tagged w/ Recalls
Pakistan-produced 'Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge' candy bars were recently found to contain more than twice the PPM (parts per million) of lead tolerated by the FDA. Pfft, can you ever really have too much lead? (I pop fishing weights like candy, just sayin')
The company said a recent test performed by the California Department of Public Health has indicated that a lot (#8288A) of the cherry flavor candy contained elevated levels of lead (0.24 parts per million; the U.S. FDA tolerance is 0.1 ppm).
Out of an abundance of caution, according to Candy Dynamics, all lots and all flavors of the product distributed from the product's inception in 2007 through January 2011 are part of the recall.
Wait -- recalling candy produced in 2007? It's a little late for that! You can't recall things I already ate! Except last night's Thai, because that shit's coming out in like twenty. Literally -- and probably in the handicapped stall of women's restroom. Oh I'm bad!
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/01/not_false_advertising_toxic_wa.phpPakistan-produced 'Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge' candy bars were recently... more
It seems you can't be too careful what you feed you dog these days - there has been another pet food recall... This time it's Kroger Co and the products affected are Pet Pride, Old Yeller and Kroger Value own brand pet foods. They were all produced at the same Kroger owned factory in Springfield, TN.
http://www.puppies-seeking-homes.com/blog/home/entry/kroger_dog_food_recall_toxinIt seems you can't be too careful what you feed you dog these days - there has... more
by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger
Women on along U.S.-Mexico border are buying black market misoprostol to induce abortions, according to a new report by Laura Tillman in the Nation. The drug is easily available over the counter in Mexico.
DIY abortion is cheaper—a bottle of misoprostol costs can cost as little as $70, a fraction of the price of a medical abortion. The DIY approach can also be more convenient and private. One abortion provider told Tillman that about 20% of his patients tried misoprostol before coming to see him.
He estimates that many others took the drug successfully. Misoprostol is about 80%-85% effective when used as directed, but if it doesn’t work the woman needs immediate medical help. Potential complications include severe bleeding and uterine rupture. For more information on misoprostol abortions, see last week’s edition of the Weekly Pulse.
As the bumper sticker slogan goes: If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota bought some very expensive ignorance this week by turning down $850,000 in federal funding for comprehensive sex education through the federal Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP).
According to Andy Birkey of the Minnesota Independent, Pawlenty opted to apply for the Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program instead of the PREP, a comprehensive sex ed program. Comprehensive sex ed teaches kids how to say no to sex and how to reduce their risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections if they do become sexually active. Now, cash-strapped Minnesota will have to come up with $379,307 in state funds in order to get $505,743 in federal funding for abstinence-only-until-hetero-marriage education.
Robin Marty of RH Reality Check observes that Pawlenty is trying to burnish his conservative credentials in advance of a possible presidential run in 2012. It’s part of a national race to the bottom where conservative presidential hopefuls compete to see who can take away more rights from women.
E. coli comes home to roost
The agribusiness giant Cargill Meat Solutions recalled 8,500 pounds of ground beef after 3 people contracted salmonella, Mac McDaniel reports for Care2. The Cargill recall comes on the heels of the largest egg recall in U.S. history. So far, 550 million potentially salmonella-tainted eggs from to factory farms in Iowa have been recalled. McDaniel argues that these food recalls should prompt a larger discussion about the state of our food safety net and the wisdom of factory farming.
At AlterNet, food scientist and activist Dr. Marion Nestle writes that “Industrial egg operations have gotten out of hand in size, waste, and lack of safety.” So far, at least 1500 people caught salmonella from tainted Iowa eggs. Nestle urges the Senate to pass the long-awaited food safety bill, S. 510, which the upper chamber has been sitting on for over a year. It’s about time. Powerful agribusiness interests have hijacked the regulatory process for too long. The chickens are coming home to roost.
