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August 1, 1995
Pepsi-Cola Co. has announced the recall of a limited batch of soft drinks after being notified that the federal Food and Drug Administration was investigating a report of a "metal object" allegedly found in a can produced in Pepsi's Torrance bottling plant. The FDA notified the company Thursday about the investigation, but details of the alleged tampering could not be disclosed as of Monday, Pepsi spokesman Jeff Brown said.
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NEWS
August 21, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Miami man who slipped into a coma after drinking a Colombian soft drink that had been laced with cocaine in an apparent smuggling scheme died after doctors disconnected life-support equipment. Maximo Rene Menendez, 25, collapsed on July 26 after drinking from a six-ounce bottle of Pony Malta de Bavaria. FBI experts have discovered at least 45 contaminated bottles containing 20 to 40 grams of the drug in a 1,000-case shipment of the soft drink.
NEWS
August 16, 1987 | United Press International
Health officials have recalled more than a ton of Greenbank Farms raw-milk cheese, which they said was contaminated with a potentially life-threatening bacteria. Food and Drug Administration officials said the recall of Greenbank Farms sharp cheddar cheese distributed in California and Washington has been given the department's highest priority because of the life-threatening potential of the bacteria, listeria monocytogenes.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2007 | Don Lee and Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writers
In the harsh world of Chinese toy manufacturing, Cheung Shu-hung was a rarity among factory bosses. On hot summer days, workers said, he went out and bought iced tea, apples and watermelon, delivering them to his employees who have been making goods for Mattel Inc. for more than a decade. When some workers needed help buying homes, Cheung dug into his own pocket. Then his world came crashing down.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2000 | TERRIL YUE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Government regulators said Friday they will open an investigation into another type of Firestone tire sold on sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks after the number of complaints about the tire "rose well above" other models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided to begin a "preliminary evaluation" of Firestone Steeltex R4S and Steeltex A/T tires after receiving 169 complaints, including eight crashes, 12 injuries and two deaths.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Supermarkets pulled pistachios and some pistachio-laden foods from their shelves Tuesday, moves resulting from this week's Food and Drug Administration warning to consumers not to eat the nuts because they could be tainted with salmonella. The FDA is scrambling to prevent a repeat of a recent salmonella outbreak from peanuts that has sickened more than 690 people in 46 states.
BUSINESS
March 30, 1999 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Millions of dangerous products--ranging from toasters that can burst into flame to playpens that can choke toddlers--remain in consumer homes despite product recalls, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is holding a nationwide series of news conferences today to alert consumers to the risks. "We can get dangerous products off store shelves, but the real challenge is to get them out of families' homes," Ann Brown, chairman of the CPSC, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
May 24, 1995 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The announcement Tuesday of one of the biggest product recalls in history--affecting seat belts on 8.4 million cars--has consumers wondering how they will be affected. How do you know if your car is being recalled? Where do you take it for repairs? Will you be liable for costs? If you previously paid to fix seat belts that are now being recalled, are you entitled to a refund? Here are answers to these and other recall-related questions: * Q: Which seat belts are being recalled and why?
BUSINESS
July 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Dent Fresh USA Inc. is recalling fluoride mint toothpaste made in China because it may contain a chemical used to make automobile antifreeze, the Food and Drug Administration said. Dent Fresh, based in Miami, said its 9-ounce fluoride mint toothpaste product might contain diethylene glycol, which is toxic to the kidney and the liver toxin and can depress the central nervous system.
NEWS
August 21, 1990 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unprecedented state recall of personalized license plates bearing words considered slurs against Italians has run into sharp opposition from an unexpected quarter: scores of Italian-Americans who display such plates on their cars with pride.
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