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Poultry Industry Conditions Dangerous and Unfair, Oxfam Report Finds


Oxfam America has released a new report exposing the extreme hazards and hardships workers in America’s poultry industry continue to endure, despite claims by several industry leaders that employees are treated fairly and that conditions are improving. According to the Oxfam report, Lives on the Line, hazardous plant conditions lead to alarmingly high rates of illness and injury. At the same time, industry practices are designed to discourage workers from reporting violations that directly affect their health and well-being and the employees are prohibited from organizing to push for better conditions and protections. “He told us ‘you shouldn’t drink so ... Read More

Fastrack Erectors charged with failure to provide fall protection in case of young ironworker’s death

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The tragic death of a 22-year-old ironworker from Raymore, Mo., which spurred an investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has ended with a St. Louis-area contractor being charged with failure to provide fall protection equipment. Eric Roach was working with another ironworker on the construction site of a Kansas City distribution warehouse in July of 2014, with the job of guiding a 26-foot-by-3-foot bundle of sheet-metal roof decking. The sheet metal was being lifted by crane while Roach’s job was to set it atop the bar joists on the 300,000 square-foot distribution warehouse. It was while ... Read More

Six Killed, Six Injured In Arkansas Bus Crash

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A charter bus carrying passengers from Michigan to Texas crashed into a bridge in central Arkansas early Friday morning, killing six people and injuring six others. Arkansas State Police reported that the bus crash occurred about 1 a.m. Friday morning in the westbound lanes of I-40 in the Little Rock Metropolitan area. The bus allegedly struck a bridge abutment near the U.S. 67-167 intersection, which requires unusual lane changes to remain on the desired route. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it was sending investigators to Little Rock to probe the crash, which involved no other vehicles. Investigators will ... Read More

Recall: Metal shavings found in some jars of Skippy peanut butter

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Jars of Skippy peanut butter are being pulled from store shelves over concerns that some may contain metal shavings. The recall involves 153 cases – or 1,871 pounds – of 16.3-ounce jars Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread with a “Best If Used By” date of DEC1416LR1 with a package UPC code of 37600-10500. The peanut butter was sent to distributors for Publix, Target and Walmart stores in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware and Arkansas. Hormel Foods Sales initiated the recall after metal shavings were discovered during an in-line magnet check during routine cleaning. The Food ... Read More

Listeria Monocytogenes among deadliest food poisoning bugs

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This month, Righting Injustice has featured two stories about separate Listeria infections affecting products from Whole Foods. In early October, the food retailer issued a nationwide recall on an organic Roquefort cheese, and earlier this week the company announced a regional recall on prepared salads affecting stores and warehouses on the East Coast. But just what is Listeria and how does it affect consumers? While Listeria Monogynes bacteria are not a leading cause of food poisoning, they are among the deadliest of foodborne pathogens, causing about 255 deaths in the United States every year. A Gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria, Listeria is ... Read More

Listeria-Contaminated Roquefort Cheese Prompts Whole Foods Recall

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Whole Foods is pulling a brand of organic Roquefort cheese from the shelves of its retail stores and issuing a nationwide recall after sample tests revealed the presence of Listeria Monocytogenes, a notoriously resilient and potentially deadly form of bacteria. The recall involves Papillion brand organic Roquefort cheese that is cut in store and packaged in clear plastic wrap with a Whole Foods scale label. The Austin, Texas-based natural food grocery chain said that customers can identify the affected cheese by the scale label, which has a PLU starting with 029536. Anyone who is uncertain about the manufacturer of Roquefort ... Read More

ExxonMobil Ordered to Pay $2.6 Million For Pegasus Pipeline Disaster

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Federal regulators hit ExxonMobil with a $2.6 million fine and sharply rebuked the oil giant for its failure to maintain and detect problems with its 65-year-old Pegasus pipeline, which burst underneath an Arkansas community in March 2013, flooding it with about 210,000 gallons of highly toxic, dense tar sands oil. In an Oct. 1 order delivered to the oil company, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) faulted ExxonMobil for a number of deficiencies it said contributed to the spill that forced residents of Mayflower, Ark., about 25 miles north of Little Rock, to evacuate. Twenty-two families had to ... Read More

Judicial panel discusses consolidation of power morcellator lawsuits


The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is meeting this week to determine whether it would be beneficial to consolidate lawsuits involving similar allegations against the manufactures of power morcellators, medical devices used to perform some gynecological procedures including hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removal. The lawsuits allege that the devices can spread undiagnosed uterine cancer, worsening a woman’s odds of survival. The consolidation of lawsuits under one single judge, known as a multidistrict litigation, or MDL, was requested by plaintiffs who have already filed lawsuits against power morcellator manufacturers. MDLs are generally sought to streamline early trial proceedings when several ... Read More

Listeria Contamination Triggers General Mills Green Bean Recall

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General Mills announced on Friday that it is voluntarily recalling frozen green beans sold under the Cascadian Farm brand after a routine product sampling turned up a package that tested positive for listeria bacteria. The green bean recall involves 16-ounce bags of frozen Cascadian Farm green beans marked with a “better if used by” date of June 2017. General Mills said that the green beans that tested positive for listeria contamination were produced in June 2015. The recall comes about six months after the food corporation recalled 60,000 10-ounce bags of frozen Cascadian Farm green beans, also for Listeria contamination. There ... Read More

Ovarian cancer victim sues Johnson and Johnson, Walgreens

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An Illinois woman is suing consumer health care products giant Johnson & Johnson and the retailer Walgreens claiming the companies knowingly promoted dangerous use of talcum power, which caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Candace Lewis claims that she used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products on her genitals for personal hygiene based on the company’s advertising encouraging women to “dust themselves with this product to mask odors,” from 1981 to 2014, in Illinois, Arkansas, Georgia, and Virginia. In 2013, at the age of 49, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 1982, a study linked the use of talcum powder ... Read More