This post features links to the best independent, progressive reporting about health care by members of The Media Consortium. It is free to reprint. Visit the Pulse for a complete list of articles on health care reform, or follow us on Twitter. And for the best progressive reporting on critical economy, environment, health care and immigration issues, check out The Audit, The Mulch, and The Diaspora. This is a project of The Media Consortium, a network of leading independent media outlets.by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Women on along U.S.-Mexico border... more
The U.S. Army is recalling 44,000 combat helmets -- some of which are being used by U.S. troops in Afghanistan and possibly Iraq -- after they failed to meet ballistics testing standards, an Army official announced Monday.
Brig. Gen. Peter N. Fuller, who's responsible for buying and testing equipment for soldiers, told reporters at the Pentagon the recall was issued Thursday. Tests showed the Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH), which is standard issue for all soldiers, did not meet service requirements.
Fuller said he was not aware of any injuries or deaths related to the recalled helmets.
The move was triggered after the Justice Department informed the Army about an ongoing investigation into the company that makes the helmets, ArmorSource LLC, formerly Rabintex USA LLC.
"There is evidence that ArmorSource and Rabintex ACHs were produced using unauthorized manufacturing practices, defective materials and improper quality procedures which could potentially reduce ballistic and fragmentation protection," said an All Army Activities message released May 14 to soldiers around the world.
After the Justice Department's notification, the Army conducted ballistic tests on the helmets and found they didn't meet service standards. It is unclear why the helmets failed the most recent tests but passed initial testing when the Army first contracted with ArmorSource in 2006.
The Army has an additional 55,000 helmets in storage. Those are also part of the recall and will be destroyed to ensure they are not distributed, Fuller said.
The Army refused to accept delivery of another 3,000 helmets recently, bringing the total of problem helmets to 102,000, Fuller said.
The helmets cost $250 each, and Fuller said the Army is investigating whether it can recover funds already paid to the company.
The 44,000 recalled helmets had been sent to locations all over the world for distribution. Some 24,000 of them were sent to a distribution center that gives them to other services as well.
"We don't know where they are, so they could be on a soldier's head in Iraq or Afghanistan," Fuller said. "We are seeing some getting returned in Bagram (Afghanistan)."
A statement posted on the ArmorSource website says the Army has not notified the company about the recall.
"ArmorSource was not informed of this recall before we saw the press release on Friday evening. We have not heard from the government regarding the recall and have no additional information," the statement said.
Army officials said they were not required to tell the company about the recall because the military owned the helmets.
Fuller said the Army had already broken its contract with ArmorSource earlier in the year because of other problems with the helmets, including paint chipping off.
Army officials could not discuss details about the problems with the helmets because of the Justice Department investigation, but they said the ballistics tests showed they would not protect a solider against a worst-case scenario strike on the helmet.
Fuller said general ballistics tests showed that while a bullet would not penetrate the helmet, they still failed to meet stringent Army requirements and "fell short of the required ballistics test."
Three other companies also make the helmets, and replacement helmets are already being distributed, an Army statement said.
The recall affects about 4 percent of the more than 1 million ACHs in the Army's inventory, according to Army statistics.The U.S. Army is recalling 44,000 combat helmets -- some of which are being used by... more
Toyota to agree to $16.4M government fine
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Toyota is expected to agree to a $16.4 million fine for its delay in telling the government about defective gas pedals. (KABC Photo)
WASHINGTON -- Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to agree to a fine of more than $16 million, the largest government penalty levied against an automaker, for a four-month delay in telling federal authorities about defective gas pedals on its vehicles, a Transportation Department official said Sunday.
Toyota faces a Monday deadline to accept or contest the $16.4 million fine over evidence it knew about sticking gas pedals in September but did not issue a recall until January.
The Transportation official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity. The official said Toyota is expected to pay the full amount of the assessed fine within 30 days as a means of avoiding going to court against the government.
The official said Toyota did not intend to accept liability explicitly. But from the government's viewpoint, the official said, the agreement to pay the full fine constituted an acceptance of responsibility for hiding the safety defect in violation of the law.
Toyota did not immediately comment on the fine. Under federal law, automakers are required to notify the government within five business days when they find a potential safety defect.
