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Dole recalls packaged salad linked to listeria contamination, one death

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Dole Food Co. Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a multi-state recall for packaged salads possibly contaminated with a strain of the listeria monocytogenes (listeriosis) bacteria. The CDC reports one person has died and 12 were hospitalized after eating packaged salads prepared and distributed at Dole’s Springfield, Ohio, facility. According to a CDC news release, the outbreak has affected people in six states. One person from Michigan died as a result of listeriosis, and one of the 12 people hospitalized was pregnant. The CDC reports five people who fell ill reported eating ... Read More

Pier 1 Imports announces Swingasan chair and stand recall; more than 20 injuries reported

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Popular home furnishings and décor store Pier 1 Imports has announced a recall of about 260,000 Swingasan® chairs and stands. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the suspension hardware used by the chair and stands can break or become unstable during use, thus posing a fall hazard to consumers. The Swingasan chair and stand recall, sold separately, involves a chair made of wrought iron frame covered with woven plastic wicker, which hangs from a steel stand sold in four different colors. The following product descriptions and dimensions (in inches) are included in the Swingasan chair and stand ... Read More

Possible Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Crash Kills Five, Injures Three In California

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ONTARIO, Calif., — A deadly New Year’s Eve crash that claimed the lives of five people in Ontario, Calif., has attracted the attention of federal transportation safety investigators after reports emerged that the offending vehicle – a Toyota Yaris – started to speed out of control. The report could reignite concerns of sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles, a defect that potentially affected millions of vehicles in the U.S. as early as 2007, causing unexpected high-power acceleration and crashes. A spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told CBS News that it sent a special crash investigations team ... Read More

U.S. Justice Dept Opens Criminal Probe of Blue Bell In Wake Of Listeria Crisis

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Ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell is facing a criminal investigation after federal authorities found evidence the company knew that at least one of its plants was contaminated with Listeria as early as 2013 but failed to act. Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries recalled all of its ice cream products in April after an outbreak of Listeria illnesses in four states that killed three people was linked to ice cream made in the contaminated facilities. The company subsequently shut down all three of its manufacturing plants in Brenham, Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Sylacauga, Ala., to disinfect equipment, make repairs, and bring its ... Read More

Martha Stewart Collection cookware set recall announced due to frying pan injuries

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More than 120,000 Martha Stewart Collection 10-piece Stainless Steel Cookware Sets have been recalled by Macy’s due to an unusual injury hazard caused by the set’s frying pans. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the frying pans have metal discs used to cover their rivets that can pop off unexpectedly, hitting consumers and posing an injury hazard. The Martha Stewart Collection cookware set recall affects stainless steel cookware sets including an 8-inch and a 10-inch stainless pan. The frying pans should have two rivets covered by stainless steel discs used to attach the frying pan to the handle. ... Read More

Eighth U.S. Death Blamed on Exploding Takata Airbag

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A 13-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who was killed in a July crash near Pittsburgh, Penn., is the eighth U.S. fatality linked to defective airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata, which have been recalled in millions of vehicles worldwide for their potential to explode with deadly force. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the boy was killed in an early morning crash that occurred in a 2001 Honda Accord coupe, one of the vehicles that had been recalled for Takata airbags that contain a faulty inflator. A Pennsylvania State Police report of the crash indicates the minor was ... Read More

CDC Links Salmonella Outbreak To Nut Butter Spreads

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An Oregon-based producer of organic, sprouted nut butter spreads has recalled all of its nut-based products after a group of patients sickened with salmonella in several states reported eating the nut butter. Investigators with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday that an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to sprouted nut butters made by JEM Raw Chocolate LLC has spread to California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey and Oregon. Eleven people have been sickened after consuming the spreads. The first illness was reported on ... Read More

NTSB Pushes To Fix Flawed Tire Recall System

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Auto manufacturers and suppliers are usually able to track down vehicle owners whenever a safety recall is underway and make any needed repairs.  But when tires are recalled over safety concerns, manufacturers may not be able to find and contact customers. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation, the U.S. needs a better tire recall system to connect tire manufacturers with customers because the way tires are currently registered and recalled is ineffective. “Our investigation revealed that very few tires are actually registered for recall purposes,” said NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart. “So manufacturers cannot contact drivers if their ... Read More

Home Depot was selling 28 different recalled products that may be dangerous, CPSC says

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When an item goes through the recall process, it is required that the stores stocking the item immediately remove all stock from store shelves and prevent consumers from unknowingly purchasing a defective product. Unfortunately, Home Depot has been selling 28 different recalled products – all of which pose a variety of hazards to consumers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CPSC and Home Depot are now in the process of ensuring all of the sold items are appropriately handled by their respective companies. From 2012 through 2015, more than 2,300 recalled products were sold by Home Depot, either to ... Read More

New VW recall announced for possible power-assisted brake failure

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A new VW recall will include 92,000 vehicles in the U.S. that may have faulty brakes. Volkswagen officials say a mechanical problem may impair power-assisted brakes, increasing the risk of a crash. The latest VW recall includes 2015 and 2016 year model Beetles, Golfs, Jettas and Passats with 1.8-liter and 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines. Volkswagen is still reeling from an October announcement that several of its diesel-powered vehicles were equipped with a so-called “cheat device” designed to disguise actual emissions during testing. The software disguised true nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission on more than 10 million diesel vehicles, allowing them ... Read More