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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.
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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.
NEWS
September 13, 2000 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Firestone admitted Tuesday for the first time that it had produced defective tires, and that their design, along with possible quality control problems at one of its plants, appear to be factors in the catastrophic tread failures. "We made some bad tires, and we take full responsibility for them," John Lampe, executive vice president of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., told a Senate Commerce Committee hearing chaired by John McCain (R-Ariz).
NEWS
November 14, 1990 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Koala Springs International on Tuesday ordered a nationwide recall of its blended mineral water and fruit drink products after Florida health officials discovered traces of benzene in randomly tested bottles. It is the sixth recall of a bottled water product in the United States this year, the most notable being the Perrier recall in February. "We are taking this action willingly and voluntarily to protect our product and its good name," said John Chatham, president of the Australia-based firm.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2000 | TERRIL YUE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's already been a horrific week for Masatoshi Ono, chief executive of beleaguered tire maker Bridgestone/Firestone. Three weeks into a company recall of 6.5 million potentially defective tires, Ono was ordered to give a deposition in a wrongful-death trial, had four congressional investigators nosing around his corporate offices and became engaged in a public dispute with Ford Motor Co., his biggest customer, over the necessity of a recall of Firestone tires in South America.
NEWS
November 29, 2000 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another drug launched with "fast-track" government approval was withdrawn on Tuesday, marking the 10th time in three years that a prescription medicine has been banished in the United States for safety reasons. The drug, Lotronex, was approved nine months ago for treating irritable bowel syndrome in women. The withdrawal was announced by Glaxo Wellcome Inc. after the Food and Drug Administration received voluntary reports linking the company's drug to five deaths and additional bowel surgeries.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
GT Bicycles Inc. said Thursday that it is recalling about 10,000 Speed Series, Robinson Pro and Amtrac bicycles and frame sets made and sold over the past four years. The company said it learned of 17 reported cracks in frames, resulting in two injuries, when the BMX bikes were used for rigorous jumps and the related stresses of "more aggressive" riding. The bicycles and frames were sold between November 1994 and last month for $300 to $450 for frame kits and $600 and $1,450 for bicycles.
BUSINESS
June 5, 1996 | From Associated Press
The government told Chrysler Corp. on Tuesday to recall more than 91,000 Chryslers and Dodges because of unsafe seat belts, then went to court to enforce the order after the company refused to go along. Chrysler told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration months ago that it would not comply with any recall of the 1995 cars.
NEWS
August 16, 1990 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The family of a man who lapsed into a coma three weeks ago after gulping down a cocaine-laced Colombian soft drink has reversed their decision to disconnect his respirator after seeing movement in his arm and leg for the second consecutive day Wednesday. Doctors say 25-year-old Maximo Rene Menendez is brain dead. But on Tuesday his mother, who was moments away from giving approval to have her son removed from a respirator, saw him move slightly.
BUSINESS
December 10, 1990 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Walt Disney Co. is known for wholesome movies, family theme parks and Mickey Mouse. Now the Burbank-based company may have a less attractive claim to fame. Its Steve the Tramp action figure--inspired by the Dick Tracy movie--has been ranked the year's most "warped" toy by an Episcopal priest. And this weekend, after a protest by activists for the homeless, a national toy store chain pulled the doll from its shelves.
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