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Wal-Mart offers safe opioid disposal packets with each Rx

Wal-mart Stores are taking a step to tackle the nation’s opioid epidemic by offering customers packets that turn leftover opioids into a useless gel. The retail giant announced that it will provide the packets free to everyone who fills a prescription for the powerful painkillers at all of its 4,700 pharmacies in the U.S. The packets are made by DisposeRX and contain a powder that is poured into prescription bottles and mixed with warm water. The powder then turns the pills into a biodegradable gel that can be thrown into the trash. The powder also works on other types of ... Read More

Companies face fraud claims over dietary supplements

Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart must face the majority of claims in a consumer-led multidistrict litigation over issues that they sold herbal supplements made by NBTY Inc., that did not contain the ingredients listed on the label, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve ordered, striking down the companies’ motions to dismiss the complaint. The consumers are basing their claims on a study conducted by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office. The investigation involved DNA testing of NBTY dietary supplement samples purchased at Target, Walgreens, and Wal-Mart stores. Schneiderman’s 2015 investigation revealed that the majority of dietary supplements tested did not contain ... Read More

Frozen vegetable recall announced due to potential Listeria; both Walmart and Target brands affected

A frozen vegetable recall has been announced by the National Frozen Foods Corporation after learning the products may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. According to the recall notice, the frozen vegetable recall comprises of Walmart’s “Great Value” brand, as well as Target’s “Market Pantry” brand. First Green and Bountiful Harvest Green frozen food products are also included in this recall. All of the affected products were sold from Sept. 2, 2015, through June 2, 2016. “The recall was the result of a sample tested by the company which revealed that the finished products may potentially be contaminated with the bacteria,” ... Read More

Walmart Pharmacist Awarded $31 Million For Whistleblower Retaliation, Gender Discrimination

A New Hampshire federal jury ordered Walmart Stores Inc. to pay $31 million in damages to a former Walmart pharmacist who alleged she was wrongfully fired in retaliation for voicing concerns over pharmacy safety and gender discrimination. Maureen McPadden had worked as a pharmacist at Walmart’s Seabrook pharmacy for 13 years when she was fired in November 2012 under the pretext, she claimed, of losing a pharmacy key. Ms. McPadden, 51, argued that the true reason she was fired was for sounding the alarm to store management that customers were being endangered because inadequately trained pharmacy technicians were filling prescriptions improperly. ... Read More

Walmart blames Tracy Morgan’s crash injuries on his failure to use a seatbelt

In response to comedian Tracy Morgan’s lawsuit against Walmart blaming it for the six-vehicle crash that left him and others critically injured and one man dead, the retail giant said Monday that Mr. Morgan and the others failed to use their seatbelts properly. According to court documents filed in a New Jersey federal court, Mr. Morgan’s injuries “were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.” Mr. Morgan, still recovering from the June 7 crash, was traveling from Delaware to New York in a limousine van with his assistant Jeffrey ... Read More

Tracy Morgan crash reignites efforts to preserve truck safety Hours-of-Service rules

The deadly crash involving a Walmart tractor trailer and several other vehicles that injured actor/comedian Tracy Morgan and others has triggered a backlash against Congressional efforts to relax Hours-of-Service rules mandating how many hours per day commercial truck drivers can work. Just two days before Saturday’s crash on the New Jersey turnpike, a Senate committee voted to suspend tougher hours-of-service regulations passed just last year. The tightened regulations were part of an effort to reverse a trend of escalating commercial truck crashes and fatalities that began in 2009, most of which are linked to driver fatigue. Opposition to the suspension ... Read More

Retailers urged to implement crowd safety controls during ‘Black Friday’ holiday sales

In an effort to prevent trampling deaths and injuries from occurring in stores offering “doorbuster” holiday sales this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding U.S. retailers to take adequate precautions and be prepared to properly manage crowds that gather in anticipation of major sales events. Black Friday injuries and deaths have been of particular concern to federal safety regulators since the a Walmart employee was trampled to death in 2008 after he opened the doors early on Black Friday to an anxious crowd. Several others, including a pregnant woman, were injured in the stampede that literally ... Read More

Workout powder, diet pill found to contain meth-like drug

Two supplements – one a popular pre-workout powder and the other a weight-loss pill – contain an undeclared ingredient similar to the street drug meth, that federal officials say poses possible health hazards. The sports supplement, sold under the brand name Craze and made by Driven Sports, is marketed as a natural supplement that provides “unrelenting energy and focus” during workouts. It is sold at retailers such as Wal-Mart and GNC. The supplement was named “New Supplement of the Year” in a 2012 Bodybuilding.com survey. The diet pill, called Detonate, is distributed by Gaspari Nutrition and sold at a variety of ... Read More

Walmart settles criminal pollution charges in California for $81 million

Walmart Stores Inc. has pleaded guilty to criminal charges for illegally dumping hazardous waste into landfills and down sewer drains across California. The retail giant has agreed to pay $81 million to resolve the charges, which it has been fighting in court for nearly a decade. According to the Associated Press, Walmart entered the plea in federal court in San Francisco. The agreement also resolves similar criminal pollution charges in Missouri. Twenty prosecutors and 32 environmental groups were involved in the litigation against Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and private employer. Three years ago, the company agreed to pay $27.6 ... Read More

Previous Trampoline Recall Reinstated Due To Additional Injuries Involving Faulty Netting

Despite a previous recall in May 2012 of around 92,000 trampolines, Sportspower Ltd. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are now recalling roughly 120,000 of the same Sportspower BouncePro 14’ Trampolines. The problem that has continued to persist involves the enclosure netting surrounding these trampolines breaking, thus allowing children to fall through netting and become injured. Since the recall in May 2012, Sportspower has received an additional nine reports involving the faulty netting. Five of these reports indicate broken bones, back and neck injuries and contusions. The expansion of this recall, which in May just included brown tetlon netting, ... Read More