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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Fracking and Earthquakes in Texas

Texas Railroad Commission Approves New Fracking Rules to Stem Earthquakes A number of studies have been conducted in recent years by seismologists, indicating that the increase in earthquake activity in East and North Texas is related to an increase in fracking, particularly the injection wells that are used to dispose of oilfield waste. For example, since 2011, the small town of Timpson, in Shelby County, has experienced a number of…

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Car Seats Recalled

200,000 Evenflo Car Seats Recalled for Buckle That Sticks All parents throughout the state of Texas should always secure their child with a car safety seat whenever their child is in the car, whether the trip is long or short.  According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when parents and other caregivers use car seats, the risk of death to infants is reduced by  71…

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Crab Meat Recall

Crab Meat Recall for Possible Listeria Contamination East Providence, Rhode Island-based Rome Packing Co. has announced a voluntary recall of Ocean’s Catch brand All Natural Jonah Crab Leg Meat products, which may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The potential contamination was found by the company during some routine product sampling and testing. The products, which have been distributed nationwide in restaurants and retail stores, come packaged in round plastic tubs…

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Recalled Dietary Supplements

Study Finds Recalled Dietary Supplements Still for Sale Despite the fact that a number of these products have been under a recall for years,  a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has uncovered the disturbing fact that some dietary supplements are still being sold, even though they contain potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Based on testing, several supplements that were purchased online by researchers contained hidden steroids,…

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Airbag Defect Recalls

Takata Airbag Defect Recalls Expand, Warnings Intensify Yesterday, Toyota released a statement saying that it was redoubling its efforts to identify and re-notify owners of about 218,000 vehicles that were previously recalled for problems with airbags manufactured and distributed by Takata. In addition to those vehicles, the company has added  28,515 vehicles that are located in areas with high humidity to the recall. Toyota’s concern stems from the fact that many…

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Unsafe Texas Retail Workplace

Texas Dollar Tree Store Hit With Multiple OSHA Violations Dollar Tree Stores Inc., which is based in Chesapeake, Virginia, was recently cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for willful and repeated violations at their Watauga, Texas store. The proposed penalty for these violations, for exposing workers to serious hazards, total more than $262,000. The Texas Dollar Tree in Watauga was cited for two willful violations, including one for failing…

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Lexus Vehicles Recalled

Toyota Recalls 1.67 Vehicles Worldwide, 423,000 Lexus Vehicles Recalled in US The parade of vehicle recalls continues unabated this year, with records being set all over. This week, the Toyota Motor Corp. announced another massive recall of more than 1.67 million vehicles worldwide, including about 423,000 Lexus vehicles recalled in the United States. The recall was issued to deal with several defects. One defect involves vehicles that are being recalled so…

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Pesto Sauce Botulism Recall

Williams-Sonoma brand Pesto Sauce Botulism Recall Issued The Food and Drug Administration has announced that Sutter, California -based California Olive and Vine, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of their Pumpkin Seed Pesto products, which are sold at Willams-Sonoma stores nationwide, including those in Texas. The company decided to take what it refers to as a “precautionary measure” because of internal lab test results indicating that the jarred pesto sauce…

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More Texas Traffic Fatalities

Oil and Gas Boom Driving More Texas Traffic Fatalities There is little doubt that the oil and gas boom in the United States has been good for a number of state economies, especially Texas, which has benefited greatly from the boom. Unfortunately, based on recent reports, there is also definitely a downside to the Texas oil and gas boom, in that our state now leads the nation in highway fatalities. This is because…

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Truck-Bus Crash Follow-up

Drugs Found in Cab of Tractor-Trailer; Truck-Bus Crash Follow-up According to a new report with more details about an accident between a tractor-trailer and a bus carrying a Texas college softball team, Oklahoma State Police later found a pipe used to smoke marijuana and a bag of prescription drugs in the truck’s cab. The accident occurred on Sept. 26, when the driver of a truck owned by Quickway Transportation, Inc.,…

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Baby Shoes Recalled

Toys R Us Baby Shoes Recalled for Choking Hazard After receiving  at least one report from a consumer who found a piece of a shoe in their child’s mouth, Toys “R” Us and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced a voluntary recall of approximately 19,000 Koala children’s sandals adorned with butterfly wings. This is because parts of the baby sandals can be easily detached, thus resulting in a potential…

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Distracted Driving Studies

Studies: Voice-Operated Systems May Worsen Distracted Driving While they are intended to reduce the problem of distracted driving, two just-released studies suggest that voice-activated dashboard systems and smartphones may actually worsen distracted driving. These two studies, by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah, paint a troubling picture. These types of systems are supposed to be designed to allow drivers to perform functions that used to…

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Another Texas Ground Beef Recall

Company Issues Another Texas Ground Beef Recall The problems with ground beef produced in Texas continue, and it has led to another Texas ground beef recall. Over the weekend, according to a press release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Corpus Christi-based Sam Kane Beef Processors issued a huge recall of more than 45 tons of its ground beef products because of reports that some of the beef may have…

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Mandatory Electronic Safety Standards

NHTSA Mulls Mandatory Electronic Safety Standards for Vehicles In a notice released earlier today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it is seriously considering a series of mandatory electronic safety standards and requirements. In the notice, the agency asked the largest automakers to consider seriously whether voluntary standards for vehicle electronics make sense. Safety agency released a notice as part of its attempt to continually update carmakers…

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Two Texas Beef Recalls

Two Texas Beef Recalls Announced This Week According to an announcement from the US Department of Agriculture, Texas meat packer Caviness Beef Packers, which is based in Hereford, has issued a voluntary recall of more than 23,000 pounds of beef trimmings products because of the fear that the beef may be contaminated with E. coli. The beef that is being recalled includes “combo bins” that are marked as follows: Combo bins…

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