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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.
June 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Kroger Co. recalled an undetermined amount of ground beef from stores in Michigan and Ohio because the meat might be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
May 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Leap Wireless International Inc., a pay-as-you-go mobile phone service provider, recalled about 285,000 phones after they failed during 911 calls. The San Diego-based company will provide software updates to customers who bought the $90 Cricket EZ phone from February to March, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Leap Wireless reported two instances of audio problems that prevented emergency operators and callers from communicating, the commission said. About 15% of phones tested had the glitch, Leap spokesman Greg Lund said.
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 22, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
B. Braun Medical Inc. recalled heparin blood thinner in the U.S. and Canada after learning that it contained a "heparin-like contaminant" from a supplier linked to deaths and allergic reactions in another company's product. The contaminant was supplied by Scientific Protein Laboratories, Irvine-based B. Braun Medical said Friday. Scientific Protein also supplied Baxter International Inc. with heparin containing a cheaper ingredient from China. Baxter's heparin has been linked to serious allergic reactions and 19 U.S. deaths.
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.
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