August 22, 2007 |
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.
August 18, 2007 |
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.
August 3, 2007 |
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.'
July 10, 2007 |
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.
October 13, 2006 |
Police plan to investigate workers at a government laboratory in Panama after 21 people died from taking cough and allergy syrups tainted with a chemical used in brake fluid, a senior official said. The deaths of mostly elderly men, who suffered kidney failure, puzzled medical authorities in the last month until U.S. experts traced the cause this week to generic sugar-free cough syrups made by Panama's social security system. The medicines were adulterated with diethylene glycol.
May 5, 2006 |
Bausch & Lomb Inc., under pressure since authorities said its contact lens care products might be linked to a spate of serious eye infections in Asia and the United States, said a handful of cases of the infection had also been confirmed in Europe. But the company, whose shares fell 6.3% to hit an almost three-year low, denied analysts' suggestions that a large debt buyback announced Wednesday could leave it strapped for cash.