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671 Sickened, 3 Dead from 34-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cucumbers


An Salmonella outbreak of illnesses linked to Mexican-grown cucumbers has expanded to 34 states, prompting federal officials to step up multistate recall efforts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a number of state and local health officials continue to investigate the outbreak of illnesses caused by a strain of Salmonella Poona, which has infected nearly 700 people in 34 states. The FDA announced Wednesday that 113 people have been hospitalized with salmonellosis and three people have died after eating contaminated cucumbers grown in Baja, Mexico, and supplied by Andrew ... Read More

Windshield note attempts to shame Portland Volkswagen driver over emissions

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Volkswagen dropped a bomb on millions of its customers earlier this month when it confessed to adding an emissions cheat in millions of its vehicles. Now, in what seems like a skit straight out of Portlandia, some drivers of VW vehicles are being shamed for driving their cars. At least one Portland, Ore., resident reported finding a note attached to his vehicle. “Hello, VW TDI owner,” the note states. “While cute, your TDI is outfitted with a cheating device meant to elude emission standards.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California regulators publicly confirmed the existence of the cheat, ... Read More

NHTSA Discovers Fiat Chrysler Underreported Defects, Accident Deaths


Fiat Chrysler failed to properly report safety problems to federal authorities, a practice that resulted in a “significant” underreporting of fatal accidents involving its vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday. The findings deepen Fiat Chrysler’s regulatory woes and will likely result in more major fines for the automaker. In July, the Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay fines of $105 million for mishandling 23 safety recalls affecting 11 million vehicles. On Tuesday, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said the agency was prepared to “take appropriate action after gathering additional information on the scope and causes of this failure.” ... Read More

GM To Pay $900-Million Criminal Fine To End Ignition Switch Probe

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General Motors (GM) has reached a deal with federal prosecutors requiring the automaker to pay $900 million to settle criminal charges related to its mishandling and cover-up of defective ignition switches, which have been linked to at least 124 deaths and many more injuries. The settlement tentatively concludes the Justice Department’s year-long criminal probe into GM’s botched and illegal responses to its deadly ignition switch flaws, which affected 2.6 million vehicles. Rather than issue prompt, potentially life-saving recalls when it first recognized the problem more than a decade ago, GM instead concealed the problem and denied it existed. Under the ... Read More

Pharmacy recalls all sterile drug products due to contamination concerns


Alabama state and federal officials have ordered a recall on all non-expired drug products produced for sterile use and distributed nationwide by Medistat RX, LLC, in Foley, Ala., due to possible contamination that may be linked to several adverse events in patients. During an ongoing investigation, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials and Alabama state inspectors observed significant deficiencies that raise concerns about Medistat’s ability to assure the sterility of drug products that it produced. The recalled products were distributed between Nov. 1, 2014, and Sept. 3, 2015. Administration of non-sterile drug products intended to be sterile may cause serious ... Read More

TCP and CPSC announce LED Downlight recall due to shock hazard

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Almost 25,000 LED Downlights are under recall by Technical Consumer Products (TCP) after a discovery that the lights’ internal wiring may come into contact with its metal trim, thus posing an electric shock hazard to consumers. More than 6,000 of the LED downlights were also sold in Canada. The downlight recall involves two separate types of lights: “Connected” TCP 5-inch and 6-inch LED Downlight retrofits for recessed cans. Both of the replacement downlights are white in appearance, producing either a soft white (2700 Kelvin) or bright white (5000 Kevin) color temperature. The black base of the recalled light should have the ... Read More

Driver’s Manslaughter Conviction Overturned, GM Ignition Switch Blamed

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A woman who was thrown in jail for causing a 2012 car crash that killed her passed has had her criminal convictions reversed by a Pennsylvania judge who found GM’s faulty ignition switch was to blame for the accident. LaKisha Ward-Green, 25, of Ward-Hills, Penn., was driving her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt when she swerved to avoid a vehicle and hit a pole, then bounced back into the road where her car struck a school bus. The impact instantly killed 16-year-old Robert Chambers IV, whom Ms. Ward-Green had picked up from school. The car’s airbags did not deploy. Ms. Ward-Green was arrested ... Read More

Ruptured Takata Airbag in VW Vehicle Triggers Federal Probe

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Federal auto safety authorities are expanding their probe of potentially deadly airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata to include some Volkswagen vehicles. The move comes after the German automaker notified U.S. regulators of a faulty airbag rupture that occurred in a 2015 VW Tiguan crossover in June. According to The Detroit News, VW reported the airbag incident to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in July. The report states that a Takata-made side curtain airbag ruptured after the driver hit a deer. The driver did not seek medical attention after the crash. In response to the report, NHTSA issued ... Read More

Ice Cream Production Resumes At Blue Bell’s Alabama Plant

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There are some promising signs that Blue Bell ice cream will soon be available in stores again after an outbreak of Listeria poisoning traced to its products earlier this year caused the company to shut down production at all of its facilities. The Brenham, Texas-based ice cream company started making ice cream again in its Sylacauga, Ala., plant July 20 under a “test and hold” policy, meaning that no products are being sold. Instead they are retained to test for bacterial contamination. So far, the new batches of ice cream have passed the tests, officials with the Alabama Department of ... Read More

Peanut exec faces life sentence in “unprecedented” food poisoning case


U.S. government prosecutors have recommended a life sentence to a former peanut company owner convicted of knowingly selling and distributing a variety of peanut products contaminated with salmonella. Lawyers for both prosecution and defense say the recommended sentence of life in prison for Stewart Parnell, the 61-year-old head of Peanut Corporation of America, is “unprecedented” for a food poisoning case. Court documents show the U.S. Probation Office determined that Mr. Parnell’s crimes fell “in a life sentence Guidelines range” using sentencing calculations and guidelines. These calculations and determinations will be given to the federal judge to assist in sentencing Sept. ... Read More