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Salmonella Concerns Prompt Recall of Publix Brand Pancake and Waffle Mixes

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Publix grocery stores are pulling certain store-brand pancake and waffle mixes from their shelves in Alabama and several other states after being notified by a supplier that the milk powder used as an ingredient may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The recalled products include 16-ounce boxes of Publix Premium Banana-Flavored Chocolate Chip Pancake & Waffle Mix (4141503503), Publix Premium Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix (4141503703), and Publix Premium Blueberry Flavored Pancake & Waffle Mix (4141503603). The numbers are Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTINs) and are located near the bar code on the product packaging. The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain operates ... Read More

J&J pays big for Risperdal’s gynecomastia side effect


Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals face more than 13,000 lawsuits over claims that their antipsychotic drug Risperdal causes adolescent boys to grow large, disfiguring breasts. The sixth trial is currently underway and time will tell if jurors will hold the drug companies accountable. In February 2015, the first Risperdal side effects lawsuit went to trial. The jury awarded Austin Pledger, who was 20 at the time, $2.5 million after finding that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen didn’t adequately warn that the medication could cause boys and young men to grow female breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. ... Read More

Texas teen will have day in court over alleged Risperdal side effects


T.M. of Texas was about 7 years old in 2004 when he was prescribed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. He was on the medication for four years and was eventually diagnosed with gynecomastia, a disfiguring condition in which adolescent boys develop female breasts. T.M., now 19, is suing Risperdal maker Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, alleging the companies did not disclose the gynecomastia risks associated with the drug. T.M.’s case is scheduled to go to trial Friday, making it the sixth Risperdal side effects lawsuit to be heard in Philadelphia since the bellwether began in January. Four of the ... Read More

CFO Whistleblower Awarded Nearly $2 Million In Wrongful Termination Case


A federal administrative law judge has awarded the former chief financial officer of a chain of medical clinics in the Northwest nearly $2 million, finding credibility with his claim that he was fired in retribution for refusing to wrongfully alter financial reports. Greg Becker, the former CFO of Rockwood Clinic, which operates a dozen primary care clinics in the Spokane, Wash., and Couer d’Alene, Idaho, areas, sued his employer and its parent company, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, in 2012. Mr. Becker alleged that the company repeatedly tried to bully him into lowering the company’s projected losses for 2012 from $12.8 ... Read More

Bus Company Involved in Chattanooga School Bus Crash Has Blemished Safety Record

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The fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., that left six children dead and dozens of others injured Monday afternoon wasn’t the first deadly wreck for the bus’s corporate owner, federal safety data show. Illinois-based Durham School Services owns and operates more than 13,000 buses and employs an equivalent number of drivers, including Johnthony Walker, 24, the driver who lost control of his bus Monday while it was carrying 35 elementary school children. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data shows that Durham has been involved in 346 crashes in the last 24 months. Of those crashes, 142 resulted in ... Read More

Additional Products Containing Sabra Hummus Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

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A nationwide recall of hummus products made by Sabra Dipping Co. LLC over concerns of potential Listeria contamination was expanded Tuesday to include “Taylor Farms Veggie and Hummus Bistro Boxes” and “Schnucks Vegetable and Hummus Snack Trays.” Both products contain two-ounce cups of classic hummus made by Sabra. Both of these products are made by Taylor Farms Tennessee Inc., Taylor Farms Texas Inc., and Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. The Taylor Farms companies have not received any reports of illnesses linked to the recalled products, but voluntarily recalled them to minimize the potential risk of Listeria exposure. Sabra announced a recall ... Read More

Smoke from wildfires in the Southeast billows cancer-causing chemicals

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More than 30 wildfires burning in the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachian Mountains are sending billows of smoke drifting throughout the southeast. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s AirNow monitor reported “unhealthy” air from West Virginia extending all the way down to south Georgia. Hospitals throughout Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina have received more people than usual needing assistance for breathing problems caused by the smoke. More than 200 people have been hospitalized in Chattanooga, Tenn., alone for shortness of breath and breathing problems since Nov. 11 due to the smoke. “We’ve seen a big increase in the number of respiratory complaints ... Read More

PPI cases seeking consolidation into MDL in Louisiana

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Plaintiffs are looking to consolidate PPI cases into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). They filed a motion for transfer with the U.S. Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on Oct. 17. The lawsuits have in common that they allege “negligence, design defect, failure to warn, fraudulent concealment, warranty claims and loss of consortium” as the cause of action against defendants, manufacturers of acid-reducing drugs PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. PPI users are alleging serious kidney injuries, such as chronic kidney disease, acute interstitial nephritis and kidney failure. “There are 15 actions currently filed in 12 different ... Read More

OSHA Finds Unchecked Amputation Hazards In Ohio Bakery


An Ohio commercial bakery faces nearly $147,000 in penalties for exposing workers to repeated safety violations that resulted in one employee suffering a partial amputation of his arm in May. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed that Klosterman Baking Co. of Cincinnati pay $146,979 for three safety violations inspectors found at its St. Bernard, Ohio, facility. OSHA said it sent inspectors to the Klosterman plant on July 7, five weeks after a 28-year-old maintenance worker lost half of his right arm just below the elbow in an improperly guarded bread-wrapping machine, only to find another worker exposed to ... Read More

‘The Bone – er, Joint – Collector’ studies artificial implant technology


Steven Kurtz, biomedical engineer and director of the Implant Research Center at Drexel University, is the proud owner of an unusual collection of more than 7,000 artificial knees, hips, and other implants from around the U.S. He receives boxes of discarded devices from 15 hospitals in eight states, all in the name of making artificial implant technology better. “We study the tough things that happen to good implants,” said Kurtz. Kurtz has found that the most common reasons for the failure of joint replacement are infection, a loosening of the device, or dislocation, specifically in hip replacements. It’s less common for the ... Read More