Houston Workplace Fatalities

Houston Workplace Fatalities Worst in Texas The city of Houston, Texas can be proud of many things. However, as we celebrate Labor Day 2014, Houston must come to grips with the fact that, when it comes to workers’ safety, it has the worst record in Texas. And given the fact that Texas has the worst record in the country, that should be seen as troublesome. On average, a worker in…

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Texas Cyclospora Outbreak

Texas Cyclospora Outbreak Traced to Cilantro from Mexico The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS),  along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  has spent the last several months investigating an outbreak of Cyclospora illness, and they have traced the illnesses to cilantro that  was imported from Puebla, Mexico. The agency’s report that the number of new illnesses has returned to…

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Computer Fire Hazard Recall

Hewlett-Packard Issues Computer Fire Hazard Recall Computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard has issued a worldwide recall of more than 6 million computer power cables due to a potential fire hazard. To date, they have received at least 29 reports of the cables or the adapters overheating, to the point of melting or charring the adapter, or worse. In all, there have been 13 reports of property damage to homes or offices and at least two…

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Texas 21 Fatal Auto Accident

 Two Pickups Crash in a Texas 21 Fatal Auto Accident A fiery crash earlier this week on Texas 21 left one man dead and several others injured when the driver of a 2009 Dodge Ram pickup truck slammed into a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck when the 2002 vehicle slowed down to make a right turn into a church, and the 2009 vehicle slammed into it at a high rate of…

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Salad Recalled for Listeria

Company, FSIS Order Salad Recalled for Listeria A Corona, California food supplier, APPA Fine Foods, and the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Information Service (FSIS) have announced a recall of more than 90,000 pounds of Caesar salad kits containing fully-cooked chicken because of a fear that they may contain Listeria monocytogenes.   The recall was announced after testing in which two samples taken from Sam’s Club locations in Michigan tested…

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Baby Formula and Cronobacter

FDA Issues New Rules for Baby Formula and Cronobacter A new ruling announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has led to new regulations, which will go into effect Sept. 8, to require that manufacturers of infant formula adhere to stricter standards than was previously the case. These new regulations will require companies to follow good manufacturing practices, including a test designed to detect harmful pathogens, such as Cronobacter. In…

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Texas Worker Killed

Houston, Texas Worker Killed After Explosion An explosion Friday at the Madden Bolt Corporation, which is located in the Madden Industrial complex on the northwest side of Houston, Texas, has resulted in the death of a worker, when the blast, the origin of which is currently unknown, sent a large piece of equipment flying through the air, until it hit a 31-year-old worker and killed him. The U.S. Occupational Safety and…

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Peanut and Almond Butter Recall

Salmonella Prompts Peanut and Almond Butter Recall California-based natural foods company nSpired Natural Foods Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of an unknown number of jars of its peanut butter and almond butter due to the possibility of salmonella contamination. The nut butters were produced under the Arrowhead Mills and Maranartha brands, as well as store brands at a number of national chains, including Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Kroger and Safeway. In all,…

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Texas Tire Blowout Accident

A Katy, Texas Tire Blowout Accident Kills 19-Year-Old Driver According to Harris County Sheriff’s investigators, a bad tire and perhaps some speeding appears to have resulted in a fatal accident overnight in Katy, Texas. Witnesses say the accident happened at around midnight, when a pickup truck that was traveling west on Morton Road at about 80 miles per hour blew its right front tire. The blowout caused the truck to slide…

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SUV Airbag Recall

Jaguar Land Rover Issues SUV Airbag Recall The purpose of a vehicle’s airbag system is to make drivers and passengers in the vehicle safer in case of a crash. Unfortunately, this year there’ve been a number of incidents in which vehicles had to be recalled because the airbags that vehicle owners and passengers rely on to keep them safe have turned out to be faulty. Just last month, BMW recalled 1.6 million…

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