Toyota announced it would recall 2.3 million vehicles in January to address sticking pedals on popular vehicles such as the Camry and Corolla. The Japanese automaker has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide because of acceleration problems in multiple models and braking issues in the Prius hybrid.
Concerns about sticking gas pedals and complaints from Toyota owners in the U.S. were rising at the end of 2009, according to chronologies of the investigation Toyota provided to the government.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said documents provided by Toyota showed the automaker had known about the sticky pedal defect at least since Sept. 29, 2009, when it issued repair procedures to distributors in 31 European countries to address complaints of sticking pedals, sudden increases in engine RPM and sudden vehicle acceleration.
The documents also showed that Toyota knew that owners in the United States had experienced the same problems.
The Japanese automaker has been weighing its options since the fine was announced in early April but analysts expected it to pay the penalty.
The company has been named in 138 potential class-action lawsuits over falling vehicle values and about 100 personal injury and wrongful death cases in federal courts. Federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission are conducting investigations related to the recalls.
"When you look at the toll it's taken on Toyota's reputation, when you look at the number of vehicles involved, when you look at the hardship it's placed on Toyota's customer base, it's only right for Toyota to take this fine," said Dennis Virag, president of Automotive Consulting Group based in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Transportation officials have not ruled out additional fines. The department is reviewing whether Toyota delayed for six weeks the late January recall of the 2009-2010 Venza in the United States to address floor mats that could entrap the accelerator pedal after making a similar recall in Canada.
Toyota recalled the Venza in Canada in December and reported to the U.S. government on Dec. 16 that the floor mats could move forward while the vehicle is in use and "may interfere with the accelerator pedal."
Toyota told U.S. authorities at the time that the floor mats in question were not imported into the U.S. but the Venza was added to the floor mat recall in late January.
http://digiads.com.au/car-news/images/2006/11/thumbs/lrg_article_8430-img_0.jpgToyota to agree to $16.4M government fine Sunday, April 18, 2010 Toyota is... more
A common flavoring used in soups, sauces, hot dogs, snack foods, dressings and dips has been voluntarily recalled due to a possible salmonella contamination. So far no one has reported any illnesses from eating the contaminated food. Reuters reports that U.S. food regulators “did not estimate how broad the recall will be,” but the recall is expected to get bigger over the next few days.A common flavoring used in soups, sauces, hot dogs, snack foods, dressings and dips... more
By Christina Zdanowicz and Wayne Drash, CNN
February 11, 2010 3:49 p.m. EST
Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- The Toyota Prius sometimes accelerates while in cruise control, rocketing past the set speed and sending drivers on wild rides, according to some owners and auto safety experts.
The most prominent Prius owner to voice concern over the issue is Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple and owner of several Priuses, including a 2010 model.
"This new model," Wozniak said during the Discovery Forum 2010 earlier this month, "has an accelerator that goes wild but only under a certain condition of cruise control."
The computer guru blamed the problem not on floor mats or a sticky accelerator pedal, as Toyota has maintained, but on bad software. An exasperated Wozniak expressed frustration with his efforts to contact Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"I don't know a way to get heard," he said. "I don't know a way to get through to the government, the government safety people."
Clarence Ditlow, the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, a Washington-based group focused on car safety, said his group has received about 10 cruise-control complaints from Prius owners -- roughly 5 percent of the overall complaints his organization has received about the hybrid.
"We do have reports from some consumers that the vehicle does some things erratically," Ditlow said. "Do we know what's causing it to do that? No. But it's not what the agency [NHTSA] is looking at."
The Prius is among the 8.5 million Toyota vehicles recalled in recent months for problems related to gas pedals and brakes. Just this week, Toyota recalled hundreds of thousands of 2010 Priuses for problems associated with its brake system.
Click on link to read entire article:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/02/11/prius.cruise.control/index.html?hpt=T2By Christina Zdanowicz and Wayne Drash, CNN February 11, 2010 3:49 p.m. EST... more
By Dan Carney, contributor
Toyota says it has recalled 5.6 million vehicles in the U.S. over unintended acceleration.
