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Duck Boat Co. Didn’t Address Sinking and Drowning Dangers, Inspector Says

Duck boats like the one that sank in Branson, Missouri, July 19, killing 17 people, have major design flaws that put them at risk of sinking – and their occupants at risk of drowning – a private inspector warned the duck boat operator less than a year ago. Steve Paul, owner of the St. Louis-based inspection service company Test Drive Technologies, told the Associated Press he issued Ride the Ducks Branson a written report in August 2017 explaining how the boat’s engines could easily fail in inclement weather, which could cause the vessel to sink. Mr. Paul told the AP ... Read More

1.6 billion opioid pills distributed in Missouri fueled opioid crisis

Pharmaceutical companies and distributors shipped 1.6 billion opioids into Missouri – enough to give each resident 260 doses of the highly addictive painkillers over a six-year period, Sen. Claire McCaskill announced. McCaskill is investigating the extent of the opioid epidemic in her home state, and had requested opioid data from 2012 to 2017 from drug distributors McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, as well as opioid makers Allergan, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., Mallinckrodt PLC and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. All companies agreed to cooperate with McCaskill’s request except Teva, and Allergan, after months of delay, provided only limited data. “The opioid crisis ... Read More

NTSB Looking at How Branson Duck Boat Used Weather Information

Federal investigators said the duck boat that sank in Branson, Missouri, killing 17 people July 19, was plying Lake Table Rock in weather conditions similar to those of a hurricane, with winds of 73 mph and waves potentially cresting at 6 feet. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is leading the investigation of the deadly capsizing, said in a press conference Saturday that one major aspect of the probe is focused on how Ride the Ducks Branson, the company that owns and operates the amphibious boats, uses weather information. Various reports indicate that two duck boat tours went into ... Read More

Del Monte Vegetable Trays Linked to Second Midwest Cyclospora Outbreak

Del Monte vegetable trays have been linked to one of two separate outbreaks of cyclospora parasite in the Midwestern U.S., public health officials warn. Combined, the cyclospora outbreaks have sickened at least 400 people in every Midwest state along with Montana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 237 cases of cyclosporiasis in people who ate vegetables from Del Monte Fresh vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and dill dip. Reports of illnesses linked to cyclospora-contaminated Del Monte vegetable trays came from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Of the people sickened after ... Read More

Duck Boat Sinks in Branson, Missouri, Killing 17 People

Seventeen people died when an amphibious duck boat capsized in a Branson, Missouri, lake Thursday evening as a severe storm swept through the area. The duck boat was one of two amphibious tour boats in Branson’s Table Rock Lake. Both duck boats battled waves crashing from all directions and strong winds. One boat made it safely back to shore but the other was inundated with water and sank quickly. There were 31 people aboard the duck boat at the time, including two crew members. Various reports say that a number of children were among the 17 people killed. Fourteen of ... Read More

McDonald’s Salads Linked to Intestinal Parasite Across the Midwest

McDonald’s has stopped selling salads at thousands of its Midwestern locations after dozens of people fell ill with cyclosporiasis, an illness caused by the intestinal parasite cyclospora. As of Sunday, July 15, public health officials in Illinois have confirmed 90 cases of cylclosporiasis in patients who had eaten at McDonald’s in the previous days, while officials in Iowa reported 15 cases. Health officials in Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, and South Dakota are also reporting cyclosporiasis illnesses that they believe stem from McDonald’s salads. According to USA Today, each of the states has two cases, except for Missouri, which has seven, and ... Read More

Man sues Hillshire, Tyson after losing lower arms in workplace accident

A sanitation worker in Cameron, Missouri, has filed a civil lawsuit after losing both of his lower arms in a workplace accident in February 2015. Brent Sherman, who cleaned Cozzini Inc. blenders and other meat-processing equipment at the Hillshire Brands plant in St. Joseph, was using a hot water hose to clean the discharge doors on the blender when the blender suddenly started without warning. Sherman’s forearms, the hose and the nozzle were sucked into the blender and got caught between a rotating paddle and the framework of the machine’s discharge openings. Hillshire Brands is a subsidiary of Tyson Foods. The ... 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

Man Sickened by Salmonella Sues Melon Producer

An Indiana man who was hospitalized after eating melon contaminated with Salmonella is suing Caito Foods LLC, the producer of watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and other products that federal health officials say started a multistate outbreak of Salmonella illnesses. According to Food Safety News, Jacob Novero was infected with the Salmonella Adelaide strain linked to the contaminated products after buying and eating pre-cut fruit containing honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon and blueberries produced by Caito Foods of Indianapolis. Mr. Novero bought the contaminated melon salad at a Walmart Supercenter in Noblesville, Indiana on May 12. He started feeling ill two days later ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Fresh Melon Products

At least 60 people eight states have been sickened by Salmonella linked to melon products made and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana, spurring a recall of fresh cut melon and fruit salads, federal health officials announced. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses stems from fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley mixtures containing any of these melon products. Caito Foods and others distributed the affected melon products to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. People infected by the melon products, which are ... Read More