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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

CPSC coordinates massive bicycle recall with 13 affected companies

Nearly 1.3 million bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and quick release levers in the U.S. are now under recall by 13 different bicycle companies. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled bicycles’ front disc brakes may accidentally come into contact with the open quick release lever, resulting in the front wheel stopping suddenly or even separating from the rest of the bicycle. Another 245,000 bicycles are also recalled in Canada, as well as 9,000 recalled in Mexico. This bicycle recall is unique in that it involved an effort by the CPSC to coordinate the recall simultaneously across ... Read More

AT&T data breach complaint settled for $25 million

A data breach affecting nearly 280,000 AT&T subscribers settled for $25 million after call center contractors in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines stole and exposed Social Security numbers and other customer personal information. From November 2013 until April 2014, AT&T call center contractors were responsible for the theft of 68,000 customer personal information records. However, according the complaint released by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investors, the call centers responsible for the AT&T data breach were for helping Spanish-speaking subscribers, not English-speaking. The leaked AT&T subscriber data was used by criminals to submit roughly 300,000 requests to unlock cellphones. Following the ... Read More

Polaris announces recall of 2012 Polaris Ranger® 500 EFI and Ranger Crew® 500 EFI vehicles

Due to reports of the off-highway vehicles’ throttle cable failing to operate correctly, Polaris, with help from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has announced a recall of more than 16,000 recreational off-highway vehicles. The reports detailed how the throttle cable located within the vehicle could melt on the exhaust pipe, thus causing the rider to lose control, posing a crash risk. The 2013 Polaris Ranger® 500 EFI and Ranger Crew® 500 EFI recreational off-highway vehicles involved in this recall have model names located on the right and left side of the hood. “Polaris Ranger 4×4” can be found on ... Read More

Mexican trucking company ousted from cross-border program for numerous safety violations

Federal transportation authorities have banned a Mexican trucking company from operating in the U.S. after finding the carrier had failed to abide by U.S. rules governing commercial transportation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revoked the operating authority of Sergio Tristan Maldonaldo, doing business as Tristan Transfer, on Jan. 23 after giving it a conditional rating during a Dec. 20 compliance review and placing the company on a 30-day probationary period. The company, based in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, operates two trucks with five drivers. At the end of the period, U.S. authorities found the carrier had failed to ... Read More

CDC: Taylor Farms produce not linked to infections in Texas

Many consumers must have let out a huge sigh of relief when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had identified lettuce and salad components from a Mexico producer as the source of an outbreak of a diarrhea-causing parasite. However, the FDA said only the food poisonings in Iowa and Nebraska were linked to the Taylor Farms of Mexico facility and it was possible that similar illnesses in other states could have been caused by another source. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the gastrointestinal illnesses affecting at least 258 people in Texas ... Read More

Production halted at farm that distributed tainted salad mix

The Mexico processing plant that sold salad mix contaminated with a parasite that sickened hundreds of people in the United States has voluntarily suspended production to assist federal authorities in their investigation into the outbreak. Taylor Farms de Mexico, the Mexican branch of Salinas, Calif.-based Taylor Farms has halted production and shipping of salad mix, lettuce and other salad mix components until it receives a nod from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The delay could last several weeks or months as investigators test the company’s irrigation system used on the produce. The parasite is known as cyclospora and is spread when people ... Read More

Diarrhea-causing parasite linked to salad mix sold to restaurants

The outbreak of a diarrhea-inducing parasite that has sickened at least 400 people in 16 states has been traced to prepackaged salad mix served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. The salad mix was produced by the Mexican subsidiary of Taylor Farms, an American food service company, and sold to the restaurants in various states. The salad mix contained iceberg and romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage. FDA investigators are working with the company to conduct an environmental assessment of the processing facility in Mexico to determine the cause of the parasite. ... Read More

Mexico, hundreds of others sue BP over Gulf oil spill damages

Mexico is pursuing legal action against BP for its role in spilling millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf. The lawsuit was filed in March just before the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 workers and unleashed a torrent of crude oil and natural gas in the Gulf. The Mexican government was one of several hundred other plaintiffs to file lawsuits against the oil giant ahead of the 3-year statute of limitations set by the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). The third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion was April 20. In its first-quarter results, ... Read More

17-state salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers

An outbreak of salmonella illnesses in 18 states has been traced to cucumbers from two suppliers in Mexico, federal health authorities say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are 73 confirmed illnesses linked to eating the cucumbers contaminated with the “Salmonella StPaul” bacteria. No deaths have been linked to the outbreak so far. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed two Mexico-based growers, Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse on a federal import alert. Both companies are located in Culiacán, Sinaloa state, Mexico. Customs agents will deny cucumbers originating from the two companies ... Read More