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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than three-quarters of all the paper money in Los Angeles has some amount of cocaine or some other drug stuck to it, according to a federal appeals court decision that vividly illuminates how extensively the drug trade touches mainstream commerce. On the average, of every four bills in circulation in Los Angeles, more than three have traces of cocaine or another illicit drug stuck to the paper, according to the U.S.
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WORLD
May 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Panamanian investigators asked health authorities to track down patients whose names appeared on 6,000 bottles of medication contaminated with a chemical commonly found in antifreeze. The bottles were handed over to the government two years ago when at least 116 people died after using poisonous cough syrup, antihistamine tablets, calamine lotion and rash ointment made at a government laboratory. The medicines were found to be contaminated with diethylene glycol. Investigators gave the Health Ministry a report on the 6,000 bottles in hope of determining how the patients were affected and whether they still needed treatment, the attorney general's office said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1997
An Orange County man who said he unknowingly ate a Hershey's bar infested with worms, webbing and insect eggs filed a lawsuit this week against Hershey Foods Corp. and Thrifty Payless Inc. Neil Gregory bought the candy bar on Oct. 18 from a Thrifty store in Buena Park and took several large bites while driving away, according to the complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
French, Danish and Italian authorities began recalling batches of heparin or its active ingredient that may be contaminated, becoming the latest countries to remove from shelves a blood thinner associated with at least 19 deaths. "It's a precautionary measure right now," Martin Harvey-Allchurch, a spokesman for the European Medicines Agency, said. The suspect ingredients were reportedly from China, he said. There have been no reports of related fatalities in Denmark or Italy, he said.
NEWS
June 13, 1993 | From Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration reported Saturday that it is investigating how two syringes got into separate cans of Diet Pepsi. The first syringe was discovered by an elderly couple Wednesday in Tacoma. The second was found Friday by a woman in Federal Way, a suburban city between Seattle and Tacoma. The can opened Friday had been sealed six months before the other one was sealed, said Susan Herbert, a spokeswoman for Alpac Corp., the regional Pepsi bottler and distributor.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2007 | Abigail Goldman and Andrea Chang, Times Staff Writers
Diane Brahams was flummoxed as she stood near the toy-car aisle at a Culver City Toys R Us on Thursday. What would be a safe present for her grandnephew who is almost 3 and loves cars? Not long ago, Brahams wouldn't have thought the paint on a modern, name-brand toy would be a threat. But with this week's recall of nearly 1 million playthings from Mattel Inc.'
BUSINESS
June 30, 1999 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trucks carrying Coca-Cola Co. products to market today will resume deliveries in Belgium and Luxembourg, ending one chapter in the recent health scare that eventually spread to a handful of other European markets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1994 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 22-year-old woman has sued the Pepsi Cola Co. and a grocery store chain, alleging that a can of Pepsi she bought contained a decaying rat. Maria Del Consuelo Lazaro's lawsuit filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court claims that, while visiting family in Buena Park in July, she took a drink of Diet Pepsi that she had bought at an Albertson's only to spit out some strange matter.
NEWS
February 27, 1992 | DANIEL P. PUZO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Preliminary results from the first complete inspection of American seafood processing facilities ever conducted by the federal government reveal that as many as 20% of the samples analyzed showed evidence of microbiological contamination, decomposition and filth, The Times has learned. The as-yet unpublished findings, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's newly created Office of Seafood in Washington, indicate that the seafood industry has yet to solve a host of product safety problems.
BUSINESS
January 8, 1997 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Demonstrating that reports of its impending demise were exaggerated, juice maker Odwalla Inc. on Tuesday reported a $4.8-million loss for its first fiscal quarter but also revealed a surprisingly strong balance sheet. The Half Moon Bay, Calif., company said sales rose 14% in the quarter ended Nov. 30 to $14.1 million. In the first fiscal quarter of 1996, the company reported a loss of $120,000 on sales of $12.4 million.
NATIONAL
March 15, 2008 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
The investigation into a blood thinner suspected in some 19 U.S. deaths is now focusing on the possibility that raw biological ingredients were contaminated even before they reached a factory in China, manufacturer Baxter Healthcare Corp. said Friday. That raises the prospect that the problem could have occurred somewhere along a supply chain that includes layers of middlemen and originates in pig farms. Heparin, a generic medication, is derived from a substance in the lining of pig intestines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy and Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writers
Worried that toddlers and infants might be unnecessarily exposed to toxics in plastic toys, state lawmakers Tuesday sent to the governor's desk a partial ban on the use of one potentially harmful chemical. The state Senate also approved a bill that would outlaw the use of lead ammunition in hunting big game and coyotes in the habitat of endangered condors, amid concern that 11 of the birds have been removed to the Los Angeles Zoo with lead poisoning since February.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. quietly stopped selling Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading in July after customers said the products sickened pets. Tests of two Chinese brands revealed traces of melamine, a chemical agent that led to a massive pet food recall in March. Wal-Mart said that customers who purchased the products should return them to a Wal-Mart for a refund.
NATIONAL
August 18, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration is planning to call in customs officers to help overwhelmed health inspectors protect Americans from tainted imports of food, toys and other consumer goods, senior officials said Friday, describing a new strategy for dealing with compromised products. The evolving plan, to be delivered to President Bush next month by a task force he appointed, also is expected to call for wider deployment of sophisticated technology at entry points.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2007 | Abigail Goldman and Andrea Chang, Times Staff Writers
Diane Brahams was flummoxed as she stood near the toy-car aisle at a Culver City Toys R Us on Thursday. What would be a safe present for her grandnephew who is almost 3 and loves cars? Not long ago, Brahams wouldn't have thought the paint on a modern, name-brand toy would be a threat. But with this week's recall of nearly 1 million playthings from Mattel Inc.'
WORLD
July 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
China's former drug and food safety watchdog chief was executed today after being found guilty of corruption and dereliction of duty amid a series of food and drug safety scandals, the New China News Agency said. The Supreme People's Court approved the death sentence for Zheng Xiaoyu, 62, who was convicted of taking bribes worth about $850,000 from eight companies. Zheng, head of the State Food and Drug Administration from 1998 to 2005, was sentenced May 29 and his appeal was heard last month.
SCIENCE
March 12, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Researchers from Advanced Cell Technology Inc. in Massachusetts reported this week in the journal Lancet that they had grown human stem cells without the use of contaminating animal cells. They said their work, done outside federal restrictions, could bypass problems with existing stem cell batches, which scientists complain are contaminated by animal products and thus of no use in treating people. The finding follows similar research done by a team at the University of Wisconsin.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2002 | Bloomberg News
CryoLife Inc.'s heart valves may carry a risk of infection for patients, so doctors should consider using other suppliers if possible, the Food and Drug Administration said. CryoLife's heart valves weren't part of a recall earlier this month the FDA ordered for some of the company's products earlier this month. CryoLife officials couldn't be reached for comment. CryoLife shares fell 29 cents to $3.68 on the NYSE.
SCIENCE
June 25, 2007 | Jia-Rui Chong and Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writers
Theresa and Michael Cedillo, the parents of an autistic child, sat behind their three attorneys on one side of the courtroom. On the other side were three federal lawyers armed with a shelf full of scientific studies and legal briefs. Behind them were more rows of lawyers and scientists, some of them representing the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
WORLD
June 1, 2007 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
Chinese officials on Thursday defended their nation's medical and food safety record and declined to take full responsibility for the presence of deadly chemicals found in cough syrup and toothpaste sold abroad. The comments come as China faces mounting pressure after a recent series of healthrelated scandals that set off alarm bells around a world that is increasingly reliant on Chinese exports.
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