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Listeria outbreak widens, FDA and cantaloupe farms search for answers

The deadly listeria outbreak that federal inspectors say is linked to Colorado-grown cantaloupe continues to expand, leaving many consumers across the country gripped with fear over the bacteria that can incubate within a person for 2 months before any signs of illness appear. The Associated Press has reported that an elderly woman from the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, area died during the weekend after being diagnosed with listeria. Although it will take at least a week to test whether the strain of bacteria found in the woman matches the strain found on the recalled cantaloupes, the woman’s family says that she ... Read More

Feds ramp up probe of Jeep Liberty SUVs over corrosion, loss of control

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is stepping up its investigation of some 200,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs for rust problems that could cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. This latest probe is third time NHTSA investigators have investigated corrosion problems in the Jeep Liberty line. The current probe focuses on 2004 and 2005 model-year Jeep Liberties. According to NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigations, the agency has reviewed 22 complaints from Jeep Liberty owners about excessive corrosion leading to the failure of their vehicles’ lower control arms. NHTSA received 13 of the complaints and another 9 complaints were received ... Read More

‘Real Housewife’s’ drink line reportedly ‘too toxic’ for Whole Foods

The Whole Foods grocery chain has reportedly yanked Skinnygirl Margaritas, bottled cocktails concocted by Bethenny Frankel of Real Housewives of New York City fame, off its shelves after discovering it contained an ingredient that has been linked to leukemia and other forms of cancer. On the Skinnygirl website, Frankel calls the drink “the margarita you can trust” for its “all natural ingredients” and “no preservatives,” when actually the drink contains sodium benzoate – a preservative that becomes carcinogenic when combined with vitamin C (ascorbic acid). The Whole Foods grocery chain, which specializes in selling only natural and organic products, said ... Read More

FDA warns of strangulation risk with ShoulderFlex personal massager

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers, businesses and health care professionals who use, sell or recommend the ShoulderFlex Massager to stop doing so because the device has been linked to life-threatening injuries and deaths. The ShoulderFlex massager is a personal massage device designed for home use to provide deep tissue massage to the neck, shoulders and back while the user lies on a flat surface. It consists of a massage unit that sits beneath the neck, a handheld controller, a memory foam pillow, and a machine-washable sleeve. The device contains a rotating bar with removable massage “fingers” ... Read More

Nissan truck, SUV owners say manufacturer should have recalled vehicles

Owners of the popular Nissan vehicles including Frontiers, Pathfinders and Xterras are angry about the way the auto manufacturer has handled potential problems with their radiators, which have the potential to cause a serious failure in the vehicles’ transmission. In October 2010, Nissan issued an “extended warranty” on the radiators of 2005-2010 year models of these vehicles, extending coverage from three years or 36,000 miles to eight years or 80,000 miles. But owners who experienced expensive transmission failures say the warranty extension isn’t good enough, and that Nissan should have issued a full recall on the affected automobiles. Transmission experts ... Read More

Manufacturer recalls 36 million pounds of turkey after dozens fall ill

Minneapolis-based food giant Cargill is recalling 36 million pounds of turkey products while inspectors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health agencies hunt down the source of a potent salmonella outbreak that has sickened dozens of people for months and left one person dead in California. Salmonella Heidelberg, an antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria, began sickening people in the United States in March, with reported cases spread across 26 states from coast to coast. The recall is one of the largest and most extensive meat recalls ever. Cargill announced Wednesday that it is recalling fresh ... Read More

Ground turkey is the likely cause of salmonella outbreak, CDC says

An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has caused one death and at least 76 illnesses in the United States is likely linked to eating ground turkey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Monday. Federal officials continue to investigate the outbreak of Salmonella-Heidelberg, which has been reported in 26 states. Ohio and Michigan have the highest concentration of infections so far, with 10 cases each, followed by Texas, California, and Pennsylvania, which accounted for an additional 20 cases. According to the CDC, 49 percent of the ill persons with available information have reported eating ground turkey in recent ... Read More

New product safety database a success, but still under attack

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new Saferproducts database has been operating for little more than four months, but it is already a successful and valuable tool for consumers and manufacturers alike, says Consumer Reports. “There have been hundreds of thousands of visits to the new website, and people are reporting safety problems as intended,” Consumer Reports says. Some manufacturers had even found the database helpful to them in identifying potential hazards in their products and addressing them as needed. Still, a powerful anti-consumer lobby wants the database shut down, and it is using politics to achieve that. While the ... Read More

Colt 45’s new fruity high-alcohol drinks come under attack

Just as quickly as one energy-drink style alcoholic beverage is banned, another, more potentially dangerous one hits the store shelves. The latest drink creating a big buzz and a backlash to match is a sugary malt liquor drink called “Blast,” made by Colt 45, a division of Pabst Brewing Company. Blast is packaged in tall 23-ounce cans and is available in four fruity flavors (strawberry lemon, blueberry pomegranate, grape, and raspberry watermelon). Although Blast does not contain caffeine like Four Loko and other alcoholic energy drinks, which came under attack by the Food and Dug Administration last year, the new ... Read More

ER surgeon: Lawn mower injuries among the worst and hardest to treat

More than 200,000 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms last year for injuries they received while mowing a lawn, according to reports by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Orthapaedic Surgeons, and three other medical organizations. Unfortunately, data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission finds that lawn-mower injuries, considered by many doctors to be among the worst injuries they treat, have been on the rise. The blades on most power mowers can exceed 200 mph and the standard lawn mower spins between 2,880 and 3,600 revolutions per minute, depending on the load, thickness, and height ... Read More