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Nearly 320,000 Pounds of Meat, Poultry Recalled

An Olympia, Washington-based food production operation is recalling nearly 320,000 pounds of frozen meat and poultry products because they were made with contaminated water. The operation, Correctional Industries, supplies the Washington state Department of Corrections and various senior citizen nutritional programs. Groundwater testing at nearby Fairchild Air Force Base indicated Perfluorooctanesulfonic (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOA) concentrations above Environmental Protection Agency lifetime Health Advisory (HA) levels, a press release issued by the Air Force base explained. The base tested samples from two wells that supply water to Airway Heights, which was the water supply used by Correctional Industries to make ... Read More

Hospira tries to recover from numerous manufacturing violations, recalls

Injectables and biosimilars giant Hospira, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2015, is making efforts to correct major violations and sterility issues at its Lrungattukottai, India plant that were called out in a 2013 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter, said Pfizer officials after a summer re-inspection of the plant by regulators from the U.K., Australia, the U.S., and Canada. During the 2013 inspection that resulted in a warning letter, inspectors had identified major manufacturing violations including failing to properly clean surfaces and using damaged gloves when handling sterile products. Most concerning to inspectors is that those violations were similar ... Read More

GM announces recall notification smartphone apps; aims to make drivers more aware of recalls

The technological advances made in the last decade have given the world the ability to retrieve information in mere seconds, whether it be the weather forecast or social media. Unfortunately, “snail mail” auto recalls have not received the same upgrade, putting many drivers at risk of unknowingly operating dangerous vehicles. However, General Motors (GM) has opted to break the mold by finally creating new smartphone apps with the ability to detect if the user’s vehicle is under recall. The new line of brand-specific smartphone apps is set to replace the automaker’s previous creation – the OnStar RemoteLink app, which served more ... Read More

Drug maker Baxter plagued with numerous recalls in 2015

When Jose Almedia took over as CEO of Baxter International the first week of 2016, the company had just issued its latest recall. This one involved the intravenous solutions sodium chloride and dextrose, used to increase caloric intake and hydration in patients, due to a customer complaint that an insect was found floating in the solution. But this was just the latest woe for the Deerfield, Ill., maker of hospital and renal products. Baxter has been swamped with numerous  quality control issues resulting in recalls throughout 2015: Fifteen lots of IV solutions due to presence of particulate in the solutions that ... Read More

Fiat Chrysler faces record fines and buy-backs for mishandled recalls

A settlement between the U.S. and Fiat Chrysler will require the Italian-American automaker to buy back potentially hundreds of thousands of Dodge Ram pickup trucks from customers and pay a record $105 million civil fine for its alleged misconduct in 23 safety recalls affecting more than 11 million vehicles. Fiat Chrysler also agreed to allow owners of more than a million older Jeeps with dangerously positioned rear gas tanks to trade them in or get paid to have the vehicles repaired. The agreement signals a tougher stance by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has fallen under harsh ... Read More

FDA grants approval to new Hospira injectable drug despite numerous recalls

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval to Hospira’s injectable nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) Dyloject (diclofenac sodium) despite dozens of recalls on the company’s injectable products in the past year. Dyloject is intended as a complement to existing drugs for acute pain in order to provide an additional non-opioid treatment option. Alternatives to powerful opioid medications are favored because, while effective in treating pain, opioids are also addicting and are easily misused and abused. They have been associated with overdoses and deaths. As an injectable form of the drug, Dyloject is more convenient to administer and can be given in small amounts intravenously ... Read More

Ford recalls cars and SUVs for rollaway, crash risk

Ford has announced a recall of nearly 85,000 cars and SUVs for a problem with the axle that increases the risk or a crash or for vehicles to roll out of the “park” position. The recall encompasses the 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT, and the 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS. Ford says there have been no reports of accidents or injuries associated with the defect. The problem is linked to the improper installation of a clip in the axle, according to information released by the automaker. This may allow the halfshaft ... Read More

Refunds for recalled Buckyballs magnets now available online through January 2015

Customers who purchased high-powered magnets known as Buckyballs or Buckycubes made by Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, which is no longer in business, may finally apply for a refund for the recalled products. Owners of this product can return the magnets and get a full refund. Partial refunds may be provided depending on the number of magnets returned.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to immediately stop use of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes and visit BuckyballsRecall.com to request a refund. The loose, high-powered magnets were recalled due to them being a choking hazard for children. Since 2009, the ... Read More

Bollinger Fitness recalls resistance bands for possible injury hazard

Working out or staying in shape is something a lot of us do, but when the equipment puts you at risk there is a problem. Bollinger Fitness has issued a recall totaling about 63,000 units of their fitness resistance bands with door anchor attachment. The black plastic ball attached to the door anchor can unexpectedly release and strike the user posing a serious hazard to the consumer. To date there has been one report of this happening and it resulted in an injury. The fitness band is four feet long and made of gray rubber with black foam handles and ... Read More

Manufacturer to pay steep fine for failing to disclose step ladders pose serious fall hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that Cinmar LLC. of West Chester, Ohio, will pay a $3.1 million civil penalty for failure to truthfully report on a defective product after a 3-0 vote by the commission. The manufacturer failed to disclose that a particular step ladder it produced posed a serious fall hazard to consumers, or issue a timely recall of the defective product. The Frontgate foldaway two- and three-step ladders made of mahogany were sold across the country from 2005 to 2010 for anywhere from $90 to $150. These ladders pose a serious safety hazard because of ... Read More