But Toyota’s recall -- while massive -- isn't nearly the largest, so far ranking No. 4 on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hit parade of top recalls in the agency’s history.
Domestic manufacturers dominate this list, but it’s simply a matter of mathematics: Many of the biggest recalls are from the agency’s earlier years, and import brands at that time simply didn’t sell enough autos in the U.S. for any recalls to cover a large number of vehicles. Now that they do, they are earning places on the list too.
Click on the top for a look at the top 10 recalls in the U.S. of all time.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35261471/?pg=11By Dan Carney, contributor Toyota says it has recalled 5.6 million vehicles in the... more
"Toyota’s president today announced plans for a global recall of more than 430,000 of its flagship Prius hybrid cars and a production suspension of a high-end Lexus model in a move that plunges the Japanese automaker into a new quality-control debacle.""Toyota’s president today announced plans for a global recall of more than... more
Millions of needles used in ports implanted under the skin of chronically ill patients are being voluntarily recalled, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.
More than 2 million Huber needles, manufactured by Nipro Medical Corp. in Japan and distributed by Exelint International Corp., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, are affected.
Huber needles are used primarily in hospitals and clinics -- and in some instances by patients receiving long-term treatment at home -- to draw blood or to inject medicine, other nutritional solutions or blood products. They are used with ports, which are small medical appliances placed under the skin.
The Class 1 recall -- denoting that the FDA considers the product to be of the highest risk -- involves Exel/Exelint Huber needles, Exel/Exelint Huber Infusion Sets and Exel/Exelint "Securetouch+" Safety Huber Infusion Sets.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/01/26/needles.recall/?hpt=T2Millions of needles used in ports implanted under the skin of chronically ill patients... more
Tylenol has made at least 70 people sick at their stomach with: stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. [Flu-like symptoms; interesting, considering our recent H1N1 epidemic where people who were presumed to be infected only had the virus 1% of the time according to test results.]
The victims took Tylenol manufactured from ingredients contaminated with the broken-down by-products of a chemical used to kill fungus/mold on wooden shipping palettes. [The contaminated Tylenol products reportedly have a moldy/musty odor, ironically, due to the presence of the chemical.]
Rolaids have also been recalled. Some lots of them have the same contamination as the recalled lots of Tylenol. [Kind of bizarre you could: start off with a simple headache, get acute stomach ills from the contaminated Tylenol, take Rollaids to treat that, and get a second dose of contamination - increasing your illness further. And all this was being sold during the peak of the perceived H1N1 crisis which was measured by public health officials by symptoms - not by virus test results - when computing infection rate statistics.]
Neither Johnson and Johnson nor the FDA know how many packages of the medication sold to consumers nor currently in stores are affected by the recall. [More bad news for consumers: voluntary recalls like this one do not get all the product off store shelves (e.g. Bausch & Laum, Pet Food, and Sony malware-laced audio CDs.); and neither FDA nor the manufacturer seems to have one consolidated list of all of the recalled UPC/lot# codes, making it impossible for consumers to catch all the recalled items while shopping or after buying them. I found 3 web pages yesterday and included links to them in one of the first articles I posted about the recall here on current. Good luck; hopefully you can use that to get a head start building a complete list. Or, consider maybe a different brand of product is safer until the affected medications reach their expiration date.]Tylenol has made at least 70 people sick at their stomach with: stomach pains,... more
Rolaids and 27 different formulations and packaging types of Tylenol are under voluntary recall right now.
The FDA slammed its manufacturer Friday for being to slow to take steps to recall it. The contaminated products were detected by consumers to have a musty, moldy smell and made them ill.
It has been discovered that many lots of the medication were manufactured with chemicals contaminated with by-products of chemicals used to kill molds and fungus. The result is taking the medication can give people a variety of acute flu-like stomach problems.
