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Legionnaire’s Outbreak Deepens Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

An outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease that has sickened dozens of people in Flint, Mich., is likely tied to the city’s heavily contaminated tap water, which prompted President Obama last week to declare a state of emergency and Michigan governor Rick Snyder to seek federal relief. Flint’s water problems undoubtedly constitute one of the biggest failures of regulatory oversight and political penny pinching in decades. It started in April 2014 when the municipal officials switched the city’s water supply from Lake Huron to the heavily contaminated Flint River strictly as a cost-cutting measure. For nearly two years, the people of Flint ... Read More

FDA: Baidyanath supplements contain dangerous ingredients

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging consumers who have used Baidyanath brand Ayurvedic dietary supplements should stop using them immediately and consult with their doctors. Testing conducted by the New York Department of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that these products contain high levels of lead and/or mercury, which can cause serious health problems. The dietary supplements are manufactured by Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan in India and sold in the United States at retail stores and via the Internet. One major retailer has recalled the products. The FDA is working to identify ... Read More

Baby furniture recalled by Baby’s Dream for lead paint hazard

Multiple pieces of baby furniture recalled by Baby’s Dream Furniture may exceed federal limits for lead paint. The recall was issued when it was discovered that a vintage grey paint finish used on some furniture exceeds federal lead limits. If the toxic lead particles are inhaled, ingested or even absorbed by the body over a prolonged period of time, the individual may experience symptoms ranging from abdominal pain, memory loss and depression to high blood pressure, heart disease and reduced fertility. Baby’s Dream Furniture included roughly 1200 cribs, 1,800 matching furniture pieces and 1,600 different miscellaneous pieces – all with the ... Read More

More than 200K pairs of children’s sunglasses recalled due to excessive levels of lead

Due to the excessive amounts of lead found in the surface paint of the sunglasses, the company FGX International has announced a recall of nearly 215,000 pairs of children’s sunglasses. Prolonged exposure to lead in children can cause convulsions, stupor, hyperirritability and even more severe neurological effects that may lead to death. All of the children’s sunglasses come in a variety of 20 different styles featuring Disney, Marvel and Sears/Kmart brands. If you check the left temple arm of the sunglasses, one of the following style numbers should be found: Style# Brand Colors S00014SVS999 Marvel Spider-Man Red, blue S00014SVSBLU Marvel ... Read More

Federal regulators intercepting more dangerous product imports at port

Federal regulations governing the safety of foreign-made products help keep U.S. consumers safe, but the fact remains that a number of dangerous and sub-standard products continue to find their way onto retail shelves and into consumers’ homes nationwide. In response to this continuing problem, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it has stepped up regulatory efforts and interventions at several major U.S. ports of entry. CPSC staff have been working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to screen several thousands of product shipments entering the country. For example, the combined efforts of staff trained to ... Read More

Miami company willfully overexposed its workers to toxic levels of lead

Miami, Florida company E.N. Range Inc. has been slapped with more than $2 million in penalties for willfully exposing its employees to lead and for other violations that seriously threaten the health and safety of company workers. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors found that the company knowingly neglected to protect its employees, who clean gun ranges, from dangerous overexposure to lead. The company also dispensed non-FDA-approved treatments for lead exposure to the employees without the proper medical supervision. OSHA cited E.N. Range with more than 50 violations with penalties totaling $2,099,600. Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that can impair ... Read More

Vita Breath supplement found to contain dangerous levels of lead

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging the public not to purchase or consume Vita Breath, a brand of dietary supplement sold at health fairs on the Internet, because the product may contain dangerous levels of lead. To date, the FDA has received one report of a patient with lead poisoning who was taking Vita Breath and two other herbal products. Vita Breath is manufactured and marketed by American Herbal Lab Inc., of Rosemead, Calif., to “promote better health for people with asthma, and support healthy Lung Energy and respiratory.” It is indicated for use among both children and ... Read More

Chinese manufacturers substitute toxic cadmium for lead

Earlier this month, the Associated Press exposed yet another disturbing Chinese trade secret when it reported that some manufacturers in China are making children’s jewelry with the highly toxic metal cadmium. Children’s jewelry now joins the growing list of dangerous and sometimes deadly products pouring into the United States from China – a list that includes toys covered with lead paint, pet food and baby formula tainted with melamine, sulfuric drywall that has ruined thousands of homes, and other poorly made or defective merchandise. Evidence suggests that Chinese manufacturers are turning to cadmium as a substitute for lead, which the ... Read More

Wal-Mart, CPSC act to foil use of cadmium in children’s products

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the world’s largest retailer, is pulling items of children’s jewelry known or suspected to be manufactured with high levels of toxic cadmium from store shelves. The move follows an Associated Press investigation published earlier this week which found some China-based manufacturers were creating children’s jewelry with varying amounts of cadmium — a heavy medal considered by the federal government to be one of the most toxic substances on earth. Cadmium is a soft metal that occurs naturally in soil. Exposure to concentrated quantities of it, however, can have debilitating effects on humans. The metal is known to cause cancer ... Read More

High levels of toxic cadmium found in children’s jewelry from China

On the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s priority list of the 275 most toxic substances in the environment, the heavy metal cadmium is ranked seventh. Unfortunately, in an investigative report, the Associated Press found that cadmium is being used in large quantities to make children’s jewelry and other products that are sold in the United States. The country of origin for almost all of these products is China. In its investigation, the AP purchased 103 pieces of children’s jewelry from stores such as Wal-Mart and Claire’s in New York, Ohio, Texas, and California. The jewelry was then analyzed for ... Read More