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Frozen Burritos Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

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A New Mexico company that makes frozen burritos announced a recall May 13 of about 253,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meat and chicken burritos out of concerns that the products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal foodborne illness. Green Chile Concepts LLC of Las Cruces, New Mexico, said the burritos included in the recall are sold under the brand name Green Chile Food Company and are available frozen, refrigerated, and hot in certain convenience stores, vending machines, and other retail locations nationwide. All of the burritos are ready-to-eat and packaged ... Read More

Fiat-Chrysler Recalling 1.25 Million Ram Pickups For Software Flaw

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Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles said Friday it will recall more than 1.25 million Ram pickup trucks to correct a software error that could cause the vehicle’s airbags and seatbelts to malfunction in a rollover crash. The software glitch could disable the side airbags and seatbelt tension devices that protect motorists in a rollover caused by a significant underbody impact, such as running over debris on the road or driving off-road. The company says the chances of such a malfunction occurring are small because a sequence of events was needed to cause such an accident, but the faulty code has been linked to ... Read More

Another Hepatitis A Outbreak In Hawaii Linked to Raw Tuna

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People who ate raw tuna products from several supermarkets and restaurants on the island of Oahu, Hawaii between April 27 and May 1 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says in a recall notice for raw frozen tuna. The FDA’s announcement of the recall and potential hepatitis A exposure come less than a year after Hawaii struggled to identify the source of and contain the state’s largest-ever hepatitis A outbreak, which was eventually linked to contaminated frozen scallops from the Philippines used in sushi. The current recall includes frozen tuna ... Read More

Aunt Jemima Products Recalled For Potential Listeria Contamination

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The parent company of Aunt Jemima breakfast foods is recalling more than a dozen pancake, waffle, French toast, and other products over concerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pinnacle Foods discovered the presence of Listeria germs in its manufacturing facility during routine testing and chose to recall all potentially affected products as a precautionary measure, regardless of the “best by” date on the packaging. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recalled products, which include Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, frozen waffles, and frozen French toast slices. Aunt ... Read More

Malaysian Man Sues Takata, Honda in U.S. Over Wife’s Airbag Death

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Takata Corp. and Honda are facing a new wrongful-death lawsuit filed in the United States by a Malaysian man whose wife was killed by shrapnel blasting from a defective Takata airbag. In his lawsuit, Dr. Abdullah Shamshir Abdul Mokti, a Malaysian national, says he wants the airbag manufacturer and Japanese automaker to disclose more about the dangers of the airbags, which are prone to deploy with deadly force in fender benders, parking lot bumps, and other minor collisions. Dr. Shamshir’s 29-year-old wife, Nida Fatin Mat Asis, who was also a doctor, died April 16, 2016, when her 2006 Honda City ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Severely Injures Australian Woman

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A defective Takata airbag malfunctioned and blasted metal shrapnel, seriously injuring an Australian woman driving a Toyota Rav4 SUV, authorities in the northern Australia city of Darwin said. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the 21-year-old Darwin woman was struck in the head by metal fragments of the Takata airbag container, which blew apart when the unit deployed with lethal force. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that that the unnamed woman is “fighting for her life” with serious head trauma in Royal Darwin Hospital. The injury is the first of its kind reported in Australia. Defective Takata airbags have ... Read More

All Top Three Automakers Now Under U.S. Regulatory Observation

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Volkswagen’s $4.3 billion settlement of criminal and civil penalties resulting from its emissions fraud subjects the German automaker to three years of probation and daily regulatory scrutiny. Now, with the VW deal, the world’s top three automakers are under close federal oversight to ensure their compliance with auto rules and regulations. On April 21, federal judge Sean Cox in Michigan approved a $4.3 billion criminal and civil settlement reached between the U.S. government and Volkswagen six weeks prior. Part of that deal puts the automaker under the watchful eye of an independent, court-approved monitor. Toyota, the world’s leading auto manufacturer, ... Read More

Salvaged Takata Airbags Threaten Lives, Latest Airbag Injury Shows

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Honda Motor Corp. said Wednesday that an 18-year-old female was seriously injured in Las Vegas March 3 when the Takata airbag in her 2002 Accord exploded in a minor rear-end collision. The airbag rupture nearly killed Karina Dorado, a customer service call center worker, by puncturing her trachea. Trauma surgeons removed metal pieces of the Takata airbag and its housing from her neck and vocal cords, which were also damaged. She is still being treated for neck injuries. While automakers, federal regulators, and civic and municipal leaders are pushing car owners affected by the massive Takata airbag recall to have ... Read More

Polaris Recalls All 2015 Ranger 900 ROVs For Fire, Burn Hazard

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Recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) manufacturer Polaris is recalling about 51,000 model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger 900-series ROVs, saying the heat shield on the affected vehicles can fall off, posing the risk of fire and burn injuries. The recall involves all model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger XP 900, XP 900 EPS, and CREW 900 ROVs, which were made in a variety of colors and have either three or six seats and a rear box. The name “Ranger” is printed on the rear box, and “900” is printed on the hood of the recalled ROVs. Polaris says that all 2015 Ranger 900 models and ... Read More

Teavana Flip Tumblers Recalled Over Breakage, Burn Risks

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Starbucks unit Teavana is recalling more than 23,000 of 14-ounce “flip tumblers” sold in the U.S. after receiving a dozen reports that the item leaks and poses a burn risk. The tumblers, which are designed to hold hot liquid and steep hot tea, come with a clear plastic cap and a welded black base that screws onto a stainless steel tumbler. The tumblers were sold in black and silver models with the name “Teavana” printed on the side. They were sold in Teavana stores nationwide and online at Tevan.com from October 2016 through February 2017 for about $40. According to ... Read More