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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.
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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
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.
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.
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