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Boston Market recalls 86 tons of pork patties

Boston Market is recalling about 86 tons of its boneless pork rib patties because they may be contaminated with bits of glass or hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a news release. The patties were distributed by Bellsio Foods and were part of the Boston Market Home Style Meals labeled as Boneless Pork Rib Shaped Patty with BBQ Sauce & Mashed Potatoes. Affected packages have the “Best By” dates of 12/07/2019 and lot code 8341; 01/04/2020 and lot code 9004; 1/24/2020 and lot code 9024; and 02/15/2020 and lot code 9046. ... Read More

Gas Pipeline Spill Response Inadequate, New Mexico Officials Say

Cleanup of fuel from a gasoline pipeline that ruptured in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, last month is slow and deficient, state environmental officials warned at a County Commission meeting Jan. 22. The Kinder Morgan pipeline ruptured in the southern part of the county just a few miles north of El Paso, Texas, Dec. 13. The pipeline breach released about 294,000 gallons of gasoline into the soil and possibly the groundwater around the spill site. The contamination forced the evacuation of residents near the spill site, many of whom remain in hotels at the company expense. According to the Las ... Read More

Jason’s Deli Data Breach Affects 2 Million Credit and Debit Cards

Jason’s Deli is advising its customers to check for suspicious activity in their banking and credit card accounts after it discovered a data breach affecting about two million accounts. The Beaumont, Texas-based company, which operates 275 restaurants in 28 states, says that hackers installed “RAM-scraping” malware at several point-of-sale (POS) terminals in various corporate-owned Jason’s Deli restaurants starting on June 8. Jason’s Deli headquarters said that the data breach came to its attention on Dec. 22 after it was notified by payment processors that credit card security personnel had discovered a large quantity of credit and debit card information appearing ... Read More

Auto Safety Advocates Seek Release of Goodyear Tire Death Documents

Auto safety advocates are heaping pressure on federal authorities to divulge documents relating to Goodyear’s G159 tire, which has been linked to hundreds of tire-blowout crashes involving motorhomes, causing dozens of injuries and deaths. According to Arizona’s The Republic, the Center for Auto Safety, the nation’s leading auto safety advocacy group, has filed a request to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under the Freedom of Information Act seeking death and injury claim information, tire-testing results, and other information concerning the Goodyear tires. Litigation involving Goodyear’s G159 tires has been ongoing for years, but the manufacturer’s lawyers successfully lobbied ... Read More

Arizona Woman Files Lawsuit After IVC Filter Punctures Vein

An Arizona woman has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her IVC filter after it tilted and punctured her vein. Rosalie L., from Tucson, Arizona, has filed a lawsuit against Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical, L.P. over the malfunction of her inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, called the Option ELITE, reports the Daily Hornet.  IVC filters are cage-like devices created to catch blood clots in their thin metal legs, intercepting the clot before it can reach the heart or lungs, which would result in a deadly  pulmonary embolism. According to Science Daily, a new clinical study suggests that ... Read More

GM Ignition Switch Bellwether Trial Begins

A fourth bellwether trial that will help determine the course of litigation for hundreds of lawsuits seeking damages from General Motors (GM) allegedly caused by defective ignition switches opened Monday, July 10, in New York. In the newest trial, plaintiff Dennis Ward claims the ignition defect that GM concealed for years caused his Chevrolet HHR to crash in Tucson, Arizona. He alleges the March 2014 crash left him with a permanent leg injury. According to the New York Law Journal, Mr. Ward claims in court documents that he was traveling on South Kolb Rd. in Tucson when he noticed a ... Read More

NTSB Report of Deadly Tucson Plane Crash  Describes Short, Erratic Flight

Federal investigators have released a preliminary reported on a plane crash at Tucson International Airport Jan. 23 that killed two Arizona men. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report describes the twin turboprop Beechcraft 300 flying erratically upon takeoff from the airport at 12:32 p.m. A witness observed the airplane taking off from runway 11L then pitch up rapidly in the initial climb. “At an altitude between 100-150 feet above the runway, the airplane suddenly yawed to the left while maintaining a nose-up pitch attitude,” the report said. “The airplane then appeared to slow down such that he believed it ... Read More

Vast Majority of IVC Filters Are Inserted in Patients That Don’t Need It, Study Shows

The utilization of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters to prevent pulmonary embolism (PE) has risen significantly from 1999 to 2010, according to a recent study, despite the doubts regarding its effectiveness. In an additional study published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Researchers James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, of the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, and Paul D. Stein, MD, of Michigan State University in Lansing noted that “the vast majority of inferior vena caval filters (91 percent) are inserted in patients with PE in stable condition, and such patients have not been shown to receive a clinically ... Read More

Study raises questions about best use of controversial IVC filters

The vast majority of patients with stabilized pulmonary embolism who receive an IVC filter do not receive a clinically meaningful benefit, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. IVC (inferior vena cava) filters are small cage-like devices that are implanted in the vena cava – the body’s largest vein, which runs along the spine. They are designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs. IVC filters are recommended for patients at risk for blood clots who cannot take blood thinners. They are promoted for use in patients undergoing bariatric, ... Read More

FDA issues warning to compounding pharmacies for substandard practices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking aim at compounding pharmacies for not taking measures to ensure their drug products are safe. The agency slapped Tucson, Ariz.-based Jones Drug Co., which operates as Reed’s Compounding Pharmacy, with a 483 form, a report that is issued following an inspection where conditions observed may be in violation of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. The FDA 483 identified shortcomings in the pharmacy’s measures to prevent the contamination of sterile drugs. For example, investigators found that the company did not validate its sterilization process as part of its overall protocol for preventing ... Read More