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Food safety bill aims to clean up America’s food supply

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act passed the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee several months ago and appears to be moving toward final Senate passage in the next few days. The bill, introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. would drastically improve food safety standards and provide extra funding for the research and investigation of contaminants in the nation’s food supply. Durbin has said the bill “can serve as a starting point to bring our food safety laws into the 21st century,” and he also described it as “the first step towards a food safety system that is transparent, risk ... Read More

FDA to meet with AED makers to discuss problems with devices

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are life-saving devices that send a jolt of electric current to the heart of people who are unconscious and suffering from cardiac arrest in order to restore a normal heart rhythm. However, the emergency devices have been plagued by defects over the years that have spurred recalls and caused several injuries and deaths. Now Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking all manufacturers of AEDs to meet with the government and discuss solutions to the problems with the devices. AEDs are used by emergency or medical personnel or by others who have completed CPR AED training ... Read More

Chinese drywall maker to gut and repair 300 Southeastern US homes

Three hundred homeowners in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi will have their homes gutted of toxic Chinese drywall and repaired, thanks to an agreement reached between lawyers representing the affected families, manufacturer Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., and a number of drywall suppliers, home builders, and insurers. Tons of Chinese drywall entered the United States after the national construction boom and  Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans created a shortage of domestically produced drywall. The corrosive, foul-smelling drywall from northeastern China made its way into thousands of homes of across the country, primarily in the South. Under the agreement, Knauf and the other ... Read More

Defective devices used in heart surgery recalled

A device used in heart surgeries is being recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because there is the potential for the device to fracture during use. If this happens, fragments of the device could fall into the patient’s chest cavity and/or damage the heart tissue. The manufacturer has received two reports of device failure during use that required retrieval of the device fragments from the surgical wound. This recall is classified as a Class 1, which is the most serious type of recall issued by the FDA and involves situations in which there is a reasonable probability that ... Read More

Number of children injured by nursery products spikes

The number of children injured by nursery products rose dramatically last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a report released today. Hospital emergency rooms saw an estimated 77,300 children injured by common nursery furniture and other products in 2009 – up by more than 10,000 from 2008. Most of the children (73 percent) sustained fall-related injuries involving infant carriers and car seat carriers, strollers and carriages, and high chairs. Head injuries were the most frequently reported type of injury resulting from these incidents. The good news is that the rate of death has not risen in proportion ... Read More

U.S. Marshals seize food stored at rodent-infested Georgia warehouse

Acting under a court order filed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized an estimated $700,000 worth of rice and other packaged food products from a rodent-infested warehouse in East Point, Georgia. FDA officials said the potentially contaminated food was stored in a warehouse operated by Sun Hong Kai Holding Inc., which does business mainly in the Southeastern U.S. as United Food Service. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued a warrant for the seizure of all FDA-regulated food stored in the warehouse in permeable containers. The federal government’s complaint alleges that the ... Read More

Contaminated celery linked to four deaths in Texas

Health officials in Texas have ordered the closure of a food processing plant where celery contaminated with listeriosis bacteria is believed to have originated. Investigators from the Texas Department of State Health Services say that the celery has sickened at least six people in Texas, four of whom died. Health officials also issued a recall of all the produce that has passed through a SanGar Produce & Processing plant in San Antonio since January after tests revealed six of the ten known listeriosis cases in Texas were identical to samples taken from the plant. The other four cases remain under ... Read More

Like US, EU fights rising tide of dangerous Chinese-made products

RAPEX, the European Union’s rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products (excluding food, pharmaceutical, and medical devices), released its annual report of the most dangerous products flooding the European market, and Chinese-made products top the list. Although this isn’t the first time made-in-China has dominated RAPEX reports, the findings indicate the problem is growing in Europe as rapidly as it is in the United States. It’s no secret that products manufactured in China consistently pose more dangers to consumers than domestically manufactured goods. Poisonous lead paint in children’s toys, toxic cadmium in jewelry, lethal melamine in pet food and baby ... Read More

FDA orders removal of weight loss drug Meridia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA is removing the weight loss drug Meridia (sibutramine) because studies show the drug increases the risk of serious cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. Meridia was approved in November 1997 for weight loss and maintenance of weight loss in obese people, as well as in certain people with other risks for heart disease. The drug was initially approved because clinical data showed that more people receiving sibutramine lost at least 5 percent of their body weight than people on placebo who relied on diet and exercise alone. However, disturbing data began to ... Read More

FDA accuses Tylenol maker of not promptly fixing quality problems

A Johnson & Johnson manufacturing plant will begin shipping bottles of grape-flavored children’s Tylenol this week as the drug company’s chief executive faces a congressional committee to explain how the once-trusted company could have let its quality standards go so far downhill as to result in massive recalls of over-the-counter J&J medicines over the past year. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigators uncovered a recurring “failure to investigate and correct product problems in a prompt and thorough manner,” at the company’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare manufacturing plants, agency principal deputy Joshua Sharfstein told lawmakers at the hearing. The problems were of ... Read More