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FDA speeds up medical device recall notification in 2017

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vowed that it will deliver warnings regarding recalled medical devices to the public in a more timely manner in 2017. The FDA defines a medical device recall as a correction or removal action to address a problem with a device that violates FDA law. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health. When the FDA learns of a company’s recall or removal action regarding a medical device, the agency reviews the strategy the company poses ... Read More

Sargento cheese recall targets certain products potentially exposed to Listeria monocytogenes

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Sargento Foods Inc., an American food producer popular for its wide selection of cheese products, has announced a recall of specialty Longhorn Colby cheese due to potential exposure to Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes are responsible for causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in both young children and frail or elderly adults, especially those with weakened immune systems. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the cheese supplier Deutsche Kase Haus LLC notified the Sargento earlier this year, prompting the company to recall not only the aforementioned cheese, but also any cheese packaged on the same production line. The ... Read More

Audi Recalls About 580,000 Vehicles For Engine Fire Hazard and Exploding Airbag Risk

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Volkswagen is recalling nearly 580,000 of its luxury brand Audi vehicles in the U.S. to repair problems that could lead to engine fires and exploding airbags. One recall involves 342,867 model year 2013-2017 Audi A5 and Audi A5 Cabriolet cars with turbocharged engines and a coolant pump that can become clogged with debris and catch fire. The company is also recalling 234,054 2011-2017 Q5 SUVs because water from the sunroof drainage system can soak into the foam surrounding the side air bag inflators, potentially causing the inflator to explode. According to Tech Times, “the moisture from the foam could corrode ... Read More

FDA Warns Cookie Dough Maker That Listeria Threats Persist

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The Iowa-based food manufacturer whose cookie dough products spurred recalls for Blue Bell ice cream, Weight Watchers sundaes, Publix-brand ice cream, and a number of other products for potential Listeria contamination has received a notice from federal regulators warning that the actions the company took to clean up its operations may not have been adequate. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, produces cookie dough and a variety of other products, which it supplies to other food producers who use them as an ingredient in their own products. Ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries was the first to detect a problem ... Read More

Florida Man Injured By Exploding Airbag Sues Takata, Honda

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A Florida man filed a federal lawsuit against Japanese auto supplier Takata, Honda Motor Co., and related companies, alleging a defective airbag made by Takata and installed by Honda malfunctioned and caused him severe injuries. According to the Florida Record, Evelio Ruiz filed his complaint in a U.S. District Court in Miami Jan. 12. He claims the Takata airbag in his 2002 Honda Accord deployed with dangerous force in a collision he had in March 2015. Like many other motorists injured by the flawed airbags, Mr. Ruiz suffered from multiple lacerations to his neck. Such injuries occur when the airbag’s ... Read More

New Mexico Sues Takata Over Defective Airbags

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The State of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against Japanese auto supplier Takata and several automakers in connection to the sale of vehicles with airbags that are prone to rupture with deadly force. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed the lawsuit Jan. 20, claiming that Takata and the automakers it supplied had a duty to ensure their products were safe and that their withholding knowledge of the airbag defects amounted to “unfair, deceptive and unconscionable trade practices under New Mexico law,” the Associated Press reported. The lawsuit asserts that automakers share the blame for equipping their vehicles with ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Injures Honda Fit Driver in Japan

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A driver in Japan was injured by a Takata airbag that exploded in a Honda Fit, Honda Motor Co said Tuesday. Few details about the incident were given, but Honda said the explosion occurred late last month in the passenger-side airbag in one of its Fit compact multi-purpose vehicles. As with so many other Takata airbag malfunctions, the airbag in this incident reportedly behaved more like a bomb than a life-saving safety device, blasting metal shrapnel into the vehicle and causing slight burns to the driver’s leg. Fortunately the driver in this case was able to escape serious injury. Had ... Read More

Hy-Vee Recalls Candy Trays Over Potentially Contaminated Chocolate Products

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The Hy-Vee chain of Midwestern grocery stores is recalling several candy trays it produced under the Hy-Vee brand using chocolate supplied by the Palmer Candy Company, which was recalled earlier in the week due to potential Salmonella contamination. The Hy-Vee recall, announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company Jan. 12, stems from the use of milk powder produced by Valley Milk Products LLC. The potentially contaminated powdered milk was used by Palmer as an ingredient in a compound chocolate coating for its candy products, which it supplied to grocery, convenience store, and wholesalers nationwide for ... Read More

Honda and Ford add 1.5 million U.S. vehicles to Takata Airbag Recall

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Honda Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co. announced they are recalling more the 1.5 million additional vehicles in the U.S. for repairs to airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata, which can degrade over time and inflate with deadly force. Honda, which has already recalled more than 10.7 million vehicles under the Takata recall, added 772,000 additional Honda and Acura vehicles to the recall list on Tuesday. Ford said that it recalling more than 816,000 vehicles. Honda’s latest round of airbag recalls covers the model year 2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2006-2011 Honda Civic, 2000-2012 Honda Fit, 2010 to 2012 Honda Insight, 2005 ... Read More

Potentially Contaminated Powdered Milk Triggers Recall of Hostess Twinkies and Palmer Candy Products

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A milk powder produced by Valley Milk products and used in an ingredient in various holiday confections has triggered two separate food safety recalls involving Hostess Twinkies and Palmer Candy Company chocolates over potential Salmonella contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Hostess Brands LLC is voluntarily recalling its Holdiay White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies because the confectionary coating used on the products contains milk powder made by Valley Milk Products that is potentially contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This Hostess recall applies only to the White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies (UPC 888109111571), which were only sold in multipack boxes ... Read More