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May 31, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge in Camden granted initial approval to a settlement in which companies that manufactured or sold contaminated pet food would compensate pet owners for all costs related to the death or illness of their dogs and cats. Under the deal, pet owners in the United States and Canada would be notified of the settlement by June 16 and would have until early December to submit claims. A final hearing on the $24-million settlement is scheduled for Oct. 14. The settlement doesn't pay pet owners for pain and suffering from injuries to their pets.
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BUSINESS
December 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
More than 300 cats and dogs may have died in North America from eating contaminated pet food this year, according to a Michigan State University study. The survey of veterinarians found that 236 cats and 112 dogs died or were treated for symptoms linked to food that was recalled starting in March, Wilson Rumbeiha, a clinical toxicologist who conducted the study, said. Companies including Canada's Menu Foods Ltd. and Nestle recalled more than 100 pet food brands.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
omaha, neb. -- Critics say ConAgra Foods Inc.'s delay in recalling potpies linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak increased the chance that more people would become sick, opened up the company to greater liability and exposed a key weakness in the nation's food safety system: voluntary recalls. "It's clear that this recall wasn't well handled, and the outbreak may well grow," said Caroline Smith DeWaal, director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest's food safety division.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
ConAgra Foods Inc. recalled all its Banquet potpies and store brand varieties Thursday after the products were linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak. The company included beef potpies in the recall after initially saying only its chicken and turkey potpies should not be eaten. ConAgra issued a consumer alert Tuesday and asked stores nationwide to stop selling the poultry potpies, but stopped short of a recall until Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Complimentary smoothies handed out at the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show at the HP Pavilion on Aug. 16 and 17 may have been contaminated with hepatitis A, state health officials said Monday. The smoothies, provided at the JumpSport booth, were prepared at a Willow Glen-area Jamba Juice by an employee diagnosed with hepatitis A. Though the risk appears minimal, the California Department of Public Health said that people who consumed the drinks should monitor their health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2007 | David Pierson and Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writers
Surrounded by fruits and vegetables from around the world, Annie Rong dug diligently through a tall pile of Chinese ginger roots in the produce section of an Asian supermarket in Monterey Park. Tossing a full bag into her cart, the 71-year-old immigrant from southern China said that nothing, not even news that imported ginger from her native country was believed to be contaminated, would stop her from eating the spicy root.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2007 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
San Juan Bautista, Calif. On a hot, bone-dry afternoon -- not unlike the one last summer when something went horribly wrong here -- Will Daniels stands on the edge of a field, its neat rows of seeded soil stretching toward the horizon. Any day now, the first glossy leaves of a new crop will sprout, and within weeks, tons of fresh salad greens will be harvested, processed and sent to market. Daniels wishes he could rewind the clock to Aug. 15, 2006. Stop workers from picking that lethal crop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Orange County Health Care Agency warned consumers Friday to avoid raw and undercooked oysters from the southern part of Hood Canal in Washington state after nearly a dozen people became ill eating them. Three were from Orange County and had eaten at different restaurants. Most of the others were from Northern California, agency spokeswoman Deanne Thompson said. The health agency recommends oysters be cooked at a minimum of 145 degrees to destroy bacteria that can cause illness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Canned chili, stew, hash and dog food made by Castleberry's Food Co. could be tainted with botulism, county health officials warned Tuesday. U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials issued a similar warning earlier this month after the food made four people in Texas and Indiana seriously ill. The brand is also sold under the names Cattle Drive, Kroger and Great Value. The company's pet food is sold under the Natural Balance Eatables brand. More information on the recall can be found at: www.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The California Department of Public Health warned consumers Friday not to eat a certain type of candy imported from Mexico because it contains "high levels of lead" that could cause health problems, particularly in pregnant women and young children. The warning pertains to De La Rosa Pulparindo candy, a tamarind-flavored sweet. It is packaged in bright red 10-ounce boxes containing individually wrapped pieces of about half an ounce each.
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