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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

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

Helicopter Crash Near New Orleans Kills One, Injures Two Others

A man who survived a helicopter crash that killed one man and injured another near New Orleans May 20 reportedly told a witness that the aircraft’s landing gear became entangled in power lines. Witness Val Harmon told The Times-Picayune that he and some friends suspected a helicopter went down in a swampy area nearby when they heard crackling and popping sounds and noticed the aircraft that had been in the air nearby was nowhere to be seen. Mr. Harmon and two friends hopped on an ATV and drove out into the marshland near Boutte, Louisiana, part of St. Charles Parish. ... 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

FDA, CDC investigating multistate E. coli outbreak

Reports of 17 E. coli infections from seven states across the country due to an as-yet undetermined source have prompted an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state health authorities. The illnesses occurred between March 22 and March 31, 2018, in the following states – Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington. No specific food item has been identified a likely source of the infections at this time. Health authorities are working to determine what those who had been sickened had consumed before they fell ... Read More

Salmonella outbreak investigation leads to another kratom recall

A federal investigation into a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to kratom capsules has led to another recall. Houston, Texas-based NutriZone LLC is recalling four different dietary supplements containing the herb kratom 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. The outbreak has sickened at least 87 people in 35 states, 17 of whom have been hospitalized. The investigation was launched in March by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ... Read More

Panera Bread Data Breach Exposed 37 Million Customer Accounts

Customers who have used Panera Bread’s online ordering system are advised to monitor their credit reports and banking accounts for suspicious activity after a data breach exposed the account information of at least 37 million consumers. According to KrebsOnSecurity, security lapses in Panera’s website had been leaking customer data for eight months before the company pulled it offline on Sunday, April 1, for several hours. The leaked data includes customer names, email addresses, birthdays, phone numbers, mailing addresses, and the last four digits of the customer’s credit card. Panera loyalty card numbers were also leaked. Because the cards are linked ... Read More

Feds Deem Kentucky Tractor-Trailer Driver ‘Imminent Threat’

Federal authorities have barred a Kentucky tractor-trailer driver from operating any kind of commercial vehicle outside of Kentucky after uncovering a multitude of serious violations that jeopardized public safety. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Jerry Jasper poses “an imminent threat to public safety” should he continue to operate a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle in interstate commerce. On Dec. 6, 2017, Mr. Jasper was operating a large commercial truck on State 4 Highway in Rush County, Kansas, when he was stopped by a Kansas Highway Patrol Officer for a speeding violation. The highway patrolman further inspected Mr. ... Read More

MO supplement maker faces prison time, fines for felony fraud

A Joplin, Missouri dietary supplement manufacturer is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony fraud in federal court. Jeff Hicks, owner of JT Naturals, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri for misrepresenting ingredients in his dietary supplements his company made and sold to several retail outlets in Florida, New York, California and Oklahoma. Hicks also admitted to lying about conducting tests for potentially dangerous ingredients in the supplements when he actually did not. Hicks was released on a personal recognizance bond. He faces up to 20 years in prison ... Read More

Shell Ordered To Pay $5 MillionTo Benzene-Polluted Community

Benzene can have a devastating impact on human health over the long term, especially to workers who are exposed to even the smallest levels of it. But the chemical can also have an extremely toxic effect on communities in proximity to oil and gas refineries, as a recent $5 million federal case shows. U.S. Judge Nancy Rosenstengel ordered Shell Oil and ConocoPhillips to settle a class action Feb. 23 brought by hundreds of people living in and around the city of Roxana, Illinois., a community just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. The claimants alleged that the companies ... Read More