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Farm eggs linked to 38 cases of Salmonella infection

Gravel Ridge Farms, located in Cullman, Alabama, has issued a recall of Large Cage Free Eggs after samples collected during an inspection at the plant identified its shell eggs as linked to 38 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses. The recall involves both single dozen and 2.5 dozen flats of Gravel Ridge Farms Large Cage Free Eggs with the UPC 7-06970-18444-6 and the Use By Dates ranging from 7/25/18 through 10/3/18. The eggs were distributed between June 25 and Sept. 6, 2018, and were sold primarily in restaurants and retail stores in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Customers who have purchased these ... Read More

3M Chemicals May Be Sickening Thousands in Alabama

Residents of a North Alabama county say they are being poisoned by perfluorinated chemicals 3M dumped into the Tennessee River over the course of several years and claim Alabama’s leaders have turned a blind eye to an environmental disaster affecting their homes and families. In May 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a health advisory warning the public about the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) in 59 water systems nationwide, including eight in Alabama. PFOA and PFOS were used by 3M in its Decatur, Alabama, plant to make non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-proofing coatings for consumer products. Whatever ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Alabama Eggs

Federal health officials have issued an urgent food safety alert amid an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in Alabama and Tennessee linked to Gravel Ridge Farms eggs. The Cullman, Alabama egg producer recalled its cage-free Grade A large eggs after health officials investigating the spate of reported Salmonella illnesses traced evidence back to the egg company. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that the outbreak is ongoing. The 14 reported illnesses occurred between July 10, 2018, to Aug. 7, 2018. Illnesses that occurred after Aug. 22 might not have been reported yet due to the time it ... Read More

Price Gouging Laws In Effect As Hurricane Florence Barrels Into the Carolinas

Hurricanes bring widespread destruction with them but they also bring out the best of human nature when residents and communities pull together to help each another recover. Unfortunately, hurricanes can also reveal the shady side of some individuals and businesses when they take advantage of a hurricane or other crisis to inflate prices excessively. Price-gouging takes many forms, from a $10 gallon of gas to thousands of dollars for a tree removal. As Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas, government officials urged residents to report any instances of price gouging they encounter. “My office is here to protect North ... Read More

Trucking Firm Involved in Deadly Greyhound Bus Crash Had Other Recent Crashes

The trucking company whose tractor-trailer collided with a Greyhound bus in New Mexico last week has a history of crashes and safety violations, a pair of lawsuits filed by survivors of the deadly crash contend. According to CBS News, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs suing JAG Transportation of Fresno, California, says federal safety data shows the company’s commercial trucks were involved in three crashes in the last two years. The previous two crashes resulted in two injuries but no fatalities, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data indicates. Investigators say the Aug. 30 crash occurred when the tractor-trailer experienced a tire ... Read More

Workers suffer burn injuries in nuclear power plant electrical explosion

Day & Zimmermann NPS Inc., was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after two employees suffered burn injuries from an arc fire at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant in Snoddy-Daisy, Tennessee. The company faces $71,599 in proposed penalties. OSHA determined that the company was exposing employees to shock hazards by failing to require employees wear protective clothing and equipment; conduct pre-job briefings with employees on energy source controls; remove ground and test device; and allow potential for residual electrical energy to accumulate. “These serious injuries could have been prevented ... Read More

TN man blames J&J’s talc for daughter’s cancer death

Level Glanton of Nashville, Tennessee, remembers what a beautiful child his daughter Verbena was, and still grapples with her premature death at just 32 years of age. Verbena was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on June 30, 2011. She died just 15 days later. He now believes he knows what killed his daughter – regular use of Johnson’s Baby Powder made by consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson. He’s joining thousands of other families and taking legal action against the company. Johnson & Johnson faces more than 9,000 lawsuits from women who claim that regular use of Johnson & Johnson’s ... Read More

Crop dusting accident claims life of volunteer fire chief

Wheatley, Arkansas, Volunteer Fire Chief Chad Mclain was killed earlier this month in a crop duster crash in St. Francis County about 70 miles east of Little Rock, the Wheatley Fire Service reported. The plane went down the morning of July 11 in a field off Highway 78 north of Wheatley. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is supporting the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the investigation. Chief Mclain, 42, had been a member of the Wheatley Volunteer Fire Department since 1994, and was a local farmer and agriculture pilot for Chism Flying Service. His plane was spotted going ... Read More

Norovirus Outbreak Sickens Hundreds at Tennessee Zipline Attraction

Tennessee health officials are investigating a widescale outbreak of norovirus that has sickened more than 500 visitors to a Gatlinburg zipline attraction. The Tennessee Department of Health said that the norovirus illnesses stem from the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg, which offers zipline and mountain bike excursions in the Smoky Mountains. Hundreds of people have tested positive for norovirus since June after visiting the CLIMB Woks facility. Norovirus causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and other gastrointestinal distress, typically up to three days. Dr. John Dunn, the Tennessee Department of Health’s chief epidemiologist, said the norovirus outbreak could ... Read More

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More