Pet Food Recalled for Salmonella

According to a news release from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a number of types of pet food for both dogs and cats are being recalled nationwide. The pet food is manufactured and distributed by Connecticut-based Bravo! The recall was ordered by the company after a round of routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture uncovered the presence of Salmonella in two lots of their products. Among the products being…

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Foodborne Illness From Improperly Canned Food

People began canning centuries ago, because they needed to preserve foods to get  them through the long, cold winter. Later, canning was seen as a way for people to enjoy their favorite fruits and vegetables year-round, without the inflationary effects on the price of groceries. To this day, many people turn to canning  for many of the same reasons.  They also serve as a way to prepare for those times when bad…

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Big Pharma Company to Pay Millions for False Claims Act Violations

The US Department of Justice has announced that Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC will pay $56.5 million to resolve civil allegations that its marketing and promotion of a number of its drugs violated the False Claims Act.  Among the drugs that Shire manufactures and sells include Adderall XR,  Daytrana and Vyvanse, which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…

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Natural Gas Leaks on the Increase

According to a new study, as natural gas pipelines become older and more outdated and begin to crumble, the number of hazardous gas leaks in several states, including Texas, have skyrocketed in the recent past. One of the largest gas utilities in the nation has seen the number of hazardous leaks requiring immediate repair quadruple over the past decade. Over that period of time, a gas leak somewhere in the…

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Houston-Based Shell Oil to Pay Back Overtime

After the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigated eight of their facilities in five states including Texas, the Shell Oil Co. and one of its marketing companies, Motiva Enterprises LLC, will now pay nearly $4.5 million to more than 2,600 workers in their chemical and refinery divisions for back overtime wages. According to the Wage and Hour Division’s Houston District Office, the companies routinely violated the overtime…

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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Recalled

Nearly everyone has a smoke and/or a carbon monoxide alarm in their home, because having these devices makes a home safer and more secure for you and your family. You depend on these devices to keep everyone safer in the case of a fire or a release of carbon monoxide. According to an announcement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), last week, the Kidde Company issued a voluntary…

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Toyota, GM Recall Vehicles for Fire Risk

So far, 2014 has been a record year for vehicle recalls, with 46 million recalled vehicles so far, and there are still more than three months to go. This week, two more recalls were announced, both involving the largest automakers in the world. Yesterday, Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it would recall around 20,000 vehicles, including some of its Avalon, Camry, Highlander and Sienna vehicles from model year 2014 and…

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Texas Oil and Gas Boom Traffic Fatalities Continue to Rise

According to recent reports, throughout the state, the number of traffic fatalities related to the Texas oil and gas boom continue to rise, in both these number and severity. These accidents are occurring on all sorts of Texas roadways, from interstates in cities to two-lane roads in rural areas. One such  recent report  compiled the number of serious traffic accidents that killed three or more people, and found that  such accidents have become…

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IKEA Child’s Swings Recalled

When a parent buys a toy for their child, it is not unreasonable to expect that the product has been tested and found to be safe before it is sold in a retail store. Unfortunately, that apparently isn’t always the case.  In the latest example, Swedish furniture maker IKEA has announced a voluntary recall of their GUNGGUNG child’s swing because of a defect in the suspension fittings, which can cause…

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New Study Links Water Contamination and Fracking in Texas

A new study released today says that the natural gas fracking boom has led to the contamination of large amounts of drinking water in both Texas and Pennsylvania. According to the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a number of concerns that were raised by homeowners in the Barnett Shale in Texas and the Marcellus formation in Pennsylvania with regard to natural gas leakage into the…

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OSHA Issues New Reporting Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released revised severe injury rule that places on all employers an obligation to notify OSHA within eight hours whenever a worker is killed on the job, and within 24 hours when a worker is injured severely enough to require hospitalization. Under the previous rule, while employers were required to report work-related fatalities, when it came to hospitalizations,  they were only required to report those …

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Mother Sues Ford for Faulty Vehicle Design in Toddler’s Death

Halie Bush, the mother of a 3-year-old who was seriously injured and died due to an accident in the family’s driveway, filed a complaint against Ford Motor Co. last month in the Eastern District of Texas, which she alleged that a faulty vehicle design is to blame for her young toddler’s death. According to the details in the complaint, K.S., Bush’s 3-year-old son, was killed back on Nov. 2, 2013,…

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Compounding Pharmacy Recall Over Possible Contamination

A Naperville, Illinois compounding pharmacy, Martin Avenue Pharmacy, has issued a voluntary recall of a number of the compounded prescriptions it has filled over concerns about potential contamination. According to a company press release, the recall was initiated after an inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after officials with the agency expressed concern over several quality control procedures that they said compromised sterility of the process and put patients…

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Proposal to Close Deficient Texas Nursing Homes Sparks Debate

Last month, at a hearing held to evaluate the Sunset Advisory Commission, Texas State Sen. Charles Schwertner, who is both a medical doctor and chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, took the time to point out that seven nursing homes licensed by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services have been found to be in repeated violation of federal standards for such facilities. Based on state inspection records,…

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Bean Bag Chairs Recalled After Texas Boy Dies

More than 2.2 million bean bag chairs, manufactured by Ace Bayou, have been  recalled following the deaths of two children, including a 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas and a three-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky. Both children were found dead inside the chair, and it was determined that they had died from suffocation when they inhaled the polystyrene foam beads inside the chair. The recalled chairs were manufactured in China. They…

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UT Researchers Find Arsenic in Texas Groundwater

Researchers at the University of Texas have made a disturbing discovery. After they tested the water in 100 wells on the Barnett Shale, which contains one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the United States, they found that 29 of the wells contained  levels of arsenic that was above the limit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers to be safe. The study, which was published in the journal…

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Kraft Cheese Recall

Kraft Cheese Recall Announced Kraft Foods Group has announced a voluntary recall of nearly 7,700 cases of one of its signature products, Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, after the company discovered that one of its suppliers had delivered an ingredient that had not been stored in accordance with crafts standards regarding temperature. According to the company’s press release announcing the recall, the below-standard storage conditions could result in “premature…

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