Bottled Water E. Coli

Bottled Water E. Coli Recall Apparently, the problems with pathogens in the food supply have spread to processed water. The Niagara Bottling Company in Pennsylvania has issued a voluntary recall for water that was bottled  at the company’s Allentown and Hamburg plants in that state  because of a potential contamination with E. Coli. The recall affects all spring water products produced at both plants between June 10, 2015 at 3 a.m. and…

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Raw Pet Food Contamination

CDC Investigating Prevalence of Raw Pet Food Contamination Federal authorities are taking a much closer look at the public health concern when it comes to feeding raw food to our pets, which is a growing trend throughout the country, including Texas. In particular, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that they plan to pick up the pace with regard to studying the possible risks of those…

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Transit Bus Crashes

Transit Bus Crashes Into Charter Bus Full of Kids in Lincoln Tunnel According to the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD), a New Jersey Transit bus slammed into the rear end of a privately-owned charter bus that was carrying more than two dozen eighth-grade students from the Bedford Park Public School in Toronto who were heading to Manhattan as part of a graduation sightseeing trip on Wednesday. The accident happened in…

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Drug Heart Attack Risk

New Research Points to Heartburn Drug Heart Attack Risk A new study from Stanford University, using a relatively innovative research algorithm, is strongly suggesting an association between the use of common heartburn medications  and a greater risk of heart attacks, Stanford University researchers reported Wednesday, in a paper that was published in the journal PLOS One.. For the study, which was released Wednesday,  the researchers searched though more than 16 million…

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USDA Salmonella Standards

Senators Call for Quick Approval of New USDA Salmonella Standards Three U.S. Senators have called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to finalize the USDA’s new, stricter performance standards for testing for Salmonella and Campylobacter as soon as possible, to reduce the threat of foodborne illness in Americans to the extent possible. The three Senators, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Dianne Feinstein of California, made the request in a letter…

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Texas Dog Bite

Four-year-old Boy Mauled in Texas Dog Bite Incident A Texas mother received one of the worst scares any parent can possibly experience last week, when a neighbor’s pit bull grabbed her 4-year-old son away from her and dragged him, kicking and screaming under a home in Chandler, Texas. Apparently, the young boy had been jumping up and down the steps when he fell. That’s when the dog did the unthinkable….

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Texas Truck Accident

Texas Truck Accident Causes Chain Reaction; One Dead, Multiple Injuries On Monday, at about 2:30 in the afternoon, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 a few miles east of Canton in Van Zandt County. Among the vehicles involved in the crash were at least three 18-wheelers According to police, the driver of a 2006 Freightliner truck towing a trailer was traveling…

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Takata Hearings

Holds Takata Hearings; Some Good News, Bad News At a hearing before Congress earlier today, a Takata Corporation executive revealed that the company will halt production of one type of driver’s side airbag inflator; one that is currently being used in more than 17 million vehicles sold in the United States, all of which are currently subject to recall. According to prepared written testimony the company released in advance of…

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Texas Flood Claims

Texas Flood Claims Roll In: Know What You Have to Do As everyone reading this already knows, this has been a difficult time for a great number of people in the eastern half of the state of Texas, as many thousands of people are having to deal with the effects of record flooding. While some of the most extensive problems seem to be in the Houston and Dallas areas, mainly…

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Record Auto Recalls

People Often Unresponsive to Record Auto Recalls Even as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has overseen a record number of safety-related auto recalls in the last couple years, capped by the expansion of the recall of vehicles equipped with potentially deadly Takata airbags to 33.8 million, they are also becoming increasingly worried at the prospect that a great number of people will never respond to the recall and…

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Booster Seat Recall

Texas Company Orders Booster Seat Recall As a parent, you want to keep your child as safe as possible in their car, including using the proper child safety seat based on their child’s size, and making sure they properly secure their child in a booster seat when they get too big to use a basic car seat. However, sometimes, the products designed to keep our children safe are defective, and…

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Raw Tuna Salmonella

CDC Announces Raw Tuna Salmonella Outbreak According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an outbreak of salmonella that has been linked to raw tuna has apparently made at least 53 people sick in nine states. A salmonella outbreak that has been tentatively linked to raw tuna has sickened 53 people in nine states since it started back in March. California has seen the most cases, with 31,…

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Baby Food Transparency

Beech-Nut Begins a New Era of Baby Food Transparency There is a growing call for transparency on the part of food manufacturers when it comes to what we eat. We require all food producers to list all of their ingredients on their labels, except baby food. Strangely, baby food comes with no list of ingredients, which means parents are apparently supposed to assume that the only ingredient in a jar…

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Airbag Recall Expanded

After Prodding by NHTSA, Takata Airbag Recall Expanded It took months of prodding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but finally, late Tuesday Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata has finally admitted that its airbags are faulty, and they have expanded their recall to cover a total of 34 million vehicles. So far, Takata airbags have been linked to accidents causing six deaths and more than 100 injuries. The problem…

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Texas Worker Fatalities

OSHA: Four Texas Worker Fatalities at Chemical Plant Preventable According to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation, four Texas DuPont workers at the company’s La Porte plant would still be alive if the company had implemented proper safety procedures at the plant. The investigation came out of an incident last November, when a relief valve failed and released methyl mercaptan, which is a potentially deadly colorless gas that…

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Mandatory Recall Law

Mandatory Recall Law Would Increase USDA Power Following what her office referred to in a news release as a “devastating” investigative report by the PBS series “Frontline,” New York Senator Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced legislation that would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) the authority to issue a mandatory recall for meat and poultry products found to be contaminated with a…

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Amtrak Crash

Amtrak Crash Leaves Eight Dead, Hundreds Injured According to investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia Tuesday night was apparently speeding around a curve at 106 miles per hour when it left the rails. The problem is, the speed limit for that curve was only  50 mph and the limit for the stretch leading up to that was only 80 mph. More than…

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