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Questions Surround Contractor That Ruptured Sun Prairie Gas Main

The Michigan contractor that struck a gas main and caused a massive explosion in downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, July 10 was not licensed to work in Wisconsin, state records show, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Kansas-based Bear Communications hired VC Tech Inc. of Michigan to install fiber optic cable lines under Sun Prairie, a Madison suburb of about 30,000 people. According to the Journial Sentinel, VC Tech was installing the cable using a drilling process called directional boring, which sets the lines underground without having to dig trenches, when workers struck the four-inch gas pipe. “We were doing construction ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Melons Grows

A melon recall triggered by a multistate outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses has been expanded to include 10 additional states, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 23, according to federal health officials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recall encompasses pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit salads containing one or more of those melons produced and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee have been added to the list of states where the melon may be contaminated with salmonella, the ... Read More

Two Workers Die From Burn Injuries After Kansas Plant Blast

Two workers of a Kansas power plant who suffered severe burn injuries on the job Sunday morning, June 3, have died. According to KSNT News of Topeka, Kansas, the deadly accident occurred at the Jeffrey Energy Center located in St. Mary’s, about 40 miles northwest of Topeka. The two plant workers were identified as operations supervisor Craig Burchett, of Overlook, Kansas, and Jesse Henson of Manhattan, Kansas. The men were critically injured when a steam safety valve on a piece of equipment failed, filling the area they were in with pressurized steam and leaving them with fatal burn injuries, The ... Read More

FDA cracks down on kratom marketers, distributors

Three marketers and distributors of kratom products were slapped with warning letters by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for illegally selling the herbal supplement with unproven claims about its ability to help ease symptoms of opioid addiction and withdrawal. The companies – Front Range Kratom of Aurora, Colorado; Kratom Spot of Irvine, California; and Revibe Inc., of Kansas City, Missouri – also claim that the controversial supplement can treat pain, lower blood pressure, treat cancer, and reduce neuron damage caused by strokes. “Despite our warnings that no kratom product is safe, we continue to find companies selling kratom and ... Read More

Dräger Medical recalls anesthesia machines

Dräger Medical is recalling its Fabius Anesthesia machines because they may have excessive oil that was not removed during production of the machines. This oil may interfere with the position detector of the ventilation motor during operation and cause the ventilation to fail, which can lead to serious patient injury or death. The recall affects several lots of Fabius Anesthesia machines including Fabius GS Premium, Fabius Tiro, Fabius Tiro M, and Fabius MRI. A total of 62 machines are being recalled from the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, ... Read More

Maya Distribution recalls potentially tainted kratom powders, capsules

Nearly two dozen more kratom-containing capsules and powders are being recalled by Maya Distribution LLC under the Dragon Kratom label because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Maya Distribution’s recall is the latest in a string of kratom dietary supplement recalls due to to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to tainted kratom powders and pills. At least 87 people in 35 states have developed illnesses after consuming kratom, 27 of whom required hospitalization. The Food ... Read More

Workers exposed to carcinogen at Kansas aircraft factory

Spirit Aerosytems Inc., an aircraft manufacturer based out of Wichita, Kansas, was found to have exposed its employees to the harmful carcinogen known as hexavalent chromium. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) cited the company for this violation of workplace safety regulations as well as several other serious violations. Spirit Aerosystems now faces projected penalties of just over $194,000. After an investigation was conducted by OSHA officials, it was determined that the company had exposed many of its employees to almost two times the acceptable concentration of airborne hexavalent chromium. This chemical compound has ... Read More

Flavored ice pops recalled due to listeria scare

Warmer weather is popsicle weather, but buyer beware. The Ziegenfelder Company is recalling about 3,000 cases of its Budget $saver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because they may be tainted with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term woes like fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, but the illness can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions. No illnesses or incidents involving the possibly ... Read More

Cantrell compounding pharmacy ordered to cease operations

Little Rock, Arkansas-based compounding pharmacy, Cantrell Drug Company, and its Chief Executive Officer and co-owner James L. McCarley Jr., were slapped with a consent decree prohibiting them from manufacturing, processing, packing, holding or distributing pharmaceuticals until they comply with federal regulations. The consent decree was entered by U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker for the Eastern District of Arkansas on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “We will continue to take action against compounders who produce drugs under substandard conditions and put the health of patients at risk,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. The complaint alleged that ... Read More

Caleb Schwab’s Accidental Waterslide Death Leads To Murder Charges

Individuals and companies involved in the ownership, operation, and construction of the Verrückt waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas, find themselves facing charges of murder and other serious crimes over the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab. Caleb, the son of Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab, was decapitated when his raft went airborne on a hill of the Verrückt waterslide on Aug. 7, 2016. The 17-story waterslide was named the world’s tallest waterslide by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2014, shortly after it opened in the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in 2012. On Tuesday, March 27, a Wyandotte County grand jury indicted ... Read More