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Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... 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

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

Synthetic cannabinoids linked to life-threatening, unexplained bleeding

More than 200 people in nine states developed serious, unexplained bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids, which health officials say may have been laced with rat poison. Five of those who fell ill have died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned. The first case of life threatening vitamin K-dependent antagonist coagulopathy following synthetic cannabinoid use was reported in Illinois on March 3, 2018. Since then, there have been 202 reports of the condition, including 164 cases in Illinois and 20 in Maryland. Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin reported six cases each. About half of the ... Read More

NTSB Calls For Seat Belts in All New School Buses

Spurred by its findings in two recent deadly school bus crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for lap and shoulder seat belts in all new school buses. It’s the first time the agency has called for a requirement that would eventually lead to seat belts being present in all school buses. Requiring seat belts in school buses has long been a widely debated but unresolved safety issue. Studies have shown lap and shoulder seat belts would save lives in some crashes but could prove fatal in others. This trade-off has led to years of debate resulting in ... Read More

Women seek centralization of Taxotere hair loss lawsuits

About 350 women suing Sanofi-Aventis and other drug companies for failing to warn about the risk of permanent hair loss from the breast cancer drug Taxotere are calling for the New Jersey Supreme Court to designate the lawsuits as a multicounty litigation under Superior Court Judge James F. Hyland in Middlesex County. Centralizing the lawsuits was recommended because of the large number of cases and the common issues in their claims. Centralized management would conserve judicial resources, provide all those involved with the benefits of coordinated discovery, and minimize duplication, the petition states. The vast majority of the state lawsuits are ... Read More

Car in Deadly Rollaway Under Open Recall For Gear Problem

An auto recall repair would have prevented the accidental death of a 24-year-old father in Indianapolis, Indiana last month, who drowned after pulling his 3-year-old daughter out of a sinking Pontiac G6. Anthony Burgess put the 2008 Pontiac G6 in park and stepped out of the car to talk to a friend at an apartment complex. His young daughter stepped out of the car. He told her to get back in. Moments later, the car was rolling backward into a frigid pond with the girl inside. Mr. Burgess and his friend chased the car into the water. A witness on ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $33.2 Million From Alere Inc.

Massachusetts medical device maker Alere Inc. will pay the United States $33.2 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged the company knowingly sold unreliable testing devices to hospitals. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland said that from 2006 to 2012, Alere sold its “Triage” cardiac testing devices to hospitals even when it knew that the devices provided unreliable results. Alere’s Triage devices are frequently used in emergency departments for the quick diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, drug overdose, and other serious conditions. The whistleblower lawsuit, filed by former Alere senior quality analyst Amanda Wu, ... Read More

Maryland Teen Blasted by E-Cigarette Battery

A Maryland teen suffered serious burn injuries when her e-cigarette exploded and set fire to her clothes. The Kent Island Bay Times and Record Observer reported that the 19-year-old resident of Cloverfields, Maryland, was retrieving an e-cigarette from her purse when it exploded in her hand March 16. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said the woman tossed the e-cigarette away from her, but the initial explosion set fire to her clothing. Fortunately, the woman was at home and her father helped her remove the burning clothes and put out the fire. The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview ... Read More

Risperdal case sent back to determine if punitive damages are warranted

The Pennsylvania Superior Court sent a case involving Risperdal side effects back to trial court to decide whether a new trial on punitive damages is warranted. The case was the third bellwether to go to trial from a mass tort program in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas alleging Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn that its antipsychotic Risperdal could cause adolescent boys to grow female-like breast tissue. The case is that of Nicholas Murray, a Maryland resident, who claimed he took Risperdal for five years as an adolescent, during which time he developed ... Read More