Thanksgiving Driving

Bad Thanksgiving Driving Makes It Deadliest Holiday of the Year It may seem hard for many to believe, but since the US Department of Transportation USDOT) has been keeping records, the deadliest holiday of the year for traffic accidents is not New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day or  the Fourth of July. No, it’s Thanksgiving. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a number of factors,…

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California Bus Accident

California Bus Accident Kills One, Injures 30 On Sunday, a tour bus that was on a trip from Los Angeles, California to Pasco, Washington veered off a highway in Northern California, causing it to roll over, landing on a frontage road upside-down on its roof. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident, which occurred on Interstate 5 around 7:30 a.m. about 100 miles south of the Oregon border, left…

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Texas Chemical Leak Fatalities

Broken Valve at DuPont Plant Leads to Texas Chemical Leak Fatalities Last Saturday, November 15, an accidental release of the chemical methyl mercaptan, at a DuPont Chemical plant in La Porte, Texas resulted in the deaths of four workers. As a result, the plant is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Despite the fact that methyl mercaptan is an extremely poisonous gas, as…

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Tracy Morgan Truck Accident Update

Tracy Morgan Truck Accident Update Nearly 6 months after a horrific accident involving the limo bus he was riding in and a tractor-trailer owned by Walmart on the New Jersey Turnpike, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan continues to work hard to recover from the traumatic brain injury he suffered as a result. He also suffered a broken leg, several broken ribs and a broken nose. According to his lawyer, there is a possibility…

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Takata Airbag Recalls Widen

NHTSA Widens Scope of Takata Airbag Recalls The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) took action yesterday to make sure automakers add millions of additional vehicles to the list of vehicles to be recalled because of potentially dangerous airbags manufactured by Takata Corp. of Japan. To date, millions of vehicles have been recalled because of these airbags in areas in the southern U.S. that feature high heat and humidity, including the Gulf…

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Nut Allergy Recall

Mexican Food Maker Issues Nut Allergy Recall This week, B&G Foods, manufacturers of Ortega and Las Palmas Mexican food products, issued a voluntary recall of a number of their products, after the company learned that some of the spices they purchased from a supplier contained peanuts and almonds. These allergens were not disclosed on the list of ingredients, and could result in serious health problems for those who suffer from…

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Infant Supplement Recall

Presence of Fungus Leads to Infant Supplement Recall According to a release from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), New Jersey-based Solgar, Inc.,  has issued a voluntary recall of a powdered dietary supplement for infants, ABC Dophilus Powder, out of what has been called “an abundance of caution.” The recall was initiated after testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered the presence of the fungus Rhizopus…

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Fracking Site Fatality

Fracking Site Fatality, Two Other Workers Injured One worker was killed and two others were seriously injured Thursday as they were attempting to thaw a high-pressure water line that froze at a fracking site in rural Weld County, Colorado. As they were thawing the line, it ruptured and caused something of an explosion, as 2,500 to 3,500 pounds per square inch (PSI) of water was released. At this time, it is believed…

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OSHA Cites Texas Company

OSHA Cites Texas Company for Workplace Hazards A Sweetwater, Texas aluminum refining company that produces secondary ingot, slab and sow, Texas TST Inc., has been cited by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 13 violations, after an intensive inspection showed that the company was exposing workers to a number of hazards that could lead to serious injuries or even fatalities on the part of workers….

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McDonald’s Toy Recall

McDonald’s Toy Recall Targets Hello Kitty Toys for Choking Hazard According to a statement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Monday, the largest restaurant chain in the world, McDonald’s Corp., has issued a recall of 2.5 million Hello Kitty lollipop whistles that it has been giving away in Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals at restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, because parts of the toy  could become…

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Texas Truck – School Bus Crash

Texas Truck – School Bus Crash Leaves six Students Injured According to officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), a truck driver who was driving an 18-wheeler that crashed into a Kirbyville Independent School District school Wednesday turned himself in to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office last Saturday morning, although he was later released after posting a $7500 bond later that same day. According to a preliminary DPS…

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Baby Wipes Recalled

Contaminated Baby Wipes Recalled At least ten brands of baby wipes manufactured by Pennsylvania-based Nutek Disposables, Inc. have been recalled by the company because testing of the product revealed that some of the wipes may be contaminated with bacteria called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia). The microbial testing was triggered by what the company refers to as “a small number of complaints” from parents about a terrible odor and discoloration of…

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Audis Recalled

Audi Recalled for Airbag Software Defect According to a release by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), German luxury automaker Audi has decided to issue a voluntary recall of more than 100,000 of their luxury sedans and station wagons sold in the United States, as part of a worldwide recall of 850,000 vehicles, because of a glitch they discovered in the front airbag. This airbag problem is not related to the other massive recalls…

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New Distracted Driving Survey

New Distracted Driving Survey Shows Most Texting Drivers Know the Danger As the “It Can Wait!” campaign to discourage texting and driving makes its way around the country, a new survey suggests that nearly everyone who reads and sends text messages while driving is aware of how dangerous, but does so anyway. According to the survey, which was commissioned by wireless carrier AT&T and the  Center for Internet and Technology…

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Costliest Foodborne Illnesses

Top Five Costliest Foodborne Illnesses This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) released a report estimating the annual cost of foodborne illnesses to the economy, and the estimate is staggering. In all, the cost of the illnesses comes to more than $15.6 billion annually. To put that into perspective, the entire USDA budget for food safety was about $1.014 billion in 2014. The $15.6 billion…

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Cilantro Recall for Salmonella

Grower Issues Cilantro Recall for Salmonella After Positive Test Harrisonburg, Virginia-based Shenandoah Growers Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for at least one lot of their fresh-cut cilantro after testing revealed the potential for Salmonella contamination. The cilantro had been sent to one wholesaler and a retail distribution center around Oct. 8, 2014. So far, only two of the company’s products are subject to this recall; 0.75-ounce packages of Shenandoah Growers…

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Ford SUV Recalls

Ford SUV Recalls for Fuel Leaks All year, drivers have been forced to question the safety of vehicles sold in the United States, after a record number of voluntary recalls due to safety concerns. The latest comes from the Ford Motor Company, which has issued a voluntary recall of more than 204,000 Lincoln MKX luxury crossovers and Ford Edge crossovers from model years 2007 and 2008, because of a fuel…

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