December 31, 1997 |
Apria Healthcare Inc.'s liquid oxygen plant in Rochester, N.Y., is in "serious violation" of federal law, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in the seventh warning letter sent to the company this year. The medical oxygen processed at the facility is considered adulterated because Apria workers don't correctly test the bulk liquid oxygen it buys for strength and other qualities before shipping it out for use in patients' homes, the FDA said.
June 23, 1994 |
More than 1,000 Northern California small-plane pilots bought contaminated Chevron fuel last month, and officials were still trying to track down several dozen aviators. The Federal Aviation Administration emphasized Wednesday that no crashes have been traced to the fuel, which was improperly mixed last month at Chevron's Richmond refinery. "As of right now, contaminated fuel is not suspected in any of the accidents that have occurred since May 16," agency spokesman Hank Verbais said.
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March 29, 1992 |
Authorities wary of cholera confiscated 19 bottles of water from a Mexican well that some believe has miraculous healing power. The faithful say they will do almost anything to get the precious liquid. Federal officials fear that the water, from a well in Tlacotepec in central Mexico, could carry cholera or other diseases. U.S. Customs Service agents began seizing the water Wednesday from passengers arriving at Los Angeles International Airport.
July 3, 2004 |
The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers that it is investigating side effects, some serious, associated with a popular brand of "permanent makeup" ink used to perform cosmetic-like tattooing of lips and eyes. The FDA said it has reports of more than 50 adverse reactions to certain shades of Premier Pigment brand ink, which is distributed nationwide. The reactions include blistering, swelling, cracking and peeling skin around lips and eyes.
June 7, 1997 |
Odwalla Inc. said it has settled five of nine lawsuits filed against it after E. coli bacteria linked to its products killed one person and made 60 others sick last year, forcing it to recall its products. Insurance covered the settlements, Odwalla Chief Executive Stephen Williamson told investors. Half Moon Bay, Calif.-based Odwalla still faces two class-action suits and two personal-injury suits stemming from the October outbreak.
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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.
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September 5, 2007 |
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.
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.