[Surprisingly, the vast majority of people presumed by health authorities to have H1N1 did not have it, only 1% did, CBS News investigators discovered last year. Right after the Tylenol recall finally started and CBS released its report, the number of cases health authorities measured in the US plummeted. Two other related events: Taking Tylenol was found to reduce the effectiveness of vaccines receive before taking Tylenol, and a maker of the H1N1 vaccine said its product loses its effectiveness quickly - and so it was taking back its supply of the drug. No news articles I know of have linked the coincidences that Tylenol causes flu-like symptoms, and that it reduces the effectiveness to some vaccines - to the high H1N1 infection numbers quoted across the US until mid-Fall 2009 when they mysteriously sharply dropped all of a sudden.]Rolaids and 27 different formulations and packaging types of Tylenol are under... more
Tylenol taken after vaccinations may actually reduce the immune system's response to the vaccine. That could blunt the effectiveness of the vaccine at preventing the targeted disease from occurring.
[Coincidentally, Rolaids and 27 different formulations and packaging types of Tylenol are under voluntary recall right now - and the FDA blasted its manufacturer for being to slow to take steps to recall it. At issue is the fact that many lots of the medication were manufactured with contamination of by-products of chemicals used to kill molds and fungus - and so the medication can give people a variety of acute flu-like stomach problems.]Tylenol taken after vaccinations may actually reduce the immune system's response... more
A well known brand of popular aches & pains medication is making people sick - at their stomachs.
A chemical for killing mold and fungus has accidentally gotten into the ingredients used to make Tylenol and Rolaids. Ironically, the contaminated medications reportedly sometimes contain a moldy, musty smell.
Studies on the effects of the chemical have not been done on humans yet. In this outbreak, people are getting diarrhea, stomach aches, nausea, vomiting, and so forth according to some of the recall information from the manufacturer at the FDA web site. The outbreak has been going on since at least 2008 which is when the complaints about the smell and symptoms were first received. The FDA has criticized the maker of the medication.
The initial recall started late in 2009 and affected products manufactured the previous year. However, it has been expanded. In all at least 27 different products - including those for aches, pains, headaches, children, and arthritis - are involved now.
There is a voluntary recall. Voluntary recalls do not make the recalled products disappear from store shelves as consumers expect.
They should, but they do not. This has been verified by authorities in the past when they did spot checks of retailers. Therefore, you need to get the recall list(s) yourself, before you go to the store.
The original recall did not recall as many products as the total now that are considered "voluntarily recalled" (unenforced/unmonitored recall).
So you might have to consult multiple sources to get the full list. In other words, scattered around the manufacturer's web site and the FDA.A well known brand of popular aches & pains medication is making people sick - at... more
It's time to check your kids' toy collection -- Little Tikes has a voluntary recall this morning. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Little Tikes, announced a recall of one-point-six million Little Tikes "Children's Toy Workshop" Sets and Trucks ... due to a choking hazard.
The recalled workshop sets and trucks have oversized, plastic toy nails that can pose a choking hazard to young children. Little Tikes received one report of an 11-month old boy from Goose Creek, South Carolina who choked when the toy nail become forcefully lodged in his throat. The child was hospitalized and made a full recovery.It's time to check your kids' toy collection -- Little Tikes has a voluntary... more
Maclaren recalled about 1 million strollers because a hinge can pose a risk of cutting or amputating a child's finger.
http://www.clickorlando.com/money/21560980/detail.htmlMaclaren recalled about 1 million strollers because a hinge can pose a risk of cutting... more
Ford issued the largest single recall in its history Tuesday as drivers of an additional 4.5 million vehicles were alerted about a fire hazard from a faulty switch.Ford issued the largest single recall in its history Tuesday as drivers of an... more
Toyota Motor Co. is launching a recall of thousands of Toyota and Lexus models to immediately remove driver's side floor mats that can stick under accelerator pedals, causing the vehicles to surge forward.
In an unusual step, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned drivers of the affected models to not replace the floor mats in the affected models. The affected models include:
• 2007-2010 Camry
• 2005-2010 Avalon
• 2004-2009 Prius
• 2005-2010 Tacoma
• 2007-2010 Tundra
• 2007-2010 ES 350
• 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350
more in the link...Toyota Motor Co. is launching a recall of thousands of Toyota and Lexus models to... more