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Publix recalls Tropical Medley Mix

Publix Super Markets has issued a voluntary recall of its Tropical Medley Mix out of concern for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product is a mixture of dried fruits. Publix representatives say they were alerted to the possible listeria contamination by the company that supplies the dried apricots in the mix. The recall applies to 5.7 oz clear plastic containers of the mix that were sold at Publix in the retail produce departments in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. The affected products have a UPC code of 41415-08586. All use-by dates are being recalled. Listeriosis, the ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges amoeba from water park killed Ohio teen

The family of an Ohio teen who was killed by a brain-eating amoeba filed a lawsuit against the North Carolina water park where they believe she was exposed. Lauren Seitz, 18, was a recent high school graduate from Westerville, Ohio, when tragedy struck in June of 2016. She and 40 other members of Church of the Messiah were on a music tour when they stopped at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Fox 8 News in Cleveland reports that Seitz and several friends were whitewater rafting when their raft overturned. While in the water, it is believed Seitz was unknowingly exposed to Naegleria ... Read More

Hospira recall triggers more recalls

Advanced Pharma Inc., doing business as Avella of Houston, has issued a recall of some of its injectable drug products in response to Hospira Inc.’s June 15 recall that disease-causing microbial growth was detected during a routine simulation of the manufacturing processes raising concerns about the sterility of the products manufactured there. The products being recalled by Advanced Pharma were repackaged and/or compounded at its Houston, Texas, facility using certain Hospira products. According to Hospira, in the event that an impacted product is administered to a patient, there is a reasonable probability that the patient may experience adverse events ranging ... Read More

Plaintiffs again request PPI kidney injury MDL

Plaintiffs have filed another motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) hoping to consolidate cases alleging kidney injuries were caused by acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, and Dexilant. MDL No. 2789 IN RE: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation (No. II) was filed on May 31, 2017. The drugs are accused of causing acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, and kidney failure. Some of the complaints against the drug makers include: negligence, design defect, failure to warn, fraudulent concealment, warranty claims, and loss of consortium. In February, the JPML ... Read More

Cashews recalled; may contain glass shards

Customer complaints of finding shards of glass in 8-ounce cans of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt has prompted the manufacturer to voluntarily recall two lots of the product. The Food and Drug Administration reports that New Jersey-based Star Snacks Co. produced the cashews and distributed them to ALDI stores in Washington DC and 28 states including: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The containers include the UPC code ... Read More

Trinity Industries Settles Guardrail Amputation Lawsuit Hours Before Trial

Guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries Inc. has settled a product liability lawsuit brought by a North Carolina man who claims that the company’s unapproved guardrail alterations resulted in a defective product that malfunctioned in a crash and severed his legs. Plaintiff Jay Scott Traylor, who filed the suit in February 2014, reached a settlement with Trinity the day before his case was to go to trial. Trinity informed Dallas County, Texas, District Judge Eric Moye of the settlement after it was agreed upon Monday, May 15. According to the complaint, Mr. Traylor struck a Trinity ET-Plus guardrail on Interstate 40 in ... Read More

Fed-Ex Tractor-Trailer Runs Out of Control, Motorist killed

A tractor-trailer driver lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 95 near the Florida-Georgia border May 15, striking an SUV and killing a Florida man. The Georgia State Patrol said a 2016 Freightliner Federal Express tractor pulling tandem trailers was traveling southbound on I-95 when it crossed the divider barrier and entered the northbound lanes. A 2015 Chevrolet Equinox traveling in the northbound lanes collided with one of the trailers on its right side as it crossed the four lanes of traffic. The Chevy Equinox came to rest under an overpass and the tractor-trailer came to a stop with its ... Read More

Jury Awards Whistleblower $1.5 Million in Retaliation Case

A former fire investigator for the Charlotte, North Carolina Fire Department was awarded $1.5 million by a jury who found the investigator had been fired in retaliation for voicing safety concerns about construction work on a fire department office building. The Charlotte Fire Department fired Crystal Eschert in 2014, claiming a controversial facebook comment she posted on her personal page was offensive and inflammatory and could have ignited trouble in Charlotte at a time when riots broke out in Ferguson, Missouri, over police slayings. Eschert’s facebook comment said: “White guy shot by police yesterday near Ferguson … Where is Obama? ... Read More

Publix recalls dip that may contain glass shards

Check what’s for lunch before digging in. If you have purchased Publix Supermarket Brand Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip, lunch could contain an unwelcome surprise. The grocery chain is voluntarily recalling the dip because it could contain small shards of glass, which would be sure to disrupt a lunch break. The 16-ounce artichoke and spinach dip was sold at Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee and was found in the refrigerated cases in the store’s deli department. Purchases with a UPC of 000-41415-15961, and a use-by-date of May 16 A1 and May 16 C1 ... Read More

Mississippi man sues over Risperdal side effects

Mississippi resident Jermaine Anderson is suing the makers of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal alleging the medication caused him physical injuries. The lawsuit was filed in the San Francisco County Superior Court against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., also known as Ortho McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., and accuses the company of failure to warn, negligence, fraud, and breach of express warranty, among other counts. Anderson claims that after taking Risperdal, known generically as risperidone, that he gained weight rapidly and was diagnosed with hyperprolactinemia, or elevated levels of prolactin, which is the hormone that is produced by pregnant women ... Read More