CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1995 |
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.
May 15, 2004 |
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.
November 29, 2002 |
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.
April 26, 1992 |
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.
March 15, 2008 |
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.
July 16, 2005 |
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.
December 13, 1992 |
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.
December 26, 1991 |
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.
August 28, 2004 |
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.
September 3, 1997 |
An Anaheim Hills man, already imprisoned for selling adulterated gasoline and violating California pollution and tax laws, was sentenced Tuesday to 51 months in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud. Gary Lazar, 49, who would have been eligible for parole from a state prison in February, will instead be transferred to a federal penitentiary to serve the additional time, under an order by U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian. Lazar pleaded guilty in December to two counts of fraud for hiding $6.