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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch accepted the blame Tuesday for a bottle of Bud Lite that came from the firm's Van Nuys plant tainted with cleaning solution. A spokesman said a "combination of rare circumstances" at the Van Nuys plant led to the poisoning of a Glendale man last week. Anheuser-Busch has put in place safeguards to guard against a recurrence, the spokesman said.
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NATIONAL
May 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
State wildlife officials plan to destroy nearly half a million farm-raised trout that became contaminated with PCBs, apparently from paint used at Montana's largest hatchery. The PCB-laden paint was applied more than 25 years ago to the walls of the fish tanks at the Big Springs Trout Hatchery in Lewistown, where the trout are raised to help stock lakes along the Missouri River.
WORLD
November 29, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Taiwan has launched a crackdown on bootleg rice wine after tainted liquor killed at least five people in the last two weeks, police said. This week, police seized thousands of bottles of illegal rice wine, which sometimes contains poisonous methanol. Officials said people caught making the bootleg wine could be charged with homicide and receive the death penalty.
NEWS
April 26, 1992 | SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Contaminated fuel found in the wreckage of an airplane crash at Perris Valley Airport that killed 16 people and severely injured six others Wednesday has led investigators to a local oil distributor that provided pumping services at the airport the day of the crash. The oily, unidentified contaminant was found throughout the fuel system that fed the right wing engine, which failed during takeoff, said Don Llorente, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.
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.
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
July 16, 2005 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Chiron Corp., the company responsible for last year's flu vaccine shortage, said Friday that it would not ship 8 million doses slated for non-U.S. markets because of another bacterial contamination incident, this time at a German factory. The Emeryville, Calif.-based company also disclosed that it would need additional approvals before shipping vaccine to the U.S. from its factory in Liverpool, England. Analysts said this meant deliveries could be delayed until late in the flu season.
NEWS
December 13, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Defense Department has decided to tell shelters and other organizations for the homeless to get rid of more than a million blankets the Pentagon has distributed over the past six years because some of them contain small amounts of DDT.
BUSINESS
December 26, 1991 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Pasadena chemist and inventor, A. J. Bauman, considers most "clean rooms"--surgical theaters and sealed-off manufacturing areas for pharmaceuticals, contact lenses and microchips--to be far from spotless. In fact, he says, they are contaminated by the very substance used to test the air filters meant to keep them pure. And he and a partner have a better idea.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2004 | Julie Tamaki, Times Staff Writer
Chiron Corp.'s stock sank 8.6% on Friday on news that the Emeryville, Calif., company expected to destroy as many as 4 million tainted flu shots and delay shipping uncontaminated vaccine. U.S. health officials said they didn't anticipate a vaccine shortage for the coming influenza season despite the contamination disclosed by the world's second-largest maker of flu vaccine. Shares of Chiron fell $4.08 to $43.41 on Nasdaq.
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