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Herbal tea recalled due to health risk

Los Angeles, California-based U.S. Deer Antler Ex. & Imp., is recalling several Herbal Teas after an inspection by the California Department of Public Health at the facility where the teas were prepared revealed that the teas were not produced according to approved guidelines, making them susceptible to contamination by Clostridium botulinum. The recall involves Herbal Tea Variety Batches prepared at the facility from April 1 to April 30, 2017. The tea was packaged in 120 mL pouches in cases with 40 pouches per case. Affected teas were distributed to individual customers and acupuncturists in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas ... Read More

Pathology Practice Pays $601K to Settle Whistleblower Suit

A North Carolina pathology practice has agreed to pay the U.S. $601,000 to settle a whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit alleging it billed Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary procedures. The U.S. Department of Justice said that Piedmont Pathology of Hickory, North Carolina, was performing special tissue stain tests for diagnostic purposes before analyzing the routine hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stain tests. The government considered the special tests costly and unnecessary because “a pathologist should review the specimen with the routine H&E stain before any special stain is used on the specimen,” the Justice Department said. “Government health care programs ... Read More

Judge Rejects Duke University’s Motion To Dismiss Whistleblower Lawsuit

A federal judge rejected a motion by Duke University and two faculty members April 26 to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit accusing them of knowingly falsifying medical research data in a scheme to pull in more federal grant money. According to Law360, U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles of the Middle District of North Carolina said whistleblower Joseph Thomas’ False Claims Act lawsuit made valid accusations that warranted scrutiny. Mr. Thomas alleges fellow Duke researcher Erin Potts-Kant used fraudulent data in nearly every experiment in which she participated. He also claims she included the bad data in published research, ultimately prompting scores of papers to ... Read More

Death After IVC Filter implant sparks lawsuit against manufacturer

A lawsuit has been filed against B. Braun Medical Inc. alleging its inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is defective and led to a North Carolina man’s death. The lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina, and names B. Braun and subsidiary Aesculap Implant Systems as the defendants. The company is being accused of knowingly selling a defective filter that was used in Keith A. Waters to prevent pulmonary embolism. The IVC filter, which closely resembles a spider and is designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs, was inserted in 2015. The filter fractured, sending fragments migrating through ... Read More

McCain hash browns may contain golf ball parts

What goes with hash browns? For some,  the answer might just be golf balls. Wait, what? According to an announcement by McCain Foods USA, their hash browns could “be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite (their) stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.” Though no injuries have been reported, the golf ball pieces pose a choking and injury hazard, and two brands of hash browns are under recall. Products impacted by the recall include Roundy’s Brand, 2 lb. Bag of Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (UPC 001115055019) and Harris Teeter Brand, ... Read More

Worker amputation results in lawsuit against machine manufacturer

A woman who lost five fingers in an amputation incident while attempting to clean an industrial yarn machine filed a lawsuit against the machine’s manufacturer, holding them responsible. Mary Lynn Stanco, a Pittston Township, Pennsylvania, resident, was working as a threader at Warp Processing Co., Inc in Exeter. The warping machine she often uses produces large volumes of yarn on spinning beams at a speed of 450 yards per minute. According to the lawsuit, Stanco was assisting a mechanic who was working on a warping machine in April 2016. When the mechanic pointed out a dirty presser roller, Stanco attempted to ... Read More

Boy Crushed To Death In Atlanta’s Revolving Restaurant

A 5-year-old boy was crushed to death Friday afternoon after being caught in a revolving restaurant at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. The boy, identified by Atlanta authorities as Charlie Holt, was visiting Atlanta with his family from Charlotte, North Carolina. He was having lunch at the Sun Dial restaurant with his parents. The restaurant continually revolves on the 73rd floor of the hotel, giving diners a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding area. The child reportedly wandered about four or five feet away from the window table where his parents were seated and ... Read More

GSK recalls more than a half million asthma inhalers

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is recalling more than a half million Ventolin asthma inhalers in the U.S. due to a defect that may cause them to deliver less medication than indicated. The recall is being initiated at hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers. The recall is listed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Class II recall, which involves situations in which exposure to the violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where there probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. GSK ordered the recall after receiving an unusually high number of product complaints about ... Read More

Driver Fatigue Blamed For Four-Tractor-Trailer Pileup in North Carolina

A commercial truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his tractor-trailer set off an early morning collision involving four other commercial rigs in North Carolina Tuesday, March 28. The Rocky Mount Telegram reported that North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers responded to the crash at 2:48 a.m. on Interstate 95 at the Nash-Halifax county line in the northeastern part of the state. N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Keeter told the Rocky Mount Telegram that the driver of a tractor trailer fell asleep at the wheel, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The truck overturned and spilled ... Read More

Leaking fuel tank leads to benzene exposure risk; 2,600 Gallons of Gasoline Removed from Soil

A leaking premium fuel tank was discovered mid-August behind Robbinsville Crown service station in Robbinsville, North Carolina, spilling benzene-containing fuel into the ground. A cleanup crew has tackled the issue, removing more than 2,600 gallons of gasoline from the ground, which is enough to refuel a 15-gallon vehicle tank 173 times. “They’re continuing to do free product recovery,” Jan Anderson from the state Division of Waste Management told the Graham Star. “It’s an ongoing abatement.” The gasoline has also contaminated both Tallulah Creek and the Cheoah River. “The section of stream immediately downstream of the release is exceeding surface water standards ... Read More