell Creameries said that tests it has been running on its products and in its three manufacturing facilities have shown no signs of Listeria contamination – an indication that overhauling and sanitizing its production processes have been effective in preventing outbreaks of foodborne illness. Still, it’s bound to be a bittersweet New Year for the Texas-based ice cream maker, which had to recall all of its products and shut down its production last year after a deadly outbreak of listeriosis was traced to its ice cream. The outbreak sickened at least 10 people in four states and was blamed ... Read More

Consumer Sues Sunbeam Over Electric Blanket Burn Injuries

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PITTSBURGH, Penn. – A Pittsburgh-area woman who claims to have received first- and second-degree burns on her head and face while using an electric blanket has filed a federal lawsuit against Sunbeam Products, alleging it negligently manufactured the blanket. The plaintiff, who filed the complaint in a Western Pennsylvania federal court, seeks more than $250,000 in damages and any additional compensation the court finds suitable, the Penn Record reported. The plaintiff’s attorney told the Penn Record that the woman fell asleep using her electric blanket. When she woke up, she found the blanket had heated excessively where she had it pressed ... Read More

OSHA orders Railroad Signal Company To Reinstate, Compensate Whistleblower

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RCL Wiring LP, a Missouri-based company that provides signal wiring and materials for the railroad industry, harassed and terminated a technician in retaliation for reporting a work-related injury and has been ordered to pay the former employee $322,000 in lost wages, damages, and attorney fees. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that RCL Wiring, doing business as Idaho & Sedalia Transportation Company, violated Federal Railroad Safety Act whistleblower protections when it lashed out the employee for reporting injuries he received on the job in February 2014. According to OSHA, the five-year employee asked the company to reimburse ... Read More