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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

Trial begins for 22 women who say J&J talc caused ovarian cancer

Twenty-two women who say longtime use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products contributed to their ovarian cancer diagnoses have been given their day in court with both sides giving opening arguments to the jury seated in the St. Louis Circuit Court. The women say that the cosmetic-grade talc used in Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder was contaminated with asbestos, and that Johnson & Johnson was aware of this but failed to warn consumers. Instead, the company persuaded women to sprinkle the powder on their genitals daily for feminine hygiene, per its popular product jingle: “Shower ... Read More

Tesla Settles Class Action Over ‘Dangerous’ Autopilot System

Owners of Tesla Model S and Model X cars who alleged the Autopilot system in their vehicles was “essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous” have settled a class-action lawsuit with the California automaker. According to Reuters, Tesla agreed to allocate $5 million to a settlement fund that will partially compensate Model S and Model X owners who file a claim for the allegedly worthless feature. Owners of the vehicles claimed they spent an extra $5,000 to have their vehicles equipped with Tesla’s Autopilot system, which the company claimed on its website would make driving safer with capabilities such as automated emergency ... 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

School Bus in Deadly New Jersey Crash Attempted Illegal U-Turn

Authorities investigating a school bus crash that killed a teacher and a student in New Jersey Thursday, May 17, said the bus driver was attempting an illegal U-turn in the highway median when a dump truck hit it from behind. The bus crash killed teacher Jennifer Williamson, 51, and a fifth-grade student whose identity had not been released as of Friday. The school bus was carrying 38 students and seven adults, including the driver, from East Brook Middle School in Paramus for a field trip to the restored 19th century Waterloo Village in Byram, New Jersey. The collision injured 43 other students and the ... Read More

NJ Transit Bus Crash Seriously Injures 7 Near Holland Tunnel

The New York Police Department is investigating a bus crash between two New Jersey Transit buses near an entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan Friday that injured at least 32 people. According to NBC 4 New York, New Jersey Transit bus 185 from Oradell, New Jersey, slammed into the back of bus 193 out of Wayne, New Jersey at the entrance to the center tube of the tunnel. The Lincoln Tunnel is a tunnel system under the Hudson River connecting Midtown Manhattan and New Jersey. Citing New York City Fire Department officials, NBC News reported that most of the ... Read More

Construction worker dies in wall collapse, another injured

One construction worker died and another was seriously injured when a retaining wall they were building collapsed on them. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) cited Onekey LLC, a development and construction management company based out of New Jersey, for exposing the employees to crushing hazards. The company’s lack of adherence to OSHA’s workplace safety regulations led directly to the unfortunate death of an employee working for one of Onekey’s subcontractors, OSHA determined. After the incident was reported, OSHA opened an investigation to determine the exact cause of the event, as well as what could have been ... Read More

FDA warns about possibly contaminated cleansing foam

Avoid using Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam manufactured by Shadow Holdings, doing business as Bocci Laboratories, until further notice. The products may be contaminated with several species within the bacteria Burkholder cepacia complex (Bcc), and pose risks to patients with compromised immune systems. As of May 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 10 cases of Bcc linked to use of Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam – seven in Pennsylvania, one in New Jersey, and two in California. The patients were already hospitalized for acute conditions and acquired the infections while in the hospital. ... Read More

Salmonella Infections Linked to Eggs Continue To Rise

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella infection tied to eggs continues to grow, triggering an expansion of a recall on eggs originating from Rose Acre Farms. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contaminated eggs from Rose Acre, which were packaged and sold under a variety of brand names, have sickened at least 35 people, resulting in 11 hospitalizations. The recalled eggs were distributed to stores and restaurants in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the original recall ... Read More

Lawsuits claim diabetes drug Invokana caused leg amputations

Two men have filed lawsuits in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division in Middlesex County against Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals alleging the company’s type 2 diabetes drug Invokana caused them to have their legs amputated. Robert E. Shook, 60, of Alabama claims that he had to undergo below-knee, left foot and left leg amputations after taking Invokana. Michael A. Wilkinson, 53, of Iowa, alleges he had to undergo right leg and below-knee amputations after using the drug. Both men have since stopped taking Invokana. The lawsuits claim that Janssen failed to warn doctors and patients that ... Read More