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July 12, 2008 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
In a shift on federal food safety policy, the Bush administration soon will begin telling consumers during recalls whether their local grocery store has been stocking contaminated meat or poultry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which announced the change Friday, currently publicizes food recalls and sources but does not tell consumers where the tainted products have gone. Long-standing anger about this policy flared in February during the largest beef recall in U.S.
July 12, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Salmonella, the bacterium that has sickened more than 1,000 Americans who ate tainted produce since April, has also been found in Thai basil grown in Mexico. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified salmonella during random testing of basil imported by Lucky Green Trading Inc., a family-run company based in Garden Grove, the agency said Friday. The product has been recalled from Southern California, Arizona and Nevada, where it was distributed directly and sold in retail stores.
April 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
About 122,000 Rock N Ride plush rocker toys, manufactured in China by Tek Nek Toys International, were recalled because the rocking base can be unstable, according to the Texas-based company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. For more information, call (888) 686-2728.
March 18, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Toy distributor Mega Brands Inc. recalled about 2.4 million Chinese-made toys Monday because small magnets could fall out and cause internal injuries. These tiny magnets could be swallowed or inhaled by children. If more than one magnet is swallowed, they can attach to each other and cause intestinal perforation, infection or blockage, which can be fatal. Montreal-based Mega Brands is recalling 1.1 million Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. preschool toys. The recall also includes about 1.
February 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Owners of about 4.6 million Ford vehicles were warned Thursday to bring their cars and trucks to dealerships immediately so that cruise control switch systems that might cause engine fires could be disconnected. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued the consumer advisory to owners of certain unrepaired Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, vans and passenger cars who have not responded to past recalls. The recalls have affected Ford Motor Co.'
February 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Edward T. Schafer said Friday that the nation's largest beef recall had set back negotiations to ship U.S. beef to Japan and South Korea. Those markets were closed to the U.S. cattle industry in 2003 after a scare over bovine spongiform encephalopathy, better known as mad cow disease. Schafer said at a convention of meatpackers and processors that he was hopeful trade talks would continue, but that the Westland/Hallmark Meat Packing Co.
February 17, 2008 | From Times Wires Services
Chattem Inc. is recalling all sizes and lots of the following Icy Hot Heat Therapy products: Icy Hot Heat Therapy Air Activated Heat -- Back; Icy Hot Heat Therapy Air Activated Heat -- Arm, Neck & Leg; and samples of Icy Hot Heat Therapy Air Activated Heat -- Arm, Neck & Leg, which were included as promotions in 3-ounce cartons of Aspercreme Pain Relieving Creme. They were recalled because the company has received reports of first-degree, second-degree and third-degree burns as well as skin irritation associated with using these products.
February 13, 2008 | From Reuters
U.S. toy sales fell slightly in 2007 as the industry suffered from negative publicity surrounding the recall of millions of Chinese-made playthings and a weakening economy, according to data released Tuesday by market research firm NPD Group. U.S. toy sales fell about 2% to $22.1 billion from $22.6 billion in 2006. The biggest declines came in dolls at 8%, while sales in the infant and preschool category and the outdoor and sports category each fell 5%.
January 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
About 125,000 magnetic toy building sets made in China and sold by Battat Inc. were recalled because the magnets could fall out and be swallowed by children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Each of the toy Magnabild sets included small magnetic rods, metal balls, triangles and squares for children to create designs. The agency said the toys were sold at various U.S. retail stores and online sites from 2005 through 2007 for $30 to $40. Details of the recalled toys were posted on the agency's website at www.cpsc.
January 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Rochester Meat Co. in Rochester, Minn., has recalled about 188,000 pounds of ground beef patties because of E. coli bacteria concerns. The recall was issued after five illnesses were reported in Wisconsin and one in California, federal inspectors said. The meat may be contaminated with a strain of bacteria that's potentially deadly.
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