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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

Imported frozen Strawberries Recalled Amid Hepatitis A Outbreak

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An Egyptian food exporter is recalling certain lots of frozen strawberries in response to an outbreak of Hepatitis A virus. U.S. health officials traced the outbreak to frozen Egyptian strawberries used in smoothies served at some Tropical Smoothie Café establishments. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP), based in Ramadan, Egypt, is recalling the frozen strawberries it sent to the U.S. since Jan. 1, 2016, out of an abundance of caution. The recall came a few days after the FDA said ICAPP’s frozen strawberries would not be admitted into ... Read More

WV Attorney General Blasts Mylan’s $465-Million EpiPen Settlement

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A $465-million settlement Mylan NV agreed to pay the federal government to resolve allegations it cheated Medicaid by misclassifying its EpiPen as a generic has fallen under intense criticism lately, with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey becoming the latest official to call for a rejection of the deal. The U.S. government accused Mylan of misclassifying its EpiPen as a generic drug instead of a branded drug under the Medicaid rebate program, which allowed it to reimburse the federal and state Medicaid programs for significantly less. The law requires pharmaceutical companies to pay Medicaid rebates of 13 percent for generic ... Read More

Girl’s Grisly Seatbelt Injuries Prompt Warning From Mom

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A Virginia mother who is helping to nurse her 6-year-old daughter back to health after she was critically injured in a September car crash wants more parents to be aware of the dangers posed by removing their children from a booster seat before they are ready. Shelly Martin told Richmond Virginia’s WWBT that her daughter Samantha was riding back home from a fair with her father Sept. 17 when their car left the road and struck a tree. Samantha was not in a booster seat at the time, so her life-saving seatbelt was incorrectly positioned and cut her abdomen open. ... Read More

Samsung Replacement Phone Burns In Minnesota Teen’s Hand

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A Minnesota teenager who recently exchanged her recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone for a replacement says the new device melted in her hand, burning her thumb. Thirteen-year-old Abby Zuis of Farmington, Minn., had her replacement phone only a few days after exchanging her original phone under a safety recall amid reports that the Samsung devices could overheat, explode, and burst into flames. On Friday afternoon, Abby was holding her phone and waiting for her siblings to get out of school when she felt what she described as a “weird, burning sensation … like pins and needles, except a lot more ... Read More

Multistate E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Ground Beef From Massachusetts Company

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Ground beef, veal, and bison products from a Massachusetts company are being recalled after a multi-state outbreak of E. coli illnesses, federal officials announced Saturday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that seven confirmed E. coli illnesses, including five that required hospitalization, were linked to ground beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, Mass. Three illnesses stemming from the Adams Farm beef were reported in Mass., two cases were reported in Connecticut, one in Pennsylvania, and one in West Virginia. The contaminated products were sold to farmer’s markets, retail locations and restaurants in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and ... Read More

Feds Announce Two Tire Recalls; Problems Pose Crash Risk For Trucks

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Federal auto safety regulators announced two tire recalls affecting thousands of tires made by Goodyear Tire and Rubber and Tireco Inc. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that the Goodyear tires are being recalled for an adhesion problem between the tread and the top belt. The agency said that the anomaly occurred during the curing press set-up operation. If unrepaired it may cause a dangerous separation of the tread from the tire, potentially resulting in a crash. The recall, which is expected to start Oct. 15, affects about 1,650 Goodyear G399A LHS tires, size 295/75R22.5 LRG, curing press ... Read More

Listeria Concerns Trigger New Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall

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Blue Bell Ice Cream announced Wednesday that it is recalling two ice cream flavors over concerns they could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The recall is the first the Brenham, Texas, ice cream manufacturer has launched since a listeria outbreak in April 2015 linked to its facilities and products nearly destroyed the company. The Blue Bell products recalled Wednesday are Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough half-gallon and pint sizes and half-gallon containers of Blue Bell Cookie Two Step. Both products contain cookie dough that could be contaminated with listeria. Although the new recall comes as Blue Bell continues to ... Read More