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Company agrees to pay $2 million penalty for selling recalled products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that Meijer, Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich., has agreed to pay a $2 million civil penalty to settle charges accusing the company of knowingly selling and distributing 12 different recalled consumer products. Between April 2010 and April 2011, around 1,700 units of recalled consumer products were resold to customers. The sale or distribution in commerce of a consumer product that is subject to voluntary correction action, such as a recall, that has been publicly announced and advised by the CPSC is against federal law. Meijer distributed the recalled products through a third party ... Read More

Listeria testing triggers nationwide recall of walnuts and hummus

Just days after Walmart settled 23 civil claims with families of victims harmed by a deadly listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe, two more U.S. food manufacturers have issued recalls after finding listeria in their products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that one recall involves walnuts from St. Louis, Missouri-based Sherman Produce Company. The company said it is recalling 241 cases of bulk walnuts after routine sampling detected the bacteria. The other recall involves Lansal Inc., a Massachusetts processed foods manufacturer that is commonly known as “Hot Mama’s Foods.” The company said it is voluntarily recalling hummus and ... Read More

Jensen Farms cantaloupe victims reach settlement with Walmart

Walmart agreed this week to settle nearly two dozen lawsuits filed by families of victims who died in a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people and was traced by federal health officials to cantaloupe grown by Colorado-based Jensen Farms. The terms of the settlement remain confidential, but it resolves all 23 claims against Walmart, which sold the tainted cantaloupe in several states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska. The plaintiffs have reached settlements with a few other smaller retailers, but the lawsuits will proceed against Kroger grocery chain, food safety auditor The Primus Group, and Frontera Produce, ... Read More

Toyota entering settlement talks to resolve pending sudden-acceleration lawsuits

All federal and state litigation involving sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles has been stayed after the automaker agreed to enter into an intensive settlement process that could resolve hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death cases it faces. Toyota has spent about $2 billion in legal costs since 2009 disputing hundreds of claims that its cars and trucks sped out of control unexpectedly, causing numerous crashes, injuries, and deaths. It has also spend millions more in efforts to restore its image and reputation as a high-quality, safety-oriented auto manufacturer as sudden-acceleration complaints continued to mount against it. But despite ... Read More

Oklahoma jury awards plaintiffs $3 million in Toyota sudden acceleration case

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Toyota Motor Corp. must pay $3 million to the families of an Oklahoma woman killed and another seriously injured when the 2005 Camry they were riding in suddenly surged out of control and crashed into an embankment, an Oklahoma state court jury decided last week. The verdict came as welcome news to the families of Barbara Schwarz, who was killed in the horrific 2007 crash, and Jean Bookout, the driver, who survived with debilitating injuries. It also represents a significant milestone for hundreds of other plaintiffs with personal-injury and wrongful-death lawsuits against Toyota pending in the ... Read More

Honda recalls vehicles for faulty brakes

Honda has issued a worldwide recall for vehicles whose brakes may be improperly manufactured, posing a risk of failure, which could result in a crash. In the U.S., affected models are the 2006 model year Acura RSX and 2006 and 2007 model years Honda S2000. The manufacturer reports power brake booster parts were not made according to specifications. As a result, vehicle owners may experience a decrease in braking power over time, which could result in a crash. Honda has no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of the defect to date. Vehicle owners will be notified by ... Read More

Beef jerky recalled by Alabama manufacturer for potential food allergens

Hickory Hollow Jerky, LLC, based in Eufaula, Ala., has issued a recall on 1,800 pounds of flavored beef jerky products due to improper labeling that does not notify consumers of a potential allergen. The products contain Worcestershire sauce and anchovy paste (fish), a known allergen, which could pose a hazard to consumers with allergies. Products included in the recall are: 3-oz. Original Recipe “HICKORY HOLLOW BEEF JERKY” bearing the establishment number “EST. 34550” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the label. 3-oz. Sweet Heat BBQ “HICKORY HOLLOW BEEF JERKY” bearing the establishment number “EST. 34550” inside the USDA mark ... Read More

LED light bulbs recalled due to fire hazard

Lighting Science Group, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a voluntary recall for its 120-volt LED light bulbs. The bulbs can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The manufacturer has received 68 reports of product failure, eight of which were accompanied by visible smoke or fire conditions. There have been no injuries reported. The recall affects 554,000 units sold as 6- or 8-watt bulbs (equivalent to 40- or 50-watts). They were marketed under brand names Definity, EcoSmart, Sylvania and Westinghouse and sold at various retailers including hardware, lighting and electrical supply stores. The model numbers ... Read More

Honda recalling Pilot and Acura vehicles for unexpected braking

American Honda announced it will recall close to 190,000 vehicles due to problems with the brakes. The manufacturer reports the brake may engage without input by the driver while the car is in motion. The recall includes the 2005 model year Honda Pilot, Acura MDX and Acura RL vehicles and the 2006 model year Acura MDX vehicle. Honda reports the problem appears to originate with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system. According to an official news release, “If an electrical capacitor on the VSA control unit was damaged during manufacture, the VSA system could malfunction and apply a small amount ... Read More

Peanut Corporation of America executive indicted by Grand Jury on charges stemming from Salmonella Outbreak

The owner of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), where one of the deadliest Salmonella outbreaks in U.S. history originated, has been indicted by a federal Grand Jury on 76 criminal charges. A group of employees and associates of the now-defunct company have also been arraigned in connection to the 2009 outbreak, which killed 9 people and sickened more than 700. According to the indictment, unsealed this week, PCA’s former owner, Stewart Parnell, 58, is charged with committing criminal fraud and conspiracy for allegedly selling and shipping out peanut products known to be contaminated. The Salmonella-tainted peanut butter and other peanut-based ... Read More